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Old 09-15-2013, 10:27 AM   #1
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Got DRZ !!!

1.Intro - http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....11&postcount=1

2. ADV #1 Cheese Trail http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....21&postcount=2

3.ADV #2 Bong Trail http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....51&postcount=3

4.ADV #3 Freeport and Cheese Trail http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....90&postcount=4

5.ADV #4 Badlands http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....98&postcount=5

6.ADV #5 NWAT http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....48&postcount=6

7.ADV # 6 2014 MOAB UTAH http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....2&postcount=34




What a better way is out there, to describe my new love affair , than a small ride report with all my latest adventures on my new to me DRZ . After few years riding my 650's BMW's I decided to buy something smaller for a little more aggressive off-road . Still own both BMW's and still much in love with both .
Last year in August I bought a 2007 DRZ with 5k from Metropolis Illinois from a fellow BMW 650 owner . Used as commuter , the bike was in mint shape and mechanically sound . With the same occasion I had visited St Louis and Shawnee National Forest .














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Old 09-15-2013, 11:06 AM   #2
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Adv # 1

My number 1 adventure came in late September as in the beginning of the month I was finishing TAT on my GS 650 . What a blast and a full ride report can be seen at http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=828514 . Since I live in Chicago , the closest place where I can have some fun is Wisconsin . Therefore I went to Cheese Trail , a stretch of 60 miles from Monroe to Mineral Point WI . Light off-road and good scenery , except some of the ATV trails that I have ignored the DO NOT ENTER sign and crashed .
















and I broke the fender along with the subframe














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Old 09-15-2013, 03:18 PM   #3
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Next one was at Bong Trail in WI - nothing spectacular ! This time I changed tires with a set of T63's .











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Old 09-16-2013, 02:32 PM   #4
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Another trip at Cheese Trail and some single track at my buddy's farm .

















My friend Dragos on his DR 650






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Old 09-16-2013, 03:02 PM   #5
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Adv # 4 summer 2013

After the last ride I needed to to few improvements on the bike . Stock parts are very week and few things got bent or broken - bars , cracked engine cover , subframe and tail light . Saved some money and bought few accessories for it - Wolfman tank bag and rear racks , case savers , Yoshimura exhaust , 4 gallon gas tank , skid plate , seat , fat-bars , hand-guards and a pelican case with rotopax gas can . The bike looks much better and I can do a little more than just trails . To see how it handles I went to Attica Indiana , Badlands Off-Road Park - my old nemesis . Here is where I destroyed my 650's GS engine as I had it submerged under mucky waters . If you not familiar with it this park can be a pain in the buns - plenty of sand and mud !




























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Old 09-18-2013, 01:33 PM   #6
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Adv #5 fall 2013 Northern Wisconsin Adventure Trail -SOLO

My latest adventure just wrapped two weeks ago with a great ride trough Chequamegon NF in Northern Wisconsin . Created by our fellow inmate Cannonshot this ride rocks and more infos about it , including GPS files can be found here http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=792871 .

a quick preview for now until I have some more time to work on it


















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Adv #5 fall 2013 Northern Wisconsin Adventure Trail -SOLO

Day #1

I did well this day ! 300 miles on pavement , 70 miles on NWAT and a flat tire two miles away from home . Luckily my GF was able to bring my lift for a smooth repair .





















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Great report Cat:)

As usual, sorry I could not join you in WI...but there is always a next time. And thanks for including me in your pics:)
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Just wondering but what do you use for a camera? Just a small point and shoot? I'm looking for a new camera and your pics look very crisp with good color. Thanks!
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I am using a five year old Sony Cyber-Shot 7.2 mega-pixels . It's small and dose OK for most of the time . Thank You




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Old 09-20-2013, 02:25 PM   #11
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Indeed , next year I'll do it again . Possibly on my 650 GS to add some more challenge to it . Thanks


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As usual, sorry I could not join you in WI...but there is always a next time. And thanks for including me in your pics:)

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Adv #5 fall 2013 Northern Wisconsin Adventure Trail -SOLO

Day #2

Second day on the trail was a little difficult ! Just tired from the day before and lack of sleep . Great weather , some obstacles along the way and a nice Buffalo farm that I came across .




































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Adv #5 fall 2013 Northern Wisconsin Adventure Trail -SOLO

Day #3


About this day !!! Lot's of wildlife and Valhalla Trail ! Tried twice to go over that hill with no luck . The sand is so deep and that hill is just long and steep . Enjoy !!!




























I believe that is a bear paw !!!









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I was happy to see pictures from the Bong recreation area. I have ridden at Bong several times in the past (early 90s) and had a great time.

You should try the Black River Falls trail system. Somewhat sandy, but a lot of fun!

Congrats on the DRZ.

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Old 09-21-2013, 11:08 AM   #15
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Good to see you out on the NWAT. Looks like you had a blast! Seems like you are really enjoying that DRZ.
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