info on the mojave trail/any body done it lately?

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by randyfish, Nov 16, 2004.

  1. randyfish

    randyfish Adventurer

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    Thinking of riding my 950 for a few days along the Mojave Trail .. anybody ridden it lately? Maybe going w/a green friend who could ride my loner GS 1000.
    I don't want to get him in over his head. I've never been there any info?
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  2. CA Stu

    CA Stu Peace and love

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    I rode 1/2 of it on a KLR 650, from the Colorado River to Kielbaker Rd..
    Very scenic, but as far as "a few days", you can do the whole thing (I think it's 140 miles or so) in one day on a KLR. Maybe 2 on a heavier, less dirt worthy bike.
    Some parts are rocky, some are whoops. Very scenic, the middle part of the road looks like southern Utah, believe it or not.

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    PS Wrong forum....:nod
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  3. Mully

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    The ford at Afton Canyon may be, um, "interesting" with the recent rains....... of course you can can always ride across the railroad bridge. :nod

    mully
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  4. Gremlin9340

    Gremlin9340 Been here awhile

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    When are you going to do that. I'm looking for a bit of a side trip over the days after thanksgiving. I'd be riding from Portland so I need to plan. Give me some more details but that sounds great. I think I could probaly do it on my GS, I spend a lot of time on the dirt and gravel.

    scott@theneighborhoodgroup.com
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  5. 40MileDesertRat

    40MileDesertRat Born Again Pagan

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    [size=-1]My total trip was 220 miles from Fort Mojave on the Colorado to Camp Cady. [/size]I would plan 2 to 3 days. [size=-1]There are places worth seeing on the trip if you have the time.

    I was over the road last March with no problems other than gas and water. There have been flash floods, so some of the old track on the Kelso to Camp Cady half of the route may be more damaged than usual.
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  6. motozilla

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    You did NOT just call the 950 a "less dirt worthy" bike than a KLR did you??? :eek1 :eek1 :eek1
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  7. Gremlin9340

    Gremlin9340 Been here awhile

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    Cal Stu,
    Is that just a friendly way of saying GS?
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  8. CA Stu

    CA Stu Peace and love

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    Both of those lumps are less dirt worthy than a KLR.

    Now, we can put all this to rest at DV Daze next January. You guys can prove me wrong and make fun of my 80's technology one lunger. While you follow me around, if you dare.

    Now I'm sure, a properly outfitted 950 or GS may be a different beast, but I have ridden a lot of off road, and I run into KLR's and XR's and DRZ's a lot, but very rarely a LC8 or GS, and in several areas I have ridden on my KLR, I have never seen any of them.

    I know it's more the rider than the bike, too.
    Most KLR owners I know are down to earth true enthusiasts, and are willing to drop their bike on a singletrack uphill goat trail just to have a laugh.
    I don't know enough 950 or GS owners to make a call one way or the other, but I'll bet that my KLR has more side miles than any 3 950s or GS's on this board.

    Thanks
    CA Stu

    PS I also own a "Brand X" streetbike, and the owner's group of that bike seem to bea bunch of snobby asshats.
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  9. motozilla

    motozilla Long timer

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    You're doing the LA-Barstoll-Vegas ride..right! :thumb
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  10. CA Stu

    CA Stu Peace and love

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    Indeedy. I got my registration in the mail last night, I'm rider #10.

    I have my older KLR on a stand right now in my shop.
    Putting on new D606's, doing some welding repair and drilling and tapping on the footpeg bracket, replacing the rear brake stay and pedal, replacing the shock with a F1 military-spec shock, fixing some other minor mechanical issues, etc., etc.


    If I can't get it done in time, I'll end up doing it anyway on my new(er) KLR, but I'd rather take my rougher one.

    Cheers
    CA Stu

    PS Here is a pic of my '99 KLR in the Bellagio parking lot aftert the 2000 run. I won the Hard Luck Award. And I rode it home down the 215 the next day. At 205 :nod

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    http://us.f2.yahoofs.com/users/414c5a81z7dad7fa5/eb0e/__sr_/af75.jpg?phWD_mBB1iLfbYrh
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  11. CA Stu

    CA Stu Peace and love

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    Fork! I can't link images from Yahoo! I guess.

    Well, click on the link if'n you want to see it. I'll upload it to a different spot and try again later, I have to actually act like I'm working for 10 minutes or so....

    Thanks
    CA Stu
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  12. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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    When will you be out on the Mojave Rd?
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  13. Greg Minor

    Greg Minor The Trespasser

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    I'll be at the Death valley daze event :evil
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