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Canyon of Gold, Tour through Southern Utahs Best kept Secrets

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by EphTwoEight, Apr 2, 2006.

  1. waltert

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    Hmmm, I seemed to have recovered from the trip! :D

    I'm bashing M like he's a ping pong ball again. :lol3

    Man sakes, it's good to be alive. :freaky


    Oh, btw, if any of you want the gps track from the trip I have it in gpx
    format so you can drop it onto google earth and see "the right way to
    cross UT". Well, actually, Dave has the "best" way to come back up north
    and west, but I didn't get to do that. Next time, fo sho.

    Here's the linky for the gps track: http://www.tondu.com/Utah.gpx

    Now when Dave sez it's his favorite part of UT, we ought to listen next time.

    I'm ready to go back. Dave, whenz the next trip. Gotta be cooler.
    What month is best without encountering snow? UT kicks ass. :wink:
    Oh and make sure we get to stay at the 7-wives inn again. They got the
    best breakfast in the whole wide world.

    And no M. I ain't been drinkin. much. ya bastige. You know I really like
    picking on you cuz you pick right back. Most guys (you are a guy, right?)
    just get pissed and say FU. I humbly await your review of my
    condescending tone. :ear
  2. waltert

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    Yeah, I feel the same way.

    Uh, ride reports???? Hellow??? is anybody out there????
  3. dirtdiver

    dirtdiver Long timer

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    Good ride report walter. What do you think of your 950 now? Is it harder to ride in the dirt than the KLR? How about on the slab?

    steve
  4. dirtdiver

    dirtdiver Long timer

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    Walter, That cracked me up about how Louis's snoring woke up the other campers. :rofl I remember him sleeping in the bunk below me in coyote cals. No offense Louis!:lol3

    steve
  5. waltert

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    Unfortunately I wasn't able to give it a thorough test on dirt but overall
    it's about 10 times the bike the KLR is on the dirt so far. It actually feels like a
    little dirt bike, untill you get into one of the "situations", and then you
    notice the weight, but not all that much. It felt pretty stable in the sand.
    I would guess much more than the big BMW's. But not as easy to ride as
    a 450. It feels very nimble, has a good center of balance and you "feel"
    like you can point it in any direction without much body language.

    I think it's the last bike I'll buy. I feel real comfortable on it in the dirt
    after this trip. It wasn't a lot of dirt but just the first mile or so of rutted
    two track made me a believer. If a rookie like me feels good on it, imagine
    what you might feel. I should make a trip south so you can ride it. I'm
    looking forward to another Baja trip so that might be a good time.

    The 16T front sprocket mod I did made a world of difference too. Before
    it seemed more highway oriented. Now it's truly dual purpose. There's a
    lot of info in "Orange Crush" on this site about the sprocket change.
    At 75 mph I'm seeing just shy of 5000 rpm out of 9500, right in the
    torque range and right in the lack of vibration range. Very sweet on the
    highway. Running 85 all day long is a no brainer. No vibes, just smooth
    sailing.

    It handles freeway speeds with ease, and first and second are perfect
    on dirt. The only compaint I have is with the seat. Instead of being a
    straight moto seat, it's dished so yer ass stays in one place. And it's narrow
    like a dirt bike. Long trips can cause ass cramps :lol3 But I saw what you
    were riding before and it's gotta be better than that for sure. 3 hour trips
    make you stand and stretch, but you can easily do that on this bike.
    For you being much taller than me you might want the handlebar extenders
    if you plan to ride standing up in the dirt. Cheap mod.

    It's a fantastic bike. I cannot say anything bad about it so far. Even with
    the added weight of the panniers I didn't notice them. I certainly did on the
    KLR.

    It want's to wheelie all the time but I don't have the experience to do it.
    I get the front tire off the ground in 1st and 2nd most of the time but I
    keep it to just a few inches.

    Dave rode Chris's bike, perhaps he can chime in about his experience.
  6. Marbleless

    Marbleless Intelligentsia Wannabe

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    You don't know cold like Minnesota cold, Michigan-boy. So, unless you got pix to top these... STFU.

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    Take that wheeny-boy...


    -M :D
  7. Marbleless

    Marbleless Intelligentsia Wannabe

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    BTW, our trip portion included our 70-miles of dirt, AND getting back up to Marysvale to see Dave's original Canyon of Gold route, AND getting back to St. George in that one following day you left. Plus we made it back to LA in one shot...

    Ya big bag o' wus. :cry


    -M :rofl
  8. Marbleless

    Marbleless Intelligentsia Wannabe

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    I'm still waiting for the stank of your ride report to die down before I post mine in the Ride Reports section. Don't want to overload the masses.
  9. Marbleless

    Marbleless Intelligentsia Wannabe

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    Ain't that the truth. You guys missed a bunch of great high-canyon country dirt roads.

    How could you tell? You squirmed around most of it while whining like a girl. :D

    My stock GS-ADV seat is the bomb. No complaints.

    Maybe you should trade that in for a GoldWing and give a dirt-oriented rider a chance at a good used KTM? :lol3


    -M
  10. waltert

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    Maybe you want to go heads up on some single track with your phat pig?
    Big deal, you can ride your bimmer on a dirt road, I'm so impressed. :cry

    Yer still a wussy, cuz you backed down from a cold night in a tent.
    I don't care about yer macho man pictures from the 70's. Yer a pus today,
    that's what matters. :wink:
  11. Marbleless

    Marbleless Intelligentsia Wannabe

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    Ouch, you hurt me bad with your tiny fists of fury... :rofl
  12. waltert

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    You're not yourself today. I noticed the improvement immediately. :jack
  13. EphTwoEight

    EphTwoEight Long timer

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    :rofl

    Cant wait till the next adventure with you two!:D
  14. Marbleless

    Marbleless Intelligentsia Wannabe

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    You know, you can't just throw money at KTM and call yourself a member of the dirt tribe. We can still see the impression the KLR seat makes on your non-hardened bum.

    On second thought, there may be an opening in the clan for the court jester. You fit the bill immensely, you doddering fool... :lol3


    -M
  15. waltert

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    What am I? Flypaper for freaks!?
    I can see your point, but I still think you're full of it. :wink:

    Ok, enough of the bantering. I'm through with this thread.
    I will always cherish the initial misconceptions I had about you. :jack





    :lurk
  16. Marbleless

    Marbleless Intelligentsia Wannabe

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    Me too. Let's start a ride report and leave this bullshit to the Jo Momma bastages. They don't ride anyway, they just take bullshit to a whole new level...

    I shall post here no longer.
  17. waltert

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    Ok, one more post, just to agree with you.

    Now post that friggen report you wus. :lol3
  18. C-Dub

    C-Dub Clean Air Hog

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    I thought you guys would never stop, jeeeeeezzzz:topes
  19. ZenMoto

    ZenMoto Bikeslut

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    So when is the official ride report (in the Ride Report forum) going to kick off? ...or did I miss it?

    :D
  20. Marbleless

    Marbleless Intelligentsia Wannabe

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    Nah, you didn't miss it. I just didn't post it yet. Been busy at work since I returned.

    ...damn, I just posted after I said I wouldn't. :D


    -M