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Old 01-31-2011, 02:55 AM   #31
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Just goes to show you don't need an adv bike to enjoy some dirt road riding.
And a big respect for doing this....
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:45 AM   #32
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I take these roads in my Toyota 4x4. I am impressed. If you head up through town to the public campground on the left, you will find a dirt road on the right. It has an (N) road name can rmember it now. It will take you up and over to Lone Pine Canyon which will take you to Wrightwood. From there it is HWY 2 ,beautifull twisties that will link to Pasadena when open.
LOVE HWY 2!! And the access to/from La Canada will be open within a month or two so with your suggestion that'll make a nice 300+ mile loop with dirt and twisties all rolled into one.
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Old 02-10-2011, 10:16 AM   #33
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One week to go!!!!

Damnit!! All canceled (AZ trip) due to sustained 35-50 mph winds through the desert that weekend...time to plan something else.
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Old 02-10-2011, 11:10 AM   #34
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Looking like fun! Rain, no biggie for an hour or two!
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Old 02-10-2011, 11:20 AM   #35
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an alternate,

to your Idylwild detour

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...,1.212616&z=10
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Old 03-21-2011, 10:33 AM   #36
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Death Valley, Lone Pine and a long cold ride...

Just got back from a fun trek of Death Valley to Lone Pine CA. Great weekend followed by a 209 mile, cold and wet and windy ride home. I'll upload pix ASAP and give you my view of the highs and lows of that area. Peace
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Old 03-21-2011, 03:02 PM   #37
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Death Valley PT1

All loaded up and ready to go on my "Adventure" bike.


After some planning and a couple of canceled trips we finally found the time to get up and go. The plan, Death Valley and then Lone Pine so we could say we saw the lowest point in the Continental US and the Highest; Death Valley and Mt Whitney. But first, we had to get out of LA and up the 14, 113 miles of boring highway, where we'd break to the right at Red Rock Canyon State Park. So off we went. Around Lancaster Ben asked to pull off to finish the thermos of caffeine he'd stowed.


Damn this part of the desert is brown and ugly



A quick left on State hwy 395 and things started to be more scenic


Let's head up here, this looks cool



Those flowers are nice, but kind of look like a big mustard stain


So, up a small hill and parked near some big ole rocks


and get the obligatory shot of the bike with some nice scenery.


and a quick shot of Ben and his appropriate colored bumble-bee-MW


Lunch Time in Trona CA


The kids waiting out on the street


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About Trona: Small depressing town that seem to be entirely dependent on that factory in the background. Lots of empty homes and closed stores, but the people we met were pretty nice.
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Bacon Cheese Burger for me, thanks...(the Diet Coke makes it ok) Delicious, but after one bite I realized I should remove the onions because with a full face helmet it'll be my own breath I'm smelling for the rest of the day.


And the Texas Burger for Ben...


One of quite a few churches in this small town


A little way outside of Trona we started hitting twists and hills and came across this. There's no way for my little point and shoot to capture the vastness.


Another quick side trip...we saw some mining stuff, but the road was blocked


Back to the highway towards Death Valley...yes, that tiny white line in the distance is the highway. If you come this way, try not to fall asleep.




And after 200 or so miles we made it.




The two above pix were taken on the Wildrose Road entrance. The road is mostly asphalt, but with some rough patches. From here we went up and took a right on Charcoal Kiln Road which turns to a level 1 dirt road. Smooth-ish with some rocks to avoid.


The Bumble Bee-MW flies past...


...on the way to the famous, (I guess) Charcoal Kilns of Death Valley.
I guess they were neat, but if I was the park I'd tell people they were ancient houses of a vanished, mystery tribe dating back to 1,500 BC.
Fun ride up and if you go inside there's a wicked neat echo thing happening.


Hmm, the tripometers were starting to get to that iffy point and we needed fuel.
Stove pipe Wells isn't far, is it? (At the kilns we were standing next to snow and it was around 48 degrees and 40 miles later it was 85 and we were stripping off the liners and neck warmers.


No problem, except they only have 87 octane and no working credit card reader. WTF?


After some aqua and some gas it was time to head towards our accommodations for the night in Beatty, NV via Daylight Pass Road


So I'm ending Day 1 here because we took no photos in Beatty. It's an ugly, ugly town filled with cool bikers, (Harley-types, Road touring types and adventure types) passing through and the locals all seem like alumni of "Cops". Avoid "Sour Dough Saloon", absolutely horrible and Rhyolite is only 5 miles outside of town, but elicited a big "Meh" from me. A ghost town isn't supposed to have people living there.

Day 2 soon.
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Old 03-21-2011, 05:32 PM   #38
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I like your style...RUN WHAT YOU BRUNG.
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Old 03-21-2011, 05:57 PM   #39
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I like your style...RUN WHAT YOU BRUNG.
Muchos Gracias, sir.

I did realize, though, that my inner ADV personality is slowly convincing my logical/cheap side to move up to something more rugged
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:08 PM   #40
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Muchos Gracias, sir.

I did realize, though, that my inner ADV personality is slowly convincing my logical/cheap side to move up to something more rugged
I see a V-strom in somebody's future. has the sportiness of your little 500 and the more ruggedness you need.
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Old 03-21-2011, 07:21 PM   #41
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I see a V-strom in somebody's future. has the sportiness of your little 500 and the more ruggedness you need.
I've actually read the Vstrom 1000 is still quite light and sporty.
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:32 AM   #42
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I've actually read the Vstrom 1000 is still quite light and sporty.
don't know who wrote THAT. certainly not light and is very top heavy. if i were to go back in time and buy it again i'd buy the 650. 50lbs lighter and a little more stream lined. and runs better too. but they are sporty on the road. at least as sporty as what you've got now so you wouldn't miss anything on that end. but you'd have a lot more confidence on the dirt roads in some of your pics.
here's a link to what i managed on my 1000 though.
http://www.stromtrooper.com/ride-rep...-cleghorn.html
i was headed to Lytle creek because of your first post on this thread. i got to the shooting range and the road was closed because of the "storms" the week before. not suposed to be open again until Juneish. anyway, we detoured to Cleghorn and got into some nasty stuff. the other dude was on a 650. he fell alot i didn't at all. it would not have been fun trying to pick it up in snow and mud. i did get stuck in a big ol' mud filled rut and we felt every pound while dragging it out. short video on post #14 of one section.
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don't know who wrote THAT. certainly not light and is very top heavy. if i were to go back in time and buy it again i'd buy the 650. 50lbs lighter and a little more stream lined. and runs better too. but they are sporty on the road. at least as sporty as what you've got now so you wouldn't miss anything on that end. but you'd have a lot more confidence on the dirt roads in some of your pics.
here's a link to what i managed on my 1000 though.
http://www.stromtrooper.com/ride-rep...-cleghorn.html
i was headed to Lytle creek because of your first post on this thread. i got to the shooting range and the road was closed because of the "storms" the week before. not suposed to be open again until Juneish. anyway, we detoured to Cleghorn and got into some nasty stuff. the other dude was on a 650. he fell alot i didn't at all. it would not have been fun trying to pick it up in snow and mud. i did get stuck in a big ol' mud filled rut and we felt every pound while dragging it out. short video on post #14 of one section.

Damn! So the place was wrecked, eh? Damn winter storms.

I think we're going to tackle Indian Canyon Rd off the Soledad Canyon road next weekend if the weather is nice.

It's a dirt road from Soledad canyon up over the hills to Little Tujunga .

It looks about 10 miles or perhaps more and I believe it's more dirt rather than that rocky crap past Lytle Creek.
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Just looked at these pix. DAMN! A couple of those trails I wouldn't have even hiked on, nevermind ridden.
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Just looked at these pix. DAMN! A couple of those trails I wouldn't have even hiked on, nevermind ridden.
yup, most of it was simple fire road with the typical ruts here and there, would have ridden my Shadow on it, but a few sections were pretty knarly. of course those are the parts i had to post. gotta look like i'm tough you know. didn't expect it and by the time we happened across them we had no choice. no place to turn around. at least they were dry. the snow wasn't too bad, except going downhill, neither was most of the mud. i bet you run into snow where you're planning.

if those dirt roads is what you like, i'd trade that wanna be Gixxer in on a 650 Strom. good highway and twisty bike and good on the dirt roads and a lot cheaper than the European ADV bikes.
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