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Old 10-29-2012, 09:43 AM   #16
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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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Old 10-29-2012, 10:29 AM   #17
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I heard there are a lot of thorns that are perfect for flats.
I wish I could go with ya!
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:47 AM   #18
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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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The original road maybe have been, but the original trail was traveled by foot by native Americans for centuries. I believe the first white man to travel it was Jedediah Smith in 1826 (not sure). The Mojaves (not an Indian word but an English misnombre) would trade with other natives in the inland empire area and traveled this general trail before horses. 990 loaded should be alright and lots of ways around Soda Lake. Smaller bikes are great to spur off the trail to different springs and petraglyph sites. Have fun
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:51 AM   #19
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I heard there are a lot of thorns that are perfect for flats.
I wish I could go with ya!
I see your alien has matching riding gear for the new bike..
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:10 PM   #20
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I see your alien has matching riding gear for the new bike..
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:54 PM   #21
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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 o4 450 has no signals, never had dot tires, license plate tucked under the fender - not a single problem ever (last 4 years at least).

you would have more fun on small bike there.





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Old 10-29-2012, 11:11 PM   #22
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I guess I'll have to do it on both bikes now. Thanks for the tips.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:46 AM   #23
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I guess I'll have to do it on both bikes now. Thanks for the tips.

only if u do it at the same time!
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Old 10-30-2012, 10:27 AM   #24
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I'm ready to do the Mojave Road on a big bike(1200GS). Did it 30 yrs. ago in a 4X4 following the road guile by Casebier, and all the other Heritage roads, (600 miles worth ) one Thanksgiving weekend on a DR350. And ijn the end, you can go to Barstow for a Tommy's chili cheese burger.

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Old 10-30-2012, 04:23 PM   #25
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It is most certainly possible...

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...ghlight=mojave

Just be prepared for this:



And when you DO make it through, plan ahead for many of these:






I have gps tracks for the portion from the Colorado River to Baker (can also be found elsewhere). I also put the mileages and notes into RBEditor to make a roadbook. I highly recommend reading the guidebook: http://www.desertusa.com/web_cart/db/pages/5094.html
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Old 10-30-2012, 05:07 PM   #26
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[QUOTE=Cpt. Ron;19935079]http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...ghlight=mojave

Just be prepared for this:



And when you DO make it through, plan ahead for many of these:

Why would you park like that?
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Old 10-30-2012, 07:18 PM   #27
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Ha! You can almost make out a full body impression in the sand. Nice one.
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Old 10-30-2012, 07:33 PM   #28
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I read your trip report. Picking up a fully loaded ADV is not something I look forward too. Looks like you guys got pretty good at it.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:17 PM   #29
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The trick is momentum, leaning back, and steering with your feet. Ruts can unravel your nerves at first, but you figure it pretty quick. The hardest part is starting and stopping. So you learn to just not stop, and if you really have to, try a straight firm spot.

In all honesty, there isn't THAT much sand to deal with.
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:31 PM   #30
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Mojave Road sand, whoops and fuel needed

I have only ridden this trail once and that was about 7 years ago so things might have changed.

A couple of scouts in our group checked out the lake bed the day before we started and reported they just about got stuck in the deep mud just starting into the lake bed so we rode around the lake bed to the south because they thought it was not possible to ride through it when it is wet.

We started in Afton Canyon which is about 40 miles east of Barstow.

Two deep water crossings are the first things to encounter.

I remember about 40 miles of deep sand and I found it difficult but possible on my XR650R. I could not even attempt this on the BMW R1200GSA that has been my adventure bike. Better riders than myself have obviously made it on a big bike. I wouldn't do it alone if you are on a big bike. This is an extremely remote area and unexpected things can happen.

Somewhere about halfway through the ride are some whoops with one G-out I didn't see in time that just about threw me over the handle bars. After the sand and the whoops the rest of the trail was fairly easy dirt roads.

The deep sand will suck the fuel and drop your mileage not to mention it is approx. 140 miles between Afton Canyon and the next gas station. If you fill up in Barstow, you will need at least a 180 mile fuel range and you will then be on fumes.

We needed two pit stops for gas to make it on our enduro bikes and had a chase truck haul extra fuel for us. You can bail out on At the time I had a 3.1 gallon fuel tank on my XR650R and needed both gas stops.

You can bail out on Kelbaker Road and head north to Baker for a gas stop and then back track to the trail.

We needed our GPS's and maps to stay on the route but when I did this ride, none of us had ever been on it before. Going with someone who is familiar with the trail would be a big plus.

Any bike on this trail is supposed to be street legal and one of the riders in our group, who thought he didn't need a plate, was pulled over in Laughlin, NV and scolded to the local police but he didn't get a ticket.

I have wanted to go back and ride it again but have been having too much fun riding Death Valley.

Good luck and post pics when you ride it.
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