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Old 06-16-2017, 09:17 PM   #1
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I'm just here for the mountains - the Great Divide Ride 2017

Riders,

Now that the Great Divide Ride is in the history books, please share your stories and pictures in this thread. I'll get things started with a couple of pics.

Our group of 5 at the start of our 5 day ride - (l to r) Milton Otto, Jon Smiley, Mark Winer, Rich Gibbens (me) and Bob Lindner


This looks promising


Tricepilot Bob on the dual sport section of day 1


Communing with nature (and changing a flat tire)
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Old 06-16-2017, 09:26 PM   #2
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Re: I'm just here for the mountains - the Great Divide Ride 2017

Really been enjoying the wonderful pictures of the beautiful country you all have been enjoying. I must ask how many flats were fixed on this ride. Seems like 30% of the photos so far have someone on their knees or backs working on a flat...


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Old 06-16-2017, 09:33 PM   #3
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Really been enjoying the wonderful pictures of the beautiful country you all have been enjoying. I must ask how many flats were fixed on this ride. Seems like 30% of the photos so far have someone on their knees or backs working on a flat...


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What was the best uniform to wear all day?



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Old 06-16-2017, 10:13 PM   #4
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Really been enjoying the wonderful pictures of the beautiful country you all have been enjoying. I must ask how many flats were fixed on this ride. Seems like 30% of the photos so far have someone on their knees or backs working on a flat...


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The sad truth of picture taking is that most of us don't stop anywhere near enough mid-ride to take pictures. Instead we take most of our pictures during the stops. The end result is an over-representation of pics at stops and not enough while riding. Ergo, 30% more pics of flat repairs than ride photos.
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Old 06-16-2017, 10:15 PM   #5
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What was the best uniform to wear all day?
Mesh gear for the first two days.

Non-mesh gear the remaining three days as we rode north and gained altitude.

And, dress in layers.
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Old 06-16-2017, 10:23 PM   #6
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We are leaving Monday on NMBDR and forecast mainly highs around 95 but I know we will gain elevation in northern sections.Sorry I Missed your ride I had contractors working on my pool.
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Old 06-17-2017, 08:48 AM   #7
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Trail Boss and Subcomm in the desert of New Mexico

IMHO this was the best section of New Mexico that we rode
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Re: I'm just here for the mountains - the Great Divide Ride 2017

I was wondering for 2018 if my KTM 500 would be a good skoot for this ride, I think I have my answer. Yes indeed. Now to acquire a large tank, bags, and new tires w/ either tubliss or bibs (I hate flats). Appears to have been an epic ride.
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Old 06-17-2017, 09:50 AM   #10
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I was wondering for 2018 if my KTM 500 would be a good skoot for this ride, I think I have my answer. Yes indeed. Now to acquire a large tank, bags, and new tires w/ either tubliss or bibs (I hate flats). Appears to have been an epic ride.
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Old 06-17-2017, 01:02 PM   #11
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I was wondering for 2018 if my KTM 500 would be a good skoot for this ride, I think I have my answer. Yes indeed. Now to acquire a large tank, bags, and new tires w/ either tubliss or bibs (I hate flats). Appears to have been an epic ride.
Bob and I were both riding 500 EXCs. While Bob has done multiple trips on his 500 it was the first long trip for me on mine. We both have 5.3 gallon tanks, aftermarket seats, and the ability to carry luggage.

In my opinion, the bikes did great. It's likely no surprise to anyone that the 500 is a particularly good dirt bike. However, I have happily discovered that the 500 is much better on pavement that I ever expected. The wide ratio 6 speed is the difference maker on this bike.
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Old 06-17-2017, 01:10 PM   #12
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Re: I'm just here for the mountains - the Great Divide Ride 2017

So is the 500 beating the 630 as an overall ADV dual sport?
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So is the 500 beating the 630 as an overall ADV dual sport?
I don't think so.

At 260 lbs, the 500 is in the "dirt-bike-with-blinkers" category of bikes. The TE630 weighs 320 lbs and is in the "dual sport bike" category.

I continue to hold the opinion that the TE630 still tops the dual sport bike category. The KTM 690 / Husky 701 is only a wide ratio transmission away from toppling it though.

While the 500 is so much better on pavement that I anticipated, it likely would not be my first choice for long (one week or more) adventure rides that involved lots of pavement riding.
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Re: I'm just here for the mountains - the Great Divide Ride 2017

Did y'all take any pics of where you would need a bike like the 500 compared to a tenere on this ride ? I know the terrain always looks easier in pictures but from the pics of this ride it looks pretty tame . The reason I ask is because I would like to ride this but I really wouldn't want to haul my XR out there.
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Old 06-17-2017, 06:51 PM   #16
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IMHO "Stony Hill" was the worst section of the entire ride

There were a few deep sand sections and a few deep loose gravel sections, but Stony Hill would take a team effort, for safety reasons
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Bob and I were both riding 500 EXCs. While Bob has done multiple trips on his 500 it was the first long trip for me on mine. We both have 5.3 gallon tanks, aftermarket seats, and the ability to carry luggage.



In my opinion, the bikes did great. It's likely no surprise to anyone that the 500 is a particularly good dirt bike. However, I have happily discovered that the 500 is much better on pavement that I ever expected. The wide ratio 6 speed is the difference maker on this bike.


I am curious what tires you all were running on the 500 EXC's



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Here's the rock hill most big bikes had trouble on got few more i get posted later

pic really does not so it any justice

there was some pannier packing to go with it to and a little huffing and puffing
not much air around 9 or 10000 ft.


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I am curious what tires you all were running on the 500 EXC's
I mounted a brand new Dunlop 606 on the rear and I had a very well used TKC80 on the front
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Here's the rock hill most big bikes had trouble on got few more i get posted later

pic really does not so it any justice

there was some pannier packing to go with it to and a little huffing and puffing
not much air around 9 or 10000 ft.


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Photos make that stretch look like a flat road, which I can't get my head around.

It was difficult to walk up in motorcycle boots, much less ride a big bike up

Fairly easy on a 500
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