I just got done with the Utah BDR on my BMW r1200gsa with a group of great dudes! Bikes-BMW R1200gsa, KTM 1190R, African Twin, WR 250, 2 Honda 650's. Day 1- Pretty fun at first. Then we hit the deep Sand... The damn deep sand... Miles of sand... I only went down once or twice but the rest of the time I felt like I had a bull by the horns. The African Twin rider was down a lot. You get exhausted picking up big bikes in the 97 degree heat. We made it through though. The rest of the day was a lot easier after Blanding or so I am told as the African Twin and myself bailed after the sand. We were exhausted and did not want to risk anymore sand. Day 2-- The African Twin and my bmw split from the group and decided to take the "easy" route over La Sal mountain. The smaller bikes and the KTM went to Lockhart basin. The twin and I left in the morning and had a beautiful ride up La Sal Mountain. Dirt, Gravel, pavement stunning mountain and meadow views. BDR advertisement 101 right!! Well then we hit the top and started down the back side at about 1130 AM. We then hit the rockiest, steepest road I have been on going downhill. Our bikes would start turning over while in gear. It became unsafe to drive and we had to walk the bikes down. One bike down, go back and get the other bike down, rest for 10 minutes, repeat, repeat, repeat. It took us about 6 hours to go down. I had 6 liters of water and drank it all. We ran out the last 2 hours. There were some parts that we should have been able to ride but we were that exhausted. I have rode the Idaho BDR with this bike and had some challenges but nothing like this. I highly recommend that you do not take a large bike down the back side of LA SAL unless you are some kind of mad big bike skills. I ride a lot on my KTM 500 and the gsa. I was not ready for this. I would try an alternate route. The other group went to Lockhart Basin. They all had a really tough time and damage was done to bikes, busted panniers etc.. Excessive heat, dropping bikes left and right. I was ready to pull the plug to be honest. It just was not fun. I got over it The next four days were awesome and some of the most beautiful and diverse scenery. You would come around a corner and it was oohhs and ahhhs. Some trees were such a shade of green that they looked like they had been photo shopped already. There were challenging up hills with ruts and rocks and some stream crossings but they were fun and not ass kickers. We met a couple of Canadian dudes along the way and ran into them every day afterwards. I kind of think they were stalking us a little. We really enjoyed their company and it sounds like that we will all be doing the Colorado BDR together next year. Take aways from this- Take more water than you think you could ever drink. Practice riding in sand Use a smaller bike if possible There is light at the end of the tunnel Sand sucks. It just does In closing- I really hate sand. I mean I hate it so much I am not even going to lay on a beach of it in Hawaii. Hope this helps anyone going on the BDR.