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Old 12-03-2012, 01:13 PM   #61
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Sweet adventure ride guys!

Curious though, your idea of the proper bike - WR250R, KTM 350/500 EXC, or the 690 Enduro?

Luggage - Giant Loop vs Wolfman?

FWIW....I rode my WR250R on the CAM 1000 (i.e., the one that drank two gallons of pure Rocky Mountain Spring Water). The bike is fantastic, and I rode it from Texas up the CDR to the CAM...then up to Canada after the trip. While it was a great bike for the overall trip....it Was Not the best tool for the job on the CAM. It obviously made it, but I had it geared way down (50 tooth on the rear)....and I was still wide open throttle, in first gear (and working clutch), going up alot of the passes. I had to stop a few times, during the switchbacks, to let it cool down (overheat light came on). If it's the only bike a guy has....then I'd say ride it....but there are better choices.

Big Ticket rode a WR450, which I think was perfect for the week long, high altitude trip.....tons of power and light weight.

I'm looking at the KTM500 for next years ride

All I can say, is that the CAM is an awesome adventure ride. The guys do a fantastic job of putting together the trip

It's an EPIC trip....and You Will be tested

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Old 12-03-2012, 02:06 PM   #62
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:32 PM   #63
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Sweet adventure ride guys!

Curious though, your idea of the proper bike - WR250R, KTM 350/500 EXC, or the 690 Enduro?

Luggage - Giant Loop vs Wolfman?

The Breeze is a really good rider and he did the trip on a WR250.....but it was nearly too little a bike, especially with luggage. I really want to recommend everyone to consider 400cc to 650cc, especially hauling gear. (I suppose some of the new 300-350cc bikes might be just fine.)

All sorts of bikes can make the trip, but you will have so much more fun if you choose the right tool for the job.

My XR650 was just awesome on the trip this year, but I think I will ride my newly plated YZ426 next year.

As for luggage, both Giant Loop and Wolfman make quality products and both were represented on the CAM. I personally prefer the Wolfman Luggage, as it fits my packing process much better. I have a choice of several different bag sizes to fit my gear perfectly.


The rear bags look big, but they are carrying light gear....keeping my tent, sleeping bag, sleep pad, etc....nice and dry. That big top bag only weighed 12 lbs.




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Old 12-03-2012, 05:45 PM   #64
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Day 3.....

From Trappers Lake down to Crested Butte.






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Old 12-03-2012, 06:40 PM   #65
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:38 PM   #66
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Sweet Jesus, I have got to ride this ride someday.
2013 should be your year!!!!!




Inquiries are being accepted. Invites go out to 2012 riders first, and then invitations for 2013 go out on a first come (PM Big_John) basis.

Only 24 riders are being accepted for 2013.



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Old 12-04-2012, 09:02 AM   #67
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Looking forward to it....I'll see you there! Stay thirsty my friend
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:13 AM   #68
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WR250.....but it was nearly too little a bike, especially with luggage. I really want to recommend everyone to consider 400cc to 650cc, especially hauling gear. (I suppose some of the new 300-350cc bikes might be just fine.)

All sorts of bikes can make the trip, but you will have so much more fun if you choose the right tool for the job.


Sage advice by Big John

I should have been a little more firm regarding the WR250R on the CAM1000. It was barely adequate on the high technical passes, and I found myself wishing for more CC's many times. In fact, a couple of times, I didn't think the little girl was going to make it (i.e., on the Sheep Creek switchbacks and Mosquito Pass)!

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Old 12-04-2012, 10:26 AM   #69
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Sage advice by Big John

I should have been a little more firm regarding the WR250R on the CAM1000. It was barely adequate on the high technical passes, and I found myself wishing for more CC's many times. In fact, a couple of times, I didn't think the little girl was going to make it (i.e., on the Sheep Creek switchbacks and Mosquito Pass)!
I ran up sheep creek switch backs on my WR250R--------packed with camping and cooking gear---food for 4 days like it was nothing. I never even stopped--------it was a long climb as you guys remember------piece of cake for me and my WR250R------and the motor is stock------------my buddy was packed heavier than me and he had no problems either--------he probably weighs 250 lbs.--------me 200.

I ran up it a few days before you guys did.
Anyway--------peoples mileages vary on riding.

Wish I could have went on your guys group ride--------but I had another bigger ride in the books that conflicted with going on the official ride.
My buddy and his bike are in this picture---and you can see my track in front of him in the moist dirt as I went before him.



And yep------we made it too the cabin.



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Old 12-04-2012, 11:46 AM   #70
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I ran up sheep creek switch backs on my WR250R--------packed with camping and cooking gear---food for 4 days like it was nothing. I never even stopped--------it was a long climb as you guys remember------piece of cake for me and my WR250R------and the motor is stock------------my buddy was packed heavier than me and he had no problems either--------he probably weighs 250 lbs.--------me 200.

I ran up it a few days before you guys did.
Anyway--------peoples mileages vary on riding.


LOL's..... I'm not dissing the WR250R (see my prior post #61)....it has and will continue to serve me well (mine's been on the CDR, the TAT, UTBDR, the CAM, Idaho...etc.). In fact, the reason I bought it, was because of you!!! All I'm saying......is that for a guy with average skills, like myself, there are better choices of bikes for this particular trip/ride.
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:50 AM   #71
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Great info from some of the veterans:)


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Old 12-04-2012, 03:04 PM   #72
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What kind of range do you need?
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:22 PM   #73
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What kind of range do you need?
Last year it was 150 we only had one day where gas turned into an issue and had to start sharing gas.
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:23 PM   #74
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Last year it was 150 we only had one day where gas turned into an issue and had to start sharing gas.


Yep....150 miles was the requirement for 2012. In 2013 the average day will be 166 miles, with a couple of days hitting 200 miles. On most of those days, we will be able to roll through a town to top off before we hit the 100 mile mark.

But if anyone shows up on a bike with less than 150 mile range.....you will not be a popular fellow when you run dry.



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Old 12-04-2012, 08:15 PM   #75
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Day 4

Here's Day 4......

We ride from Crested Butte to Silverton. This year the highlights in the San Juans will be Engineer Pass, Mineral Creek, Imogene Pass, and Ophir Pass.




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