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Old 06-11-2014, 08:54 PM   #496
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Klim tours ...

Don't forget, ya'll ... Klim HQ is just up the road a piece from Idaho Falls, and they welcome visitors ...

Send me dates if you can fit it in and I'll arrange a private fitting ... I mean tour ...

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Old 06-11-2014, 10:04 PM   #497
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Big bikes is the word, 800's, 990's, 1200's. Would likely ride out. Or trailer to Utah for jump off or something.
Psh, ride out.

Maybe see ya out there :).Right now the plan for our group is to start the loop in W.Wendover on 30 Aug.
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Old 06-11-2014, 11:11 PM   #498
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Sounds like a roll of the dice to me, Klinquist ...

Meanwhile ...

I'm awaiting word from the BLM's West Desert District on whether the big washout(s) on fun little Coal Bank Spring Road will be dealt with anytime soon. You can even see the biggest one on Google Earth.

But I'm told that if a fella were to approach The Big One in the spirit of Evel Knievel ... or better yet, given the locale, Craig Breedlove ... he might just make it to the other side.

Speaking of Breedlove, who knows the Bonneville Speedway well, Hemmings Daily reports he's planning a go at another land-speed record ... with eyes on the 1,000 mph mark. Breedlove is said to favor an attempt at the salt flats.

Nothing to do with H.o.W., exceptin' that it goes right along the Speedway ... hint hint.

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Old 06-11-2014, 11:47 PM   #499
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In reference to the aforementioned "big bikes" ... Among the big changes I've made to the route has been replacing a manicured county road with ...



... and ...



... and ...



Just sayin' ...
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Just sayin' ...
Our group is on big bikes too...

Luckily that still doesn't look too bad. Challenge accepted. :)
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:58 AM   #501
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In reference to the aforementioned "big bikes" ... Among the big changes I've made to the route has been replacing a manicured county road with ...



... and ...



... and ...



Just sayin' ...
The big bikes are fine on this stuff as long as there isn't a lot of sand or really steep grades.

What is the ratio of dirt roads to hiway?

Klinq - may well see you out there.
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:06 AM   #502
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Big bikes is the word, 800's, 990's, 1200's. Would likely ride out. Or trailer to and jump off from 3 Step Hideaway
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Old 06-12-2014, 10:17 AM   #503
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Coal Bank Springs Road

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I just got the following response from the BLM in Utah regarding a two-track segment -- Coal Bank Springs Road -- along H.o.W. north of the Wendovers/I-80:
This road is considered a primitive or unmaintained road on our records and as such, BLM would not normally perform regular maintenance on it. We will, however, in response to your email, perform a visual inspection of the road when we can schedule some time to determine if spot repairs are warranted to keep the road open.
Doesn't sound like repairs are coming soon ...

This fun and historic little road runs north-south along the eastern flanks of the Pilot Range, southwest of the Lucin railroad siding. A number of watercourses run down from the mountains and across it ...



Late-season riders last year reported being able to get around the washouts. Not sure a support truck could; I've not been there to have a look yet.

But it connects to county-maintained TL Bar Ranch Road, which parallels it on the flats (see post 482). So there is an alternative, and rendezvouses would be easy.
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Browneye, I've never done the actual arithmetic to calculate how much is paved or unpaved; but the route is overwhelmingly unpaved.

There is slab ...

-- from the mountains of NE Utah/the Wasatch Front to the west desert, roughly 145 miles

-- from the north end of Great Salt Lake back to the mtns of NE Utah; then into western Wyoming

-- outside of Idaho Falls and Dillon, MT

-- along the fringes of Yellowstone and Jackson Hole, Wyo.

-- a few miles of I-80 outside of Rawlins, Wyo.

-- leading into and out of Meeker, Colo

-- a 30-mile or so wide-open segment south of the two Wendovers @ I-80 west of Salt Lake City

Over the years I've put a great deal of effort into eliminating paved travel where possible and warranted. But I do try to make dirt-road travel purposeful and rewarding.

If I have to guesstimate the unpaved/paved ratio currently in percentage terms, I'll venture 85/15.

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Browneye, I've never done the actual arithmetic to calculate how much is paved or unpaved; but the route is overwhelmingly unpaved.

There is slab ...

-- from the mountains of NE Utah/the Wasatch Front to the west desert

-- from the north end of Great Salt Lake back to the mtns of NE Utah; then into western Wyoming

-- outside of Idaho Falls and Dillon, MT

-- along the fringes of Yellowstone and Jackson Hole, Wyo.

-- a few miles of I-80 outside of Rawlins, Wyo.

I've put a great deal of effort into eliminating paved travel where possible and warranted. But now and then, it is kinda nice to relax on asphalt for a time.
Can you provide approximate mileages of these segments? It would help determine which bike best fits the overall route. I have since learned that we are 750 miles of hiway before we even start the route. That means trucking a dualsport, or riding an adventure bike.
Thanks!
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Old 06-12-2014, 11:53 AM   #506
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This is no trail-bike route. It's intended for dual-sport to ADV-grade bikes.

It's roughly 145 paved miles from the mtns of NE Utah through the densely populated Wasatch Front to the west desert. (Helps to keep one's eyes closed.) The others are much less.

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Old 06-12-2014, 01:33 PM   #509
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Just arranged a tour slash gear fitting at Klim for a duo from Canada who'll be arriving in Idaho Falls next week.

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Old 06-12-2014, 02:06 PM   #510
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Just a reminder: A web album depicting the route is available here.
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