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Riding Gordon's Well with the 650R for the first time.... will fresh knobs work?

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Will I need a paddle or will a fresh rear knob work? I have never been to Gordon's and have never riden the 650R in any sand conditions period. Hear it has some non-dune riding also. Don't know what to expect. All suggestions are appreciated.

Thanks

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When I ride out there, I don't like the hassle of switching out tires. Just gotta keep speed up and be thinking way ahead. The whole head on a swivel thing. A paddle will definately make it easier first time out. Just watch your engine temp, as it's starting to get warm and running in the soft sand strains a engine, especially repeated runs up Test or Comp. If you are running around the canal, anyone behind you will appreciate your lack of a paddle. Lots of small rocks that will get shot back. There is a trail that runs over to the power plant and over to the hot springs, once you get over the 8. If you can find BLM, they usually have a map with all of the legal trails marked on them.

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Make sure your air filter is sealed very well. All the desert west of the canal is fun riding but real soft.I usually only hit this area after a good rain. As for the dunes it gets boring after awhile. Don't forget, know what's on the other side before you climb a hill, some of those dunes drop off 5 stories on the back side.

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what is the best method of sealing the airbox? I have some Bel Ray waterproof grease and am not sure how much to aply to the edges of my UNI filter. Will that be enough?

Thanks for the info.

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Dunes boring? Never!! I LOVE riding in the dunes. Between my XR650R, CR250R, and 400EX the 650 is my least favorite for duning though.

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I guess you just have to be a duner to get into it, now the open desert is where it's at. I use the grease that comes in a squeeze tube and run a bead around the filter, the part of the filter at the latch on the bottom corner is the worst spot. The more I think of it, there's nothing like the dunes after a good rain.

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