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Old 02-27-2009, 01:57 PM   #136
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I might be able to ride Sunday. What time are you thinking of and are you willing to take the roads slow so my poor bike doesn't blow up?
It barely wants to do 50 on some of the hills...

Sorry! Sunday 1 MAR

I dunno, I'm free all day.. I like getting early-ish starts. Yeah I have no problem taking it slow.
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Old 02-27-2009, 02:11 PM   #137
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Sorry! Sunday 1 MAR

I dunno, I'm free all day.. I like getting early-ish starts. Yeah I have no problem taking it slow.
My wife just asked what I was doing while I looked at Sonoita on the map and figured out what kind of ride I might be in for. When I said a Sunday ride she reminded me that I am taking her to the Renn fair Sunday.
So, no, I won't be able to make it.
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Old 02-27-2009, 03:37 PM   #138
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Did you take any pics of the ride you took?? I'm glad to hear that the gate toward the top of the Control Road was open. Did you get to ride through any snow? The people with small fuel tanks will most likely need to get gas in San Man or Oracle. I usually ride out to San Man to fill up and take Webb Rd to the Control Rd, But I'm game with whatever. I will look forward to talking about it at Nimbus.
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Old 02-27-2009, 06:29 PM   #139
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Well someone PM me if you want to ride. I'm sick of riding alone.
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Old 02-27-2009, 08:59 PM   #140
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Did you take any pics of the ride you took?? I'm glad to hear that the gate toward the top of the Control Road was open. Did you get to ride through any snow? The people with small fuel tanks will most likely need to get gas in San Man or Oracle. I usually ride out to San Man to fill up and take Webb Rd to the Control Rd, But I'm game with whatever. I will look forward to talking about it at Nimbus.
I took 4 pictures but they are of where to turn after reddington rd and one of what I thought was the 'hardest' part of the ride. I was going to post them later. I am thinking that I will give good directions and provide the pictures so that if someone feels we are going to slow, they will be free to go ahead.
There was some snow up there still (and I was wearing my mesh jacket) but none on the road, just the banks alongside the road.
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Old 02-27-2009, 09:14 PM   #141
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So are any of you wankers riding this Sunday?

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Old 02-27-2009, 11:18 PM   #142
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I'm out for this Sunday (3/1/09).

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Old 02-27-2009, 11:38 PM   #143
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Thomas:

Thanks for scouting the area out, so soon.

I'm pencilling in Sunday, March 8th at 10AM.

Is the Citgo you are referring to the Circle K just before (west of) 49er Country Club/Soldier Trail, on Tanque Verde?

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Old 02-28-2009, 07:03 AM   #144
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Is the Citgo you are referring to the Circle K just before (west of) 49er Country Club/Soldier Trail, on Tanque Verde?

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Oops. Yes, it is. Citgo, Circle K, it's all good

I guarantee the roads are the right name though!
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Old 02-28-2009, 07:32 AM   #145
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The ride I took yesterday is what I would call dirt touring, not really dualsport but there is dirt.


For people that want to ride ahead, here are the pictures for the only turn you might miss. Coming from dirt to asphalt:


Turn here:


Go in here:
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Old 02-28-2009, 08:39 AM   #146
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Thomas... I am DYING to see what your definition of 'Dual Sport' is.

Have you considered a place to get fuel mid way through the trip?? I know of at least two guys I ride with that would have to coast down Catalina Hwy with the motor OFF if they didn't get gas in San Man or Oracle.

Just sayin'


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Old 02-28-2009, 09:29 AM   #147
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Thomas... I am DYING to see what your definition of 'Dual Sport' is.

Have you considered a place to get fuel mid way through the trip?? I know of at least two guys I ride with that would have to coast down Catalina Hwy with the motor OFF if they didn't get gas in San Man or Oracle.

Just sayin'


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Did they D/S motocross bikes? Aggressive riders? It makes me feel like all my bikes have the extended range option, I get really worried if I think I have less than 50 miles of fuel left!
The only place that would be available would be the gas station in San Manuel. I would be more than willing to lead people that needed gas to that station while people take a break at the intersection in the picture. I think the ride from Circle K to that intersection was a touch over 40 miles, making the next leg a touch under 30 miles. If there is a gas station in Summerhaven. If not, it's all downhill
I had figured on a break being needed but was going to go a few more miles past Reddington Rd where I saw some old equipment and trees for shade. I don't know how long most of you guys like to ride before a break, my seats are a lot more comfortable than say, a Husky. It might also be a good answer as to why I find myself a bit dehydrated at the end of the day. And hungry.

D/S would be more like that power line ride we did. Places to bottom out, things to jump and scary patches of sand that I want to avoid. Needs a bit more elevation change to fully qualify. Not quite motocross...
Oh, and some technical stuff
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Old 02-28-2009, 10:10 AM   #148
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One has a 525EXC, and the other has a WR450F... both bikes are gas whores! Both riders have done this 'dirt touring' loop, and we go to the Chevron in San Man for fuel. The other option (if people were to take the gas line road to 3C ranch, for example) is to backtrack into Oracle once you reach the control road. I'm more partial to not backtracking, but that's just how I roll...

There's a few places to get both wheels off the ground on this ride. I'm sure James Stewart would be disappointed though... Maybe you should hold off and invite him when you do a more technical ride.

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Old 03-01-2009, 10:42 AM   #149
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Yep, the Reddington/Lemmon loop is nice.

I ran it in the Lemmon/Reddington direction but took the Campo Bonito Road/wash from West to East b/c, from that direction, the Rosendo Road from the Lemmon Control Road side looked like someone's yard and we missed the turn. Sounds like you found a way through. That's good, 'cause I'd like to see the Rosendo Road route. It HAS to be better than the sand of Campo Bonito (not) Road.

If I'm not working next weekend (and I probably won't know for sure 'til Thursday or Friday), I'm game. I'd be willing to carry a fuel can on the XRL (I have the huge Acerbis tank as well) for folks with a more limited range if that saves on back-tracking.

Here are few images of the backside of Lemmon and Reddington Road from a few months ago:






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Old 03-01-2009, 01:19 PM   #150
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I think I am in, it will be one of my first and definitely the first longer ride on my new to me 525exc. I have the stock tank, so will likely need fuel, though I'll have to see when we get to San Manuel.

Oh yeah this is for Sunday the 8th right?
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