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Old 11-08-2011, 09:50 AM   #1
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September Moab Recon Adventure Ride

Moab Recon Ride

I recently saw the post ride report and pictures from the DRRiders October 2011 Moab trip. It was awesome. I’m a little late in posting the post ride report from my September 2011 Moab trip. It probably ended just before the DRRiders trip started. It was preplanned far ahead of time and it was too late to change the schedule to go with the rest of the DRRiders, (maybe next year).
Here’s the story:
The players: 1 former MX pro with pavement experience, 1 intermediate level off roader with pavement experience and 3 experienced roadies who were novice off roaders.
The bikes: 2008 DR650SE, KTM 990 Adventure, BMW GS800, Triumph Tiger 800XC, Aprilia Capo Nord (600 lbs). Since this is being written for DRRiders.com, I should include a ride report of sorts on the DR which has 10.5 to 1 piston, longer duration cam, FCR39 carb, GSXR can, “relieved” air box with stock gearing, stiffer than stock springs, and too many other mods to mention. The DR performed flawlessly and as usual, kept up with all the bigger bikes on the pavement and was sufficiently smooth and comfy with its Corbin seat & anti vibe bar inserts. Off road performance including suspension was excellent given the relatively slow pace. I’m sure emulators and shock work would make the ride cushier though. The Avon Distanzia tires worked well at 28 PSI off road for dual sport tires (40 is recommended for pavement) and were a good compromise for a dual sport and excellent on the pavement although not much fun in the deeper sand. Having stock gearing, I used the clutch a lot to keep the speeds down in tight turns and through slow obstacles but the clutch pull is light and it never slipped. The stock gearing was excellent for the pavement.
The trip: departed from Seattle at 0630 hours on 09-18-2011 and returned on 09-29-2011.
To Moab: 2 each 550 mile days of the shortest route possible.
To Seattle: 4 each scenic days of travel.
A week in Moab: Priceless
Tourism: The first two hours in the Moab area in daylight are spent taking deep breaths and saying “WOW”, I have to bring everyone I know to this place! It’s that beautiful!
Our tourism agenda: Street rides to 3 national parks (Arches, Canyon lands and Needles) for sightseeing and photo ops. Souvenir shops in Moab, buying cool T-shirts etc. and sending them home via USPS. They have a very friendly and helpful postmaster there.
We camped a few days and stayed at “The Moab Valley Inn” which was very nice and not super expensive.
The area also offers rentals of Jeeps, trail bikes, mountain bikes and tours in the back of a Jeep, tour boats on the Colorado River, hikes and countless other stuff to do.
Moab Brewery and Restaurant: why go anywhere else for dinner or lunch? At least a dozen locally made micro brews, my personal favorite being “Scorpion Pale Ale” (had to buy the T-shirt).
Moab Diner: why go anywhere else for brunch?
Highlight of the trip: The White Rim Trail 100 mile off road loop, (a self guided tour).
On a real dirt bike with enough fuel and water, it would be an enjoyable intermediate level long off road day ride.
On a 300, 400 or 500 plus Lb. Adv bike, it can become a real overnight adventure.
We got started a little late in the day (11:30 AM). The White Rim Trail opened to passage by the park rangers just as we arrived. It had been closed due to mud in the low areas near the flooded Colorado River. We chose to do the 100 mile loop in a counter clockwise direction (as opposed to the popular clockwise direction) to get the most serious challenges (mud & deep sand) out of the way early instead of late in the ride. Good decision. Our pace was pretty slow since some of the guys were learning and getting used to new bikes as we went and since we had to ride the bikes 1,000 miles home, we needed to save the equipment. The most experienced guy rode through the most challenging obstacles and then pointed out the good lines for the rest of the troops for the first 20 miles or so and then it was “learn as you go” for the rest of the loop. The new troops did an admirable job. The most challenging obstacle was a 500 foot climb on a narrow sandy road. All but one of us fell on that obstacle. Just about everyone tweaked at least one body part picking up the heavy bikes. We were smart enough to wait for at least 3 participants when picking up the Capo Nord though. I was glad we weren’t all riding “Bavarian Behemoths”. One 600 lb. bike was enough for all of us. We were having a good time though and then due to our pace and late start, we ran out of daylight about 25 miles from the completion of the loop. Not everyone was comfortable riding after dark, so we opted to “camp” in the desert (in our riding gear). Since our riding gear had pads, we were already wearing our “beds” and just had to find a nice spot to crash and it was about 75 degrees at bed time. Since we are pretty much a “roll with it group”, we considered it part of the adventure and the night in the desert had limitless potential for “story enhancement”. By 4:AM, it was shivering time but by 6 we were treated to a sunrise that most never get to see and then mounted up and made our way back to the pavement without incident. We rode back to Moab and to “Eddie McStiff’s” restaurant/bar for breakfast with a microbrew, to celebrate what real men we were (and idiots for starting so late). Ear to ear grins all around and that was before the beer. We learned a lot and can’t wait to go back.
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Moab Recon Ride. Staging for the White Rim Trail.
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It wasn't all this smooth.
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The absolute middle of nowhere (paradise)!
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Outhouses mark the camp spots at 10 mile intervals. Yes, even the outhouses have nice backdrops.
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Ahh, the wide open spaces!
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It's fun to look back and see where you've been.
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Ahh, breakfast after a night in the desert. Conjuring up exaggerations and all out lies about our trip. Can't wait until next year!
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