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Old 10-23-2014, 11:13 AM   #1
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Meandering around AZ 2014 Season - NMWT

I wasn't sure what to call this because it was truly based on the fact that the last 2 ride season I have been doing to much wrenching and not enough riding ! So it officially the More riding and less wrenching season.
NMWT - No more wrenching Tour

Last month I did an Epic ride from Moab to lake City Colorado on my heavily modified XR650 L. The bike has served me very well but she did not perform well at Elevation. I decided I am tired of tuning, jetting and wrenching and want to just ride ! A must have was Fuel Injection !

My plan is to ride 300-400 miles every week like I did from 2008 - 2010 , enjoy the ride season and LOSE some weight from my overly large Belly.

The solution - 2014 KTM 690 .

This was taken on the first ride to Sqaw Peak

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Old 10-23-2014, 11:17 AM   #2
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get in shape Tour !

The Bike has now been to see Dillon at Zen Moto for its first round of Mods.

I plan to ride every Saturday fairly fast paced runs in the 200-300 mile range. Then do 3-4 hour rides at a slower pace every Sunday.

This weekends ride :

Saturday - Apache Junction - Lower Montana Mountain out to Miami for fuel - then back on dirt through Skunk canyon and over to the original Apache trail near Lake Roosevelt - quick run into Young for Lunch then back home Via 609 and over 4-peaks.

Sundays ride - Sheeps Bridge run.

I will post pics of the bike with new Mods from this weekends ride.
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Old 10-23-2014, 04:32 PM   #3
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Old 10-23-2014, 04:48 PM   #4
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Old 10-23-2014, 06:23 PM   #5
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Old 10-24-2014, 08:20 AM   #6
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For my supporters

I know this is a ride thread but I just want to take a quick moment to thank those who have inspired and helped me with this Build.

First HUGE thanks to the Amazing Crew from RM, and all the wonderful people I met on the Epic ER ride! They all played a part in inspiring me. You can read about the trip here if you want:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1570199323208331/

To the best Mechanic/friend any one good possibly ask for ! Dillon at Zen Moto !!!! Thank you for all the help , advice, installs and support !

The Build is basically Tour Tech/ Rally Raid/Wolfman themed.

Tour Tech - Great people and amazing Advocates for our sport ! I have received so much information and support from the folks at TT, just amazing.
RM ATV and their amazing Crew - Top Notch Organization and my #1 supplier
CJ Designs for making some awesome Products for the 690
Wolfman Luggage - Great products and amazing team !
Rally Raid / KTM Twins - They have everything for this bike and have provided amazing support and knowledge.
Scotts - Stabilizer and Disc guard
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( If anyone wants details on my build, shoot me a PM)

Thank you all VERY Much !

Now its time to Grip it and Rip it ! Let the riding begin.
Come one , come all, lets go enjoy the Beauty of AZ
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Old 10-24-2014, 03:56 PM   #7
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Here she is, Ready to Ride

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Old 10-27-2014, 09:51 AM   #8
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Montana Mt- The HARD way !

Baja Mike would propose a new route over Montana Mt , Miami, and a new attempt to connect Miami to Roosevelt via Skunk Canyon. It tricky due to the mining operations, but we were successful !

12 hours, 237 miles and a whole new loop has been mapped !

We would meet up in Apache Junction, then short slab to Gold Canyon. BM had an awesome set of 2-track that took us from Gold Canyon and through Queen Valley. Just after Queen Valley it got very interesting ! Huge ruts and LOTS of exposed rocks.... this is the HARD way up Montana Mountain.

At the top of the hard section :



Then a NASTY downhill and up the final leg to the Top of the lookout.

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Old 10-27-2014, 09:59 AM   #9
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When we got to the Bottom east side of Montana Mt BM would take a hard left and we would go up and over another Mountain range that took up to HWY 60 about 5 miles west of Miami. It was warm out, so not a lot of stops or pictures. The second range of Mountains was a super tough climb due to all the rain ruts !

The a short slab into Miami for fuel and Lunch. The lunch was not so good, so no recommend here. The back west on 60 5 miles to the turn off to the mine road. Once past the Mine we would get to the section BM had not been able to punch through on last attempts.

There was a super NASTY , rocky downhill that we didn't think we could get back up. Mike and I would walk down and through the creek bed about a half mile to see if it punched through the other side, sure enough, its a Go!

This is almost to Roosevelt Lake. EPIC 2- track section.



Sun setting on me near Lost Dutchmen state park



Great day on the trail !
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:27 PM   #10
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Old Yesterday, 02:39 PM   #11
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690 gets a break

The 690 is ready for its first oil change/ service and I am also waiting for the new Seat to arrive so it is taking a break this weekend.

Saturday - WR450 gets exercised on the wildcat training loop .

Saturday Night through Sunday - Dillon spooned on some new skin on the SE yesterday so we will be headed up to the rim area ( payson-forest lakes-show low) to look at a couple cabins.

Hoping the rain stays North .
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I have nothing to add to your ride report except Dillon is a great guy! I was there dropping one bike off and picking one up while you were getting that new Mefo I think it was.
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