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    Here are some pictures from yesterdays ride. The 14/55 gearing was barely enough but got me there. It was a beautiful blue sky day. Most of the ride was trail like this but I had to circle back to the trailer on some county road and highway so nice that it is a dual purpose bike.



    Start of ride





    Dropping into the canyon





    Some mean rocks on steep downhill





    Many very tight switchbacks





    Took a side trail





    TW barely fits





    Back to the main trail and a stream crossing





    Middle of long climb where a 13T front sprocket would be desirable but the 14/55 is such a nice compromise





    Had to slip the clutch for the TW with 14/55 to pull this part (over 9000 feet)





    Have a great day!

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    wow, that looks like some technical riding. I would not have wanted to ride up those stair steps even with my 3" extended swingarm.

    Thanks for the pics Josh
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    That looks like a really fun ride. That 55 tooth sprocket sure makes my TW climb like a tractor.

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    Wow Dan! That's some gnarly stuff. Glad you made it through and lived to tell about it. Enjoyed your pictures too. Thanks for taking us along.
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    If you want to got to the outback you need a pair of hiking boots and a canteen, not a motorcycle. It will just encumber you. To each his own. Tom
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    Cool pics.Looks like a crazy ride.

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    I think I'd park my Tw and use my RV 90 for that one.


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    Quote Originally Posted by peruano View Post
    If you want to got to the outback you need a pair of hiking boots and a canteen, not a motorcycle. It will just encumber you. To each his own. Tom


    I agree that we all like to explore in different ways. Just so you know this actually is a designated trail and legal for motorcycles but not ATVs. It is an official MVUM trail for motorcycles but not other motorized traffic. It is certainly one of the rougher ones but trials bikes make it look easy so a lot of fun for those riders. It is certainly not a trail you would attempt to take a KLR down as you would never get back out. Riding it on the TW was a challenge but increased my comfort level with the bike. I got this bike for my wife and I two-up but would never take her on a trail like this one but am breaking it in and learning how to ride it. This was a solo ride and I think I'm getting a feel for the TWs capabilities. It has great traction and smooth low speed torque and the low seat height helps. You do have to watch the clearance as it is wide and low. 9 lbs of air in the tires felt about right. It would have been an easy but long and boring hike for me, but an exciting challenge on the bike. There are many, many trails in this area that are designated foot only so when my wife and I hike those are the ones we pick for that.



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    Did you bottom out on any of those rocks? That trail looks like it wants a bit more ground clearance! Thanks for sharing this.

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    Gnaaarly! Were you solo?!

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