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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by MadChap, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. Kerfuffle

    Kerfuffle Mostly Harmless

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    Wow, great report! As if I needed another reason to move back to Oregon... :evil
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  2. MadChap

    MadChap Been here awhile

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    My cousin rode his F800GS up from Houston this last fall and we rode some of the same route as this RR. I really need to get that ride report started. He put his upside-down in the ditch near Crater Lake. We were able to get it back together and he rode down 101 then back to TX. We have some great pics!

    So there's no reason you can't ride Oregon when you live in Texas....he did take 3+ weeks for the entire trip.:deal

    Thanks for all the positive comments. A RR is sure a lot of work, but it's fun to relive the trip.

    Working on this year's trip. I recently purchase a Wee-Strom so this year may look really different.
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  3. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    Keep us posted Tim:clap
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  4. Mehaniotis

    Mehaniotis Been here awhile

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    Nice read. I must say though the 26-27 miles from Huntington to Richland is one of the roughest (Wash board like) often traveled roads I have even been on and I would think twice before I did it again...:D I can't emagine the ride being pleasant for Jonathan probable having to do most of it standing up.

    Anyone traveling through Richland stop at the Hitching post Motel. Tell Thorny (sweet guy) the Greek Guy from Indiana says Hello
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  5. MasterMarine

    MasterMarine Long timer

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    Thank you for posting the link to your report. Lots of good info in here!

    Thanks for sharing! :clap
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  6. Remarksman

    Remarksman Been here awhile

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    Nice report and some good photos! Always fun to see other people's experiences on some of the same roads :D
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  7. MadChap

    MadChap Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the comments guys.

    FWIW the whole area around and including Beatty Butte was just sold at auction to a big corporation. By riding time this summer who knows if the area will be fenced and locked. I hope not, but I'm glad I've ridden to the top and enjoyed the Cave Spring. As Wachs says "Ride while you can".
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  8. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    I regret missing several opportunities to do so. Now that we're living in GA, I may never get to... oh well. Still, it is nice to revisit, albeit through someone elses eyes, some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Thanks again for sharing Tim.

    Stuart
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  9. 0theories

    0theories Enthusiastically Skeptical

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    Great report and photos. That's familiar country and it's nice to have a little reminder of home... I've been tossing around the idea of trading out my KLR650 (post current trip if I'm not to attached) for the DR350 and your report makes me think it's a good idea. I was concerned some about top speed and comfort, but looks like mid sixties is where you took her on the regular. Any unusual mods? How is the comfort level? Any regrets overall?
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  10. Remarksman

    Remarksman Been here awhile

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    Hmm, yeah, going to the top of Beatty Butte is one of the things CrazyBrit & I were kicking ourselves for missing after reading your report. It would be a bummer if that is no longer possible (legally).
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  11. MadChap

    MadChap Been here awhile

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    0theories: Love the DR. Mine has lots of the standard mods for protection and baggage carrying. Acerbis tank. Engine and suspension are stock except for jetting the carb one size larger and removing the rubber snorkel in the airbox. I have Sweet Cheeks and a sheep skin which make the seat very tolerable. It's certainly not made to ride the slab at 65+ for hours on end. But it can do that speed when needed to get to the off slab stuff it excels in. The more I researched what I wanted for week long rides in desert/vast areas solo the more I came back to the DR. No radiator to get punctured or boil over or hose break. No fuel injection to go belly up when you're miles from any ranch house. 6 speed. Good reputation for reliability. Decent suspension that can be improved very cost effectively. 60 mpg. Cheap to purchase. I gave $1800 for mine with original tires and 2300 miles on the clock.

    Of course every bike has pluses and minuses. Watching Mark smoothly blast over rocky Fandango road on his 640 Adventure really made me question my choice of bikes. But I could fix that for less than $500 if I wanted to . That was the only time on this trip I wanted something different.

    I spent a week in September 2011 with my cousin riding some of this same area. He was on his F800GS. He told me over and over how he couldn't believe I was riding a 350. The only time I envied his bike was on the straight pavement as he had a cushy seat and decent wind protection. When we got into the Hart Mtn. area his bike became a real liability with the hard bags and heavy weight.

    Certainly don't mean to turn this old ride report into a bike discussion since there are hundreds of those on ADV. But I love my bike.

    I did buy a V-strom 650 to add to the stable and between the two bikes I think I have the perfect combination.....if such a thing exists.

    In my opinion just one bike to do it all is way too much of a compromise.

    Tim
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  12. 0theories

    0theories Enthusiastically Skeptical

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    Thanks Tim. I'll have to give this a lot of thought :confused Decisions, decisions...
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  13. svenski

    svenski Eternally Grateful

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    I did buy a V-strom 650 to add to the stable and between the two bikes I think I have the perfect combination.....if such a thing exists.

    In my opinion just one bike to do it all is way too much of a compromise.

    Tim[/QUOTE]


    Thanks for the great ride reports. I love your camera work on this (and the more recent ) report. Very Inspirational.

    I too added a more street oriented mount (Versys) to compliment my KLR. The only problem so far is having to choose between them. :wink: Cheers
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  14. Rider1

    Rider1 Ridin' Dave

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    Thanks Tim for taking the time and work for a GREAT RR !!

    Dave
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  15. ZEmann

    ZEmann want to be riding

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    thanks for bumpin this up
    good read
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  16. fj401968

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    Great ride report! I have been the owner of a 2008 V-Strom 650 for a couple years now and I absolutely love the bike. I recently purchased an additional motorcycle. After contemplating the TW200 as well as the Kawasaki Sherpa and the WR250R, I ended up going the frugal route and purchasing a 1994 DR350SE. I think it will be perfect to use for trips like the one you reported on here! Your ride report gets me excited to get out this summer and go on some similar trips. I am still in the phase of going through the bike and choosing farkles so it was fun to see how you have yours set up and read how well the bike fared against those bigger bikes. Again, great report! I'm glad you had no lasting injuries.
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  17. oregonlmd

    oregonlmd Dirt,street,its all good.

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    Just stumbled onto this report. Great writeup, and I love the perspective of others riding the routes I know so well.
    Was just talking to Jonathan about these areas a couple weekends ago while on a group camp and ride at the Alvord.
    Was through a very similar route in August 2010, Bend to Beatys to Fields to McDermitt to the Owyhee, and camped at and soaked in the warm creek above the Owyhee River near 3 Forks. I went out to Rome the next day, where my ride ended after an accident that ruined my left knee.
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  18. Sliverpicker

    Sliverpicker Been here awhile

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    Good job on the RR !--------------:thumb
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  19. DiggerD

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    Duffff.......I thought this was a recent RR....no mater...good one anyway...

    Yo.....oregonlmd.....was thinking of you as I reviewed this.....

    .....been on my bucket list for years and years......that's way the heck away from .......stuff.

    Ride safe, eh ?
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  20. oregonlmd

    oregonlmd Dirt,street,its all good.

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    Now when do I not ride safely?:lol3

    We should do this ride and cross it off your bucket list. The sooner the better with how dry it is out there. Its way more interesting with a bit o' the greenery - and water to cross.

    As I've said before, our interests are more aligned than divergent.
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