Desert Minimalist Thumper Discovery Route

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Joe Motocross, Sep 27, 2018.

  1. Joe Motocross

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    I haven’t spun a yarn here on ADVenturetalker for quite sometime. We’re just finishing 9 days of stage one and I thought I’d document it.
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  2. Joe Motocross

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    Well......That's a start! How about some more?
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    uh, yes, document, we hope.
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  5. Joe Motocross

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    Well, this isn’t any “mind blowing” journey around the world or an endurance “tour of Idaho” beat down. This is just pure recreational, light weight desert travel for 9 to 15 days. There’ll be plenty of……..


    Good terrain.
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    Excellent camps.
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    Plenty of scenery.
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    …..and lots of whiskey, snakes, sand, rocks, bugs, beer, and a bunch of meat on the Adjust-a-fork!
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    This is our backyard and it's what we live for! We sleep under the stars, no tents and generally no stoves (although we had to bring some on this trip due to fire restrictions). We cook dinner and breakfast on the fire. We have the clothes on our back plus a few extra layers. We brought lightweight camp shoes on this trip but don't always do this. On other trips, one of the preferred methods of minimalist camp shoes is the footbed from your boot held on with Voile straps. In short, we leave the "kitchen sink" behind so we can ride any terrain we want, unhindered.
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  7. haystack

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  8. Newner

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    I kept waiting for another one of your ride reports to surface... I will not read a ride report unless it has a Adjust-a-forks and Voile straps in it. Let's do this, I am taking notes.
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  9. Joe Motocross

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    Newner, I like your appreciation for minimalism. I see a lot of guys still struggling in certain terrain with bikes that are WAY overloaded. I can’t help but think they might enjoy the ride more without all the extra stuff. My message is you can have a lot of fun with only a few things.


    I retired my old KTM 520 last spring and purchased a 2013 500 XC-W over the summer. This was its maiden voyage. First thing, get out of the drill and punch holes through the plastics for Voilé straps. The bike is basically stock but I do like running an 18 inch rim on the front with a trials tire. Superplush will rework the suspension this winter. We have had very good luck with the Superplush suspension guys.
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  10. Joe Motocross

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    I was going to try and sift through a bunch of photos this weekend but my buddy “The jack Muslim” Called and wants to ride. The rule is riding trumps posting about riding. Just a quick overnighter and I’ll see about continuing with the story next week.


    I’m rolling out ultralight for this little jaunt.
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    dano619 Been here awhile

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    James Siddal owner of Super Plush knows his KTM" s well. Grew up around the corner from him.
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  13. Bigeyedfish

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    Can you explain the 18" front? What benefits do you notice? What led you to try it out?
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  14. Joe Motocross

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    I originally built up the 18" front for my 950 Superenduro. I wanted a bit more float in deep sand when I was riding at slow speeds, like 1st and 2nd gear speeds. That sure did the trick but what I learned was that the fat front tire REALLY sucks up a lot of chop when I'm in rocky terrain. I run a 4mm ultra heavy duty tube with 6 lbs of pressure. Freaking CUSH!! The wheel fit on my old 520 so I gave it a try on that bike and loved it. Now it's on my new 500.
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    011A9D0D-F912-4EBC-B795-C1031F491579.jpeg Here is a shot that The Jack Muslim got of me yesterday crushing some rocky terrain. This tire adds a whole new level of suspension. It seems easier to ride in a lot of terrain. Easy means less fatigue and better endurance for long days.
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    I ran a 4.00x19 Beck TT Special on my Hodaka. It is a very tall 4.00. It added 3 inches to my 5 inch suspension.

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    Yes! I was wondering when/if another Joe Motocross report would pop up.
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  18. Joe Motocross

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    A tall profile is the key. Those Pirellis are tall and the 18" ends up with the same overall diameter as most 21" tires.
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  19. Joe Motocross

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    The Jack Muslim is one of the usual suspects on these rides but he wasn’t able to join for the big loop so I’d like to include these two additional days in this report especially since they dovetail so nicely. Minimalist travel is the overall theme here. I’ll share some of our tricks and techniques and would love to hear about other methods.


    The next thing we should discuss is the title of this report. I chuckle a bit at the phrase “Discovery Route” as I find it a bit on the oxymoron side of things. A “route” would indicate a set path and I don’t conjure up images of discovery when following a set path. We tend to wander more aimlessly letting our direction unfold organically. We use a combination of iPhone apps, paper maps and or no maps for navigation. We often come upon “dead ends” as we explore and “discover” routes. We let weather and terrain conditions dictate where we go. When it’s hot, say over 90˚F, we don’t go into the desert. You need to carry too much water at those temps and it can be downright dangerous. In truth, we don’t like going into the desert when it’s over 80˚. 60s & 70s are optimal. If it’s rained hard, we chose routes that don’t utilize washes or river crossings. This is really just plain common sense. If it’s cold and wet, don’t ride and camp at upper elevations. Etc, etc.


    So, following this logic and with warm dry weather expected, spending time at higher elevations seemed like a good choice for me and The Jack Muslim. First we hit some single track out my backdoor.
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    We quickly climbed to 11,000’ on ATV trails.
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    Wonder why they call this “The Sheep Trail”?
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  20. Joe Motocross

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    As late afternoon approaches, we drop back off from the high country on ATV trails heading into the desert where we’ll camp.
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    After a fuel stop and some food supplies, we decide on a direction to go and head up a wash to find a camp. It’s a little windy so we don’t want to be at an exposed location at camp.
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    We find a great spot on a bench and deploy the minimalist camp footwear.

    MINIMALIST TIP! Voile Straps and footbeds from your boots work great for sandals.
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    This set up works great but you need to be deliberate when walking around. In other words, there is room for error if you get too much whiskey on board.


    The “Adjust A Fork” is a critical tool for our existence. More on this later. You can also find some info in the Vendors forum HERE. This night I wrap up a pound of shrimp with bacon and put them on the Adjustafork. I also make up a vegetable soup.
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