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2009 Grave Robbers Ride Photo Gallery
2009 Grave Robbers Ride
Bikes older than 1980 and under $1000, ridden out of the grave and over 750 miles of scenic mountain roads. See the photos in our Grave Robbers Ride photo gallery the read the 2009 Grave Robbers Run travel feature.
Grave Robbers leader Steve Wilkinson, aka Wilkie, piloted a '70s era Honda CB350.
One of the Robbers rides: 1972 Honda CL Scrambler.
This photo needs no caption except: This is Steve Wilkinson.
Grave Robbers Run Map
Grave Robbers Ride: Suzuki GS425.
One of the Grave Robbers rides was this Kawasaki KZ650.
Motorcycle USA tagged along with the Robbers aboard the vintage-themed Triumph Bonneville SE and Ducati GT1000 Touring.
A view of the back of the Sawtooth range on Idaho's Highway 21.
The Robbers took a liesurely approach to their near 800-mile journey.
Another Robbers ride included this Hondamatic.
Taking it easy aboard the Hondamatic.
The Honda Scrambler gets up to speed.
The Grave Robbers crew makes its way up HWY 21 from Boise to Idaho City.
A scenic overlook on one of the many ascents on HWY 21 near Lowman, Idaho.
Idaho City was once the most populous town in the Idaho Territory thanks to a gold rush. But those days are gone.
Lots of pine trees in Idaho, which may come as a suprise to anyone who's Idaho experience consists of I-84.
The view of the majesty Sawtooth Range was worth the ride all by itself.
From Stanley, Idaho, take HWY 75 over to Challis and HWY 93 to Salmon.
Highway 75 delivers scenic views and great riding.
Our route is definitely a summertime ride, as the snow can make some of our back country highways impractical for safe two-wheeled journeys.
The landscape from Stanley to Salmon gets more and more arid, with fewer trees and exposed rock.
Highways 75 and 93 skirt the Salmon River, with accompanying twists in the road including many high-speed sweepers.
More dramatic rocks along the Salmon River.
Approaching Salmon Idaho on Highway 93.
It looked like our trip might slow down considerably when seeing this oil and fuel slick the morning of Day 2.
The local bike shop pulled through, with a carb float for a Honda CL Scrambler and we were back on the road in under an hour.
Back on the road in Salmon, our next stop was the Continental Divide.
Day 2 would trace the journey of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Crossing the great divide we were treated to a view of Trapper Peak, one of the most recognizable of the Bitteroot Mountains.
Some Robbers pose with The Duke.
One rider got an unexpected pillion in Darby, Montana.
An interesting site for approaching traffic...
Wilkie's ride, come to a stop and undergoing a reduction from 350 to 270 status thanks to a blown cylinder.
Wilkie's four cylinders. The second from the left was cold, diagnosed by puring water on the headers and fixed by pulling the plug. Note the highway pegs, lashed to the frame via electrical tape.
Due to the breakdown, Wilkie got the wrench.
The Day 2 destination was the Three Rivers Resort and its spacious cabins.
The Lochsa and Selway converge to create the Clearwater.
The wrench couldn't decide where it wanted to stay throughout the trip.
Highway 55 was the final stretch, following the Payette River back toward Boise.
The Payette River delivers plenty of rapids and the whitewater rafters seemed to be having the most exciting mode of transport on Day 3.
Highway 12 and 13 delivered some surprising roads, maybe the most memorable of the trip, which included this vista on 13.
The original route of the Whitebird Summit on Highway 95 wound ponderously up these numerous switchbacks.
Descending the Whitebird Summit delivers an epic vista, the land seeming to stretch forever.
The White Bird Summit now takes a more modern and less dramatic incline. At this turnout riders can overlook a famous battlefield of White Bird Canyon between the US Army and Nez Perce, which resulted in a route of the US forces.
The final day included a refreshing dip in the Salmon River on HWY 95, the third such road on our trip to follow the Salmon.
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