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Old 03-15-2012, 09:27 AM   #16
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Frank, I'm excited; it's another Joisey Big Trailie ride! You could ship the bikes to say Skagit Powersports in Burlington, WA, fly into Bellingham and take Bellaire Charters to Burlington. IIRC they have a stop about a mile N of Skagit Powersports where Cook Rd crosses the I5. It's about 130 miles to Mazama from there, about 120 miles of which you will find very scenic indeed. Dave
This is the best idea thus far, IMHO. Hell, call Skagit Powersports and see if they would help you trailer your bikes out if you're that worried about tire wear. The other thing that I would recommend is leave your old nearly worn out decrepit tires on, pack new ones and put them on at the trail head. Then you can enjoy the twisty and paved goodness without sacrificing good tread. The North Cascades Highway is a pretty decent ride.

12-days? You guys must really hoof it to cover that kind of ground in so few days. Do your tires ever touch the ground?
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:38 AM   #17
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Our bikes, 4 of them, will be trucked across the fruited plain by Allied and dropped (to be detirmined). The issue is getting to the top of the route. By our calculations we peg it at 340 paved miles. A long way. The problems with that are time and tires. It it chew through our knobbies right off the bat and we need to start the trip the following morning.
340 miles shouldn't chew through anything if your tire pressure is correct for pavement and you are not carrying the kitchen sink.

Then again this is ADVrider. Over-weighted & under-pressured.
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:02 PM   #18
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Thanks fellas,
We'll check all this great info out.
No we pack pretty light overall. Well, except for the GSA we got in the group

We actually have 14 days overall to cover about 2,500 miles.
DR 650's an Super Enduro and a GSA. All good riders and all on the same page if you know what I mean.
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:17 PM   #19
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340 miles shouldn't chew through anything if your tire pressure is correct for pavement and you are not carrying the kitchen sink.

Then again this is ADVrider. Over-weighted & under-pressured.
Last year we rode from Seattle to start of route with fresh tires, couple F800's, F650, 1150GS and a Husky 450. Like Maddaddy said-air them up and you should have plenty left.
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:16 AM   #20
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Will we get to see a good RR?
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:29 AM   #21
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Bike for the trip

Gents - I am one of DockingPilot's crew.

I am considering buying a bike in your neck of the woods rather than trailering something out there.

Ideal mount would be a DRZ650. Alternates for consideration would be XR650L and WR250. Maybe just maybe a DRZ400.

If I can avoid the long highway stretch from Seattle to Orovlle or at least Mazama the WR or DRZ400 should be ok.

If you know or hear of anything like this available in the area drop me a PM.
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Old 03-16-2012, 05:06 PM   #22
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Ship the bikes to Omak and you can take the bus. Daily service Wenatchee to Omak via the Apple line. Let the adventure begin.
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:34 PM   #23
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+1 For the DRZ400

[QUOTE=johnpitts01;18231767]Gents - I am one of DockingPilot's crew.
I am considering buying a bike in your neck of the woods Maybe, just maybe a DRZ400.
If I can avoid the long highway stretch from Seattle to Orovlle or at least Mazama the WR or DRZ400 should be ok.

You should be able to find a reasonably priced DRZ400 and sell it at the end of the trip. I did the whole 1200mile route and return N to S on a DR350 geared for 57mph continuous, running Shinko 244's. If you ship to Burlington it's only 100 and change miles of pavement, from Osoyoos you could do as little as 15 to 20 miles of asphalt with just a little planning. My $.02

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Old 03-18-2012, 03:20 AM   #24
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No we pack pretty light overall. Well, except for the GSA we got in the group
Well somebody has to carry the firewood!
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:52 PM   #25
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Well somebody has to carry the firewood!
What ever possessed that person haul firewood on a bike?

Were you in the middle of a desert with no sagebrush?
Heading to the moon? ?
Worried your bike was going to break down and you'd have to light a funeral pyre right then and there???
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Old 03-18-2012, 07:28 PM   #26
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What ever possessed that person haul firewood on a bike?

Were you in the middle of a desert with no sagebrush?
Ah well yes in fact. They dont call it the big empty for nothing. Wait a minute maybe they do. Because there is nothing out there! lol
The Big Empty Wyoming, On the continental divide. The pioneers on the Oregon Trail had to burn buffalo chips for fire out there.



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Old 03-19-2012, 09:12 PM   #27
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Well somebody has to carry the firewood!
Haha! More than likely you won't need to be carrying any through WA...

I don't know what kind of tires you'll be running but the hard core guys around here run the D606's a lot. They should be good for a good 3k miles at least especially because a lot of the WABDR through the middle section is more loose than you'd expect. Not too much of it should be that hard on tires.
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Ok thanks for the tip. I was thinking 606s and ill get them for sure now.
Do they sell Sasquatch repellent or do you guys just use regular ole grizzly spray when camping out there?
lol. Seriously, i dont want to wish the summer away but i cant wait for Sept. !

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Old 03-20-2012, 09:32 AM   #29
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Do they sell Sasquatch repellent or do you guys just use regular ole grizzly spray when camping out there?
lol. !

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