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Hmmm, wonder where this road goes...

Planets aligned for having a day off and catching some really nice weather. Added a couple more comfort\convenience mods to work done so far: throttle rocker, sheepskin, saddlebags and GPS cradle, really looking forward to getting out and doing some exploring.

The day started with taking a side road I've often wondered about, turns out to offer some nice scenery, new-to-me twisties and bypassed some road construction to boot.





Taking a gravel turnout near Glenwood WA for a loop with a nice view of Mt. Adams.





Out of the dirt and into some nice paved curves along the Klickitat, variety is the spice and all that.


Best to focus on the road and not get distracted by the scenery on this part.



Another dirt excursion, not really prepared for anything too gnarly. A few miles just to have a look-see and then back to pavement.





Another really nice stretch of curves, would be even nicer if the locals weren't so prone to straightening things out by crossing the double yellow.




A great day and lovin' on the variety of riding the Versy brings to the program. my riding position feels ever so slightly cramped so I'm gonna add the Speedy lowering blocks and see how those feel next. Ought to be ready for a nice vacation tour by the time summer gets here
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Lol @ "Primitive Roads"

They probably still start fires with flint :-D

Looks like a nice little ride out there. I wish there were such roads in KS :\
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"I wonder where that road goes" is one of my favorite ways of exploring. Good on you...looks like you had fun.


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Nice pictures! (Taking some notes )
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Nice photos and scenery, wish Louisiana had some mountains like that! that road sign visible in the second picture is my personal favorite, and LA does have a lot of those--if I: a) begin taking photos, and b) find out how to post them to this forum, I'll share them!
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Thanks for the comments, added the Speedy's lowering blocks and Giant Loop bag since this trip. My V is dangerously close to being ready for some multi state touring this summer.
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Cool, Now that looked like some really great versys riding roads, loved that scenery.
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That looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing!

...Do you know a shortcut to these roads from just outside Philadelphia?
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Phantom Canyon road in Colorado is an old narrow gauge railroad bed that the rails have been removed from and it's mostly gravel and hard pack so I'd like to know how the V handled before I go to the expense of changing tires. I'm going to Colorado in a couple of weeks and I'm thinking of putting on some dual purpose tires like the Avon Distinza's. I'm going to ride the Phantom Canyon Rd out of Cripple Creek down to the Royal Gorge area.

I did that once back in the mid 70's in a big old chevy station wagon. What should have taken about an hour and a half took me over 8. Drop-off's of over a thousand feet, occasionally meeting other cars coming from the other direction (causing one of us to back up to a wide space in the road), my wife crying and screaming " were going over!", and me wishing I was somewhere else caused me never to have gone back. Now at 66 it's time.

So, How did the V handle with stock tires on those back roads?

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So, How did the V handle with stock tires on those back roads?
Well I'm not very speedy on those gravel roads, but the stock tires tracked fine in the limited miles I've had them off the pavement. BUT I have only ridden on dry dirt roads, no mud whatsoever, I suspect that would be an unpleasant situation best avoided at least by someone of my dirt riding skill level.

I see no need for replacing the stock tires before they are worn out for roads like those in the pics.

Sounds like a fun trip you have planned, enjoy the ride
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Another day of aimless wandering, got a late start, but up the Gorge towards Hood River.

Going green


Thought this road might lead to a nice ridgetop view of the mountains.


Mt. Adams. And clouds.


Twisties and wildflowers, gotta be the Rowena Loops


Good deer, stay off the road.


Some easy dirt meandering, nice spot for a sammich.


Looking towards home, another great day on the Versys.
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The red you've added to your "greenie" is effective.

Not sure I'd do it to mine, but it does get the mind working - THANKS!

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Dallasdon,

I've done the Phantom Canyon & Shelf roads to Victor/Cripple Creek and Canon City several times over the years. Last fall I doubled my wife on the KLR with Distanzias so you'll be fine on the Versys with those tires.

Just watch for ground clearance on washed out places if the weather has been really bad.

Beautiful area for sure!

Great pictures Rock Solid.

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[QUOTE=dallasdon;151051]Phantom Canyon road in Colorado is an old narrow gauge railroad bed that the rails have been removed from and it's mostly gravel and hard pack so I'd like to know how the V handled before I go to the expense of changing tires. I'm going to Colorado in a couple of weeks and I'm thinking of putting on some dual purpose tires like the Avon Distinza's. I'm going to ride the Phantom Canyon Rd out of Cripple Creek down to the Royal Gorge area. [QUOTE]

I live a mile from Phantom Canyon road at the South end (Florence) When are you planning on coming to Colo. I might be able to check the road out for you, It's been raining lately.
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I was going to say the same thing. Its been raining a lot more than usual.
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These (Shinko rear - Pirelli front)just showed up today, I'm gonna give 'em a whirl and see what kind of mileage i get from them. Need to figure out what to run on my vacation that will include a fair amount of dirt roads thru Or, Id, MT and Wyo later this summer.
May end up up just using street tires if I don't get at least 4k from the Pirelli front.

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Hey Rocksolid, I'm depressed that you didn't call me for those rides!!!!!
I'm across the river and retired and can go about time and I know a couple of good rides also..

Just got a set of Stinkos 705s really cheap so will give them a try.....

Been playin around will convertin "Hussie" over to more of a dual sport...

Got to raise the fender and fab a skid plate first...

Glad you are doin some graet rides...Didn't mean to Hyjack your theard..
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Hey Rocksolid, I'm depressed that you didn't call me for those rides!!!!!
I'm across the river and retired and can go about time and I know a couple of good rides also..

Just got a set of Stinkos 705s really cheap so will give them a try.....

Been playin around will convertin "Hussie" over to more of a dual sport...

Got to raise the fender and fab a skid plate first...

Glad you are doin some graet rides...Didn't mean to Hyjack your theard..
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Rich, right now most of my riding is spur-of-the-moment/see what the weather is gonna do type of plan. When the weather gets nice enough to plan a day or two ahead we'll have to take jaunt somewhere (I loves me some Windy Ridge) or maybe wandering around in the dirt somewhere. If you don't mind riding with someone who farts around a lot taking pics.

Plus I work most weekends but that doesn't sound like a problem with your schedule

Curious to see what you come up with for a skid plate, post some pics when you do.
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The wife unit canceled lunch plans so it's a quick load up the Great Basin and head out for a spin. Looked a little less cloudy south of town so that's where I headed.

It doesn't take long until the going gets green so bumbling around the farm country seems like the way to go.


Take the first dirt road that looks like it heads into the hillside. I didn't know where I was headed when I left the house so I like to ping the wife with a SPOT message just so she has some notion where I'm at.


Somewhere south of Dallas OR. This is the vicinity of of the Valley of the Giants, gonna have to check that out in the near future.


Hmm those big white and yellow swaths bear investigating.




Well tain't snow.


Fragrance was divine some from these little beauties


No aroma from the yellow ones, I suspect allergies may be assaulted, though.


Red and green, very aesthetically pleasing




Crimson and clover, you know what that means.


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