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Other Kawasaki Dual Sport Motorcycles / Re: Old Arizona Rider, New to the KLR 250..
« Last post by Az4x4 on June 20, 2017, 01:02:08 PM »
Busy Fathers Day weekend here on the mountain. Family visited for a few days, which is enjoyable but you're always glad when everyone heads back home! Felt sorry for those who made the trip up from Scottsdale, 'cause going back to the desert from the cool of the White Mountains is a shock to the system!

We're relatively 'warm' here on the Rim, mid 80s to low 90s, some 10 to 15 degrees above normal for this area. But the Valley of The Sun (including the Phoenix metro area) is blistering HOT right now, which makes living there not for the faint of heart.

Today the Valley is scheduled to hit 118 to 120 degrees, while here on the Mountain we'll be 90 degrees at best. So I'm grateful I don't live in the desert, but enjoy life here in the high country!..

Hope everyone's Fathers day was a good one, and the summer is treating you well.

Ride safely!

Other Kawasaki Dual Sport Motorcycles / Re: Old Arizona Rider, New to the KLR 250..
« Last post by Az4x4 on June 04, 2017, 09:44:45 AM »

Looks very good for your described purposes. Great find.
It definitely fits what I have in mind for it. When it showed up on Craigslist and I looked it over carefully, I knew it was the right bike for me!..
Looks very good for your described purposes. Great find.
Other Kawasaki Dual Sport Motorcycles / Re: Old Arizona Rider, New to the KLR 250..
« Last post by Az4x4 on June 03, 2017, 10:13:46 AM »
Thanks for the warm welcome! You're right, the thought that crossed my mind more than once was "What was I thinking riding single track by myself in such rugged country!" Took a couple of really close calls for the light to dawn, but fortunately I avoided finding myself upside down between a rock and a hard place with no one anywhere near to help..

I'm perfectly content with the KLR to ride forest service roads and graded residential streets. Keeps the wind in my face and two wheels under me, and I still explore the backcountry in my Jeep anytime I want. Besides, the KLR is a LOT more bike than the XT225 was, plus it cost $1100 LESS than the XT, which puts me $$ ahead as far as my two wheel budget is concerned! Just glad the bike I found was in such great shape and so well cared for..

Thanks again for the welcome, and ride safely!

Welcome aboard Az4x4. You seem to have found a very good looking bike there. Like you, I too have had to give up riding single track. When I first moved to the mountains of North Carolina and before I found friends to ride with I did a lot of exploring on my own. Today I reflect back on some of that and have to ask, "what was I thinking". In time I met like minded riders, mostly thanks to KLRWorld, that I could ride with. Today it's mostly 2 track dirt and twisty pavement for me but I still enjoy getting out.  Enjoy your new ride.
Other Kawasaki Dual Sport Motorcycles / Old Arizona Rider, New to the KLR 250..
« Last post by Az4x4 on June 02, 2017, 05:48:23 PM »
Started with a '58 BSA 650 Spitfire Scrambler back in the day, when I was 18, and have ridden Honda and Yamaha trail bikes and dual-sports ever since.

Retired in '04 and moved from the heat of Arizona's desert to Zane Grey's beautiful Mogollon Rim country, high in the White Mountains of east-central Arizona, going on 5 years ago.

Enjoyed the heck out of riding remote mountain side single track on my Yamaha XT225, that is up till about a year ago when a couple of really close calls riding solo in the back country convinced me it was time to transition to exploring in my Jeep for safety's sake.

I sold the XT so as not to be tempted to push my luck again, and have alternated between kicking myself for doing so and justifying the sale as necessary if I didn't want to end up between a rock and a hard place. With no one to ride trails with here on the mountain that wouldn't be good, especially now that I'm pushing my late 70s.

However, once you're hooked on motorbiking, there's no turning back. So I've read Craigslist in Show Low religiously these past couple of months looking for a bike that made sense, and late last week that bike showed up.

A low mileage '98 KLR 250, garage kept its entire life, in virtually pristine condition, with high altitude carburetor jets, aftermarket shocks front and rear, UniFilter, and a free flow exhaust. 2" taller in the seat than my XT225 and a bit heavier, more like the XT250 I earlier had in that regard. But with the always dependable kick start and 6 speeds instead of 5, like the XT250 had. So I matched the guy's OBO thinking, bought the bike, loaded it on my trailer and back home I went - a new to me '98 KLR 250 owner!

The road never ends for those who enjoy bikes - not even when your pushing your late 70s like me!

Just remind me on occasion that I didn't get this KLR to ride remote single track, but to enjoy the miles of graded residential and forest roads around here, and explore my community in depth on two wheels instead of four!..

Your Ride Reports / Re: Chasing Trials
« Last post by MacGyver on April 03, 2017, 03:18:30 AM »
Wow! Great trip, great pics, and great report  :mol: 
Excellent details on the trials riding,very interesting
Thanks  :beer:
Your Ride Reports / Re: Chasing Trials
« Last post by trialsguy on March 12, 2017, 02:41:15 PM »
So let's finish this up.

On into Wyoming, looks like Hwy. 89, which will duck back into Idaho for a bit, then pop back into WY.

Didn't have time to take a hike....

Into different country... the SW corner of WY.

Onwards towards Green River.

Stopped at a Harley dealership in Green River to get some chain lube to nurse my dying chain along.  Nice place, nice people, but I was struck by the boutique-ness of it.  Spiffy 'branded' displays, and the thing that really struck me (or else I wouldn't be commenting on this at all, other than to mention the nice people) was that the stuff like PJ-1 chain lube was on a separate table, with a disclaimer that that was NOT a Genuine Harley Item.  Like it was somehow tainted and inferior. 

Well, I bought some Genuine Harley chain lube.... went to use it, put the tube into the little nozzle, pressed the button....

BLOOSH!... spit right out, chain lube all over.  Couldn't get it to stay in.  And the lube came out thinner than water, sprayed and made a big mess.  Used it, as that's what I had. 

This is not to besmirch Genuine Harley stuff, just a recount of my experience.

Onward through Green River to Flaming Gorge, Utah.  Cool place.

Camped here before, nice memories.

South to Vernal.  Now, this is cool.   

Towns in that corner of Utah always have great big pots of geraniums all over the place.  On the sidewalks, up on the lampposts.... really makes the place pleasant.  I'm glad the folks that live there have the pride and put the effort into doing that.

But I have to move on.

Through Dinosaur, but not without stopping at the great rest area there.  I know, rest areas are just... rest areas.  But I've always found this one to not only have great facilities, but to be staffed by very friendly people.  I like it.

Southwards through Rangely then west on... 64... to Kenney reservoir.  Kinda dramatic evening, rain showers elsewhere, really dramatic light.

Next to me were a grandma who was visiting her *kids*, and took the grandkids out camping because she liked to get them out.  Nice lady and kids.

Weird situation with dogs, the Nice Grandma had a really mellow dog that wandered down the way, started a blue-streak top-of-the-lungs hollering fit with the lady down there.  I guess maybe her dog wasn't civilized and couldn't socialize with other dogs.  Dunno.

Next morning headed down to Meeker.  Another thumbs-up for historical signs.  Lots happened here, without the sign, I would have ridden through.... nice valley... ride on.

South to Rifle, just missed James McMurtry by half a day..... rats.  Catch a bit of slab to Glenwood Springs, then south to Aspen.  Given my disposition, I slid right through Aspen the best I could, ended up leaving....

(PS, I'm sure Aspen has a lot of neat places to explore... I was just on a cheap camping trip and had to get on to Canon City anyway....)

Heading up to Independence Pass, saw this mine frame.

Closeup.  I like woodwork.

Continuing to Independence.

At the top.  I took a careful photo, left out the zillion tourists out.  (Note: I was NOT a tourist, I was a traveller passing through.  )

Twin Lakes, down (more or less) off the mountain.

Time to lube the chain, put the cut-off-aluminum-crutch trail jack to use.

Made it to the trials!  Held on a ranch outside of Canon City.  Nice camping in a field, riding was up a canyon from there.

Daughter-in-law Lia, loves trials, rides trials, loves camping... what more could a father-in-law want?  Oh, dawg Jones in the background.  Part of the family.

Along that canyon were these nests. 

So the sections are strung out in this canyon bottom, on a ranch... and here comes this unauthorized rider. 

No!  You're not signed up!

Well, allright then, I'll just chew on this little girl's water bottle.  I love the crunchy sound!

Ok, on to the real riding.  Here's a staunch member of Team New Mexico hard at work.  A 'Minder' for a competitor.  Their job is to 1) carry water for the rider and 2) keep the bike from killing them if they don't make it up something big.  And 3) give words of wisdom if they're of that status.  I've done 1 and 2, not 3......

Seriously, here he is at work.  He was just waiting for his rider.

Son Trevor, Expert-Sportsman class. Came in #2 for the Western Series.

Big dab!  That's Micah doing the dabbing, Dad Chris doing the minding, ready to hop in, but not needed.  Brother of the guy sitting on the stool a couple photos back.  Great trials family.

So here's a top rider.  Pro Class.


But they don't always make it....


A nasty uphill, lots of loose crap then a hard right across that skinny ledge.

... and there were some downs...

Time to pack it up and head home, after kicking back a bit.

Won't make it home to Albaturkey tonight.  Son Trev knows of a great hot springs at the north end of theSan Luis Valley, we'll soak and campout there. 

On the way.... not Photoshopped.

A few deer along the way.

Last photo.  Twas an absolutely fantastic sunset in that valley.

Next morning, stopped in Alamosa at the restaurant that's part of the San Luis Valley Brewing Company.

We wanted beer, but they said, "No, it's breakfast time".  Oh well.... great breakfast then on home.

Have to check the total mileage yet.... about 4k.  Great trip, but a bit scheduled and rushed. 

Onward to the next ride!

Canada / Ho do I delete my account
« Last post by belvedere1953 on February 18, 2017, 10:42:15 PM »
Could someone please tell me how to delete this account?
Your Ride Reports / Re: Chasing Trials (Part 8)
« Last post by trialsguy on February 04, 2017, 09:50:55 PM »
The Salmon Sign.

As always, there are LOTS of interesting things all over the place.

Without the sign, I'da just passed on by, maybe noticed the gash... maybe not.

Onward, I thought this was a cool bridge, and a pretty dramatic mountain behind.

Well, remember the oil cap disaster?  Heading south from Grangeville along the Salmon, then the Little Salmon, I stopped in McCall, spent a godawful amount of money at a laundromat de-oiling everything that was on the right side of the bike.   Well, actually, I washed the whole thing, as you can't wash just one side of a pair of pants.   $10 for a little box of soap.... argh, but I gave the rest to a young couple in the laundry mat.

South to Cascade and Banks, then east along the South Fork of the Payette.... the roads follow the rivers, as there's nowhere else to go.   :Hap1:

Here 's a raft, there was a whole string of them, chock full of excited people.

Heading towards the Sawtooth Nat'l. Recreation Area, I stopped at Warm Springs Creek Campground.  Nice night.

Next morning, heading out, saw this dramatic road cut.... white rock with dark brown stripes.

Onwards to Sun Valley/Ketchum.

Stopped at a pulloff, there was this guy/gal with something to take home to the kids.

Up at the headwaters of the Salmon...

South through Sun Valley/Ketchum.  Never been to Sun Valley.  It's amazing how different towns can be.  Looked like a fun place to explore, but I just pretty much wanted out. 

Ended up a Picabo, a nice little store that's half museum.  The nearest stream is Silver Creek, favored by Ernest Hemingway for it's good trout fishing.  Also, the name 'Picabo' was made familiar by Picabo Street, an Olympic skier who grew up nearby.  Bet ya didn't know that.  (Thanks, Wikipedia).

After a nice break, I headed to Craters of the Moon.  Monstrous, dramatic lave fields..... here's a picture from the western edge.  I like the grassy hills and the tongue of bare lava.

Nice park, camped there previously, met the Mobius Trip couple, great people.  Too early to stop this time.  Did stop at a big pulloff..... drawn in by this.

No, it's not a dinosaur skeleton.... It's a sculpture reproducing the shape of a lava tube.

The explanation....

On across the Snake River Plain, through Idaho Falls, and on to the Swan Valley, almost in Wyoming.  Time to stop for the night.  Supposed to be a campground up a side valley.... kept going, no campground... that's ok.  There were a few pulloffs, I found a nice one.  Except for the smell.  Pretty swampy, and the place was rank, but it did the job.  Wanted to get out early and make time.

Onward to Wyoming.....

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