Utah/Colorado BDR - Tiger 800xc vs. WR250R

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by porkandcorn, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. PDX Alamo

    PDX Alamo Been here awhile

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    :1drinkWell after a long night of drinking and reliving our College days I woke up and decided i didn't want to share the trails with every Joe 6 pack in the greater Denver area. After buying some ratchet straps and locating a hill with enough slope to allow us to get the bike in the back, ahhh 300 lbs bikes are the best sometimes. I tossed my bike in the back of my buddies truck and headed to Denver for a few days break. The older I get the more difficult it is to find time to see friends or even talk. With everyone living their own busy life it seems to take a concerted effort to maintain ties. Anyhow we stopped by a lake on the way back to see if we could catch some dinner but no dice , man is Colorado Awesome!!

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    I sure am glad i headed to Denver as it appeared the entire city was jammed up in traffic getting out of town.

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    Anyhow I helped the local economey by drinking lots of beer every night :freaky . My buddy said he would give me a lift back so i didn't have to slab a bunch of miles to get back to my starting point which was about 2 1/2 hours from Denver. Ill finish this bad boy up tomorrow since its my day off.

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    Now lets all go to the lobby and get a treat

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  2. PDX Alamo

    PDX Alamo Been here awhile

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    Well after a nice weekend I was anxious to get back on the road, I was up early and all packed up ready to to go but my friend slept until almost noon. Granted the labor day BBQ we had went way late and more beer put away. I think it was my awesome BBQ carrots and burgers.

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    After driving around for 20 minutes looking for a loading dock to roll the bike into the truck we found one at a hospital. We pulled up to check the height and security was on us in a minute. The gal said we couldn't use it so I rephrased it to her :ear "So I hear what your saying, we can not use it and if i fall off and break my neck we cant sue you because you forbid me to use the area. With that being said if someone were to come back would they cause you much grief?" She smiled and said "I hear what your saying and walked off" :evilI took that as a yes. We came back with the bike and it was loaded up in 30 seconds.

    The route out of Denver took us down 285 to about 1/2 way to Leadville at Bailey with WR riding bitch in the back. We grabbed some lunch, unloaded the bike, and parted ways. The road back north to Denver on 285 was a parking lot for the 50 miles to FairPlay with a giant string of slow moving cars. This helped reaffirm my decision to take a break in Denver. At FairPlay I headed north to Mosquito Pass which is the highest continuous road in Colorado that goes over a pass which would land me right in Leadville to pick up where I left off. I later learned that Mount Evans is a higher road, so O well.

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    Anyhow it was more difficult than the other passes just because the rocks were bigger and felt like driving through a river bed more than a road.

    I hit Leadville and after grabbing some gas decide even at 5 pm I could make it over Hagerman pass to Sylvan Lake State Park for the night. Fairly ambitious but if I didn't make it i would just camp off the road. Not a lot of pics due to the massive hale and rain storm I ran into. I wished i had my Pin-lock shield as trying to peer through a fogged up visor was no fun. Anyhow i burned through that distance in an hour and half and made it just before dark.

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    Grabbed a spot next to two retired guys on a DRZ400 and 1200GS who were doing the COBDR with no map or tracks just winging it. I let them look at my map which I hope was a big help to em. We traded gear recommendations and talked for a few hours around the camp fire. They had been riding motos longer than I had been alive. Stories of driving a Norton across the USA with a Army poncho as rain gear I realized I had it pretty easy. Nice fellas, and always nice when traveling solo that you have two wheeled friends everywhere you go.:clap

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    This was a nice Sate Park and with no light around you could see every star in the sky, I hadn't seen a night sky like this in a while.:eek1

    I hit the hay and planned on knocking out the rest of section 4 and finishing section 5 the next day.
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  3. PDX Alamo

    PDX Alamo Been here awhile

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    After the guys next door let me take their DRZ400 and 1200 GS for a spin around the grounds I packed up my goods and headed off. I asked if i could get a picture of them next to their bikes and they said sure just don't post it. Fair enough, I think I will start doing this even though it feels awkward at first but the people i meet are just as big a part of the trip as the hundreds of sunsets and vistas.

    Took off over to Gypsum and grabbed some lunch at a Mexican Restaurant then off into the dessert for a while. Perhaps it was all the amazing scenery prior to this but this was pretty boring in comparison, if your short on time i don't think your missing anything on this leg. You will make serious time on this route since its like a gravel highway, 60 mph fairly steady.

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    I did run across the deepest water crossing of the trip which was a bit of an experience. I scouted out the best route which looked like it would go almost to the seat anyway. I headed in and it was much deeper than I thought and in my head I kept chanting "Dont stop, dont stop, keep going" The bike was bogging down and I hugged the edge and out i was. Hot dog I did it, man those never get old. I attempted to get a pic to show how deep it was but to no avail. In reality it was maybe only 1/2 way up the bike but lets not ruin my version. I suppose this is the picture on the back of the map og the GS barreling through.

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    I was also looking forward to the Stage coach stop but it was roped off and boarded up, mehhh

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    I hit Steamboat Springs pretty quick and had initially thought about hanging out there for the night but that thought quickly passed. Back to the woods ; hoping I would make it to Steamboat Lake State Park before dark and set up camp, no problem there more gravel highways.

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    It was a nice campground but $25 seems a bit steep for a tent spot Denver State Parks, c'mon. Pit toilets with no lights or sinks which is no problem but not when its those kind of rates. I digress i did get an awesome spot on the water.

    My chain looked a bit loose and had been making a weird noise but it seemed to be ok. I had stopped on the trail to fix it but didn't feel like undoing everything. Lesson learned later.

    Freeze dried for dinner and no beer around at the closed campground store, early night and tomorrow SUPER SLAB!:puke1
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  4. PDX Alamo

    PDX Alamo Been here awhile

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    Well I was up and ready to go but debated about tightening the chain but still thought it was going to be ok so off I go. I finished the route pretty quick and really nothing to take pics of except when I crossed the Sate line, I made it!

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    I hit pavement in Wyoming on Hwy 70 and tok it to Baggs. Grabbed some gas and had an elaborate route of back roads planned but since everything seemed so bla in the landscape department I thought the hell with it super Slap me. Headed north through industrial gas land and to I-80 and just accepted the fact everyone was going to be passing me. Boring Boring drive as I tried acrobatics and switching cheeks from side to side. The WR was pegged out and held a respectable 65 on the GPS I patted her a few times on the side as we rolled for hours. "Good bike R2". I stopped every time I saw gas around 70 miles or so just to break up the monotony.

    I pulled into Green River and grabbed some gas and a stretch. I pulled out of the station and the bike was jerking but not losing gas:huh. Is this the fuel pump failure I heard about? The only flaw of this bike I know of. Once I hit the freeway again it went away.

    Cruising along when I see a few cars behind me so I pull over to let them pass and when I start back up GRRRRAARTTT jerk GRRRRRATT :ear. O crap. There are some sounds you don't need to be a mechanic to understand. This was the unmistakable sound of a loose chain trying to grab the sprockets. Please let me make it someplace i only have 100 miles to go. Luckily i was near Diamondville and pulled into the gas station. :2cry looked at my chain and it was just hanging off. I broke out my tool kit to loosen the back wheel and adjust it. Hummm this 5 inch long wrench aint going to break the 100 lbs of torque on here. I tried with everything i had, kicked it, borrowed a larger pair of channel locks forma guy, and nothing. Never thought about not having enough leverage just figured had the wrench so i was good. Better to learn this here than on the trail someplace.

    A local suggested I try the local Auto Zone so off I went with my chain making the worst noise, I just new it was going to pop. Luckily at the intersection I saw a Ford dealership and pulled in. I saw a mechanic and pleaded my case, just needed to borrow a breaker bar or wrench. :doh

    Well the whole crew came out to help and he handed me a 3 foot long big boy wrench and said "Its your bike , you turn it" easy work of that. Really nice group of folks there at Frontier Ford. I told them about my trip and they helped me get my chain straightened out. Ahh trail or in this case road magic, I offered the guy some beer but they declined saying I did all the work. I wished them the best and off i went to Logan Utah where I hoped my truck still was. :jump

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    And so it was ....the ride that day was pretty lame but the road magic and ride from the top of garden City to Logan was the perfect way to end the trip.:clap

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    I pulled into the hotel where my truck was left and relieved it still had all its windows and was there:D, found a hill and rolled the bike into the truck.

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    Adventure was officially over.:cry

    I started out of town and made it a few miles and realized i was too exhausted and turned around to grab a hotel. Logan is a great little town, couple pics I took while grabbing some food.

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    As I sat in my hotel room and played on the internet I quickly realized it was back to the same ol same ol and prepared for my 12 hour drive back to Portland the next day.

    Thanks for checking the RR out, hope you enjoyed it or got something from it. I take a lot from the site and ya gotta give something back right. Well I will do my gear report later this week. Im a gear nerd so stand by.
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  5. PDX Alamo

    PDX Alamo Been here awhile

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    I rode the Tiger 800 XC for the first time yesterday and it was an incredible machine. Crazy fast and feels much lighter and nimble than i thought.

    I see why P&C loves that machine but I would kill myself on it as I would never let off the throttle. Anyhow its a pretty sweet ride:clap
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  6. Klutch

    Klutch gringo goatrider

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    Great ride report and super pics! Makes me miss CO especially since it's been raining for 30 hours straight here on the Mexican Riviera.

    Time to toss the kickstand switch and put a real chain on that WR. Prob time to re-gear it for your style and terrain while your at it.
    Are you going to carry a spare fuel pump on your next ride?

    I'm thinking that high revving 250 might be fun down here in Mexico but I worry about reliability out in the Mexican desert riding WFO for hours at a time not to mention playing at elevation in the Sierra Madre mountains.
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  7. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    Great Report! Looks like a cool adventure ride, with lots of dirty miles! Nice pictures too...:clap
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  8. WeazyBuddha

    WeazyBuddha Carbon-Based Humanoid

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    Thanks for taking the time to do the RR, great little adventure ride :clap
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  9. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    :rofl
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  10. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Great report and pics. Really enjoyed it. :D
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  11. Romanousky

    Romanousky Been here awhile

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    Nice work PDX! No $0.50 Cuba Libre's but the scenery was pretty damn good. Feeling like a bum that I missed out. I would have been laughing at Fritz in the clay and he probably would have kicked my ass so it might have been for the better. :rofl
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  12. rbrhsv

    rbrhsv Arizona Adventure Rider

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    Stumbled across your ride report while SHOPPING for a replacement fender for my Tiger 800XC - which also was a casualty of the UT mud!
    Just returned from the UTBDR after the wettest season in recent memory. The mud is unbelievable. It is hard to just stand in that slop, much less ride. My Kenda Big Block front tire turned into a ski and popped off the fender. I also stitched it with zip ties to complete the ride, although we were forced to skip some sections due to mud and late snow.
    By coincidence, I also rode the COBDR in 2014 on m,y WR250R - which I think is the perfect mountain ADV bike.
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  13. PDX Alamo

    PDX Alamo Been here awhile

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    I still have Utah red flashbacks but on the WR it was just plain fun with d606 tires
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