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Old 11-25-2008, 03:19 PM   #16
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Utah Continued

Well we rode the Switchbacks wich were unbelevable and then on up into Green River for the night. All of us arriving at different times but all within an hour and a half and well before dusk.

Here's DK showing the ladies of Green River what a NJ man is really like


Now, I have been breaking Dennis's balls about his "overloaded" Husky. I mean the man had everything ! Cold weather gear, warm weather gear, rain gear, night wear, boots, shoes, hats, gloves, hairspray, 5 pairs of Levis, a Snap On tool truck load of tools (ok, thats a good thing), air pump, no not a small one a regular bicycle pump you have in your garage !, 6 cartons of Marboros, a log splitter and chain saw.
Here you can clearly see the happier Husky
Mine


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of course it was not more than 5 mins after the photos were taken I was asking him to borrow some tools
Dennis is a great rider it the load didnt bother him in the least. Of course he didnt ride Nevada with us ! Dennis would also have to circle back and head east and home. Good bye my friend, it was great rinding with you this far. Your a good friend and great guy.

Here we head out early and shoot under (not over ) the tracks, thanks Mark !


we ride this abandoned road to the Black Dragon Wash


Tony, who has been in the wash many times in a 4Runner would opt out of this section and meet up with us coming out of it.
Bruce "Redcorn" Kenny going in


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Old 11-25-2008, 03:53 PM   #17
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Seems like I've been waiting for this report longer then it took Axel to finish Chinese Democracy.
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Old 11-25-2008, 05:10 PM   #18
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OK, into the Black Dragon Wash we go. This place was super cool !

Hey, is it me or does it look like my Husky has chunks of KTM 950SE coming out of its tailpipe
yea, right.......



DK rounding the cornor on the 530


Ill be back and show you where we see Swazye Cabin then enter Eagle Canyon, it's in there we see our
1st of many wild Mustangs. And yes, "it's caught on tape"
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Old 11-25-2008, 06:14 PM   #19
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nose bleed section

Dang---I was wanting a front row seat for this ride............

And here I am in the nose bleed section already.

Now let that Husky eat Frank---so glad I was able to help you out on this ride.

The western TAT is still my favorite ride I've ever done---so far.
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Old 11-25-2008, 06:28 PM   #20
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Great ride report. Looked like lots of fun. The more I see of the west the more I'd love to get out there and ride sometime. Thanks for all the great pics.
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:21 PM   #21
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Ahh, this makes me want to ride... Thanks for the report, what a group of riders!
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Old 11-26-2008, 07:16 AM   #22
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Utah Continued

OK, we are still in the Black Dragon here


The trail






Now the wash was technical and Tony knew it which is why he chose to go around. John's front wheel caught a rock the wrong way and well, he was hurt. The result of the spill:

Later on in Battle Mountain Nevada, 100's of miles of offroad later, we would find out he fractured his leg ! However, it would take a lot more than a fractured leg to keep John from this trip. "Hell, my motorcycle boot is just like a cast anyway" he said I'm tellin ya, these guys are top shelf.

Here we are coming out of the wash and heading for the Swayze cabin


High speed riding again


We re-unite with Tony


Swayze Cabin

Friends for life


Bruce looks like Paul Bunyon here


Next up, we head into the very long but cool, Eagle Canyon on our way to our nightover in Richfield Ut.
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Old 11-26-2008, 07:58 AM   #23
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Black Dragon Canyon is a work of art, isn't it? But then, so was Eagle Canyon following it. I'm not sure that wasn't my favorite part of the western TAT. Damn I'd like to go back again.
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Old 11-26-2008, 08:25 AM   #24
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Yes, they are too big. I have a 990 KTM and almost rode it on our TAT ride ( Okies do the TAT RR). I rode my 525. It is rideable on a big bike if you are a good dirt rider. BUT it wouldn't be as much fun as on a smaller bike. Hundreds of miles of 2 track with rocks, gravel, and sand. The sand is what will wear you out on a big bike. Lots more work on a big bike. I am an Expert/A class rider and I would NOT want to ride my 990 on the western TAT. BUT....... if that's all you got, then go for it. Just ride a more relaxed pace and take the big bike bypasses. AND watch out for the silt beds.
This comes up all the time. Basically a 650 sized bike is going to be your best size for the entire ride. A 950, F800, or 1200GS will do fine from Tennessee through a good portion of Colorado. The deep sand from Utah on could be a pain if you don't do any bypasses. I have ridden a 950 all the way to Moab on the trail...where I got off due to rain...horrendous mud and deep sand...too much gear combine with lack of big bike sand experience at the time was a problem. If I took the 950 back I could do it but my choice would be my 690 as it would be more fun.



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Old 11-26-2008, 08:30 AM   #25
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Ouch

Man I love reliving the trip with Cap'n Frank's report. But damn, that ankle of mine was pretty ugly. Felt fine so long as I had my boot on and was riding . Toughest job every day was getting my foot in my boot
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Old 11-26-2008, 08:54 AM   #26
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Lo siento, brother-I feel your pain. That picture of your foot is ugly and makes one hurt to look at it. And I agree with what Rufus and ya'll had to say about a big bike on that part of the TAT. To me, the beautiful thing about it[the TAT] is that even if you ride a big bike, and do the bypasses, it's still a helluva good and unbelievable ride. I did it with Rufus and Fotobo this past summer on a 450, didn't skip anything, and had a mighty fine time ,but could see the beauty of doing it on a bigger bike and doing the bypasses. Now that I'm retarded I can see doing it again on a bigger bike and, well, doing it again on the smaller bike too.
By the way- am seriously enjoying your ride report (especially with the trail so fresh in my mind)- well written and good pics. Thanks for taking the time to post it.
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Old 11-26-2008, 09:50 AM   #27
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That picture of your foot is ugly and makes one hurt to look at it.

Not to mention the shirtless guy.






























Lovin' it, Frank!!! Ride on.
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Old 11-26-2008, 10:39 AM   #28
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Old 11-26-2008, 11:01 AM   #30
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