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2010 Kawasaki Idyllwild Tour Photo Gallery

MotorcycleUSA joins Kawasaki for the annual Idyllwild Tour. The ride takes us from the city of Irvine to back country of Idyllwild for two days of street and dual sport riding fun. Read the full story in our 2010 Kawasaki Tour d’ Idyllwild

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2010 Idyllwild Tour with Kawasaki
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Don't forget the Kawasaki KLR650 is a great dual sport capable of going long distances on or off the beaten path.
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2010 Idyllwild Tour with Kawasaki
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2010 Idyllwild Tour with Kawasaki
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2010 Idyllwild Tour with Kawasaki
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The 2010 Tour d' Idyllwild took us from Irvine to the San Jacinto Mountains where our destination awaited us.
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The ER6n with its streetfighter style, upright riding position and torquey little Twin fit me well and made the early highway jaunt a blast.
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2010 Idyllwild Tour with Kawasaki
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The 2010 Kawasaki ER6n is fun and comfortable. that's a great combination when navigating the twisty canyon roads.
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Springtime in Southern California is prime riding season. The hills are still green, the trees and flowers are alive and vibrant but the best part is that the roads are clear and clean.
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The suspension is not state of the art but for new riders or someone who isn’t trying to set lap records this motorcycle will do just fine.
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The Ninja 650 is one of the better entry-level sportbikes available on the market today. Like the other Twins from this trio the Ninja is fun and easy to ride.
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Like the other 650 siblings, the brakes work well and since it is not a repli-racer, it actually is quite comfortable for a sportbike.
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2010 Idyllwild Tour with Kawasaki
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The Kawasaki 650 Ninja looks good in green.
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The pavement was as smooth as a baby’s butt and the scenery along the way as epic as we had heard. Towering mountains, deep canyons and hillsides filled with coniferous trees. What more could you want from a weekend than this?
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2010 Idyllwild Tour with Kawasaki
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It sounds redundant but the Versys is the most relaxed riding stance of the bunch – even though they are all easy on the rider.
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The Versys is Kawasaki’s budget adventure-touring bike with rider comfort and long travel suspension at the heart of this motorcycle.
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With the village of Idyllwild in the brackground, we knew we were getting close to the end of our ride on the first day.
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You could hear the rain dripping off the trees at Quiet Creek on the morning of our dual sport ride. Since Hutch is from Oregon, he never let a little precipitation come between him and the dirt.
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While the 2010 Kawasaki KLX250S is a dual sport at heart, this little motorcycle is an absolute blast to ride off-road.
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We did some flat tracking, bumping and scraping, jumping and took a few diggers along the way, but every bike made it back in one piece.
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It always surprises me how much fun you can have on the little KLX.
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2010 Idyllwild Tour with Kawasaki
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2010 Idyllwild Tour with Kawasaki
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2010 Idyllwild Tour with Kawasaki
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The Old Control Rd. was mostly decomposed granite so it was a real blessing there was rain.
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2010 Idyllwild Tour with Kawasaki
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2010 Idyllwild Tour with Kawasaki
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2010 Idyllwild Tour with Kawasaki
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These bikes will go anywhere so long as you don’t try to make it up the widow maker hill climb.
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2010 Idyllwild Tour with Kawasaki
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we followed the dirt roads as they wound back and forth through steep, narrow canyons. The wet decomposed granite was a little slick but we all agreed that it was better than dust.
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2010 Idyllwild Tour with Kawasaki
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2010 Idyllwild Tour with Kawasaki
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2010 Idyllwild Tour with Kawasaki
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2010 Idyllwild Tour with Kawasaki
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2010 Idyllwild Tour with Kawasaki
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2010 Idyllwild Tour with Kawasaki
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2010 Idyllwild Tour with Kawasaki
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When it's all said and done, nothing beats riding off road. That's why dual sports are so much fun: You can ride them anywhere.
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We railed through the tight and twisty Old Control Road as it wound its way through the San Bernardino National Forest to the west of Idyllwild.
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2010 Idyllwild Tour with Kawasaki
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Riding around Idyllwild you will get to soak in some of the greatest scenic locations in Southern California.
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One of the high points of riding the KLX250S is that the bike is so light and nimble. Even with dual-sport tires the bike cries to be ridden like a supermoto on the canyon roads.