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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Chillis, Feb 29, 2020.
Great! Been waiting, (hoping) for more Monkey shines!
Thanks Brian for reconsidering- we need you!!!
We need you "up" here Brian,
Let's get the monkey business going
Exactly. Life's too short to be part of that, especially with bikes that need to be ridden in the desert.
Glad you're back.
Today saw my baby, the 701 Enduro, change hands to @Racerx43. If you've been following along it is possible a pattern would be perceived that this is one time I really did not want to sell a motorcycle. I kept delaying as long as I could.
As twisted as the powers that be are, I had to pull my money back out as the last year I'd gambled on what was to be my biggest financial year and things never panned out.
You all know why.
The 701 Enduro is the ultimate do all machine and it looks damn fine doing it. If there was ever a one bike garage for those that wanted to ride distance and have a truly capable back road scratcher with hefty dirt chops then this is your machine.
I've got a video I need to cut up and string together that is long winded going over some of the goods about the 701 and showing its road prowess(kept out of dirt to stay clean after I'd detailed it).
It is a must for ownership of another. The only other bike I can think of to grant such a statement is the Monkey.
Other bikes I like but they don't grab hold enough to warrant continued or repeated ownership.
All that said, Joe made me a smoking deal on a KTM Duke 690 in this transaction of which I was leery but upon seeing the bike I got excited of the prospect.
No good pics of it yet as I figure out a plan of attack since it is a used machine. Step one will be a good bath and assessment of use/purpose.
I've attempted to own this bike a couple of times already but the local dealer's sales prices end up being ballooned up and over a good regular price at a fair dealer so I've resisted ownership.
This is an older model so it doesn't have the high output and smooth running of the last generation but it has been modified to run hard around a racetrack so we'll see where this goes.
Thanks again Joe.
BTW, if it weren't for Joe's appreciation of the content I post and helping him work through some downtime I wouldn't be posting again here.
I still want to tangle with the real people behind the keystrokes in the septic tank. Also, the modding that allows the behaviour needs a proper checking in and of itself so I'm no longer going to support the site. Post counts will increase as pictures will be spread out due to limitations of a non-member account.
I've been on a few rides since the hiatus and I'll work on adding them.
I understand the feeling, but the more you tangle with that lot, the more likely it'll spill over into everything you touch here (and elsewhere), and dog you in the real world. You aren't in a position to change anything about that low place, and those that are, won't. Not worth your time.
i am happy to see Brian back. we care.
You can still post 9 pics per post. Keep 'em coming!
I had a few bikes in my day, but my 2017 Husqvarna SM 701 was the ultimate bike for me, however due to family commitments and issues, it just sat in the garage, so I finally sold it. For some reason beyond my inclination, the monkey keeps peeking my thoughts, it almost seems silly, but yet really cool.
I appreciate the time you’ve taken to post about the mods and adventures. I’ve all but given up on motorcycles due to events, but...that monkey is really cool, lol.
Plus, if you shop the Monkey you can get a deal. Not a big outlay. It isn't necessary to go nuts with mods like mine either.
Matter of fact, I'll be selling my 181 2 valve kit with most of the parts to have a nice runner, tuning done, and easy to bolt on.
Some supporting mods will be needed because I'll still be using some of the goodies but it'll mostly be there and top quality Japanese manufactured parts too.
I've now got the majority of parts for my 25hp+ build.
Need to pick an exhaust still, receive some backordered Honda parts I'll be replacing during rebuild and then get cracking.
Plus the exhaust port on my 'ported' head is apparently untouched and I want it opened up to match my exhaust system.
Need pics of the KTM. Congrats.
I saw below in the 'Basement' and I had a good chuckle. Take it in that spirit..............
Since the big bore is proving to be reliable, if a bit thirsty should you choose to ride faster, we went further yesterday. 270 miles.
Death Valley to check out Ashford Mine and then some.
I didn't take a ton of pics as the video was rolling. Will work on clipping that up later.
Switched back to stock ratio for the gearing as the cam doesn't like low revs and tall gears. This brought my cruise speed down from 55 to 60 to 50 to 55 mph.
Staying at 50 mph would net me fuel economy in the low 90's.
At 60 mph I'd get mid to low 70's. Big difference and in the middle of nowhere Death Valley, this becomes important.
Once arriving to Shoshone I gassed up, got beverages and snacks then went to the Crowbar to eat lunch.
It was busy and daylight was burning so I left without eating.
Rode down to the Ashford Mill and went up into the mountains by where the mine is. Aired down and rode through rocks, gravel, and sand and no issues with the bike.
The furthest motor vehicles are allowed is where I stopped.
Walked around a bit checking out the lay of the land. If you are a rock hound then this place is heaven. So many different colors and also a lot of different shiny metallic bits everywhere.
I'm estimating the hike is probably at least a mile to get to the mine and being layered up heavily, it isn't in the cards today.
Snack up, drink up, and ride back down the hill looking at West Side Road for more exploration.
Headed north along the dirt road I passed a group of KTM Adventure bikes and made a turn towards a mine on the southwest side of the Badwater Basin. The two track was rocky and not fun. Should have aired down a little more.
Made it to the mine site though.
No tunnel left unexplored. Flashlight out and camera rolling as quick work is made of singular level mine scouting. One of the more enjoyable mines I've seen with many twists and turns, drops, a work bench, ore car tracks: the usual mining findings.
After messing around in the dark on a beautiful sunny day, the hill is circled to no further ascension. There is a route going up an adjacent mountain so off we go. The action cam catches this action so not many pictures.
When I do get higher up the mountain and things get a lot rougher, I dismount the baboon to let it cool down and hike further up to see if it would be worth wrestling the bike through the much worse terrain.
Luckily as elevation is gained so too does cellular reception and the map is slowly able to be downloaded to work out routing choices.
The map doesn't show promise for elevation gains so a few looks around from up here before wandering back to the bike below.
Some radio equipment or repeater?
This seemed more interesting poking out of the dirt until dug out and inspection showing a cut of old hose.
Can you see the baboon?
From here it is time to rejoin the ride and head down the mountain. Stopping at some portals into the mountain for some quick looks and then head back to Shoshone to eat and the cruise home in the dark.
The video of the ride above is long. It includes underground footage and I chopped out a lot of it and it still ended up being 44 minutes.
Need to do the timestamp thing but I don't believe it is possible with using the phone to make videos.
At any rate there is a road section to start;
climbing up and down the old Ashford Mine Road;
West Side Road where I catch up to a group of KTM's;
Queen of Sheba Mine Road and a couple of cabins;
Hardcore Monkey mountain climbing and descent.
Great to have you back. I'm just as thrilled to be taken to the desert any day. Man I miss it.
It is nice to have the sun when it is cold!
The wild weather for us is in the wind. Today would be a great riding day but 20+ mph winds will slow down those thoughts pretty quick.
At least on a small bike.
A little over a week ago @Bugnatr was looking to lay down some rubber in warmer climes so he'd dialed me up and we made a plan.
The plan would change due to weather and I'm a bit rusty on my distance game since my summer time injuries.
We met at the town of Blue Diamond just outside of Las Vegas and had breakfast while some rain rolled in. Not a great way to start a ride, especially on my bike.
Once the weather eased up we got the road for sunshine and heat. Death Valley, here we come.
Along the way we stop at Cathedral Canyon.
Cathedral Canyon is behind me in this picture. It is heavily vandalized and a shade of former glory so to get a better idea, a video.
Still a neat place to stop and see.
We continue on to Tecopa and Hot Springs stopping to see the old Laundromat there.
Looking back at the bikes from.inside the laundromat:
I didn't take many pictures on the day. It was mostly a cruise to escape the heat so we stopped in Shoshone for fuel and then traced blacktop down into Badwater Basin.
Decent amount of traffic on the road with many other seeking refuge from cities and/or cold climates. I think we saw 80°f which was welcomed after getting a little bit of precipitation on the day's start.
I'm not all there for my normal stamina so we loop over to Beatty where I'm ready for BBQ. Stop into the new barbeque joint in town(my second sampling as the first was a little bit of a let down) and the redemption meal was successful.
Everything was good and I didn't even get to eat my whole meal due to a cute pitbull that wanders the area by the name of Jack. I don't know why I didn't get his picture(maybe because I was too busy sneaking him pieces of pulled pork and brisket) but I obliged his begging expression with some of the town's finest cooked meats.
Also spotted my buddy's old Jeep and spoke to the new owners.
Then it was gear up and head back towards home.
One of my most used fuel stops is at the Longstreet Casino near Death Valley Junction and Doug wanted a picture of their cow.
Typical gorgeous late day sun with the western mountains and desert:
Our last stop before parting ways was at Amargosa/Death Valley Junction where ghost town carcasses take their daily sun soakings:
After this we parted ways at Shoshone, a ride through some warm weather and meeting another good ADV rider competed.
Your machine is still being stared at over here, can’t wait to honor you and your machine with a ride in the AZ trails!
Thanks for regrouping with the inmates, I appreciate you doing it!