2018 Best of Montana 1000 Planning

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Timmer, Jan 16, 2018.

  1. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    This little ride we affectionately call the Best of Montana 1000 has been going for a number of years after I started it following the first two years of the Montana 1000 which was ran out of Darby. Ron (Wansfel) took over the routing from me and has masterfully guided us for the past few years. In July 2017 he let us know that he wouldn't be planning a 2018 ride.

    Several have expressed interest in doing a BOM1000 in 2018. The purpose of this thread is to guage interest in doing another BOM1000. I'm not able to do a ride as early as the 3rd week in July due to another riding commitment in Europe, but I could start a ride on July 28, 2018 (the fourth Saturday). I would suggest that we redo the 2017 route in the reverse direction and carve out some portions that would keep the ride within a week's period of time.

    As a further complication, we are NOT able to use the area next to Ron's home for storing trucks, trailers and other equipment while we ride. We'd have to come up with another location.

    What's the interest level in doing another BOM1000? Please indicate your interest by posting in this thread. If you have any routing suggestions, please post them here or PM them to me.
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  2. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    Participant List for the 2018 BOM (Updated 07/15/2018)
    1. Timmer
    2. WoodrowBDR
    3. Flying Fish
    4. rnw2016
    5. bobzilla
    6. Oldschoolrocker +1
    7. norton(kel)
    8. Gotitgood
    9. sikyl
    10. LC1
    11. Mtnseker
    12. Bob
    13. rnw2016
    14. unswitched
    15. Stinky
    16. Rob Green
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  3. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman Back in Black!

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    Interested. Not sure I will be able until we get closer.
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  4. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra Supporter

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    I'm always interested though I won't know how much of the ride I can do until much closer. I do have room for several vehicles to park at my place near West Yellowstone if that helps anyone out. Timmer has been there.
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  5. sorebutt

    sorebutt Long timer

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    I'm interested if it is later in July. I'm already committed for the 3rd weekend. I've missed the last 2 because of that.
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  6. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister Supporter

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    I'd love to re-ride last year's route.
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  7. LC1

    LC1 Been here awhile

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    Always interested.
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  8. norton(kel)

    norton(kel) He’s my President! Supporter

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    In + 2
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  9. Siorc

    Siorc Tiger Shark Supporter

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    Interested, would prefer more dirt . . . Didn't last year have pretty extensive highway sections?
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  10. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    Que Sera Sera! ;-)


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  11. Wansfel

    Wansfel I'm not lost! The world is just a bit misplaced.

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    Not really (excepting Beartooth).
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  12. Wallowa

    Wallowa Diver Down

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    Concur with Ron..

    We had lots of dirt, rock and sand...the scenery over Beartooth was spectacular and I have seen it before but it was beautiful...
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  13. HellsAlien

    HellsAlien a has-been that never-was

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    AND....its big fun to pass Harleys on Beartooth highway with dirty ADV bikes!
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  14. Phoenix101

    Phoenix101 Long timer

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    how many days? A maybe but depends on dates as we are planning a trip North this summer too
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  15. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    I want to hold it to 7 days (7/28 to 8/3).


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  16. Siorc

    Siorc Tiger Shark Supporter

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    Cool. :clap
    Must admit I stopped tracking the specifics last year once I figured out I couldn't go.

    I did manage to do 3 days of the Idaho BDR. My WRR is getting pretty dialed in, and looking forward to playing with others. I've also never been over Beartooth.
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  17. Phoenix101

    Phoenix101 Long timer

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    So is this a big bike ride? I am thinking so if you rode over Beartooth Pass... from pictures from last year it looks like dirt roads all good with a larger bike... I am good with that just trying to figure out which bike I would take.. big bike and I will ride over to the starting point... little bike and would trailer over
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  18. Wallowa

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    Just speaking for myself...I am glad to have been on my WRR and not my GSA for the BOM 2017...yes, I probably could have ridden the GSA but the WRR was more fun off road..to each their own...some riders can ride a GSA better than I can ride my WRR...but I am not one of them..besides always riding home with the bash plate strapped on top of my luggage got to be embarrassing! :muutt

    Phil
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  19. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister Supporter

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    Phoenix101, I did it on the Superbug:pynd but I would have been fine on my F650GS although I stuck with the easy route and didn't do the parts listed as more challenging. For me riding the F650 is like a real sized person riding a big bike. There was only one short section of loose sand that was a bugger but chances are that section won't be such a mess the next time. The farmer I talked too said it's not always like that.

    The guys that did the more challenging parts will probably weigh in on this but I wanted to put my 2 cents in for Phoenix101wife since she and I have similar ideas about dirt.
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  20. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    The BOM1000 rides are all planned to be big bike friendly. But as PHIL pointed out, it’s more fun on a smaller bike. I’m also on a WR250r but have done earlier BOM1000’s on an F650GS. For me the WR is far superior.


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