2011 CT to OR and back

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Airvent, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. Airvent

    Airvent Been here awhile

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    I'm planning a trip from CT to OR and back this June on my DR350. Going to interstate it on RT70 to Colorado and try and hook up with the TAT/create my own route from there. This will be my first long distance trip on a motorcycle.

    I will be camping exclusively as my budget is very minimal. I'm no stranger to camping and enjoy it, even in the rain. Ive read dozens of RR and Jamie Z's way of traveling (good readin!).

    My plan is to create a basic route and sites I'd like to see and wing it from there. Find camping, make friends and create my own adventure on the road.

    Any advice / tips for a new adventurer ? :ear
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  2. leonphelps

    leonphelps TAT/Prudhoe Bay

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    Waterford CT
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  3. leonphelps

    leonphelps TAT/Prudhoe Bay

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  4. Airvent

    Airvent Been here awhile

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    Oddometer:
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    Location:
    Oxford, Connecticut
    Here's my luggage set up!

    The original mounting design was taken from MadChap. My platform is a large cutting board with brackets underneath to lock it in place. I have one big hose clamp that pulls the rack forward and locks it in. It only takes about 30 secs for the whole platform and saddlebag assembly to be removed/installed.
    Total cost
    Moose Expedition Bags - $99
    2x Cutting Boards - $14
    8in right angle brackets - $12
    Hardware/Hoseclamps - Free

    $125

    Bags feel real sturdy and the HDPE cutting board is a great material to use. Its durable, lightweight, inexpensive and was easy to work with.

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  5. Airvent

    Airvent Been here awhile

    Joined:
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    Oddometer:
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    Location:
    Oxford, Connecticut
    As far as bike maintenance goes, Everything is going to be taken care of before I leave. The one catch is that the bike already has almost 20k miles. My biggest fear is the engine grenading 1500 miles away and having to sell it for 150 bucks and buy a bus ticket home. Shes been well taken care of, but ridden hard. I used to fear about the counter balance pin issue, but with over 19k logged, I figured it would of backed out by now. But anyway :puke1

    List of maintenance/mods

    • AllBalls rear bearings installed last night.
    • Valves will be checked (have yet to adjust them, they have never gone out of spec!)
    • Oil/Filter changed
    • New chain/Sprockets installed this Feb (2500MI on them now)
    • New spark plug
    • Clean oiled air filter
    • Tall seat foam
    • Acerbis 4.25gal Tank
    • Agi-Tooltube
    • DR650 Footpegs
    • Protaper Bars
    • AquaBox Ram mounted Cellphone GPS (android backcountry nav) Hardwired
    Total Mileage is going to be around 7500.
    I will be carrying lots of expendable parts also.

    • Tubes 21" and 18"
    • New Sparkplug
    • 3 Oilfilters
    • 1 Clean/oiled airfilter
    • Masterlink
    • Zipties
    • Hoseclamps
    • Electrical and duct tape
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    I'll be starting this journey July 1st. Ive talked to a bunch of nice folks over on the Tentspace thread that have generously granted access to their properies, Thanks everyone! Hopefully that will break up the camping schedule a bit. Id like to spend most of my time exploring CO, UT, NV and OR. I hope to get to CO in under 4-5 days ~425mi per day hopefully. I'd like to be home by Aug 1st. Because that's when the money runs out !

    Well I'm done for now, Thanks for reading
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  6. NoShock

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    Sounds like one cool adventure. Good luck
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  7. leonphelps

    leonphelps TAT/Prudhoe Bay

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    Maybe we wil bump into each other on your way back. I am taking Route 2 across Montana, looks like a nice route that will swing through glacier national park.
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  8. Airvent

    Airvent Been here awhile

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    Route 2 does look very nice. Probably a better ride then Interstate 90 :lol3 What dates do you plan on riding through MT?

    Also just bought set of chain, sprockets and rollers. Looked at the maintenance log and my "new" set from this February already has over 5k miles.
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    leonphelps TAT/Prudhoe Bay

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    Around the end of June to the first week of july I should be back in the states.
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  10. Flashmo

    Flashmo Whatever...

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    Out west, check up on the "Trespassing Law" for each state, they are all a bit different. If the land does not fit the Law, camping is ok.

    Examples:

    Idaho: It is considered trespassing if the land is marked "no trespassing" or has an orange fence post every 600 feet and at every logical entrance, or is cultivated (CRP included). You can plop down your tent pretty easy here.

    Washington: You are responsible to know the land ownership and have permission to use the land, posted or not.

    There is also much state/fed land in all the states out here.

    Have fun!
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  11. Airvent

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    I going to try to camp on BLM areas as much as possible. From what I hear its free and legal. Does anyone have a map that highlights these BLM/fed lands?

    Most of my stealth "camping" will be throwing a green tarp over me and the bike and rolling out a sleeping bag. If someone wants me gone, I'll be gone.

    Leon - I hope you're having a great trip! Looks like Ill be traveling though MT around the 25th of July. Doesn't look like I'll have the honor of bumping into you.
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  12. Capt. REDBEARD

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    I've taken 2 from Idaho to Michigan - great route!
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  13. scarysharkface

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    I kind of can't believe I hadn't seen this thread before now.

    I plan to do somewhat of the same thing from Terre Haute, Indiana, to Bend, Oregon, in September on a DR350 (dirt model - kickstart).

    If were were going to be home, I'd suggest you overnight at our place 10 miles off I-70 on the Indiana/Illinois state line, but we're planning to be out West in the Jeep at that time.

    I like your luggage setup.

    Are you planning to replace your knobbies at some point along the way, or just seeing how they wear and playing it by ear?

    I'm eager to follow your progress!

    John
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  14. Airvent

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    My plan with the tires is to carry new a rear tire to Colorado and right before I leave put on a new old stock dunlop603f (stocker on a KLX250) front tire and ride the highway to Colorado on my current rear tire. When I arrive at CO Ill throw on the brand new Shinko244 at the most convenient stop. I'm confident the front tire will last the entire trip ~7000 miles. After I get out of Oregon I'm going to be slabbing it the rest of the way so I'm not too worried about riding the Shinko down to the carcass ~4500mi.

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  15. scarysharkface

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    That sounds like a reasonable plan. :thumb

    I'm running D606's right now, and like the thought of shipping a new set forward to someplace in Oregon. Depending upon how the soon-to-arrive luggage fits (GiantLoop Coyote bag), I may do what you're doing (or some variation) instead.

    The thought of having fresh knobbies when I get there has great appeal.

    John
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  16. Airvent

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    That was my thought exactly - Fresh tires for when I need them most. Ill be doing most of my deep off road excursions in Colorado and Utah. I'm really excited to see how different the terrain is out there.

    After a few mile leg of technical single track in the northeast, there's always a quote I hear right afterwards. "If we can ride this, We can ride anywhere!" I'm looking forward to seeing how that quote holds up in the Rockies. :lol3

    Anyway, Here's a shot of all the luggage and other crap I'm bringing. Anyone have any tips on what kind of straps or tie downs should be used?
    I hear that bungees will fail, but they seem to work so well!

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    That looks like too much crap :uhoh
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  17. toolhorder

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    Does look like a lot, but it adds up fast.

    I'm using Helen 2 Wheels straps and I like them a lot. I thought about using my kayak straps for my trip until I ran into a deal on the H2W stuff. I figure they held a kayak on my car for 2 months at freeway speeds, should hold a sleeping bag on. I've always had stuff shift when using bungies, unless you speghetti it on and then you're dealing with a bajjillion straps every time you need something.

    What are you going to do when (not if, when) it rains? Are those bags water resistant/proof-ish? As long as you can strap it on there and the bike handles and your stuff is safe and dry.......run it.
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  18. scarysharkface

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    Avoid bungee cords like the plague. They will stretch and fail.

    I picked up four 1" wide flat cam-straps from a BMW dealer in Detroit several years back for a couple bucks each, and those things are great. I can cinch my load down and they don't stretch. Ride for a few miles and re-cinch to compensate for stuff settling into place, and then it's good to go.

    Here I'm using them to strap my gas can and tool roll to the bike..

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    They're definitely the way to go, imho..

    John
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  19. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Truffle

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    Better pic of the camlock straps:

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    No hooks to fiddle/fuss with. Just strap stuff down.

    John
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  20. Airvent

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    As far as rain goes, I got an Alpinestars 2pc rain suit. The bags are water resistant-ish. I'm still going to keep my clothes in a trash bag inside just to be safe.

    OK - No bungees :D

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    Parts pile

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