Moab for a noob

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by High Octane, Sep 26, 2019.

  1. Skunk-Works

    Skunk-Works Been here awhile

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    If you ride Onion Creek, this is about what you'll expect..........
    Super easy riding, lots of red-rock scenery to look at, and a bunch of riding in the Creek (oh, and the smell of Sulphur)
    This was September 20th.

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  2. scanda

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    I would suggest going with a group for your first time. Hook up with Simbaboy, he organizes a Moab ride in the spring. I joined them this year and had a great time. All levels of riders were in the group, you just kinda naturally split off and meet up at different times of the days ride.
    https://advrider.com/f/threads/mid-michigan-easy-living.1072464/page-244
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  3. simbaboy

    simbaboy Lansing MBS Supporter

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    We have a Moab 2020 planned for April.
    Let me know, if interested.
    PM and I will give you details.
    Take Care,
    Simba
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  4. High Octane

    High Octane Long timer

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    thanks. We will be in Moab on Monday to give it a try. I assume we’ll be hooked and be ready to return in the spring.
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  5. simbaboy

    simbaboy Lansing MBS Supporter

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    Got your PM.
    Be safe on this trip and start off on the easy trails:
    Potash Road to Schafer Trail is scenic, fun and fairly easy for all riders.
    You could go to Musselman Arch (5 Miles at the T on the Left) and then come back and go up Schafers switchbacks into the Canyonlands National Park.
    From there you could enjoy the NP and come back to Moab via Long Canyon Road (Pucker Pass). Dead Horse State Park is worth it.
    Post pictures and enjoy yourselves.
    Simba

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  6. High Octane

    High Octane Long timer

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    So here is the answer to my question. Yes a couple of 61 year old dirt noobs can ride in Moab.
    Day one (actually only a couple hrs). Onion Creek and Fisher towers).
    Day two Potash road, Shafer trail, Pucker pass, and Hurrah pass.
    Dropped once at Pucker Pass - forgot to turn off the abs and couldn’t control my dissent speed. A31477CD-A24A-425E-A283-7C3A72B16A22.jpeg
    Dropped at Hurrah Pass - need to learn to use the clutch.
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    Day three White Rim Trail.
    Dropped on hill climb to Murphy camp. More poor clutch work.
    Dropped in the deep sand between Hardscrabble Hill and the end of the trail some place.
    Absolutely a beautiful place to ride and well worth a few scratches.

    White Rim definitely had some hard places but we got thru them without dropping the bikes. I did drop mine twice on White rim but not at the real difficult spots.
    Thanks for all the advice.
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  7. Proettermann

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    Now, be honest: how often did you fuel from that shiny Rotopax?
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  8. High Octane

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  9. High Octane

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    Ok filled up today. The KTM 690 took 2.7 gallons to do 150 mile White Rim trail, including the full loop from Moab and back to Moab. That’s 55 miles/gallon. I’m ok with that.
    I wouldn’t have needed the extra rotopak gas but it was a nice insurance.
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  10. Proettermann

    Proettermann The Mule

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    Been there, done that. I rode the White Rim in 2016 with a 690 and had a Rotopax mounted on the tail. Never used it either. Matter of fact: I realized how much dirt the container accumulates back there, and wasn't even sure I'd wanna fuel from that...
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  11. jimmy2020

    jimmy2020 limpiador de ventanas

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    I just rode the WRT this past weekend. No way in hell that I could have done it on my GSA, glad I was on my small bike.
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  12. High Octane

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    Yeah my 690 was all the weight I wanted, and a bit more at times.
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  13. Boianovich

    Boianovich Old and Cautious

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    We did it this past Thursday, sooooo much easier than on a mountain bike! Buddy did it on his 790 and was pretty happy with it's first long dirt/rough surface ride.

    Which direction you go? We did CCW
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  14. enduro-ince

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    Did you get inspected for full street legality? I might hit it this week but I'm definitely not fully legal, just insured and plated.

    also, did you happen to see if there is cell service out there?
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  15. simbaboy

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    If you have plates/lights and a WRT Permit nobody will bother you. Cell phone is extremely patchy and not reliable. If riding solo, take a Satellite SPOT like device.

    Simba
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  16. enduro-ince

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    Thanks!! I was more worried about somebody calling me in for speeding.. LOL.

    Did any of you recent WR riders see a ranger out on the trail?
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  17. shrederscott

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    You need a 50 state legal all road plate to ride the WRT, a Arizona OHV type plate will not work .

    If you live in colorado and have a Colorado plate , your good to go ! !

    There is NO formal inspection to get your day pass or permit ... they will ask about to confirm you have a 50 state legal plate.

    The WRT is patroled by the Rangers a lot. I have ridden the WRT like 5-6 times and I have been stopped on the trail on 3 different rides by Rangers to confirm I had my required entrance fee, my permit and a 50 state plate. You need all three to legally ride the WRT.

    Cell phone coverage in Moab should NOT be counted on any where other than in town.

    Scott
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  18. jimmy2020

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    Cell coverage would be very marginal, if at all. If you are insured and plated then you should not have a problem at all. We went online the day before and registered and purchased the park pass. canypermits.nps.gov
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  19. cmattina

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    I saw two guys on GSAs who looked like they had just done the hardscrabble section... I gave them a wave as i drove by on my DR650 and i don't think I've ever seen someone so miserable looking on a motorcycle in Moab. I've seen quite a few people suggest doing it fully loaded or on big bikes is doable... and although it may be doable, it would likely NOT be fun let alone worth the gas money. Of course some people are excellent riders, even on GSA, i would presume those people would not be asking for advice on riding though...

    Somewhere like Canyonlands, I like to enjoy the scenery not worry about staying upright.
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  20. shrederscott

    shrederscott Long timer

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    Hi

    I advised a rider here NOT to ride the WRT 2 up on a DL1000 with camping gear.

    He ignored mine and others strong advice not to do it.

    He reported a safe and fun ride.

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/white-rim-trail-two-up.1366755/#post-37009280

    You just never know what folks are capable of.

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