While I'm not a "Duner", more of a "Trailer", as in doing dunes and doing trails, it is fun to get out there on "fresh Dunes"...
The ACE 900 performed will, but the wheel base is just too short for the "Whoops", Sand Waves, like waves you'd see on the ocean 1-3'+ high and you just go up and down. The bigger machines, XP1ks can get up to speed and just bounce along the tops, much like wash boarded roads. The Ace can't so it becomes miserable when you encounter them. Have to slow down to a crawl and of course, everyone is gone. Fresh dunes are great when you don't have to deal with Whoops and Ruts.
The Rally was a good one, many people showed up. Camping site was packed full and pretty much a free for all that goes with it.
(note, campfires don't burn Alum cans, garbage etc and crushing them doesn't help. Noise levels remained constant even at 3am, had to use ear plugs)
Most encircled like wagon trains with the inner courts for buggies and, A-hem, Repairs as needed. Most Trailers are pretty much like mobile repair shops having all the tools needed to rebuild a new machine. Sometimes it's hard to identify a buggy unless it's up on jacks, heheh, sorry, couldn't resist, but that's the other half of he fun, tweaking the buggies to the dunes.
(you ever going to go out riding?)
UTV put on a great Rally,
Thanksgiving dinner (and free beer)
It's hard to get a photo of the dunes heights, but they are long and steep. I was able to make it up most of them, some after a few tries, due to pilot error and was great before the crowds showed up. The sand trails
are kewl, but once peeps started arriving and the place got chewed up with the quads on the trails, it was becoming more of a hassle for the ACE, A-hem Driver, Moi, to get excited to go out. It's much like water skiing on glassy smooth and then turning to chop, not as much fun, IMNSHO.
Anyway, it was an experience and wanted to do it, but will probably shy away from the "Big Events" in the dunes. Will luv to go back in the off season and spend time cruising around, huge area.
Then onto La Pine, to regroup, resupply, reorganize for Quartzsite, AZ
(Relied on Garmin to get me over to La Pine, went the wrong route, sigh, back to carrying maps/atlas again. need a new Garmin as it's taking me places no one has ever seen, heheh, user error of course, but I shouldn't have to carry maps as a back up or primary source)
More pics here
Only restraint is what I call the "FFB"s
"Fuel, Food, Beer"