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Old 08-17-2012, 01:17 AM   #6451
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I see a challenge brewing here. Could call it something like the Jason Abbott Boulder Basin Big Bike challenge. Who's gonna make the T-shirts?
Would a 650 qualify for the big bike challenge? If so I would be willing to ride this! No T-shirt required even.
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Old 08-17-2012, 05:32 AM   #6452
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The route we took went through Featherville to the South Fork, a direction now closed for the Trinity Ridge fire.
Gotcha..... I was focused only on the Boulder Basin area....... Good ride ...... Thx for taking the time to publish the vids.
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Old 08-17-2012, 07:05 AM   #6453
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Would a 650 qualify for the big bike challenge? If so I would be willing to ride this! No T-shirt required even.
If not we will load you up with extra gear.
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Old 08-17-2012, 05:27 PM   #6454
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If not we will load you up with extra gear.
Just shows that there is always options.
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:49 PM   #6455
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Big bike challenge? You know I'm in! Jason invited me to go, and I would have, but I've got a ton of stuff going on right now.
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:31 AM   #6456
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Hi from Louie Lake

Hi guys, sorry for the hijack-- This is our first summer in the McCall area, found Louie Lake one night after work this week after getting a hint from your past ride reports. I can't believe you got the big bikes up there!! Especially the last little section at the top -- there is a V-shaped section with a rut right down the middle and huge steps on either side. We had our little bikes (DR and XT), which was a piece of cake, but even a KLR would be a handful getting up there without some carnage. All I can say is my hat is off to you... wow!!

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Old 08-19-2012, 10:43 AM   #6457
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That is a wonderful place, indeed. Glad you found it. Ya, the 650+ bikes are quite a handful to get them into the lake, but well worth the trip!

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Hi guys, sorry for the hijack-- This is our first summer in the McCall area, found Louie Lake one night after work this week after getting a hint from your past ride reports. I can't believe you got the big bikes up there!! Especially the last little section at the top -- there is a V-shaped section with a rut right down the middle and huge steps on either side. We had our little bikes (DR and XT), which was a piece of cake, but even a KLR would be a handful getting up there without some carnage. All I can say is my hat is off to you... wow!!

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Old 08-19-2012, 11:06 AM   #6458
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Got to get out with Heath this weekend, for a single-track and hot spring weekend. My DR was in the shop, so I swiped dad's XT225, which is right at home in this stuff. The nice thing about the Giant Loop, it it'll go right from my DR to another bike... it about 60 seconds. So, we loaded up our gear and headed out.








There were a lot of downed trees to get around... but we made it work.











Threw up our 'camp' (anyone who's ridden with Heath, knows to travel light) at the end of the trail, and got our hot spring gear ready to roll.




Lots of great hot springs in the area...







But the best one is tucked away in the back...



Had to move the piping around a bit... but it heated up the deep pool in a real hurry.




There's so much hot water coming off the springs, it makes the stream luke-warm and gives it a green bottom.




We went to bed LATE, and woke up late. It was lovely. The next morning, though, the winds had shifted, and put all the Pine/Featherville smoke in the valley we were in.




None the less, we had a great 2nd day of riding as well.








The night before, Heath and I were having a good laugh remembering how Thane buried his 690 trying to get it through this meadow (2 years ago, when I was feeling like a fool for taking my 650 on this trail, we ran across Thane on his 690). He buried his bike so deep here, it took all 3 of us to get it out. Now, there's a bridge! Some group did a tremendous about of bridge work on trail this year. around 10 new bridges total.




















You'll want to be paying attention on this section. It would 'take you a while' to get your loaded Dual Sport back on the trail if you were to take a tumble here....








The washed-out section was looking a lot better this year!




This is how it looked, last time we came through...







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Old 08-19-2012, 11:54 AM   #6459
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Nice pics

Looks like you guy's relived some old times. A little skinny for my ride. Maybe I can track me down a used xt for a few $$$.
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Old 08-19-2012, 06:26 PM   #6460
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Nice to see

you two out and about







We haven't been riding much with all we have going on this summer but next year we will be set and ready to tag along if we can keep up.
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Old 08-21-2012, 09:32 AM   #6461
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Recommended second bike for Idaho

Sorry for the slightly off-topic post. I just sold my VStrom 650 and am out looking for my next bikes.

I'm planning on a R1100GS, R1150GS, 950 Adventure, or road type bike for my main bike. It will need to handle a fairly regular 50 mile commutes on the freeway and I'd like it to handle some basic dirt and fire roads.

I'm also planning on picking up a second bike. I'd was originally planning on something I can throw in the back of the truck and go riding with my son as he is getting a bike and will be learning to ride a motorcycle, he's had atv's in the past. Since I'm looking at a second bike, I was thinking maybe it make sense to look for something I can use for dual sporting when my other ride is just too big. Something that could handle some two lane asphalt but would be good on a single track here in Idaho, I'm in Nampa, or pack in the trailer when we go camping.

My question is, I was originally planning on a two-stroke, KDX200, KTM 250 EXC or like, or YZ250 that had been modifed for the woods. Now that I'm thinking more about dual sporting it. I'm wondering if I should be looking towards a 250-450cc four stroke, XR, DR350, DRZ, TTR, XT, KTM EXC, WR250F, KLX. Air cooled bikes sound like they are bit more bulletproof, the liquid cooled ones are going to be more work. The two strokes are still an option and I think they can be plated her in Idaho pretty easy. I'm 6' about 210 lbs, more with gear.

Any recommendations for second bike that would be good here in Idaho , unfortunately my budget is $1500-$2000, closer to $1500.
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Old 08-21-2012, 11:57 AM   #6462
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Sorry for the slightly off-topic post. I just sold my VStrom 650 and am out looking for my next bikes.

I'm planning on a R1100GS, R1150GS, 950 Adventure, or road type bike for my main bike. It will need to handle a fairly regular 50 mile commutes on the freeway and I'd like it to handle some basic dirt and fire roads.

I'm also planning on picking up a second bike. I'd was originally planning on something I can throw in the back of the truck and go riding with my son as he is getting a bike and will be learning to ride a motorcycle, he's had atv's in the past. Since I'm looking at a second bike, I was thinking maybe it make sense to look for something I can use for dual sporting when my other ride is just too big. Something that could handle some two lane asphalt but would be good on a single track here in Idaho, I'm in Nampa, or pack in the trailer when we go camping.

My question is, I was originally planning on a two-stroke, KDX200, KTM 250 EXC or like, or YZ250 that had been modifed for the woods. Now that I'm thinking more about dual sporting it. I'm wondering if I should be looking towards a 250-450cc four stroke, XR, DR350, DRZ, TTR, XT, KTM EXC, WR250F, KLX. Air cooled bikes sound like they are bit more bulletproof, the liquid cooled ones are going to be more work. The two strokes are still an option and I think they can be plated her in Idaho pretty easy. I'm 6' about 210 lbs, more with gear.

Any recommendations for second bike that would be good here in Idaho , unfortunately my budget is $1500-$2000, closer to $1500.
My plated DRZ E fits that bill perfectly............
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Old 08-21-2012, 03:46 PM   #6463
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My plated DRZ E fits that bill perfectly............
Told ya.. You want to sell it to him for $2k as a second bike If you do, and he won't take it I will!
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:26 AM   #6464
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Uploads are finished. I kept them to 90 seconds to fit within Flickr limits. Here are a couple more for flavor. Later ones show the beauty of the basin. They're all here: http://www.youtube.com/user/trailimage/videos.
Got about sixty pictures showing the prettier bits of our trip. It's been a busy year so I'm just gonna give you the links. I'll get back to full posts here when people stop getting married, visiting us, making us travel Pick your poison (same pics, same text):
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:27 AM   #6465
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Great pics and commentary Jason.
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