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Old 01-09-2009, 08:45 PM   #1
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A PAIR OF 950s TACKLE THE FREEWAY LOOP!!!

THE FREEWAY LOOP


Those three words can evoke feelings of Joy or of Terror. There is no middle ground. No, Take it or Leave it. After trying it you will either Love it or Hate it.

Pretty dramatic, huh? Typically I don't send out open invitations for this trail cause in the past it didn't turn out so good.

Yesterday six invitations went out to a select group of riders and I got one taker. Jonz on his brand new-to-him Super Enduro! Jonz is a long time FWL Lover but he had not ridden his SE yet and was gonna learn about his new ride on THE FREEWAY LOOP!



Jonz wanted to warm up a bit before hitting The Loop, so we played around on some hills first.

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Looks like he's got it figured out.










OK, LET'S RIDE!














This hill is early on in the ride and is often the turn around point for the unprepared. Not today.





About 7 years ago I went over the bars on this hill. It wasn't this well groomed back then.





Why would somebody go to the trouble to drive up the freeway, cut the barbed-wire fence, and throw a bunch of boards in the trail?





I told Jonz I would help but somebody's gotta take the pictures.





That's better.







The conditions were ideal. 65degrees, no dust, and ample traction made us feel like we couldn't go wrong.





Jonz was amazed at how well his big ol' 950 was handling The Loop. All the sections were easy!





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Untill....








Remember this?





This spot has got his number. And it at least knows my zip code.





No bad Ju-Ju on the 2nd run.





Time for the "Waterfall"





Somebody piled some rocks, making it much easier than usual. Jonz got up it with a dab





I like this arroyo.





That's it for the South side. The Rest Area (half way point) is just over this hill, where we go under the freeway and take a little break before heading back down on the dreaded NORTH SIDE!!!





Having made it to the Rest Area we were tired but glad to be there, but now it was time for THE NORTH SIDE.







This is the technical side of the Loop. Non-stop UPDOWNTURNSLIDEUPSTOPDOWNGOTURNUPUPUPDOWNSLIDEGO for 15 miles.

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No matter how tired or distracted Jonz is he always remembers to render a proper ADV salute.

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Gas it out the wash






But miss the fence!






I love this trail!






This was taken after I put my drive chain back on the sprocket. I love this trail!





Most of the climbs on the north side have no run-up to them






Traction was good but not that good.






and turning around is not a option so then it's time to bushwack with your 450lb dirt bike to look for a way out.








1st gear pinned on the staights.






"I think I can hit it from here"






This is fun. I love this trail!

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I wonder what they talk about when we're not around.






Jonz kept saying, "I can't believe how good it handles!"







I love this trail








My fuel light is on so we cut a couple miles off the ride to jump on the powerline road. We parted ways at the Chevron. I took the freeway till I got cold, then I jumped into the creek for about seven miles.






That took me almost all the way home. Fun Stuff!






And it warmed me up pretty good.









So now you guys that couldn't make it can see what you missed.

Thanks for riding the Freeway Loop with me Jonz. Congrats on the new scoot.

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Old 01-09-2009, 08:55 PM   #2
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That looks like fun and quite the challenge on big bikes.
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Old 01-09-2009, 10:06 PM   #3
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Nice report. Good that you did both the pics and the videos!
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Old 01-09-2009, 10:21 PM   #4
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that really looks like a fun ride
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Old 01-10-2009, 12:50 AM   #5
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thats a freakn awssome ride. some pretty tough trails that you handled well on the 950.

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Old 01-10-2009, 02:52 AM   #6
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A great ride but don't ever send me an invite.
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Old 01-10-2009, 03:00 AM   #7
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A great ride but don't ever send me an invite.

Yeah, what he said. Trails bike maybe...
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Old 01-10-2009, 03:01 AM   #8
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Old 01-10-2009, 06:38 AM   #9
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That looks like a ton of fun. I love the bikes, nice windscreen on the adv and auxilary tank on the SE.

Is all that just public ground that your allowed to ride on or is it like somewhere that no one goes or cares?
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Old 01-10-2009, 06:39 AM   #10
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Nice action! That's quite challenging terrain! Thanks for the fun report and videos
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Old 01-10-2009, 06:53 AM   #11
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What's the matter with you? Don't you know you "can't" take big heavy bikes like the ninefitty over terrain like that (and I think this picture is from the "warm-up" part!)?

Seriously though, great ride and great pictures!

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Old 01-10-2009, 07:28 AM   #12
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Is all that just public ground that your allowed to ride on or is it like somewhere that no one goes or cares?
That's kind of a grey area. I've ridden there for about eight years no troubles. That may change or I may be riding it for another eight years.

BLM and Sheriffs have been giving tickets near the start. Very few people use this trail so maybe they'll leave us alone.
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Old 01-10-2009, 07:53 AM   #13
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What's the matter with you? Don't you know you "can't" take big heavy bikes like the ninefitty over terrain like that?


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Yeah, what he said. Trails bike maybe...
Yeah I've tried it, but my "other" bike doesn't quite have the range.

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Old 01-10-2009, 08:07 AM   #14
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What freeway is that?
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Old 01-10-2009, 10:49 PM   #15
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Wow

great pictures, great ride, great RIDERS. I'd give it a shot on a 250...... maybe.........
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