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Old 09-10-2008, 07:36 PM   #1
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Monarch crest GSable?

I was planning on doing a ride over Tomichi, Tincup, etc. but the last stretch is the monarch crest trail from Monarch pass to Marshall pass is this possible on a 1150 GS?
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Old 09-10-2008, 08:44 PM   #2
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the crest

I have mountain biked that section many times and would likely not attempt it on a GS. There are many miles of steep, windy, rocky, ledgy single track trail. I have a GS that i am happy to bang around and has had more than its fair share of time on its crash guards and i would likely decline a ride on the Monarch Crest. I will say that the first few miles are doable with competent riding and would result in a fantstic view from the top. Once it tops out and starts back down and gets narrow, i'd suggest whipping a u-turn. I will say i have seen plenty of lighter bikes on the trail and would not discourage taking a smaller bike.

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Old 09-10-2008, 09:02 PM   #3
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No fricken way. A GS is wider than 90% of that trail. The tires on a GS are wider than most of that trail.

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Old 09-11-2008, 04:45 AM   #6
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OK lets start with this, has anyone done it on a loaded KLR?
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Old 09-11-2008, 05:42 AM   #7
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I was planning on doing a ride over Tomichi, Tincup, etc. but the last stretch is the monarch crest trail from Monarch pass to Marshall pass is this possible on a 1150 GS?
Got your GS back together, eh David?
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What!?!?!?!?

I'd do it, but my GS is gone!
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OK lets start with this, has anyone done it on a loaded KLR?



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Old 09-11-2008, 12:36 PM   #11
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I was planning on doing a ride over Tomichi, Tincup, etc. but the last stretch is the monarch crest trail from Monarch pass to Marshall pass is this possible on a 1150 GS?
I would ride your GS on it






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Got your GS back together, eh David?


Not for long. Just kidding I am trying to fight the urge to treat it bad.
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Old 09-11-2008, 07:19 PM   #13
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I'd love to watch you try on the GS! Entertaining for me, yes. Fun for you, no. A KLR can do it, but I don't think that would be much fun either. I think I remember a ride report from Esteban on his KLR a while back. The 450 would be the tool for the job.
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I'd love to watch you try on the GS! Entertaining for me, yes. Fun for you, no. A KLR can do it, but I don't think that would be much fun either. I think I remember a ride report from Esteban on his KLR a while back. The 450 would be the tool for the job.

Here is the problem I am doing a loop of 90% jeep roads but at the end there is that one little section, either way I am taking the GS but I might just loop around and meet them at Marshall pass at the end and not hit the crest tr. I realize that if it is even possible it would be slow and not very fun on that bike but I plan on having fun the other 90%.

Would it just be no fun or would it nearly imposable. I realize that 1150's and single track of any kind do not go together and don't plan on making a habit of it has just been down for a while and I don't think I will get another " Big Pig Big Pass ride" in this year as planned. I could always go down to Hayden on my way home and give that a try.
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David, although you're a great rider, you honestly shouldn't do the Crest trail with the GS. Save it for another day.
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