Valley of the Gods, Southeast Utah

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by BlairP, Dec 28, 2018.

  1. bomose

    bomose Long timer

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    Thanks, Mike. I've camped there twice. Once there was a full moon. I hardly got any sleep because I was walking around just taking in the beauty of that place. The colors around the Mexican Hat area are fantastic. I first went through there in 1981. Never get tired of it.
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  2. Malamute

    Malamute Been here awhile

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    Cool, you are doing exactly what I intend to with my 84 shovel and sidecar. Been away from riding a long time, but am getting back in the saddle again.
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  3. mikegc

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    Bomose, gotta tell you, a friend of mine who used to ride (still has a Harley) asked last night when I was going to give up riding. I replied, "I'm already researching my next machine. Right now, a KTM 790 R and the Yamaha Tenere T7 has my attention." His response was, "Who makes KTM?" This morning, I copied your photo at Muley Point and sent it to him.

    Mike
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  4. bomose

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    I always tell people it means Kawasaki Touring Machine. Even the DMV can't get it right. They keep putting it down as a KTM Aeromach. That's an ice cream truck. I know what you mean about a new bike. Need something lower and lighter that can still do distances comfortably. And I still want to do dirt roads. May have to have the KTM lowered or get one of those you mentioned.
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  5. AZ Africa Twin

    AZ Africa Twin From the AZ High Country

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    Rt 261, that runs south from Rt 95 is paved up to near the overlook at Moki Dugway. It is not paved from the overlook south towards Rt 163 & Valley of the Gods. It is graded now and in much better shape than several years ago when I took the Harley down it. The downside is that with the improvement of the road there were more cars and even RVs on it when I had the Africa Twin there last year.

    The road to Muley Point is not paved and can be rough depending on weather conditions. It gets rutted pretty bad after the rains but the scenery makes it worth a try.
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  6. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    I can never get enough Utah. Great shots!
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  7. BlairP

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    the road up the face is "kind of" paved. Some of the corners have some asphalt, but it's mostly hard-packed and with some gravel. It's really not bad at all. We've done it a bunch - even some guys on hardtails and it's nothing to be concerned about
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  8. Malamute

    Malamute Been here awhile

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    Im curious about more details of the hardtail bikes, what frame, what front end length, wheel/tire size/type etc.

    I went all sort of places on my 47 in the hardtail for a year or two around N Az. I only found 3 cracks in the frame when I put it back in the swingarm frame. :)
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  9. BlairP

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    All shovelhead or sportster hard tails - and all younger dudes who don't mind stingers and complete and utter physical discomfort. Everybody thinks choppers are sweet until they ride one for any extended period of time - like for an hour... suspension is a blessing from the gods.
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  10. Malamute

    Malamute Been here awhile

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    I rode one for a year or so. Right after swapping frames to the hardtail, I did a 1400 mile ride. First stopping point was 400 miles. Second was another 500. I was going to stay with some guys I knew,...got there, nobody was around, I thought Id make a few more miles before stopping. Ended up going the rest of the way, so a 1000 mile day on the hardtail on I-40. I was early 20s, which accounts for a lot in body and judgement. I did have a piece of sheepskin on the seat though. :) It was a Drag Specialties Scorpion seat. Surprisingly comfortable on the hardtail, though I think I ran 15 or 20 lbs of air in the back tire, and the tall Arco tire.

    I toy around with the idea of a hardtail for a fun around town bike, maybe with a shovel lower and pan top, springer front end, Just a short ride bike. In general though, yes, suspension is a good thing. Looking into what I can do to make the most of the 84 FX suspension, front and rear, to make it as comfortable as I can for my bent up body.
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  11. No False Enthusiasm

    No False Enthusiasm a quiet adventurer Supporter

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    Enjoyed the photos...

    Been more than five years since I rode Moki and VofG.

    Time to return.

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  12. mikegc

    mikegc Long timer Supporter

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    Golden oldie from the Valley of the Gods road. Like No False Enthusiasm, it time to go back.

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