Exploring the Trans - Wisconsin trail

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rokklym, May 20, 2008.

  1. discochris

    discochris Stayin' Alive

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    These yahoos will be about four miles from my cabin, Fourth of July week. I can't say I'm very happy about it.
  2. pfettig77

    pfettig77 Been here awhile

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    I have an NC700X and a G650Gs and I'll be selling one next spring. I'm leaning toward keeping the NC, but if it can't handle this trail which I plan on doing next summer, then I may keep the GS instead. I saw that someone did it on a Strom and it struggled a bit. Which ever bike I keep will be getting a set of Shinko 705s. Any thoughts?
  3. BrittC

    BrittC Been here awhile

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    I did most of the trail on a Super Tenere on Shinko 805's and only skipped the section near Delta Diner due to time constraints. The NC700X is so much lighter that I think it should not be a problem though 705's will get squirrley in soft sand. I like the 805's on pavement or off (especially for their low price) and they served me very well on multiple bikes.
  4. berksglh

    berksglh Adventurer

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    I did most of the trail on my 2015 vstrom 1000 with 804/805's. I went off trail north of Perkenstown near Hwy 8. Was an extreemly wet year and a few huge storms had gone through week before. First night on the trail we had tornadoes south of thorp and torrential rain where I was suppose to camp.

    I went sideways through wet swampy deep sand ponds near Blackriver falls. Almost put her down several times, but made it through with a slight pulled groin.

    Only reason i ended up going off trail was it was getting to cold to camp wet with no dry wood available and the trails were better suited to a jet ski. Second night it got down to 46F and I was soaked. Week prior it was mid 80's and I wasnt packed for cold. Not my cup of tea, and not what I bought the bike to go through. Give me a 450 and 80F or warmer and I'll ride that swampy stuff all day.

    Some day in better dryer weather I plan to attempt the trail again on the strom. Ill likely pick a tire better then the Shinkos. I've decided I dont like paddle like rear wheel and the front got a LOUD ringing at speed after 3000 miles.
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  5. gmtech

    gmtech Been here awhile

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    if anyone wants to plan doing this in the spring or sections of this PM id like to join on a 12 tenere . im about hour south of the start of the trail
  6. Mdh01

    Mdh01 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Rode the south end of the TWAT (Lansing, IA to Dubuque, IA) this past weekend. Nice weather for a leisure 7 hour ride through scenic country with an overnight stop in Dubuque.

    Looking forward to doing the northern route this summer too.


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  7. chrisnack

    chrisnack Been here awhile

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    That’s the easy part! :) it’s a nice ride though.

    The sand in the north, sucks but you get used to it. I wished I had a lighter bike than my R1200GS when I did it.
  8. pfettig77

    pfettig77 Been here awhile

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    That looks awesome. I plan on doing it later this month. I have a G650GS and an NC700X. I can only keep one and I'm leaning toward the NC. Do you think it would do alright on this trip?
  9. Mdh01

    Mdh01 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Probably depends on how comfortable you are off road...I've seen NC700's configured with the right tires to make it enjoyable. Beyond that, it's in the riders hand...

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  10. AnthraxBird

    AnthraxBird Adventurer

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    Hey guys, I'm planning on doing the TWAT this summer, but I live at least 5 hours away. I want to load up my bike (XR650L) into the truck, and drive to Galena. Is there anywhere to safely park the truck while I do the trail? Thanks!
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  11. Mdh01

    Mdh01 Been here awhile Supporter

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    I rode to Dubuque to start the trail and stayed overnight at the Marriott TownePlace Suites. Dubuque is a short ride to the trail head.

    If you book a room the night before you start your ride they might let you leave your truck in the parking lot. Looked like plenty of space when I stayed there.

    TownePlace Suites Dubuque Downtown
    1151 Washington Street
    Dubuque, Iowa, USA 52001
    Tel: +1 563-258-4500
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  12. AnthraxBird

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    Awesome! I'll check it out! Thanks
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    rj95lss still searching...

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    Similar question as AnthraxBird - but I’m asking about two trucks. I’ll be coming from NJ and two of my friends coming from MN & IA.

    Maybe there is someone who lives reasonably close to the start that would let us leave two trucks (one sign trailer) at their place? Maybe even camp one night there?

    Probably end of summer / early fall.
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  14. clawdog60

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    you looking for any tag alongs or solo only?
  15. chrisnack

    chrisnack Been here awhile

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    My buddy had a 650GS, and I’ve seen other riders on them as well. Seen them ride through stuff I was getting stuck on. It’s a great bike for the trail.

    I’d pick that over the NC700X any day.

    The NC is gonna have 17” wheels and low clearance.
  16. AnthraxBird

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    You're more than welcome to come along!
  17. Bscid

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    We have 4 bikes riding the Trans Wisco Trail this June or early July. 2 KLR's and 2 V-Stroms. We are thinking of doing a cheat route to avoid the deep sand. Can someone assist us by fairly accurately telling me where the sand traps are north of Black River and north of Drummond? We are planing 3-4 days of just taking it easy and will go when we get a good weather window. TIA.
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    Free parking at my farm
    I live in Stockton,Illinois (1/2 hour east of Galena), you could park/camp here if you like.
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  19. Daleah

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    We have used the Casino parking lot. There is a hotel there also. They have a huge lot so there is plenty of room. We called ahead and they were ok with it last year. You might call ahead. We didn't even stay at the hotel or use the casino. It's handy to Hwy 151. just another idea to try.
  20. mikejjmay

    mikejjmay Long timer

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    is this track available somewhere in a map where you can zoom in and easily identify the roads, etc, or an overlay in google maps? I do not have a GPS device at this time that can download tracks, etc, and every linked site seems to just be a JPG of google map, that you cannot zoom in and find the actual road names, etc. The images put you in the vicinity, but not quite detailed enough