Southwest Dual Sport Riders Club - Phoenix, AZ

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Chick4KLRs, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. nochain

    nochain Adventurer

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    Hi all, just checking in as new member interested in local off road ride for my KTM625. Been riding for a long time mostly street but first started out in the dirt as a kid. I am finalizing the my mechanical work i.e. carb tear down and valve check this week/end and will be wanting to go on some off road rides soon as the weather is cooler now.

    I live in south Chandler and just want a place to get some basic re-learning experience to get my feet wet again and check out the bike that's "close". Anyone have any suggestions where I might be able to do that without a long ride just to get there? I have the off road sticker but most of the land down here is res.
  2. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    The closest out here used to be a place out by Johnson Ranch but about a month ago they fenced the area off. I believe it's a toss up between Bulldog Canyon and Desert Wells over there going towards Florence as to the closest area to ride around these ways now. Good luck on getting reacquainted with your steed.
  3. nochain

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    Thank you Cyberdos. Is there anyting at or around all the land at San Tan Mountain NP? Seems like thats close enough in case I have mechanical problems.
  4. nochain

    nochain Adventurer

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    gosh now that I think about it I am just looking for some dire roads for a start. I know this is simple but I want to start from the easy side :D
  5. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    It doesn't get much easier than Desert Wells. I haven't explored San Tan much but I believe there's only one road through there (Brenner Pass) and it's not all much fun. That still dumps you out there to the other side of San Tan which is all rez. No go through any of those parts.

    The place I was talking about out there in Johnson Ranch is here. It's a pretty neat area and it seems like the fences go up and as soon as they do, a week later, they go down. :lol3

    So it may be worth a shot to go out there an poke around. Here's a pic from last time I was out there with the kid.

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    I may be going out this weekend with the kid just to put put around. Maybe we can get a super n00b ride goin'. :D

    ps. you may just want to find an empty lot nearby and get your feet wet that way. I had luck at both places I've lived (val vista & pecos) and here in Queen Creek that I've found empty areas that nobody really seems to give a fuck about and I go out there and do some pop a wheelies and donuts when I get a dirt low. :D
  6. MrGoldfish

    MrGoldfish Been here awhile

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    I think this place is a great place to go with some easy dirt roads unless you go to far east. I live in south Chandler too so it's only about 45 minutes to an hour to get out there depending on traffic.
  7. nochain

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    Cyberdos Thanks thats exactly what I need and alos some one to ride with. I really am not very conformable riding alone on a bike that I am not familiar with both mechanically and riding wise. I dont think getting stranded out in BunbleF would be much fun alone. I still have to check my valve clearances and install the carb that I just rebuilt and doubt I will be able to get err done this weekend (still waiting for my special feeler gauge in the mail). So I will take a rain check on that for another day soon!

    Mrgoldfish It looks like that area is the launching point for a lot of places just East of there. Where about in Chandler do you live? what kind of bike do you run (enduro or dirt only)? I put signals on my bike and made it street legal since I dont have a truck to cart it around. Still leaves me with a fuel dilemma as I have not yet added a larger tank (since I am just getting the bike ready for my first time riding).

    Ron AKA "Nochain"
  8. braknstuf

    braknstuf Adventurer

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    Was just over to the place by Johnson Ranch last night its pretty tame and there are alot of fences still in place through it hasnt seemed to deter anyone. Nochain, Im out that direction through my bike is very much street oriented. Feel free to send me a PM if your headed out that way though.
    Brak
  9. MrGoldfish

    MrGoldfish Been here awhile

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    I live at Ray Road and McQueen and ride a KLR. I enjoy both slab and dirt. I just don't have a lot of time to play right now with all the stuff going on right now. Check out the photos below though of a ride I did with my wife, brother and his girlfriend.

    My brother is standing next to his KLR while mine is on the right.

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    We rode up through Yarnell, AZ on our way to Prescott. Zach lost all the junk tied onto the back of his bike going through the twisties so though it was a good time to take a break.

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    After camping south of Prescott in the pine trees that night. We went into town and stopped at one of the lakes to look at the funky rocks across the way.

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    Then we drove up through Jerome and found a few black bears on the side of the rode so we stopped and snacked.

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    There's some pics of the bike and little bit of adventure for you too. :1drink
  10. nochain

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    Cyberdos I sure wish my dad was into bike....your son is VERY lucky!!!!!

    Braknstuff thanks yes maybe in two weeks I will head over there and PM you

    Mrgoldfish (lol funny handle) looks like you guys had an awesome time. I sold my Shadow Ace Tourer last year to get my RC51. I had hopes the wife and I could do trips like that but timing etc never made it happen. Did not ride the tourer much so I got my second race inspired bike (the other is an FZR600) so I am now a single up rider. The bike I recently got that I want to tool around with is a KTM sxc625. Its not exactly a touring bike but more of a jackhammer :evil .
  11. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    ooooo...RC51. :tb
  12. MrGoldfish

    MrGoldfish Been here awhile

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    Still puts a smile on your face though I imagine! :clap
  13. DR650SEDDY

    DR650SEDDY ride2discover

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    Getting the feeling of Dakar?? My boy is not even 2 and he's climbing on my DRZ :huh by himself and able to stir the handlebars. He'll be 2 this month.
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  14. nochain

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    DRZeddy that's freaken awesome! What a great life that kid is going to have!!!!!!
  15. DR650SEDDY

    DR650SEDDY ride2discover

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    Thanks nochain, from ur mouth to the gate of heaven. I always pray for my kid & any kid to have a great life. They'll inherit this planet so we better do a good job raising them huh :1drink...
    Cheers.
  16. Creeker747

    Creeker747 Been here awhile

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    Does anyone have any pics to post from last weekend's Howl'n At The Moon Sunday's "A" loop? It seemed like eighty miles of rocks, but maybe it's just my imagination. My buds who I rode with took some, I'll post as soon as they send them. :dhorse
  17. BELSTAFF

    BELSTAFF ADV NOMAD

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    My god, Jasper sure has grown since the last time I saw him, give him an extra love spank on his b-day for me, ok

    Just two more months till Dakar and the Coma, Despres show, lets see now ,it's Comas turn to win this year,right?
    I'm getting my F5 finger in shape, going to be following Team Sparks this year, met them at Overland Expo last May & his KTM was well thought out & prepared.

    I think his game plane is the same as Neduros,was last year.-- Just finish--.
  18. DR650SEDDY

    DR650SEDDY ride2discover

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    Thanks Jeff i will. Btw i will cheer for Despres this year.
  19. hethin

    hethin n00b

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    Hi all! I'm a long time lurker from the west valley. I mostly ride west of the White Tanks. Anywho, I need some advice on finding a wrench for my '98 KTM 380EXC. The Bike runs like a rapped ape but will not idle. I'm tearing my hair out here. I've added the JD jet kit, but still no luck. It's time to have a pro take a look at it. Can any of you recommend a reasonably priced mechanic? One that has experience with two strokes?: (:
  20. DcboyRider

    DcboyRider SHITTIN AND GITTIN

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    Take it over to Dillon @ Zen Moto the guy is top notch, just did alot of work on my 990R.:clap