Re: Attempted going up South Park

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Posted by Paul on August 08, 2002 at 06:05:28:

In Reply to: Re: Attempted going up South Park posted by Dezdan on August 08, 2002 at 02:51:28:

Thanks for the response Dezdan. I have a 2002 Honda XR650 that I made street legal so there is no problem as far as the law goes. I can see where you would have problems in that section! Yes, a bit of rocks everywhere also, very loose! Didn't want to tackle it alone with just me and the little woman and not another vehicle, that's where the bike comes in. Always try to bring it when out alone, plus I wanted to see what that corner looked like after the bridge. As far as the bike is concerned, I was right at the worse part at the top when the cable went. I ended up stalling and falling hitting my helmet. Nice size ding too! I have been riding bikes since I was 4 yrs old and I'm about to turn 41 in a few days and I can honestly say it's the worse dent I have ever put in a helmet. The funny thing is I wasn't moving more than 2 miles an hour when I went down. Just goes to show you that you don't need to be hauling ass to get hurt! Actually, I was more afraid that I had put a whole in the crank case and was loosing oil. Like you said, there are sharp rocks everywhere! After up righting the bike I found that it was just flooded. Tried kick starting for awhile, but if you ever have tried kicking a large high compressioned single cyclinder bike in 105 temp you know that it doesn't take long before the thought of heat stroke comes to mind, LOL! Now you know how some of that 3/4 gallon of water came in handy! Well here comes the fun part, I then bump started it and had an "E" ticket, so to speak, all the way down the canyon! I had just recently changed the gearing on the bike for an upcoming trip cross- country, so the rate of descent down the canyon was quite rapid to say the least, LOL! Didn't want to coast down with motor off for several reasons. Almost wasted the tranny on an earlier trip this year, causing me to coast all the way down Goler because the bike bolied over, just as I was pulling into Barker's. Not to mention that one hill that I knew that I would have to power up for that one last descent. Seems that it's always an adventure when I visit this part of the desert, but definitely have no plans on becoming a statistic! So, I always try to plan on being prepared, next time I'll try to get someone to come along, whether it be by bike or truck !

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