Hello All, This is my first ride report on ADV Rider, heck anywhere for that matter, I have read and enjoyed many ride reports of other inmates adventures. Some have inspired me to do rides like this one, and others have just kept me sane during the long cold winter days of Northern Idaho. I figured I was due to give back to the adventure community and write my own report, maybe it will inspire someone to go on a ride, maybe it will help someone else make it through the winter, or maybe it will just occupy my time and allow me to revisit this epic ride we did. We are both long time dirt bikers but we are new to the dual sport/adventure riding, the IDBDR was our first big offroad adventure, we have done several long street bike trips including the entire PCH and back, so at least we are not a stranger to long trips on a motorcycle. The ride was completed as best as we could do given the weather and other parts of the adventure, and it was epic. I am writing this report to record our adventure, I will hopefully be able to do 1 post per day. Planning The ride came about in November 2018, my son and I had completed the IDBDR that August, and with winter setting in I started to read ride reports about the AZBDR and the GCBAR, and the planning started after that. I wanted to do something different for this ride, so with talking to a friend that was also going to join us we decided we would start in Moab, ride the White Rim Trail, ride a portion of the UTBDR south to Four Corners, hit the corner of Colorado, ride a part of the NMBDR until it got close to the AZ border, then slab it down to the Start of the AZBDR, ride the entire route north, then explore some viewpoints of the Grand Canyon, explore Monument Valley and Valley of the Gods, then back up the UTBDR and for the finale do Lockhart Basin, before returning back home. The total days we could do were 17, 1 day down trailering the bikes to Moab, 15 days doing the loop, and 1 day to return to Idaho. Tight, but doable. The go day was May 11, 2019. Preparation I did the IDBDR on my 1190, it was good, but being a dirt biker I prefer lighter and smaller bikes, the 1190 did all it was asked to do, but hearing that the AZBDR was more technical, I decided to go with something smaller, the chosen weapon was my 701, I needed to figure out which type of luggage to use, extra gas capacity (mostly for the GCBAR part of the trip) and comfort. For extra fuel I decided I would just pack a 1 gal rotopax, my son's 690 already had a safari tank so he would not need to carry extra fuel, so he would pack the water rotopax. For comfort I went with the Seat Concepts seat and decided for wind protection and adventure cred put a Nomad tower on it with cyclops lights. Also installed a kouba link to lower the seat height as the bike is a bit tall for me, bar risers to raise the forks to balance the bike, kickstand pad for the sandy sections, and greased the linkage shock bearings, and steering head bearings as well, since I was in all of those areas anyways. The bike only had less than 2000 miles on it but I know the factory can be fairly skimpy when it comes to grease, I knew this ride would be bumpy so more grease the better.