2014 Best of Montana 1000

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Timmer, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. Stovebolt

    Stovebolt Team Ruptured Buzzard

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    Wow - Mikrow; where have you been? It's good to hear you chime in. We've lost touch since riding together on the inaugural MT1K. I hope you will make it up for this ride and if you do I hope you will get in touch with me. It would be good to see ya and if you pass through my AO en route, I'd be glad to host you on your way to and fro.

    Timmer, I'm glad you are on the mend and ready to prowl. The WR will be a fun bike and easy to manage, yes? Have a great time...

    Wansfel, you are a planning and riding rascal... A "Professional Adventure Rider!" I hope I can do this ride, but if not, I hope we will do something else over the course of this next riding season. I'll take the drive and head north this time...

    Everybody will be in excellent hands with Timmer, Wansfel, MoondogMT, JimmyZ... these are fine Montana resources, to be sure.

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    All the best,

    Stovey
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  2. sorebutt

    sorebutt Long timer

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    1700 miles is only a little over 200 miles a day. That isn't too bad, especially if there is some pavement involved.
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  3. bigskydrift

    bigskydrift dual sport hooligan

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  4. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50+ yrs on 2 wheels

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    I'll revisit the "east" routes. Certainly not mandatory for anyone to ride over 7 days. We've always had people come and go as they please and personal schedule permits. BUT, it still gets hot in that part of the state in July.

    Of course it could also be a ride of its own in say later June.
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  5. Stinky

    Stinky Team Hematoma

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    Mikrow, Stovey, and Olyrider! Long time fellas, long time... I'm 3 for 4 on the MT rides now and have missed you guys. I am gonna have to miss this one. Mrs. Stinky and I are heading further east this year to adventure some new ground.

    We had a great time last year with Ron leading the parade. Ron is the ultimate tour master! He'll do you guys right. Hope you boys have a splendid time. I'll be watching the thread for good ideas on our way east.
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  6. missoulamike

    missoulamike Been here awhile

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    If I remember correctly, the route up Graves Creek through the Twochuck was a scenic route to the N Fork from Eureka way but that's a memory from 20 years ago now! Need to revisit the map to make sure. Bowman Lake is beautiful too but more traveled. If headed toward east glacier, good cut across from there on dirt over toward the paved browning/heart butte cut across. Bet you two are having fun with this! :)
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  7. Stovebolt

    Stovebolt Team Ruptured Buzzard

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    Hi Rod!

    I had the pleasure and privilege of riding with Wansfel last Fall and you are right - he's an Ace. Good man to ride the river with, for sure. Want to ride this one if I can. Taking measures to clear ground on the 2014 schedule and I'm hoping for the best!

    Sorry you will miss this one but catch you maybe on the next?

    You still on the KTM 450 or back on a bigger bike again? Or both?

    Stovey
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  8. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50+ yrs on 2 wheels

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    Stovey, Stinky...You guys are just too sweet.:poser
    Enough BS already!:topes Stinky, If you want, I will route to you a route out in the middle lands should you desire regardless of where the BOM wanders in the end.

    Mike, Too close for comfort. Drug a camp trailer E to W on the route you mention with a '77 Bronco - last year of the originals. Only hope it is still as great as my memory (1978). Not a place I want to primitive camp...too many griz, but super ride through. (And great fishing as I recall!)
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  9. mikrow

    mikrow Wanna see my snare?

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    Hey Stovey!

    Great to hear from you. I'll definately try and make this one, and if I do I'll be in touch for sure.

    Headed to Big Bend state park in a week or two, then going to slowly make my way north. Woo!


    Cheers! :freaky

    Mikrow


    PS: Hey Rod, cheers to you too and hope to run into you some time!
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  10. Stinky

    Stinky Team Hematoma

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    Stovey- did a little downsizing last year and sold the 450. I'm back on the Adventure Pig (GSA). Sure do miss the 450 but work was keeping me too busy to use it the way it should be used. I loved that thing...

    Wansfel- any suggestions you have running east out around the Breaks would be most appreciated. That's brand new territory for me.
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  11. missoulamike

    missoulamike Been here awhile

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    Is my Vstrom 1000 going to be too big a bike for this adventure? I know it rides a bit higher than I'd like on dirt roads, but . . .

    I could always take my early 60's Moped, but at 23 mph tops I might lag a bit behind the rest of you even though I'm sure I'd outclass all of you with my wire baskets and the old fashioned bicycle/spring seat. :)
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  12. bigskydrift

    bigskydrift dual sport hooligan

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    my weestrom is going, I think other than engine size, the rest is very similar. I think they will be fine-
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  13. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50+ yrs on 2 wheels

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    The big V should be ok. Shouldn't be anything much rougher than the LOLO Motorway as an example. Couldn't have the moped showing up the old KLR anyway.
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  14. missoulamike

    missoulamike Been here awhile

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    Sparky the moped will be glad to hear that. He kinda likes the semi-retired life.
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  15. Kinsman

    Kinsman Ribs....for her pleasure

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    I'm all for avoiding shadeless infernos at that time of year.
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  16. Watercat

    Watercat . . . gravity sucks

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    I had my Big Strom along last year and it was a blast ! ! ! ! !:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap :D



    :1drink
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  17. DirtyPatches

    DirtyPatches Been here awhile

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    Already requesting time off work. Hoping I won't miss it this year!

    Slowly accumulating gear, wondering if the some seasoned riders have any tips? KLR specific, tools/ gear/ ect?:y0! Spring semester starts today but still seem more interested in moto touring planning....
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  18. sorebutt

    sorebutt Long timer

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    One thing you don't want to forget on a KLR is a milk crate bungied to the back. :evil

    Most work on the bike is before you start. All you need to carry is flat repair and basic tools to fix anything that comes loose. A few extra bolts and screws are good to have. A master link is handy if you break a chain.

    Go as light as possible with your peersonal and camp gear.
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  19. Kinsman

    Kinsman Ribs....for her pleasure

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    Go light but bring what you need!

    Tools
    Flashlight
    Tent/bag/pad
    Stove
    Water filter/storage

    You can carry more but you won't have as much fun riding if you take too much.
    Whatever you take, practice packing/unpacking before you leave.
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  20. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50+ yrs on 2 wheels

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    Tools, the regular factory set, but I never get into them. In my tool tube, I carry a large crescent wrench large enough to handle the axle nuts and sprocket nut. Also a small 1/8 drive set of sockets and a multi-allen wrench tool. A few spare nuts & bolts, baling wire, duct tape, master clip, multi screw driver, and J-B Weld. Leatherman or similar on your belt. When your KLR foot pegs strip their nuts/bolts, you will understand the bailing wire (and wire stolen from farmer John's fence with your Leatherman). Spare fuses (don't forget the fan fuse under the right front fairing panel.) I also carry a compact volt/ohm/meter.

    If you backpack, you're probably set up for camping gear/cooking. Compact and light weight is the key, but don't scrimp at the expense of comfort. I use a hammock which can be ground set if necessary. It consist of the hammock, a separate fly and bug net system. I've seen everything from bivy sacks/bags to tents you can park your BMW in. Its mostly BMW people who use that type.

    I use a 0-deg bag, but its overkill for most summer work, but a plus in early June and September. A compression sack goes a long way to compacting a bit big bag. I use an old Thermarest not only for the ground, but needed for lower insulation for hammock camping. I carry a collapsible hiking stick for a ground level support when not trees. Also worked well as a cane/crutch for a co-rider who rode a week with a broken ankle last fall.

    I use a white gas stove. I see a lot of the canister gas stoves, though and have one I have tried. Canisters need to be kept in your sleeping bag if the temp is close to freezing. A can of PAM helps and also works as a tire lube and especially for bears. (Sprayed on your buddies back when not looking and around his tent - especially butter flavored). I don't do much freeze dried. Tend to pick up eggs every day for breakfast, dehydrated hash browns, cheese sauce. instant coffee. The dry noodle dinners of various sorts for dinner along with the small cans of chicken, tuna, or beef as an add-in. Lunches - usually a lunch bar etc. Been known to pick up corn on the cob and baking potatoes if a campfire is available. (Don't forget some aluminum foil folded up).

    We usually have lunch opportunities on long route rides like the BOM and occasionally breakfast opportunities. I pick up water when gassing or lunch, but carry a water pump/filter. Carry a small back pack with a hydration bag - drink as you ride to stay well hydrated.

    I wear only light nylon pants and black or blue synthetic first layers that can serve as swimming trunks. Only one or two extra sets, but maybe 3 or 4 pairs of socks. Synthetics dry off quickly. I've been known to wash everything I'm wearing while I'm wearing it and drive dry. AND of course ATGATT outerwear. I use shin/knee guard as well. Spare pair of gloves for when you loose one glove.

    I find a small can of Fabreeze is a God-send. Clothes bag, sleeping bag, tent, and of course, boots. Bio-degradable soap for dishes etc. A couple of smaller microfiber towels. Plane old handkerchief. Light water shoes for around camp. I also carry a Joey Chair, but if your ride a BMW, you have to have a Kermit Chair.

    You live close by. Feel free to PM me and stop by some time to chat.
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