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View Results: Rate the White Rim Trail for Difficulty.
1 2 15.38%
2 3 23.08%
3 6 46.15%
4 0 0%
5 1 7.69%
6 1 7.69%
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Old 07-22-2014, 07:59 PM   #1
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Have you ridden The White Rim Trail Moab?

If you have been to Moab and have ridden The White Rim Trail on a 650 or larger, tell me how hard you think it is. Think about the whole ride, not just the hardest or easiest parts. This rating would be in relation to anything else you have ridden anywhere on your 650+.

On a scale of one to six, one being a straight forward gravel road and six being the gnarliest thing you think you could ride on your 650+ tell me your rating by participating in this poll.
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Old 07-22-2014, 08:22 PM   #2
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Rode it on a stock 08 KLR 650 with stock tires. Not all that hard at all. Beautiful and worthwhile.
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Old 07-22-2014, 08:54 PM   #3
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3 of us on GS's and one on a 950 KTM

about 10 hrs to do it all. all fun!
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Old 07-22-2014, 09:06 PM   #4
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what a great ride it is. I've done it a couple times, once on a loaded super enduro and once on a 450. Not particularly technical IF the weather doesn't turn sour. I imagine the dirt would pack up on you if it was muddy. Sand in some spots that can be tricky if it is too dry. Take plenty of water and be prepared for it to take longer than you think due to photo ops and such.

Started around on one of the trips at about 3pm. Wasn't the smartest move as about 3 hours of it was after dark. Made the trail hard to follow but what a sky!

from last year.

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Old 07-22-2014, 10:36 PM   #5
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A buddy and I did it this June. I was riding an old 640 LC4 and my buddy on a 690 LC4. Maybe a 2.5 on your scale. There are a few rocky climbs and a short stream crossing when we rode it. Beautiful country. Bring lots of water because it's hot and there's not much shade. Well worth the trip. Air down but not too much because the rocks are sharp.

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Old 07-23-2014, 10:06 AM   #6
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The only difficult thing about the WRT on a bigger bike is the sand. Learn to navigate that with some confidence and it will be enjoyable.

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Old Yesterday, 07:41 AM   #7
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I did it on a 525, and I would rate it a 1.
If I had been on the KLR I would still rate it a 1, but I would go a little bit slower to avoid breaking my wheels on things.

Originally Posted by kennyh View Post
from last year.

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Old Yesterday, 11:44 AM   #8
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The only difficult thing about the WRT on a bigger bike is the sand. Learn to navigate that with some confidence and it will be enjoyable.

This is key.

It is also a difficult one to answer. I've ridden Moab and the greater Moab area for 20+ years now, usually 2-3 times each Spring and Fall (and even a one day trip from Denver in the winter, 12 hours driving, 5 hours riding) Although my ride of choice is my KTM 453 as opposed to the big bike.

The thing about the area and whether you'll find the trail easy or hard has a lot to do with your experience level and your confidence with the following:

1. Sand: There is quite a bit of it, and even people that have ridden for years and are very confident otherwise can have issues if you don't have sand riding experience.

2. Momentum: This is uber important in the Moab area. While less of a problem on WR, much of the area has a lot of sand/rock/sand transitions and a lot of ledges. 95% of the time a little "mo" will carry you right up/over most of the challenges of the region, even on a big bike. But so many riders never have the experience of this type of terrain, and there can be a mental hurdle to get over. See minute 2:11 in the video above. From experience, trusting your equipment and rolling down spots like that is key, but it's easier said than done when your brain is saying "NO!" (and when your riding a $15k bike :)

3. Heat/stamina: I don't consider WR to be a difficult trail, it is as much about WHERE you are riding as opposed to what you are riding. But in Moab, it is so dry and can be so hot, people coming from lower elevations with more humidity, it can really take it's toll. Riding 100+ miles along a trail with sand/rocks etc.... in 85+ degree heat with 15% humidity can up the challenge.
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Old Yesterday, 01:37 PM   #9
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Guess I can't vote, but here's my $0.02 as I have ridden it on my KLX300. Wish I had a bigger bike. 650 would be perfect. Mostly for the length, but also lots of easy stretches between the few difficult ones. My KTM 950 would probably make it a 4, but I haven't done that yet.
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