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Old 11-15-2010, 03:30 PM   #31
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Thanks to the BMW Motorcycle Owners of Vermont for some really good tracks. My wife and I rode the whole puppy dog route through Vermont this past July, and had a great time. We took about a week to get through the route from north to south. We even met some fellow adventure riders from very close to where we live, it is a small world.
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:38 PM   #32
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after the flood

Has anybody ridden this after the August floods? I need to travel through the area and would love to do it.
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Old 09-24-2011, 08:16 AM   #33
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Has anybody ridden this after the August floods? I need to travel through the area and would love to do it.
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Check out the CroMag thread. People who know about the PDR were mentioning it there.
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Old 05-23-2013, 12:53 PM   #34
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hey all, about to venture out on this trail AKA Puppy Dog.

I dont have an adventure bike at this moment, but have a very capable KTM 200 XCW. Anyone tackle this trail on a bike like mine?

i dont see why i would not be able to use this bike.

anyone do this on a bike like mine?
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Old 05-23-2013, 04:55 PM   #35
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On a 2 stroke. Where are you going to get your pre mixed fuel ? Where are you going to carry all your gear ? I cant imagine you would be very comfortable, but i guess it could be done. I would bring extra spark plugs and keep it on the pipe.
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:35 PM   #36
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thank you mr demon. your comments seem quite obvious for any 2stroker.

but i am really curious. has anyone done this trail with a 2stroke (its street legal).

i know this is an adventure forum for BIG bikes and i am sure you all go cool places on your BIG adventure bikes, but seriously, give a man some info.

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Old 05-24-2013, 04:07 AM   #37
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hey all, about to venture out on this trail AKA Puppy Dog.

I dont have an adventure bike at this moment, but have a very capable KTM 200 XCW. Anyone tackle this trail on a bike like mine?

i dont see why i would not be able to use this bike.

anyone do this on a bike like mine?
this route was laid out for big bmws so you will have no problems riding it
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:08 AM   #38
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ok, cool
good to know
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i am getting mixed reviews on doing this trail

some people say it might as well be concrete because the dirt is just so packed in like a road.

have you done this route? worth doing?
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:10 AM   #39
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ok, cool
good to know
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i am getting mixed reviews on doing this trail

some people say it might as well be concrete because the dirt is just so packed in like a road.

have you done this route? worth doing?
I've done the route twice. Once on a big BMW, the other on a smaller one. You will have no problem, as it's not very challenging. Many of the roads are gravel and some can be loose, depending on recent weather. Last year, the Puppy Dog ride was held in the rain. It wasn't too bad until we hit a stretch of clay-like roads that became very slippery. I imagine that when there's been no rain, they are pretty hard packed. I was on the big BMW without knobbies and struggled. Really, you should have no problem. The ride is rural and very scenic, passing through lots of cool farms, towns, etc. But it wasn't designed to be a 'crossers delight. Have fun. And by the way, the 'official' Puppy Dog ride is the first weekend in June so you'd have LOTS of company on the road then. All bikes are welcome and there's been plenty in the 250cc range.
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Old 06-02-2013, 02:53 PM   #40
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guy in the ditch.

Turned onto west rd. or west dr. It is right off of RT12 after Randolph. Came around a corner and found a guy on a bmw in the ditch. Stopped and helped him and his rider companions get him out. He seemed alright and so did his bike. Not sure if your out here on the adv rider forum, but I hope everything is well.
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Old 06-09-2013, 04:22 AM   #41
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some people say it might as well be concrete because the dirt is just so packed in like a road.
That is correct.
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Old 06-12-2013, 06:08 AM   #42
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ok, cool
good to know
thanks

i am getting mixed reviews on doing this trail

some people say it might as well be concrete because the dirt is just so packed in like a road.

have you done this route? worth doing?
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That is correct.
and with a little dew or drizzle gets slick as ice....

and watch for the splash area around puddles....
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Old 06-12-2013, 07:38 PM   #43
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and with a little dew or drizzle gets slick as ice....

and watch for the splash area around puddles....
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Old 02-27-2014, 10:39 AM   #44
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I know this is an old thread but, is anybody planning to hit this from the NY/CT area in 2014? Want company?
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Old 03-17-2014, 03:48 PM   #45
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ok, cool
good to know
thanks

i am getting mixed reviews on doing this trail

some people say it might as well be concrete because the dirt is just so packed in like a road.

have you done this route? worth doing?
Hey cosmickites, Yes the dirt sections are hard packed gravel, people live along these roads and they are pretty well traveled. these are great roads especially for big bikes to get out and ride what dualsport folks love so much about being out in the woods/off the grid in a sense.

As mentioned they could get a wee dicey when wet, just like tarmac deserves more caution when wet.

Also as a caution, these roads are maintained and that means seasonally graded. I've caught a section right after it was graded and that made it a whole different animal; even worth a go-round depending on the weather, tires, weight...

There are many other dirt roads throughout VT that you could add/replace the PDR route with, depending on time and how wiggly on the map you want the ride to be.

I ride this route(somewhat modified) at least once every yr and it is a seasonal highlight. VT is a beautiful place to ride and get away.

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I know this is an old thread but, is anybody planning to hit this from the NY/CT area in 2014? Want company?
Mikezx, Lmk when you might may make a run at this, I’d join up with you if not already committed.

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