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Old 10-28-2012, 09:01 PM   #1
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Mojave trail/road on a 990?

Never been there. How would it be on a 990 fully loaded? How bad are the sandy stretches?
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:08 PM   #2
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:10 PM   #3
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Should be alright with some good riding skills from what I remember.
Can't be skeered of sand or rocks, though.
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:41 PM   #4
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Never been there. How would it be on a 990 fully loaded? How bad are the sandy stretches?
Lots of rocks and whoops. Bring a lot of front tubes for your 990.
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:47 PM   #5
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when r u planing to do it?
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:50 PM   #6
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Deep sand and fully loaded 990 is tiring but not impossible.
I tried it for a day, didnt care for it
TKC front and a steering damper.

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Old 10-28-2012, 10:21 PM   #7
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If there's any mud on Soda Lake, you'll be hating it.
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Old 10-28-2012, 10:37 PM   #8
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If there's any mud on Soda Lake, you'll be hating it.

or u just skip it...

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Old 10-28-2012, 10:39 PM   #9
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:19 PM   #10
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No specific date planned yet but I definitely won't go if the lake isn't dry. Rocks don't scare me on the 990 but sand can be a challenge.

I originally planned to do it on my 450 but then I started reading about all the stupid CA vehicle requirements. My AZ bike is Street legal and insured but I don't have turn signals, DOT tires or emissions. I figured maybe it would be OK to just make a long weekend ride on my 990 ADV instead.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:04 AM   #11
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I did it on a loaded R1150GSAdv a few years back... that pig was a handfull for sure. But if I can do it on a GS as an average rider, it is very doable on a 990 Adv.

And if Soda lake is wet, it is easy enough to bypass it just east of Zzyxx.

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Old 10-29-2012, 08:42 AM   #12
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There are a couple sandy streches, but much is two track jeep roads. It is fabulous country. My wife and I have ridden it twice, 2up on a Dakar Elefant, similer to the 990, maybe taller. That was with gear. I have ridden it on a BMW Dakar bike, the Duc several times,a 650 Elefant a couple times, and a 640 Rallye. All rather large bikes. Yes, on a wet Soda lake, but got the mud off at a Baker motel! You can follow fairly well the cairn markers, but a book map is available thru Friends of the Mojave Road if needed. FYI, the original road, a military trail went from Prescott to Camp Cady near Barstow. Enjoy!
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:45 AM   #13
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There are a couple sandy streches, but much is two track jeep roads. It is fabulous country. My wife and I have ridden it twice, 2up on a Dakar Elefant, similer to the 990, maybe taller. That was with gear. I have ridden it on a BMW Dakar bike, the Duc several times,a 650 Elefant a couple times, and a 640 Rallye. All rather large bikes. Yes, on a wet Soda lake, but got the mud off at a Baker motel! You can follow fairly well the cairn markers, but a book map is available thru Friends of the Mojave Road if needed. FYI, the original road, a military trail went from Prescott to Camp Cady near Barstow. Enjoy!
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:27 AM   #14
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No specific date planned yet but I definitely won't go if the lake isn't dry. Rocks don't scare me on the 990 but sand can be a challenge.

I originally planned to do it on my 450 but then I started reading about all the stupid CA vehicle requirements. My AZ bike is Street legal and insured but I don't have turn signals, DOT tires or emissions. I figured maybe it would be OK to just make a long weekend ride on my 990 ADV instead.

my CRF450X (stock) had AZ plate from 2006 to 2011 never had problems... just need to have DOT tires...
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:07 AM   #15
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No specific date planned yet but I definitely won't go if the lake isn't dry. Rocks don't scare me on the 990 but sand can be a challenge.

I originally planned to do it on my 450 but then I started reading about all the stupid CA vehicle requirements. My AZ bike is Street legal and insured but I don't have turn signals, DOT tires or emissions. I figured maybe it would be OK to just make a long weekend ride on my 990 ADV instead.
I don't have turn signals on my 525 (plated) and have never had a problem with the authorities. They are more concerned with current registration, insurance and that you are on a legal trail. Have a great ride!
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