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    Senior Member DonBenito's Avatar
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    Now that I've gotten my TW good and broken in, I decided it was about time to get the heck off of the pavement for a little while. I planned this loop around the Catalina mountains about a week ago.











    It's about 10 miles of blacktop from my house to the poorly maintained ribbon of dirt, rocks, and sand known as Redington Rd. There are a bunch of hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and OHV trails out that way, but my route followed Redington Rd all the way across the pass into the San Pedro river valley. Just South of San Manuel, AZ the dirt turns back into 55mph blacktop. There was a lot of great scenery along the whole ride, but the dirt part was definitely more challenging and rewarding.



    I took this one from the top of the switchbacks that start where the pavement ends, looking West out over Tucson.











    A ways down the road, I almost ran over this little fella. 1st rattler I've seen in 3 years of living out here!











    Once I got over the hump, I took this one looking East over the San Pedro valley











    And closer to the river, along an embarrassingly smooth stretch of road!











    I stopped for a few more pics just before the road got all hard and clean again.











    Then it was a lot of wind, throttle, and traffic for about 60 miles until I got back home. I did make a quick stop by Biosphere 2 up in Oracle, AZ. This is the closest you can get and still be able to see it. The parking lot is in a hole and you can't see the enclosure from there.











    The farthest I had gone in a single ride before this one was about 55 miles, so I have a new understanding of the widespread dissatisfaction with the T-Dub's seat! Still, I have to say that after this ride I have a much greater overall appreciation for the versatility and fun factor of this bike. Also, I filled up just before I left and then topped off once I returned to civilization out in San Manuel because I was afraid that the hills and dirt of Redington Rd would have drained my gas tank, but I was happy to see that I got almost 90mpg out there (just shy of my paved fuel economy). Thanks T-dub!
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    A great desert ride. We will spend the winter in the Baja, and I am looking forward to riding the TW200 there. Keep us informed of your future rides.

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    First but, i bet, not the last.

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    Nice ride! How hot did you and the bike get?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullspit View Post
    Nice ride! How hot did you and the bike get?


    When I set off about 8am it was a "cool" 81 degrees fahrenheit down here in the valley, maybe a few degrees cooler up through the pass. By the time I got back around to Tucson it was 104.



    At highway speeds the air movement kept me pretty cool, but I was hating those red lights in the home stretch!



    I drank all but about 6oz of my full camelback reservoir on the ride, and all of my gear breathes pretty well so that helps too. I also actually really like the summer heat here, as long as you stay hydrated and realize your physical limitations it can be kind of invigorating once you embrace it. Of course, I'm not an air cooled engine so the TW might have a different take on all of this.
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    Staying hydrated is key. I ran my TW up a mountain yesterday at about 85-90 degrees. I used a no-touch temperature measurement tool and got 278 on the cylinder head at the top of the hill. That's pretty hot! But the TW ran fine and asked for more.



    Have fun and keep posting your ride reports.

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    Looked like a fun and relaxing ride. Guessing at 104 today, you'll enjoy those rides more when it cools off down yonder!



    Love to see other's adventure's. I for one like the trip overview as well. I should do it more with my rides when I post'em. Good to see folks getting out and riding. Thanks for sharing.
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    Nicely done! Pretty country and a nice looking bike.



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    Did you get that rattlesnake to rattle for you?
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    Awesome!

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