Chillis rolls out of Vegas

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

  1. Traxx

    Traxx Taxation is Theft Supporter

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    Top heavy, already been down the Triumph road and well I love the bikes, just not the parts availability and service.
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  2. black 8

    black 8 motographer

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    No, those are better that what I have.

    Wow, this is huge!!! another Monkey off-road convert... as I've said before; "less is more..." fun that is... although I have high displacement bikes, the little bikes are the ones I take off-road...
  3. longwaypyder

    longwaypyder Been here awhile Supporter

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    This 2 smoke bike kicking over traffic brings back very fond memories of my 360T of many years ago. My first bike back in the saddle after my 550/4 tried to kill me. Was a abandoned project I picked up for a pittance and made roadworthy. Thanks for the memories.
    David
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  4. KICKNBACK

    KICKNBACK Old enough to know better young enough not to care

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    With a 120 front and a 170 rear you need guards
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  5. KICKNBACK

    KICKNBACK Old enough to know better young enough not to care

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    Your supposed to ride it not carry it.
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    Confirmed. A 150/70-18 wont fit the CRF

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  7. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    Therein lies the problem. I would ride it until I needed to lift it out of a gravel wash or get stuck in a valley or...

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  8. ZoomerP

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    I'm seriously considering a Monkey or Trail for that reason. A couple of family members want to ride with me, and either would be perfect - and I'd get to play on them, too. If Honda put a semi-auto transmission on the Monkey, they'd sell even more.
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  9. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    I had the Supermoto wheel laced up for my rear and I believe it was a 140/80-17 on the 4.25x17 rim.

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  10. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    If you want real off road capability the manual clutch is the way unless they did a low range transmission.

    Slipping that clutch has helped me get through some gnarly terrain.
  11. KICKNBACK

    KICKNBACK Old enough to know better young enough not to care

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  12. simbaboy

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    @Chillis

    With your relative low body weight, moderate skill level and and a need to try new and dangerous things you should consider a used WR250R.
    It can be lowered, great fuel range, great stock suspension and with a Rekluse and proper gearing you can climb a tree in 1st gear.
    I don't have the skill level or the cojones but you do.

    Imu
  13. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    I still want the faster, bigger tanked, better suspended VanVan.
  14. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    This is very enjoyable though:

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  15. ggrider

    ggrider Snowbikerider

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    The Monkey might be the perfect bike for doing a red carpet entry inside a motel room while doing overnight trips :lol3 Glad to hear that you're healing up and enjoying your new Honda, your trip reports and photos continue to impress!
  16. ZoomerP

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    If it were solely for me, I'd go for the Monk, no doubt about it.
    Unfortunately, the people that I'd pretend I bought the bike for are clutch-curious, at best.
  17. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    I'd like to sample one to compare. It may be the ticket but I'd want some more sidewall on the tires for ability to air down.
  18. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    Got a nice quick ride in today. Sort of.

    Headed to Death Valley to check a mine site(common theme, eh?)

    Hit the road around 1:00pm and faced a headwind the entire way out.

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    Speeds were slow and fuel consumption high. Got to Shoshone and fueled up to the tune of 96 mpg. Got some snacks and hung out a bit. Saw a vintage Japanese motorcycle club from LA arrive on mostly old CB fours and an old Kawasaki too.

    By that time I was ready to go find some dirt. Almost a half hour later I did.

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    Aired down and started cruising dirt. Late day sun, few people, plenty of mountains, lots of trails. Plus a map full of hidden treasures. In the pic below you can see where I'm headed on the mountains. Look for the tailings in white...

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    No mountain too high or valley low:

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  19. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    The closer I get to the mountains the more structures come into view. Unfortunately, good vision means situations become apparent quicker. The cabin I wanted to see was occupied. A Ford F-150 and a Subaru Cross Trek were there. And they hauled a camper. I don't know how they got in there with that terrain!

    So I scoped out everything around them without getting too close to where their camp was.

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    You can tell by the trees that a spring is nearby.

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    Behind the building above was this thing:

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    No idea what it was for and wasn't going to find out where it led.
  20. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    I'd seen enough of the buildings and was ready for the mining! Consult map, aim Monkey, and heeyah!

    The roads in the desert take a beating during any rain we accrue. You'll see this place hasn't been maintained in a while.

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    Arriving at one of the sites with ore bins, chutes, waste rock piles, cart rails, portals... the works!

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    Interesting banding in this exposed vein:

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    I climbed all over this stuff and also went into some portals.

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    I'll post up video later of running in and around the mine.