19 Days on a Nine-T

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Motorambling, Nov 1, 2019.

  1. Motorambling

    Motorambling Sometimes I Ramble Sometimes I Ride

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    Hey Guys,
    I just returned from an 11 state tour of the western US and thought everyone here might enjoy the trip. I packed up my BMW scrambler with enough gear for every season as well as supplies for off the grid camping and rolled out of Wisconsin. I had about 6k miles on the bike and no off-road experience with it yet but had dressed her up with Hepco-Becker panniers, Wunderlich hand guards, engine guards, throttle lock and windshield. IMG_0847.JPG fullsizeoutput_7c3.jpeg IMG_0198.JPG
    Colorado is one of my favorite states and was my first destination. Cinnamon
    Pass and Ophir Pass are known for their rookie-level terrain. Since I was a newbie at off-roading this machine and riding solo, I chose those two mountain passes as my first experience. Exceptional scenery but the downhill was less than kind on the Telluride side of the Ophir summit. :muutt:doh Lake City to Silverton took about 2.5 hours including my photo opp stops. Silverton to Telluride took about the same due to my crashing and bashing downhill adventure. There is one section of super loose large rocks that are not motorcycle-friendly but the rest of the ride is spectacular and includes a few small but fun water crossings. r6yIhYgFQw6utfq6pV1uUA.jpg MNlxfITuRuOrfXx3+7lxow.jpg zfy6Ou+dQwSFx0z6gRt+AA.jpg TLYHTXGGTCeJQcmSErPz%g.jpg zPEeUedyScWaqpAehRmaAg.jpg W6pbw0FQQVyiPyl916c6Qw.jpg oM9AydxERUuu%Qz53%ayyQ.jpg
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  2. Bullseye

    Bullseye Mr. Bad Example Supporter

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    Love this route, you hit a lot of good stuff.
    Looking forward to seeing more.
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  3. Motorambling

    Motorambling Sometimes I Ramble Sometimes I Ride

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    And then...I began to roll a tad bit out of control the first corner I simply layed the bike down...the second was more of a downhill slide half over the handlebars type dismount. Had there been an audience I believe they would have given my performance a 10. AjBnU8UISHmBHY5LVfPnbQ.jpg oiHePVeISbyVcJ0Z8aVZpw.jpg hyC0+Uh7SMOQpseDIOXfEQ.jpg
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  4. crashkorolyk

    crashkorolyk just happy to ride

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    Looks like a brilliant trip and great pictures,looking forward to the rest of your adventure!
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  5. lifeofliberty

    lifeofliberty If you're bored, you're not living

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    Great photos, those shots are amazing. What camera did you use to take these? Asking because I'm going to upgrade my cell, thinking of one of the new camera phones that are supposed to take better pictures (want to pack as light as I can). One more: Did the Nine offer enough protection (wind / crash)? Something else I've been wondering about.
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  6. Bullseye

    Bullseye Mr. Bad Example Supporter

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    My back was just beginning to feel better after my recent trip to Utah... and picking up the loaded bike a few times... after seeing those pics, I'm having sympathy pains in my back!
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  7. rodrigzj

    rodrigzj Been here awhile

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    Great pics!
    Looks like a pretty awesome ride you had.
    Show us some more pics please!
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  8. bobw

    bobw Harden the phuck up

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  9. squonker

    squonker Stupid is the new norm

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    Stunning photos!
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  10. roberts

    roberts GS'er

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    I really like your bike's setup. It looks perfect for traveling. And your photos and the scenery are beautiful. Silverton is my all time favorite place. I have a Silverton sticker on my GS's luggage and I often think about the area. I'm looking forward to your report.
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  11. BuiltnotBought

    BuiltnotBought Perpetual Project

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    Love it! Always loved the 9-T and looks like a great trip.
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  12. svahadean

    svahadean und I.M. von Daring

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    A picture's worth a thousand words.

    Thanks for the visuals and brief descriptions.

    You and your bike look great and happy.

    Thanks for sharing your ADV.

    I'm in for the remainder of the story.

    Ride on!
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  13. Motorambling

    Motorambling Sometimes I Ramble Sometimes I Ride

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    Believe it or not, this was just the old iPhone 8....the colorado skies were clear and the sunshine made for the excellent backlight. The Nine-T did not start out with enough wind/crash protection however, Wunderlich offers an amazing amount of aftermarket parts that did. Taller windshield, handguards, and engine guards...
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  14. Motorambling

    Motorambling Sometimes I Ramble Sometimes I Ride

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    Next stop Utah... After a day's rest and a visit to Urgent Care to make sure nothing was broken, I continued onto the desert. It does not matter how many times I ride or drive through this state, I swear I never see the same rock formation twice! And, the endless dirt roads leading off into the canyons keep my head turning like a squirrel on crack! :happayThe Bears Ears is a nice easy roll to the top of an incredible rock mountain offering splendid views and several side trails. I stuck mainly to the gravel and paved roads being a tad gun shy after my tumble in Colorado. But, still managed to see amazing things along highways 95 and 24. Capitol Reef NP is always a lovely ride. 87144802-F1ED-4C8F-A706-35A133580E6E.jpg 912E4AFB-126B-45CC-93B1-C6A48BE7B317.jpg fullsizeoutput_809.jpeg RenderedImage.jpg rQV1ePiMQj+iIvVSkTCidA.jpg MOwaQNhPQLOusfV6WMbVoA.jpg cC5sgmKDSw2TxK+XQ9ltkA.jpg zCy43r4ORjahmdCFyvMnuA.jpg 83A0338C-8371-48F5-832E-2C14CD2C650A.jpg 2F0A9FF9-8356-42A0-A28D-E17129B67053.jpg
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  15. Motorambling

    Motorambling Sometimes I Ramble Sometimes I Ride

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    After two nights in the tent in Utah, I was headed for "The Loneliest Road in America," and straight through Nevada to Benton Hot Springs CA. 167 miles between services doesn't leave a bike much opportunity to go exploring but I found the scenery and solitude along the highway quite welcoming. Next time I'll bring extra fuel to go off on the side roads to the Lunar Crater and many lava flows. svqEmoUGTy+Hvl2N9pYysw.jpg FlWbZENxTBysha1AtrZ3yA.jpg x0gKbziPQsmPxbZUVzQdtg.jpg NkgRFvE5Tt6WYwh6C+FJVg.jpg ieYFBRrFQFmq1T8WWnr1ug.jpg yz8g4fmEQZCm7y85NlhY4w.jpg 1EfDIsdzROWValTAP4VHBA.jpg HOAZw3eIS1WbhgNaEfQdtA.jpg
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  16. Motorambling

    Motorambling Sometimes I Ramble Sometimes I Ride

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    California's weather and scenery couldn't have been better, I found Benton Hot Springs and it's one lonely cafe/gas station. They were out of gas, luckily I didn't need any, the Nine-T does amazing on fuel, generally 180-200 miles per tank. The Hot Springs Inn is a historic little motel offering campsites with private soaking pools or rooms with shared soaking pools. The food is incredible and there are several pieces of history hidden in the hills. This little stop is also only about 65 miles from the gates of Yosemite and worth a night's stay. dEy9G7t%RJ223K0hzjjQHg.jpg RBPbBe0aRh2OmIo+IzLyfQ.jpg 581E7EB4-A28F-464A-8C3F-0B9CA4006A7B.jpg fullsizeoutput_8c4.jpeg 3ComdkVqTiCzZF5lcvESgg.jpg Ep3eLfg0THGqKV0YpPgjuQ.jpg jys3ZL+NQ7iIoUqW%VlsRw.jpg uHxb+1cASWWusV2jb%S+IA.jpg IMG_0661.JPG TNb118yeT56TrTcpSekKJA.jpg
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  17. Johnnydarock

    Johnnydarock Been here awhile

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    Some great riding. Thanks for posting.
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  18. rodrigzj

    rodrigzj Been here awhile

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    Great photos and RR.
    Keep them coming.
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  19. Frey Bentos

    Frey Bentos Probably doing a drawing. Or scratching my arse.

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    Lovely report. Nice to see 'my' bike being used properly. And not cowering in the garage away from all the road salt... Sigh.
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  20. Zubb

    Zubb he went that-a-way...

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    Nice report. Looking forward to the rest.
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