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Old 02-15-2017, 08:25 AM   #221
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Interesting commentary:

Right bike for the CDR, F800 or 500EXC
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Old 02-15-2017, 08:54 AM   #222
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To me the KTM690 is a great machine, it is better off road than all the 800 adventure bikes, but it is not a dirt bike like the 350 or 500. I just wish Yamaha would make a WR450 dualsport. Or Suzuki would modernize the DR400 (6 gears and FI).
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Old 02-18-2017, 12:51 PM   #223
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Hey fellers, not likely to make this ride, Just been lurking on TWT For a while... and I wish I could go again. I rode the divide from Mexico to Steamboat, August, 2008 (monsoon season) on a KLR650. Was a great adventure. Very happy to have chosen stock size D606 tires and stock exhaust. Best advise I got and will pass on (and I love to race) is that it ain't a race. Loud pipes WILL ruin it for everyone. You must have a plated bike and it must have an approved spark arrester. The NM authorities have no sense of humor on this and CO is worse. We do not want to mess this opportunity up. It is a trail ride, and a fantastic experience. And so far it's free. It can be done on a XT 250, xr400, xr650(bigger tank) KLR, Orange stuff, Silver stuff, Green stuff... just be prepared. Pack light, crowds are tough, two or three like-riders is fun. Somebody has to carry tire repair tools, tubes, air pump or cartridges. Everyone carries water and some food. Be prepared to hard camp. Have your riding gear already broke in. Bungy cords suck, mule tape rules, para cord is great. Pick up BMW and Tiger parts on the trail, trade them for gas or pie in town. Sorry, but if you have to ride something huge or exotic, be prepared to pick up a muddy, heavy, slippery, broken bike, dig mud out of swingarms and low front fenders. I've lashed handlebars on a KTM, seen low front fenders removed and rerouted or disconnected dual front brake lines... stitched plastic with safety wire. Seen KTM and BMW parts (and hard bag keys!) Fedexed overnight to motels...comraderie? Ugh. Some rescue is inevitable.... But not a glitch on the Dirt Ninja. I Was afraid of taking the new at the time klr650 with all the Ninja looking plastic, but it somehow worked without fail. It may have something to do with weighing way under 500 lbs... check out Bigdog adventure's videos about packing well, packing light. I read somewhere in this thread about "packing enough clothes for five days". That's some funny stuff right there, but in all fairness, not everyone has had these kind of experiences, so "credit card camping" is a great idea when it works. You will be in an unforgiving wilderness, far from "help". Be prepared to self rescue. Mostly...Have the time of your life.
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Old 02-18-2017, 08:16 PM   #224
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Old 02-20-2017, 07:55 AM   #225
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Can you confirm my payment I mailed it months ago however the site doesn't indicate that. Thx Cowboyup
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Old 02-20-2017, 08:14 AM   #226
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Can you confirm my payment I mailed it months ago however the site doesn't indicate that. Thx Cowboyup
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Old 02-21-2017, 10:59 PM   #227
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Money sent.

BTW, I have a 1 gal rotopax and mounting bracket if any of the Dfw guys need to borrow it for this trip.


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Old 02-24-2017, 07:40 PM   #228
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Every year I organize the Quien Sabe Ride. I just finished the video, which takes in a good part of the northern Colorado Divide Ride. Enjoy......




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Old 02-25-2017, 06:49 AM   #229
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I submitted the registration this morning, I think. I will be leaving on Thursday heading to big bend then up to New Mexico on Friday, that is the rough plan right now. Does anyone in central Texas want to meet up and ride together? Big Bend isn't a must, but it's amazing and sort of on the way. I will be camping the entire way.

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Old 02-25-2017, 07:11 AM   #230
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I submitted the registration this morning, I think. I will be leaving on Thursday heading to big bend then up to New Mexico on Friday, that is the rough plan right now. Does anyone in central Texas want to meet up and ride together? Big Bend isn't a must, but it's amazing and sort of on the way. I will be camping the entire way.

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I'm going to around the band rally on march 23rd. Still didn't decided will I ride orntrailer my bike for the great divide
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Old 02-25-2017, 08:14 AM   #231
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If you search earlier in this thread some of us from the metromess are riding and your welcome to join us..
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Old 02-25-2017, 08:26 AM   #232
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Old 02-25-2017, 08:58 AM   #233
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I think there is a pretty big group riding from the metromess... I know Jampad, JoToPe, Dualsportrider and Simmons1 are all riding from this area... That's 4 and I'm certain I saw others... jetdr21 is 5 and I saw others....


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Old 02-28-2017, 09:46 AM   #234
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Looking for travel group/person!

I have registered and booked hotels for this trip. That being said I am a noob to adventure riding and I am trying to work out some traveling logistics.

I have a new 2017 KTM 500 EXC-F that I would like to use for this ride and a 1200gsa as an option. I want to take the 500 EXC-F as is much more suited to off road (and I think it would be way more fun). It just isn't good for highway travel and the maintenance interval on it is terrible. So I really don't want to ride it from Houston to NM and back from CO.

Are there any groups/people from Houston planning to haul there bikes to the start? I read some good options here on partially supported rides. Park in middle, two vehicles, uhaul back to start, etc,.

Does anyone from Houston area have solid plans and room for one more? If not, is anyone interested in teaming up to minimize the highway time?

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Old 02-28-2017, 10:12 AM   #236
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Kromy67 and my self are planning for this. Call him.
I also have a KTM 500 that I am going to use for the trip.
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Looking for travel group/person!

I have registered and booked hotels for this trip. That being said I am a noob to adventure riding and I am trying to work out some traveling logistics.

I have a new 2017 KTM 500 EXC-F that I would like to use for this ride and a 1200gsa as an option. I want to take the 500 EXC-F as is much more suited to off road (and I think it would be way more fun). It just isn't good for highway travel and the maintenance interval on it is terrible. So I really don't want to ride it from Houston to NM and back from CO.

Are there any groups/people from Houston planning to haul there bikes to the start? I read some good options here on partially supported rides. Park in middle, two vehicles, uhaul back to start, etc,.

Does anyone from Houston area have solid plans and room for one more? If not, is anyone interested in teaming up to minimize the highway time?

Thanks!
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Old 02-28-2017, 11:14 AM   #237
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There is a slight possibility that we have an F-150 and driver available with off road tires, which we could use as a support truck. Are there already any support vehicles? Also, based on what I am hearing, it sounds like most of the roads the truck could handle, right?
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Old 02-28-2017, 09:19 PM   #238
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I am in a similar boat, as of right now I am 89% going just to far out to plan. I am in midland, and will be riding a dr650. Thinking I could ride from here to silver city nm, head north. Then looking for a ride for me and my bike from steam boat CO back to midland tx. Looking to camp the whole way. Or be picked up and share fuel cost, driving . ....... I have a trailer that can haul 2 small bikes safely.
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Old 02-28-2017, 09:41 PM   #239
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something you guy should thank about this is what i just started looking at is renting a spot to leave my truck and trailer at. Las Vegas NM is half way between so that's 400 miles are so both ways to ride to silver city or back to the trailer and then home. I should have some answers in a few days are so maybe some one else can come up with something better. There was a post here of a trip in that area that they left there vehicles for a week are so while they rode but i have not been able to find it.

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Old 02-28-2017, 09:45 PM   #240
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That's a thought
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