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Old 03-26-2013, 07:04 PM   #841
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Welcome to ADVRider. In this thread you will find mostly rides that are noob and big bike friendly. There are a few of us that are "regulars" and there are dozens of people that either come and go or just drop in from out of town. Myself and Bill (Ibriding) have posted the most rides but encourage anyone to post rides here. A few of us rode last weekend and a few were out sick. I will most likely not post a ride until next weekend unless Bill is feeling like a million bucks and just has to ride. I would like to take a group ride to Grand Falls before it stops running.
Directions: From Flagstaff
Take I-40 east . Exit north at exit 211 the Winona exit. Go north on Co rd 394 for about 3 miles then take the turn right heading toward Leupp which is Co rd 505 or Leupp road. Then take a left on the dirt road which is Indian rte 70. It is likely not marked but there should be a sign for Grand Falls Church. The road snakes around quite a bit but is well graded and marked along the way as rte 70. The dirt road stops at the Little Colorado river which is at the top of the falls. There are Ramadas and places to park nearby. The dirt road is about 7 miles long max.

A few weeks ago it was flowing much more than this:
http://www.mikeolbinski.com/theblog/...thern-arizona/
This could be an all highway no interstate trip or we could through Young and Chevlon canyon in and make it a full weekend epic journey. Please let me know if there is any interest. Thanks, Paul
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:30 PM   #842
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Paul,

This looks like a great ride, I could probably make this weekend but for a ride this long next weekend would be better for me. I just don't want to make anyone miss the best viewing of the falls so if the water flow is better this weekend I will be ok. I am also good with making a long weekend out of it, let's see what intrest we get and we can decide based on that.

Thanks for finding yet another cool location for everyone


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Old 03-26-2013, 08:36 PM   #843
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Bill this weekend would not be good for me either. I need to get my KLR repaired and get the rest up for sale. In any case like you said let's see what interest we get. I am sure that Belstaff could meet us if he likes.
On a side note was surfing Yahoo and ran across this article on Henna Tattoos. Is it just me or does that guitar turned blister look like a boner?
http://shine.yahoo.com/beauty/cautio...184102247.html
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:40 PM   #844
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Too damn funny, At least I hope it was not on a guy
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:13 PM   #845
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I'd be up for this trip on the weekend of the 6th.
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:21 PM   #846
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Jay,

Glad to hear you can make it. I thought you might have left town on us.


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Old 03-26-2013, 09:47 PM   #847
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Thanks Bill. I've got a month and I gotta get another ride in with y'all before I bail.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:54 PM   #848
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Wow, that looks like a beautiful site.

Taking the XR on that long of a trip with its current seat should qualify me for an IBA number.

The following weekend would be best for me, too. April 6/7. Gives me one more week to at least get a better speedometer on the XR, though I probably can't do anything about the seat by then.

Anyone up for maybe a short run out somewhere simple and easy this weekend, out past AJ through Tortilla Flats and around Roosevelt? Just a couple of hours on Saturday morning?
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:16 AM   #849
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You might want to try the Stearns seat pad from Walmart on your XR. It made a big difference on my DRZ.

I was up to Roosevelt last Tuesday and there was a lot of slow traffic on the way back. May be even worse on a weekend, dunno. Post up what you decide, I might tag along.
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:01 AM   #850
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Re: Stearns seat pad.

Evidently now marketed by Coleman rather than Stearns, still made by the same illiterate chinese peasants, probably. Located one on Amazon, ordered. I'll have it by Friday. Thanks for the heads up. Looks like a good addition to this bike, and should allow me to go a bit longer without spending $300 on a replacement Corbin seat.

I'll make Friday a garage-wrenching day, installing a Vector speedo on the bike and doing an oil change, strapping the seat pad on... riding on Saturday to test it all out. Maybe a spin up to Young through Globe, and back across Roosevelt to Hwy 87 would be more fun. I'm sure there's a forest road from Young to Gisela somewhere back there in the Sierra Anchas. I don't have my map book with me right now to check.


ETA: Looks like Coffeepot Rd in Gisela cuts across to NF-134/Walnut Creek Rd/NF-129 in Young. Looks interesting. About 50-60 miles across, by my guess.

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Old 03-27-2013, 10:52 AM   #851
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Welcome to ADVRider. In this thread you will find mostly rides that are noob and big bike friendly. There are a few of us that are "regulars" and there are dozens of people that either come and go or just drop in from out of town. Myself and Bill (Ibriding) have posted the most rides but encourage anyone to post rides here. A few of us rode last weekend and a few were out sick. I will most likely not post a ride until next weekend unless Bill is feeling like a million bucks and just has to ride. I would like to take a group ride to Grand Falls before it stops running.
Directions: From Flagstaff
Take I-40 east . Exit north at exit 211 the Winona exit. Go north on Co rd 394 for about 3 miles then take the turn right heading toward Leupp which is Co rd 505 or Leupp road. Then take a left on the dirt road which is Indian rte 70. It is likely not marked but there should be a sign for Grand Falls Church. The road snakes around quite a bit but is well graded and marked along the way as rte 70. The dirt road stops at the Little Colorado river which is at the top of the falls. There are Ramadas and places to park nearby. The dirt road is about 7 miles long max.

A few weeks ago it was flowing much more than this:
http://www.mikeolbinski.com/theblog/...thern-arizona/
This could be an all highway no interstate trip or we could through Young and Chevlon canyon in and make it a full weekend epic journey. Please let me know if there is any interest. Thanks, Paul

First off, thank you for posting a photo of mine :) Second...if you are going to do that, here's a few better ones haha :)

http://www.mikeolbinski.com/theblog/...ocolate-falls/
http://www.mikeolbinski.com/theblog/...eraphim-falls/

But I wanted to say that the flow is down from well over 1000 cfs to about 400cfs, which is still nice, but not "amazing". I think in the first photo you posted it was between 100-300 cfs.

Anyways, good luck to you guys, such an amazing spot in Arizona!
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:17 AM   #852
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Those are great shots. I take it those were not hand held shots.
I'll miss out on this though. This weekend I have to do the repair on the thermostat on the pfig, (aka Adventure) and the following weekend I ride it home to park it in the garage and drive a car back here for the rest of my short stay. The old bike is in need of some quality garage time. It seems sitting for seven months while I traveled by planes trains and automobiles did not satisfy the old girl's craving for my attentions. The tires should be on the door step at home in a couple of days along with the first of the clutch parts.
Unlike a normal motorcycle, replacing the clutch requires breaking the bike roughly in half. This clutch rotor does have 91,000 miles on it so I probably got my money out of that.
(GS riders are really just KLR riders dressed up for dinner)
We buy a $25K motorcycle then bitch about the cost of tires.

My grand scheme is to fix all the silly bits wrong, wring the thing to just past 200,000 miles then sell it and buy something orange. I'm still dodging between the 690 and the 990.
I normally live and work in Orange County and commute about 60 miles a day. That means any motorcycle has to be highway capable and really needs some hard bags, (stupid computers), though I have made due with soft luggage in the past. Hence my leaning toward the 690 enduro. That simpler and lighter thing sort of tugs at my logic. But, the reality is I spend 97% of my time on pavement.
By the end of summer I should be across that 200K barrier and into bikelessness, and waiting on Three Brothers to deliver my next, last motorcycle.

My wife didn't realize when I said this would be my last BMW that I was only referring to the marque not all motorcycles. I think that light flipped on last weekend.

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First off, thank you for posting a photo of mine :) Second...if you are going to do that, here's a few better ones haha :)

http://www.mikeolbinski.com/theblog/...ocolate-falls/
http://www.mikeolbinski.com/theblog/...eraphim-falls/

But I wanted to say that the flow is down from well over 1000 cfs to about 400cfs, which is still nice, but not "amazing". I think in the first photo you posted it was between 100-300 cfs.

Anyways, good luck to you guys, such an amazing spot in Arizona!
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:39 PM   #853
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I would be up for that ride on the 6th.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:04 PM   #854
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Okay, for those of you that have shown interest in the ride to Grand Falls we have several options.

1. Just ride to Grand Falls and enjoy the ride.
2. Stop on the way there and/or the way back and make a grand tour of Grand Falls, Walnut Canyon, Montezuma's Castle, and Montezuma's Well or some other places along the way.(There is always Tonto Natural bridge too)

A. Ride back roads to and from the destination(s).
B. Ride back roads to the destination and interstate on the way home to minimize time.
C. Ride back roads and forest roads making it a two day ride.

Please let me know what your choice is so I can plan the rest of the ride.
I am leaning towards ride 1 and option A, but I wouldn't mind any of the above. (Just an FYI if we overnight I will sleep in a hotel which you are welcome to share or you can camp out whatever you like)
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Old 03-29-2013, 11:44 AM   #855
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Having little time left here, now I'm thinking of taking advantage of this opportunity and seeing some sights while up there. I figured I'd split off at some point after the falls to hit Flagstaff, Sedona, Montezuma's castle and whatever else I find along the way and make a multi day trip out of it. If the group would also be interested in seeing any of this it would be a bonus and I'm really flexible. Backroads would be cool with me.

It's hotels for me as well. As much as I'd like to camp, all my gear is packed and in storage.

I guess I'm a modified 2A
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