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Fire Roads to Saddleback Peak #146906 01/20/20 04:20 PM
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Sunday morning turned out to be one of those days when you know the weather is going to be amazing. After a small shower Thursday evening the trails were likely to be in near perfect condition. So my buddy and I made plans to ride the canyon road out to the beginning of the trail head in the National Forest to see of the access gate was open. The NFS website said closed but they have a habit of not updating the website. Plus being a 3-day weekend for many the NFS likes to open the trail.

It turned out to be a good call. The trail was open.

Oh - note to self, on the way out I gassed up the XT225. Wanted to get an estimate on fuel economy based upon my adventure riding style. 68 MPG. Not too shabby. Likely worse when we play hard on the trails but I tend to make up for it by being an easy cruiser on the pavement.

Anyway - the trail up Maple Springs to Saddleback Peak was in amazing shape. Still a bit damp in a few shaded corners. Plus a little seepage in some areas.

But the real thrill, at least for us in So Cal, was when we hit a few sections with Snow! Yes, even here in south Orange County we see the snow line drop to as low as 2,000 feet a few times in the winter. However this was holdover snow and ice from December and all of it was above 3,000 feet. We did get into some thick ice sections closer to the summit at 5,000.

Really glad I listened to the instructors at the MC safety class. No issues in the snow and ice. Bummer we didn't stop for photos in these sections. Next time I will.

3/4way up. First summit at Main Divide / Harding Truck Trail (MTB / Hiking only)



At the summit. Yes, that is a very tricked-out Honda Grom. Complete suspension rebuild, new exhaust, ECM, fender, lights, seat, etc.



Made a new riding buddy, Alex and his CRF450L


Of course it isn't a ride if you don't stop for coffee and the fantastic homemade cookies at Silverado Market.





A great half-day of riding. Brought the bike home, grabbed some lunch, and the rolled out the power washer! Baby needed some love.

Ride on REVER: https://a.rever.co/rides/1618705

Bike is going to get some down-time for service next few weeks. Lube swing-arm. I plan to clean and paint the swingarm while I have the wheel off for a new rear sprocket. Replacing front sprocket, new chain, ordered a new upper chain guard (original was missing when I bought the bike), of course oil change, spark plug, and now at 7,000 miles adjust the valves. Probably repack / lube steering.

Enjoy and ride safe.

JP


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Re: Fire Roads to Saddleback Peak [Re: JPouchet] #146907 01/20/20 06:22 PM
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Great ride report, nice photos. Thanks, JP. Keep 'em coming as time goes by - much appreciated!..


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Re: Fire Roads to Saddleback Peak [Re: JPouchet] #146912 01/21/20 06:56 PM
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Thanks for the RR. We'd usually get about 50 MPG on trails mostly in 1st & 2nd gears. Glad you're getting out and enjoying a ride with friends.


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Re: Fire Roads to Saddleback Peak [Re: JPouchet] #146913 01/21/20 07:52 PM
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Nice!


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