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Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Clayton Bigsby, Aug 26, 2008.
Recently completed my first Colorado/Rocky Mountain rides with my CADS group from down here in Florida (Flatistan). It was a great time covering some big miles on mild to medium terrain (at least for this novice).
Here's some pics. More to come.
I was there last week. Got in really late. Was pretty cold until I dropped down the hill and gained almost 20 degrees. Camped at the overlook campground. woke up next morning to head south. Camped on the south fork of the Clearwater and fished. Then headed back north through headquarters along the north fork and fished. Then back home. Good week.
On the old (disused) Ghan railway line, between Oodnadatta and Mt Dare, Australia.
Did a motorcamping trip. Met with a rainfall over soft sand. It stood up and ran fine after. What a beast.
Somewhere in IA.
Those are hoof prints near the puddle. It must be the local watering hole.
Trying to blend in...
Here's why you don't drive on "B" roads after it rains.
I decided to turn off of a gravel road because . . . (I don't know) it seemed like a good idea at the time.
Looks are deceiving and I came very close to getting stuck. I didn't. And I even managed to keep the bike upright while powering out of the mess. I was finally able to get the front pointed down hill and ride out through the ditch to the gravel road.
This is nasty, sticky, shitty clay. On the surface it looks solid, but it isn't. Even the ditch is soft.
I cleaned some big clumps from my bike and my boots and noticed my front fender extender was missing.
I went back to get my part.
There it is.
Now my OCD is taking over and the road-biker in me comes out.
3 hours later
I noticed that about b roads in IA. been on a few that are steep down hill that would be nasty if wet
You know what? I noticed this too, about 3 years ago when I attempted something similar; it involved a mountain bike instead of a motorcycle. I don't know why I thought it would turn out any differently this time.
Great set of pics
Those wheels are way clean. What magic do you use on them?
A Texas Longhorn, not the football type. Tried to sweet talk the critter to get closer but I guess I just don't speak bovine well.
There's not too much magic other than some time and effort.
I used a bucket with some soap and water and a small sponge with a plastic-type scouring side.
I scrubbed the tire sidewall and outer rim, then work on the inside rim section and between the spokes. Rotate the wheel a little and get all the spots, then rinse and inspect.
Ok. Just time and effort. You do a great job detailing your moto.
Very impressive ditch that you made in the "road bed" as well!
Yes former Iowa boy, can vouch for this, almost went horizontal this July on a level B road which was also marked as "Not plowed in winter". Not muddy but very steep with baby head rock...
Here is from this Sunday on a nicely kept up crossing of Sandy Creek (wonder why they named it that) that the locals maintain on their own, they have their own grader and haul in rock every spring to fill in the 2 crossings, then close them in the winter during the floods.
the County says that the road ends at the creek (guess so they don't have to maintain it?)
Love that road. How’s it on the big GS? Have yet to try it on the big bike.
It was actually not bad at all, it was fun. Last time I was there was over a year ago on my factory low 1200 GSA (2016), current bike is standard suspension so makes me a bit more nervous when I need to put a foot down, but with seat in low position and preload on MIN its actually fine on the uneven ground for low speed stuff.
No problems whatsoever as long as you stay in the wheel tracks on both crossings, there is plenty of big rock laid down and just a few short bits of shallow sand. (didn't get a pic of the longer crossing).
The roads out by Doss including James River Rd are actually worse than this IMO
Of course if you get off line on the Sandy road you will be in DEEP sand :)
There're actually two ditches going uphill.
The front wheel plowed through the mud on the left while the rear wheel created its own line to the right.
The bike barely moved until it was pointed downhill. I had to turn off the ASC, unload my weight by tiptoeing in the mud and pump the handlebars forward while controlling the throttle until I got it turned around.