Another Utah Backcountry Discovery Rider Solo UTBDR

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by ezrdr55, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. ezrdr55

    ezrdr55 Been here awhile

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    There was an area on the Butler map that had the deep silt sand marked on the route. This was at the southern most part of the route. It took me about 2 hours to go that 10+ miles and my front tire was more of a rudder than anything. Not fun, and had I known it was that bad I would have re-routed. Your buddy should buy you a cold one. You did the right thing.:freaky
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  2. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface 30-125

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    Yeah, it looks like it would be a spectacular ride on my DR350. I worry that when I biff on the KLR (and I will biff) that it will be me that breaks. Perhaps the answer is to just haul the DR out there one of these days. So much beautiful country to see. Keep the pics coming!

    John
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  3. ezrdr55

    ezrdr55 Been here awhile

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    Another one of Monument Valley

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    Cars on the right one and people on the left one And a long way to the bottom

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    North Rim of the Grand Canyon very scenic and not as nearly as crowded as the south side

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    I was told that the haze is pollution. It seam to me that all the pictures I took had some haze in the mountains.

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  4. ezrdr55

    ezrdr55 Been here awhile

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    Another shot of the North Rim


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    These last three are of the Vermilion Cliffs area. Headed to Durango and then on home to St. Louis.
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  5. Southmt

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    Thanks for posting! Great photos, looks like a great trip.
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  6. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Thanks for sharing!! Good report!
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  7. CamelBill

    CamelBill Ride It!

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    Nice job on the report and pics. Looks like it was a great trip:freaky
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  8. nwcolorider

    nwcolorider NWCOLO

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    Great Pics


    I will help you out on locations of a couple, as these are in my back yard almost.
    Gates of Lodore, Browns Park Colorado--Green River. John Wesley Powel lost one of his boats inthere in 1869 at Disaster Falls
    This is right by the old 2 Bar Ranch
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    The Dugway road going to the Yampa Bench and Echo Park
    This is fun going up in the rain!
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    Echo Park Road, just above Whispering Cave
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  9. 4badboyz

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    spectacular! Solo ride...I'm green with envy :D
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  10. Britome

    Britome Get Free

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    If you have the touratech video and butler maps, i'm in the market.
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  11. ezrdr55

    ezrdr55 Been here awhile

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    Sorry, but I'm keeping both. That reminds me I need to get the map and DVD for WABDR...
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  12. haileypooch

    haileypooch Adventurer

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    Nice post, I may have a window next couple weeks and feeling the urge to blast some mileage and get into the desert. I started another thread asking for opinions but thought to contact you directly. Any thoughts or concerns tackling this solo? As has been suggested, I may do the southern section from Price on down due to snow at higher elevations. PM me if you like.

    Thanks

    Mark
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  13. ezrdr55

    ezrdr55 Been here awhile

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    Because @57y/o and solo and on my Wee-Strom I rode a bit more conservatively than I would have normally. As a result I got to see a bit more of the beautiful scenery and I stopped more often to take pictures and rest. I enjoyed this UTBDR so much that in September I'll be doing the WABDR and I'll be a year older and solo and riding my Wee. The only difference will be that I'm 40 lbs lighter and in a little better shape so I'll probably be riding better than I did a year ago, at least that's my motivation for losing the weight. One other change will be to remove the K60s and go back to the TKC80s even if I have to change the rear tire halfway through the trip.
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  14. Doug329

    Doug329 Adventurer

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    Thanks ezrdr55 for the RR and beautiful pictures.
    Glad the Vee did you well.
    I had an 05 DL1000, loved it. Went for a 2012 Yamaha Tenere after DL. I run Dunlop 606's on both my Tenere and KLR 650 (08) and love them.

    Ride safe. Will be watching for your next "adventure".
    Doug :rofl:clap
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  15. LeSprinter

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    Very nice report and photos. I've ridden my WeeStrom all over Colorado and Utah including some pretty rough stuff. It's more capable than most people think.
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  16. ezrdr55

    ezrdr55 Been here awhile

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    Thanks and I obviously agree with you about the Wee being able to go wherever the rider has the talent to take it. Last year I added 30mm to the front and rear suspension to increase the travel and ground clearance. 30mm may not sound like much but it really made a huge difference. I just changed out the shock to a "new" DL1K but I still need a stiffer spring to get the sag set right. This along with some highly modified Ricor Intiminators and a fork brace have made the suspension quite acceptable. I like being able to do 1K mile days if necessary, and still be able to go just about anywhere once I get there.
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