Great Smokies & Wet Misery on the MABDR

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by maloryII, May 13, 2019.

  1. maloryII

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    • For the MABDR the KTM 690 is an absolute champ. Close range gearbox is perfect for all the switchbacks but it'll sit at 80mph in 6th gear for hours on the interstate. It has enough range (~150 miles) to ride deep in the woods comfortably without needing a giant aftermarket gas tank. And it's light, light, light. I went down a couple times in mud in Tennessee and picking it up was trivial.
    • In favorable weather conditions my bivy would have been perfect. But the rain requires a more robust shelter solution. Next time I will bring an additional ground cloth and some 550 cord to create a rain fly for the bivy.
    • I can go lighter with the sleeping bag. 20 degree mummies are overkill. I'm going to pick up something like this.
    • Rain pants must be bibbed to work for sustained soaking rain. Waisted pants WILL leak. I need a better solution here. Based on the outstanding performance of my Arcteryx Beta, I'll probably look at a mountaineering solution.
    • Merino undergarments are THE SHIT. Warm, light, and they dry very quickly, even in damp conditions. My merino underwear dried while I was wearing it (and nothing else, sorry Pat) in about 2 hours.
    • Wolfman E-12 luggage... I love the roominess and how easy they are to take on and off. They also sit securely on the bike. They didn't move an inch. However they soak easily, and they hold water inside. I had standing water inside the bags for the duration of the trip. Obviously they're not intended to be waterproof, so why not include a drain hole?
    • Dry bags essential for packing inside luggage. Quality matters -- Pat picked up some cheapo dry bags and he noticed that they leaked a little bit.
    • Wolfman front fender toolbag. This thing does not work well. It just slides to the front of the fender, which bends the fender and causes it scrape your front tire. Thumbs down.
    • If you're riding the MABDR, do yourself a favor and run a knobby style tire. You don't wanna get rained on in those woods with a 60/40+ tire.
    • Need a gloves solution. I dislike gauntlet gloves, and lined gloves are a huge pain in the ass when wet. Does anyone make a truly waterproof summer glove? Perhaps hippo hands are an option. They're light.
    • Scenic (the app) worked very well.
    • The iPhone 7 is not waterproof.
    • The Klim Badlands Pro is WAY too heavy. change my mind. I do however love the lower back dump pouch.
    • Arai XD4 is a good helmet. Only the neck part got wet. Kept me warm and ventilated. Lens fogs but they all do.
    • Food/drink/gas very easy to acquire on the BDR. No reason to pack any of these to any significant extent.
    • I have no issue wearing a backpack while riding. It didn't even notice it was there and it was very handy to be able to throw things in there that wouldnt otherwise fit.
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  2. kojack06

    kojack06 Long timer Supporter

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    Reference the Wolfman fender bag, did you drill small holes in the front fender and run small zip ties through the mounting bracket holes and through the fender? This will stop the bag from sliding on the fender AND if the straps loosen, will prevent the fender bag from going into your front wheel!

    I recommend these for rain:
    https://www.aerostich.com/clothing/...h-short-gauntlet-triple-digit-raincovers.html

    I wish you had great wx for your adventure. I'm from Maryland and it can rain indefinitely. Everytime I read a ride report like yours, it takes me back to 1972 and Hurricane Agnes. It rained nonstop for weeks. Major flooding on the Potomac. It was a mess. Anyone who plans to ride the MABDR should really anticipate heavy rain.

    Thanks for your ride report!
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  3. STOP

    STOP Been here awhile

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    This is great, thanks!
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  4. maloryII

    maloryII ey brah Supporter

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    Thanks for the recommendation, never seen those before.
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