Henness Pass Rd. East of SR-89?

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Bigger Al, Oct 15, 2020.

  1. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy Supporter

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    I'm looking at riding Henness Pass Rd. from SR-89 over to Verdi, and I was wondering if anyone has done that lately? I'm asking because I'll be on a KLR with Shinko 705's, which aren't exactly the most offroady of tires. Smart idea, or no?

    Thanks in advance!
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  2. chrisBTSC

    chrisBTSC Been here awhile

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    You'll be fine. It's a bit rocky in spots, but I wouldn't hesitate to ride my 990 with 705's on that road.
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  3. Foot dragger

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    Dont you still have the wheels with the TKC's on them? We rode that route from Cleveland on 49 and turned right before Verdi then went into Truckee for lunch. It was an average gravel/dirt road and a fun one. I rode it with 705's but would probably put my front wheel on with the TKC on it. Little more secure. Forest City was neat to check out.
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  4. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy Supporter

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    Nope, TKC's are gone.

    I'm just doing the part from 89 to Verdi. Maybe.
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  5. Foot dragger

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    You sold the spare wheels? They seemed like such handy things.
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  6. Bigger Al

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    Gave the tires to my buddy with the DR650. Still have the wheels, but they're up for sale in the FM. Gonna get a 19-incher for the front.
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  7. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly Supporter

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    I did it this time of year in 2018, and I was in a 4WD... there were a few sections closest to 89 that were goopy fun where I was sliding all around in 4Hi and with mud-biased AT tires. I am pretty sure I recall specifically thinking "Damn I am glad I'm not on a KLR with 705s on it...". :lol3 Most of it is just a dirt or dirt/gravel road but the few sections of mud were very, very slick.
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  8. TroopThrowback

    TroopThrowback Been here awhile

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    You’ll be fine. I do it regularly (from Cleveland/mountain house rd to Verdi) on my 1978 xs650 which also happens to have 705s. 100 miles each way.
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  9. avejoe

    avejoe Long timer

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    I did it a few years ago on a Vstrom with 705s. You know how “talented” I am.
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  10. Rips Millar

    Rips Millar capt. mediocre

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    Ya no problems it’s a super highway I (used to) do it all the time....
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