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Old 07-28-2009, 10:21 AM   #1
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War of Attrition: Tour of Idaho 2009

Last year (here on advrider) I ran across the Tour of Idaho, a route that Martin mapped out that goes 1,300 miles up the length of Idaho, 90 percent of the time on dirt roads or mountain trails. It's laid out in painstaking detail on his website, motorcyclejazz.com.


Rick (Dirtdarte) and I (Mike -- Dread Pendragon) decided we for sure wanted to ride it this year, so we started making tentative plans and gathering the things we thought we'd need for the trip. Justin (Stylo Wall) was in for sure, and anyone who wanted to come was welcome. In the end the group included the three of us, Greg (dragonrcr), Kyle, another Mike (Dirty Fool), Ryan (only riding with us the first day), and Shane (Long Shank) who would be driving the truck to meet us each night.


One of the better pictures of the trip is this one of Kyle riding through a wheat field, just before meeting the angry farmer.


Here we are at the sign-in marker found along the route.


(I had to remind those fools that no, I wasn't the great pumpkin, I was just wearing an advrider t-shirt I bought from this forum!)

Our impromptu Burning Man event in Elk City:
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We drove South to North, from the Utah-Idaho border toward Canada.
Here's the route as outlined by motorcyclejazz:



Six days, 1,300 miles.

Four of us were on KLRs, which we knew weren't exactly the right bikes for the trip (you go to war with the army you have.) We decided we would avoid the most rugged parts (down into Oxford Basin on Day 1 and the Massacre Mountain loop between Arco and Challis) and just tough out the rest the best we could. Rick and I had ridden parts of Day 1 (since we live close by) and thought we could handle most of it.

My KLR is modified to fit me (or Sasquatch, were we to run into him and he wanted to take it for a spin). I'm 6'6", 280, and footpeg lowering plates, aftermarket springs, raisinging links and so forth make all the difference.
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Old 07-28-2009, 11:09 AM   #3
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As one of the participants, let me chime in and add some info pertaining to preparations and the hoops we jumped through to get Kyle's bike ready.

Kile's bike had some problems. Most of the problems wern't too bad but a few were serious and had to be fixed. Prime among them was a cracked swingarm. OK, I know we were crazy to attempt this trip with a bike with a cracked swingarm... but as Dread says... you go to war with the army you have. And beleive me... we went to war.



Here is Greg prepping the battlefield...



And here the battle is almost won. The crack was welded up and the bike reassembled and we were ready to go... except the rubber chain guard had some problems... we didn't have the tools or the time to fix it properly so we improvised...



This fix on the bike held up for the whole trip.

Kyles bike was my biggest worry but it ran strong and started right up. Sure it isn't a pretty bike, but after 20 minutes on the trail all the bikes were filthy and looked well used. Well, maybe this one really was well used, maybe even used up. Kyle agreed that if this bike fell apart on the trail or became unsafe to ride, we would record the lat/long and leave it in the brush. That was the plan.

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We hoped to have everything pulled together by Friday night, but should have known better. We worked late into the night Saturday (3:00 a.m.) and still had a lot to do Sunday morning. We finally took off about 1:00 or 2:00 in the afternoon (good thing we had scheduled a shorter Day 1 than normal).




Here's Rick (with the Jacket that would have saved my shoulder).






Here's Justin:


Kyle, Ryan, Greg


We decided we'd better put Greg on a leash and tie him to the trailer. (note to self: remember to untie Greg before we leave).


Long Shank (R.F. Shane), Justin, Mike (Dirty Fool):


And here's the whole group ready to leave (I'm Papa Smurf there in the back):



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Old 07-28-2009, 10:08 PM   #6
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Tour of Idaho... or any place, it's all good.. so long as it includes lots of helmet time..
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Leaving my house it's a little over 20 miles to the starting point at Jenkins Hollow. We stopped for some pictures here. (Uncle Rico had to polish his guns in case he had to throw a football over the mountains.)





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Old 07-28-2009, 10:51 PM   #8
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Old 07-28-2009, 11:14 PM   #9
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Rick was on a red 2006 KLR
(though since this trip we haven't been able to tear him away from his XRL)


Justin was on a Green 2006 KLR.


Me on my KLR.


Greg was on a 2004 Honda XR650L.


Kyle was on a 1994 (?) Suzuki DR 350, which he had previously thrashed and recently got in reasonable working condition (including the aluminum weld mentioned above). I think he and his dad worked on it a lot, then Rick and Greg spent quite a bit of time on it as well. Kyle turned 18 the Saturday before we left!


Mike (Dirty Fool) was on a red 2008 KLR.


Ryan was on 250 Honda, I think. Kyle is a pretty good rider, but Ryan is the guy who had to tolerate all of us amateurs.

Another neighbor of mine (another Mike) was going to ride with us but bashed up his ankle a few days before the trip.

Robin of Locksley was driving the truck.
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Ryan was on a crf 250 with light kit
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Old 07-29-2009, 12:09 AM   #11
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sounds like a good ride report. keep it coming
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Here we go. Nobody stopped to take pictures until the first time we took a break (though I probably have some video I'll post later).









The gas in Justin's green KLR was boiling. We had changed the coolant before we left and figured it just wasn't circulating. They messed with it until the blockage seemed resolved and he didn't have that problem again.



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Another great aspect of the trip: plenty of nice soft rocks to sleep on, and many hot springs on the route to relax in after a nice long day of riding.
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Old 08-01-2009, 10:21 PM   #15
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For this trip I Tachyon XC helmet cam, but I had it aimed at a bad angle which makes the shakiness more of a problem. Uploading it to youtube reduced the resolution, so it's hardly worth watching. (But dang it I wasted a ton of time putting the videos together so I'm posting them!)



I decided to velcro the remote to my Duchin Dash. Then when I wanted to turn the helmet cam on or off I would just grab it off the dash, point it at the camera, and click. Here it is stuck to my dash.





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