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Old 10-22-2008, 06:14 PM   #1
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Eh? Identity Crisis! My Bike Thinks She's a Dualsport

Southern Utah, October 16-20, 2008

With a rare 3 day weekend off, I plan a ride through Southern Utah. If I leave Friday after work I'll have 4 days to ride. I've ridden Utah several times, so this time I want to see a few new sights;

Goosenecks of the San Juan
Valley of the Gods
Moki Dugway
Lake Powell Ferry
Burr Trail

This plan should require an on-road/off-road Dualsport. I do own a Dualsport, but her 2 sports are SPORT and Touring. She hasn't been too happy lately with all my talk of buying a proper Dualsport. She doesn't want to share her garage space and riding time with any other bike. I remind her she's getting old and wasn't purposely built for the type of trails I want to conquer. She reminds me of all the gravel roads she's taken me on and how reliable she's been the last 43,000 miles. She is eager to prove I don't need another bike to get to the back country.

We head off in search of solitude... Just me and my bike. How will we fare?

Here's a few teaser shots to get started.





















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Old 10-22-2008, 06:38 PM   #2
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Awesome pics!! Gorgeous bike too!

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Old 10-22-2008, 06:43 PM   #3
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more pics or we track ya down and confiscate your 'puter and that bitchin black motorsicle.

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Old 10-22-2008, 06:48 PM   #4
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Cool2 Great!!

Keep it coming!!

Great Pics.....

I want MORE!!!! More....More....More....

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Old 10-22-2008, 06:56 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by dave6253
Southern Utah, October 16-20, 2008


This plan should require an on-road/off-road Dualsport. I do own a Dualsport, but her 2 sports are SPORT and Touring. She hasn't been too happy lately with all my talk of buying a proper Dualsport. She doesn't want to share her garage space and riding time with any other bike. I remind her she's getting old and wasn't purposely built for the type of trails I want to conquer. She reminds me of all the gravel roads she's taken me on and how reliable she's been the last 43,000 miles. She is eager to prove I don't need another bike to get to the back country.

Get a dual sport that is so ugly that your wee little black bike will know that you got it just to bang......... around on the rough stuff. Sort of a dirty little secret.
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Old 10-22-2008, 07:04 PM   #6
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I cheated and peeked... (used to find all the hidden presents early at xmas too ) Good ones are a comin'.

BUT... I gotta ask Dave... did you stop at Hells Backbone Grill? I've spent two of my 20+ wedding anniverseries at Boulder Lodge... and almost got my GS terminally stuck in the crazy loose sand (did I ever mention that I hate sand) at Deer Creek campground...

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Old 10-22-2008, 07:33 PM   #7
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aw fuck me! I was too scared to take mine down there. That damn road caused me to buy an 1150gs when I got home! f*cker!

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Old 10-22-2008, 08:07 PM   #8
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This looks like it will be a good one.

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Old 10-22-2008, 09:06 PM   #9
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Great pictures!!
Looking forward to the rest of the story!
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Old 10-22-2008, 09:08 PM   #10
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Damn! what a great pictures !

Excellent pics man.


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Old 10-22-2008, 09:42 PM   #11
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BUT... I gotta ask Dave... did you stop at Hells Backbone Grill? I've spent two of my 20+ wedding anniverseries at Boulder Lodge... and almost got my GS terminally stuck in the crazy loose sand (did I ever mention that I hate sand) at Deer Creek campground...

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I did see the Hell's Backbone Grill. I don't think it was open on Sunday though. I brought the Jetboil and my own food for this trip. I wanted to avoid as much human contact as possible...

I had special Metzler Sand/Sport Touring Tires...

BTW, I think I remember reading your RR while preparing for this trip.
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Old 10-22-2008, 09:45 PM   #12
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Get a dual sport that is so ugly that your wee little black bike will know that you got it just to bang......... around on the rough stuff. Sort of a dirty little secret.
She might like that...
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Old 10-22-2008, 09:49 PM   #13
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aw fuck me! I was too scared to take mine down there. That damn road caused me to buy an 1150gs when I got home! f*cker!
xdbx, I remember your excellent RR "2 Aprilias do the Southwest". I sure could have used some of that tape you used to hold your mirror on...

Thanks for all the nice comments guys!
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Old 10-22-2008, 10:24 PM   #14
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Day 1, Ghost Ships

Phoenix to Goosenecks of the San Juan State Park, Utah

336 Miles



I race home from work and finish loading the bike. I head out into the heat. I decided to leave my mesh riding gear at home and immediately regret it. My temp gauge is reading 103 degrees as I head north out of Phoenix(HELL) on the superslab.



Day 1 will be boring! I-17 does have some nice curves, but I've ridden it too many times.



It cools down into the 70s at 7000 feet in Flagstaff.



Heading north from Flag the trees thin out on the long downhill into the deserts of the Navajo Reservation.



Humphrey's Peak, The highest elevation in Arizona is behind me.



The sun sets. I put away the camera for the remainder of tonights ride.

My goal for the day was to make it to the Goosenecks to camp. I was a little bummed when I realized I would be riding through Monument Valley in the dark. It's been awhile since I was last there on a bike. I would not be able to take new photos. I was actually dreading tonights ride.

I pulled to the shoulder of the highway on the Reservation to add layers. The moon was not up yet and it was DARK!!! I actually had to use a flashlight just to see anything I was doing. The sky was crystal clear with billions of stars visible (I counted). The cloudy Milky Way made me hungry for chocolate and caramel... A freight train passed nearby with the horns blowing and the white light piercing the desert ahead. I started back up and ran alongside the train for awhile.

The Moon came up as I neared Kayenta. When I headed North into Monument Valley I got an unexpected surprise. The familiar rock formations were perfectly silhouetted against the Moon and stars of the perfect night sky. My boring ride suddenly was exciting. I looked around in amazement as I watched the closest formations slowly slip past like silent ghost ships in the night. The moonlight glistened off the rock faces. I rarely saw another vehicle. I had the perfect night ride of a lifetime!

If you've already experienced Monument Valley by day, I highly recommend riding through on a perfect moonlit night. Although I have no photos to remember it by, It was definitely a highlight of this trip.

I make it to Goosenecks and slept near the edge of the rim. It was a clear night, so I didn't bother with setting up the tent. I could hear the river 1000 feet below.

Tomorrow we hit the dirt roads, Hopefully not literally.

I promise to shoot more photos tomorrow.
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