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Old 07-26-2014, 05:56 PM   #1
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Best of Montana 2014 Ride Reports

The 2014 version of the Best of Montana 1000 is underway. We'll collect our ride reports and pictures here. If a rider wants to start their own thread feel free to.



First stop of the first day in Yaak.




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Old 07-26-2014, 11:34 PM   #2
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Even though I wasn't able to make the trip I stopped by Friday night to meet a few people and wish them a good ride.

Timmer and the Going to the Sun IPA to commemorate the start of the ride.


Tents were set up.


And bikes waiting patiently for the fun ride ahead.


I'm looking forward to the stories and the pictures that are sure to come.
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Old 07-27-2014, 06:14 PM   #3
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Looking like a great start
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Old 07-29-2014, 12:09 AM   #4
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Day 1


East of Yaak River


KooCanUsa Lake


Young bull outside Eureka


Evidence of avalanche that crossed the road before Glacier
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Old 07-29-2014, 12:13 AM   #5
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Day 2


Glacier


Side Trip Bison


Browning


Rogers Pass, -70F
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Old 07-29-2014, 12:17 AM   #6
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Day 3


Site of 1st Masonic Lodge meeting in Montana 1863


Austin Trestle


Does this dump truck make my bike look fat?
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Old 07-29-2014, 03:36 AM   #7
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Sure do miss Montana!

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Old 07-29-2014, 03:54 AM   #8
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Keep those great pictures coming. I hope everyone is having a great time.
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Old 07-29-2014, 09:28 AM   #9
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Love the pics and updates boys, really sucks I'm not with ya but helps ease the pain! Ride safe, rubber side down
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Old 07-30-2014, 01:16 PM   #10
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Overheard at lunch: "Beer has food value but food does not have beer value."
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Old 07-30-2014, 02:30 PM   #11
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Thanks to Jim and Kim (I hope i remembered them correctly) for helping me out last Saturday, as my bike slipped off the road down a bank. They managed to find two ATVs with winches. Thanks to the all who helped get the bike out. Getting a winch on the center stand proved to be the winning condition, as we were able to stand the bike up and winch it rolling it backward up the bank. The TT engine guards and Panniers held up great.

I escaped with minor soreness, but no broken bones thanks to the AGATT. The bike managed to get out of the bushes and small tree growth in minor damage but running condition.

I have a photo (I have to figure out how to post again), but my bike was quite buried in the foliage. It went down the almost 45 degree bank 15 or 20 ft. I left the bike to avoid getting tangled with it, which turned our a good choice. I some how missed the 2 ft alder.

With Duck tape holding the front together, I made it to camp at Fishcreek, as I was almost there, having completed the "tough section". LOL.

I did continue east but stayed on the path across Logan Pass. What a clear day for that crossing. The road east of Logan pass was watered down dirt road, which added to the dirt on my bike. Seeing there faces of the chopper bikes with t shirt and pristine chrome heading west to the dirt road would have been priceless.

Anyway, my duck tape with electrical tape over wrap was working somewhat. I continued to Choteau for gas and lunch. I was thinking about joining the group again that night, but my bike was starting to have chain issues. My get off must have stretched the chain, as it was one of many adjustments I had to make on the way home. I decided I was too much of a liability to the group to continue with my Duck and electrical tape job holding the front together.

I decided to stay on the main slab as much as possible and headed south as it was still early. I ended up in Helena for the night. From there I went south on 89 and 287. 287 was shut down N and S of Augusta, so a east diversion was needed.

From Helena I went south on 15 to hwy 234, where i ended up going across a gravel dirt road across Bannock Pass, elev. 7,670. Chain needed adjustment again after that road in Salmon.

Tuesday, I spent the night near Salmon, and the next day headed home thru Missoula, Spokane on I90. I knew there were BMW shops there if needed... My trip across eastern WA hit a high of 105 degrees. My transmission was getting sticky, and not liking to shift. My last gas was east of Moses Lake, and I managed to get it past 2nd gear, so I was determined to just hit home without going lower than 3rd gear. it worked. My last day was about 600 miles, but the F650GS twin and I made it.

I went for a 5K run today, so my bruised leg seems ok.

I learned a few things on this trip, and hope to be able to do more ADV off roading. What a great group of guys!
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Old 08-01-2014, 01:56 PM   #12
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Best Question of the BOM?

Besides all the "where you heading, where you've been questions" (to which I had no clue of an answer - uh I'm just following him), perhaps the Best Question we were asked at a lunch stop was - "You boys heading to Sturgis?" um, well no.....
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Old 08-01-2014, 04:54 PM   #13
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Mikrow, ULYBRAD and Jonz - use my cell number during the next week if you want to. I'll be at the cabin on THURSDAY night now, rather than Friday as I was able to get the day off. So you've got three days and nights available there if you want!

Looking forward to these ride reports!


All the best,

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Old 08-02-2014, 08:09 AM   #14
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Getting to Montana

Rainy Seattle on Thursday afternoon departure


Sunrise at Potholes CG


Passing Through Eastern WA



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Old 08-02-2014, 08:23 AM   #15
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A great ride guided by Tim and Ron. Sorry I had to leave early. A few pictures in the following posts. Slide area between Eureka and Polebridge, Timmer's bike below Gibson Dam, and Augusta for lunch.
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