4 Day of Dirt - Breakin' in the new F800GS!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by dirtbound4Max, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. dirtbound4Max

    dirtbound4Max Hangin' 10 on the F8

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    To my ridin' buddies,
    Yes ~ I know this post is "WAY late and a few dollars short" but my first post nonetheless ~ So, enjoy and comment away!

    To all ADVRiders,
    A brief intro from me and then onto my post ~ Yes, I'm new here on ADVrider but I'm a lifetime rider (dirt, street, track, etc.) and I'm still "kickin it" at the right ole age of 41. As for my user name, I picked "DirtBound4Max" more as a creedo or solidification of the promise I made my son Max ~ that promise being this............slow the hell down and make sure you're around to teach him how to ride". Having been a serious pavement trasher (crotch rockets, choppers etc.) for the past 25 years, getting back to my roots in dirtbiking has been an eye opening experience. Needless to say, the new "Bar-Mounted GPS" makes the adventure portion a lot more palatable. Having been lost in more than a few countries (Mexico being the worst), I can tell you that a GPS will get you back on track WAY FASTER than some broken Spanish and few hundred pesos (bad news story right there!!!!).

    ANYWAY, thanks to everyone down at the BMW shop for getting me hooked up with my new F800GS! I absolutely love it and here are a few pictures to document it's first real trip........................

    Insert # 1 - Our Proposed Route ("proposed" as in "before reality kicked in"). I was using google maps to do this so it would only mark the route to the nearest "improved" road so bare with me here ~ the actual route was designed to keep us in the dirt throughout most of the trip. In most cases, the dirt roads or trails came very close to paralleling the routes shown on the map (deviation of plus or minus 20 Miles). Long story short, the trip was designed to take us from Colorado Springs to Woodland Park via Quray and Crested Butte (over Marshall Pass, Engineer Pass, Schofield Pass, Haggerman Pass, etc., etc..). All total, it would have ended up being somewhere in the tune of about 755 Miles with about 675 miles of that being in the dirt. Not too shabby for the 800's first trip out!
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    Well, after having tried the upload the rest of my photos using the "upload" button, I guess the photos don't fall within the magical 146KB size limit ~ any suggestions on the best way to scale them down????????????


    In the mean time ~ Dan (djaubs) oh buddy oh pal, can you help me out with a few photos???? Thanks Bud!
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  2. Hootowl

    Hootowl Long timer

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    You'll have to host the images somewhere else, then link to them using image tags.
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  3. dirtbound4Max

    dirtbound4Max Hangin' 10 on the F8

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    Hootow ~ Thanks for the advice on that. Who do you suggest as far as a host site? I've heard photobucket was a good one to use..............
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  4. JulzHW

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    Try photobucket.com
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  6. GB

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    Glad you got the pic issue figured out.. what a nice way to break in the new bike, congrats :thumb

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  7. dirtbound4Max

    dirtbound4Max Hangin' 10 on the F8

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    Day 0 - Preparation, Planning, and Packing

    <HR style="COLOR: #575757" SIZE=1><!-- / icon and title --><!-- message -->Now that I've figured out the whole "save all your photos into photobucket, copy the image link / paste it into your post" thing, I'll go ahead and start from the beginning of our trip (to keep it in a logical order : )).

    So ~ Day 0 was actually about 20 days worth of planning, 10 days worth of preparation, and 1 day of packing. Dan (djaubs) and I definitely had our own ideas of how to pack for this trip but in the end, we were both wrong and the lessons learned were invaluable. I learned that I need to pack a LOT LESS CRAP and he learned that he needs a MUCH smaller bike. To put it into perspective, I carried damn near my own weight in "Stuff" and he was riding a bike with a saddle height 2 inches larger / taller than his inseam. Neither of which are great combinations when it comes to crossing the back side of Schofield or Haggerman Pass. Need I say more....................

    Picture Set 1 - The Final Planning and Preliminary Packing / Load Plan Phase
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    Yep ~ I've got a TON of crap!
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    Dan did it RIGHT!
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  8. dirtbound4Max

    dirtbound4Max Hangin' 10 on the F8

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    Just wanted to throw this in here for S&Gs ~ My buddy Dan (Djaubs) is a Communications Guru and as such, came up with our Comms Plan. Great job by the way! We were in steady communication with every radio jockey on the planet!

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  10. Bike4Fun

    Bike4Fun Smooth IS Fast

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    Write it up nice with all the road numbers so I can do it this summer on my F800GS! :freaky
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  11. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    One good thing is that both of you started the trip with pre-dirtied bikes. And about the packing, yeah, the less the better. Looking forward to hear about the carnage.
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  12. DUC54

    DUC54 Giddy Up!!!

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    eyes wide open :eyes keep it coming!!!
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  13. dirtbound4Max

    dirtbound4Max Hangin' 10 on the F8

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    Bike4Fun,
    Roger that! I'll get with Dan-djaubs and we'll figure which roads / trails we actually ended up on, lengths of legs, etc. etc... Thanks for reading along....................Sean - Dirtbound4Max!
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  14. dirtbound4Max

    dirtbound4Max Hangin' 10 on the F8

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    Lion BR,
    Yeah, we're both daily bike commuters and as such, the bikes had some residual scruff on'em. Some of that may have also come from the trial run with the bags packed. I live directly across the street from an unofficial dirtbike "Riding Park" and we used it to check our loads. Unfortunately, the ride gave me a false sense of security with my load (126 pounds worth) and yep, you guessed it, I rode home and packed on some more ................DOH!!!!!!!!!
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  15. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    A R1200 on Schofield Pass!? :eek1

    This I gotta see.

    Also in regards to packing, repeat after me, "Less is more, less is more."
    Repeat ad nausium...
    Subscribed. :lurk

    Q~
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  16. roberts

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    :clap Thanks for the trip report. When I lived in Colorado Springs way back in '87 I rode my Honda XL600R all around there. Your F800GS will be the perfect bike for that area. I also have one, and I need to plan a trip up there on it.

    ...looking forward to the rest of your story.


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  17. dirtbound4Max

    dirtbound4Max Hangin' 10 on the F8

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    Questor,
    Yeah, as I'm sure you'll agree, those "Beasties" aren't the best at getting over or around on roads that are nothing but a boulder bed! The 800 and I made it down to the waterfall crossing point without a problem but the 1200 was a different story............more on that later.............pressing on.:pynd
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  18. dirtbound4Max

    dirtbound4Max Hangin' 10 on the F8

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    Roberts,
    Yep ~ You called it ~ This is definitely the bike for this area. I was also stationed here back in the early nineties and proudly riding a very tired but very dependable XR250R (90). GREAT bike for it's time and definitely worth ever hour of sweat equity I had in it. It never left me on the side of the road (or worse yet on a mountain pass) but it did leave me wanting a lot more out of an enduro bike..........as you'll probably be willing to attest, the 800 has filled that void!!!!!!! :nod
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  19. dirtbound4Max

    dirtbound4Max Hangin' 10 on the F8

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    The link up, check out, and breakfast.

    Originating out of Colorado Springs, my first leg (I-25 to HWY 24) was all pavement and not a bit too expeditious. As my buddy Dan has already pointed out, I got a warning ticket at the top side of Ute Pass (doing 78 in a 45). Good thing he was ex-military and was REALLY interested in my bike! :augie Anyway, yes, I arrived at Dan's place almost 30 minutes late but arrived "Un-Ticketed" nonetheless. So, here are a few pics to show the first leg of Day 1 - Green Mountain Falls to Guffey via Hwy 24, Teller 1, Route 9, and County Roads 12, 100, 98, 59, and Route 102. Arrived in Guffey around 11:00 AM.

    Reading my warning ticket!
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    Notice the sparkle on the front fender of my bike? Totally unintentional (and definitely not photo-shopped) but storytelling! Yes, they were both freshly washed and ready for the big trip! Man I was stoked to get on the road!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Dan Ready!
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    Sean's final prep - "Gotta get'cher comfort on!"
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    Mountain Dew - Road Crack????
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    First Stop - Woodland Park at the Donut Mill - Good Stuff Man! Would you look at the size of those babies!!!!! Yeah, you KNOW I got me one of those!!! : )
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    The infamous and inaugural Food Shot! This one was for HiggyB
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    Warm-Up Ingredients ~ Gotta have some "go juice"!
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    Friendly dog we found at a map stop. VERY friendly and pretty darned funny!
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    Yard Art in Guffey
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    General Store in Guffey - Believe it or not, they have almost everything a wayward traveller might need!
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  20. cinghiale

    cinghiale Been here awhile

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    I have an 09 800GS and the bike is great. This winter on the machine riding to work with bad roads and slick conditions the GS has been awesome. Enjoy your ride.
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