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Old 10-30-2008, 06:56 AM   #91
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I can't believe I read the whole ting.




Wow. Amazing pictures. Going off road on the sport tourer is just as much fun as sinlge track on the dual sport. Just you trade off the 90 mph sweepers for the MX track capabilities. Each have their own limits.

Luckily I have a dual sport, but my sportbike seems to end up on the trails also.
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Old 10-30-2008, 07:38 AM   #92
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Nice thread, great pics! Thanks for sharing! I hope I get to see Utah soon.
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Old 10-30-2008, 08:23 AM   #93
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Hey Roadrage, have you ever seen the "Indian country" AAA map? It has lots of back roads in the Utah to 4 corners area. Good for planning any kind of trip in the SW.
Hey h20pumper,

Yes! I have a couple copies of that map and always take a copy with me. I've refered to them a few times, but have to admit that I've not done much planning around it. I do think that's where I found the Burr Trail, but I may be wrong.

I'll give that map another look.

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Old 10-30-2008, 10:41 PM   #94
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I used the Road and Recreation Guide, and google maps to research the roads. I didn't make a complete route plan.
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Old 11-02-2008, 12:39 PM   #95
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Cool2 Some final thoughts...

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Wow. Amazing pictures. Going off road on the sport tourer is just as much fun as sinlge track on the dual sport. Just you trade off the 90 mph sweepers for the MX track capabilities. Each have their own limits.

Luckily I have a dual sport, but my sportbike seems to end up on the trails also.
I have been wishing for a 950 KTM Adventure, and may get to purchase one next year. Having a bike made for the off-road would make a ride like this less challenging (less risky), but I'm afraid it may also compromise the fun I would have on the asphalt (especially if fitted with knobbies).

I decided to make this 3.5 day ride less tiring and stressful than my 10 day ride earlier this year when I averaged more than 600 miles a day. My days were shorter and I never had a strict plan or route planned out.

I also wanted to get away... from EVERYONE! I enjoy being alone. Of course I wasn't rude when I did have a few short human contacts along the way. Bringing my own food and backpacker stove I was able to limit human contact. This also helped since I was riding in areas with very few places to stop for food. I only purchased 2 meals, a subway sandwich (I took to to the campsite) and a stop at McDonald's on the long haul home. When I returned home after 3.5 days of riding it felt like I had been gone a very long time. I was refreshed and recharged (after a shower of course)!

While everyone back east winterizes their bikes, I plan to do some more riding before the heat gets turned back up out here. I'll be sure to post another RR soon.
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Old 11-08-2008, 12:38 PM   #96
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Great report! You won't find this in Holland... I like your campsite on day 2.


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Old 11-08-2008, 01:59 PM   #97
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Thanks BJ! I hope to meet up with you in Holland this summer!
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Old 12-08-2008, 05:01 AM   #98
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Awesome. No other word for it.

This is an expensive thread you're running here Dave. My "If I ride across America" is slowly but surely changing to "When I ride across America".
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Old 12-09-2008, 02:09 PM   #99
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Awesome. No other word for it.

This is an expensive thread you're running here Dave. My "If I ride across America" is slowly but surely changing to "When I ride across America".
SpitfireTriple, Then I'll give you partial blame for my plans to tour Europe this summer!
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Old 12-09-2008, 05:17 PM   #100
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Again Awesome.....

Awesome ride report and pics. I'm so jealous.
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Old 03-25-2009, 11:07 PM   #101
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Further evidence...

...of the Aprilia Futura's off-road "capability." Or, more properly, the propensity of Futura owners to choose adventure over the paved road

Anyway, this photo is from May '08, should look familiar...

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Old 03-26-2009, 03:56 AM   #102
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Nice rr Dave. Particularly like your traveling lite style (bag, pad, jetboil, wal-mart spork). Very cool.


Hey if ever you're back this way, consider taking Kolob Terrace road all the way through (past the lava point turnoff and past the reservoir) to where it drops down to civilization at Cedar City. It's largely packed dirt. Clearly you'd find it manageable!
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:41 AM   #103
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Amazing trip and photos, I sure would like to explore that area someday.
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:45 PM   #104
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Nice rr Dave. Particularly like your traveling lite style (bag, pad, jetboil, wal-mart spork). Very cool.


Hey if ever you're back this way, consider taking Kolob Terrace road all the way through (past the lava point turnoff and past the reservoir) to where it drops down to civilization at Cedar City. It's largely packed dirt. Clearly you'd find it manageable!
TwoSHots, I definitely plan to return to Utah soon to retrace some of this route as well as others roads. Thanks for your suggestion on Kolob Terrace Road. I now also own a KTM Adventure, so will spend more time off asphalt next time.
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:54 PM   #105
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...of the Aprilia Futura's off-road "capability." Or, more properly, the propensity of Futura owners to choose adventure over the paved road

Anyway, this photo is from May '08, should look familiar...

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AzIrish,

I'm not sure what road that is you are on. Is that shot taken on the Moki Dugway?

BTW, My theory is Futura owners are typically more adventurous to begin with because choosing to buy a rare bike from fly-by-night dealers of a small Italian brand requires a bold adventurous personality(Reckless Risk Takers). I guess it's no wonder so many of us end up taking them off the tarmac.

As an update to this RR, I plan to keep my Futura mostly on the smooth roads now that I have the KTM for the rough stuff.
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