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Old 04-26-2012, 04:01 PM   #61
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Well that's a compliment indeed! You'll have a terrific time.
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:21 PM   #62
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I recently spent a week based in Green River, riding the Swell and segments of the UTBDR. Rob, you did a spectacular job putting this route together.

The UTBDR northeast of Green River:

Thanks Tony, It was fun putting this route together... I can't wait to do it again soon. We are going to try to do the northern part from Green River to Garden City sometime mid June.
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:12 PM   #63
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So Brassass, I'm good at long days in the saddle. Last year I did a 900 mile ride (probably 70% dirt) From Broomfield to Dinosaur, over the roan plateau, over the grand mesa, through taylor park, to Saguache on a fully loaded beat up KLR650 in 3 days. Do you think this ride from Mexican hat to the north is doable in 5 days on a fully loaded WR250r? I will have 8 days to do the ride from basically Denver and back to the same. i'm sure I can get out there in a day or a day and a half and back to Denver in a day and a half.
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Old 04-29-2012, 01:28 PM   #64
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So Brassass, I'm good at long days in the saddle. Last year I did a 900 mile ride (probably 70% dirt) From Broomfield to Dinosaur, over the roan plateau, over the grand mesa, through taylor park, to Saguache on a fully loaded beat up KLR650 in 3 days. Do you think this ride from Mexican hat to the north is doable in 5 days on a fully loaded WR250r? I will have 8 days to do the ride from basically Denver and back to the same. i'm sure I can get out there in a day or a day and a half and back to Denver in a day and a half.
It sounds like you like to speed right along... I think that it's possible, but 6 days is more realistic. The cool thing about the UTBDR, there is so much to see. So doing it in 5 days you won't have much time to just look around and see what's out there. If you do try to get it done in 5, I would make sure you do LaSal Pass and not Lockhart.

The great thing, if you don't get it all done this time, you get to come back and finish it up another day. Have fun and enjoy the ride.

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Old 04-29-2012, 03:29 PM   #65
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Old 04-29-2012, 03:33 PM   #66
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... stay tuned for a Colo B.D.R. ADVrider 1st-chance-ride of the official route in late Aug.
announcements and details to follow.
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Old 06-29-2012, 05:19 PM   #67
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... stay tuned for a Colo B.D.R. ADVrider 1st-chance-ride of the official route in late Aug.
announcements and details to follow.
As a new adventure rider in Colorado, I came to this thread to ask if there were any plans to do a Colorado version of this. I would -LOVE- to see one! Can't wait for your announcement.
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:23 AM   #68
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Anyone done the UTBDR on a GSA?

Just considering the route, but my choices are a much smaller bike or the big pig 1150. Anyone have any experience doing this route on a larger bike? Any gotchas?

Also, a friend is considering joining me on a Wee Strom. Any thoughts on the Strom for this route?

And before the 'It's not the bike, it's the rider" comments: please, I do get this. I am a descent rider as is my friend, but some bikes are simply more suitable for various purposes than others. Generally, I'm just wondering if anyone thinks it wouldn't be very fun on a larger bike, if it's a route that would likely damage a larger bike, if it's a route that you would want several people along with you to help push a larger bike (or get it out of mud, etc.)...that sort of thing.
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Old 07-30-2012, 03:01 PM   #69
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You can do it on the big pig, just keep in mind that there are washouts and dry river beds that will be challenging on a full-figured machine. Also, Lockhart Basin will be a considerable challenge on that bike. If you watch the trailer, you can get a sense for it. http://youtu.be/O_8C1feaFac

For some folks, the small bike is the better option given the degree of difficulty. Oh yeah, don't forget about the sand. There's a ton of sandy stretches on the UTBDR.

Have fun and post lot's of photos.
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Old 07-30-2012, 11:33 PM   #70
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As a new adventure rider in Colorado, I came to this thread to ask if there were any plans to do a Colorado version of this. I would -LOVE- to see one! Can't wait for your announcement.
i posted another thread about the COBDR
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=744112

we ride this in Aug. there will be a free .gpx track, map and dvd will be available sometime in the late fall/winter for next season. sometime in the spring will also be the movie premiere.

i don't know the route yet, but knowing Rob Watt (BrassAss - http://www.trailmasteradventures.com/ ) it will travel over some high passes. i'm guessing the route will be passable through sept. until that first snow flies.

...the AZBDR will be ridden next spring
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Old 07-30-2012, 11:39 PM   #71
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the ride was done w/ 1200gs, 800gs & ktm ADVs
so as long as everyone is a medium level or better rider, has solid bike protection and new knobbies i'd go for it.

and yes lockhart is the tough section but there is an easier alternative.




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Just considering the route, but my choices are a much smaller bike or the big pig 1150. Anyone have any experience doing this route on a larger bike? Any gotchas?

Also, a friend is considering joining me on a Wee Strom. Any thoughts on the Strom for this route?

And before the 'It's not the bike, it's the rider" comments: please, I do get this. I am a descent rider as is my friend, but some bikes are simply more suitable for various purposes than others. Generally, I'm just wondering if anyone thinks it wouldn't be very fun on a larger bike, if it's a route that would likely damage a larger bike, if it's a route that you would want several people along with you to help push a larger bike (or get it out of mud, etc.)...that sort of thing.
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Old 07-31-2012, 12:07 AM   #72
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here are some ride reports
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Old 09-17-2012, 05:15 PM   #73
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Just finished the UTBDR a couple of days ago.

my two cents is that this route is great! Shows a good and surprising cross section of Utah. The technical level way much more my cup of tea than the WABDR...a little harder, and a little more sustained.

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GOOD BOOTS! There are a lot of things on this trail just waiting to break shins and ankles. MX style boots saved me a broken ankle in an off balance low speed tip over...that "I don't ride fast, so I don't need as stout of a boot" argument doesn't hold water.

This route's character looks as if it could change DRAMATICALLY with the weather. I think we hit the sand at the perfect time, just a day after some thunderstorms...so it still was a little more solid than normal, but the runnals and washes could be brutal and very sharp.

Flexible gear. We rode in early September and had conditions ranging from over 100F to 45F.

Take extra time to ride around Moab...duh. If you don't know about the White Rim, find out and ride it. If you are low on time I would skip the ride from Green River to Price to make the time. Screwing around in the sand flats is also a lot of fun. We rode the Slickrock practice loop on a KLR and a BMW F650 GS Dakar, and there is a portion of Fins and Things (the portion south of Sand Flats Road) that is fun and doable on big bikes. I think with some stones that Hells Revenge would be doable too.

You can ride the loop either direction, but sections like the La Sal Mountain loop are way easier south to north...having said that reversing the direction for just that section doesn't take a lot of highway riding. I have heard the lockhart basing section is easier north to south, but I haven't ridden it so take that for what it's worth.

Take more water than you think you will need...especially the sections south of Price.

If you have an adventure style bike you will have plenty of range... I don't think you need more than 100 -120 miles before fuel is available. There are more places that have fuel than the maps/route show.

Don't over pack. A heavy bike will distract you from enjoying the scenery.

Respect the danger and difficulty...Utah can be a very hot, lonely, rugged place, make your choices accordingly.

There are precious few places along the route to by tires and other parts...you might have a chance in Moab or Monticello, but other than that you might need to plan a trip to SLC, or Grand Junction to find what you need.

BTW you want your tires freshest for the south section. The north section is almost exclusively gravel or pavement (The movies allude to two track on the last section, but I think all that is left is about .5 mile...It appears they bulldozed and graveled the road a few weeks ago.)

If you are used to mountains and forests, I think this route would be better to run north to south, as the surrounding will continually be new and unusual. If you are used to deserts, run it the opposite way and the same is also true.

Keep your camera charged and handy!
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:57 PM   #74
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Thanks for the feedback.
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Used DVD or maps?

If anyone wants to sell their old touratech video and butler maps, i'm in the market.
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