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Old 10-24-2008, 04:43 AM   #31
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Every ADVrider should have a photo with the ADV Salute Rock.


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Great ride report. Nice pictures.
I want to go back - but next time on a smaller bike so I can explore the canyons.

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Old 10-24-2008, 05:05 AM   #32
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Way cool....

I grew up in New Mexico and absolutely love the desert. Some of my favorite country on Earth to ride and explore is the southern Utah/northern Arizona mountains and desert. I'm a geologist, so the desert scenery also offers me the opportunity to practice and appreciate my chosen field. It's like reading an Earth history book as you ride through the country. Like this; it's a classic "entrenched meander of an antecedent river". Some people might just call it "cool" or "pretty" and that works too!



I live in Virginia now where the scenery and geology are completely obscurred by frigging trees. The roads are very good and twisty, though!

I tried for years to ride my R1100RT on dirt roads like this and it just SUCKED. I ended up with an 1150GS and the RT and rode both for several years, but recently sold the RT. You would appreciate a true dualsport, but damn that Aprilia has done you well! Great report!

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Old 10-24-2008, 05:42 AM   #33
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Its not the Identity crisis Its the love she got for you.

Breath taking fotos dave. Hardly get to see such open spaces around here.
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Old 10-24-2008, 06:30 AM   #34
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Holy crap is that place beautiful in a desolate sort of way!!! Great pics!!! You are much braver than I
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Old 10-24-2008, 06:56 AM   #35
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Washboards...

I've ridden at least a zillion miles on dirt roads and agree that washboards are The Shit. That was a great shot behind you, UGLY road. It sounds counter-intuitive, but faster is better on those things since you kinda skip along the tops rather than ride down into each one. Of course there's always a fine line between the proper speed for smoothing them out and the resulant loss of traction and control should you need to steer or stop . At speed your wheel is off the ground a significant amount of the time and that just ain't good for turning or stopping! Can you get knobbies for the Aprilia?

Rdie safe, don't end up shooting off some cliff like that car!

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Old 10-24-2008, 10:21 AM   #36
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Great RR! Love the pictures. Traveled around that area for the first time last June (unfortunately on a family vacation in the mobile cage). Loved the Utah rock formations and want to explore more. Keep trying to talk the wife into moving to New Mexico so I can do more ugly road riding as well as a longer riding season. Your RR is giving me ideas for the next two wheel adventure with some buddies. Thanks!
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Old 10-24-2008, 05:34 PM   #37
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Wink The Burr Trail



Heading into the back country!



Hey! I thought this portion was supposed to be paved!







This road is much more bumpy than the Valley of the Gods Road.



I enter Capitol Reef National Park.



The road quickly turns sandy. At first it is pretty firm, but the washboards are getting worse.



The sand gets deeper! MONSTER WASHBOARDS!



After this photo I put away the camera to concentrate on the bumps. There were no smooth lines to be found. Suddenly the sand gets deep and soft. My front wheel is skating around as I turn the handlebars from stop to stop to no avail. I'm thinking, Well at least the landing will be soft. I force myself to look ahead and see the surface firms up again in another 30 feet or so. I give a little more throttle and make it across.

I finally make it to the turnoff to the switchbacks. I stop to check my shorts... Again!



The Burr Trail Switchbacks are in this photo.



Zoomed in you can see the switchbacks.



Top View



These switchbacks are not any more difficult than the others, but the bumps are bad.







I was sweating heavily in my riding suit and boots. I found this shady spot and stripped down to shorts, t-shirt, and socks. I pulled out the Jetboil and prepared some freeze-dried Beef Stroganoff. I relaxed here for about an hour. Our solitude was rudely shattered only 4 times by passing vehicles. Not bad for National Park traffic.







I made it up!
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Old 10-24-2008, 06:46 PM   #38
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Breath taking fotos dave. Hardly get to see such open spaces around here.
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praveemkm,

RR's from the high passes in the Himalayas from you, Chanderjeet, and the other Indian Adventure Riders are the biggest inspiration for my little adventures. You guys ROCK! Maybe someday I can ride in India as well.
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I've ridden at least a zillion miles on dirt roads and agree that washboards are The Shit. That was a great shot behind you, UGLY road. It sounds counter-intuitive, but faster is better on those things since you kinda skip along the tops rather than ride down into each one. Of course there's always a fine line between the proper speed for smoothing them out and the resulant loss of traction and control should you need to steer or stop . At speed your wheel is off the ground a significant amount of the time and that just ain't good for turning or stopping! Can you get knobbies for the Aprilia?

Rdie safe, don't end up shooting off some cliff like that car!

Doug
Doug, Excellent description and advice for riding washboards. I've thought about fitting some road-oriented knobbies for a ride to Alaska, but they usually aren't sized for 17 inch fronts. Dunlop makes a tire similar to road racing rain tires, but they wouldn't wear long. Does anyone know of semi-knobbies for ST sized rims?
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Great ride report. Nice pictures.
I want to go back - but next time on a smaller bike so I can explore the canyons.

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I stole the idea from your RR "Questor Goes on a National Park Tour".
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Old 10-24-2008, 06:59 PM   #42
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it's a classic "entrenched meander of an antecedent river". Some people might just call it "cool" or "pretty" and that works too!



You would appreciate a true dualsport, but damn that Aprilia has done you well! Great report!

Doug
I just call it "cool" and "pretty". If you wanna see more geology, just wait 'till we get to ZION NP. My favorite geological layer is Navajo Sandstone.

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Finishing the Burr Trail

There are still some fall colors even this late in October.



After nearly 50 miles of rough gravel roads today we were glad to reach the paved west end of the Burr Trail.



On top of the plateau with red rocks of Long Canyon ahead.





Oh yeah! My little bike is back in her natural habitat.



I stopped in long canyon for a photo. This was looking to my right...



...and this was to my left.



Brilliant Fall Colors and Red Rocks



Even if you are not up to the unpaved roads, we highly recommend the western paved portion of the Burr Trail.







Parting Shot of Long Canyon



My little Aprilia says there's no other dualsport that can handle these roads like she can.





I only had a loose idea of where we were headed next. My major goals had been achieved! I check the map and decide to ride north from Boulder to see Fishlake.

Next up, Boulder Mountain
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Old 10-24-2008, 07:35 PM   #44
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Holy crap is that place beautiful in a desolate sort of way!!! Great pics!!! You are much braver than I
Kath, Not braver, just really stupid with a lower sense of self-preservation.
Come see the desolate beauty for yourself. I love the desert for it's stark desolation...
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Old 10-24-2008, 07:50 PM   #45
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Great trip, pics and commentary!
Just goes to show, you dont have to ride around the world to have an adventure!
Identity crisis?
Just be thankful that beautiful Aprilla loves you enough to get dirty for ya!
I like em a litte dirty!
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