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I tackled a trail today that I really shouldn't have I guess. It's a pretty gnarly 4x4 route North of town called the Charouleau gap trail.



I got through 15-16 miles of the 20 mile trail, but just barely. Had a few small spills and tons of dings on the skid plate and engine guards. I might have been able to make the ascent if I had been fresher, but after that much time in rough going I was pretty tired already.



After over an hour of trying this one long, nasty, gravelly hill climb and sliding back down over and over (even off the side of the trail once) I decided to give it one last go with everything I had, and my TW wound up doing an end-over-end crash back down to the bottom of the hill. I was able to roll out of the way so the bike didn't land on me, but after that I realized I was going to have to walk out and leave the battered bike behind.



The 3-hour hike up and down steep grades wasn't easy, it was also 97 up there today, but I made it out and my wife met me up in Oracle, AZ with water and gatorade. I'm a little beat up and heat exhausted, but it could have been a lot worse. I always carry my spot on rides in the desert just in case, but I invite anyone who calls the TW a "small bike" to call it that when it's rolling back on top of them!



I have a problem now, how do I get my bike back?



I've already contacted the 4x4 club that maintains this trail, hoping for some help or at least some information.



There's no way I can ride it out. From what I saw on the last leg I hiked if I had been able to make it up that hill there were several more that would have done me in. Can't go back either, barely made it in and the direction I was riding was the "easier" approach. The bikes still in running condition, but the handlebars and footpegs are pretty trashed.



Anyone else ever have to walk out from a tough spot? If so, how did you get your bike back?
 

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If the Motor and trans are working I would hike in with some new bars and foot pegs. If that is not an option take some tools to straighten the parts out. I would try and get a ride in. Besides extra help cant hurt. Good luck!
 

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Ouch Don,



I feel your pain, if I was in the area my Samurai might be able to help.

Hopefully, the 4x4 club will have somebody that will get your TW out.

I went riding with B-dub in April and endoed my TW.

We got to be careful and fun both, lol



Hope it works out for you,

VDR
 

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Wow, the Tucson Rough riders are darn good people. One of them called me already, and we're going to go pull it out with his LJ tomorrow morning.



Wish us luck!
 

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Wow, I guess you found your and the TW's limits. Sorry about your TW, but glad that you're OK. I would suggest that you follow up with the folks in the 4x4 club, I would be surprised if they won't help you out. This is a job for a Toyota with a Marlin Crawler and locked in both ends. I wish I was in a position to help you out. I wish you the best in your efforts.



Whoops! Looks like you've got it covered. Good.
 

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Sheesh Ben, I am glad that YOU are alright. TWs are easily and cheaply repaired. Bones – not so much. Thanks for sharing your story.



It’s great that you were able to find some 4x4 recovery help.



And before someone else says it: Pics – we need pics!



I wish you the best of luck in the recovery.
 

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Wow, what an adventure. I'm happy to read that the 4x4 club is willing to help you out and that you are okay. Usually, a recovery is fun for those guys, they'll jut make a day trip out of it. I've seen a video where two guys got big time stuck on their off-road bikes. They rented a helicopter and pilot to remove them. They hiked back and rigged up the bikes and met the helicopter.
 

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seconding what's been said: glad you are ok, the bike can be fixed.
 

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Holy Cow!! That sounds intense! I'm glad you are ok.



The darker side of me is thinking..."Hmmmm, where is this trail?? I wanna try it!"



Mostly, I am glad you were able to walk out.



As long as you fix up the bike and get back on it right away, you will leave this experience a better rider!!
 

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Damn! Glad you had your "spot". Good to hear the 4x4 club is helping you out. I've been stuck in the local creek a few times but with good cell phone reception wasn't quite the same...
Glad to hear your okay and get that bike fixed. I've never ridden trails as Gnarly as you describe when riding alone.
 

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Oofta, glad you're ok and the club helping you retrieve the TW, though you are more important the the machine!
 

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Glad you are ok, and you had a "spot". I have been thinking about getting one here lately and now you have convinced me. I don't have story like that at all, but I have had to walk a bike out, due to lack of my rider skill.
 

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I invite anyone who calls the TW a "small bike" to call it that when it's rolling back on top of them!


Glad your okay. I broke my shoulder riding my little Tdub. Very similar to your accident. It reared up, I fell, landed on big rock, then it landed on me. There's nothing small about the Tdub after landing on you. Of course I was hauled out on an ATV and someone rode the Tdub out without any problems.



If your wife hasn't said it yet, It's coming, I don't like you riding alone! Good luck.
 

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This line of thought about not doing it by yourself is exactly why I purchased the second TW. At 72 years young there are some places I want to go, and do but don't think I should really do them by my self. Enter the second TW. I have several friends that will ride occasionally, but won't purchase a bike. It allows me to keep doing the things I like to do.

Too bad you are so far away Don, I would loan you a TW to use.
 
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