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Old 12-12-2010, 07:25 PM   #1
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Big Island Of Hawaii..up the side of Mauna Loa volcano










Aloha ADV Dual Sport day trippers

Up the side of Mauna Loa volcano

The Baja kitted street legal Dual-Sport 09 KTM 200 XCW earned it's keep in stride today conquering all types of lava as I worked my way up all lava rock Mauna Loa volcano, trying not to pick a bad line because it's a thin air lung pumping ordeal in the loose chunky tire spinning every which way but straight a'a' rocky sections, it takes controlled crash riding to keep up the momentum, there's no second guessing allowed......it was a gas it or crash it ride...my neck got stiff from the quick bursts it takes to launch over whatever will try to dead stop me...whatever body English input I gave it, the KTM did it flawless without a hiccup up to the 10,123 ft GPS elevation where the traction got to the zero point because the lava rock started turning into gold looking beer foam with a thin brittle crust covering big cracks and deep holes that busted through when walking on it scouting for a good line to the next some what rideable section...that's where @ 69 yr's old, I high altitude breathlessly vociferated 'uncle' calling it a whipped puppy day's worth of exploratory riding.

Coming back down took lot's of front brake action, packing my shorts into the now red monkey butt sphincter...I lost the line I took up and got locked in between a'a' flows several times that were a tire spinning and lifting ordeal to cross over to get onto the smoother pahoehoe flow sections...it started to get late in the day, I had to keep my cool on the way back down, not wanting to spend the night injured up there alone...the KTM did everything I gassed it to do... dialed in Race Tech suspension is a must for riding on lava rocks...I rode 52 miles of pure pick a quick line in the rocks up there and back down...in keeping with the spirit of being a Rock Island Rider.
Note> the Volcano on the other side is Mauna Kea

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Old 12-12-2010, 07:42 PM   #2
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Nice pics Gasser. I was just surfin the net with 101 things to do on the B.I. Next I stumble across your thread, so make that 102 things to do on the B.I.

I had a 04 KTM200exc, sweet and light bike!
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Old 12-12-2010, 09:03 PM   #3
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Beautiful pic of your bike on the field of pahoehoe.

It'll come in handy: we can use it to show the all WC haoles where the difference stay between that and aa.
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Old 12-13-2010, 03:16 AM   #4
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great pictures
what a ride that must have been
just beautiful
thanks for sharing it with us
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Old 12-13-2010, 06:25 AM   #5
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Now that's not something we see here! Looks like a bone jarring ride!
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Old 12-13-2010, 08:40 AM   #6
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Very cool pics!
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Old 12-14-2010, 05:27 PM   #7
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Good on ya!

Man I cannot believe that lava rock didn't shred your tires. I was over there in August and alot of that rock is just plain sharp!


I saw this place on the way to the observatories and wondered how the trails would be...
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Old 12-14-2010, 08:02 PM   #8
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absolutely amazing

need a new set tires when you got down? a mistake would certainly be painful....Bruce
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Old 12-14-2010, 09:20 PM   #9
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Wow, coming off on that lava rock must be painful. Hope you didn't get to find out first hand.
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Old 12-15-2010, 12:23 PM   #10
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Man I cannot believe that lava rock didn't shred your tires. I was over there in August and alot of that rock is just plain sharp!
I was thinking the same thing. Riding that rock everyday would be hard on tires...


Nice pics either way!
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Old 12-15-2010, 01:36 PM   #11
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I was just dreaming about this the other day!

Looks better than I'd imagined.

I cannot believe you were able to ride A'A lava without it absolutely sheredding your tires. The Pahoehoe looks like tons of fun to ride though.
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Old 12-16-2010, 06:21 PM   #12
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I was just dreaming about this the other day!

Looks better than I'd imagined.

I cannot believe you were able to ride A'A lava without it absolutely sheredding your tires. The Pahoehoe looks like tons of fun to ride though.
When the coastline jungle/forest ware's new tires to a certain point, I finish'en off poking around in the lava zones lacing up dual sport sections enlarging my Sunday ride loops.

Worn out jungle tires last a long time on the rocks, once the knob's get chunked off, traction gets better...whodathunkthashit!

Along with Race Tech suspension I use TubLiss tire inserts F/R @ 10 lb = no flats.

The real tire gobbler is my 08 CBR1000RR.
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Old 12-16-2010, 06:46 PM   #13
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Man I cannot believe that lava rock didn't shred your tires. I was over there in August and alot of that rock is just plain sharp!


I saw this place on the way to the observatories and wondered how the trails would be...
Yo Max...that R1 road switch back climbs up to the 12,000 elv at a point in the 47 miles of kick ass rough ever changing challenging terrian is part of the Mauna Kea 200 race this Memorial Day weekend.

dude! look up..it don't get motorcycle higher than this...be there.
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:21 PM   #14
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The real tire gobbler is my 08 CBR1000RR.
So how's Saddle Road (the road that bisects the island between the volcanoes and connects Hilo & Kona)? Looks great on a map, but thought you and your CBR may have made that run a few times and could share the experience.
BTW, sweet lava pics. Front page stuff if you ask me, tuff guy!
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Old 12-16-2010, 11:34 PM   #15
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Wow thats different, great pics
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