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Old 03-15-2011, 01:24 PM   #1
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AZ - The London Bridge Strikes Again!

The idea was to gather a bunch of talented big-bike riders and replicate the ride that took out Mil-T's V-strom last year.

This year, the players are:

KTMSER - KTM 950 SE
CrashDBad - KTM 950 SE
goatdog - KTM 950 SE
Yardstick - KTM 950 SE
Dillon@Zenmoto - KTM 950 Adventure
Big-E - KTM 990 Adventure
ybracing - KTM 950 Adventure


We met at the Cowboy Cafe in Wickenburg to get some breakfast and let the sun come up. It turned out to be a cooler morning than some of us anticipated!



Big-E showing off his preferred trail snack, BACON!



Last year, Alamo road bit hard. We didn't sustain any casualties on that road this year. Only dust, and lots of it! Big-E stretches the legs of the LC8 where Alamo turns to Wickeburg road.



I found terminal velocity on Wickenburg road. At about 112mph indicated, the force from the wind resistance balances the thrust from the Dunlop 908 RR tire. Any more power applied only spins the tire up...

This thread's other potential title was, "The Eastern Arizona Gas Station Tour". Four thirsty Super Enduros meant we stopped at almost every gas station we saw, including this one at a small trailer park east of Alamo Lake.



They were having a fly-in poker run at the trailer park.
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Old 03-15-2011, 01:32 PM   #2
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The historic Brown's Crossing has remained under water for years, according to the Alamo Lake State Park. For part of the year, there is still a way to cross north of the lake. Not this time, however. We were forced to take the southern route around.


KTMSER has a way of making pavement exciting.



50 mph wheelies!






The Super Enduro does have a light front end!



The rest of the crew cruising.
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Old 03-15-2011, 01:42 PM   #3
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A quick turn and we're on Powerline Rd.



It was a primitive road last year when I tried it. In the past year it has been straightened in spots, cleared of most of the sugar sand and smoothed out considerably.



We cruised until a gate a few miles from Midway.



It was plenty early to take a side trip to Swansea! Onward!



A few bends, hills and turns later, we were at the historic copper mining town of Swansea!
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Some of the primary residences at the site.



Informational kiosks are everywhere out here.




Dillon@Zenmoto found a good spot for a launch.






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Old 03-15-2011, 01:56 PM   #5
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The kiosk at the entrance warns of open mine shafts. Most that we could see had grates over the top. They make for great views straight down the shafts!



Several other shafts extend into the earth surrounding the primary mine.



Ruins of the former city are everywhere!



The smelter towers above while Big-E makes his way toward it.



Sign below the smelter.



It's an impressive sight. Unfortunately shooters have blasted a lot of it away.



Wikipedia has an article that explains the Reverberatory Furnace.
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Old 03-15-2011, 02:02 PM   #6
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Big-E channels The Thinker (about lunch!)



Another view of the pockmarked old furnace.



It would have been even more impressive to see whole. Dillon@Zenmoto has a seat on what was probably once the ceiling.



The entire wall on this side came down in one piece!



From the hill, you really get a sense of how big Swansea once was!



A few of the guys have a pow-wow and decide they've had enough archeology for the day!



Just one more mining remnant pic before I go!
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So it was you guys.

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I just went through Swansea while on my way home from Death Valley. I was out there Monday and wondered who made the tracks up the side of this tailings pile.
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It takes commitment to get up this early. I'm sure CrashDBad had some upset neighbors with four of us rolling out at 4:30.


It was colder then I planned for but warmed up later on.


One pump for 7 thirsty KTM's. I think we drained it.


Some local's to nowhere local.


Now where did I park, oh yeah follow the oil.


Not a good day for this guy.


Yardstick doing what he does.


A lot of orange.


Heading to the mine.


The mine area.


Repair stop.

End of a long but fun day.


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Old 03-15-2011, 01:50 PM   #9
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You've got some great adv riding in Az... let's see where you take us

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