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dave6253 10-22-2008 06:14 PM

Identity Crisis! My Bike Thinks She's a Dualsport
 
Southern Utah, October 16-20, 2008

With a rare 3 day weekend off, I plan a ride through Southern Utah. If I leave Friday after work I'll have 4 days to ride. I've ridden Utah several times, so this time I want to see a few new sights;

Goosenecks of the San Juan
Valley of the Gods
Moki Dugway
Lake Powell Ferry
Burr Trail

This plan should require an on-road/off-road Dualsport. I do own a Dualsport, but her 2 sports are SPORT and Touring. She hasn't been too happy lately with all my talk of buying a proper Dualsport. She doesn't want to share her garage space and riding time with any other bike. I remind her she's getting old and wasn't purposely built for the type of trails I want to conquer. She reminds me of all the gravel roads she's taken me on and how reliable she's been the last 43,000 miles. She is eager to prove I don't need another bike to get to the back country.

We head off in search of solitude... Just me and my bike. :ricky How will we fare?

Here's a few teaser shots to get started.

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Stay Tuned! I have hundreds more... :wink:

GB 10-22-2008 06:38 PM

Awesome pics!! Gorgeous bike too! :thumb

:lurk :lurk

roadrage 10-22-2008 06:43 PM

Awesome...
 
My personal absolute favorite riding territory... (although I don't particularly like the washboard!)

more pics or we track ya down and confiscate your 'puter and that bitchin black motorsicle.

:lurk

Curryinahurry 10-22-2008 06:48 PM

Great!!
 
Keep it coming!!:clap :clap :clap

Great Pics.....:thumb

I want MORE!!!! More....More....More....:D

Cheers

Bala

Little Bear 10-22-2008 06:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dave6253
Southern Utah, October 16-20, 2008


This plan should require an on-road/off-road Dualsport. I do own a Dualsport, but her 2 sports are SPORT and Touring. She hasn't been too happy lately with all my talk of buying a proper Dualsport. She doesn't want to share her garage space and riding time with any other bike. I remind her she's getting old and wasn't purposely built for the type of trails I want to conquer. She reminds me of all the gravel roads she's taken me on and how reliable she's been the last 43,000 miles. She is eager to prove I don't need another bike to get to the back country.


Get a dual sport that is so ugly that your wee little black bike will know that you got it just to bang......... around on the rough stuff. Sort of a dirty little secret.

roadrage 10-22-2008 07:04 PM

I cheated and peeked... (used to find all the hidden presents early at xmas too :dunno ) Good ones are a comin'.

BUT... I gotta ask Dave... did you stop at Hells Backbone Grill? I've spent two of my 20+ wedding anniverseries at Boulder Lodge... and almost got my GS terminally stuck in the crazy loose sand (did I ever mention that I hate sand) at Deer Creek campground...

bob

xdbx 10-22-2008 07:33 PM

aw fuck me! I was too scared to take mine down there. That damn road caused me to buy an 1150gs when I got home! f*cker! :clap

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AZ-Twin 10-22-2008 08:07 PM

This looks like it will be a good one.

:lurk:lurk

Rollin' 10-22-2008 09:06 PM

:thumbup :thumbup Great pictures!!
Looking forward to the rest of the story!

Arte 10-22-2008 09:08 PM

Damn! what a great pictures !
 
Excellent pics man.


Arte
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=390836

dave6253 10-22-2008 09:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by roadrage
BUT... I gotta ask Dave... did you stop at Hells Backbone Grill? I've spent two of my 20+ wedding anniverseries at Boulder Lodge... and almost got my GS terminally stuck in the crazy loose sand (did I ever mention that I hate sand) at Deer Creek campground...

bob

I did see the Hell's Backbone Grill. I don't think it was open on Sunday though. I brought the Jetboil and my own food for this trip. I wanted to avoid as much human contact as possible...

I had special Metzler Sand/Sport Touring Tires... :D

BTW, I think I remember reading your RR while preparing for this trip.

dave6253 10-22-2008 09:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Little Bear
Get a dual sport that is so ugly that your wee little black bike will know that you got it just to bang......... around on the rough stuff. Sort of a dirty little secret.

She might like that...:rofl

dave6253 10-22-2008 09:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xdbx
aw fuck me! I was too scared to take mine down there. That damn road caused me to buy an 1150gs when I got home! f*cker! :clap

xdbx, I remember your excellent RR "2 Aprilias do the Southwest". I sure could have used some of that tape you used to hold your mirror on...:wink:

Thanks for all the nice comments guys!

dave6253 10-22-2008 10:24 PM

Day 1, Ghost Ships
 
Phoenix to Goosenecks of the San Juan State Park, Utah

336 Miles

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I race home from work and finish loading the bike. I head out into the heat. I decided to leave my mesh riding gear at home and immediately regret it. My temp gauge is reading 103 degrees as I head north out of Phoenix(HELL) on the superslab.

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Day 1 will be boring! I-17 does have some nice curves, but I've ridden it too many times.

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It cools down into the 70s at 7000 feet in Flagstaff.

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Heading north from Flag the trees thin out on the long downhill into the deserts of the Navajo Reservation.

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Humphrey's Peak, The highest elevation in Arizona is behind me.

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The sun sets. I put away the camera for the remainder of tonights ride.

My goal for the day was to make it to the Goosenecks to camp. I was a little bummed when I realized I would be riding through Monument Valley in the dark. It's been awhile since I was last there on a bike. I would not be able to take new photos. I was actually dreading tonights ride.

I pulled to the shoulder of the highway on the Reservation to add layers. The moon was not up yet and it was DARK!!! I actually had to use a flashlight just to see anything I was doing. The sky was crystal clear with billions of stars visible (I counted). The cloudy Milky Way made me hungry for chocolate and caramel...:D A freight train passed nearby with the horns blowing and the white light piercing the desert ahead. I started back up and ran alongside the train for awhile.

The Moon came up as I neared Kayenta. When I headed North into Monument Valley I got an unexpected surprise. The familiar rock formations were perfectly silhouetted against the Moon and stars of the perfect night sky. My boring ride suddenly was exciting. I looked around in amazement as I watched the closest formations slowly slip past like silent ghost ships in the night. The moonlight glistened off the rock faces. I rarely saw another vehicle. I had the perfect night ride of a lifetime!

If you've already experienced Monument Valley by day, I highly recommend riding through on a perfect moonlit night. Although I have no photos to remember it by, It was definitely a highlight of this trip.

I make it to Goosenecks and slept near the edge of the rim. It was a clear night, so I didn't bother with setting up the tent. I could hear the river 1000 feet below.

Tomorrow we hit the dirt roads, Hopefully not literally.

I promise to shoot more photos tomorrow.

kodiakfrank 10-22-2008 10:34 PM

More please...


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