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Old 08-08-2014, 05:47 PM   #1
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OBCDR vs WABDR. !!.

For those of you that ridden both how do they compare ??.
I did the WABDR a few weeks ago on my NC700x,it sucked on that bike mostly because of the shitty stock suspension.The suspension issue is taken care of so I'm thinking about the OBCDR next summer.
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Old 08-09-2014, 10:13 AM   #2
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I like parts of the wabdr. I liked almost all the obdr that I have done so far.

I think the next stupid thing I am doing is the TAT, that route from Mexico to Canada, or the Idaho thing.

This year I am riding with buddies in Colorado, should be pretty fun.

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Old 08-09-2014, 10:39 AM   #3
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IMHO, Oregon is much more diverse in terrain, scenery and difficulty. The southernmost 20 miles of section 5 would be quite the challenge on a big bike
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Old 08-09-2014, 10:59 AM   #4
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I have a 350 dual sport but for highway use the 700 is much better.I might truck the 350 down and do the ride.
Also is the OBCDR set up like the WABDR with hotels / motels at the end of each day. ??.
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Old 08-09-2014, 01:31 PM   #5
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Old 08-09-2014, 03:48 PM   #6
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I have a 350 dual sport but for highway use the 700 is much better.I might truck the 350 down and do the ride.
Also is the OBCDR set up like the WABDR with hotels / motels at the end of each day. ??.

You can find motel rooms along route 5, but the small towns have limited rooms, so planning ahead will pay off. We seriously lucked out in one place, finding the only available room 15 minutes before they closed for the night.
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Old 08-09-2014, 05:02 PM   #7
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If I ride the 700 I would camp like we did on the WABDR. But if I ride the. 350 I would go " light and fast " and stay in hotels.
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Old 08-09-2014, 09:38 PM   #8
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It can be done, and some spots would be much more enjoyable in a small bike......
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Old 08-09-2014, 09:50 PM   #9
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I've done OBDR Route 4 and the northern half of Route 3, both on my DR650. Both could be done on a V-Strom or similar bike with decent tires. The first half of Route 3 (from the north) starts out kinda soft (sandy/loose dirt) but once you get past that, it's not bad.

I was going to do the northern part of Route 5 next weekend, but with all the fires, I'm not going to bother. Even if it hasn't closed any parts of the trail, I don't want to be sucking in smoke.

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Old 08-09-2014, 11:32 PM   #10
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WABDR is a 4 day trip, OBCDR is a 6 or 7 day trip. Washington was about 700 miles and the Oregon was stretched out to 1100. Both have great scenery and cool things to see. But the Oregon trip was better than the Washington trip for me. I think on most adventure rides a mix of camping and hotel stays is the best. We hoteled it on the Washington ride and did both on the Oregon. Washington had a lot of traffic through most of the ride, Oregon had very little. In fact a lot of the time we didnt see anybody else on the trails. One thing I noticed was I live in Washington so I knew where we were at through most of the ride. In the Oregon trip it felt like more of an adventure. I wasn't familiar with any of the areas. Like Sethro said the only dificult section was the first 20-30 miles that would be tough for big bikes. One last thing, that was bad ass, is the river crossings on the OBCDR. You dont get that on the WABDR.
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:10 AM   #11
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For me WABCDR was more rocky while OBCDR was much more sandy. Also it was much more difficult to find the correct route - many Y sections with no markings to the point where I had to "guess" based on GPS and map the direction and went on what looked like horse trails only to find that I was going the right direction but the official OBCDR was 500 yards to the left or right.
And getting back wasn't easy at all. (happened 2 times.)
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Thanks guys,this is exactly the kind of info I'm looking for.
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Old 08-10-2014, 11:10 AM   #13
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For me WABCDR was more rocky while OBCDR was much more sandy. Also it was much more difficult to find the correct route - many Y sections with no markings to the point where I had to "guess" based on GPS and map the direction and went on what looked like horse trails only to find that I was going the right direction but the official OBCDR was 500 yards to the left or right.
And getting back wasn't easy at all. (happened 2 times.
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This meaning the WBDR or OBDR?
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Old 08-10-2014, 12:13 PM   #14
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OBDR.

I have got the "problematic" spots marked on GPS if I can find that file...

Route 4 just before the connection to Route 5 section 3 And route 3 just before getting to Sisters http://www.oohva.org/
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Old 08-10-2014, 11:56 PM   #15
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We didnt have too may problems with the tracks. I started out with tracks from an inmate on here. I did spend some time on base camp looking it all over and overlaying it in google earth. Just to make sure the tracks were close. I did have to move a few lines around and clean it up some. We did back track on day 2 due to blow down. GPSMAP 62s are not the easiest to use in finding alternate routes but we managed.
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