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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-29-2014, 09:13 PM
Replies: 2,941
Views: 798,721
Posted By Mike Benzon
I'm not a dirt rider, but I had a tremendous day...

I'm not a dirt rider, but I had a tremendous day riding with some great riders who helped me do things I never thought I would ever do. Here is a taste of what they had me doing in a couple of days...
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 12-22-2011, 05:56 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,629
Posted By Mike Benzon
Whitmore, Oak Run, Round Mountain, Montgomery...

Whitmore, Oak Run, Round Mountain, Montgomery Creek, Upper Big Bend Rd, Shingletown, Viola, Manton. These are all areas close to 1000' elevation or more east of Redding.
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 12-22-2011, 11:45 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,629
Posted By Mike Benzon
I too live in the area and highly recommend the...

I too live in the area and highly recommend the move. I live about 50 miles east of Redding on Hwy 299 in the small town called Burney. Burney is 3000' elevation and has two distinct seasons, summer...
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 11-20-2010, 09:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 812
Posted By Mike Benzon
Arboffroad, I live in Burney. I see you have been...

Arboffroad, I live in Burney. I see you have been up here and visited Burney Falls. I ride a DRZ 400, but not much experience in the dirt. It's too bad I didn't see your posting last spring when the...
Forum: Road warriors 11-20-2010, 06:27 PM
Replies: 243
Views: 51,522
Posted By Mike Benzon
I think the flat black stuff is temp cladding....

I think the flat black stuff is temp cladding. Looking closely at the bike I see high gloss bodywork sticking out front and rear of the cladding, maybe there is some nice looking panels underneath.
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-23-2010, 10:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 949
Posted By Mike Benzon
I was just out a Denio and they were out of gas....

I was just out a Denio and they were out of gas. Fields should have gas north of Denio. Adel has regular only, but they are closed on Tuesdsays. Bring extra gas.
Forum: Day Trippin' 06-22-2010, 09:58 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 13,397
Posted By Mike Benzon
Hi guys, nice ride report. I live in Burney and...

Hi guys, nice ride report. I live in Burney and ride out to Gerlach all the time. I spent a week in the northern part of the desert at a camp ground called Virgin Valley. It has a hot spring swimming...
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-05-2010, 08:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,365
Posted By Mike Benzon
I recently camped at Virgin Valley CG, about 15...

I recently camped at Virgin Valley CG, about 15 miles west of Denio. It is located just off of Hwy 140 where the Sheldon Refuge sub headquarters is located. Go about a mile south of the highway. They...
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-24-2010, 07:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 803
Posted By Mike Benzon
I'm not sure the park is open yet. Well, maybe I...

I'm not sure the park is open yet. Well, maybe I should restate that, I'm not sure the road is open all the way through. Last I heard, they were still plowing snow off the road. The camp grounds are...
Forum: Ride reports 05-21-2010, 07:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,074
Posted By Mike Benzon
The link isn't working for me, bummer! I ride out...

The link isn't working for me, bummer! I ride out in the same area. I live in Burney, so it's not so far for me to get there. I spent a week in Virgin Valley riding with some friends, great riding....
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-19-2010, 07:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 887
Posted By Mike Benzon
I just copied and pasted this report from the...

I just copied and pasted this report from the general ride report page. I think it is more appropriate to post it here. In the future I will post my RR's here.
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-19-2010, 07:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 887
Posted By Mike Benzon
Day 5: video link to hill climb of the day: ...

Day 5:

video link to hill climb of the day:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6JiTlhCTUs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6JiTlhCTUs)

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Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-19-2010, 07:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 887
Posted By Mike Benzon
Day 3 and 4: I rained, snowed, hailed and the...

Day 3 and 4:
I rained, snowed, hailed and the wind blew for 48 hours. Mostly we just sat in our RVs and read. I kept the heater going all day long and shutting it off at night. I read the "Cause of...
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-19-2010, 07:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 887
Posted By Mike Benzon
Day 2: The day started out cold. Nobody was...

Day 2:

The day started out cold. Nobody was in a hurry to get up and dressed. Around 7:30 am we started rolling out of our RVs. Then there was the smell of pancakes and eggs cooking.
I felt much...
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-19-2010, 07:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 887
Posted By Mike Benzon
About the camp. Virgin Valley Campground is...

About the camp.
Virgin Valley Campground is about 75 miles east of Lakeview OR, in the northern Nevada desert. It's about one mile off of Hwy 140 to the south. It's a basic campground with no...
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-19-2010, 07:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 887
Posted By Mike Benzon
Virgin Valley, Northern Nevada

I’ve just returned from a fantastic experience of riding in the desert. A short while ago I
received a email from a fellow Pashnit, inviting me to join him and some friends in the
desert for some...
Forum: Thumpers 05-18-2010, 11:14 PM
Replies: 24,500
Views: 4,217,136
Posted By Mike Benzon
DRZ does hill climb in desert

Just one of the fun times I had riding in the desert on my DRZ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6JiTlhCTUs
Forum: Ride reports 05-18-2010, 08:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,564
Posted By Mike Benzon
Day 5: video link to hill climb of the day:...

Day 5:

video link to hill climb of the day:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6JiTlhCTUs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6JiTlhCTUs)
Forum: Ride reports 05-17-2010, 07:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,564
Posted By Mike Benzon
No problem with the highjack Mini. Actually,...

No problem with the highjack Mini. Actually, that's were we went on day 2. You are right about the cafe in Fields. They are great people to visit with as well as having good food. We crossed over...
Forum: Ride reports 05-16-2010, 07:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,564
Posted By Mike Benzon
Day 3 and 4: I rained, snowed, hailed and the...

Day 3 and 4:
I rained, snowed, hailed and the wind blew for 48 hours. Mostly we just sat in our RVs and read. I kept the heater going all day long and shutting it off at night. I read the "Cause of...
Forum: Ride reports 05-15-2010, 08:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,564
Posted By Mike Benzon
Day 2: The day started out cold. Nobody was...

Day 2:

The day started out cold. Nobody was in a hurry to get up and dressed. Around 7:30 am we started rolling out of our RVs. Then there was the smell of pancakes and eggs cooking.
I felt much...
Forum: Ride reports 05-15-2010, 03:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,564
Posted By Mike Benzon
About the camp. Virgin Valley Campground is...

About the camp.
Virgin Valley Campground is about 75 miles east of Lakeview OR, in the northern Nevada desert. It's about one mile off of Hwy 140 to the south. It's a basic campground with no...
Forum: Ride reports 05-14-2010, 08:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,564
Posted By Mike Benzon
Virgin Valley, NV desert ride

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Forum: Ride reports 03-29-2010, 08:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,455
Posted By Mike Benzon
Hi Goldenrev, nice report. I live in Burney and...

Hi Goldenrev, nice report. I live in Burney and ride a Triumph Tiger. I take lots of long trips with friends, but I often think I should take overnighters like your trip.
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-21-2010, 07:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 476
Posted By Mike Benzon
It will be a toss up in late March to early...

It will be a toss up in late March to early April. You will have to ask again closer to your departure date. Sometimes March can see a lot of late snow in the coastal range.
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 02-02-2010, 08:34 AM
Replies: 3,795
Views: 840,993
Posted By Mike Benzon
I hope I haven't posted this yet, too many pages...

I hope I haven't posted this yet, too many pages to review to see if I have.

http://fast87.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Spring-ride-of-06/1191942/69518608_68o4g-XL.jpg

US Highway 50 Nevada,...
Forum: Ride reports 02-02-2010, 07:59 AM
Replies: 1,334
Views: 1,856,409
Posted By Mike Benzon
Did he? I read his book, I wished that I...

Did he?

I read his book, I wished that I hadn't now.
Forum: Ride reports 10-16-2009, 09:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,371
Posted By Mike Benzon
That was just fantastic, what a fun trip. Thanks...

That was just fantastic, what a fun trip. Thanks for letting us join you on your trip.
I loved the music too.
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 09-26-2009, 07:53 PM
Replies: 1,049
Views: 161,986
Posted By Mike Benzon
Yellowstone Park ...

Yellowstone Park

http://fast87.smugmug.com/photos/113159666_34JG9-M.jpg
Forum: Ride reports 08-21-2009, 08:57 AM
Replies: 246
Views: 55,346
Posted By Mike Benzon
What a blast it has been reading this RR. I am...

What a blast it has been reading this RR. I am blown away that you guys rode two up on the TAT and especially the very difficult sections. I doubt I will every ride very much of the trail and here...
Forum: Ride reports 03-26-2009, 08:10 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,596
Posted By Mike Benzon
Hey OZ, thanks for the write up and especially on...

Hey OZ, thanks for the write up and especially on a Tiger. Mine has bucked me off a couple of times now and I am beginning to think SHE has a personality that I have been ignoring. Perhaps I better...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-18-2009, 10:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 498
Posted By Mike Benzon
Green sticker for old 2 stroke?

Can I get a new green sticker for a 1974 Yamaha 250 trials bike? It had one about 20 years ago.
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-18-2009, 10:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 750
Posted By Mike Benzon
Can I get a green sticker for a 2 stroke

I have an old 1974 two stroke Yamaha 250 trials bike, that years ago had a green sticker. Does anyone know if I can obtain a new green sticker for this bike or are they trying to remove all old two...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 01-14-2009, 08:05 AM
Replies: 3,546
Views: 590,644
Posted By Mike Benzon
Thanks for the reply. I am leaning heavily...

Thanks for the reply. I am leaning heavily towards purchasing the Spot, I just wanted to make sure there weren't competing brands that had equal features. I ride in a lot of remote areas here in...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 01-13-2009, 09:00 PM
Replies: 3,546
Views: 590,644
Posted By Mike Benzon
Are there any other devises that equal the...

Are there any other devises that equal the features of the Spot?
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 12-22-2008, 08:13 PM
Replies: 3,795
Views: 840,993
Posted By Mike Benzon
http://fast87.smugmug.com/photos/69518608_68o4g-M....

http://fast87.smugmug.com/photos/69518608_68o4g-M.jpg
Highway 50 west of Austin

http://fast87.smugmug.com/photos/71271331_2K4XU-M.jpg
Somewhere in the middle of New Mexico. I like this for the...
Forum: Ride reports 12-05-2005, 07:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,401
Posted By Mike Benzon
You sure that your Tiger was just steaming? You...

You sure that your Tiger was just steaming? You might want to offer some proof of that.[/QUOTE]

You'll just have to come by and see for yourself.
Forum: Ride reports 12-04-2005, 09:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,401
Posted By Mike Benzon
<<We rode there from Soldier Meadows Ranch in...

<<We rode there from Soldier Meadows Ranch in late October. The bad news for overnight is that there is no kitchen yet. Only food was caned and heated in microwave.>>

I was hoping they would have...
Forum: Ride reports 12-04-2005, 08:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,401
Posted By Mike Benzon
My apologies here. I posted this several months...

My apologies here. I posted this several months ago, but I just couldn't get the hang out of including my pictures. Well, I finally learned how to attach the pictures, so here's is one more try to...
Forum: Ride reports 09-20-2005, 10:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,401
Posted By Mike Benzon
My ride to Denio revisited

Recently I read that the Denio Junction had reopened so last Sunday I rode from Burney to Denio to see for myself. This is my 05 Tiger warming up at 0730. That is steam not burning oil.
...
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