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    Adventures with Honda (Arizona)

    - draft #2
    2000/02 to 2000/04
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    .First Posted: June 7, 2004.

     
    I took a dirt-bike class on Saturday and on Tuesday i was already driving 140miles to look at a Honda XR-400. That's "look", because i was pulling a motorcycle trailer behind my jeep. The price was good, it was 2 years old... just a bit of a drive from Phoenix to Flagstaff.

    It looked great, but i didn't really know what to check for. Except for calling DMV with the VIN number, in case the bike was stolen -- but all was ok. We took it for a spin, on a dirt road not far away. I bought my helmet before the training on Saturday, and i had cool gloves too. The dude took off on his new Yamaha to the right, so i headed to the left. Power... lots of power. It was upgraded to 440cc and tuned to performing at altitude. 1..2..3..4.. i was in 4th gear when i saw the upcoming turn in the road. I had too much speed, and barely a day of experience on 200cc dirt-bike from Saturday. Even then we only drove in 1st and 2nd gears, only for seconds in 3rd gear.

    So i went down, panicking by pushing the clutch in, skidding... and finally letting go off the bike when i was down. The visor on my helmet was scratched, my sunglasses bent a little... but the left knee was the big deal. I could barely stand on it, let alone kick-start the dirtbike. Eventually i started it, but i was done riding for the day. There were scratches on the plastic of the bike. But i wanted this bad boy... i'll just have to control my testosterone next time. This hard lesson I will remember for a long time.

    We did the deal, went to bank, then to Emergency Room, then to eat, and at night-time i was pulling my new Honda to Phoenix.


    Tangerine Road ... Tucson
    Tangerine Road looked promising for interesting trails. I turned from the highway and parked my jeep behind a single-story abondened building. Once on my Honda, I soon passede the houses and started to follow dirt trails. Eventually it was just cactus and me, and a rolling trail. After crossing yet another dried up river bed, I stalled my dirtbike on an uphill. I tried kickstarting it when it happened -- the kickstarter went down with my kick but did not return. The circular grooved bracket broke in half. I knew of a rolling start, but i never tried it, not even on my stick shift jeep. I pushed my Honda back down to the river bed and then uphill. It wasn't too bad pushing my 270lb dirtbike, just a little hot under my helmet. The first try was a failure, but i learned that using the first gear does not work. On third try my Honda was running. It was around 5pm and i decided to turn around -- not really to return, just finding a smoother terrain without the danger of stalling again. I ate on top of a big hill and condinued on the car-driveable dirt road. Eventually the sun set and I started looking for a way back.

    I couldn't find the right turnout, so i decided to continue further on the dirt road, hoping to arrive at my car from another direction. I could make out the highway far in the distance. Eventually i saw a paved road ahead and got on it. The traffic was low but still several cars passed me as I drove in 4th gear. I was probably somewhere around 45mph -- but my dirtbike didn't have a speedometer. It was a flat road, it would be hard to start without a kickstarter. Suddenly my dirtbike jerked a little -- ohohhhhh it's running out of gas. I couldn't risk stopping and stalling, so i tried to switch to Reserve while i was moving. I had to use my right hand, because it wasn't working out with the left. The switch was on the left side, and i had to lean forward to reach it. But I succeeded and happily continued along. 3 or 4 cars passed me along the way. Eventually I was in familiar territory along the highway and made it to my car without running out of gas.


    Crown King
    It took 4 different tries on different days to drive to Crown King. Once i started from Lake Pleasant, somehow surviving the steep uphills without stalling or dropping the bike. It sure was a tall bike -- perfect height on flat ground, but on uphills i wished for being closer to ground.

    I went up as much as i could before the sun started to set. I heard from returning offroaders that there was snow ahead. If they had to turn back, i certainly would, but i wanted to at least get that far. Without daylight, however, i couldn't go on. I turned back. Temperature was dropping... and then in pitch dark, my Honda was dropping too. After dropping it for the 3rd time on yet another steep downhill, i couldn't start it again. I waited, tried again, waited. I was sitting in pitch dark, hoping that next time will be successful. Yes! Finally.

    returning from Crown King  Feb 2000  Bumble Bee, Arizona
    Glider crash landing ... Bumble Bee, Arizona
    Another time I started from a car-driveable dirt road. The kind of dirt road that's great for 4x4 cars and any rental cars, but not advisable for owners of passeger cars. After several scenic stops for photos, I made it to Crown King. An eating place, some houses... The road continued and then there was snow. Coool -- snow in April. In Arizona.

    On the way back i was cold. I had my poncho on for warmth, but still i was shaking and had to stop and hug my engine for warmth. I passed by an interesting sight -- a glider plane landed on the dirt road. The dude was 18miles off coarse and emergency landed without any damage and just along the road.







    Apache Junction
    Kurt was a cool dude who was the friendlier of the 2 instructors when i trained on a Honda XR-200 for a day. He just happened to have an XR-400, and when i got mine I called him up. On this overcast April day it was pleasantly cool. We headed out in new territory that i discovered a week before, by following trucks with offroad quads and dirt-bikes. We followed the up and down trails, rolling gently most of the time. All was cool, even that steep uphill, i made it without stalling/dropping. Then we encountered mud. About 30 yards of nothing but unavoidable mud. Kurt made it through like a champ (he has driven track competively too), and I ...... well pretty soon i dropped it, but at least i was still standing. Kurt came back on foot and drove it through for me. I never got hang of the mud. I never was into dirtbiking much, and I bought thinking about driving sandy flat desert stretches. With lack of interesting company and my other hobbies like cycling, photography and hiking, my dirt-bike was mostly standing as hot weather of May and beyond came and went. When I returned after July 4th weekend from Canada, my bike was stolen. Hmmmmm... well i was going to sell it anyway. The insurance money was more than I paid (the cost in Phoenix is greater than in Flagstaff).
    #Pursue Passion#
    .First Posted: June 7, 2004.

     
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