2012 UT/ID/OR 2300mi 11d Outback Ride via UTBDR, T2, OBDR

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by dvwalker, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. Happycamper

    Happycamper Have bikes, will travel

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    Appreciate the time you took to put this together.:clap This report makes me want to pack up and move out west :D
  2. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    Just read the whole thing from start to finish in one sitting------really enjoyed it.

    It was obvious to me that you guys were in tune with each others riding.
    Sometimes hard to find a good riding partner.

    So nice to see some old places I've been and some new ones. Really nice to follow along with the gps file and I snagged a few interesting waypoints for future use :D:D:D:D:D

    Glad you made it with no mechanicals on 2 bikes that are prone to fuel pump problems. It's just not these bikes------so many bikes with fuel pump issues--------such a simple thing.

    Thanks a million

    Freezin' In Southern Illinois
  3. DingWeed

    DingWeed Been here awhile

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    :clap:clapGreat job!!!!........Fantastick track!!!

    Thanks for sharing!!!

    Scott
  4. UtahDirt

    UtahDirt What happened to the Sun?

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    Very nice report, many talk and dream, you did it. Whats next, other than gallbladder flush:evil
  5. BackCountryCruizer

    BackCountryCruizer Gnarled Adventurer

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    Dale's gallbladder is history. No flush, just removed!
    Next multi-day ride discussed is the new CoBDR. It looks like that may be the in the summer of 2014. 2013 will be more short rides around the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Or, trailer back to Moab to stay there for a few days and do several shorter day loops. The Moab area has some absolutely awesome scenery.
  6. UtahDirt

    UtahDirt What happened to the Sun?

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    Teach me to ask:huh My wife had similar symptoms on New Years eve, her gallbladder went in the trash today.
  7. Bhammer

    Bhammer Adventurer

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    Were you both happy with your bikes or do you both agree that a small bike like the 250 is better for this trip? Great report - thanks.
  8. BackCountryCruizer

    BackCountryCruizer Gnarled Adventurer

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    I was extremely happy with the way my 690 performed. The only place I could say that I might have wanted my 450EXC was riding into and out of Bruneau Canyon in southeastern Idaho. That was steep, rocky, hot and narrow in places. The most intense 6 or 7 miles of our entire 2300 mile ride.
  9. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    ditto - my wr250r (~320lb) was the perfect bike for my needs. My dirty bike (ktm 350exc) would not have been as comfortable and the extra clearance (or HP) really wasn't needed for the route. UTBDR is all doable on bigger (+400lb) dual sports.

    Only bike related issue encountered on the entire trip was the 690r ran out of gas just as we pulled into Green River, about 150 route miles from Moab. The factory gas tank on the 690r doesn't have great range.
  10. BackCountryCruizer

    BackCountryCruizer Gnarled Adventurer

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    That's why I carry a 1.8 gallon bladder. Just in case!