How I spent my summer vacation, or 6000 miles on a WR250R

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by skierd, Aug 27, 2009.

  1. CanyonRider

    CanyonRider Been here awhile

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    Great Report. I think we had the same campsite at Rock Island State Park. Check it out:
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    One of the best campgrounds along the TAT. We really appreciated the hot showers.

    Thanks for sharing!
  2. OnOff

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    Very cool report and thanks for taking the time to post it. 6000+ miles on a WR250. Nuff said.
    Gimme a call and we will go grab a bite to eat. If you need to change out another set of tires, we can do that also! Nicely done:clap :clap :clap :clap and great inspiration to all of us who need to get off our butts and do some LONG trips.
  3. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    He's an American Foxhound, and I do love it when he starts howling. :rofl
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    OnOff - for sure, I'm always up for maintenance, food, and brews. I probably won't be changing anything until my 7wk class ends in October, 5 classes with 2 studios and lots of writing in 2 others plus work makes me a busy busy man. :cry
  4. dr.vedat

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    I like your report.thx:bmwrider
  5. charliemik

    charliemik Been here awhile

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    Fantastic report. I've been looking for inspiration to downsize from my 1100GS for dual sport touring. You've definitely added fuel to the fire. Thanks.
  6. andr0id

    andr0id Hold my beer...

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    :thumb Good stuff! Thanks for sharing.
  7. Oni

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    Thanks for posting! Fantastic RR! :clap Great pictures, great adventure...and whiskey too!!! :1drink :D
  8. rctr

    rctr Been here awhile

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    thanks for the posts!

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  9. DuckWV

    DuckWV Been here awhile

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    Great report! :thumb
    Just finished reading and enjoyed all of it.
    Have always wanted to see Colorado and the Rockies.
    Maybe someday, atleast with reports like this I can dream about it.
  10. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    GO. Go now while you still can. Tomorrow may never come after all.

    I've had time to think about what I'd change, so here goes...

    The load and the bike got along fine I guess. On my next trip I plan to be significantly lighter with a much smaller aero profile. I'm pretty sure I can get a slightly modified setup into Wolfman Enduro saddlebags, and with a larger tank and/or 2 MSR 30oz fuel bottles I can negate the need for the 2gal rotopax (which I've already sold along with the rack, damn textbooks...).

    First things first, the giant REI sleeping pad is going away for a thermarest neoair, big agnes IAC, or Exped downmat air pad. It, my clothes, and sleeping bag will migrate to a waterproof roll top duffel that will live where the REI pad did. Also, I'm going to test a tarp/bivy setup. It'll weigh under a pound and pack to half as small as my Hennessy Hammock. I could have saved a bunch of money by simply sleeping in a field in a bug bivy on an air mat and sleeping bag instead of being pissed at not being able to find (or not being allow to hang from) trees or worrying about setting up in the dark. I liked sleeping in the air though, so who knows.

    On the bike, the only major change will be going to a Nuetech Tubliss setup. No more tubes means I get a ton of space back in my rear duffel and lose a couple pounds from not having to carry 3-4 tubes (2 in the wheels, one or two as spares). I'm also strongly considering going to sidewinder chain and sprockets for better reliability (RK chain I put on before I left is already shot) and lighter weight. New handgrips are also on the horizon, after a few weeks the ProTaper Pillow grips are annoyingly small in my hands, causing me to grip to hard and add to fatigue. They've also worn pretty quickly, have a few flat spots already.

    Riding gear... the only thing I'd want to change are my boots (waterproof please... thinking Gaerne Balance oiled trials boots) and gloves (Firstgear Carbon heated gloves). Already improved my rain gear situation by tossing the no-name plastic rain pants and selling the excellent Klim Stowaway for a BMW ProRain2 1 piece, so with waterproof boots and gloves rain's no longer a concern. I will be finding new riding underwear as well, while the Under Armor
    shorts worked well for the first week, the seams started to chafe badly
    after a while. I'm going to give LD Comfort a shot for my next trip I
    think.
  11. werewasi

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    One of the best ride reports I've read, which really makes you want to travel to the U S and do something like the TAT. Liked the way you spliced in bits of info about your gear and the bike performance.
    and the best bit;
    - every photo didn't have the bike smack bang in the middle of it. A couple of shots is enough. KTM afficianados are usually the worst offenders.
    :rilla
  12. adub3n

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    Fantastic RR skierd! I really like how you've got the pictures telling the story ... sort of ... with just the right amount of commentary and gear details. I bet you had SO many photos, choosing the right ones was a hell of a job, and I can only imagine what parts of the story you might have left out for whatever reason. I can really appreciate your minimalist approach. Thanks for sharing.

    How long had you been riding before you decided to set out on this journey? How long was the planning phase?
  13. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Thanks for sharing your ride!! :ricky

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  14. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    Honestly, I put up just about every picture I took. I'm not running around like a Japanese tourist taking a roll of film (filling a memory card?) on every little thing I see, the pics I took were of the things, places, or settings that spoke to me at the time. :)

    About the only thing I left out is taking a crap in the field one day :rofl and some of the personal things I was mulling over that this trip was supposed to help me think out or at least come to terms with.

    I got my license in October '08 and started riding in November. When I left for this trip I had only ridden about 8000 miles total. I had this trip in mind when I started riding (thanks ADV!) and was pretty sure of doing it when I bought the WR250R in late March. I've been planning a cross country trip of some sort for the last few years, but I started planning specifically for a moto/TAT trip in February or March.

    The easy part was figuring out where to go, the vast majority of that was planning what to take, how to take it, the gear to wear, how to prepare the bike, and figuring out if I was physically/mentally up to riding that far for that amount of time. I made several short shake down rides to test gear setups between May and July, including a 5 day trip (see my Put-In-Bay, Ohio to Maryland Ride) to make sure I could stand to be on a bike that long.
  15. Hosebag

    Hosebag Difficult but Useful

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    Regards running the Nuetech Tubliss setup, will it stand up to road use as well as off road?

    I spoke to Nuetech about running them on my BRP and they said they weren't DOT'd. I'm not concerned with legalities, more with performance.

    What have you heard? :ear
  16. SloSolo2

    SloSolo2 Been here awhile

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    If I missed it earlier I apologize, did you buy the Sam Correro charts or make your own route?
    Thanks
    Jamie
  17. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    Sam's maps for the TAT.

    I haven't heard much about the Nuetech's period, other than they are fantastic off road and that the inner tube tends to lose pressure over the course of a day so on a multi-day ride you have to check it daily or more. Which you should be doing anyways.
  18. redpillar

    redpillar Been here awhile

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    Great report!! Thanks for sharing. Love the photo's.
    You can set the Hennessey up as a bivi tent if you can't find anything to hang it from. I think that it is shown on the web site. I have used it that way a few times and it works out pretty well and doesn't feel as confined as a bivi.
    Thanks again
  19. bhmax

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    Wow, great write up! Very impressed with the pics and detail, but especially with the determination to set out on a trip like this yourself. Neat seeing a few places I've been along a much longer route. I'm a few miles from the dragon and just picked up a wr250x. I've been wanting to explore some dirt roads, this sure gives some more motivation to do so!
  20. LATJ

    LATJ Been here awhile

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    Very nice, thanks. I have been talking to the wife about this exact bike and she thinks it's "too small" for me to do anything with. I am going to have her take a look at your report.