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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by WilsoDRZ, Jul 19, 2016.
I realized after I posted that the report was already complete, guess I get to binge read it now. :)
Great story. Are you going to try Moab?
Bummer - looks like another great RR succumbed to the stupidity of Photobucket. FWIW Wilso - sign up for Smug Mug, and then use Smugglr to transfer your photobucket files to Smug Mug - then you have to go back picture by picture, and re-do the link. I am in the process of doing exactly that with my CDR report. What a pain. Boycott Photobucket!
Awwww, not cool.
Thanks for the advice KTM Mike, I'll start the process of moving my photos.
I haven't bought another bike or planned another trip. Work has been fulfilling all my motorcycle desires. We've been messing around with this stupid thing:
I like what ever you do for work! Cool.
I just ran into an issue with Smugglr in transferring pics to SmugMug. I used it a few nights ago without issue - transferred a few hundred pics. I tried again tonight, and what transfer was that stupid ass Photobucker "please update your account...." image. Damn.
Well done story. inspiring. I've been up and down that stretch of the US many times on pavement, and lived on both ends of the trail (In NM for 10 years recently, and back in MT now). Spectacular country, and I plan to follow the Divide before I get too old, as long as I can find someone else as dedicated with matching vacation time :).
Sweet video in the first post! Looking forward to ride the CDT this summer.
I did it! I finally put updated all the photo links. Took a couple hours but it was nice reliving the trip. I'm also starting to plan a trip for summer 2018, hopefully I'll start a trip planning thread soon.
Let me know if ya'll see anything wrong with the updated pics.
WilsoDRZ, thank you! A most enjoyable report and video. You are an artist-- both visually and verbally! And, to have accomplished your skills at your tender age is an achievement. At double your age, and having honed my skills in newspaper work, my hat is off to you, sir!
I hope you don't abandon our marvelous hobby, as you hinted you might. Having a comrade with both technical and artistic talents is a boon to us all! In my experience (I've been riding and exploring from Mexico to Alaska since 1969), nothing else, except perhaps flying, provides the sense of fulfilment and wonder-- and the occasional shot of adrenalin! If we throw in "bang for the buck," motorcycling wins hands down! So, please do us all a favor and start shopping for your next bike and planning your next adventure.
Speaking of bikes, your choice for this adventure was spot-on, considering your priorities and physical abilities. I've never owned one, but have owned every smaller and larger Suzuki DR ever made, which is why I bought a DL650 in '04, the year they were introduced. Reliability, low maintenance requirements, cost of ownership and versatility are high priorities if you want to stay in this rewarding activity long term. And that's why I've been slowly progressing toward lighter and more versatile machines as the years creep up and my physical ability creeps down. Therefore, my latest acquisition is a 2018 XT250. My choice is driven by my 29-inch inseam. You said you couldn't recommend an XT for this adventure, and I'm guessing you haven't looked at modern XT specs or considered height-challenged riders. An XT has remarkable ground clearance along with rider-friendly seat height and exceptionally long suspension travel. Throw in fuel injection and a real-world price in the mid-$4000 range and weight under 300lbs and you have a serious contender. My '11 KLR was great, but I couldn't pick it up by myself, which eliminated solo adventuring. My '13 WR250 was amazing, but it was expensive and needed many $$$ of modifications and farkles to make it useful for serious long-distance exploring. Even after lowering and a lower saddle, it regularly left me lying on the rocks, or worse, in a deep, cold creek. Yes, it was fast-- considerably faster than a DRZ at altitude-- but as any WR owner will tell you, it's not rideable in real-world trail situations unless it's seriously geared down. And then you're dealing with sky-high RPMs and extreme high-frequency handlebar vibration at highway speeds. Without any modifications, a fuel-injected XT250 is a capable machine, with surprising bottom-end torque, which is more useful than horsepower for trail work. But if you need to cruise the back country at more than 70mph, this is not your bike.
Thanks again, WilsoDRZ, and please keep those exceptional posts coming!
Thanks for the compliments, definitely good timing as I just started planning my next trip and I appreciate the encouragement! I'm about to post a "Planning" thread, I'll link here when I do.
You make some good points on the XT. My girlfriend (not meant to be insulting) has a 2007 and I really like riding it. It has really tall gears from the previous owner's desire to run 70mph and it's still plenty spunky. I probably have a negative view because it's not sprung for my 175lb weight and the cockpit is a bit cramped. I also remember limited aftermarket accessories back when she wanted to get in on the fun. Each bike has it's pros and cons, its all about what is most important for each rider!
Nice post, great read. Sure keeps the stoke High, helps get through the winter.
Aspiring rider here reading your great trip report. Thanks for the great information. Sounds like a really good ride! I'm in Kyle (now just called south-south Austin). Hope to look you up for tips in the future. Cheers (bottles clink).
Attaching GPX tracks.
I created my planned tracks (CDT Wilso Days) around GPSKevin routes, specifically taking the harder red routes. I also detoured a bit to visit Yellowstone and Glacier National Park.
"Post CDT with checkpoints" is my actual recorded route including back-tracking and getting lost.
Thanks for the GPX
Another question would be: That my KTM690 doesn't have much rang something like 220kls 140 miles.
What's the was your longest ride between gas fills roughly.
The longest section for me was the Great Basin from Rawlins WY to Boulder WY, something like 200 miles. I had a 3.9 gal Clarke tank on my DRZ and I flipped to reserve just as I rolled into the gas station in Boulder. I had read the Boulder store was hit-or-miss with gas but they had fuel, cold beer and were pouring shots at noon. I also had the Rotopax to get me the extra 12 miles to Pinedale if needed. I've also read you can ask locals for gas in Atlantic City or South Pass City.