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Joined: Jun 2004
Location: Logan, Utah
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Big Cat Ventures, Inc. Presents
Big Cat VII - 2005
July 16, 2005
Full day off-road ride 650cc and above dual sport
Scenic, obscure location Technical route choice
Event shirt and cap Advanced and BasicTouring route choices
Welcome dinner ‚Äď 15 July Awards dinner ‚Äď 16 July
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On 16 July 2004, Big Cat VII ‚Äď 2005 will ride the Manti-LaSal National Forest ranges in and around Ephraim, Utah. Ride headquarters will be in Ephraim, Utah at the Willow Creek Inn. This is a ride especially designed for the big dual sport motorcycles, though bikes as small as 650cc are allowed to enter. There is no brand restriction.
Big Cat was conceived in 1999 as an inducement to get the big dual sport bikes off the highway and into the wilds. The west becomes ten times larger for the motorcyclist when he/she can ride the big adventure bikes off the beaten track. In 1999 the first ‚ÄėCat took six intrepid riders into Nine Mile Canyon and the Sand Wash area of the Green River in Utah. In 2000, nearly 30 riders discovered the Pilot Range on the Utah/Nevada border. 2001 took 30 riders and 8 volunteers to Browns Park ‚Äď outlaw country in the three corners area of Wyoming, Colorado and Utah. In 2002 the Cat‚Äô and 45 riders crisscrossed the high and remote Idaho and Nevada state line between Jackpot, Nevada and Jarbidge Nevada. The 2003 ride in and around Dubois, Wyoming took 70 riders and 17 volunteers into some of the most spectacular adventure riding terrain imaginable. In 2004 the spectacular Payette National Forest around McCall, Idaho was our venue: 125 riders and over 20 volunteers.
2005 ‚Äď Sanpete County Utah ‚Äď just two hours south of Salt Lake City. The San Pitch Range‚Ä¶ the Wasatch Plateau‚Ä¶. Its obscure‚Ä¶ It‚Äôs wild‚Ä¶ It‚Äôs Big Cat country.
On the 15th of July, 2005, riders will check into the Willow Creek Inn, in Ephraim, Utah ‚Äď ride headquarters. After registration at the Willow Creek Inn, participants and volunteers will join at Don‚Äôs Gallery Caf√©, just two blocks north on Main Street for a cash bar an dinner. The next day we ride. Three routes are established: a Basic Touring Route, where scenery abounds, but where technical aspects of the ride are kept to a minimum. This route has been popular with many riders who are new to off road riding on the big bikes as well as those who may have paid their dues on technical trails and prefer to concentrate more on scenery this time around. Think of the Advanced Touring Route in thirds: equal proportions of tarmac, graded dirt, and mid-level technical terrain, and, usually Advanced Touring is the longest distance of the three options. The Technical Route (knobby tires only), for riders more interested in technical challenge. Unless they‚Äôve stopped for a rest, tech riders won‚Äôt have a lot of time to check out scenery. All rider groups are ‚Äútailed‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúcovered‚ÄĚ by back-up service vehicles. All groups are led by experienced ride-leaders who have previously ridden the route. Big Cat makes use of satellite phones and coordinates closely with local law enforcement, EMT, Forest Service and BLM authorities. After the ride ‚Äď between 150 miles and 250 miles of backcountry riding, riders return to Don‚Äôs Gallery Cafe for an awards dinner. The event is officially over after the dinner is complete.
Please fill out and submit the enclosed application if you want to join! Your application will be confirmed by email from Big Cat Ventures, Inc. Questions? Please call Steve Taylor at 435 640 6310; or email Big Cat Ventures at: email@example.com (Margaret and I are riding in Turkey with Burt and Diane and company between 15 May 2005 and 01 June 2005, so my availability is limited. I might check email from time to time if convenient).
Any bike can be taken off road. The question is; How much fun did you have doing it?
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