2012 West Coast Discovery

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DockingPilot, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. byways

    byways byways

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    Hmm ... the way you guys ride through the wild all day, then wrap up at such appealing lodgings. Looks like the perfect vacation mix.
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  2. DougZ73

    DougZ73 Fading off.........

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    Nice RR Frank..looking forward to more. Can't wait till I'm at the age and financial ability, to do trips like this. :wink: Saw your link on the GSMD thread. :clap
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  3. byways

    byways byways

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    I'll give a nod to the Touratech-USA BDR team. They do work hard to compile these routes ... a labor of love.
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  4. johnpitts01

    johnpitts01 Long timer

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    I bought the WR used from a friend of Bruce's who is (was) an enduro rider. Let's say he is a man who is a veteran (older than me).

    The bike when I bought it was already ideally modified. The suspension was reworked by WER suspension in New Jersey. The suspension on this bike is phenomenal. I dont know what to say other than it just works.

    Lowering link
    Skid plate
    Aftermarket FMF muffler
    Power Programmer
    Aftermarket bars
    Aftermarket mini turn signals
    Bashplate

    I added:
    Oversize fuel tank
    New fuel pump
    Wolfman racks
    Ortliebs bags
    Yamaha rear rack
    GPS with TT mount

    Ran like a champ including the long ride from Seattle to Oroville at 70+mph on the highway.

    Only once on the trip at higher elevations on the highway did I have difficulty keeping up with the bigger bikes.

    The WR250 is an incredible machine. Just beat the pi55 out of it and it says "is that all you got, gimme more".
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  5. Nice_Rumble

    Nice_Rumble Long timer

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    Been waiting for this RR and owning a WR just makes it that more fun.:wave
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  6. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    :wave Hi Skip!
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  7. RhinoVonHawkrider

    RhinoVonHawkrider Long timer

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    Great Stuff & Awesome pics

    Must get WEST
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  8. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    We wake up after a nice sleep and consume the included breakfast at the Best Western.
    Then mount up and head out along the shore of Lake Chilean.
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    The road turn to dirt soon enough.
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    Right off the bat we are going to ride what Touratech calls "The Jungle" section of the WABCDR.
    Riding the route like we did, from north to south, would mean this would be an steep long incline for us. It's tight with vegetation and plenty of tight switchbacks, soft power sand with a baby head size rock or three, in the mix at these turns.
    Bruce and John already ahead I didn't want Mike to be taking the rear alone in case the GSA needed to be wrighted. There were no shipyards with dry docks for miles :lol3
    So when I caught him flushing out the morning breakfast right before we crossed into "the Jungle"
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    I waited.
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    After Mike lost a little weight in the porta potty, he blitzed ahead and I gave him a wide berth.
    The climb out of Lake Chilean was steep.
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    Slowly and steadily the route lifted us above Lake Chilean on a southerly course. The views were spectacular, the air was clean and the temps were dropping as we gained elevation.
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    And the trail would close in. Almost engulfing both rider and bike, all the while still rising at a good rate.
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    I was just amazed that I was not seeing Mike & his Panzer capsized on one the of tight sandy turns. Incredibly, he piloted the bike all the way to the top like it was a, well, a 650 ! :huh
    And there he is.
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    John already up there waiting our arrival.
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    I emerge
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    The big lake can still be seen.
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    We high five & take in the landscape
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    Bruce way out ahead, John and Mike start up and continue.
    I would sit down, alone, with no rush to be anywhere.
    I just took in the moment.
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  9. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    I mount up and move on taking the tail gunner position.
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    Excellent trail lie ahead
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    The WR threading it's way through the Cascades
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    We would leap frog each other throughout most of the day. Each of us had the routed loaded in the our GPS units, so there was no need to eat each others dust or stick close together. You stopped when ever you had the urge too. Got back on at will. Makes for a nice relaxed, unhurried ride.

    Here's Brucee just sitting back taking it easy.
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    In and out of what appeared to be old burns. Sometime lush green....
    sometimes not.
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    Now I must say, bike traffic on the WABDR was surprisingly busy. We are not used to this on our trips. But it was Labor Day weekend.
    We stopped for lunch in Ardenvoir before we took on Moe Ridge. The Uptown Cafe getting an obvious economic boost from the WABCDR :lol3
    All these riders however were riding the route south to north.
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    After lunch.
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    Ellensburg was are stop tonight. We had some ground to cover.
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    Again, spectacular riding.
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    A regroup and ear plug pull session(Bruce :lol3)
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  10. Ride Now

    Ride Now Graybeard

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    Really diggin' your ride report; great pics! :D Just one little correction about this town ^; it's called Lake Chelan. :deal

    http://www.lakechelan.com/

    Now back to our regularly scheduled programming. :clap :lol3
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  11. byways

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    Man, not a wildfire as far as the eye can see ... which was darned far for you guys. Love the photography.
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  12. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Hi Frank! Looks like another excellent ride! The pictures are great. Looking forward to more. Was the DR 650 the right choice for this one?
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  13. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    :waysad
    Forgive my spelling. And trust me I'm sure I'm not done butchering your states landmarks, strictly out of ignorence
    :lol3
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  14. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Absolutley for me it was Bry. I continue to love that bike to death.
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  15. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Wildfires.
    Well, yes there was the Tailor, oops there I go again :lol3, Taylor Bridge fire that had us worried it would cut us off from Ellensburg. But the great USFS had it under control by that time.
    There were many though! It seamed our timing was not only good with the weather but also with wildfires.
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  16. johnpitts01

    johnpitts01 Long timer

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    There have been a couple of mentions of the wild fires.

    Maybe even more amazing than the great weather was how we managed to avoid the fires. There were fires in some of the areas where we rode in the weeks prior to our arrival. And a significant fire in the weeks just after we rode through that completely closed some of the sections of the WABDR.
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  17. Nice_Rumble

    Nice_Rumble Long timer

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    Bruce still has his state of Maine ATV Off-Road sticker on the back of his helmet. Ha, ha!
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  18. Nice_Rumble

    Nice_Rumble Long timer

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    Did you sell your 800 GS?
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  19. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    I did skip.


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  20. Honkey Cat

    Honkey Cat Tailights Fade!

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    In like flynn
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