Upper Michigan ADV Riders

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by Yooper_Bob, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. sleazy rider

    sleazy rider Retired

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    I was on there and the actual State of Michigan site regarding State trails. And, I was going back in posts here, came across your website of informational goodness. Wow! When I get home on my real computer, I'll do some reading and downloading of tracks. Just playing on a travel convenient iPad now. Thanks!
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  2. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    Wow,friend just sent me a text that works in Menominee Mi.13 semi,s took everything today and shut down the big Honda dealer.Really sucks.The owner was a bone head but a lot of the people that worked there were pretty cool and great to deal with.Friend of mine was trying to get a job there as a salesman.Hate to see it go down.
  3. LittleEagle

    LittleEagle On&Off Road since '63

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    Hello my Yooper friends. I ride up your way whenever I can, but have still not learned to love the sandy bits. Can anyone tell me, is the so-called Norway Truck Trail as sandy as it appears on GoogleEarth? I never see anybody talking about riding it, and suspect that's why. Any advice, short of getting an ATV, will be appreciated.
  4. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    When I road that area the ground was more firm than cedar river.Pm me if you want some company up there.You still using the dr650?.
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  5. LittleEagle

    LittleEagle On&Off Road since '63

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    Thanks, Jeff. Hoping to spend some riding days and tenting nights in the U.P. shortly after Labor Day if some pesky little health issues work out. Would like to try that Norway Truck Trail northward, then probably a couple days in the Keweenaw. Back down to L'Anse, backwoods to Marquette, rail-trails etc. to Munising, forest roads to Rapid River, etc. etc. Yep, still lovin' the DR. Finally lowered it an inch or two and wonder why I waited so long. I'd need a step-ladder to get on that African Twin of yours. Will p.m. when and IF this thing comes together.

    Would still love to hear from anyone who's ridden the Norway Truck Trail recently.
  6. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    If the weather is nice tomorrow might go check it out.Its like 45 minutes away.
  7. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    Spent the whole day up there with wife and had a blast.The norway truck trail is mainly gravel roads with only a little sand.We jumped off onto the offroad trails and had a blast.You will have a blast up there on the 650.Some excellent offroading up there. 20170826_160151.jpg
  8. LittleEagle

    LittleEagle On&Off Road since '63

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    Hey, thanks so much for checking this out, Jungle Man. Sounds like you and Jungle Mrs. had a pretty good day. Will definitely let you know if I get there anytime soon.
  9. WIsixfitty

    WIsixfitty rock and roll the bones

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    Gas on the north east side?

    Any gas available at Gene's Tahquamenon General Store and/or in Paradise?
  10. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Both are currently offering fuel reliably.

    CannonTip: When I look for gas stations when planning a trip I find that some go in and out of business. A reliable way to see if they are active is to check to see what stations are reporting gas prices in a town or a county. If they are reporting prices, they are active.
  11. WIsixfitty

    WIsixfitty rock and roll the bones

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    Thanks Cannon.

    How does one go about checking prices if you're not local?

    I just looked at g-maps...
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    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Google "gas prices paradise mi".
  13. windblown101

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    Hi folks! Looking for some insight into off-pavement riding the UP.

    First off: I've never been up that way so I know nothing about the place other than what I've learned scanning this thread a bit. I'm contemplating making a run up that way in the next 2 or 3 weeks and check out the sights for a few days. Likely camping at least for a few nights and plan to keep moving rather than set up a multi-day base camp. Looking for advice on where to go, what to see for someone that has A) Never been. B) Might not get up that way again. Cool stuff that relates to the area and cool unpaved routes both are of interest. Don't like cities - ever.

    Is it worth coming up on my 690 Enduro versus my 800XC? I hear y'all got sand. Me/sand/800XC aren't the best of friends at times. Florida sugar sand pretty well kicked my butt a couple years back on the XC. GA sand wasn't too bad on the big bike though. Are there lots of cool routes from point A to point B in the state more suited to the smaller 690? I'm fine with riding either one up there but if the vast majority of the riding is big bike friendly then no real reason to. However if there is some really cool epic stuff that would make a lot more sense to be on a smaller bike I'd hate to miss out by being on the big pig.

    Any insight on routes, places, or sights to see would be much appreciated.

    Thanks.

    P.S. - How are the bugs this time of year? Minimal? Carry bug spray? Have a headnet? Or pack a flamethrower? :)
  14. WIsixfitty

    WIsixfitty rock and roll the bones

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    hehe, whoda thunk. :1drink
  15. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Everything has been pretty much covered in this thread already. If you use GPS, you can draw from the thousands of miles of paths in the UP that are in my track catalog. http://dco43054.com/phpbb/viewforum.php?f=2 Take the 690. If you can closer to a specific plan (area, number of days, etc), I can give you some specific suggestions about UP rides you might enjoy.

    You can draw some info as an orientation from these reports.

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/upper-peninsula-adventure-trail-upat-1250-miles.627424/

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/a-cannontour-of-the-eastern-upper-peninsula.995194/

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/big-bike-solo-in-the-western-up.580961/

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/cannontreks-vi-vii-1100-mile-dual-sports.584986/
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    windblown101 Long timer

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    Awesome. Thanks. I'll start reading. :)
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  17. MotoChron

    MotoChron Got Dirt?!

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    +1 take the 690, it'll be much more enjoyable. Having said that, if your more into the sights you could ride the XC. I went up a couple years ago on my GSA, stayed mostly on forest roads and pavement. The farther West you go the better it gets. Keewanaw Peninsula is a must. Here is a little video I made of some of the sights on that trip.
  18. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    Anyone who gets a chance hit Adams trail(also called m58 i believe)out of Munising and go to Grand Marais.It is the most fun you can have on a paved road.50 miles of corners.I was told it was a dirt road not long ago.Truly a great road.And not near the traffic that the dragon has.
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  19. Munmi4

    Munmi4 Munmi

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    H58 is the paved road to Grand Marais, MI from here in Munising. The paving was completed in the fall of 2010. The Adams Trail is a improved dirt road that starts at the west side of Kingston Plains from H58 to M77....the state highway connecting US2 and Grand Marais. A friend and I rode the loop Saturday afternoon Munising-Seney-Grand Marais-Munising. I made this vid a few years ago.....
  20. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    Thanks for information.Will be looking for dirt roads up there this week and that helps.1st time I ever went to Grand Marais today.Any other good suggestions on off highway riding up there.