Mojave trail/road on a 990?

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Gila Monster, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. 666

    666 Agnostic and Orange

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    my o4 450 has no signals, never had dot tires, license plate tucked under the fender - not a single problem ever (last 4 years at least).

    you would have more fun on small bike there.

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  2. Gila Monster

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    I guess I'll have to do it on both bikes now. Thanks for the tips.
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  3. DannyG

    DannyG I have the waypoint.

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    only if u do it at the same time!:D
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  4. MATTJH

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    I'm ready to do the Mojave Road on a big bike(1200GS). Did it 30 yrs. ago in a 4X4 following the road guile by Casebier, and all the other Heritage roads, (600 miles worth ) one Thanksgiving weekend on a DR350. And ijn the end, you can go to Barstow for a Tommy's chili cheese burger.
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  7. Gila Monster

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    Ha! You can almost make out a full body impression in the sand. Nice one.
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  8. Gila Monster

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    I read your trip report. Picking up a fully loaded ADV is not something I look forward too. Looks like you guys got pretty good at it.
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    Cpt. Ron Advrider #128

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    The trick is momentum, leaning back, and steering with your feet. Ruts can unravel your nerves at first, but you figure it pretty quick. The hardest part is starting and stopping. So you learn to just not stop, and if you really have to, try a straight firm spot.

    In all honesty, there isn't THAT much sand to deal with.
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  10. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    I have only ridden this trail once and that was about 7 years ago so things might have changed.

    A couple of scouts in our group checked out the lake bed the day before we started and reported they just about got stuck in the deep mud just starting into the lake bed so we rode around the lake bed to the south because they thought it was not possible to ride through it when it is wet.

    We started in Afton Canyon which is about 40 miles east of Barstow.

    Two deep water crossings are the first things to encounter.

    I remember about 40 miles of deep sand and I found it difficult but possible on my XR650R. I could not even attempt this on the BMW R1200GSA that has been my adventure bike. Better riders than myself have obviously made it on a big bike. I wouldn't do it alone if you are on a big bike. This is an extremely remote area and unexpected things can happen.

    Somewhere about halfway through the ride are some whoops with one G-out I didn't see in time that just about threw me over the handle bars. After the sand and the whoops the rest of the trail was fairly easy dirt roads.

    The deep sand will suck the fuel and drop your mileage not to mention it is approx. 140 miles between Afton Canyon and the next gas station. If you fill up in Barstow, you will need at least a 180 mile fuel range and you will then be on fumes.

    We needed two pit stops for gas to make it on our enduro bikes and had a chase truck haul extra fuel for us. You can bail out on At the time I had a 3.1 gallon fuel tank on my XR650R and needed both gas stops.

    You can bail out on Kelbaker Road and head north to Baker for a gas stop and then back track to the trail.

    We needed our GPS's and maps to stay on the route but when I did this ride, none of us had ever been on it before. Going with someone who is familiar with the trail would be a big plus.

    Any bike on this trail is supposed to be street legal and one of the riders in our group, who thought he didn't need a plate, was pulled over in Laughlin, NV and scolded to the local police but he didn't get a ticket.

    I have wanted to go back and ride it again but have been having too much fun riding Death Valley.

    Good luck and post pics when you ride it.
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  11. Desertdweller

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    I did the Mojave Road last weekend on a KTM 950 Adv, which was only loaded with a tank bag, small backpack strapped to the seat and pelican case for tools.

    There's alot of soft sand on this trail, which requires you to ride at speed to stay afloat. On the 950 Adv, standing up on the pegs really helps stabilize the big bike. I'd say it's an intermediate ride, mostly because of all the soft stuff. Pretty country for sure.

    Having to dab with pannier bags could be hazardous for your legs. There's ALOT of sand. You should start earlier than we did (10am!). Started in Afton Cyn and didn't arrive at AVI casino until 7pm, but there was a full moon and it was fun. I'd start at 7am if you're running fully loaded. We did the ride both ways over Saturday & Sunday.

    Soda dry lake was passable, just don't drift off the beaten path. Your fuel range should make it possible to do the entire route without a pit stop. From Afton Cyn, nearest gas is in Baker, Ca. Take a GPS with the route, cell phone (and SPOT if you have one). Don't do it solo. It's pretty remote.

    Good luck.
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    Don't do it solo. It's pretty remote.

    Good luck.[/QUOTE]
    Say it isn't so:eek1
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    Say it isn't so:eek1[/QUOTE]

    It's twue, it's twue!
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    It's twue, it's twue![/QUOTE]

    I actually won't be alone, Garmin Nuvi is going with me:lol3
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    I actually won't be alone, Garmin Nuvi is going with me:lol3[/QUOTE]

    You already have the GPS route?
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    You already have the GPS route?[/QUOTE]

    Have a partial route & the rest from memory. Doing east to west & then back.
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    Have a partial route & the rest from memory. Doing east to west & then back.[/QUOTE]

    I wish we had camped along the trail and done more sight seeing. Two days is not enough time.
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  18. AZ TOM

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    Doing 4 days, Prescott to Laughlin, Laughlin to Barstow & reverse it.
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  19. Desertdweller

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    That sounds like a quick trip. Two days on the trail?
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    4 days on the trail, dirt trail from Prescott to Laughlin.
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