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Old 03-25-2012, 05:45 PM   #1
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PreLife Father/Son Ride of a lifetime.

Trip planning: 3-25-12
I have a 2011 R1200GSA Heidenau K60-s, and my 17yo son has a 2009 Kawasaki KLR650 TKC-80's, both fully kitted out. *We both also use Garmin 665s, Garmin GPSMAP 62s handheld units, and a SPOT Connect. We subscribe to the Two is One And One is None theory. Especially when it comes to water, water filters, fuel *and other supplies.

Our riding experience consists of, in 2010 we trailered out and rode an ATV and KLX250S on a lot of the mild to moderate trails around Moab, and american fork Utah, nothing extremely difficult for an entire week and have a lot of on road experience on our current bikes, about 15K miles each. *We also have experience on dirt and gravel fire roads in the tennessee mountains on these bikes.
He leaves for the US Airforce in late June. *I have been asking him where he wants to go for the past three months when he graduates high school. *He told me a few weeks ago that he would like to ride out west since we have been south already. *So I began to search for routes on the forum that would take us off of the hardball.
We will be leaving this saturday March 31st 0600. *We will be riding west on US 36 al the way to Colby, Kansas for the night. *Sunday morning 0600 we will be leaving for Mexican Hat, Utah and staying at the Mexican Hat Lodge.

**Monday morning we will be riding north on the start of the Utah Backroad Discovry Route by Touratech, and Butler Maps. *I have been on the other threads obtaining information about the area, as well as trail and weather conditions. * I have downloaded the UTBDR GPS tracks, and have the Butler maps in hand, with the DVD arriving this week. * Anything above 5500 MSL is pretty much out due to snow currently occupying the trails. *On those particular sections we will be forced to take the hardball. *Once in Moab, we will be riding the trails there which we rode in 2010. *Depending on the amount of time it takes us on the southern trails, will determine how long we stay in Moab. *Once we have had our fill there, we will be riding farther north, weather/trail conditions permitting or riding northwest towards Provo on the hardball. *Then we will ride towards Basin Wyoming to visit with a relative. * After that, *we will be heading towards Devils Tower in Wyoming, then off to Deadwood, South Dakota, then through Sturgis, SD, then making our way towards Rapid City, SD. *We are wanting to ride a little through the Badlands if accessible. *Then working our way back towards Indiana. *Not sure how long it is all going to take, but we are shooting for 14 days reserving 2 days for travel to Mexican Hat, Utah. *This will leave 12 to ride portions of the UTBDR and slowly wind north east then back south east to home. I will try to post daily cellular coverage permitting. *

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Old 03-25-2012, 06:12 PM   #2
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Sure to be a memorable trip that fantastic memories are made from, safe travels to you and your son. I hope you post some RR, but most of all pass along a "thanks in advance" for serving to your son.

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Old 03-25-2012, 06:42 PM   #3
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This is where we are putting everything together. We have our maps taped up to layout and plan the routes. We are installing the Touratech Quick Release Mounts for extra fuel, oil, and water containers. If anyone hasn't had a chance to play with the Touratech rapid release accessory mounts, they are truly awesome. Very easy to install and to swap out the various bottle mounts on to get a better center of gravity.
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Old 04-01-2012, 04:27 PM   #4
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Great RR so far. Great way to send off the son into the military.
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Old 02-26-2014, 05:40 AM   #5
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Tactrider, can you tell us about that camo scheme on your bike, please? Is it a vinyl wrap, where'd you get it, etc.? I like it.
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Old 02-26-2014, 07:01 AM   #6
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I don't mean to cause argument here but what have you possibly got loaded on those bikes?

You stayed in hotels so i can only guess you packed for every possibility - a rifle? It's impressive you managed the off road sections like you did!

I'm the opposite which is why i ask i guess, i'll pack the bare minimum meaning my bike and ride is unhindered by weight and the issue of packing and un packing.

Like i say i'm genuinely interested and don't mean to cause any argument or drama, i'm just intrigued by the amount of stuff that never got used on the trip?

great report btw and nice f800!!!
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:51 AM   #7
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I don't mean to cause argument here but what have you possibly got loaded on those bikes?

You stayed in hotels so i can only guess you packed for every possibility - a rifle? It's impressive you managed the off road sections like you did!

I'm the opposite which is why i ask i guess, i'll pack the bare minimum meaning my bike and ride is unhindered by weight and the issue of packing and un packing.

Like i say i'm genuinely interested and don't mean to cause any argument or drama, i'm just intrigued by the amount of stuff that never got used on the trip?

great report btw and nice f800!!!
This trip was just as much about a trial run bugout with everything we would need to survive, walk home or to anywhere for that matter as much as an adventure ride. So essentially we had two sets of kit. The normal adventure ride kit, and "the bikes are done we're walking now kit". Including an AR-15, sidearms, a basic military load, survival equipment, and cold weather gear as well as regular non adventure riding boots.
We wanted to determine what the bikes were capable of carrying as well as how they handled fully loaded down. The KLR had a few issues with ride height, but the R1200GSA did not disappoint. It was still easy to maneuver and articulate with the lower gearing and ESA settings. And we all know momentum on an adventure bike is your friend. The only time I had any issues is when momentum stopped due to a deep rut or deep sand. We didn't run into any mud, so I can't attest to the performance of the K60's in mud or the ability of the tires to self extricate from any mud, but all in all, the GSA which had the majority of the weight, performed flawlessly.
We intended on camping a little more than 50% of the trip, but due to time constraints and the weather near Denver putting us behind and having to ride longer days, we just said screw it and got hotels for the hot showers we so looked forward to at the end of the day.

We always like to push the boundaries and train harder than necessary. So when it comes time to go live or have to fight through something, it isn't as hard as you have already experienced. Just another tool in our war chest.
I found that by riding the ruff stuff heavy, it makes me a better and more confident rider when I am light and moving faster.
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Old 03-10-2014, 05:16 AM   #8
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This trip was just as much about a trial run bugout with everything we would need to survive, walk home or to anywhere for that matter as much as an adventure ride. So essentially we had two sets of kit. The normal adventure ride kit, and "the bikes are done we're walking now kit". Including an AR-15, sidearms, a basic military load, survival equipment, and cold weather gear as well as regular non adventure riding boots.
We wanted to determine what the bikes were capable of carrying as well as how they handled fully loaded down. The KLR had a few issues with ride height, but the R1200GSA did not disappoint. It was still easy to maneuver and articulate with the lower gearing and ESA settings. And we all know momentum on an adventure bike is your friend. The only time I had any issues is when momentum stopped due to a deep rut or deep sand. We didn't run into any mud, so I can't attest to the performance of the K60's in mud or the ability of the tires to self extricate from any mud, but all in all, the GSA which had the majority of the weight, performed flawlessly.
We intended on camping a little more than 50% of the trip, but due to time constraints and the weather near Denver putting us behind and having to ride longer days, we just said screw it and got hotels for the hot showers we so looked forward to at the end of the day.

We always like to push the boundaries and train harder than necessary. So when it comes time to go live or have to fight through something, it isn't as hard as you have already experienced. Just another tool in our war chest.
I found that by riding the ruff stuff heavy, it makes me a better and more confident rider when I am light and moving faster.
I can appreciate that man, i understand where your coming from and at least you know how to survive a zombie apocalypse

ride safe the both of you, all the best!!
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Old 02-26-2014, 05:51 PM   #9
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Tactrider, can you tell us about that camo scheme on your bike, please? Is it a vinyl wrap, where'd you get it, etc.? I like it.
The camo is Hydrographics. The same stuff you find on ATVs. A guy in Indy did it for us. There are a lot of places that can do it. Just take them the parts.
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The camo is Hydrographics. The same stuff you find on ATVs. A guy in Indy did it for us. There are a lot of places that can do it. Just take them the parts.
Thanks. How much does something like that typically cost?
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:32 AM   #11
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Thanks. How much does something like that typically cost?
It's relative to who you have do it and what parts/size of parts you have coated. We bartered for the work so I'm not exactly sure. I would just google Hydrographics and find a shop near you. Sorry I couldn't help more.
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:44 PM   #12
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The Touratech Crash bar bags will take a lot of weight out of the panniers for tubes, and tools.
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Old 03-25-2012, 07:04 PM   #13
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