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Old 01-17-2013, 07:19 PM   #1
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Titus Canyon on a sport tourer?

I originally was planning on riding my xr650 to Death Valley next month, but circumstances have changed and I will now be riding my Suzuki Bandit instead. I know the majority of the loops I planned on doing on my XR will be off limits with the Bandido, but Titus Canyon may still be a possibility, right?
I'd like to know if anyone has done Titus with a similar bike to the Bandit or for that matter ridden any non-pavement roads on a similar bike. Thanks for any input.

Jesse

p.s. if you have any yay's or nay's for the Atomic Inn, I'd be interested in hearing all about it. We'll probably be spending a night or two there.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:51 PM   #2
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I went through there in my truck in 2-wheel drive. Didn't think it was that big of a deal and wouldn't bother me abit taking a bike like yours.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:17 PM   #3
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Titus is about as easy as I have ever seen it.. If the Bandit is similar to a V-Strom, you would have no problems doing it.. Assuming you're used to dirt riding, which it sounds like you are.



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Old 01-17-2013, 08:25 PM   #4
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Titus is about as easy as I have ever seen it.. If the Bandit is similar to a V-Strom, you would have no problems doing it.. Assuming you're used to dirt riding, which it sounds like you are.



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Doesn't quite have the suspension, tread pattern or larger front wheel of the V-Strom but similar upright riding position. I'm used to riding off road, but the Bandido is significantly heavier than my XR.
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:32 PM   #5
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I would say a lack of suspension and tires could be an issue. The road on top is dirt and usually has some ruts. The road going down into the old town site ( I forgot the name ) is pretty rocky and steep. That part could be a challenge. The bottom is just loose gravel and deep in a few places.

The problem as I see it is you don't have the suspension or tires to go fast enough to keep balance. It is pretty hard to control a heavy bike while going slow over a rough road with the suspension hitting bottom. Tip it over and you are screwed. I'm not saying it can't be done, but it will be a challenge.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:22 PM   #6
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A bandit huh? close enough....
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:31 PM   #7
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The road leading it to Titus is going to knock the fillings out of your mouth if they haven't graded in a while. And the drop into Leadfeild, could be a little sporty, but I think you'll be just fine. Go slow and enjoy.
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:41 PM   #8
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It'll be slow going, but it's a one way road..no worries about oncoming traffic so you can pick the smoothest parts of the road.

Atomic Inn is a great place, I've stayed there many times. The rooms facing the street are bigger/nicer if you care about such things.
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:40 PM   #9
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You can always walk sections with the bike, if needed.
Drop offs, etc.
You can take most anything anywhere if you're so motivated.
What is between your ears....
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:05 AM   #10
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p.s. if you have any yay's or nay's for the Atomic Inn, I'd be interested in hearing all about it. We'll probably be spending a night or two there.
I thought I knew them all but where is the "Atomic Inn"? Sounds like it should be in Mercury on 95 and has no power lines servicing it.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:14 AM   #11
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I thought I knew them all but where is the "Atomic Inn"? Sounds like it should be in Mercury on 95 and has no power lines servicing it.
trusting my memory me thinks it's in Beatty
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:34 AM   #12
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Also known as the Phoenix in Beatty.



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Old 01-19-2013, 04:39 PM   #13
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I always stayed at the one on the south end. Forgot the name.
Offered a bike rider discount and had a bar/restaurant attached. Decent burger, IIRC.
Cheap rooms and maybe with a courtyard kinda build. I said maybe...
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:04 PM   #14
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Also known as the Phoenix in Beatty.
O, I have that as last choice for my riders, they always have rooms.

I use Stagecoach with pool, Jacuzzi, bar, hand made ice cream, and now "Dennys".

Half the town is now owned by a guy from Woodland Hills.
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:46 AM   #15
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O, I have that as last choice for my riders, they always have rooms.

I use Stagecoach with pool, Jacuzzi, bar, hand made ice cream, and now "Dennys".

Half the town is now owned by a guy from Woodland Hills.

I don't have riders and prefer to support the locals.
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