Southwest Utah: Dual Sport Riding from St. George

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by RedRockRider, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. Hoot Gibson

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    and a nice Orange Ghost Orb...Great Shot:clap

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  2. Byork

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    There's a logical explanation for that :lol3
  3. holiday

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  4. RedRockRider

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    Meet at MotoZoo. Post up or PM if interested. No firm plans. Couple of hours, easy dirt. :D

    Santa Claus brought a new orange toy to a semi-local inmate. Apparently, it is time for him to go check it out. :clap

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    Thanks, holiday. No Narrows for us until warmer temps. Very bold. How about heated socks. :lol3 Nice pics.

    Byork and Hoot Gibson . . . yes, I thought the orange lens flare fit right in with the Darwin Dance Hall pic. :eek1

    Thanks, MasterMarine. Yes, the Versys was not going to be the right bike for the back route from Darwin down to Panamint Springs. The start of the dirt/gravel in Darwin looked smooth enough . . . but there is a lot of elevation drop to Panamint . . . don't expect it to be smooth the whole way. Certainly didn't want to get in a jam with the V a million miles from nowhere off-road in Death Valley.

    On the plus side . . . the Versys was excellent on miles and miles of smooth asphalt. Much sportier than grinding out miles on a dual sport. Would like to go back to Death Valley with the dual sport. Would be an equally fun, but totally different trip. And yes, big temp variation based on elevation, and also time of day . . . cold mornings. Thanks for checking in.

    And Superhawk . . . good to see you :wave Hope you are surviving the bitter cold weather of the east. Wife was just in Philly. She's glad to be back in Utah. :wink:
  5. Superhawk

    Superhawk Been here awhile

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    - I dont mind Philly although living out west will absolutely ruin every other place :)

    Im loving the cold as we dont get a big window to ice fish here and the artic blast is extending my season :D
    Although I am chomping at the bit to get back out to Utah - I'll wait for the warm weather since I dont ski and prefer to mountain bike instead.
    I only made it out there twice last year so keep the pics coming - between your thread and Signals thread I get my weekly Utah fix !
    Mike
  6. RedRockRider

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    On my way to MotoZoo to meet the inmates . . . I look down on the center of St. George and see quite a nice fire. :eek1

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    Here's the new orange toy. All street legal from the guys at KTM/Rocky Mountain ATV in St. George. Bike is still shiny . . . doesn't look like it has been on dirt yet.

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    And the happy owner, Ringokelly! :clap Santa treated him well this year. He must doing something right in life. :deal

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    We are up on the "Turkey Farm Road" that runs from St. George to Silver Reef. No serious mud, only a few wet spots. Some dried ruts. Overall very good conditions. Great day to be out.

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    Blue - Orange - Blue. RRR - Ringokelly (previously on Red/Green KLX) - StG as always on his trusty supersized WRR.

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    Couple of small canyons in the area. Lots of smiles as StG is offering free canyon guiding services to Ringokelly. I think the conversation went something like this. Ringokelly says, "I might try that canyoneering once the weather warms up." StG says, "Yeah . . . I'll guide . . . I have all the ropes, harnesses, and carabiners. It's really quite safe. Equipment failures are very, very rare . . . but, if you do happen to drop over a cliff and the rope fails . . . can I have your new orange bike?"

    I think that ended Ringokelly's interest in canyoneering . . . at least with StG. :rofl

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    Our bikes near a few of the smaller canyons.

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    Testing out Ringokelly's new orange machine. Super tall seat height.

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    Best to give the orange beast back to its owner. The first dings on a bike should always be put on by the owner. :deal

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    StG near an old mine in Silver Reef.

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    Nearby on a hill in Leeds above I-15. Look for the chess piece above the white "L" :lol3

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    StG, Ringokelly, RRR. Ringokelly liked his new bike so much he bought us all lunch. Thank you. Very good way to spend the afternoon . . . riding motos with imaginary internet friends. See you guys again soon.

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    After lunch I cruise back towards home on a newly opened piece of the new Southern Parkway. Very smooth asphalt and some nice views.

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    Thanks for stopping by, and for all the comments. More Death Valley pics to follow. Ride safely out there. :wave
  7. ringokelly

    ringokelly Been here awhile

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    Big thanks to RRR and STG for letting me tag along. Great day to ride, great bike, great conditions and best of all...great company!

    Hope to see you soon. :clap:clap
  8. DirtyJohnny

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    Looks like a fun ride. Wish I could have been there!

    Nice bike Kelly! :freaky
  9. StG

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    I was wondering what all that smoke was from...thanks R3 for another fun ride! Kelly, next time lunch is on me:1drink.

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    Guys considering whether to ride across the 500 ft deep mine shaft opening:D
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  10. eveRide

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    Hey RRR! Man it has been a long time since contacting you-- but today I was at Home Depot and could have sworn the WR250R was yours! I left a note with my contact info if you'd like to meet up and ride some time. It looks like we've both been on a few great adventures down here this year and I'd love to link up and share some adventures! Ride safe, sir!
  11. RedRockRider

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    Hey eveRide -- I was at Brian Head for the last day or two . . . so someone else in St. George got a "creepy" note on their WRR. :lol3 Fair warning . . . if some lunatic contacts you wanting to ride . . . it's not me. Might be your new best friend who rides his WRR to Home Depot. Good luck with that. :rofl

    Always good to find a few more local inmates looking for the occasional ride. Turns out that PMs and posts on this page tend to work quite well. Although I do appreciate the thought of the note. :D Ok . . . I'm sure we'll be in touch. Take care. :wave
  12. eveRide

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    Oh man that is embarrassing! :lol3 He had the side-saddlebag and everything. The helmet seemed the same, too... look out man, because you have a doppelganger! I'll send you a PM with my contact information. If you're a texter, I set up rides once in a while via Text with my buddy "Goat Cabeza".
  13. Tee2

    Tee2 I SAID! Woo Hoo!

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    Love the riding pictures, how about some skiing ones too.

    I put in for a transfer at work for SLC or Phoenix. Wish St George was an option. :cry Might know by late summer or fall.
  14. eveRide

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    RRR, I just figured out how to receive emails for private messages and follow your thread... I have missed a few messages from you! *faceplam* :baldy Now I feel like a jerk, but never again! Glad to finally be connected!
  15. RedRockRider

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    Time to complete the Death Valley trip. Day Four. Beatty, NV to Las Vegas, via Furnace Creek.

    Motel 6 in Beatty. Exactly what you'd expect. Nothing more, nothing less. Convenient location.

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    Packing up to go. Hey, it's not all glamour on a 4-5 day moto trip. :D

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    Old church transformed into VFW building in downtown Beatty.

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    Another long, lonely highway . . . leaving Beatty, heading back towards Death Valley.

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    The famous ghost town. :clap

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    Parked by the side of the old caboose to shelter the bike from the wind. Strong gusts. Some risk of tipping the bike.

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    Here's the medley of pics from Rhyolite:

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    That's most of the older buildings. Moved the bike down the hill a bit to a few of the "newer" buildings.

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    The famous bottle house.

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    The rundown part of the neighborhood.

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    In its day, this place had all the comforts of home. :wink:

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    Old car. Really cool poking around the old ghost town. Rhyolite is one of the best! :deal

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    Probably lots of former Impala drivers out there in ADV land. First car I drove was a Chevrolet Impala.

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    Adjacent to Rhyolite is the Goldwell Open Air Museum. Here are the pics:

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    The last supper.

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    Nearby is the naked lady. :lol3

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    Cinder blocks, but looks like giant legos.

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    Break time of the outdoor couch.

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    Miner and penguin. Apparently, the artist felt out of place in the desert. So, he depicted himself as a penguin. :huh

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    Last pic of Goldwell.

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    Back in Death Valley.

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    It's all about the rocks. And erosion.

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    Great roads. Descending Mud Canyon.

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    Looking down towards the Sand Dunes.

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    On the valley floor. Salt Creek. Great little area with nice boardwalk trail.

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    Went back up high on the Beatty Cut-off Road, looking for the Keane Wonder Mine Road (closed). Some great riding. Corkscrew Peak in background.

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    Back down on the valley floor. Short cross-country walk from the road to the salt flats. Just north of Furnace Creek. Easy walk. Most scenic part of entire trip. Much preferable to Badwater. Highly recommended, especially in winter and spring when water is present. :clap

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    Continue south to quick turn-off to Mustard Canyon and the Harmony Borax Works. Love the contrast of the green Kawi.

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    Harmony Borax Works.

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    Perfect late afternoon light.

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    Beautiful Death Valley scenes. Note the high haze (dust) from strong wind earlier in the day.

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    All the old technology which tells the story of men seeking fortunes in the vastness of Death Valley. Very interesting.

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    Brief stop at "Old Dinah" at Furnace Creek. Also topped up the V on gas, just to be sure . . . it's Death Valley. :deal Distances are long, and I wasn't always easy on the throttle. :D

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    Wheel shot of "Old Dinah."

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    Zabriske Point in fading light.

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    Out to the Old Amargosa Opera House. Famous inmate photo op. :thumb

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    On to Pahrump and Las Vagas. Reunited with wife and son at MGM Grand. Day 5 (coming soon) is from Las Vegas back to St. George along the shoreline of Lake Mead.

    As always . . . thanks for checking in. Appreciate all the positive comments and PMs. Ride often, ride safely out there. :wave
  16. RedRockRider

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    Night tubing at Brian Head, a couple of hours ago. :clap

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    Tee2: Good luck with the work transfer.

    And thanks inmates for the recent five-star ratings. Appreciate it very much. :thumbup
  17. ringokelly

    ringokelly Been here awhile

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    Great pics of Death Valley!!! I wanna go there!:D
  18. TheAdmiral

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    Death Valley sure has alot of history. Matter of fact, got some 20 Mule Team borax in the shop right now. Thanks for sharing your rides. Great way for me to see places without actually spending much money.:lol3
  19. TurbStLCards

    TurbStLCards Doesn't Like Stuff

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    Nice Thread. I went to college in Cedar City. Here is my Buell at Kolob Reservoir on my first full day of ownership back in 2007. Hindsight being 20/20 I should have bought a dual sport for that area but I still had fun on that Buell in those parts. Beaver Canyon was a favorite of mine to hit the twisty road to a closed ski resort.

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  20. bomose

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    Great pics of Death Valley. I haven't been there yet, but it's on my list.