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Old 05-10-2018, 11:29 PM   #41
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Re: Dual-sport adventure in New Mexico late May

Esp since I can't go, I hope y'all will do a full ride report.


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Old 05-28-2018, 10:59 AM   #42
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Re: Dual-sport adventure in New Mexico late May

Texxter- don't know if you left yet, but I just got back from a 3125mi trip, doing a few sections of the nmbdr before heading into AZ, then up to CO. I cut over into AZ after Reserve, near Luna and Alpine. If you have any questions about conditions or anything let me know.

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Old 06-04-2018, 10:05 PM   #43
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Re: Dual-sport adventure in New Mexico late May

Chris, thank you so much for the offer! We were in New Mexico when you posted above. David, Daniel and I did five days in New Mexico, with a combination of paved and unpaved surfaces, with more paved miles than unpaved. We had a very ambitious plan to cover lots of ground and had to modify it as we went, mostly to reduce it to manageable days. We really enjoyed the Gila Wilderness, Lincoln Forest and the areas in Sandoval County, including the Gilman Tunnels. Didn't get to do the last day of the NMBDR, as I had planned, but I will do it in the future. We had no flats or issues with the bikes (2 wr250r and 1 Weestrom) other than a front caliper misaligned, which we fixed in Pie Town. Dropped the bikes a couple of times due to rocky climbs, but it wasn't bad. We learned that New Mexico is dry dry this year... the Chloride Canyon had no water crossings because the creek was bone dry. We saw from the distance smoke from forest fires in the Apache Creek area. Did 60% motels and 40% camping. Overall a great trip, scaled back from the plan, but still very enjoyable. I put together a quick and dirty video composite, which is a bit too long, 19 minutes, sorry!

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Old 06-05-2018, 06:23 PM   #44
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Re: Dual-sport adventure in New Mexico late May

Great video, thanks for sharing
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Old 06-05-2018, 10:39 PM   #45
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Re: Dual-sport adventure in New Mexico late May

19 minutes was not enough. Thanks.
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Re: Dual-sport adventure in New Mexico late May

Paco, Daniel and I had a very good trip. The scenery was pretty awesome to get to see some of that country. For the first day we rode to The Gila Cliff Dwellings and then back down 15 and took 35 east over to Forest Road 150. Forest Road 150 or north star road has some amazing scenery. The road finally meets up with New Mexico 59 at the Beaverhead work station and then we went I believe it was East over to 52 to Winston New Mexico. This would be the first days ride.
The second day we started our ride with going thru Chloride Canyon. The canyon was fun and is challenging. But had the Strom kind of loaded down and I done pretty well up to the point that I had to make that right turn up that hill. After the second tip over we had to just unload the bike so we could work the bike back down the hill. We had lunch at the Winston General store and then we started back West on 52 and 59 and then started back through the forest lands and flatlands toward Reserve New Mexico. We saw some mule deer , elk and smoke from the big forest fire. Very interesting ride that second day. We hit a pretty long stretch of a heavily graveled road that I wasn't too fond of. Riding the Strom on that Gravel Road didn't do my elbow and arm any favors from the tip over in Chloride. My 3rd day involved leaving Reserve and going down through Deming over to Las Cruces to have my truck checked out. The next day I was in Capitan and spent that evening riding around Ruidosa.
Friday, I spent the day riding in the Cloudcroft area. The trip made for a fun week.
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