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#146776 - 01/02/20 04:34 PM Happy New Year - Ride
JPouchet Offline
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Registered: 12/16/19
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Loc: California - Orange County
Ok so this story starts back in 2019 while my wife and I are dog sitting for our best friends - also recent converts to motorcycling.

I'm walking the dog around the neighborhood when I think I hear the sound of my bike idling. As I continue to walk I see one of my neighbors (ok around the corner on another street but still close by) in his driveway with his XT225 idling. As I get close I realize it is almost identical to mine. His being a spotless 2006, previously owned by his father who bout it new in '06. And mine is a 2007 that has been though a few owners.

My neighbor David and his very clean, low-miles 2006

Our good friends return, they claim their dog, and I tell my buddy Jeff - hey my neighbor has an XT. I've asked him to come join us next time we go out for a ride.

Fast forward to January 1st - we decide on a last minute New Years Day ride (leaving the house at 1:30 PM) and I reach out to David at 12:30. Yeah, nothing like friends asking you last minute if you can drop everything for a ride. But of course, he does.

So we meet up, ride to gas up his bike, fyi he only gets about 100 miles out of a tank. May be the type of riding we do around here. Too early for me to gauge my MPG. Then head off to a local landmark - Cook's Corner to meet up with Jeff who is hauling his Honda in his Raptor.

Bikes at Cook's Corner. (

Unfortunately our referred route is closed due to recent rains. We wanted to do Maple Springs to Main Divide but choose to go play around on the access road to Holy Jim trail. Again - another Forest Service road closure due to rain cut that route short.

At end of the trail

Yes - we all wanted to cross the creek but the gate was down (I walked around for the photo)

Still a great way to start 2020 with a fun group ride. Met a few other adventure riders on the outing and exchanged info for future rides.

Hope you had a wonderful New Years!

Adding some Adventure to my life

#146777 - 01/02/20 04:51 PM Re: Happy New Year - Ride [Re: JPouchet]
Az4x4 Offline
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Registered: 08/18/08
Posts: 4395
Loc: Heber/Overgaard, AZ

Good friends and neighbors, nice photos, fun 2 wheel outing! Great way to start the new year..
"Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right." Isaac Asimov's 100th birthday 01/02/2020

#146782 - 01/02/20 09:53 PM Re: Happy New Year - Ride [Re: JPouchet]
Muniac Offline

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Registered: 01/16/04
Posts: 5877
Loc: Montrose, CO
Glad you got out. What nice weather which is about the opposite of what we've having here. Snowstorms now. Not a chance of riding any of the high country now. Enjoy and ride safely.
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#146783 - 01/03/20 04:38 PM Re: Happy New Year - Ride [Re: JPouchet]
peejman Offline
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Registered: 06/03/13
Posts: 3323
Loc: East TN USA
Looks like a fun time.

100 miles per tank makes me wonder... Either he's not getting the tank full, his carb is super rich, or he's wringing it out all the time. My 2006 goes about 150 miles before reserve with normal around town stuff. It'll go further just putting along on a gravel road.
This shall pass, be still and know.
2006 XT225, UNI filter, ProTaper bars, MSR handguards, SS front brake line, Shinko 241's.

#146786 - 01/03/20 06:54 PM Re: Happy New Year - Ride [Re: peejman]
JPouchet Offline
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Registered: 12/16/19
Posts: 9
Loc: California - Orange County

My thoughts as well. So far only 66 miles on my first tank of gas. Still looks more than 1/2 full.


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