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Old 01-17-2008, 12:10 PM   #16
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Don't sweat it

This is a motorcycle adventure. We always give everyone the best safest way to do things. The reality is we all buy our gear at Walmart the first day out and just pack duct tape for contingencies. I know guys who pack a water bottle, sleeping bag and blue tarp. You plan to go off road so tools, tubes air pump. When you get to Moab pick up maps make a plan. Find a place to camp. Bring money. Water is important. Planning done. Most fun you can have with your clothes on.

OK so most of us try to avoid Walmart.
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Old 01-17-2008, 12:13 PM   #17
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pm me an address and I'll send you a tent to start you on your way.
compliments of ADV riders at the MOA rally last year in West Bend
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Old 01-17-2008, 12:23 PM   #18
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pm me an address and I'll send you a tent to start you on your way.
compliments of ADV riders at the MOA rally last year in West Bend
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Old 01-17-2008, 12:29 PM   #19
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You may want to look at these

This guy makes a nice luggage set also.
http://www.adventure-motorcycle.com/...=i&item=000093
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Old 01-17-2008, 12:36 PM   #20
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i'm probably going to fab my own setup
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Old 01-17-2008, 12:45 PM   #21
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Old 01-17-2008, 12:46 PM   #22
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very cool. i can def. do that.
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Old 01-17-2008, 01:15 PM   #23
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just gave to the site, and i plan on doing it regularly.

what kind of temperatures can i expect in utah in may?
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Old 01-17-2008, 02:21 PM   #24
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Just looking at the normals low is 50, high is 80 at for May. Keep in May is an incredibly variable time. We often see late season winter storms moving through which can drop temps pretty drastically. Of course last May I had temps in the mid 90s one weekend.

Send me a PM an I can get a map off to you with my favorite free camp sites in the area.
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Old 01-17-2008, 08:18 PM   #25
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Josh,
I read through to find most everyone assuming you are doing the Moab thing. Moab is fun, but keep in mind the trails are pretty freaked out -even dangerous- during off-road events or weekends.

You'll see plenty of alternatives to Moab when you map southern UT.

You might want to use routes 24 and 12 as base routes... for good, easy camping, good roads and killer scenery. Both routes have a butt load of off-road options for when you suddenly want to dance in the dirt or forests.

Send me a note if you do the route 24 and 12 area. It's my backyard. I can point you to the good stuff (off the beaten path), weather issues, where to get help, road conditions, etc.
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Old 01-17-2008, 09:25 PM   #26
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I read through to find most everyone assuming you are doing the Moab thing. Moab is fun, but keep in mind the trails are pretty freaked out -even dangerous- during off-road events or weekends.

You'll see plenty of alternatives to Moab when you map southern UT.

You might want to use routes 24 and 12 as base routes... for good, easy camping, good roads and killer scenery. Both routes have a butt load of off-road options for when you suddenly want to dance in the dirt or forests.

Send me a note if you do the route 24 and 12 area. It's my backyard. I can point you to the good stuff (off the beaten path), weather issues, where to get help, road conditions, etc.
thanks, i'm not neccessarily trying to avoid Moab, but I would like some other options, so I appreciate the advice, i'll be sure to PM you when I start solidifying dates.
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Old 01-17-2008, 09:42 PM   #27
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You might want to use routes 24 and 12 as base routes... for good, easy camping, good roads and killer scenery. Both routes have a butt load of off-road options for when you suddenly want to dance in the dirt or forests.
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Old 01-18-2008, 11:16 PM   #28
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You don't really need much to camp. If the weather goes bad then head for a roof. Keep the gear to the minimum.

If you stay off the real gnarly stuff, the bike won't break. There are lots of good hwys and secondary roads between Moab and 4-corners. I've been there twice and just touched the high points.

Carry lots of water. I got caught out once, and it got real thirsty in a hurry. In the desert, I carry at least a gallon these days.

I second what LR said about maps.

Don't sweat the small stuff. It all works out.
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Old 01-18-2008, 11:34 PM   #29
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What feels right

If you feel that May is better for you, go in May. Do what you feel. Years ago I went from DC to Iowa in early April. Rained the entire time, temps in the forties. I had a blast, talked to tons of people on the road. My hotel room was so foggy from drying out my soggy gear you could hardly see. Awesome trip. Just do it and write and take pictures. You will look back on it as very fond times.

Also, if you meet a girl, and you think you have a chance, sleep with her. Once you are married, they (mainly the wife) frown upon that shit ;-)
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Old 01-19-2008, 09:01 AM   #30
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Also, if you meet a girl, and you think you have a chance, sleep with her. Once you are married, they (mainly the wife) frown upon that shit ;-)
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+1 This little wisdom should be on page one of every motorbike travel guide....
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