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Old 01-21-2011, 04:27 PM   #1501
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Yeah, the super-gnarliest knobs wouldn't have helped at all in that stuff. It was weird mud...kinda fluffy, like it had air in it, but almost like quick-sand with a kung-fu grip. It's kinda hard to tell in the photos, but there was no wet dirt at all until the nasty mud, if that makes sense. The road was bone dry, with maybe a little moisture below the surface, but not enough to actually call it wet. And I didn't venture into the mud. There was water across the road ahead but you could see where other vehicles tried to get around it. I was in the process of telling Eric to not try it, or at least go around the outside, when he plowed into the mud bog off the edge of the road. All forward motion came to an immediate halt before the words were even out of my mouth

I've ridden the Shinkos in all kinds of stuff, and while I can get them to work most everywhere I think it's kind of a stretch to call them a dirt tire. They are mild dualsport tires at best, with their true value lying in the fact that they're cheap and they last pretty good. They are kinda slidey on pavement (which is why I don't run one up front) and they don't work at all in beach sand, but I rode them on the Clear Creek protest ride last May...weren't you there?...and they plowed through the mud bog on Sawmill just fine. I would refrain from riding them in anything really nasty, though, if I were you.



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Yes I was there and rode my Husky. I have put on the Shinko 705 on my F800 for the same reason, Cheap, so far there not bad. ----Mileage, well that's another story. I wanted to go to Carrizo Plane. Never been there. I was planning on going in April/May time frame when its' a little dryer.
Maybe see you on the trail sometime!

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Old 01-21-2011, 06:03 PM   #1502
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Four of us ADV'rs went down to Carrizo last year at the end of
March. Timed it right - no rain until we were out of there and
heading north.

Hopefully we'll do it again this year too, already been some
discussion.

It was beautiful down there last year.











We talked to the BLM ranger who lives down there and oversees the
NM. He warned us about the mud, heavy, sloppy clay...

You definitely want to time your visit with a few days of nice weather
before and during. It would suck to get caught out in a heavy rain while
camping overnight 30 miles from the nearest pavement.
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Old 01-21-2011, 06:13 PM   #1503
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Yes I was there and rode my Husky. I have put on the Shinko 705 on my F800 for the same reason, Cheap, so far there not bad. ----Mileage, well that's another story. I wanted to go to Carrizo Plane. Never been there. I was planning on going in April/May time frame when its' a little dryer.
Maybe see you on the trail sometime!

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I'm also planning on heading to the Carrizo Plain - in May. Keep me posted!
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Old 01-21-2011, 06:43 PM   #1504
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I'm also planning on heading to the Carrizo Plain - in May. Keep me posted!
Will do. I'll send a PM when the time gets closer, you do the same. We might get something started here. Maybe a group???

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Old 01-21-2011, 07:19 PM   #1505
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I have put on the Shinko 705 on my F800 for the same reason, Cheap, so far there not bad. ----Mileage, well that's another story.
Try the shinko 700 if you want something with a bit more bite off road than the 705. They wear at about the same rate and have about as much grip on the street. I wouldn't be surprised if they are the same carcass and rubber with just a different mold (for the bias ply). They don't make a 150 rear, but they have a 21 you can spoon onto the front of that 800.
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Old 01-22-2011, 10:13 AM   #1506
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Will do. I'll send a PM when the time gets closer, you do the same. We might get something started here. Maybe a group???

LaPorte

It would be great if you guys can post up the dates of your rides that you have coming up. So far in 2 years Todd and I are the only people to host rides here on this thread. (Also PM the info to Todd and he can put it on page 1)

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Old 01-22-2011, 12:10 PM   #1507
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Hey all, I got an invite to head on over here and say Hi! to y'all.

I know it's rather far in the future but I'm thinking of another trip to Carrizo Plain in April.

Here's a RR that I contributed to (4 inmates on this trip) from April of this year:

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=566802

And here's a trip I just did over Thanksgiving:

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=642111

The first was Carrizo only, the second included Joshua Tree and Big Sur. Carrizo was the highlight of the latter trip though if you like dualsport riding. Carrizo is this state's most underrated natural area in my humble opinion, and there's some fun central valley slab that'll get ya there too.

Here ya go!
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Old 01-22-2011, 12:34 PM   #1508
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Will do. I'll send a PM when the time gets closer, you do the same. We might get something started here. Maybe a group???

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It could happen! I'll be heading down with a buddy; but groups can be good too. Ours is basically a 'meandering' plan. Hole up in Buttonwillow or Maricopa for several nights and spend the days wandering around the Plain.
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Old 01-22-2011, 09:15 PM   #1509
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Try the shinko 700 if you want something with a bit more bite off road than the 705.
I'm running the Shinko 244 and I'm very happy with them. Great on-road and off.

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Old 01-23-2011, 08:14 AM   #1510
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It could happen! I'll be heading down with a buddy; but groups can be good too. Ours is basically a 'meandering' plan. Hole up in Buttonwillow or Maricopa for several nights and spend the days wandering around the Plain.
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Nothing wrong with that plan. That's what I would want to do as well. Motel it and explore.

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Old 01-23-2011, 03:27 PM   #1511
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Nothing wrong with that plan. That's what I would want to do as well. Motel it and explore.

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Excellent!

It looks to me like there's plenty of space there, and hundreds of miles of 'unimproved' roads to explore. Could easily take 2-3 days counting breaks and beer. ;)
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Old 01-24-2011, 05:45 PM   #1512
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new KTM rider

I've been riding about five years now, and after taking a 6,000 mile trip this summer, from SF to St.Louis, MO, in order to visit my family, I had to buy an adventure bike. I traveled through AZ, UT, CO, KS, MO, IA, NE, WY, MT, ID, NV, and CA. The terrain and scenery of the western U.S. is so magnificent that, during my ride, I began thinking about buying a KTM or a BMW. Well, here it is, bought in September...I've not yet done any dirt or gravel, but look forward to starting in the spring...
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Old 01-24-2011, 05:47 PM   #1513
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By the way, I often describe my KTM 950 as a "graceful beast"; this description, however, does not apply to the aging, docile cat on the steps.
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Old 01-24-2011, 06:52 PM   #1514
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I did a spur of the moment, solo ride/camp down to Big Sur this weekend.

Sorry for no advance notice but Friday started off with a much dreaded
trip up to Stanford Medical Center. The news I got was good. Way, way
better than what my local doc was telling me. I came home stoked
and decided to just take off and spend some time defusing.

Temps in the 70's during the day, 40's at night, it was beautiful.

Only downside was nearly getting head on'd by a guy on a KTM
450 who was going way too fast up on south Coast Ridge rd. as
I was heading south from Nacamiento/Fergeson.

I was hugging the inside on the right after already meeting about
four or five trucks coming in the opposite direction. I was going
around a blind righthand corner and the guy was coming at me
shooting for the inside, cutting the corner.

He grabbed a bunch of front brake, washed out and went down hard.
Slid around 180 degrees and his back tire slapped into my front wheel
knocking me down too.

No damage to myself or my bike and he got up and shook it off,
just a few scrapes and bruises. His friend pulls up and stops to
help out. As we're talking and getting sorted out it quickly becomes
apparent the guy is concussed. He remembers his name and leaving
his truck and trailer down on HWY1 but everything after that is gone.

He doesn't know where he is, what direction he was going or anything
about what had happened. He asks me who I am and where I came
from about five times. I keep telling him and a minute later its gone.

We finally get him back on his bike and I ride sweep following them
down to where they parked. His friend said I was the first person
they'd seen all afternoon up there. We passed at least five more cars
coming up as we headed down. They're very lucky to have been
riding like that and not gone head on into a 4X4.

The guy had a Go-Pro camera mounted on his chest protector and
it was running when he picked himself up. That should be some
interesting footage!

I camped at Limekiln Creek up under the bridge on one of those hillside
spots overlooking the cove.

Score!!!!

A few pics...






















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Old 01-24-2011, 07:23 PM   #1515
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Nice, Scott! I'm glad you weren't hurt. I'll never get why some people are stupid enough to ride like no one's EVER on the road. It's a ROAD. Expect to see someone and you'll never know where.

Nice camp spot and some good lookin sunsets.
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