Journey Complete - Barely...
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Slickrock – Moab, Utah. You didn’t think a big Kawasaki KLR650 could do this, did you?
Our Digital Media Producer Ray Gauger, Kawasaki’s Jeff Herzog and I just returned from an epic and grueling dual-sport adventure; one which took us throughout almost the entire state of Utah and then all the way back to Southern California. (My butt still hurts...)
Our journey started off by taking in the sights at Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City, Utah for World Superbike. We then rode at the same MMP track the Monday after the event on a pair of Kawasaki sportbikes. This was followed up with 1300 miles (over 600 off-road), crossing through four states and adventuring to no-man’s land and back from the saddle of three Kawasaki KLR650s, all in the course of only five days. While not for the faint of heart, getting to see and experience some of the best roads and trails the country has to offer from the seat of a motorcycle while living out of a couple small saddlebags was nothing short of amazing.
From riding one of the world’s best racetracks, to traversing snow-covered mountains, to the red rock of Moab, Utah has loads to offer for those of the two-wheeled addiction. While I’ve tasted their amazing snow skiing, I had no idea the riding was of such epic proportions. We really did it all, and all the good stuff was in Utah. Thus, if you are thinking about a motorcycle vacation, definitely consider the beehive state.
As for the details of our wild excursion, stay tuned for a future issue of MotoUSA Magazine as well as Motorcycle-USA.com for the full adventure!