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Old 10-16-2010, 06:46 PM   #1
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7 days in Moab on KTMs

SKIP TO PAGE 4 IF YOU WANT TO SEE 2012 UPDATE

Scruffy, Berolina, Spartan and me spent a week exploring toughest trails in immediate Moab area on dual sported KTMs(320, 2 450s and 530). We were spending nights in a condo(in Moab), no camping.
We did Kane Creek, Steel Bender, Pritchett Canyon(wrong way), Poison Spider, Sleek Rock with Hells gate, Cliffhanger, Rose garden Hill with Top of the World, and all of Sovereign trails(40 miles of it).
I could barely stand after that. I am sure that Riseless can do it on his 950 no problem.
for some reason gpx file upload fails, pm for the tracks
Everyone should ride this area if you have a chance.
All bikes survived, riders a little bit up but nothing major.
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Petroglyphs

Hells gate

Pritchett
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Ok,
First Ride - Kane Creek. Really beautiful, starts easy then flows through the creek bed. Sand, water flowing. Every time you ride it - you get to go different way. It's like a labyrinth. Not too challenging, depends on water level and season. Perfect in October. You go in and then turn around and go back or you could get oh pavement , but it's stupid.











Closer to the end you have to go through one somewhat rocky uphill and one other short rocky section



View from the top
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and some more





Then we had to help guys with broken down atv





After that last obstacle we played on the face of the rock until Spartan decided to test his fortune and ended up hanging about 50-60 feet above the ground. It was a scary moment, but we didn't waste any time taking pictures and then helped him out. Unfortunately pictures really don't show how close he got to pretty bad outcome.







On the way back I took lower route, guys got some pictures of me from the high up section








Views from the bottom were really cool as well.





At the end of the lower section somebody installed this steel ramp. Unfortunately it doesn't work with knobbies - It's like being on the ice.
It wasn't there 2 years ago.



View of the ramp from the top
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Old 10-16-2010, 07:37 PM   #2
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Old 10-17-2010, 07:01 AM   #3
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Great pics. I just did Kane Creek, Oct. 6th on my 70th BD on a bad running, pretty much full throttle or it wouldn't run, 1995 Honda XR650L, my buddy was on a Yam WR250X. Rain, thunder & lots of lighting towards the end. We went through to the pavement as the weather got worse. Would not reccomend this ride on this bike at 70, but I am probably just a wimp
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Old 10-17-2010, 09:03 AM   #4
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Poison spider and gemini bridges

Second day we rode must do, not that hard trails - Poison Spider and then went to look at the Gemini Bridges and vicinity.
Poison spider starts close to Moab, only few miles on pavement.
We did PS in about 2.5 hours with all picture taking and wandering around.










Arch, no we didn't ride on it





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Moab





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Staring at it






Gemini bridges are not that far from there. Easy ride, we did some canyons nearby, fixed flat. Apparently lower approach closed. You have to hike almost a mile to look at the bridges from the bottom. Sucks.









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Old 10-17-2010, 09:31 AM   #5
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Cool stuff!! That's some serious riding! I wonder if those makeshift bridges can hold a jeep or if they are only meant for 4x4s...
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Old 10-17-2010, 02:58 PM   #6
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Looks like alot of fun, nice pic's.
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Old 10-17-2010, 03:53 PM   #7
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Sovereign trail

Sovereign Trail - about 40 miles of single track. Rocky, sandy, sometimes loose, sometimes very tight. It can get hot even in october.
10 miles on pavement to get there. This time we didn't see many mountain bikers, but it can get crowded.
There are several "extreme difficulty" splits - not that bad, just tight.









This is the only place where we could find some shade for lunch brake





Mandatory Sovereign trail pics

















Eventually heat started to tire us out




I got stuck in this rut for about 10 minutes. Unfortunately we separated earlier, so I had to get it out all by myself.




Here I had to wheelie my way out of there. It was kind of scary.



Then we found each other and came back down







Then I got really tired and had to cool of in the shade, can you spot me?



Few more miles to get back











more to come
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Old 09-16-2011, 04:03 PM   #8
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Holy crap!

Dude! Just finished looking at Page 1 of your report and I'm saying to myself "HOLY CRAP ~ Am I really headed to the same Adventure Challenge as these STUDS!!!!!?????? YOWZA!!!!!!
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Old 12-08-2011, 06:06 PM   #9
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i was in moab last week on my klr 650 n i feel like a pussy.
take my bow guys, you redefine craziness.
Please include a small motorcyclist from bay area next time. i would be more than happy to join you guys on the adventure trails.!!!

i cant get over watching pictures!!
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