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Continental Divide Trail - 2021

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Bagooba, Jul 29, 2020.

  1. Bagooba

    Bagooba Adventurer

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    Looking into riding South to North, on a 2005 Triumph Tiger. Main question is, is this bike too big for the CDT? I know, I know ... that is kind of a personal decision. I've ridden dirt bikes and trials since I was a little kid, like 5 - 6 yrs old, then I got married, had a daughter in 1991 and on a whim, sold both the street bike and the dirt bike, regretted it the next day!! Stayed out of motorcycling until parents passed and was left a little money and felt I could "afford $3500" for the Tiger. I love the bike and ride mainly to / from work and hit some gravel roads on the weekends. Still got good balance on the bike for 57 yrs old, but I don't want to be picking up at loaded Tiger on the trail. CDT looks to be mostly gravel/dirt roads but I don't want to find that rocky single track where I start wishing I had sold the Tiger and found an XR650...
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  2. GR8ADV

    GR8ADV Safety Second!

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    99% of the cdr is wide open for a big bike. Enjoy
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  3. ExodusRider

    ExodusRider ExodusRider

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    Did it once on 2015 F800GSA and once on a 2016 R1200GS.. you're fine... many sections.. there are hard, moderate, and easy routes to take... change switch out if you find it too difficult for the Tiger...

    Google Kevin GPS for his tracks...
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  4. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad Former World's Foremost Authority Supporter

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    Too big? Nope! We did it alone with a one wheel drive sidecar. Camped for 4 nights, motel on the 5th to shower and re-supply.
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  5. Bagooba

    Bagooba Adventurer

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    Good info, I had heard about the 3 route choices but nice to hear that some bigger bikes made it just fine. Let the planning begin!!
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  6. Bagooba

    Bagooba Adventurer

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    Great pictures! Like the camp 4 - motel 1 idea...
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  7. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad Former World's Foremost Authority Supporter

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    And the other thing about staying in town every 5th night is you get some quality time with these:

    Wash.jpg
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  8. sweepea

    sweepea Been here awhile

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    where did you get the trail map?
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  9. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad Former World's Foremost Authority Supporter

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    I spent a lot of time making my own
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  10. Shake-n-baken

    Shake-n-baken n00b

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    Fleecer Ridge could be a problem South to North and I would avoid Lava Mountain on a big bike. We did those North to South on WR250Rs and could not imagine being on a bigger bike, especially Lava Mountain.
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  11. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    You may find some answers and other helpful information in this report. It was written to help the next rider plan a trip on the divide and also has a lot of pix of the road surfaces. Tracks are also available.
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  12. Bagooba

    Bagooba Adventurer

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    Perfect! I downloaded the GPX tracks. I am working on cousin and a buddy to do this with me in the next few years. Thanks for the notification...
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  13. Blaise W

    Blaise W Long timer Super Supporter Supporter

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    Personally I would rely on Cannonshot's tracks. I have met him on the trail and know that he actually rides his routes. That's a seriously good thing to know. Next year, 2021 is really getting packed but the "Great Divide" has to happen, on my Africa Twin, and I may go north on the Pacific Crest route to get to the start.
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