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Old 04-04-2013, 06:43 PM   #1
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Tahuya on 800GS

Hi guys, I need to decide if I am going to keep my 1200 or the 800 (can't have both due to garage space and promise to my wife), so I was thinking taking the 800 for some dirt riding.

I will be solo and already got stuck couple of times with the 1200 so any recommendations which trail to take and which to skip would be great.

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Old 04-04-2013, 07:07 PM   #2
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the Jeep trails

I've ridden big bikes at Tahuya a bunch of times, if you come in to the 4x4 trails off Goat Ranch Road and you'll have a blast. Some of those jeep trails are gnarly !

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Old 04-04-2013, 08:14 PM   #3
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Sell the 800 , use some of the money to expand the garage, buy a 250 you can park in the extra space
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:18 PM   #4
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You can download a Tahuya State forest map from the DNR site I think.
I would stick to quad-allowed trails as they are wider and get a bit more traffic in case you get stuck and need assistance.

Mission creek trailhead gives access the the Mission creek trail, and eventually connects with Overland Trail, but the navigation can be tricky even with a map. Overland is easier to use from the sandhill road stage area, and much easier to find your way back. Finding a crew to ride with is the best approach.

During the week you can have the place mostly to yourself.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:27 PM   #5
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Thanks for the tips guys, I got the map downloaded but I wasn't sure which trails to select. After looking at some picture from the 4x4 trails I wasn't sure I want to get stuck there all by myself. Target day is next Wed.

I already had an episode with the 1200, where I was about 30 miles from the closest road and the read wheel slipped out in a washout down the hill. It took me 3 hours, bunch of wood and rocks to get the bike back on the trail, facing the opposite direction and that I was I gave up and started walking back only to realize I would probably get very, very cold, hungry and tired...
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:38 PM   #6
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Post up an invite to others or to see if someone else is already going. Post up on thumpertalk, too. Quite a few riders over there are trail nuts and often invite others to join in a planned ride day.

No point in spending the night in the brush with the coyotes if you have mech or other problem. Riding with others is the best plan.
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I could well be up for a trip, if you want some company. Wednesday wouldn't work for me, though. I'll even bring a matching F800, and leave the 'Berg at home.
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Old 04-06-2013, 05:40 PM   #8
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I wouldn't recommend riding out there on a big bike if you don't know the trails. The trails are poorly marked, and vary in condition/difficulty greatly.
I'd also avaoid the 4x4 trails this time of year.. heres what they look like in april,


I do know at least a couple locals who occasionally ride bigger bikes there who might show you around a bit. (wed might even work...)

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