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Old 03-29-2009, 09:34 AM   #1
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An 800 GS, a day off & the desert

Finally got a day off and decided to head out to see a few friends at a District 37 desert scrambles. Temps were great for the most part. 35 F for a low, and 80 F for a high.

Here is the quarter ton of bike that's going to haul my fat ass around for the day.



After a much needed breakfast burrito and coffee in Adelanto, it was time to get moving. The race starts at 0900.

I made it just in time to see the first line leave.



I had other plans for the day other than watching a bunch of guys and gals ride their bikes. I left the Slash X headed into the Ord Mountains near Barstow. It was t-shirt weather and not a cloud in the sky.





While I am having a love hate thing going with the 800 right now, the bike worked as good as any. I told myself that there was no way in hell I would be going up that hill in the distance. I guess the inner me went deaf.



What goes up of course must come down.



It payed off with a nice view.



I hopped on to Camp Rock Rd. and headed towards the north part of Johnson Valley. I recognized the area and chuckled a bit. Last April I had a flat in a national hare & hound in the first couple of miles of the race. I wound up changing the tube and leaving it for the course workers to pick up. Guess they didn't do that after all.



I decided to head back through the Ord Mountains back towards the Slash X. Came upon a few sights to see.







I wound up getting into a wash that stretched about 200 miles long (8 to 10 really). This is where I am having to learn a few new tricks. A 500 pound bike sure is different than a 220 pound race bike in the deep sand.

Start of a long fight. I won.(barely)



Shortly after my little workout, I found myself back at my start.



Had a couple of beers and decided I'd better hit the road. I didn't feel like any pavement, so I headed off into the desert to pick up Stoddard Wells Rd. Gassed up off the freeway and headed back through Adelanto and back through the desert.



Thre are only so many miles in a day, so I picked up the "freeway" to get me closer to home.



Not a bad day at all. Over 300 miles, and more than 100 in the dirt. The variety of terrain was fantastic, as was the weather. The adventure bike thing is a big pill for me to swallow. The off road handling is so poor in comparison to a dirt specific bike. On the other hand, there is no way a little dirt bike could log the miles (comfortably) and have the fuel range as the 800.
I keep trying to stretch the TKC on the rear. This was a mistake for this ride. I really could have used the traction of the new tire that's sitting in my garage right now.



'till next time, John Gil

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Old 03-29-2009, 09:40 AM   #2
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Nice I just loooove the desert. Don't have much of it here in GA. But, we've got the mountains and twisties...
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Old 03-29-2009, 09:49 AM   #3
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So that's what it looks like around Adelanto. I was supposed to come out there at the end of April for a Lee Park's TCARC but it's been shifted to San Mateo. After seeing this RR, if I ever get the chance to go to Adelanto I'm bringing my DRZ!! Your F800GS looks great in that country, btw.
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Old 03-29-2009, 09:52 AM   #4
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Most of the photos were near Barstow, in the Ord Mtns. Adelanto is a ghetto w/ a prison, airport, some gas stations & Bravo Burger. I wouldn't make it a destination.
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Old 03-29-2009, 09:59 AM   #5
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Bike might be heavy, but it sure looks good.
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Old 03-29-2009, 10:06 AM   #6
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thanks john for sharing.

the roads look like nOOb friendly, but i'm sure it's tougher than portrayed. there's just too many to places to explore and it's just a matter of finding the time to do them.
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Old 03-29-2009, 10:41 AM   #7
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Everything is do-able , but the long wash will earn a few sets of lungs possibly.
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Old 03-29-2009, 04:59 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by johngil
Most of the photos were near Barstow, in the Ord Mtns. Adelanto is a ghetto w/ a prison, airport, some gas stations & Bravo Burger. I wouldn't make it a destination.
Hey you forgot minor league baseball, the logistics airport, crack, more crack and did I forget to mention crack.

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Sand and Expensive to fix when you know better than to try that trail.

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The ablility to carry your buddies beer.
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Old 03-29-2009, 05:07 PM   #9
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...and they have crack. Front and back!
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Old 03-29-2009, 06:08 PM   #10
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Old 03-29-2009, 06:34 PM   #11
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Hey John, thanks for posting the pics. Wish I had been there with you to share that 200-mile sand wash exercise - not.
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Old 03-29-2009, 06:44 PM   #12
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Nice report and pics.

I had lunch at the / X when I was out there a couple years ago. I loved the desert! You do have to pay attention though.
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Old 03-29-2009, 06:47 PM   #13
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The perfect tool for the ride! Thanks for the report and sunny pics
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Old 04-03-2009, 12:56 AM   #14
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Thanks for posting. I do love the desert!
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Old 04-03-2009, 08:32 AM   #15
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Nice report!

I really like the looks of the 800.

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