North up the CDR, G650 Xchallenge and DRZ 400

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by AZ-Twin, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. AZ-Twin

    AZ-Twin Dusty and Thirsty

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    Day 13 29 Jul 11

    Oh, what an easy day this was. I went out riding with my brother (wswartzwel), nephew, friend from Arizona (lightfighter), and a couple other internet friends from the BMW forum.

    Honestly, I don’t remember the route we took, but here are a few pics.

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    From left to right.

    Can’t remember
    Lightfighter
    Bikerfish
    Ckcarr
    Wswarzwl
    Nephew
    me

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    View from HWY 92 through Black Canyon

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    Lunch somewhere, I do remember it was good.

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    And that is about it. Back to the rally, get cleaned up, and drink lots of beers and listen to the music.


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    Since this post was so lame, please forgive me and enjoy this video of my son shooting his RC tank at a balloon.

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  2. jnorton1

    jnorton1 Been here awhile

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    A page in I realized I had read your report already, i said screw it and read it all again. Thanks for sharing.
  3. wswartzwel

    wswartzwel Unsafe at any speed

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    You need to teach your son to be aware of what is down range... If he hit the gas tank on the thunderbird.... Well you have seen the movies... ;)
  4. AZ-Twin

    AZ-Twin Dusty and Thirsty

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    Wohoo, an unsolicited testimonial!!

    Thanks for reading...twice!
  5. AZ-Twin

    AZ-Twin Dusty and Thirsty

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    The rally has been fun, good musc, good beer, good to see folks I only see once a year, but it is time to head for home. My brother, nephew, and their friend Jerry from AR need to ride south and east and Lightfighter and I need to ride south and west. We decide to ride together for a while and enjoy some more of Colorado, before the trip turns into the burn home mode, and is no longer a vacation. The plan is to head east over to a portion of the CDR and go south on that, finding someplace to camp that night in southern CO or northern NM.
    We say goodbye to our friends at the rally, pack up and head out. Most of the roads close to Paonia are pretty familiar to all of us as we regularly attend this rally so we didn’t make a lot of picture stops. We do head over to the town of tin cup, which is interesting. We talked to a local who said the pass was pretty torn up from ATVs, and none of us were really in the mood to be picking our bikes up, so we skipped tin cup pass.

    Here is a shot of the Tin Cup courthouse.

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    From there we rode up through Cumberland Pass, the road is in excellent condition.

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    As we ride we encounter bad weather which pushes us east. It is getting late in the day and I realize I am way too far east, being away from home as long as I have the realization that I might not make it home the next day before my son is in bed hits me. We pull off, look at the map, and decide to part ways, as camping this far from home would make tomorrow pretty long.

    Lightfighter and I begin to burn east, heading for the Farmington area. We roll into the camp site at the Navajo Lake state park, east of Farmington just after dark, have a quick bite to eat, and head for the tents as it starts to rain.

    Rural New Mexico, honestly I’m not sure where the hell this is.

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  6. AZ-Twin

    AZ-Twin Dusty and Thirsty

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    It is a beautiful morning in NM.

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    We head west trough Farmington to Shiprock where we head south. Brian and I have been through this part of the country several times, and this bit pretty much sucks for a couple hours, and there is not a damn thing you can do about it except ride fast and get through it. After we are a ways south we catch some two lane blacktop through the mountains over into Arizona, and follow a southwestern path (12) through the Indian Reservation down to I-40 just west of Lupton, it is a nice path.

    We hop on I-40 heading west, our destination is US 191 south.

    As we are heading along the interstate I begin to hear a very bad sound. It is a metallic sound that is in sync with the engine RPMs. I fear the worst, pull in the clutch and coast to a stop on the shoulder. Stationary the engine seems to run fine, but as I rev the engine, this terrible metallic sound has me scared. I have been beating the shit out of this bike for the last two weeks, including the wide open run south out of ship rock earlier in the day.

    As I look around I realize the sound is not coming from the engine, but one of my windshield mounting tabs has broken.

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    The vibration from the engine is making the two pieces of steel vibrate and create a terrible racket. Sweet, I didn&#8217;t break my engine! Brian supplies a KTM zip tie and we are back on the road.

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    We get to US 191 south, miss the exit, ride through the median, go back and head south.

    Again more boring straight road from I-40 south to Alpine. We hit rain just south of I-40, so we put on our rain gear and head into it. We stop in Alpine for lunch, watch it rain, and discuss our path south, we are both familiar with 180 south in NM, and 191 south in AZ. Last year we chose 180, so this year we chose 191.

    We ride 191 south, getting rained on the whole way, with the exception of about the last 20 or so miles until we hit I-10.

    West on I-10 we see we are riding into major storms near Wilcox AZ. I really wish I would have had the GoPro going as the lightning show was amazing. We get into it, and get absolutely drenched; I have never ridden in rain so hard. If home was not only 60 miles away, we would have found a motel in Wilcox.

    Stopping occasionally to discuss how exhausted we were, and how bad the storm is, we press on and get back to Sierra Vista before my son&#8217;s bed time. Sweet!

    It was a wonderful trip, but man was it good to be home.
  7. DiscoDino

    DiscoDino Long timer

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    Awesome report!
  8. ktmissouri

    ktmissouri Racer turned Rider

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    Excellent Report! Thanks for taking the time to put it together.
  9. flying.moto

    flying.moto Earthbound Misfit, I

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    Absolutely loved it! :clap
    Thanks for sharing!
    I'm gonna go do it one of these days for sure!
  10. flyrodder

    flyrodder Donny, please.

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    Outstanding RR. I'm just about to pull the trigger on an XC (that's how I found your RR).
  11. AZ-Twin

    AZ-Twin Dusty and Thirsty

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    Thanks!

    The Xchallenge is an awesome bike, it has a few issues out of the box, but they are all pretty easy to sort out.
  12. JaxObsessed

    JaxObsessed Endeavor to persevere.

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    Thanks for all the work!! Me and some friends are doing the CDR this summer. :thumb
  13. AZ-Twin

    AZ-Twin Dusty and Thirsty

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    It's a great ride, have fun and be sure to carry plenty of water through NM.
  14. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    Excellent, thanks for sharing.
  15. 805gregg

    805gregg Long timer

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    Thanks, I'm doing a similar ride next summer