Yesterday I re-rode up the dirt-side of Mt Lemmon, then down the paved side and home, but THIS time I rode it two-up. Total for the day was around 225 miles, and I got 54.5 mpgUS.
I'm NOT sure IF I could have done it on my '15....
I've written that the '15 does NOT liking being below about 4,000 rpm in 6th gear. Pretty OBVIOUS that I didn't ride up the dirt in any gears except 1, 2 and 3, (and MOSTLY in 1st and 2nd) revs in the 2 to 2,500 rpm range, so - MAYBE the new ones will do it, but I don't know...? Certainly my 'elderly' BIG RED did it w/ panache...!
There've been quite a few 'flood-events' on Lemmon over the last summer, and I found that SOME of the hairpins, but ESPECIALLY tight right-hand ones, had SEVERE erosion, so I was 'up-on-the-pegs' for most, trying NOT to let on how hard I was working, keeping it "rubber-side-down". My pillion remarked how confident she was that I had it under-control, and had a lot of fun.
Here are some pics..., starting w/ where we met up.
and that is Mount Lemmon behind BIG RED. Next is a pic of my GPS... (there's a TOTAL of 26 miles of dirt-trail going from 4200' to about 8500', then 9051' at the top of the paved part.)
and a few 'scenics'...
the road (trail?) we had ridden is JUST visible on the right side, of the hills that are just LEFT of the trees near the center of the following pic.
plus a pic taken at the TOP of the dirt (the LEAST gnarly dirt, BTW!!!), just before hitting pavement for the rest of the ride.
I HAD considered the possibility of riding DOWN the dirt, but the possibilities... DEATH, DISMEMBERMENT, LAWSUITS...
... kind of helped me decide that the paved route was the better choice, so that's what we did.
At the top we had snow along the sides of the pavement, LOTS of sand for "traction" for cages, and then trucks spraying SOMETHING onto the DRY roads, something that put a whitish color onto everything, so today was time to wash the bike.