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Old 10-22-2008, 06:14 PM   #1
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Eh? 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. How will we fare?

Here's a few teaser shots to get started.





















Stay Tuned! I have hundreds more...
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Old 10-22-2008, 06:38 PM   #2
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Awesome pics!! Gorgeous bike too!

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Old 10-22-2008, 06:43 PM   #3
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Thumb 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.

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Old 10-22-2008, 06:48 PM   #4
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Cool2 Great!!

Keep it coming!!

Great Pics.....

I want MORE!!!! More....More....More....

Cheers

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Old 10-22-2008, 07:04 PM   #5
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I cheated and peeked... (used to find all the hidden presents early at xmas too ) 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...

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Old 10-22-2008, 07:33 PM   #6
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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!

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Old 10-22-2008, 09:42 PM   #7
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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...

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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...

BTW, I think I remember reading your RR while preparing for this trip.
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Old 10-22-2008, 06:56 PM   #8
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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.
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Old 10-22-2008, 09:45 PM   #9
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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...
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Old 10-23-2008, 12:06 AM   #10
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I'm sooooo jealous... Sorta!!!

I jumped ahead to your smugmug pics...


I do get to go play in that area twice a year, and I've got Major Wood looking at your pics. (particularly the Burr Trail.)
Although my GT has seen almost all of the places your pics were taken, I won't even think about how UNworthy any pics I've taken compare to yours...

MORE PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!'
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Old 10-23-2008, 01:00 AM   #11
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Nice photography.
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Old 10-23-2008, 08:50 AM   #12
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Awesome pics...great ride.
Beautiful Futura.
More please!
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Old 10-23-2008, 09:36 AM   #13
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What a great way to wake up in So. Utah... I bet it was a cool night without a tent. Great commentary too...

re: Hells Backbone Grill, I am pretty sure they are open both days on the weekend and they do a pretty tasty breakfast and serve real coffee... I do believe they shut down about this time of year however. Another note, it's not the cheapest place to eat for sure... Nor is Boulder Lodge cheap place to sleep, but it makes the wife happy and packing is easier when two up if you don't have camp gear.

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Old 10-23-2008, 09:41 AM   #14
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Don't you just love those Rotax v twins. I get the biggest grin everytime I ride my Falco. I lived in Phx for a couple years. Loved it...but way to hot. Sitting in traffic on the 101 with full mesh gear at 115F is still hot.

Great ride report.
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Old 10-23-2008, 05:11 PM   #15
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Thumb Valley of the Gods Road



At the turnoff to Valley of the Gods Road I wonder if I should attempt it on a street bike. This is gonna be really brave... or REALLY STUPID!



Almost immediately there's a tricky wash to cross. The Aprilia motors through with no problemo.



Much of the time the road is in good condition and I feel good running up to 40 mph.







I even shoot some action shots.







The rock's keep posing for photos so it's stop and go. Of course my bike wants in the photo as well.







The washboards increase and finding a smooth line becomes difficult. Slowing down doesn't seem to help with the bone-jarring bumps.

This is my favorite photo of the washboards.







Another Sandy Wash Crossing
Will we make it across?
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