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Old 03-11-2012, 02:56 PM   #16
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i don't fully understand what you are saying here?
how are you defining that?

he is on a paved road tour and most all the roads in NV just follow the straight valley floors. the mountains are in long bands and thus roads can avoid them, except in a few areas. in the other mtn states the roads go through the mountains (as the mountains are continuous) and thus are twisty or follow waterways (none in NV) and thus are twisty.

maybe you're seeing some twisty roads i can't?
http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll...506836&t=p&z=5
Hi Eakins,

Reading the OP's post he is riding a KLR650 and said he would like to:

· Explore dirt roads (CO, NM, AZ and NV I can do the northwest anytime)

There are so many nice backroads to ride in Nevada. But it is true that if you equate great rides with twisty pavement then northern California or 550 in Colorado would be more fun for you. I enjoy remote desert riding as well and there is tons of that in Nevada. Different strokes.

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Old 03-11-2012, 04:07 PM   #17
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Thanks for the lively debate.

I have been reading all of the great posts and it is helping make some tough decisions. I really want to explore New Mexico (both the paved and unpaved parts), but lets face it a loaded down KLR is going to be limited in performance in both areas.

I may have to eliminate AZ and NV to spend more time in New Mexico, but that decision will probably be made on the road.

Currently, my must see list includes:
· Western CO
· Chaco Canyon and the dirt roads in that area
· Jemez Springs area
· North Central NM small towns
· The Santa Fe Nation Forest from Pecos
· The Santa Fe Nation Forest from Las Vegas
· City time in Santa Fe and Albuquerque
· Gila National Forest and Silver City couple days
· White Sands area
· The city of Las Cruces
Some of these items could be combined or eliminated.
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:45 AM   #18
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I have been reading all of the great posts and it is helping make some tough decisions. I really want to explore New Mexico (both the paved and unpaved parts), but lets face it a loaded down KLR is going to be limited in performance in both areas.

I may have to eliminate AZ and NV to spend more time in New Mexico, but that decision will probably be made on the road.

Currently, my must see list includes:
· Western CO
· Chaco Canyon and the dirt roads in that area
· Jemez Springs area
· North Central NM small towns
· The Santa Fe Nation Forest from Pecos
· The Santa Fe Nation Forest from Las Vegas
· City time in Santa Fe and Albuquerque
· Gila National Forest and Silver City couple days
· White Sands area
· The city of Las Cruces
Some of these items could be combined or eliminated.
That is more like it. You could spend the whole vacation just in NM and then the other states are for other years on that bucket list as they can all be long vacations individually. These are HUGE states down here and just getting from place to place takes time especially if you want to ride any dirt roads. A KLR 650 is capable of these type of gravel roads down here. Just need proper tires (and would suggest at least fork springs if you load down). You will really enjoy yourself.
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Old 03-14-2012, 06:33 PM   #19
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A KLR 650 is capable of these type of gravel roads down here. Just need proper tires (and would suggest at least fork springs if you load down). You will really enjoy yourself.
Don’t get me wrong I love my KLR, and think it is the most enjoyable bike I have ever owned. It will do what I need especially after my buddy Ken from ADV Machines waves his magic wand over it. The KLR will get a new pair of tires, chain, sprockets and rear shock. The front end is will be fine tuned after the rear end is brought up to snuff.
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