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Old 09-21-2014, 05:33 PM   #1
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Laugh KTM 1190R Rowher Flats to Hungry Valley

Just a few things before we get started...

First time out with the go-pro, you will never guess what color my VX-Pro helmet is.

Forgot my GPS intentionally so no tracks. I didn't want to many distractions, it was going to be a Black Diamond day on my 520 pound 1190.

Before you jump on your BMW GSA and try these trails...I scouted all the black diamond stuff on my XR400 to make sure I was up to the challenge on the Big Bike.

I was also wearing full motocross gear head to toe with 100oz camelback.

Lets get started...

Testing the Go-pro remote for the first time. Hey it works!


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Old 09-21-2014, 05:50 PM   #2
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I was on my way! Heading up Bouquet canyon from my house, it was a perfect weather day.



I stopped at this cross I had never seen just after the entrance to Rowher Flats. Four young people died here when there truck lost control and went off the edge. You can see the tracks were they winched the wreck back up to the road. R.I.P



A few corners later I capture my first Go-pro human victim, a park ranger nudging a snake off the road. The snake was a gopher snake and was unharmed.

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Old 09-21-2014, 06:14 PM   #3
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Finally some single-track. This is mine trail and is pretty easy and fun on the big bike. I usually run 32 front and 14 psi in the rear.

I decided not to air down on this run... 35 front 32 rear.



Black diamond at last, woo hoo! This is Fall trail and is pretty cool and challenging on the 1190.



Coyote trail upper Fall bypass, getting up there now. The trail on the left is upper Fall trail, it is a little to hard for the 1190 solo.



Up we go!





Coyote trail continues.

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Old 09-21-2014, 06:42 PM   #4
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Made it to the top of Coyote trail and rode on the ridge to Rowher 4x4 trail were it goes down the back to bouquet canyon road. I have a long ride to Hungry Valley OHV, no time to dilly dally around.



Nice view of bouquet reservoir. Express elevator to Hell...going down! You can see spunky canyon road on the upper right. That is our path to lake Elizabeth.



Stopped at Lake Elizabeth to collect my thoughts. I have never seen the lake this low, and what the hells that smell!



I pushed on and stopped for a pic at the rock restaurant.

Lots of Pirates. They waved me on...



Next stop Hungry Valley OHV.

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Old 09-21-2014, 07:03 PM   #5
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Rode the street for the rest of the way to Hungry Valley, this KTM works really good on the pavement.

The back entrance to the park. Pyramid lake is just down the road.



I wanted to test my skill on the big bike in the deep sand so I hung a right into Freeman wash...my trusty steed a 2014 KTM 1190R.



After some deep sand antics, it was time to step it up a notch. Raven trail.

Sandy, steep, narrow, did I mention the cliffs. Only got a couple of pic's...



The back side was mellow. I was to busy to press the pic button on the first half.



Great trail, one way technical awesomeness.

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Old 09-21-2014, 07:30 PM   #6
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I rode through the rest of Hungry valley in the sand wash after Raven trail. After a few close calls I decided to hit the pavement.

Then I saw this sweet hill climb just before the exit of the park.



I figured if I pegged it in sixth gear I would clear the next county. Of course I chickened out and tried it in first gear.

The middle of the climb was so sandy I lost momentum and crashed 3/4 of the way up. I am sure I could of made it if I aired down and started at speed in second.

I cut to the left and tried to lay it over tires down. It worked and I was able to pick it up and ride it back down.

Sorry no pic's. I was freaking out.

I was done for the day and headed to Carl's Jr in Gorman for some food.



I rode home on the freeway with my tail between my legs.

It was a really fun trip. Thanks for coming along.

The carnage on the bike.



Until next time!

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Old 09-21-2014, 08:10 PM   #7
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That's what it's all about right there.
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Old 09-22-2014, 11:06 AM   #8
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We need to link up. I rode out to Jawbone yesterday for some high speed desert stuff.



and some not so high speed stuff:


Nice ride report.
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Old 09-22-2014, 01:55 PM   #9
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Excellent! Thanks for the post. Great to hear about the bike being used for its proper purpose. What an amazing machine.
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Old 09-23-2014, 11:40 AM   #10
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The carnage on the bike.



Until next time!

Nice ride, but it's PATINA.....not carnage.....according to my riding buddy.....
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Great RR we seem to be in abou the same boat with gear and trying to get use to these bigger bikes in the dirt. To me it just doesn't seem natural to take something this heavy in the dirt but the more you do it the more it starts to feel ok.
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Old 11-08-2014, 06:45 PM   #12
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Great RR we seem to be in abou the same boat with gear and trying to get use to these bigger bikes in the dirt. To me it just doesn't seem natural to take something this heavy in the dirt but the more you do it the more it starts to feel ok.
Thanks for the bump brother.

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Old 11-08-2014, 08:42 PM   #13
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Hey Katoom - great pics !!! Looks like your chain adjuster is on backyards...


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Old 11-08-2014, 10:38 PM   #14
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Hey Katoom - great pics !!! Looks like your chain adjuster is on backyards...
Indeed...I went up 2 in the back and that was the easy fix.

Good eyes.



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Old 11-09-2014, 06:49 PM   #15
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On an 1190?

That's gutsy. Did the TC help you on the steep descents? Did you wish you had lowered front sprocket? Any chance you could break down the experience of the ride with the 1190?
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