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Hi guys, here's my next ride report, this trip was taken during the first week of May and in the intrest of fairness, it was my wife who was doing the TW riding (150 miles over two days) though I got elected to write her trip report so here goes!



My wife and I make a spring trip to Moab, Utah with some friends of ours just about every spring for the past five years. Normally we bring our Manx-style VW dune buggy but this year (long story made short regarding engine problems and roll cages) we didn't. We took our quads and a day before we were set to leave my wife asked if we could bring a TW so she could go sight-seeing.



We brought our '07 TW because it has better tires and a lot fewer miles on it then the other two, though the wide handle bars took some getting used to for my wife, she eventually grew to like them. For the quad fans who might be reading this we also brought my wife's Honda 250ex and my Honda 400ex. Both had been out-fitted with extra skid plates from Ricochet which worked great!



It's a 740 mile drive from where we live in So.Cal. to Moab and that was hard on the bikes; the tailbag on the TW ripped and a piece of road debris just about removed the rear taillight on the TW.





"Are we there yet?"



On Tuesday of our trip I spent the day riding with a friend who had brought his dunebuggy and my wife spent the day out on the TW shopping in Moab (no pictures of that, just imagine my wife spending my money buying T-shirts) then she took the bike on a tour of Arches National Park. Then she ran out of gas half-way through Arches (she was able to make it back to town on reserve).





The Colorado River







A thirsty TW posed for a pic at a turn-out in Arches







Arches is truly a magnificant place. It's filled with things like this





Following her return trip to town to buy gas she completed her ride through Arches then met me back at the campground where we were staying.



The next day we spent most of the day out on the quads touring the back-country. For the quad fans on the forum let me say a four-stroke quad is the way to see tour the trails of this place! The trail's mainly consist of sandy clay, lots of solid rock and more red dirt then you've ever seen! On the TW I found the riding to be quite challenging (I cussed a lot) but on the quads we we're able to go just about every place we wanted to!





Determination Towers.





Following our morning ride on the quads my wife jumped on the TW and took-off on a ride to Deadhorse Point State Park and Canyonlands National Park.







An incredible vista on the way to the plateau Dead Horse.







The view from Dead Horse. Despite the fact that it's a state park there are many dirt trails a person can explore (on a street-legal MC or truck) which is cool.







The TW parked in a (rare) shady spot. She tells me it was a real hit with European toursists which peppered her with questions about the bike. The CA plate also garnered questions about whether she had actually ridden it from CA.



Our next quad ride was to Chicken Corners and Hurah Pass. More incredible riding in a breathtaking place!







Me and the quads. All the slick rock and some pavement riding took a toll on their soft knobby tires, but other than that the quads and the TW held-up very well.







The view of a vista we stopped at on our way home somewhere near Brianhead, UT.





If anyone has the opportunity to go to Moab, DO IT!!! For an off-roader, it is truly magnificent and worth whatever it takes to get there! My tip is to go in the spring or fall though when the weather is cooler. The weather for our early-May trip was great (50's at night, high 80's one day), however the year before the same week saw cooler weather and some rain.



Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed!



Total Mileage for the TW was 150,

My 400ex quad did 150 miles as well

My wife's 250ex did 90 miles (because she spent much of her time on the TW)



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Sounds like you had a good time. Moab is an awesome place to visit. I hope to get there this year, on the TW. Thanks for sharing the pictures and report.
 

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Great photo's. Looks like an amazing place to visit. I never get tired of see photo's of Moab and should go there sometime. Thanks for sharing.
 

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I've never been there and does look like a cool place to ride.
 

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I never get tired of Moab or its environs, and if I did all I'd have to do is go to the same places at a different time of day or a different time of year. It pretty much becomes a different place than the trip before based solely on the lighting.
 

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There are many beautiful riding locations near Moab - Elephant Hill, the Maze, Happy Canyon, Colorado River Trail, etc. However, I have not been there in years and now I live close enough to get there in a couple of hours. So - guess I had better get there again and hope I'm not too unhappy about what has changed. One thing I do remember is that you do not want to go there too late in June because you don't want to be there when the gnats come out. I don't think a TDub would have much trouble with the trails except that you might wish the front end were a bit lighter when pulling back on the bars for the foot high steps in places.



Your post with the beautiful pictures makes me miss that area!



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LizardBreath-I agree, every year I tentativly plan a second trip to Moab in the Fall when it's cooler and less crowded but it never seems to happen. Eventually though I plan on doing a non-spring trip to the area. The locals tell me that it's noticeably cooler in the Fall and the days are shorter but I think I could handle it. Someday maybe.



Dan-It is a great place, though some of the guys in my group who have been off-roading in the area for years tell me that the general condition of the trails has declined in recent years because of the amount of ATV's and side-by-side's which also enjoy the area (guilty! Though we generally practice Tread Lightly techniques I see his point). A TW would have no problems on most of the trails there, in fact four years ago I took another TW there with stock tires and gearing and went just about every place I wanted to go. Though this time our TW stayed on the pavement there are numerous trails out there just waiting to be ridden on a TW!



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