Tour de Wyoming VI

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by hayduke.klr07, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. byways

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    Just looked at Powder River's website. Those bags so look good, and for $160 ... that's a good price as well. But while they say the company is in South Dakota, they don't say where the bags themselves are actually made. Do you know?
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  2. hayduke.klr07

    hayduke.klr07 Been here awhile

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    The night of day 5 I manage to bugger up my Nolan Trilogy helmet. http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/nolan-n43e-trilogy-solid-helmet?utm_source=nextag&utm_medium=cse&utm_campaign=sc&scpid=9&scid=scsho1554771<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    The weak point, of what I think is a great helmet, are the plastic tabs that hold the visor in place. I spun them out to clean up the mechanism (it was getting stiff due to all the dust) and managed to spin them the wrong way putting it back together again. Complete user error though I would say that they could be tougher to deal with a tired guy working by headlamp. At this point I start searching the internet for the local moto shop to see what I could purchase in the morning. I was happy I pulled the boneheaded move in steamboat where there would be retail support. Sure enough Steamboat Motorsports http://www.steamboatpowersports.com/index.htm had just the ticket. They had a Fly Trekker http://www.steamboatpowersports.com/Fly-Racing-TREKKER-HELMET-detail.htm?productId=17858381&pos=0 for me&#8230;perfect. They boxed up my Nolan and mailed it out pronto for me. After a bit more retail therapy running around Steamboat we headed out north for Wyoming.<o:p></o:p>
    Hog Park was the destination. Hit some pretty decent roads along the way. We had a beautiful and uneventful ride to Big Wonderful. We end up camping just outside of Encampment in yet another perfect camp.
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    <o:p>Shep did manage to get a slow leak in his front tire. The guy was so intent on getting it repaired he failed to get a beer opened first. Can you even believe it????</o:p>
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    <o:p>Tomorrow we take a "day ride" leaving camp in place. Battle Mountain, unladen, oh yes.</o:p>
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  3. bigdon

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  4. Sylvan Rocks Climbin

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    Ya. Stover kinda glossed over the slowness of our start that day. <style> <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:Cambria; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin-top:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:10.0pt; margin-left:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-fareast-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} --> </style> Yes it was understood that we had to hit the motorcycle shop just up the road. So we packed up and cooked breakfast waiting for it to open. I think Shep probably baked muffins again....that little Backcountry oven is a pretty rad thing for a friend to bring along on a trip.

    It was a great stop at the Steamboat motorbike shop, and we chatted it up with their staff who were a bunch of good blokes.. Stovers busted small part off the ratchet system of his visor was good timing if it had to happen. I understand how he did not want to risk riding the rest of the way without the right stuff. I like the sexy new FLY helmet….in white???? Why he chose that over my favorite color…the green HI-ViZ…I’ll never understand. But they shipped his old helmet home, and we all got to oolgle over new bikes and gear. After seeing the price, Shep decided his life could be lived without a GoPro cam, I decided I could survive without the used KTM 990 they had on the floor.

    Stover also continued his unending quest for the MUCH coveted collapsible “fair share” mug. Thus, coffee and shopping for bobbles we did not need or have room to pack in our saddle bags…yielded another late start. Warm weather and city life can lead to lazy dayz for sure.

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    Seat top lunch was great, but the oyster burps were intense.

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    The views continued to be beyond words

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    Everyone should be so lucky to have a day like this of riding.

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    Shep directed me up a wrong turn where I was gunna go film the rad boyz riding up the steep hill, so off I went and well, there is a certain amount of luck involved in bouncing off the rocks in a controllable manor up a hilly trail, and if the grade steepness lightning fast reactions don't align after you come around the corner...you only go so far until... gravity wins.

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    I had not dumped on the tour for 2 years running...so I was due, and came out with only a flesh wound. More character to add to a prior injury that was again cracked open...might have to buy a new panel for 2013...anyone have one for sale??? Right hand side.

    And what a great pic of the tool tube Mod. Stover...do you have yours completed yet????

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    My hat off to Shep and Stover for getting up the hill and around me as the bike laid there.

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    Water for the night. A 2 man job that was fun to watch.

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    Up the road a few more hours...the camp spot was top notch....even if you had to change a flat.

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    Look how well that tents color compliments the landscape colors....sure does not blend in very well though. I bet everyone of the 3 people who drove past that tent saw it there.

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    Sheps center stand saved me a lot of work helping him steady that bike for the tube patch.

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    Loving the Pizza and breakfast muffins

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  5. Sylvan Rocks Climbin

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    The Power River Bags are solid. Our friend Shep had them made in China I think... He could have made them built here and all it would have taken was more money...thus they would cost you more then $160...so its all what you want. Price point or pride.

    Like anything else, you can F### them up if you wreck or run into stuff like a tree branch, but the design and materials are solid and easily field repaired when needed if you come prepared. I tried to use mine without racks on my 2008 KLR, but they got to hot on the right hand muffler side...so Racks are a necessity not an option, but that gave me room to create the tool tube...so it worked out.

    PS, the top bags a few of us use are from MAD Rock Climbing Gear. they are Drag Bags http://www.madrockclimbing.com/products/product.asp?_item=100070 also from China or somewhere like that.

    If they are still available...get one. Add a cam strap to attach it to your KLR factory rack. Cheap, solid and dependable. Mine has been thousands of miles on the back of my Triumph Sprint ST as well as multiple trips and wrecks with the KLR. I keep my sleeping/tent kit all in there as well as have room for my gerbings liner when its warm and a few other odds and ends that get thrown in as the tour progresses.
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  6. byways

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    Good insights! I, too, must use racks on my '08 KLR to keep my Ortliebs off the exhaust and secure. Having dropped my beast many times, I believe soft bags are the only way to go for this kind of riding.
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  7. Sylvan Rocks Climbin

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  8. byways

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    Hey, thanks! It's forever a work in progress ...
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  9. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    Fantastic! :clap
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  10. hayduke.klr07

    hayduke.klr07 Been here awhile

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    I think you posting about our tour is yet another sign! It is becoming more apparent by the day, that tour de Wyoming may do Canada next tour. At least a VERY small portion of it anyway.
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  11. Bob

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    Nice ride and pics!
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  12. byways

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    Bob, a.k.a. Bob Bob, is so darned eloquent!
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  13. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    what a great trip! thanks!
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  14. BKMLWR

    BKMLWR Wondering around...

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    nice pics and report
    what was the dates of the trip?
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  15. Mcgee

    Mcgee Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the ride! I'm from Wy orginally and it reminded me of home.
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  16. GrizzLee

    GrizzLee RubiKon Adventures

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  17. hayduke.klr07

    hayduke.klr07 Been here awhile

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    Well crap, I didn't know a person had been able to get in there. Learn something new every day!
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  18. hayduke.klr07

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    Two tour&#8217;s ago brought us through this area already. We rode the Battle Mountain trail and thought we really ought to get back here. Well this year we managed to actually stay in the same location for two nights allowing us to ride Battle Mountain sans bags.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    We head on out a remarkably early start (early for us anyway) and we head for Battle Mountain. We rode from the south to north last time. We opted for the north to south just to mix it up. Logging activity in the area caused a 30 mile detour that should have put an additional 2 miles on the odometer. You know, we are here to ride motocycles, so more miles more smiles, right? The good news is that we got to ride the road that makes you feel like you are riding in the Dakar and you are winning. This road brings you down into Saratoga. It was a pleasant surprise that we would get to ride it again!
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    From the north, Battle Mountain has a loose rocky dusty hill that we thought we would never end (too bad it did). I am no expert at off-road riding, but I would say that at least on a six-fity, it was a pretty gnarly road. Perhaps these photos don't look that gnarley but.....it is really good.
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    Some dude with WAY too much money will end up buying this piece. Either the trail will have to be vastly improved or everything will be helicoptered in. Either way, if there is a piece of property the USFS needs to buy this is it.<o:p></o:p>
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    A tremendous ride all along this amazing ridge&#8230;.
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    <o:p>We finish up the trail and stop to recount how much frickin&#8217; fun that was! We think, what a great place to enjoy one of the best beers on the planet, Dales Pale Ale. Drink some sometime: http://www.oskarblues.com/the-brews/dales-pale-ale <o:p></o:p>

    "Man we are some tough sons-of bitches blah, blah, blah" and then this guys comes walking out of the woods. His name is Jesse, he is from Portland and he is walking the Continental Divide Trail. Okay, we just rode a VERY small portion of the CDT and this guy is just about to enter Colorado at the end of September. Who is tough? He is planning on staying the night in Encampment and it would only seem logical that we give him a ride &#8216;cause that is where we are going. This guy was great. We told him to put on most of the warm clothing he had with him and hold on. Shep took him, Darryl took his pack, I took the photos.
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    <o:p>Everything is better with cows around... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nk8-MqnHlw</o:p>
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    Enjoyed a delicious beverage with him at the Mangy Moose (I think that was the name) said our good-byes, well wishes, and enjoyed a most beautiful ride back to camp. I could spend way more time in that county.
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    <o:p>Had to plan for tomorrow, obviously. And drink more beer.... tomorrow the Difficulty Road. I have been waiting three years to ride this road. What a great name.</o:p>
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  19. byways

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    Warms me heart to see that lumberjack looking at paper maps 'stead of a gps screen. But my gosh ... What has he done to the pages?

    I just ordered one of these (the big one) to see if I can get more life out of my Benchmarks.

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  20. K_N_Fodder

    K_N_Fodder Long timer

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    Dudes -

    Excellent RR, love the style and the pace. I grew up in Ten Sleep and explored pretty much every acre of our place on my 1983 CR80, but I've never ridden dual sports out of there and would love to. I think the Big Horns could be some great stuff. Funny that you hit Anong's in Laramie, the wife and I were poking around there in 2009 and had no idea what to expect. We were blown away... at least back then it was equal to or better than anything we had in Austin, TX... at over 20x the size of Laramie.

    Next time you guys end up in Bend give me a yell.

    Justin
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