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Journal of my motography travels… (Prelude to Alaska 2021 or an East Coast Ramble?)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by black 8, Aug 4, 2020.

  1. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    what do you want from 8hp and 250lbs with no manual clutch?
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  2. Chillis

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    That one does have a manual clutch though.

    I've considered the Monkey and big bore, suspension.

    Monkey can do all of the Grom engine mods like 5 speed, big bore, clutch cover cartridge filter, oil pump and cooler upgrade, etc.
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  3. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    Ok, so you take a monkey, throw another $5k at it, maybe more. Then you effectively have a van van 200 or tw200, only with less ability to roll over things, and twice as much money.

    wrong tool for the job. I’d understand if it’s a keep forever type a thing, but let’s face it, you and I don’t do that.

    EDIT: not to poo poo on small bikes, small bike adventures, etc. I LOVE small bikes and have put tens of thousands of miles on 50-70cc bikes, 3-400 mile days at 35mph, but I don’t have illusions of grandeur for a small capacity machine mechanically, buy it, ride it within it’s designed intent, enjoy where it takes you, don’t sweat where it can’t make it.
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  4. The Virginian

    The Virginian YouTube n00b Supporter

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    Really enjoying your run Rudy and living vicariously through your posts! Thanks for sharing.

    Eric
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  5. Chillis

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    I know, we've discussed this in other threads. I still want to do it knowing it is not exactly a good idea.
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  6. black 8

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    Thanks Eric...

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    Looks like a fun adventure!

    What elevation were you at when the Monkey couldn't pull any more? The couple that did the TAT only had to get off and push one time as I remember it and that was at high elevation somewhere in Colorado.

    Honda should make their Grom/Monkey/Super Cub with a 150cc motor and 5 speed. Some of the competition is already going that direction. Benelli makes a TNT135 with 135cc, 4 valve head and 5 speed.
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  8. black 8

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    After backtracking down to NF-61, I made my way back towards Anderson Ranch Reservoir to pick up Section 1 of the IDBDR...

    Lester Creek Rd (NF-128) would lead to the reservoir... a nice groomed dirt trail...
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    twisties galore!!! the trail follows the curves of the reservoir as seen in the foreground and you can barely make out the trail in the background just at the treetops to the left of the photo...
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    Anderson Ranch Reservoir would have made for some awesome photos if it weren't for all this smoke... I'll have to mark this as a redo the next time I make it up to Southern Idaho... just riding around the reservoir is worth it...
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    Anderson Ranch Dam was where I crossed the reservoir, its got one lane and you have to wait for the traffic light to cross...
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  9. black 8

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    Looking at my GPS, it says that I was at 8,513 ft and 9,451 ft to the peak...

    I agree, making those platforms with a 150cc motor would make them much better; at least for U.S. application and what we would put it through when compared to other markets...

    That seat is soooo comfortable though! It's like riding on pillows...
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  10. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    Awesome stuff here Rudy!
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  11. black 8

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    Thanks Colby...

    the hitch carrier opens up new opportunities for the Monkey and XT-250 in terms of extended getaways (read distance)...
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  12. villageidiot

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    100% hitch carriers can be great when used inside their intended limits weight wise.
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  13. black 8

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    Once I made it to the top of Anderson Dam Rd, it transitioned to asphalt and led me back to US-20 and I slabbed it back to Mountain Home... I celebrated today's ride by grillin' two steaks and washing it down with some Japanese Sake...

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    I can get used to this glamping deal!!! screw the dehydrated stuff...
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    watching the sun set whilst enjoying some sake in the comfort of my rocking chair...
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    I contemplated my plan for tomorrow; to finish Section 1 down to the border and make a loop back to Mountain Home... but for now I just lavished in the moment...
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    Looks like you had a great time, in spite of smoke. You are doing it right, don't think you could get that cooler and chair on any bike! the monkey looks happy with dirt on the wheels.
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    Thanks Steve, I did have a great time base camping for the first time and I got to see what did/didn't work...

    The cooler will come in handy once I make trips out to Death Valley...
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    For sure.. great pics!
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    ~ 17 Sept 2020

    ~ Plan of the Day (POD): Section 1 of the IDBDR, Three Creek Hwy, and the Evel Knievel Jump Site...

    After a hearty breakfast I was all fueled for a long day in the saddle... I wanted to run more off-road trails on the IDBDR, supposedly it's big bike friendly and my aim to do a recce so I can come back later on and run the entire IDBDR...

    today's route
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    some scenery I encountered along the way...
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  18. black 8

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    motorcycles and photography are two of my passions... this platform allows me to relive what I've done...

    thanks for the kind words and for tagging along... :thumb
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    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    I love the Monkey adventures. I had coffee this morning with Edmonton's Crude City Scooter Club. Talk about an eclectic group of characters. Old British cars and old Italian scooters - and one fire breathing Grom today. :D Not youngsters either. A neurosurgeon, a university professor who's restoring a Lotus Elan, a cellist with the Edmonton Symphony, a single mom social worker who drives an MG Midget, etc.

    The Grom has introduced me to a wider scope of people and riders than I ever thought possible.
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  20. black 8

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    Little bikes Rule!

    I choose my wee-bikes more so than my GSA or 1200 Enduro... but that's not to say I won't use them, I have plans for them when the time comes...
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