Phoenix to Lake Havasu - Big Bike Bomb Run April 2013

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Yardstick, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. BELSTAFF

    BELSTAFF ADV NOMAD

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    I could be mistaken but I believe there was a Raptor that took it's class in the 2012 DAKAR with an 70 or 80 year female navigator.

    The truck was pretty much showroom stock,only additions were skid plates navigation equipment,larger wheels & tires,


    I really don't think dirt roads to Havasu could be any tougher than 2012 Dakar :lol3 Especially since Ford advertises it as Baja ready.
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  2. Mil T

    Mil T Been here awhile

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    Yardstick.
    I understand that you may venture onto single track or go somewhere that I might not fit. That's ok. I don't want you to change your route on my account. I'm willing to split off to make a rendezvous somewhere else or I'll go on to Havasu to what ever hotel that is chosen for the ride. There are plenty of routes that I can take. I've been planning to do this run but haven't been able to get the time. This has fallen on a good weekend for me.
    My truck is not stock on the suspension. I've replaced almost everything under it. Mostly for dependability and smooth ride. But to be able to go fast also. I'll not bore you with any of it. You'll just see it when I get there.
    So, Unless Yardstick changes his mind then I'll plan to go and be your chase vehicle.
    I'm happy to be able to get together with you guys again. I've missed our fun together.

    Not this trip Big-E but I'll do a barbque after May. Christy and I will be gone to see the Grandkids in Neb. the month of May. I'll have everyone up after that.

    Uncle Mil T
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  3. Mil T

    Mil T Been here awhile

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    Here's a little trip we took this past Wednesday for the day. This would be a good big bike ride for you guys. I have a couple more that you might be interested in as well.

    Today the wife and I decided to take a ride north of our home in Payson, Az. in the Raptor to see some of our states interesting places. We headed North up the Hwy 87 towards Winslow. We turned off and took a fun forest dirt road into Long Lake. Then out through Chavez Pass.
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    The Chavez Pass road drops you down onto private and public grazing lands. The road is wide and fast semi sand and dirt. Easy sustained 90mph road but watch out for the cows that can be on the road.
    This road goes right by the famous Meteor Crater attraction off the I-40 between Flagstaff and Winslow. We were on the dirt road that takes you up the back way to the south edge of the Meteor Crater through an old lime plant. Our visit to the meteor crater was free today. They used to bag the lime and send it on it’s way to where ever. Here’s some shots as we spent about an hour in that location.
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    And of course any old west cabins are always haunted you know and we met this one.
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    We decided that we needed to get moving on to our chosen destination for the day up through the Hopi Indian Reservation where the Little Colorado River runs and the Grand Falls or Chocolate Falls run.
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    The roads were mostly wide, dusty and fast but there were a few sections of some rocky road bed. I finally found my Go Pro camera but was not prepared to mount it so I didn’t get any driving road pics but we did get some great stills to look at. Here we are at the Grand Falls. Or as I called it the Ompa Lompa river.
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    Here’s my best half Christy at the falls.
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    This picture gives a little perspective to their height. The internet says they are actually taller than the Niagra Falls. I would never have guessed that. They are 185 ft tall.
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    Here’s a panarama shot looking at the falls and downstream on the Little Colorado River.
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    We left the area headed over to Flagstaff to grab a bite to eat and fill up gas for the ride home. Thought it would be a 45 minute drive. Well I got on some great ranch roads and just started having fun. Ran up into the Cinder Cone forest and OHV play area.
    One of the main reasons I wanted to go out with the truck was to test the suspension, which I finally have completed. Basically it’s an RPG stage 4 with RPG’s tuned Fox 3.0’s. At first try out of the box, I received the standard rear National Springs by mistake but was not aware of it. I ran them and it was just to soft for my driving style so RPG was very accommodating and sent me the HD’s. That was the ticket. With a few twists on the rebound screws on the shocks, I think I have a very good set up and a truck that just works really well. I confident it will be able to tackle any rough terrain that a Ford Raptor was built for with ease. I know it’s not a trophy truck and what we did today with the truck is exactly what I built it for. To tour and have fun on unpredictable roads without the truck hitting the pavement with rattles and suspension that has been trashed and feels it. It worked flawlessly. I could not believe how this suspension just soaked up running through the quad and motorcycle woops that are in the cinder cone OHV area. If you want to find out what a real test for suspension in these trucks is, run your 61 year old wife of 42 years down a road for a couple miles at 70 mph with 1 to 2 foot woops and listen to her say,
    “Wow, that seemed really smooth. How fast were you going” all while she is knitting in the passenger seat. Now that’s a true test cause I usually have a sore shoulder on the right side if I had done that with any thing else I have driven that she has been a passenger in.
    Hey RPG. Thanks for all the help on a superb Raptor suspension set up.
    Now to start some of the other items I need to do, like an OHH SHIT grab bar for the passenger to grab when you know it’s not going to be pretty when you didn’t read the terrain just right.
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  4. Yardstick

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    The biggest problem I see is that you're going to make me want to do this to my truck:
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    I'm sure you will be fine. My only hesitation was going to be if someone else whined heavily. :lol3 It'll be good to see you out there again!
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  5. AZ TOM

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    Will you be taking Osborne wash across, up towards Parker Dam?
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  6. scottcolbath

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    I'm going to try to be in for a day's worth of this ride.

    S.C.
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  7. BIG-E

    BIG-E AKA; Mongo-E

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    Yea, yea... I will believe it when I see you at breakfast on Saturday.:deal

    Allthough, the 'Busa would be able to keep up on the long straightaways, maybe!!:lol3

    Don't forget my Bacon! I might need it on this one...
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  8. scottcolbath

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    Watch it there, skippy. I just put a new battery in the 640. It's itching to go.

    BTW, don't ever buy an Extreme brand battery from Batteries Plus. They are shit.

    Imagine the air I could catch off the jumps on Alamo Rd. :evil

    Digging through the pantry now.

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  9. Michhub

    Michhub Major Medical

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    Damn! This sounds like a fun run....just moved to PHX from VA 4 days ago...looking to mix it up with the local asylum...was tossing my 990 on the ground just a few weeks ago so I should be ok, nothing broke but willing to keep trying :lol3

    You guys mind a noob joining in?

    The starting point is 95 miles from me....might have to work on that a bit 'cause I'm not a 5am person :snore:1drink
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  10. Mil T

    Mil T Been here awhile

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    There's a lot of really nicely done trucks now a days. Pretty much because of the Raptor coming out and showing that off road trucks can be luxury also. I almost went this route also with having a fabbed up Prerunner but it's just not the same as being able to just buy one and do bolt ons that gets you in the same relative position as this $100K minimum truck. I didn't want to wait that long. My new suspension was $7500 give or take and it's all bolt on and proven solid. Just like a dirt bike where you can only go so fast no matter the drivetrain if the suspension is not capable of getting you over the terrain. Thanks Yardstick for taking the leap with me. :lol3
    Let me know if there is any thing that you would like me to be carrying besides what I have already mentioned.
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  11. Yardstick

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    If you're willing to throw your 990 on the ground I think you'll fit in fine. :evil

    You will quickly become a 3 a.m. person around here. It's a survival response in the summer. :lol3
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  12. Mil T

    Mil T Been here awhile

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    Hey. Any of you guys going have VHF handheld radios?
    I'm planning on putting a VHF mobile radio in my truck and thought if anyone that is riding has a handheld it would be nice for communication if needed.

    Uncle Mil T
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  13. Crashed Bad

    Crashed Bad Big man, little bike

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    Regrettably, I'm out for this one. Wife out of town and not enough room for the kids on the bike.

    I rode in Andy McMillan's Raptor after a break down in Mexico and was way impressed as he railed through whoops that were killing me on the bike. Awesome trucks!
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  14. booger1

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    I just did somr of this rought 2 weeks ago. Browns crossing is open if your looking for that info still.
    I may be up for it, I'll watch this thread.
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  15. Yardstick

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    Thanks for the info on Brown's Crossing! I would like to get into that section to the west of the crossing again.

    I just booked a room at the Rodeway Inn (335 London Bridge Rd, Lake Havasu City, Arizona 86403) for $76 with an AMA discount code. The Super 8 next door is cheaper but had some reviews that made it sound questionable.
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  16. Reidy008

    Reidy008 I,m in if we go fast

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    Anyone up for joining me in a late afternoon and night ride to meet up with the group?

    I am thinking I can be on the bike around 5pm and ride out to meet the guys. Ride home Sunday with the group.:clap
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  17. AZ Mark

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    Ikes Cookshack opens at 7am Tuesday thru Sunday. (Two buildings East of McD's, his sign is camouflaged, you can't miss it) I'll check with him just to be certain he's going to be open on the 20th and get back to ya... :ear Sometimes he is just "Gone" for a few days!

    If I was not going to be at Alamo fish'n that week I would meet you boys for Hot Cakes. It's just down the road from my Casa.

    Yes, as mentioned earlier Brown's Crossing is very High-n-Dry. Your going to have a very dusty ride as it is dryer than a popcorn-fart out there...
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  18. Mil T

    Mil T Been here awhile

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  19. Mil T

    Mil T Been here awhile

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    Yardstick.
    Will you be putting out a map or GPS for the route you'd like to take?
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  20. Yardstick

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    I have GPS tracks for a couple different routes out and back. I'll work on putting them all together in the next couple of days. I don't really have a good place to host them, but I can e-mail them to anyone who wants them.
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