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Old 09-12-2012, 02:53 PM   #41
Four Wheels Bad
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Joined: Jun 2005
Location: Monrovia, CA
Oddometer: 824
This ride is right up the alley of the ADV rider with a small-ish bike and I've always been surprised that more folks don't do it:
  • Easy ways are TOTALLY doable on a <650 for SoCal guy: acquainted with and not terrified of sand.
  • Hard/Easy ways a blast on a smaller bike
  • Distances are big so you cover a lot of ground, see and experience a lot of terrain, have to be on your game regarding stops, navigation (don't get lost), etc. In other words, you're always thinking = a lot of fun
  • The # of riders is largely a non-issue. Just leave early, don't get lost, move with a sense of purpose and urgency, and you'll stay in front of a lot of riders. Get lost, lollygag at a corner, stop for a 30' sammich break and you'll be passed by 50 riders. You deserve the dust you get :-)

I'm out this year, going to Atlanta for the holiday, but, again, this is really right up the alley of the riding I've seen that many of you like to do.

'11 Husaberg FE570
'11 990 Dakar
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