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Old 05-11-2014, 11:49 PM   #1
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Mother's Day Tahoe Nevada two up weekend

Wife and I took a little trip up to the Sierras. Stayed past Kirkwood off of HWY 88 and did some nice routes on the 990. I was lazy and didn't change the Scorps, so we had some slippery moments - otherwise aired down to 28psi did the trick.

Two days of riding El Dorado Natl Forest, and Pine Nut mountains in Nevada.

Best of both worlds - 4X4 and KTM. I am not for riding from San Francisco through the Central Valley . . . . been there done that. So I use the available 700 lbs tongue weight for the super slab.

The lean angle is on purpose....haha.



Cabin off of HWY 88 and 89.


Time to hit some dirt off of HWY 88.


Already liking the quiet,


It's chilly - around 48 degrees.


All kinds of great roads out here




One nice route that went up and up






Feeding the bears


Next day - that's where we came from - now we're in Nevada.


Sierras in the Backround - out in the Pine Nut Mountains




Similar to the KTM rally several years ago



It's cool how the desert takes over from the Pines of the Sierras


Pano


I forgot my Contour this weekend, so all of our photos are pretty much at a stand.


Darth Vader


Horses get jackets too...


After a few hours - we stopped for some lunch






Really great views all around


Smoother part of the track


We made several small stream crossings, running along Pine Nut Creek. The worn out Scorps were OK until they hit the mud. I need to order new Heidenau's.



All kinds of good terrain


I'll go try that while Heather chills out..






she works on her photo skills






This way goes up and ends at the top - nice views.


At least she go the bike in the frame. Oh, and I fixed the LED lamp today too..


Then we started DOWN hill


Into a sweet meadow with burnt tress and yellow flowers.




Probably the best photo of the trip


Looking back west towards California


Right side has burnt trees - left side is green
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Down to the Carson River





Tacos in Markleeville, then check out some lakes.


But first some more trailside shots


Lots of nice clouds today - - hmmmmmm


Checking out a cool campsite


It's getting cold - - and cloudy, and...


Rain? Snow?


We are out here and it is ....... snowing.


Better start getting it movin..


and then it comes...


and more


Can not see - shield getting frosty.....


Transition back to winter...


Froze it back to the cabin and promptly dried out with some heat


Final day - cleared out for nice one


Heated vest - it's 38 degrees.


Pine trees smell good today


Lake?


Super dirt rut highway


Fast and fun -


Well - it was fun while it lasted. It was a good chance for me to play with the SuperPlush suspension as well. I backed off the rebound and preload to soften the whole bike up.

The R height is nice and I actually didn't turn off the ABS once on this trip. Kind of freaky on the steep downhill stuff...but seemed to work two up. I usually turn it off when riding more aggressive solo.
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Old 05-12-2014, 12:06 AM   #2
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Burnt Trees and Yellow Flowers.

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Old 05-12-2014, 09:03 AM   #3
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Nice scenery, except for the snow, but made up for with the fireplace (even if it's electric) and shared with a great partner!

Thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:07 AM   #4
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Looks like a great trip, except that cold stuff...
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:11 AM   #5
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Very Nice!

The bike hanging off the trailer hitch looks like it is bent.

The Jeep could probably pull off a wheelie............
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:37 AM   #6
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Nice trip and write up ! How is 2 up offroad ? Do you stand or sit ? My wife is a good passenger at 93 Lbs but I always stand off road . We stick to mostly on road but if time allows.....you never know.
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:55 AM   #7
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Very Nice!

The bike hanging off the trailer hitch looks like it is bent.

The Jeep could probably pull off a wheelie............

Ya - looks funny there however, the tongue limit is 750 lbs, and that rail is up to 600 lbs capacity. Air up the rear tires to Max PSI and it handles quite well. I also put the luggage close up front.
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:21 PM   #8
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:29 PM   #9
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Great Photos

Hi Chris,

enjoyed the photos. Doc says I am good to go so I will be out there soon.
Looks like a good spot for a big bike ride.

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Nice trip and write up ! How is 2 up offroad ? Do you stand or sit ? My wife is a good passenger at 93 Lbs but I always stand off road . We stick to mostly on road but if time allows.....you never know.
Thanks,
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I stand when needed - I just let her know and she will do so also.
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Old 05-13-2014, 12:13 PM   #11
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Great trip chris !
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Old 05-13-2014, 12:45 PM   #12
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Any chance we could get a route of where you went? Looks like a great ride!
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Old 05-13-2014, 01:26 PM   #13
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GPS didn't hold all points, so some were drawn on actual routes. All was pretty much big bike friendly if you have at least Heidenau's. The Scorps gave me some serious slippage.
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Old 05-13-2014, 02:42 PM   #14
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Thanks, I've got a f650gs Dakar, so it should be able to handle a few dirt roads. Maybe in a few weeks I'll head up there. I'm about to make a trek up in Tahoe national Forest for a few days on Friday.
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:03 PM   #15
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Looks like a great trip. I'm hoping to talk my wife into a similar one this summer. Thanks for the tracks!
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