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Chillis rolls out of Vegas

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Chillis, Feb 29, 2020.

  1. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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  2. Chillis

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  4. staticPort

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    Utilize reason? Hush your mouth - - this is a motorcycle forum, is it not???

    If'n I had all the money I've spent "scratching an itch" trying to make some motorcycle into something it was not, well I could have quite a few that were purpose built for the mission. But where's the fun in that?

    After further thought, instead of messing about 'scramblerizing' a CB300R, one could just pick up an XT250; ample suspension travel, nice low seat, simple fuel-injected air cooled engine and lovely round headlight. Done and dusted. Wouldn't have tubeless tires but would have off-road oriented wire wheels. Not as fast on road, but this is a 'smell the flowers' type of mission anyway.
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    So, how is the Monkey in deep sand? Inquiring minds want to know....
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  6. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    Air down and it isn't too bad so far. Could use a gear down and knobbies plus suspension work. I went through a ton of sand and gravel today. Once to mid twenties mph you get atop and are not burning up your fuel trying to dig.
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  7. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    sealsam Sam...I am. Supporter

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    Exactly the way my and your ex Van Van was in Moab for me.

    I kept asking myself when did they get rid of the sand?

    I just would ballon my through the 'sugar', eazy peazy.

    TW's, Van Van's & Monkey's....these things were built for that type of riding!
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    i REALLY hope thats not out on the racetrack in DV...... I'm sure you have more respect for the NP system than that.
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    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    no, a fat tire 450 missile is BUILT for that.

    [​IMG]

    a monkey/tw/van van is a poky puppy
  11. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    Come on! Really? Where have I been making my bread the past 10 years?
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    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    thats what i figured.

    but you know

    "its a light small bike"

    "it can go under and around fences"

    "it won't tear up the dirt"

    :hide
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  13. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    I sort of want one of those. Was looking at conversion for my 450L.

    I'm really enjoying the Monkey though. Speeds seem to be on par with the van van but more than 50% better range.

    Smaller and easier to do anything with it(manhandle). Plus I don't thing I'll hurt myself as bad if anything happens to it or me.
  14. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    I was actually on a designated route. Felt weird though but the signs were there. Bad ass area I'd never knew existed but have driven by so many times. Embarrassing.
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  15. Chillis

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    Learned something new today: UTV's suck!

    Seriously. Too flipping many of the damn things on the trail today. Had to wait on at least 20. Probably 30 to 40. This was all on one road.

    Let's back it up. My buddies wanted to go shooting this morning. I didn't really care to go because I'm not getting much out of the hobby nowadays but I hadn't seen some of them since the pandemic started.

    Monkey in one hand, Husky in the other. They hadn't seen the Monkey yet so I took it.

    It was cold climbing over Potosi first thing in the morning but the sun was beautiful. Should have grabbed a pic of the sun making the mountains glow orange.

    Once over the other side I met up with the boys and we shot for a bit and also shot the shit for even more of the time. I was getting antsy to hit the road so I left around 9am and jumped on the Sandy Valley dirt road.

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    The bike handled it well. Tires were aired down and I was cruising around 40 mph.

    Saw a mine on the side of a hill and jumped onto the dirt road headed that way.
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    As I got closer the road to the top became heavily disturbed. They didn't want anybody driving up there.

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    I'm on this little bypass trail but it doesn't matter because after a little bit of a hike up I can see the original road all turned up to keep people out.

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    Back down we go and find/follow some nasty trail, much of it heavy silt, headed into Sandy Valley Bar. Unfortunately I arrived to early to get lunch so I ran down the road to the store and got a candy bar to eat.

    Then continue south towards CA.

    No CA state sign but I did find a low pressure tire pressure gauge picking my through the desert.

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  16. Chillis

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    South out of Sandy Valley on the big graded dirt road to connect to the paved road to Excelsior Mine and down to the '15' for fuel at the Shell station.

    It was packed with cars and bikes. I'd meant to go in and get more water but the zoo in the place made me choose filling up and leaving.

    On an old frontage road blasting through sand and gravel I miss my turn. Also, being on the frontage road instead of the Power line road I lose a good hour or so.



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    Gravel and sand are about to get really bad!

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    I make my turn north and am surfing the dirt soup in a wash. It isn't easy but isn't too bad either.

    Made it to this barbed wire gate and opened it up to let myself in and closed behind me.

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    Then it was more of that dirt soup until getting to the corral.

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    Bunch of dirt bikers showed up shortly after. One of them asked if I was alone and the questions started about how, what, when, where, why.

    I was on the road quickly after their arrival. The sand running took a long time and a lot of effort. Main issue was others tracks tossing me around.

    On e to the Power line road that is when I ran into the million UTV's. It proceeded like this: ride for a minute or two and then get out of the way as 5 to 10 UTV's passed by. Rinse and repeat a bunch of times.

    Finally made it to my turn off and the reason I was out here to begin with which was to find an old mine site.

    Had it marked for a while and when I got there there is definitely evidence of mining abound.

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    I'm getting closer to the goodies on the map which are some old vehicles, some buildings, and parts and pieces everywhere. I'm checking every nook and cranny.

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    Then the reality sets in...
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    This place has been completely picked clean of everything!

    There was a dozer in the wash right where my bike is parked above(gone now).

    Some buildings, trucks, and mining equipment: gone.

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    Dag nab it, man. All these gorgeous pix of wild Monkey wanderings have blown logic and reason right out of my head leaving only serious symptoms of Monkey Lust!
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    After climbing all over the old mining town site and finding little to nothing(still very puzzled to how clean picked it was and why) I continued through the canyon and the walls began to close in. A slight worry came about. I'd seen on the map how this didn't seem like a dedicated route as it narrowed and became rocky.

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    Then randomly spotted this mailbox:

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    Looks like the postmaster hadn't been through in a while.

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    Notice where I parked the bike in the couple picks above. That is a giant piece of quarts layered with another rock to give it a zebra like pattern. Really pretty and no doubt they were gold hunting in this area. Should have gotten a close up pic of that rock now that I think about it. Planning on going again though.

    Working through the canyon:

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    Many places I couldn't get pictures because the bike would sink in the sand. Also crawled over many rock sections that went entirely across the trail. Finally made it out into more sand wash and then rocky two track. Sun is getting low so I'm not taking a ton of pics.

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    On a very rocky section of trail I'd passed a cabin that isn't even on the map but it was beautifully kept and somebody was staying there. As I passed by they were surprised to see anybody(no flag flying but a truck parked) out there. The dog came out first and then the tenant. Waved as I'd went by.

    Then not too long later I'd see this one empty:

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    For some reason I only took one pic inside:

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    But I did do some video of the cabin and the mine up in the hills behind it.

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  20. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    Brilliant. I’m so envious. Minus 8c here this morning. Thank goodness for football and baseball, today at least.
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