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Old 08-10-2011, 03:14 PM   #61
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Great report and pics! I rode Weston Pass on my 800 XC about a month ago. Fun as hell, that road. Views aren't half bad, either. Cottonwood Pass is a blast on both sides, paved and unpaved. I rode up the paved side and at the top was a guy on a big touring BMW road bike. He seriously looked bummed to know that I was riding down the dirt side and he was going back on the pavement. Ha! Dual sports rule!

Keep these kick ass RR's, pics and videos coming. They're awesome.
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Old 08-10-2011, 05:52 PM   #62
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Great report and pics! I rode Weston Pass on my 800 XC about a month ago. Fun as hell, that road. Views aren't half bad, either. Cottonwood Pass is a blast on both sides, paved and unpaved. I rode up the paved side and at the top was a guy on a big touring BMW road bike. He seriously looked bummed to know that I was riding down the dirt side and he was going back on the pavement. Ha! Dual sports rule!

Keep these kick ass RR's, pics and videos coming. They're awesome.
I think I read your report. Did you have a get off on Engineer? I was gonna head to that part of the state but I had to work on Sunday. A day ride is all I could manage. Stay tuned.... I leave a week from Friday on a huge trip. Denver, Boise, Redmond, northern Cali, Oregon coast, portland, Redmond, then Nevada, Utah, and back to Denver. Father and sons trip. Dad will be on the goldwing so it will be all pavement. But we are camping the entire trip.
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Old 08-12-2011, 06:05 PM   #63
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New Thread.

I started a triumph 800 XC picture thread can you kick it off with some eye candy? http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...3#post16615673
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Old 08-13-2011, 03:08 AM   #64
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Great stuff.
I rode some of that last report on rental F650GS in 2008. We thought the area was fanbloodytastic. We did fail Tincup pass. Not because we didn't make it to the top but there was still too much snow just over the top. Have you tried the Tiger up that one yet?
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Old 08-13-2011, 09:34 PM   #65
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I think I read your report. Did you have a get off on Engineer? I was gonna head to that part of the state but I had to work on Sunday. A day ride is all I could manage. Stay tuned.... I leave a week from Friday on a huge trip. Denver, Boise, Redmond, northern Cali, Oregon coast, portland, Redmond, then Nevada, Utah, and back to Denver. Father and sons trip. Dad will be on the goldwing so it will be all pavement. But we are camping the entire trip.
No, I rode Engineer like a (lucky) champ. Ophir, on the other hand...not so much. Yeah, I had a get off on the first switchback. No real damage to me or bike, though.

If you and your Dad come through Moab look me up. First round of beer's is on me.
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Old 08-13-2011, 10:17 PM   #66
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G'Day Tyson,

Great photo's and report, looks like a spectacular place to ride .
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Old 08-14-2011, 12:23 PM   #67
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Tyson, Photos are awesome. Saw the vid on the Boise thread and nice way to put a cherry on the top of a great hill climb. Getting ready to do some backpacking then off for a week on the Tiger. After seeing how you are enjoying yours, it confirms that the Steamer is going to have to be retired and a new XC bought and tortured.

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Old 08-16-2011, 08:08 PM   #68
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39 hours and 53 minutes til the 4000 mile adventure starts!!
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Home sweet second home in Denver. I am in the process of editing 777 photos and 13 gopro videos from my 3857 mile adventure. Look for the first part of the report to be up late tonight. Some stats from the trip:

3857 miles across five states
Day 1= 166 miles
Day 2= 711 miles
Day 3= 343 miles
Day 4= 309 miles
Day 5= 271 miles
Day 6= 221 miles
Day 7= 0 miles
Day 8= 653 miles
Day 9= 573 miles
Day 10= 610 miles

Best mpg= 54.6
Worst mpg= 40.2
Ave mpg= about 44.5
77 hours 14 minutes in the saddle
55.4 mph average speed

1 broken gas cap
1 new rear tire
3 bee stings
1 trip to the hospital

More to come....lots more to come
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Day 1

A long time coming. That's what this next ten days is all about. Work has been long, arduous, trying, and challenging all summer long. The summer of 2011 has nearly slipped completely by. But, not this next ten days. This next ten days will be the ride of the year. I will be with my family, who I love dearly. I will also be with Hobbes. Hobbes is part of my family now and I love him dearly as well.

Meet the players. Dad. On his '86 Honda Goldwing with 91,000 miles.



And my brother, Trevor. Riding his '93 Kawasaki KLX650C with almost 20,000 miles.



Then, there's me. Riding my '11 Triumph Tiger 800XC with 2821 miles.


The odo starting shot...



My dad left Wisconsin and rode 1200 miles solo to meet me in Denver on Thursday afternoon, August 18. He showed up a little later than expected cause the wing was having some troubles. My dad described the sputtering and loss of power. We determined that his gas cap wasn't venting properly. A #40 drill bit fixed that right up. It was great to be with him on a another moto trip. We had a great one last year together from Boise to Glacier NP and back. This year proved to be even better cause little bro was gonna be along. Deer hunting season '09 was the last time we were all together.

My dad and I hardly had anytime to catch up. We had miles to make! It's about 875 miles to my house in Boise from Denver. We had to be there tomorrow night to get the vacation started. My brother only had a limited time off and we needed to meet him in Redmond, OR on Saturday.

We got on the interstate and I let dad go first to make sure the wing was running right after the gas cap mod.



As we climbed in altitude to almost 11,000 feet, the wing was losing power. We figured it was just the altitude. We were right. The old wing has emphysema. A little tough to breathe at that altitude. This is the first bike I've owned with fuel injection. Mine did just fine.

It was hot when we left Denver. The coolness of the higher altitudes was a welcome comfort. We turned North on 9 and made our way past the Green Mountain Reservoir and into Kremmling.







We headed up Gore Pass and the sunset was pretty darn good. My dad commented that no matter what way you look, it sure is purdy.



I came around the corner and was completely startled by a moose in the road! I haven't seen one in Colorado in years! Pretty neat.



I'm not quite sure what the look on my dad's face was for. Maybe just a bad picture.



We went past Finger Rock and my dad remembered my earlier ride report and agreed that "Spire of Death" would have been a much cooler name.

Time for gas, food, and beer in Yampa. We stopped at a little diner and both had BBQ burgers that hit the spot. I wasn't in the mood for heavy beer, so we got some Kokanee for the campsite a few miles down the road.

We set up camp at the Stagecoach Reservoir. It took us a minute to find it. GPS is good, but sometimes you just have to look at a map to get the lay of the land and figure out exactly where you are. $21 for a campsite! We didn't pay the extra $7 on top of that for the extra vehicle. We have four wheels. Same as a car. We only had a few beers while we listened to a coyote that was literally just down the hill for us. It was too late for a fire and tomorrow was gonna be a big day. Day 1 of the adventure is complete.
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Day 2

We had to set an alarm on vacation!! This was gonna be one long day. We had to make it to Boise tonight. I was really looking forward to showing Dad my new house there. I've owned it since December and I've only spent about 11 weeks there cause of this Colorado thing I have going on.

We didn't have anything for breakfast at camp. Just a little coffee to jump start the day.





Just a quick jaunt back out to Highway 9 and we were making forward progress. At Oak Creek we took a small cutoff road to Hayden, CO. The cutoff road, CO 27, turned out to be a great way to start out the day. It was very scenic.











Dad was already bugging me to ride the new Tiger. He did comment that is sounded "funny". "Is that how it's supposed to sound?" "Yes dad. That's how a Triumph triple sounds!"

So I let him ride and we switched for about 10 miles. I was comfortable on the Goldwing and I knew it well. I did a trip on it back when I was in college in Wisconsin. I took it up to Upper Michigan and rode a lot of the Lake Superior coast with a buddy. He had a classic BMW. Can't quite remember what. That, for many years, was my favorite vacation I took. It was good to be back on the Wing for a bit. It sure is a comfy bike. It would have been a little better if I had my camel back off. I was a little scrunched because of the backrest.





We switched back when we got to Hwy 40. I don't think dad was ready to give the Tiger back. He loved the tranny. It's hard not to.

Soon we were in Craig, CO and it was time for food. I didn't see a dedicated breakfast joint, but the sign said "open" on a pizza place. I ran across the street and sure enough, they had a breakfast menu. It was pretty tasty too.



When I took the picture of my breakfast plate, my dad asked why I had done it. I always enjoy seeing these pictures in other people's reports. So, I was gonna go the same thing. Of course, this was the only one I remembered to take. I look at that picture and it really puts me back in that restaurant. I remember those potatoes had an awesome seasoning on them. This is going to be one of those things that I am going to remember to do on trips from now on. Not only does it add to the report, but it helps me to remember more feelings of that exact moment in time.

I took a lot of my shots from the saddle on this trip. I got pretty darn good at it. I have the camera set up on my chest strap of my backpack. The pouch has a velcro flap that makes for easy access. It also has a zipper for when the weather gets nasty. But the camera is also built for the nasty stuff too. Consequently, since a lot of shots were taken while moving, I lost the zoom function. The quality of my photos throughout this report will be a little lower than usual. So, deal with it.



Lots and lots of open country out here. It just goes on for miles and miles and miles. It's on the hot side as well. I wouldn't call it wasteland, but there isn't much going on out here.



We saw this little guy while on a pee break. There was also a very low frequency pounding over the hill. We never figured out what it was. It was very, very, odd. I thought it might be a well driller or oil rig, but the sound wasn't quite right.











We are starting to near the Utah border and Dinosaur National Monument. For all my loyal readers, you'll notice that we are running the same route from here til Boise as my opening post in this thread. There's just not a lot of options out here where you can still make good time.











We have passed Vernal, UT and are now approaching Duchesne, UT. I'm pretty sure it's pronounced do-chase. We had to stop for construction and dad's meat thermometer was reading 100 degrees. Yep, it's hot in the desert in the summer.



We gassed up in Duchesne. I am still operating on maps alone. I had four BENCHMARK Atlases with me on the trip. I highly recommend this series. I looked at the map and knew where I needed to go after we left the gas station because I saw the sign for 87 North a block away. I guess I should have told dad we were taking the scenic way. He was lagging behind after I turned North and I couldn't figure out why. His GPS was telling him to do a U turn. I knew where I was and I was getting angry that dad wouldn't listen to me over his electronics. I was still really wound up from recent months of toil. He finally conceded that I knew where I was and we continued on.











We were now starting the climb up Wolf Creek Pass. Dad has improved his riding skills on the Goldwing a lot since our trip last year. But, the Wing is no match for the Tiger and I leave pokey behind while I wear the sides of my tires.









I stopped at the top to enjoy the cooler temps and wait for Dad. There was another group of bikers there too. "Jesus, you got enough shit with you?" said the douche bag in the doo-rag. "Yeah, it's a lot more than I normally carry, but I'm on a ten day road trip. Not so worried about weight." "Hey that's a nice BMW," says one of the other dickheads in the assless chaps sitting on his overpriced POS. "No, I think it's a KLR." I'd had about enough of these assholes. I started my bike and made a comment something to the effect of, "FUCK YOU! Catch me on my KLR! That is, if your bikes start and run long enough with out breaking down." I gave the ADV rider salute as I redlined out of the parking lot.

















I am an ex-snowboard bum with five years under my belt in Breckenridge, CO. That being said, I've always been very interested to check out Park City, UT. Colorado and Utah have some of the best snow in the world and this was always a place that I thought I may want to live someday when I go back to an easier work life. It was getting on towards 2:00 and we hadn't eaten since breakfast. Lunch in Park City it was. I filled my Camel Back with ICE COLD water at the restaurant and we took a little drive down the main drag.



Yep, looks like a great place to party life away.



The rest of the day would be spent on the Interstate. We still had five hours to go. Dad and I were hauling ass down the mountain into Salt Lake City.



We made it almost all the way through SLC with out hitting Friday afternoon traffic. Just a bit of stop and go. Back up to speed and it's getting to be a long day. I found that I can put my feet up on the tank and the Happy Trail crash guards hold my legs. A pretty decent alternative since I don't have highway pegs.









We stopped for gas in "The Middle of Nowhere."



In my first post, I said there will be no pictures from the Interstate in Idaho. Well, here's making up for lost time.





The farmland of Idaho actually is quite pretty.



I'm ready to see my house and get off the bike for today!



The sun was setting as we only had about 50 miles to go. It was a good one.



And so concludes our 711 mile day. The longest one of the trip. Now things can start slowing down a little.
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Old 08-30-2011, 08:02 PM   #75
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More great photos and anecdotes, Tyson. I feel for ya w/ the douches in do-rags at Wolf Creek Pass. I'm not a fan of Harley's and most of the riders I run into on the road are pretty cool but it seems like any time I find an asshole, he's on an H-D.

Lookin' forward to more of your trip report. Might have to hit you up for some dirt road recommendations between Dinosaur & Steamboat as I might be heading that way next month.
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