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We had to earn our first beers of the day, the fun way. After this ride, it was game on! This is the actual trail, coming back from the top of the "bowl" to the trailhead at Loon Lake. Including Alligator Trap and "The Gatekeeper". Tons of fun, and the TW did great! Rock crawln tractor!



http://youtu.be/SNQtWkIV3cw
 

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That looks like fun! A bit of a workout, but fun!



I like the parts where you laugh maniacally.



And why is your TW so quiet?
 

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Haha... yeah, its not "kick'n back" thats for sure. But the TW was great, really tracked nice. It however fully exposed the FOR SHIT front suspension on these things. As such, I'll be working on making that better in short order. The rear end was great with the Blaster upgrade. Thanks.
 

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We had to earn our first beers of the day, the fun way. After this ride, it was game on! This is the actual trail, coming back from the top of the "bowl" to the trailhead at Loon Lake. Including Alligator Trap and "The Gatekeeper". Tons of fun, and the TW did great! Rock crawln tractor!



http://youtu.be/SNQtWkIV3cw
You guys are incredible.................. How do you have your dub set-up???? Tires/gears etc...OMM.
 

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Don't know Jeff. Think I will need to wait till you break a few more bones (just kidding)
. From the little that I saw, I would be inclined to say, 'that is one tuff ride. I would certainly agree, the TW suspension was not designed with that 'trail' in mind. Glad you really enjoyed yourself. Pretty country for sure.... Gerry
 

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You guys are incredible.................. How do you have your dub set-up???? Tires/gears etc...OMM.
Ha. I bought the TW the weekend before we went up. It was its first ride really. Its bone stock but for a Blaster shock mod a high front fender. Stock 15/50 gearing (which was plenty low). Mods are commencing!



Don't know Jeff. Think I will need to wait till you break a few more bones (just kidding)
. From the little that I saw, I would be inclined to say, 'that is one tuff ride. I would certainly agree, the TW suspension was not designed with that 'trail' in mind. Glad you really enjoyed yourself. Pretty country for sure.... Gerry
It sure is great country. Keep an eye out for a spring TW gathering/Rubicon run (fire roads and easy trails optional). hehehe...
 

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Wow, that's some ruff stuff! I can see why you would want all the suspension you could get. Cool, thanks for shooting the video and posting it up for us.
 

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I'm always amazed at how ruff that area is when I see the video's and pictures. The ride may be slow, but you're sure gonna get a workout. Looks and sounds like you had a fun time.
 

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Surprised you kept your mirrors on. Did you ride your Tw to the Rubicon or truck/trailer it there? When I truck mine someplace I leave the mirrors in the truck. I've been to the Rubicon but just drove and snow stopped us near loon lake. Always wanted to ride the Rubicon so I would be game for a TW ride there. I'm from the Sacramento valley so would truck in the Tw so don't wear myself out getting there and back. (just noticed your from fair oaks. I'm in Woodland just across the Sac river)
 

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Two or three years ago, maybe four, I rode (along with some friends on their TW's) my TW from Loon Lake to Lake Tahoe and then back to Loon Lake via Hwy 50 and Toll House Rd., or whatever it was called road. You can get by with moderate riding skills but you have to be in really good physical condition. Fatigue was my problem. Aching legs, aching arms, my hands would cramp up and I couldn't open them. And take water, candy bars and Tylenol. I didn't but they were gifts from 4X4er's and it made a huge difference.



If you only do one thing, get some strength in your legs. You will be standing on the pegs for a long time in some very rough terrain. Unbelievably rough terrain for miles and miles.



I have to add it was a great ride and a ton of fun and I look back on it now and I am very glad I did it.
 

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Surprised you kept your mirrors on. Did you ride your Tw to the Rubicon or truck/trailer it there? When I truck mine someplace I leave the mirrors in the truck. I've been to the Rubicon but just drove and snow stopped us near loon lake. Always wanted to ride the Rubicon so I would be game for a TW ride there. I'm from the Sacramento valley so would truck in the Tw so don't wear myself out getting there and back. (just noticed your from fair oaks. I'm in Woodland just across the Sac river)
Yup, we're close. Always up for a ride or a WAT (wrench a thon) so keep me in mind. I really think I'm going to throw something together for Spring. Stay tuned!!



We were camped at the SMUD campground there right on Loon lake between the two dams. Its a great spot and 1 minute from the trailhead. I have a small motorhome and trailered the bikes up there, so the end of our ride was just bopping back into camp, taking off my boots (which as you all know, is next to sex) and popping into my folding barkalounger with an ice cold pint of Coors Light. THATS the way to do it. Screw a long ass ride back to home... All you'd need is a tent and regular camping stuff and you'd be set.



Two or three years ago, maybe four, I rode (along with some friends on their TW's) my TW from Loon Lake to Lake Tahoe and then back to Loon Lake via Hwy 50 and Toll House Rd., or whatever it was called road. You can get by with moderate riding skills but you have to be in really good physical condition. Fatigue was my problem. Aching legs, aching arms, my hands would cramp up and I couldn't open them. And take water, candy bars and Tylenol. I didn't but they were gifts from 4X4er's and it made a huge difference.



If you only do one thing, get some strength in your legs. You will be standing on the pegs for a long time in some very rough terrain. Unbelievably rough terrain for miles and miles.



I have to add it was a great ride and a ton of fun and I look back on it now and I am very glad I did it.


You went all the way through? You got some jubo coconuts man, that's work! See my reply above. hahahaha... I love my comfortable chair and cold adult beverages too much... But I'd be game to get way back there. Spider lake for sure. Maybe even Buck Island Lake. Such awesome country and an amazing trial.



I used to be one of those wheelers, with a huge one ton trailer queen. Being a long time rider, I always offered stuff to guys riding bikes back on the trail. They'd be BEAT DOWN, hurt, broke, whatever, we'd help em out. The look on their face when you offer them an ice cold beer way out there was priceless.
 

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Those 4X4er's were really great! Very helpful and very generous. I can't say enough nice things about them.



I must also add that if it were not for Gerry Gizmo the ride would have been much tougher. There were 5 of us total and only one was prepared. You guessed who it was! He is also smarter than I am. If I had been using my brain that day I would have stayed at the base camp but my desire to "Ride the Rubicon" was so overpowering I just had to go. As it turned out Gerry lent us equipment that proved invaluable and when we got back to camp, which was hours pass the estimated time Gerry had a fire going and was considering calling out the Calvary to save our sorry asses! Thankfully it wasn't needed but having him there provided us with peace of mind that no matter what happened someone would miss us and do something about it. Thank you Gerry!



The ride back on Hwy 50 was also a thrill. It was dark when we got to South Shore Tahoe and got some gas.



Riding on Hwy 50 was dark enough but when we turned off it to get back to Loon Lake it got really dark! And we managed to get lost. Yep, lost, hungry, and cold and wandering aimlessly in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I don't recall even seeing a car while looking for Loon Lake. Kind of scary!



I was really beat when we got back to camp. But all in all, even this part of the experience I wouldn't trade for anything. It was all really fun.
 

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Hahaha, awesome Tony. Great stuff! And I know that feeling well. Next time, take me! I know every road, trail, deer path and pothole in the whole area. Like I said, look for a spring get together and ride. I really want to put this together.
 

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LOL, funny stuff Tony. I could see myself doing the same thing. Looking forward to spring ride there. I've always wanted to ride there but not by myself when I don't know the area. Camping overnight there is a must. Get up there early Sat and head out home whenever on sunday.
 
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