Pokin' Around in the Desert
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    Senior Member DonBenito's Avatar
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    May 2012
    Tucson, AZ
    I took a few hours today to go try out my latest TW add-ons, and ride a few places I haven't been before.

    I took these two just past the entrance to Chiva Falls, a popular 4x4 route East of Tucson.

    I followed that route for a while, including the first steep descent.

    I rode along for another 100 yards or so to the top of Three Feathers, The big obstacle for Jeepers. I scouted a line, but I only followed it halfway down and then turned back. Just wasn't up for it today, maybe some other time.

    This is looking back from the top of Three Feathers, you can see the hill from the previous pics in the background.

    Not up for any more rock-studded gnarliness, I decided to ride a few of the kinder, gentler FS roads I hadn't been down before. That new Skinko 244 up front made riding those so much more enjoyable! I found that I could take the corners much more aggressively, as the back tire breaks loose before the front shows any sign of washing out as the stocker is prone to do. Sandy wash crossings were a non-event as well. If you haven't upgraded your front tire yet, DO IT!

    I just sort of followed the road pictured above until it ended in that sandy flat. I tried to take another fork, but it was gated. So, I headed back the way I came and rode on home. On my way back I got flagged down by a couple of guys riding, er, standing next to KLRs. Turns out one of them had a flat. Thanks to Kwizard's advice, I had a bottle of Fix-a-Flat in my bag and the other rider was able to air up with that. It seemed to work, so I left the can and my best regards with them and continued on my way.

    It was a great day to ride, and all of my new goodies stayed bolted down/inflated/etc, so I really couldn't ask for more!
    2011 TW200 - Sold - after 9700 miles and 1,000,000 smiles. So long Tee Dub!
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    Senior Member TW-Brian's Avatar
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    Pleasanton, CA
    Great pics and ride report. I hope that if I ever need help, someone as generous and well-equipped as you happens to come along!


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    Senior Member old mad max's Avatar
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    Gobles, michigan
    Verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry neat place to play...... You were right in "NOT" going for the total gold yet............... Get used to it for awhile. OMM.

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    Senior Member andrewsclues's Avatar
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    Oct 2012
    Bucks County PA
    that's some vast looking land there... looks like fun. steep down hills make me nervous, but that's part of the fun.

    Maybe one day I'll have the $$$$ to travel around the country and ride all the trails through the woods, deserts and mountains. so many trails, so little time.....

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    Senior Member B-dub's Avatar
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    Jul 2011
    Southwest Utah
    Thanks for the pics! Looks like some great riding. Your bike looks good, too. Thanks for taking us along.
    My handle is B-dub, I ride a T-dub, and drive a V-dub.

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    Senior Member RockyTFS's Avatar
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    Hailey, ID
    Quote Originally Posted by DonBenito View Post
    I took a few hours today to go try out my latest TW add-ons, and ride a few places I haven't been before.

    It was a great day to ride, and all of my new goodies stayed bolted down/inflated/etc, so I really couldn't ask for more!

    Beautiful!! I'm coming down in a couple of weeks for 2 weeks of warm desert riding..... Can't wait!
    2018 TW200
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    Senior Member admiral's Avatar
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    Frosty Hollow
    Nice photo's. Looked like a nice "WARM" ride. I'm patiently waiting for warm temps and the ground to dry out around here.

    Your front fender looks pretty darn good. I got the black one for mine, but haven't put it on yet.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Hidden Content A ride in the woods helps me relax and release tension. The fact I'm dragging a body should be entirely irrelevant?

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    Senior Member evan's Avatar
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    Woodland, California
    Good ride! Got my new shinko tire on. just grabbed that can of fix a flat for tool pack. Thanks for the reminder!
    Mike Carter. Woodland, California (NorCal). '89 Tw200 (Black Widow Edition). Blood red Jimbo shield, Cycleracks, Nuvi 500 GPS, Kolpin fuel pack jr., D shield bark busters, 55t rear sprocket, Golden boy front tire, Ricochet shield.

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    Senior Member Gerry's Avatar
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    Paradise, Calif.
    Looked like a real adventure. Great advice about the upgrading the front tire. Enjoyed 'following' you down some of those desents. Gerry
    Take care my Friend.........

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    Senior Member r80rt's Avatar
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    Beautiful place! I'd love to ride there.
    Only a fool would attempt it, and God help me, I am that fool!

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