There's TROUBLE Headed to Pioneertown

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by riceless, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. riceless

    riceless Let's Ride!

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    What started as one guy asking another guy if he wanted to ride, turned into eight trouble makers showing up at the Ranch Without Rice Sunday morning. Ya see after a long dry summer we had been getting hit with some rain squalls the past few days. In the desert that means 3 things; Cooler temps, less dust, and better traction.

    Of the 8 bikes only one was made in Japan. Is the offroad tide turning back to Europe?

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    As soon as we hit the pavement we did not to go unnoticed by a law enforcement officer. A newly installed center divider aided us in our escape, although at the time we didn't know we were being pursued. :dunno

    A couple miles of blacktop and we were in the dirt. :clap
    KTM450 Dave

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    Workin' out the morning cobwebs.
    TE250 Buck Moberly

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    This hillclimb is easy if you make it. If you don't, not so easy. :knary
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    It was at this point that one of the riders said 5 months ago he had a heart attack :eek1 and wasn't feeling up to riding yet. So he and his riding buddy were going to split off on there own.

    This put us at 6 riders to forge ahead to Pioneertown, the long way. :wink:

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    There was plenty to keep us from getting bored on the way.

    Dunerat

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    Nowwhat

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    Beta450 Dave

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    Buck Moberly was on the smallest bike, a TE250. He rode sweep all day. Thanks Buck

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    The little Husky that could.

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    For the past 3 years and 68,000 miles I've ridden The Mighty 950 exclusively.
    I've got two new ridding buddies (Dave & Mike) that have opened a Beta dealership in Palm Springs and they let me try one for this ride. I think it's because they knew what would happen. I'm in love!

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    It really made my day alot easier and faster.


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    About halfway through the ride we went to a new hidden canyon I found recently for a break under the only big tree around for miles.

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    So Buck Moberly can roll in.

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    more to follow!
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  2. riceless

    riceless Let's Ride!

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  3. GB

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    Beautiful riding area :thumb Thanks for the pics and video.
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  4. BusyWeb

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    thanks for the sharing...
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  5. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    nice mang!:thumb


    i'd like to see you up close on that Beta!:deal i can only imagine.:ricky
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    good job brent.
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  7. buck moberly

    buck moberly Adventurer

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    This was one of only a couple of times i caught up.
    I had a great time, thanks.

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  8. riceless

    riceless Let's Ride!

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    Anybody in the market for a slightly used 950? Never been offroad...:shog
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  9. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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    Adult owned?
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  10. Nowwhat

    Nowwhat I'll Go Second...

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    um no....not even close to an adult.....:lol3 :deal
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  11. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    Brent + Beta = TROUBLE (fun) :evil :D
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  12. riceless

    riceless Let's Ride!

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    Thanks for the photo Buck. Feel free to post up more. Especially any you got from the more challenging parts of the loop. I had battery/SD card issues before we got there.

    Here's part 2 of the video.

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  13. the darth peach

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    Brent threads always good!
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  14. riceless

    riceless Let's Ride!

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    Thanks Rivka. That means a lot coming from the Queen of the 1.5 million view thread.:eek1 Your ride reports have a calming effect on me and your photos are inspirational. But I still wish you'd give the RC8 another chance. Maybe it's an acquired taste, like coffee. :*sip*

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  15. riceless

    riceless Let's Ride!

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    Thanks Rivka. That means a lot coming from the Queen of the 1.5 million view thread.:eek1 Your ride reports have a calming effect on me and your photos are inspirational. But I still wish you'd give the RC8 another chance. Maybe it's an acquired taste, like coffee. :*sip*

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  16. MikeinSA

    MikeinSA Shitter's Full

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    Hey Brent,

    You're getting a bit old for this stuff aren't you?

    :lol3 Lookin' good guy!
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  17. riceless

    riceless Let's Ride!

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    Hey there Mike. To be precise, I am 30 years older than I was when we worked together at USCG Sta Port Isabel. Ya don't quit ridin' when you get old... You get old when you quit ridin'.

    Now to finish this report

    During the break at the Cottonwood tree, Dunerat discovered the battery on his KTM was dead. Not wanting to kickstart it with his recently screwed together broken leg, :kurt he opted to head back. I pointed in the general direction of the nearest road and the group was now five.
    MXracer Dave, Beta Dave,Nowwhat, Buck Moberly, and me.

    At the Cottonwood I told the guys there were some indian paintings about 100 feet from where we were sitting. Nobody walked over to look, not even me. I'd seen them before.

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    I think the boyz were trying to conserve their energy :jkam for the trails to come. Like Sidewinder Canyon :evil

    My picture taking was over(battery). So the rest of the photos in this report will be file photos. Sorry.

    We rode ten or so miles of sandwash and mining trails to a particularly sweet section of singletrack. Fun on the 950, over really quick on the Beta. This dropped us onto a whooped out dirt road that gives the Mighty 950 fits. MX Dave was in his element here! I think he's got whoops dialed.:nod I was kind of diggin' it myself on board the little 450.
    Next up was The Switchbacks. A big deal in a jeep but not on a bike. Unless you try the shortcut.

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    Beta Dave had conquered it before. Having failed previous attempts Nowwhat didn't believe it.
    This time as Buck Moberly and I sheepishly :shog motored up the switchback route, Beta Dave repeated his flawless attack, MX Dave motored up the rocky mess without incident, and Nowwhat... well let's just say it's still on his to do list.

    At the bottom of the backside of The Switchbacks begins Sidewinder Canyon. It starts out sandy with some rocks

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    and becomes just rocks.

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    Pretty challenging on The Mighty 950

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    On the Beta it was like cheating.

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    Sorry for the file photos. I hope Buck Moberly has some shots from in here. I kinda doubt it though. He was busy. :D



    I think everybody really enjoyed Sidewinder. I know I did. From there we took the usual black diamond jeep trails down the mountain to Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace for a cold drink and planning session for the next ride. I just hope it'll be soon! :thumbup
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  18. IceCreamSoldier

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    fantastic stuff, great videos!!!
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    effing loved it! YES! :thumb
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  20. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Excellent desert action - cool Beta too! :clap
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