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Old 10-17-2013, 12:40 PM   #91
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Hi Tuffenuff,

I have been subscribed since page one...

I ride mostly in the central regions of South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. If that was your only experience you'd come away with the impression that it is the great flat land of nothing. It is fairly normal to ride a couple hours to get all excited about some ancient natural or manmade landmark. There is a lot more to see, but it means getting off the bike and looking more closely.

Coastal regions are fine during the summer. Summer can be dangerous in the interior if anything goes wrong and the north is subject to flooding. The best time to visit the centre is in the dead of winter where it will get cold at night with days that are usually clear and sunny.

Dad was in New Zealand last year and chose spring and summer as the best time to visit.

If you are planning to do both and have a few months, visit Australia when it is coolest and New Zealand when it is warmest.
Thanks so much for the info Anne Marie! I will keep these in mind when we plan to visit Australia/New Zealand.

I'm still new to this ADVrider site. I still can't figure out where to go to see subscribers info.
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Old 10-17-2013, 03:57 PM   #92
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Passed Out In CO & Washed Up In UT! Big Bikes Conquer The Elements Of The West!

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DAY 7 Continued: 2013 KTM Rally, Steamboat Springs, CO
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Day 1 of the Rally




After we checked in to The Grand and over-indulged in one of the best Mexican Foods in CO, we headed out and walked to the KTM Rally where the vendors were still setting up their tents.


KTM Rally registrants were welcomed by The Grand in style!
With the new 1190 Adventure R front and center!






This is my first rally ever so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Honestly, I was pretty intimidated, kinda felt like Elle Woods walking into Harvard.
I'm not much of a gear head in terms of the inner workings of the mechanics, but I respect the beauty and the art of mechanics.
I'm more of a bookworm, so if there are written instructions.
Whether it be writing a formula in Excel, baking a cake, putting together a lighting fixture, building a desk to changing tires, I'm willing to learn and try.



Lovely sunflowers along the walk...



The set up was still pretty light as people were just arriving, both vendors and registrants.



These awards would be handed out later at the Awards Dinner on Day 3 of the Rally.



We picked up our SWAG...


Swag Bag: T-shirt, hat plus free gloves and lanyard from Thor booth along with discount and rebate cards from other vendors.



We walked around and got the lay of the land.
The guys did their thing while I listened, watched, learned and took in as much information as I could.
Everyone was super friendly, nice and very informative!





Plenty of 1190 Adv R Demo bikes to be tested!





I think I'll start out with this bike!



RedBull. They are everywhere. They have a lot of wings!



In addition to the Demo Rides, there were group rides, guided rides or you could go out on your own and explore the routes the Rally Team put together.
I opted to take a break over the weekend and play tourist. Besides, I knew Jeremy needed a little guy time on his own with his buds and ride like a real crazy wild man!



We decided to walk back to The Grand. Still pretty full from dinner, we all just chillaxed and settled into our rooms and had a good night's rest.


I'm going to keep the posts of the Rally Weekend a little lighter than typical and try to cover the highlights, but if you'd like to see more pics, you can find them here. Feel free to peruse.
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Old 10-18-2013, 09:40 PM   #93
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The bike in the lobby was actually the standard 1190 Adventure, not the R. Both bikes are quite a bit lower than my 2010 990 R, but a set of knobbies would raise it up a bit. Felt too much like a street touring bike to me, but was fun to take a demo ride. Those rally bikes and that white 990 Baja Edition were siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiick. Free Red Bulls all weekend was nice too

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Old 10-19-2013, 05:00 PM   #94
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Wow, what a trip so far. But like a good book, I keep going back and re-reading, and the pictures ROCK!
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Old 10-20-2013, 04:35 PM   #95
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Wow, what a trip so far. But like a good book, I keep going back and re-reading, and the pictures ROCK!
Sub'd, and waiting patiently for more...
Hi Quackersnacker! Thank you for sub'ing! Glad you've enjoyed the report thus far. I will get back to posting again tomorrow. Thanks for being patient, it'll be worth it when we get into UT!
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:10 PM   #97
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cr-14pp Bypass on Section 3 COBDR

Hi Prev,



sorry for the late response to your question on page 5 regarding bypass on road cr-14pp in section 3 of COBDR. Work has been hectic lately. Although the COBDR calls this the main route for 14pp it is really just a 2 track farm road off the main route of easy gravel road 14pp. Although Butler maps calls them Razor Dome rd and Home Gulch rd I don't remember seeing any signs with those names on it. Garmin maps just calls them cr-14pp forks. Anyways fun little roads - but don't dare take them if it is muddy - you won't get out.

I met the land owner on the way out and he was glad to see ADVriders enjoying those roads - Wow that was a twist.

Great report and more fun ahead.

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Old 10-22-2013, 04:26 PM   #98
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DAY 8: 2013 KTM Rally, Steamboat Springs, CO
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Day 2 of the Rally
9/13/13



Dang! KTM knows how to serve up a delicious breakfast!




Today, the Rally was jam packed with riders and vendors.
The camaraderie on display was amazing for me to witness.
Everyone was so friendly, respectful, sincerely appreciative and genuinely helpful.





Jimmy Lewis was in the house doing demos.
Honestly, me being new to this realm, I had no idea who he was, until Mike gave me the 411.
All I knew, from what I saw was, "Damn! This guys is amazing with what he can do on the bike while moving and stationary!"











Got to see some "beyond cool" bikes. I'll let the guys explain, when they can, why these bikes are cool.
All I can say is, the stickers are awesome!



Custom welding work on this one was very cool.







We ran into Rob and Justin and showed them the pics/vids of Black Bear, Tin Cup and the Beaver Pond water crossing.
They cracked up at the crossing! The water, when we crossed it, was higher than when they crossed it when putting the COBDR together.



Jeremy bought a pair of side crash bar bags and bottle with holders while I got to meet and play with Black Dog and friends.





Mike bought some air hose seal/release caps (hope I got that right )...



Since the guys were doing their thing, I needed some wheels to get around town...



Jeremy drove around town with me for a bit.
He wanted to check out the other locations they were doing demo/lesson rides and we ran into Mike who took the riding class with Jimmy Lewis.





Our timing was perfect! The riding class was just finishing up then we'd grab lunch in town. This place was yummilicious!
Lunch wasn't included in the Rally registration price, just breakfast and dinner.



This ad is just so wrong, I had to post it...



Back at The Grand, the guys tinkered with their bikes and installed their earlier purchases. Russ, in the meantime, had been keeping himself busy with demo rides and lessons.
Jeremy taking off the highway pegs (which he would later sell because he never used them) to install the side crash bar bags...





Mike installing his airhose caps...



Mike celebrating for all the hard work they just did!



After a little bit of R&R... we met up for dinner.
We ran into a group of riders who had just come from UT via Dinosaur Monument and they gave us the 411 that the BDR route for that segment was closed.
We're going to try to meet up with them the next day to get some info on their alternate routes and look at their maps.
Dinner and dessert was awesome!




During the rally we ran into Chris & Kelly in their vendor booth. We also would run into them over dinner. Finally got a good pic with Region Riley!
I was also recognized as tuffenuff and greeted by Joel (NSFW) during the rally! But didn't get a pic with him. Next time, Joel!




Nothing like a little friendly competition to work off some of the dinner meal.
We first went into town for a little bowling action. I was not allowed to take any pics of the scores, but I got 157 & 122, not too bad considering
I was using a house ball and it was dark with just the disco lights running. The guys were mad and didn't want to play anymore.

Back at The Grand, the boys wanted to keep playing...




Mike ruled the Hockey machine. Things were pretty even with Air Hockey.



Russ and I participated as well. Thereafter, Russ didn't want to play with me anymore.



Well, the guys had had enough and decided to call it a night while I caught up on my journal and planned my day of touring tomorrow.
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Hi Prev,

sorry for the late response to your question on page 5 regarding bypass on road cr-14pp in section 3 of COBDR. Work has been hectic lately. Although the COBDR calls this the main route for 14pp it is really just a 2 track farm road off the main route of easy gravel road 14pp. Although Butler maps calls them Razor Dome rd and Home Gulch rd I don't remember seeing any signs with those names on it. Garmin maps just calls them cr-14pp forks. Anyways fun little roads - but don't dare take them if it is muddy - you won't get out.

I met the land owner on the way out and he was glad to see ADVriders enjoying those roads - Wow that was a twist.

Great report and more fun ahead.

Mike Z

Thanks, Mike! No worries.
We've been doing quite a bit of travelling and such, but I am back now and picking up where I left off with the RR. More good stuff to come!
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I'm only on page three and just watched the videos coming down the pass in the fog and dark. Subscribed and RESPECT!!! .
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Old 10-24-2013, 04:07 AM   #102
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Grreat writeup! Seems like most of your ride was offroad and doable for two up riding. Except for the rocky road. How many miles and days to complete your trip?
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Old 10-24-2013, 01:54 PM   #103
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I'm only on page three and just watched the videos coming down the pass in the fog and dark. Subscribed and RESPECT!!! .

Thank you so much, zoid!
Other than an overnight camping trip/test ride in Mendocino, CA the weekend prior this was my first ADV ride EVER. And Jeremy's first ever ride 2up.
I was freaked out but managed to stay calm, if that makes any sense, and just trusted in everything. It was a blast and can't wait to do it again!
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Grreat writeup! Seems like most of your ride was offroad and doable for two up riding. Except for the rocky road. How many miles and days to complete your trip?
Thanks, liviob!

Yes, we were mostly offroad.
Jeremy and I are both new to 2up and I am new to ADV riding period. And we both have a little crazy in us. So, I am not the best measure on what's doable 2up.
But yes, we were able to do the trails for the most part 2up except for, as you mentioned, the narrow/steep/rocky/loose segments - particularly on Black Bear and Tin Cup.
I walked briefly about 5x in Colorado. About the same in UT.
We did get very lucky with the weather & trail conditions.

Total trip mileage was about 2,000 in 12 days.
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DAY 9: 2013 KTM Rally, Steamboat Springs, CO
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Day 3 of the Rally
9/14/13



After eating like Kings and Queens for breakfast, there was plenty to discuss.
We met up with the UT riders we met last night. (I'm so sorry guys! My bad, I totally forgot to write down your names )
And they were able to pinpoint on their maps the section of the UTBDR that was closed when they had passed through a few days ago.
They also provided us with their bypass routes. Thank you so much guys! You are awesome!
I hope you are reading this and chime in and let us know how your ride home went and you made it ok!
We lucked out with the weather and got to ride through Dinosaur Monument, a bit muddy in certain spots, but fair riding conditions overall - stay tuned for later post on that day.



Today would be touristing day, for me. Russ was going to be doing some riding lessons with Jimmy Lewis while Jeremy and Mike did the Kremmling Loop on their own.



Here are pics from their ride...





Tatonka...



A "little" bit of mud...



Some downed trees...



Wow. Seriously? I researched why this is so - fascinating!



And why is there a military helicopter on display at a high school? Pretty cool though.



Thanks, Mike! For remembering to take a pic of your food in Kremmling. I love food porn!



They didn't get too many pics as it was raining and the trail conditions were a bit sketchy and slick, but I was thankful for the pics they were able to get.

In the meantime, I was playing tourist all day and did about a total of 10 miles hiking and walking all around town. I first started at the Visitor Center and planned my stops from there.



Neat covered wagon at the Center.



I went to hike at Fish Creek Falls. Highly recommend. Close to town and the trails are well maintained.













Very cool antique tractor/trailer/tiller? being used as lawn art on someone's front yard.



Then I went to the Botanical Garden in town. This place was awesome! Small but packs a punch! Excellent collection of flora and trees.
Well maintained landscape. I wish I had brought a picnic lunch!



Here are some of the highlights. If you'd like to see more of this garden, you can find more pics I took here.

















I was able to snap pics of these huge moths that behave like hummingbirds. Very cool!







I then had a delicious lunch at The Boathouse with a wonderful view.



I had to walk off some of the food from lunch and prior meals and just walked around town.













Hilarious gum wrappings at Fuzzywigs!





If you'd like to see more pics I took around town, you can find them here.


After my day tour, I headed back to The Grand, cleaned up and met up with the guys for dinner for our Last Supper!
It was Awards Dinner Night and it was going to be atop the mountain via Gondola ride.









I missed the Gondola Ride in Telluride, so I was extra excited about this one. I love Gondola Rides, even though I have a fear of heights.





Spectacular view of the sunset!





Dinner, drinks and dessert were delicious and non-stop!







Time to pass out The Awards!



Congrats to Joel for winning "The Tourist" Award for taking the most pics other than the KTM Photog and me!



Congrats to Wolfy for winning Mr. Social, although he claimed, at the mike, to be anti-social.



Congrats to all the other Award Winners. You can find their pics here.


Other prizes would be given as well!
During the Rally, we were each given a punch card with your name on it containing the names of all the vendors.
When you visited each vendor, they would hole-punch the card next to their name.
Once you had all the holes punched, you turned it in and it would be placed in a drawing bowl.
During the Awards Dinner, cards would be drawn and various prizes given.


On the second from the last prize drawing, a KTM Tank Bag and Vest was being award.
As soon as it was announced, the first thing out of Jeremy's mouth, "I want that babe. I really need a new tank bag."


Next thing you know...




I guess, "ask and ye shall receive".


Jeremy kept the tank bag and Mike got the vest.





To cap off a great day and evening... REMATCH!





Mike still dominated in hockey. And Russ, well, he most definitely did not want to play with me anymore!


Not sure how they roped me into getting on this saddle, but I must have felt bad about playing well against the guys , so I indulged.
Thank goodness it was not mechanical! Although... that might have been a little fun!
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