On the first day of our trip to Monterey for the MotoGP

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  1. NWBoarder

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    Is it okay to post pictures and video of Sportbikes and Harleys on this site?

    I will let you decide if you want to grant honorary ADV membership to these guys (and GAL!)..

    On the first day of our trip to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Monterey</st1:city></st1:place> for the MotoGP races at Laguna Seca we took a small detour&#8230;
    One of the guys said "I know a killer back road" to the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Spirit</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">Lake</st1:placetype></st1:place> overlook on Mt St Helens, and then we can come down <st1:street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">Windy Ridge Rd.</st1:address></st1:street> This would make it more of a loop, instead of an &#8220;out and back&#8221;.

    The detour started out great, it appeared to be a service road, about 1.5 lanes wide, with no center stripe. I was following the Aprilia Futura and Mille, (yes they tried to loose me, but to no avail, as they kept slowing down, and going around dips, bumps, dirt, and gravel&#8230; he he.)

    Our first indication of fun was a small sign stating that the road was closed, due to wash outs&#8230; Yippee! Let&#8217;s go check it out.<!--[if gte vml 1]><v:shapetype id="_x0000_t75" coordsize="21600,21600" o:spt="75" o:preferrelative="t" path="m@4@5l@4@11@9@11@9@5xe" filled="f" stroked="f"> <v:stroke joinstyle="miter"/> <v:formulas> <v:f eqn="if lineDrawn pixelLineWidth 0"/> <v:f eqn="sum @0 1 0"/> <v:f eqn="sum 0 0 @1"/> <v:f eqn="prod @2 1 2"/> <v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelWidth"/> <v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelHeight"/> <v:f eqn="sum @0 0 1"/> <v:f eqn="prod @6 1 2"/> <v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelWidth"/> <v:f eqn="sum @8 21600 0"/> <v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelHeight"/> <v:f eqn="sum @10 21600 0"/> </v:formulas> <v:path o:extrusionok="f" gradientshapeok="t" o:connecttype="rect"/> <o:lock v:ext="edit" aspectratio="t"/> </v:shapetype><v:shape id="_x0000_i1025" type="#_x0000_t75" style='width:255.75pt; height:2in'> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:\DOCUME~1\WHITNE~1\LOCALS~1\Temp\msohtml1\01\clip_image001.jpg" o:title="Laguna07 002"/> </v:shape><![endif]--><!--[if !vml]--><!--[endif]-->

    Well a mile or two later we found what they were talking about! See below.

    A 4' (yes four foot) diameter tree had come down the hillside, and was completely blocking the road, along with it, as you can imagine, a huge amount of debris. Someone had started piling up logs and dirt on both sides of the tree, maybe mountain bikers, or true Dualsports. I took one look, and thought "This is it, time to turn around. We're not getting five sport bikes and a freakin' Harley Davidson over this thing!"

    This is "Harley G" (aka SeattleGeorge) going over the first of three very large obstacles we encountered on this &#8220;closed road&#8221;&#8230;
    Pardon the "Blair Witch <st1:place w:st="on">Cam</st1:place>", one of the guys shot this on his Treo.
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    The bikes "fared" surprisingly well. The most vulnerable were the sportbikes with low slung fairings that hit when the bikes high centered. The only real damage was a missing kickstand spring on the HD. The obstacles were a result of the storms in November '06.

    Here is more footage of the other bikes going over the log:
    Aprilia Mille
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    Triumph 675
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    ouch!

    Aprilia Futura
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    The right tool for the job:
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    Unknown to us, the log was the first of THREE obstacles we had to overcome. The next one was a real wash out that was a good 20' to the bottom. We went around on a very narrow and SOFT shoulder.
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    First up the &#8216;Priller Futura:
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    Then the &#8220;Dirt Hawk&#8221;
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    And the GS: don&#8217;t forget to disable the ABS ;)
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    Then came the final challenge: TWO jersey barriers, end to end, completely blocking passage to the main road. To our right the barrier extended out over the drop off. And the other nearly butting up to the hillside on the left. We did what we could to minimize the impact to nature, and dug out just enough dirt to allow passage. Of course, our saddle bags had to be removed to make it through.

    We all made it through, and continued on south to the WA/OR boarder where we camped on the <st1:place w:st="on">Columbia River. The ride continued on through Crater Lk, Lassen Peak, Lake Tahoe, and then on to Monterey for the MotoGP!

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    Four Riders at sunset on Hwy 101, on our way home from Monterey.

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    Hi,

    Think anyone that can get a Hardley or a sportbike past those obstacles passes the ADVRider initiation test.

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    It is good to see what you can do with some determination, cunning and most important, a sense of Adventure. Good job! Full membership granted.
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    Even a smile, from our lovely 675 rider after getting over the log.

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    WELL DONE!! I couldn't get over the HD, most riders of them would never put there bike in any danger like that . very cool
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    You guys are completely crazy!!! :lol3

    Doing that with sport bikes and a Harley, I don't know how you manage to convince those guys to take that road on those bikes NWBoarder, but one sure thing is that you have a very good sens of persuasion!
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    The funny thing is, the Futura rider did most of the convincing!

    I turned to the 675 rider, and asked what she thought.
    She said, "I can hear it in his voice... ...We're going to do this...." :clap

    (...yes they are still married.)
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