“2010 Forever West” Featuring The Best Of The West On Big Trailies

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DockingPilot, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. bigborefan

    bigborefan Making new friends

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    Thanks TXTiger. All good info.

    My buddy likes gravel OK, just not on his 990 ADV. He prefers his DR650 on gravel. I know what he means, my 690 was better ion gravel than my 950SE.
  2. Themastermike

    Themastermike Think you caught me in a coma Supporter

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    BBF is right, before I get tossed under the bus.

    A 6'9" 990R is not as much fun on a gravel road as throwing a DR650 around flat track style.

    Maybe some different tires will improve it, but it isn't going to shave 100# off the machine.

    Hard gravel roads are good, I rode some western Kansas, Eastern Colorado roads that were on the sandy side and they were a challenge on the big bike. Middle of June and solo in the middle of no where probably didn't help my frame of mind.

    Looking forward to the possibility of this ride. I am used to covering 4-500 miles in a day. A leisurely pace of site seeing would be a blast.

    Lots of sweet photo's in the RR.
  3. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    I too love and would prefer my DR650. ! That bike checks just about every box.


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  4. gwhis

    gwhis Let's ride

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    :thumb I couldn't agree with you more....I don't miss the F800GS at all.
  5. johnpitts01

    johnpitts01 Long timer

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    That's what I tell Nancy all the time. :rofl

    Weapon of choice for me on these rides is WR250R.

    I'm not as skilled as my esteemed colleagues and not as strong as Mike on the big GS.

    The WR suits me perfectly.

    Biggest advantage for me on the WR is my mental outlook. I'm not worried about dropping the bike or how it will handle pretty much any situtation. Just point it and go. If I was on a big bike I'd be constantly worried about dropping the bike. And in the case of a GS or even a KTM 950/990 damaging the thing.

    Just dont even think about this stuff when I'm on the WR.

    About the only time I even notice the bike's small stature is on the freeway on a long uphill climb. The boys on the big bikes are pretty effortless here. The little WR is struggling to keep up. I'm not struggling to make the climb. Just struggling to do it @ 65+mph.

    Smaller is better.:evil
  6. JettPilot

    JettPilot ADV Rider

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    Are there GPS tracks available for this route ??? If so, where do we get them ???

    Mike
  7. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    From the man Tony Huegel.
    You will get the latest most up to date version.
    You can find him in vendors section.
    "Heart of the West"


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  8. bigborefan

    bigborefan Making new friends

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  9. BrokenHalo

    BrokenHalo Squid Racer

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    Man, looks like you all take some epic trips. Is there an application to fill out to become friends with your group? :feelgood
  10. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Lol
    We just finished up another one…


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  11. BrokenHalo

    BrokenHalo Squid Racer

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    I can cook!
  12. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Lol! The most important quality !


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  13. johnnybgood8

    johnnybgood8 Been here awhile

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    Very nice RR!
  14. ViperJustin

    ViperJustin Retired HH60G Gunner

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    How did I ever miss this RR?

    Epic RR! Just epic!
  15. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Why thank you Justin !


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    PascalM3M5 PascalM3M5

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  17. PascalM3M5

    PascalM3M5 PascalM3M5

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    Makes you think, long and strong.
  18. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    Just a head's up. If you are taking this ride. I went into Echo Canyon on Friday. I came in the back way off of highway 40 closer to Craig. There are a lot of stretches that are very deep talc like powder. It was challenging riding on a 1200.
    I also rode down Blue Mountain road. It's in pretty decent shape. I followed a lot of this route with friends four years ago. Best ride ever.

    Here's the talc. Just stood the pig back up..
    https://s3.amazonaws.com/advrider-p...Bike_059CA648-5DB5-4945-B4B0-AB7B5B8EECBA.jpg


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  19. hotdogman

    hotdogman Adventurer

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    Has the GPX file been made available some place. I would really like to have a copy. I want to take a ride like this one 2018.... Thanks for the great info.....
  20. Okie Preacher

    Okie Preacher Long timer

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    The GPX route is a proprietary piece put together by Tony Huegel and can be purchased here: http://backcountry-byways.blogspot.com/2015/11/heart-of-west-adventure-route-americas.html

    My wife and I covered big sections of the loop this past summer (we were in the 4Runner), linking it with sections of the NMBDR, the COBDR, and the CDR taking us into Alberta and British Columbia. Tony's customer service is second to none and his willingness to offer support and advice both before and during the trip was incredibly welcome.

    I am sure there are pirated versions of his work floating around, but give the guy his due.
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