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Old 01-03-2014, 04:40 PM   #1
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2014 Best of Montana 1000

Parodying Garrison Keillor, "It's been a quiet winter on the Montana 1000 Front." But that's about to change.

Wansfel and I have done some preliminary planning (mainly Ron) and we've got a very different route planned for 2014. We'll do a bit more tweaking on the route before we release it, but I'm sure you'll like it.

As for me, since last summer, I've acquired a new to me 2008 dual sport WR250R and am looking forward to riding it on this year's incarnation of the route. My health issues which stopped me from riding in 2013 appear to have cleared up and I'm yearning to ride more of the Best of the Montana back roads on what we call the Best of the Montana 1000. I remain indebted to the original planners of the Montana 1000, which was held in Darby, for introducing me to the wonders of dual sport riding in Montana. I'm just trying to continue the tradition and introduce new ADVRiders to the beauty that is found in Montana.

In terms of timing of the ride, we've not set an exact date, but I'd like to aim for the latter part of July to get around snow issues in the higher elevations. If you have a strong preference as to specific dates (this is planned as a 7 day ride), post them in this thread. If you have any questions about the ride, post them here too and we'll be glad to answer them. And if you need any encouragement to do the ride, check out the following links to prior years' rides:

2013: Best of Montana 1000 Goes Down in Flames: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=912458

2012: Watercat's Pics: http://watercat.smugmug.com/Vacation...2-Montana-1000


2011: Chadx from 2011: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=709842

Let the dreaming and planning commence!!!

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Old 01-03-2014, 04:41 PM   #2
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Look to this space for official announcements about the ride.

2014 DATES: Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Troy, MT to Friday, August 1, 2014 near Riggins, ID.

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01. Wansfel +1 02. Timmer 03. DammitDave 04. BlackBoots 05. PArt 06. SoreButt 07. Olyrider 08. 4r22mny 09. airheadbruce (out 7/10) 10. Kinsman 11. MoonDogMt 12. Wallowa 13. DirtyPatches 14. jonz +1 15. RidingAgin 16. Danodemotoman (out 7/23)17. Oldtimer (out 7/16) 18. moto-treks 19. Roadglide 20. Ladybug0048 (out 7/10) 21. langstang96 22. StoneAgeMan (out 7/10) 23. Clark60 24. Migrant 25. resqdoc 26. arbrlvr +1 28. zzo 29. martinmenace 30. GotItGood 31. Stovebolt (out 7/10) 32. LostAussie 33. 406blues 34 & 35. Idabeemerboy +1 36. ULYBRAD 37. SOOSCREEK (out 7/10) 38. Norton(kel) 39. idahorenegade 40. SuperDup 41. Mikrow 42. LC1 43. UH60A 44.

Planning Thread: http://bom2014.blogspot.com/
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Old 01-03-2014, 06:50 PM   #3
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Old 01-04-2014, 09:41 PM   #4
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Subscribed. I hope not to have a conflict with a previous trip.

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Old 01-04-2014, 11:05 PM   #5
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Are you sticking to paved roads or is this going to require me to purchase that dr650 I've been wagging my finger at

edit - from previous photo albums I think that's the case
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Old 01-04-2014, 11:55 PM   #6
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Are you sticking to paved roads or is this going to require me to purchase that dr650 I've been wagging my finger at

edit - from previous photo albums I think that's the case

We only use paved roads as connectors. We totally focus on using non-paved but not single track roads. Our aim is for the route to be big bike friendly. Generally there are opportunities to find more challenging spur routes for those inclined to do so.

The big thing to plan for is fuel capacity for at least 150 miles of range. More if one wants to explore. . .

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Old 04-03-2014, 04:40 PM   #7
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Look to this space for official announcements about the ride.

2014 DATES: Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Troy, MT to Friday, August 1, 2014 near Riggins, ID.

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01. Wansfel 02. Timmer 03. DammitDave 04. BlackBoots 05. PArt 06. SoreButt 07. Olyrider 08. 4r22mny 09. airheadbruce 10. Kinsman 11. MoonDogMt 12. Wallowa 13. DirtyPatches 14. jonz +1 15. RidingAgin 16. Danodemotoman 17. Oldtimer 18. moto-treks 19. Roadglide 20. Ladybug0048 21. langstang96 22. StoneAgeMan 23. Clark60 24. Migrant 25. resqdoc 26. arbrlvr +1 28. zzo 29. martinmenace 30. GotItGood 31. Stovebolt 32. LostAussie

Planning Thread: http://bom2014.blogspot.com/
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Old 04-03-2014, 04:49 PM   #8
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But of course!! Timmer will be along shortly and add you to the list.

Details>>>>http://bom2014.blogspot.com/
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Old 04-03-2014, 09:02 PM   #9
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But of course!! Timmer will be along shortly and add you to the list.

Details>>>>http://bom2014.blogspot.com/
DONE!!

Also, I have a fresh set of 606's for the WR due in tomorrow. I'm going to try to wear out the present tires on some DS exploration rides here in the Puget Sound Basin (thinking SPADA Lake for starters). I'll mount the 606's just before the MT1000.
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Old 01-07-2014, 07:26 PM   #10
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Parodying Garrison Keillor, "It's been a quiet winter on the Montana 1000 Front." But that's about to change. ...
Good to see you guys keeping this going.

I would like to make some or all of the ride this year IF Summer doesn't get eaten up like it has the last couple of years.

In any case, I've moved to Dillon from Bozeman (having grown up here many years ago) and am becoming more familiar with the area again. Also, I helped plan the 2011 and 2012 MT 1000 rides. So, if I can be of help, let me know.

Winter sucks.

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Old 01-09-2014, 08:29 PM   #11
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Good to see you guys keeping this going. ...

Also, I helped plan the 2011 and 2012 MT 1000 rides. ...
I hate to quote me above, but I should correct. I was involved in planning the 2010 and 2011 rides; nothing to do with 2012, FWIW. Brain fart, I guess.

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Old 01-09-2014, 09:30 PM   #12
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<----- wimped and stayed in a nice warm soft bed after a REAL hot shower on our last MT ride Of course that was after five days of riding and camping
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Old 01-09-2014, 11:02 PM   #13
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Good on ya

Timmer/Wansfel: Thanks for doing this again. BTW finding a hot shower is a skill set that should not be disparaged--several years in the Army taught me to appreciate showers. Let the adventure (at least the planning part) begin.
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Old 01-10-2014, 06:10 AM   #14
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<----- wimped and stayed in a nice warm soft bed after a REAL hot shower on our last MT ride Of course that was after five days of riding and camping
That's OK. We'll give you a second chance. Just head north next July!
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Old 01-21-2014, 07:17 PM   #15
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I missed this great ride before, but not this time.
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