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Old 06-08-2009, 09:11 PM   #61
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It's this kind of report that makes me want to trade my FZ1 (which I love!) for a DS. Perhaps once this economy improves and money flows a little better...

Awesome report Dave! Thanks!

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Your FZ1 would handle easy gravel roads just fine. Check out my older RRs for ideas on what a street bike can be capable of. Elbow Canyon RD, FS272 near Parissawampitts Point, Saddle Horn, and the Burma Road are the only roads on this trip I would advise against for a street bike. Get out there.
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:22 PM   #62
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The South Rim Drive

This is what it looks like when you stand up and look over at the front wheel. Yeah, some of these roads got boring for me.



Approaching the park again you get a view of the Little Colorado Gorge.




The tower at Desert View. 8 miles (200+ by road) from Cape Royal.






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Old 06-08-2009, 09:30 PM   #63
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:38 PM   #64
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I figured I needed to ride the South Rim Drive in order to say I rode all the way around. I felt a little out of place among all the shiny and clean motorcycles and got strange looks by all the tourists. It was Monday though, so traffic wasn't really too bad.







I find snow in Arizona in June!




I take the dreaded drive down I-17 to Phoenix. It's near 100 degrees when I get home. I miss the cool forest already.




Until next time.
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:46 PM   #65
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Old 06-09-2009, 04:38 AM   #66
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Great loop. Thanks for sharing it. I jumped off the Interstate at St. George and took the road south to Toroweap. The ranger station in St. George was helpful because they were able to tell me the condition of the roads after an earlier storm. It was perfect and they encouraged me to camp at the point. From there I took your route to Fredonia and didn't need my gas can, so my route from St. George was probably some 40 miles shorter. I never saw another vehicle the entire loop to Toroweap, but there were a couple of other campers.

From Fredonia I headed to House Rock junction on 89 and took the House Rock road due north. That is the only road I encountered your bull dust, but nothing as deep as you experienced. From that road I linked over to the Cottonwood Creek road through the Kodachrome Valley to Bryce Nat Mon. Awsome...



I then headed east and continued making my way back home to Boston. I hit the Mokee Dugway, Mexican Hat, Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, Shiprock, Taos and then strait across the plains to Kansas City. It was a trip I'll never forget, but the canyon country was the very highlight of it. I hope to get back there for a month to explore all four corner states some day.

Thanks again. I enjoyed every post.
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Old 06-09-2009, 05:29 AM   #67
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Thank you sir, that was a mighty fine ride report. A couple decades since I last saw the canyon, your photo's are spectacular!

Cheers!
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Old 06-09-2009, 05:44 AM   #68
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Hello Dave,

what a beautiful place!
What wonderful pics!
Thank you very much for the RR!

Best greatings from Germany
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Old 06-09-2009, 05:58 AM   #69
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Hi!

Great Trip Report! I was headed to the North Rim May 15, but it was not yet open. I could have tried some of the places you rode, but it might have been a bit of a challenge two up on a Goldwing pulling a trailer.

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Old 06-09-2009, 06:16 AM   #70
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Great pics Dave.

I once rode Elbow Canyon, in the other direction, with a fully loaded R1150GS ADV on a pair of worn out Anakees...

It was an intense ride to say the least.

I'm on my way back to Toroweap this weekend...
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Old 06-09-2009, 06:20 AM   #71
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Thanks. I enjoyed seeing that part of the world.
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Old 06-09-2009, 06:59 AM   #72
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Great pics! Thanks for the post.
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Old 06-09-2009, 10:23 AM   #73
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Ledge End Hairy,

Your FZ1 would handle easy gravel roads just fine. Check out my older RRs for ideas on what a street bike can be capable of. Elbow Canyon RD, FS272 near Parissawampitts Point, Saddle Horn, and the Burma Road are the only roads on this trip I would advise against for a street bike. Get out there.
I have riden some gravel so far, and have more planned this summer on a ride that will take me from the Santa Fe area north criss-crossing the Rockies / Continental Divide to Steamboat Springs and then Fort Collins. Should be fun!

Great report!

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Old 06-09-2009, 05:30 PM   #74
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Thanks for all the compliments guys. I emailed gps tracks to 14 of you so far. Don't run into each other out there.

At risk of sounding like the nOOb dirt rider I am , I figure I should explain the conditions on Elbow Canyon Road before you big bike riders blame me for sending you out there.

The climb out of Mesquite up to the pass is 8 miles of un-maintained road. The first 5 miles or so are fun and easy for any bike. The rough climb gets steeper the closer you get to the top. While it's steep and rocky the worst factor is how loose the surface is. I found it difficult just to move forward at times. There really isn't anything terribly technical, just loose.

While I only dropped the bike once I certainly barely saved it several other times. I really abused the clutch and lowered my fuel mileage on this section. The closer I got to the top the more I worried I may not make it.

Okay, Now that this nOOb made it up, you have no excuse.

I met two local ATV riders at the top. They agreed this section was a bitch. They suggested Lime Kiln Road as a much easier route from Mesquite. They claimed Lime Kiln Road is graded. YMMV The easiest route from the west side would probably be Mt Trumbull Rd from St George to Toroweap.
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Old 06-09-2009, 06:40 PM   #75
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Thanks! Top notch pics
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