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Today's Adventure:
We rode into Joshua Tree National Park on my new '16 DL650. My intent was to go explore some of the dirt roads that we've been unable to enjoy on my Goldwing. Being the responsible adult I am, I stopped at the visitor center to check road conditions and get the ranger's advice on the best route. We opted for the Geology Tour Rd. It's an eighteen mile loop with an option to continue down a 4x4 road onto Dillon Rd by the I-10.
As we turned off the pavement we found a freshly graded super smooth dirt road. It seemed a bit boring but I figured it would be a great way to get Lisa, my wife, used to off-road riding as a passenger. After a couple miles it turned into a washboard surface. Soon we began our decent into the valley. The road was at first, lightly covered in sand then the sand became more reminiscent of riding on the beach. It was near impossible to keep the bike on the desired line of travel but with our downhill momentum we were keeping the bike "rubber side down" Fortunately there was no traffic and the road was plenty wide. This section was where Lisa first yelled "I DON'T LIKE THIS". After about 8 miles we reached the turn to take the 4x4 route to I-10. We had some nice hard packed sections with a few ruts and rocks but we handled it well and really enjoyed it. A few more miles we came across some stopped vehicles. The route was now impassable for us due to large rocks. Time to turn around and relive all the past excitement in the opposite direction. Had a few pucker moments trying to ride sideways in the sand while avoiding the rocks and bushes. Again with the "I DON'T LIKE THIS" from the back seat.
Finally we're back ready to climb out of the valley. Holy crap!!!! I thought going down was tough. We fought the sand and the sand won. The funny part was after we hit the ground, Lisa's attitude went from "I don't like this" to hysterical laughter. She said she was totally comfortable once we had room to fall without hitting any rocks.
 

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It's actually a good thing for anyone to fall and get up, dust off and keep going. Adds some confidence.

Joshua Tree visitor centre brings back a decades old memory.
First wife and I were doing the South western parks and we pulled up. A lovely slender French girl ( sticker on the car ) was just getting the car door open and a dust devel pulled her sundress straight up over her head revealing oolala pale peach lingerie.
They looked to be on honey moon.
Gave me a big smile at the free show and was completely unflustered by the inadvertent strip show.
Memory stuck with me.

Glad the come off was not too traumatic for all concerned.
 

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Priceless wife, hang onto her literally.:grin2:
 

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Good thing she didn't mind the fall down experience.
Knobbier tires might have helped but soft sand has a mind of it's own.
 

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Knobbier tires might have helped but soft sand has a mind of it's own.


I have new e-07s with just a few hundred miles on them. Yes, I had too much air pressure for the sand but I was on mixed terrain and didn't have a compressor with me. It's certainly not the same as my old dirt bikes but we'll learn it's/our limitations soon enough.
My honey is comfy on the back while on the street so having some off-road ability is a bonus.


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Well she sounds like a "keeper". I dumped my wife only once..in Greece a couple of years ago on a mountain switchback (many, many tight switchbacks in Greece). 2014 dl1000 jumped into neutral during a sharp right on a switchback...could not get my right foot down due to the gradient in the road, cut across the grass of the median and had to drop the bike in the grass as there were several bikes following coming up the hill. I jumped off the bike before it landed, she was under it and we had to pick it up off her. No harm done to her or the bike. On the intercom I still remember her words as I cut across the grass "what are you doing?". This did not effect her willingness to ride at all.
 

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I dumped my wife off rounding a kiosk of a campground that didn't accept motorcycles. While she was rolling down down the drive i was pinned under the bike suggesting she come back and save me!
It happens and we rode for decades after that! That was the only couple get off!
 

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34 years after our first anniversary I dumped my wife on a nasty left hand off camber bend on a dirt road in Tasmania a long way from home. We survived that and rode away ok. Then did a couple more low speed drops after that on the same tour. 14,500kms in 5 weeks.
Same deal, shrug it off and keep on riding. Things could be a lot worse. Like stuck back at work!
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My wife doesn't want to be dumped, so won't ride with me.:surprise:
 

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Hey, my buddy dumped his wife on a snowmobile ride some years back and didn't realize that she was not on the back till he got home. By the time he got back to pick her up, she was not very happy. :surprise::furious:
 

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2up riding is tough enough off road without sand. I don't even like riding sand, on the WeeStrom anyway, when I'm on my own. My wife does not ride with me anymore and Ive never even wrecked with her on! If your wives will ride with you all after the fact they are pretty tough!
 

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That is really ugly, nasty sand. I sure as hell wouldn't want to try to take my Vee on a road like that. It's just an invitation to snowplow and replace a mirror and clutch handle.

Ick.

p.s. Keep the wife. It's easy to find someone to love, but really difficult to find someone willing to put up with your shit. (That applies equally to everyone).
 

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Hey, my buddy dumped his wife on a snowmobile ride some years back and didn't realize that she was not on the back till he got home. By the time he got back to pick her up, she was not very happy. :surprise::furious:
And no one thought to buy that man every woman's most hated T-shirt?
If you can read this, the ----- fell off!
My apologies.
 

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I dumped the wife so much she coined the term "monkey roll" for how she bailed off the bike. If I felt it going, I'd yell "Monkey roll!" and she'd bail and usually somersault in some fashion. We did a lot of dirt and mild offroading.

She was always a good sport about it, so we had fun for the most part.

It was hard to learn to ride as if she wasn't on the back. If I was too cautious offroad, I'd dump it trying to keep from dumping it. If I just ride like she's not back there, I seldom drop the bike.
 
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