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Old 04-21-2012, 03:56 AM   #76
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Sidi Adventure Gortex boots

Sidi Adventure Gortex boots.


These boots were comfortable right out of the box and very flexible. *I do find that Sidi boots run about a half size to small though. *Michael and I both wear 10.5" boots. Our Sidi Rain boots that we got last year for the Tennessee trip were 10.5" size and are a little tight. So I ordered size 11" for this adventure.*

Good thing too, because these boots properly fit are the cats ass. You feel very protected in them. They are indeed very nice for offroad adventure riding. *They kept our feet warm as well as completely dry. *The Sidi Rain boots also keep your feet dry and warm, however are more of a light offroad commuting boot.*

From the looks of the two, the smaller Sidi Rain boots (right), seem like they would be easier to get on and off, and the larger would be harder to get off and on. *


This is absolutely not the case. The Rains are difficult as the large Velcro flap is awkward to position and you have to have your ankle and leg positioned as you are standing to properly close the flap. Then you ratchet the cheap plastic latch down. The ratchets also break too easy and have had to be replaced at a cost of $30.00.*

The Sidi Adventure Gortex boots are very solid (left), and once adjusted go on and off as easy as slippers. There is ample protection as well. The top of the boots meet the bottom of my knee pads in my Revit pants. This gives me full frontal leg protection.*


Now, once the boots are broken in, and it doesn't take long to do, they squeak at the hinge points when you walk. *Not a big deal at all on the trail or when riding, but in restaurants they do draw some attention. *This is a non factor to me as I don't care what others think of me. *I would strongly, strongly recommend these boots.
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Old 04-21-2012, 03:58 AM   #77
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Takes the hits, goes far, easy to work on, worth every red cent.*

*The stock crash bars I believe are made by Touratech. Not sure though. *But they took the hits.
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Old 04-21-2012, 04:31 AM   #78
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Probably the last time you ride with your son. He'll be moving on like most do, so it was a good thing you got the trip in. I am surprised you tackled the Rockies this time of year but it all worked out for a memorable adventure.

You'd probably fair better without most of the stuff you carry. My typical long range kit is about 30-40lbs including all my tools and camp gear. I learned in 2005 that those UT and AZ dirt roads are pretty soft for the tires and weight you were packing. It's a good thing they were dry!

I tried the Scout tires on my KTM 950 through the Yukon and AK. A 7200 mile trip with plenty of bad weather and dirt roads. I tried them because I knew the Conti's wouldn't make it. They lasted the trip, but the front was terrible in the mud and I am sure not up to much sand. They were good in hard pack and gravel, though. In the future I'll use a knobby front with a Scout of Mefo Explorer rear. Hopefully I'll get 7k miles range with a better chance of getting through tough conditions.

Thanks for the report. Good luck to your son for the next phase of his life.
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Old 04-21-2012, 03:27 PM   #79
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Probably the last time you ride with your son. He'll be moving on like most do, so it was a good thing you got the trip in. I am surprised you tackled the Rockies this time of year but it all worked out for a memorable adventure.

You'd probably fair better without most of the stuff you carry. My typical long range kit is about 30-40lbs including all my tools and camp gear. I learned in 2005 that those UT and AZ dirt roads are pretty soft for the tires and weight you were packing. It's a good thing they were dry!

I tried the Scout tires on my KTM 950 through the Yukon and AK. A 7200 mile trip with plenty of bad weather and dirt roads. I tried them because I knew the Conti's wouldn't make it. They lasted the trip, but the front was terrible in the mud and I am sure not up to much sand. They were good in hard pack and gravel, though. In the future I'll use a knobby front with a Scout of Mefo Explorer rear. Hopefully I'll get 7k miles range with a better chance of getting through tough conditions.

Thanks for the report. Good luck to your son for the next phase of his life.
It definitely won't be the last ride we take. We are really close.
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:33 PM   #80
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Our fast paced ride from Onion Creek Road to Moab

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Old 06-11-2013, 08:11 PM   #81
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Its morally wrong for BMW and Harley to share a building.

Great ride report.
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:34 PM   #82
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Great ride report, and VERY helpful gear reviews. Much appreciated!!
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Old 10-04-2013, 11:09 AM   #83
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i occasionally read this article. to remember how awesome of a ride that was. i really miss going on long rides like that. i finally got that F800GS. in august 2013. dad brought it down and we went on an awesome hill country ride. cant wait to ride to IN here in a few months, then on to Buckley AFB, in aurora CO. cant wait to go on more amazing rides with my dad.

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Old 02-26-2014, 05:40 AM   #84
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Pleasure meeting you both

It was a pleasure meeting you both at Falcone BMW yesterday.. And loved the ride report....!

Stay thirsty (for dirt) my friends...

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Old 02-26-2014, 06:40 AM   #85
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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, 08:01 AM   #86
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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 02-26-2014, 06:51 PM   #87
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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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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 02-27-2014, 09:51 AM   #90
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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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