Arizona's Chocolate Waterfall - Break in a KTM 1090 in One Day

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    This is my first written ride report. I usually post my videos from my YouTube channel. This trip will get posted in video format when the editing is done. I am not a patient person. I don't like tedious drawn out break in periods on new vehicles. I am also OCD about following the manufacturers process. I need a trip that would take care of the break in in one day. I needed to find someplace I could ride and put 600 miles round trip on the bike. A quick look in my notes and found Grand Falls or Chocolate Falls on the Navajo Reservation northeast of Flagstaff. 20190309_173102.jpg
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    I'll spare you the food pics from the Burger King in Flagstaff. For you new riders. Don't eat onions before you have to ride a few hours with your helmet on. I headed out of Flag and the ride started at the intersection of Leupp Rd and Indian Route 70. Don't go by your GPS or Google maps they will take you to the north side of the falls away from the viewing area. I stopped for an air pressure drop and equipment check. The view of the Snow capped San Francisco Peaks framed by two cider cones was awesome. Of course the new 1090 dressed it up a little.
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    Indian Route 70 is a gravel (volcanic cinder actually) road that is a little slidey and fun. Although the long stretches of intense washboard take some of the fun out. No pictures here just sniffling about the washboard. It's about 20 miles and you will need to look for the makeshift signs. If the falls are flowing there should be a cars that you can gauge were you are going by. If you follow a '76 Chevy pickup to a Hogon (traditional Navajo home) and 46 head of cattle you followed a Navajo home. What happens next depends on several variables.
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    Once you get to the parking area pick a spot. No worries on room there is a ton of space and there is a second spot in the lower area. If the Little Colorado is at a lower level you can choose to cross to the north (?) side. Not something I wanted to do on an brand new KTM with the highest water level in recent memory. There are a few ramadas and a poop shack (pit toilet) to get rid of the aforementioned Burger King debacle.
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    Here are the pics of the falls. They don't do it justice. They are enormous and there really isn't anything to capture perspective. However, the total fall is greater than the American side of Niagara Falls and at some points of the year the over the edge water exceeds Niagara at 150,000 feet per minute. Hope you enjoy these pictures
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    For those morbidly curious. The falls were created during the period when the Rim Country in Arizona was volcanicaly active. Cinder cones dot the landscape and the San Francisco Peaks are a dormant volcano. A cinder cone just to the north about 8 miles away flowed lava all the way to the Little Colorado and dammed it up. The overflow created this fall.
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    Here is a video clip from the falls. The term "Chocolate Waterfall" is a nickname referring to the brown color of the falls. I think it looks like Chocolate YooHoo. Maybe they should call them YooHoo falls.
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    After all the waterfall viewing I could take I headed back down the 20 mile washboard road. On the way back I stopped in Flag for a pick with the snow capped San Francisco peaks and got a great shot of Sedona from an Overlook. 20190323_153303_resized.jpg 20190323_163446_resized.jpg
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    Beautiful country
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    When I got home there was an overwhelming dead body smell in the gear locker. The one that shall be obeyed banished all of the gear to the out of doors until it didn't bring on dry heaves. So time and effort saving ingenuity kicked in so I grabbed a scotch a lawn chain and the pressure washer and blasted away the 42 layers of adventure stench and grime while I worked on a nice tan......oh........THE END 20190324_135138_resized.jpg
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    hey , great stuff , i like that part of the country , thanks for the pics
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    nice dog,,,, first time out there?

    so, what do ya think of orange?
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    subscribed... how could I not, to cool to pass up
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    First time I've done it 10 years ago, we crossed the river to the other side while it was flowing good.
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    These pix taken from the other side of the river (north side)
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    That's from last May, bone dry.
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    Thanks for checking out my post. Every time I think I have run out of thing to see there is a ton more to explore.
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    This is the first time to the falls. It's been on the list time has not lined up with the water flowing. So far I like the bike. Having first service dome on Friday. Skid plate and upper bars are on the way. I'll get them bolted on and then I'll be able to test what I bought it for. Hit some desert trails that were restricted to the WR when I had the Tiger.
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    Thanks! It was a fun trip.
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    Cool pics. That was quite a difference. I didn't see the jeep guys trying when I was up there. Next time I go back crossing is on the agenda.
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    your most welcome
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