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Old 06-04-2013, 04:38 PM   #1
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Bluhduh Hey Big-E, You missed a good one!

A few months a go, Big-E, MonteK and I decided that it would be fun to do some multi-day off-road tours on little bikes but we weren't sure that we could get all of our camping gear on a small bike so we picked a weekend for shake-down cruise and put it on the calendar. Unfortunately, the big guy picked the same weekend as his wife's birthday. Fortunately, he remembered before we left. Naturally, we went without him. So this one is for you Big-E.

Gary thought it sounded like so much fun that he came in from San Diego. We went from the airport to ZenMoto to get his bike then headed to Monte's in Pinetop where we could start and finish in cool air.

Here is Gary packing his 990 with my Honda on the left almost ready to go.



All of the bikes loaded and ready to go. Monte has a nice garage.



Suppertime! MonteK and Mrs. MonteK put on a great feed. What a great way to start a trip.



After a great meal and several hours of sound sleep in the cool pines, it's time to ride. We made our way from Pinetop to Greens peak.

MonteK on the mighty KLR650, Gary and his 990 in the middle and my XR650R on the right. I will soon learn that everybody thinks it's hilarious to stop until I decide to kill the motor, then hit the start button and haul ass.



The approach to Greens peak.



A beautiful view from the top. You can see Sunrise Ski Resort in the distance. A perfect day for a ride.





From there it's down the hill into Greer for a piece of pie. Sorry no pie picture. I did get a picture of the Little Colorado River.



From Greer we headed for Big Lake then over to the Black River. The road to Big Lake from that direction is entirely paved now.

Gary and Monte check out the Black River. It was quiet there with fewer campers than we have seen in the past.



The Black River.



Gary's 990 looks good in the woods.




Monte posing for the front page of ADVrider.




Gary is enjoying himself.




At this point we are starting to run out of day so it's on to the Alpine Divide campground to set up camp then to supper at the Bear Wallow Café. A great day of eastern AZ riding comes to a close.

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Old 06-04-2013, 05:02 PM   #2
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Hey Big-E (cont.)

Sunday morning we have a big breakfast at the Bear Wallow then head for New Mexico. I love New Mexico. It is dual sport heaven.

Aspen trees.



Long fast roads with great views and no traffic.




Bill Knight Spring somewhere north of Luna.



This must have looked pretty good to anyone on horseback.



We continued north through Bill Knight Gap, then turned east and south on a rocky little two track through the mountains. I do not remember the FR number. It was a great workout to see if the luggage would remain attached. It eventually turned into a fun, flowing, sandy two-track.





At some point in here, we got lost. There were roads on our maps that did not really exist. We eventually hit a paved road that took us into Reserve from the northeast. This was a great place for lunch.



Monte says "HI".



The smoked chicken platter. MMMmmmmmmmm.




But enough sitting around, there is more NM to see so it's southeast we go. 435 is an awesome barely paved road into the mountains. Monte and Gary find something of interest.




Anybody want a Ford Maverick? My grandmother taught me to drive in one of those so I understand why they pushed it off a cliff.



Onward.



We traveled through a massive burn area on our way to Mogollon. Mile after mile of burned trees lined the road. Since the wind was blowing, it was a little frightening in the areas where the trees lined the road.



But we made it to Mogollon. And PIE!



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The ride out of Mogollon to the west is beautiful. We stopped in Alma for supplies and decided to camp at the Pueblo Park Campground not too far from Reserve on the road to the Blue River.



And another great day of riding comes to a graceful end.

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Old 06-04-2013, 05:12 PM   #3
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Fun times

This looks like a nice fun ride. I know Big-E must be bummed because I am and I hadn't even planned on going(or got invited)
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Old 06-04-2013, 05:14 PM   #4
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Hey Big-E! (final)

Since we have to be back in Phoenix by Monday night, we make day three short. First I have to get all of this stuff back on the bike.



Success! The XR has been great on this ride. Plenty of power and suspension to handle the load. The Guts seat is comfortable enough.



I would like to improve the front brake. It could use a little more stopping power.

The group picture. We are not as pretty as we were a few days ago.



We rode west to the Blue River and then north along the river to Luna Lake.

Looking back to the east.



The might Blue River.




Looking the other way.




Of course the bike needs to be in one.




And then suddenly, we are back in AZ. We stopped for a little breakfast in Alpine then motored back to Pinetop via Big Lake.




Special thanks to Dillon at ZenMoto for doing such a great job building me a new motor. It ran perfect!



Thanks for riding along with us.

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Old 06-04-2013, 07:11 PM   #5
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Great ride report, DOD! I WILL get a bigger dual sport so I can go on these fun rides with you guys!
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Old 06-04-2013, 08:23 PM   #6
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fun times

Charlie, bring gardiego anytime, guy can ride the adventurer like little toy bike.

Reidy-next time will send an invite out, this was a shake down run and really did not know if we would be back at the guyrage in 25 minutes, 25 miles or 25 hours!!! just a test run for bigger things to come!! that, and we only had 3 t bones and 4 potatoes, wouldn't have been a very good host to send you to micky dees for a macdouble, fries and coke

E-ya missed a good un. but, alas, we all know "ain't nobody happy if momma ain't happy"!!! good on ya for sticken with the lady cause we all are not gonna give you what she does.

and now for the next step-make sure big E and his bike and stuff are ready for a dual sport weekend!!!!!!!!!

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Old 06-04-2013, 09:52 PM   #7
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Thanks to all

Big props to Dillon at Zenmoto. The new front springs in the 990 turned a plowing, spongy pig, into a spry nimble beast! Night and day difference in handling.

Monte- Had a great time! Thanks for hosting an awesome ride! That was my first "camp off the bike" trip, and I can't wait for the next one.

Dealer- Another epic adventure Brother! Thanks for all your help getting me and my bike up to Monte's and getting me outfitted for the ride.

Big E- Thanks for the crash-pad so I could rest up for the ride home. You've got a great place.

Until next time...."Caballeros, WE RIDE!"
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:28 AM   #8
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Hey Guy's,

Thanks for taking me along in Sprit!!

I can't wait to get out there!!

Monty, get ready with that steak!!

Gary, good to see you and DOD, your welcome to stay any time!

Can't wait for the next one!!
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:42 AM   #9
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Nice ADVenture ride. Definately a weekend for the books.
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Old 06-05-2013, 09:30 AM   #10
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MonteK on the mighty KLR650, Gary and his 990 in the middle and my XR650R on the right. I will soon learn that everybody thinks it's hilarious to stop until I decide to kill the motor, then hit the start button and haul ass.


Hey, I have some friends like that also ! ! !

Great report... looks like a great ride with good guys...
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Old 06-05-2013, 02:01 PM   #11
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Great Ride Report

That looks like a great time, when you invite Reidy008, don't forget about us.
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Old 06-05-2013, 02:50 PM   #12
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I will soon learn that everybody thinks it's hilarious to stop until I decide to kill the motor, then hit the start button and haul ass.
That is NOT funny!

DOD - glad to see the pig is back up and running well.

Looks like an AWESOME ride.
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Old 06-05-2013, 04:36 PM   #13
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Nice!

Don't see enough RRs on E-AZ and W-NM, thanks!
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:13 PM   #14
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Nice...... I missed another good one. Sometimes it sucks to be home!

Thanks for sharing your adventure.
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:42 PM   #15
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