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    Gnarly ride

    Nice to know that your breathing was as heavy as mine (on my first ride) – the helmet audio definitely adds another dimension

    When approaching a steep step, I find it best to get the front wheel up and over, rest the rear wheel against the base of the incline, put your left foot out onto the slope to where to front wheel is (or as close as you can get) and take your body weight off the seat. Let out the clutch, and let the rear wheel bite rock – the bike will buck up, collecting your butt along the way, and you still have the rear brake under your foot all the way

    I realise that I’m teaching you how to suck eggs here, but just saying that that’s one thing I’ve found that works for me when confronted by an “Oh shit, how do I get back up there” moment when I’ve jumped down onto the beach when the road ends (vertically). Anglesey may be tame by comparison, but it is not without its challenges

    Great vid Admiral, and a perfect example of the kind of terrain Moab can throw up at you ……
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    Kris, once again you present us with a great video that captures some of the experience of tackling the rougher Jeep trails of Moab. Toss in some scenery, some humor and a bunch of fellow riders helping out and it is another entertaining winner.
    One hears a bit more huffing and puffing from a hard working biker compared to a Jeeper, but the TWs cover 3 times the distance or more on a given day. That was a good day & a good ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple View Post
    .....When approaching a steep step, I find it best to get the front wheel up and over, rest the rear wheel against the base of the incline, put your left foot out onto the slope to where to front wheel is (or as close as you can get) and take your body weight off the seat. Let out the clutch, and let the rear wheel bite rock – the bike will buck up, collecting your butt along the way, and you still have the rear brake under your foot all the way
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    Well, there is a technique I've never tried! It must need a bit of English.....body English that is. Now where did that come from?

    Merriam Webster:

    : the bodily movements a rider makes to supplement basic steering of a vehicle… learning to control the howling machine with a combination of throttle and body English— Peter Passell

    Now, that's funny....a TW200 a "howling machine" ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    Kris, once again you present us with a great video that captures some of the experience of tackling the rougher Jeep trails of Moab. Toss in some scenery, some humor and a bunch of fellow riders helping out and it is another entertaining winner.
    One hears a bit more huffing and puffing from a hard working biker compared to a Jeeper, but the TWs cover 3 times the distance or more on a given day. That was a good day & a good ride.
    By the time I caught up to you guys at the waterfall I was pretty tired from trying to catch up. Lots of standing up to absorb the...everything!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ejfranz View Post
    The next time you are in Moab, you need to complete the Rusty Nail. Jeff and I will take you .
    I'm retired now. I don't want to work that hard. My dog ate the TW keys. I'll have to double up on the "Depends"!
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    Jeez, I've always wanted to do that!
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    Moab 19 Day 4 GBR GS PS Part II Waterfall to Golden Crack

    Hang on, here we go again. Back with the group after I had to switch bikes at the very start of the day. We head from the "Waterfall to the Golden Crack. Good times!





    Follow the yellow brick road. 'cept it ain't yellow. In our case the yellow brick road is more orange & white rock/sand mixed with black tire marks, gashes in the rock and occasional white stripes.


    Yup, not a brick wall but a wall just the same


    It's not hard. Ok, I lied, it's hard. (TW Shell up top, then Fred, Commandog followed by Wandering Larry)


    So easy riders are showing off. Hi Ho Silver, Away! (Wandering Larry)


    I think ejfranz was collecting the "going through the pass" fee. Oh, we paid for it alright! (Mountain Yawp riding, ejfranz collecting)


    A smooth section (ejfranz)


    Riding by the Toyota. Dangerous as the Toyota was on fire!


    TW Shell crossing the motorcycle friendly part of the Golden Crack



    Stay tuned for Part III, Golden Crack to Poison Spider. That'll be easy!!!!
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    I swear - if I ever meet up with the clown who puts the white lines down, he's gonna get a slap .....
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    Outstanding job Kris! Thanks for all your efforts.
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    Another outstanding video. New camera plus software really creates a nice product. A little heavy breathing from Kris gives a hint of the effort the terrain demands.

    Having pounded down a few miles of rocky challenges I felt well conditioned to simply ride across the Golden Crack sans assist since there was such a nice big rock to land on. About half of us rode across, the others gladly accepted a helping hand or two. Mind over matter I figured, looks intimidating since no one wants to end up in the bottom of the crack. But not really worse than other drop offs we had navigated.

    Many thanks Kris, I had almost forgotten how much fun and carnage we had. Big thanks to Wandering Larry for giving MrGizmo a wild ride in the vertical.
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