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Old 10-14-2013, 09:45 AM   #16
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:49 AM   #17
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No takers on this one so will finish scouting out the planned ride for the end of the month. Don't want to make a wrong turn & lead anybody down a cold trail
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:42 AM   #18
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Hey, Tom
May run to Alamo for lunch, Thursday or Friday. Not certain yet.
When were you going to make your "scouting" ride?
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:11 AM   #19
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Hey, Tom
May run to Alamo for lunch, Thursday or Friday. Not certain yet.
When were you going to make your "scouting" ride?
Manana. But will be back, good Lord willin & the creek don't rise, I heard that somewhere on Wed. so Friday should be good.

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Old 10-14-2013, 11:33 AM   #20
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Make sure Paula has my number if'n you need any kind of motorized vehicle assistance.
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:37 AM   #21
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Make sure Paula has my number if'n you need any kind of help.
Thanks Tom, I will complete it this time, or you could come along I know you have a full plate.
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:47 AM   #22
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Thanks Tom, I will complete it this time, or you could come along I know you have a full plate.
Would you believe that yesterday is the first time I've been out for a real ride since last December? Yeh, things have been kinda busy for a while. That might be changing in the next couple of months though... good for riding but no so good for the income side.
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Old 10-14-2013, 12:44 PM   #23
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I'm getting ready to leave for the Laughlin/Parker area. Haven't planned where to ride, but riding the old Mojave towards Barstow sounds good. Can leave by end of week.
Going tomorrow, but a small group going on the 27,28,29th of this month. Your welcome to come along. Where are you located?
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:28 PM   #24
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Manana. But will be back, good Lord willin & the creek don't rise, I heard that somewhere on Wed. so Friday should be good.
Tom send me an email when you get back and we'll set up an excursion to Alamo.

Any other like minded inmates who would like to join a Friday ride speak up...
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Old 10-15-2013, 07:45 PM   #25
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Mojave Road on a big Adventure Bike?

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Is this big bike or little bike riding? (Mojave Road can be done easily on a big bike.)
Not sure about that for us mere mortals!

I have only ridden it once so I'm no expert on this trail. I rode it on a dual sported XR650R about 9 years ago and there are two deep water crossings at the west end and (what seemed like) 40 miles of deep sand east of Kelbaker Road. I was able to do it on the 650 but there is no way I could have ridden that deep sand on my BMW R1200GSA.

I'm sure a rider with advanced skill could ride just about anything on this trail but many of us don't ride at that level.

Maybe there are some alternate routes I'm not aware of. We were also not able to ride across the dry lake bed on the west end because the mud was too deep and up to the axles.

One of these days I want to ride it again on my KTM 500EXC. I have a 5.3 gallon fuel tank so I should be able to easily make it all the way across without a fuel stop. When my group did it years ago, we needed two fuel stops because of our small tanks.
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:30 PM   #26
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AZ TOM... did you scout it? How does the Gov't closure effect access?
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:35 PM   #27
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I was able to do it on the 650 but there is no way I could have ridden that deep sand on my BMW R1200GSA.
It can be a lot or work, that's for sure...
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Old 10-15-2013, 11:42 PM   #28
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I spoke with Tom earlier this evening and he made it to Laughlin today and will be scouting the Mojave trail part tomorrow.
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Old 10-16-2013, 03:45 AM   #29
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It can be a lot or work, that's for sure...
I think once you get a little used to riding a bigger bike in Mojave, it becomes easier. I rode my 1200 through there because it's the only plated bike that I have. Otherwise I would of taken my RMZ450:. from my experience I'd say in general the bigger bike did fine. Main difference for me was that the bigger bike had the tendency to go to the lowest spots on the trail unless you used lots of throttle. If you can ride a smaller bike in sand, then you should be able to ride a heavier one. Just be ready to sweat a little more.







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Old 10-16-2013, 08:37 PM   #30
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650 miles in two days & I am home. Route nailed down. Long days & lots of miles. I left out the loop back into Parker as it will take doing 3 days. Evaluating a ride is very difficult & subjective. We all have different skills. Have ridden the full length of the Mohave Trail about 6 times. Previous times on TE Huskies & XR650L's. Today went from Laughlin to Cima Rd on WR250R. The rains have done a lot of changing to that section. I would say the toughest trip across so far for me. If you hate sand you will hate this ride. The sand goes on & on with rocks in between. Talked to a Ranger at Cima & she said technically it was closed but not a problem. She is working but no pay check. Two other riders & I are doing a loop from Prescott at the end of the month & I get no kick in getting someone in a situation they struggle in & just hate, so want to put this out there so they have some idea of what's involved. Has anybody ridden this section recently? I am talking in the last few weeks. I am probably just a wimp but a GS on what I rode this am would not be doable for me Here are a few pics & video's of the easy peasy stuff but gives a little insight as to what it looks like. Will add as soon as I can load them.











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