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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Chillis, Feb 29, 2020.
So how ya feeling now?
I'm subbing this 'jackhammer road.'
Way out wasn't bad. Way back I was cursing the state of Arizona beyond harshly.
Beat to shit!
I'm 25 miles to home but so tired and sore that I'm stopping a lot to rest.
Damn Bro Man, take it a little easier and finish healing up. Mess yourself up more and it’ll be longer to fully heal.
Now get home and have a long soak and heal.
How’s the new exhaust note?
Let's kick this off. By 5:30am I was getting a ride to the airport to catch a St. George Shuttle. $35 plus a ride share from my house and another ride share once I arrived to St. George.
Got to the dealer by about 9:30am UT time.
Checked over the bike. Job well done and she looks purty again. Not for long though. I had plans to go way out to the middle of nowhere to find a mining ghost town I'd never heard or seen anything about. Just happened across it while doing my random map searchings.
Made a quick stop by the Honda dealer that I bought my CB1000R and CRF450L from. Chatted with the GM and their CT125's are spoken for for 6 people already but only 1 has been allocated to them.
Say no more. Off I go towards Vegas. Fuel and food in Mesquite and then I cross the Virgin River there and head south through the desert through that abysmal torn pavement fest called a road.
It bent my buddy's front axle on his Jeep, and you're better off airing down before you head south on this road. It is that bad.
I'd actually stopped to fix the mirror spinning wildly with wind and vibration due to road condition.
Spirits were good and nothing was a bother at this point. First stop is something called the Cistern. I've been through here a few times now and signage gets better each time.
As soon as you get to the dirt you make a turn east by Whitney Pockets and you get to an old water collection dam thing. I could have spent more time climbing all over but there is a lot of ground to cover.
It is a pleasant surprise. I like it. It gives a low tone during cruise and light throttle and it gets slightly higher pitched when you go full song.
Can barely hear it on the highway.
Here's the real kicker; the dealer installed and checked to see if they could put an exhaust map like the one for the Akrapovic and it worked! I have a new map without a power commander or the dongle thing from Rottweiler. I'm now running at much lower rpm off road because the tuning has filled in the bottom and mid-range more and it still rips up top.
Unlike when I put the Wings on and no tuning and it felt sort of flat up top.
Really happy with the outcome. Will do a video later.
Quiet insert installed, hiding in the shadow.
Hey Brian, what's the verdict on the Dunlops? Likey or no likey...
How's the grip/feel on-road?
For off-road... how's it on loose dirt and gravel? not so much deep sand or the technical stuff since I'd be using full knobbies....
After the Cistern I backtracked slightly to Gold Butte Rd and spun the tires southbound. The road is fairly wide and decently smooth. There are sections where you Crest small hills and dive into small valleys plus turns here and there.
Passenger cars make their way down some of the main road but it is a recipe for disaster to see any of the points of interest. One of which I'd past a few times now but their signage being improved made locating very simple.
Massive sinkhole: Devil's Hole. Probably 3/4 acre of area at the top. Easily 50 feet down.
Had to go panorama because it is too wide to capture. Also scary as hell being close to the edge since some of it undercuts below you. My position was a few feet back reach up/over a little to get you these views.
This is where I'm starting to get warm and sweaty. Back to the main road and south again until I near the Gold Butte townsite. Instead of checking out what I've already seen there and posted in a truck thread I took a different route because I thought there was something there. Ended up on a long and fun rocky climb until it wasn't. Got stuck as it steepened and got rocky and loose.
Back down into the valley:
Kept climbing the switchbacks and then lost drive as it got beyond my comfort level being alone and heating up!
Luckily I was getting service as I debated what to do. Give it a run or push or turn around and go back down. Consulting the map, it stopped at a mine site with no buildings. Thank goodness. Turned around and back down to the main road.
I'm liking them. A great all around tire. On the street they seem fine to do most anything. No problems with lean angle or stepping out under power with good pavement. Seem smooth to me compared to the TKC80's before them.
I feel like they run more like a 70/30 on the street.
The dirt they feel like a true 50/50. Better than the Mitas E-07'S I used to run on my Super Tenere.
Smoother than the Bridgestone AX-41's on the CRF450L.
Perfect long distance tire that does it all except mud, apparently. Hope to not find out about the mud part!
Continuing south now past Gold Butte and towards Scanlon Bay. Behind a cattle corral there was an automobile carcass. The closer I got the more it looked like an old Honda S600. Filled with people's junk, unfortunately. The engine was tiny and notably, the front rotors were too. They were cute even.
Anybody know what it is definitively?
I'm pretty much running soft deep gravel through most of the trail. @black 8 the tires do just fine pulling me through even though I'm not aired down. The front does a decent job of hooking up and if it wants to tuck it gives a decent feedback allowing correction.
It was dumb luck that I chose the right route to take to find the Miners camp up in the mountains close to Lake Mead.
I'd gotten into a trail that ran through a wash and without checking the map I just continued that way. Just had a feeling based on the map is been studying.
After scaring the heck out of plenty of Jack rabbits, Road Runners, Quail, and even a coyote I finally got a view of Lake Mead.
Take a look at this next one. Hopefully it is clear enough to see the trail zig zagging through the desert towards the water.
At this point I'd gotten service back and told the wife where I was and updated my location. Also saw that I was close to the Miner's camp!
Once I made my final turn to the road to said mine camp it was an uphill climb back into the mountains. Upon arrival I parked the bike at the corner where you could see down to the lake and to the camp.
Four buildings and a two or three seat outhouse.
At this point I am so tired and also very worried about fuel that it was time to chill out for a bit. I'd been sipping water and chugging Gatorade some of the times when stopped for pics.
Shade was non-existent which made me think of why there are no tall animals running around. There is nowhere to escape the sun!
I parked the bike in the shade, took off the helmet for the first time since I'd left the dealership in the morning, unzipped the jacket and found an old bent up chair to sit and hang for a bit.
This was my view while eating and drinking:
Looks like an early 70s Honda Civic Hatchback...
Bumpers look the same as does the hatchback configuration, keyed gas filler door on the driver's side, tail lamp locations, and rooftop molding...
After chilling out a bit it was picture time. Didn't do any video. I was beyond exhausted and still worrying about fuel.
The two lower buildings where were workers housing:
The one behind my bike had these fixtures:
Looking up towards the head honcho's office and living space:
I meant to take a pic of one of the wheels that was nearby. It was tiny.
Now for the inside of the boss's buildings.
Some neat stuff there. Looked at just one of many newspapers but it was 1998. Lots of mouse droppings so I didn't touch anything other than that.
Obviously this stuff isn't really old but still, there aren't many people making it to this place.
Once done tooling around I was still exhausted but I needed to get back to civilization. I put the hammer down.
Where I was going in 1st and 2nd gear on the way down I was now riding in 2nd and 3rd back up.
Keeping rpm low to conserve fuel but carrying a faster pace.
Nothing uneventful happened other than the last 30 miles or so my back and knees giving me holy hell. Got fuel, took the bike to the carwash and then stopped a few times to get home.
chillis is back!
nice to see you’re doing what you enjoy.
Almost forgot about fuel economy.
The tank of fuel where I did all of the off-roading ended up at 144 miles when I got back to the gas station.
2.7 gallons to fill up.
53 mpg with a lot of dirt, many miles of wash, and the new exhaust and tune.
The bike also wheelies much easier. I tried one test from mid range in second, map 2, whacked the throttle and it stood right up.
Before I was having to get the rpm really high.
A nice byproduct of the exhaust and map.
You should hear the Yoshimura on my 701. Nice sounding pipe. I've got the stock airbox though.