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2 days, 600+ miles, 9624' and the FCR (lotsa pics)

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I got a call from my friend Geoff Friday night. “Run to the Pines in Sonora! Come on up and spend the night!” Well, that’s all it took, I love to spend time with friends combined with riding. Fueled the DRZ, grabbed the gear and rode the 140+ miles from home to Sonora. Left at 6am on Saturday, got to Jamestown HD at about 8:30, in time for sign-up and breakfast before we headed out (Not sure why there are so many Harley Haters out there. I got plenty of compliments on my bike from hard-core bikers, and everyone I met was really cool. I even saw two guys riding a DR650 and XR650L):

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Just so happened there was a biker build-off at the Black Oak Casino, so we stopped by between poker hands (they have free Aquafina’s in the casino, SWEET!). Saw this sweet metric custom. I think it was a Yamaha at some point IIRC:

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We ended up at the destination, which is Dardanelle’s. They run on generator power. No utilities to be found. During the winter they use this to get around:

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And one of the campers had this sweet Toyota pickup with a Samurai body on it. Lockers front and rear and a bunch of rock crawling goodies aboard:

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After lunch and some games we decided to head up to the top of the pass. Here’s me:

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And my friend Geoff’s super sweet 2005 Road King Classic. Not much stock stuff left (sorry about the blurry pic):

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After we took our pics, we went back to his place in Sonora and had a killer dinner. Got to bed relatively early and got up for part II today.

Somewhere between Groveland and Hetch Hetchy. Wanted to jump in…:

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Hetch Hetchy Dam in the distance (in Yosemite Nat’l Park):

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Isn’t this amazing?

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My friends Geoff and Gayle. We stopped for lunch at a lodge on the way to Cherry Lake:

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Met some new friends after lunch on the way to Cherry Lake. Free range cattle. Be careful going around those turns!:

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Finally got to Cherry Lake! Saw a bunch of Stroms and BMW’s camping (no pics, though):

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Two days, over 600 miles on the DRZ, ran up to 9624 feet and the DRZ never skipped a beat. I was amazed at the performance of the FCR carburetor. My bone-stock ’06 SM wouldn’t even run over 5000’ without a re-jet. The ’07 with the FCR ran great. Only some mild ¼ throttle crabbiness at 7000-9000’. Good stuff. Had a great time. Next time, I’ll have a new 3.9 or 4.0 gal fuel tank. I was stressing over fuel the whole time… Only 45mpg, whether easy or hard on the throttle. Fillups mandatory at 80 mile intervals. Had to do 109 miles once. Tank took 2.13 gallons. I guess I was close to empty…

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WOW!!!!! What an awesome ride. Looks so beautiful. It's a great thing to have such good people in your life. Makes it all worth it.

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Great pics and thanks for the feedback on the FCR at altitude (something that I am particularly interested in at the moment).

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I love that area, my parents actually live in Twain Harte and I was camping at Pinecrest Lake 2 weekends ago. I wish I had my DRZ there with me. Sounds like it was a great ride. If you ever get the chance, drop down the other side of the pass towards 395, it's a beautiful area too.

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Great pictures, looks like a really fun ride. One off topic question Loop, how did you go about changing the white above the headlight to black? I'm really digging the blue and black.

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Great pictures, looks like a really fun ride. One off topic question Loop, how did you go about changing the white above the headlight to black? I'm really digging the blue and black.

Great minds think alike. I got a 2007 Ram 3500 4x4 with a 5.9 Cummins, Goerend trans, Kore/Thuren suspension, Smarty and a buncha other stuff :thumbsup: ptgarcia (on this site) also has a sick megacab w/ 37's...

I kind of cheated on the number plate thing. I use a local sign shop quite a bit for the company I work for. I asked the owner if she'd make the white sticker black. She simply took some black vinyl, laid it on top and carefully trimmed the excess. The white sticker is still underneath, but it's very hard to tell.

Originally I had a black headlight surround, but it was too much black. I resorted to the blue/black look. Works for me.

Really though, I want to do a color change to the yellow 2004 DRZ color scheme, stickers and all. The only thing I would change is to change the white to black. I eventually want a natural 3.9 gallon tank, and I don't think it would blend well with my current color scheme...

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Great minds think alike. I got a 2007 Ram 3500 4x4 with a 5.9 Cummins, Goerend trans, Kore/Thuren suspension, Smarty and a buncha other stuff :thumbsup: ptgarcia (on this site) also has a sick megacab w/ 37's...

I kind of cheated on the number plate thing. I use a local sign shop quite a bit for the company I work for. I asked the owner if she'd make the white sticker black. She simply took some black vinyl, laid it on top and carefully trimmed the excess. The white sticker is still underneath, but it's very hard to tell.

Originally I had a black headlight surround, but it was too much black. I resorted to the blue/black look. Works for me.

Really though, I want to do a color change to the yellow 2004 DRZ color scheme, stickers and all. The only thing I would change is to change the white to black. I eventually want a natural 3.9 gallon tank, and I don't think it would blend well with my current color scheme...

Thanks for the help. I'm rocking an 07 5.9 too, some 295s and a Smarty Jr is about it for me though.

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