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Old 08-27-2016, 06:32 AM   #21
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Re: The Great Divide Ride: June 10 - 16, 2017

A couple of us did basically the same ride but from north to south a couple years back. FWIW, I thought the best part of the ride was in Colorado (but being a native from Durango, I'm biased...) We rode from the Wyoming line to Silver City, camping most of the time. You can see a slide show of the ride here:

From Vallecitos, NM to Del Norte, CO was probably my favorite though we missed a turn and took a very hairy road (using the term 'road' VERY loosely) down off the mountain into Vallecitos from Hopewell Lake. We used the Cannonshot (ADV inmate) GPS routes and they worked well for us. I didn't care as much for the mountains of NM from Pie Town to Silver City as I thought I would.
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Old 08-27-2016, 10:00 PM   #22
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Excellent...and thanks for the time to make plans around it...count me in...
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Old 08-28-2016, 06:18 PM   #23
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This works as long as there is a big enough group to split in two; one northbound, one southbound and a little trust. Both groups drive/trailer to their starting points (one in the south, one in the north). Each group rides to the starting location of the other group, uses the vehicle left there to get back.
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Old 08-29-2016, 09:33 AM   #24
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I'll be in CO during that time. Hope to meet you guys for a day of riding in the end of your trip.
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Old 08-30-2016, 06:04 PM   #25
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I'll second that:
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Old 08-31-2016, 09:53 PM   #27
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I'm planning on this one on my 2012 Super Tenere.
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Old 09-05-2016, 01:14 AM   #28
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If there is a group of 8 riders wanting to ride fully supported, from silver city to Co springs and back, I have a huge metro bus that can carry 8 riders, 10 bikes, and gear. We raced out of it with the CMRA for a couple of years and if you like air mattresses and oriental rugs for furniture it is not a bad way to camp either. Operating cost is about $1 per mile so it would take about $150 per rider based on a 2013 mile trip total, for the bus only.
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Old 09-05-2016, 11:00 AM   #29
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Hmmm!!!??? Very interested in this one. I see a few posts people riding their S10's. Would a Suzuki DR650 be capable?


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Old 09-05-2016, 11:05 AM   #30
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Hmmm!!!??? Very interested in this one. I see a few posts people riding their S10's. Would a Suzuki DR650 be capable?
More than capable it would conquer! I reserve to change my opinion at the end of this month though. Planning to ride the entire Banff to Antelope Wells route on the S10.

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Old 10-05-2016, 05:44 PM   #31
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If ya'll need a place to camp in Salida, CO I know an advrider gentleman that would be happy to host for the night. He's retired, has a big field next to the river and is a GREAT dual sport rider. Let me know and I will find out his availability.
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Old 10-05-2016, 06:00 PM   #32
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I'm interested in participating as well.
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Hmmm!!!??? Very interested in this one. I see a few posts people riding their S10's. Would a Suzuki DR650 be capable?


Did I close the garage?
This past summer...when I was out scouting routes for our ride across CO...I rode my DR. Mainly because I was covering a lot of pavement between passes & I like it better than my DRZ on the hardtop. Since I had never ridden it on rugged rock & dirt...I was worried. However it went anywhere I wanted, and I still had the original Trail Wings on it. With good off road tires I think it would be unstoppable. I am not a good rider...probably a B- usually...so I just took it slow in the really rugged stuff (and I had it in some really rugged stuff) and it just motored along. I got the feeling that if you really hit the hard stuff like on the DRZ...either something might break, or it would eventually cause damage to the suspension, but take it easy & she will go anywhere.
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The boss said to get vacation requests ready for next year so I put down the dates for this event!!! I'll get my DR ready!!


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This past summer...when I was out scouting routes for our ride across CO...I rode my DR. Mainly because I was covering a lot of pavement between passes & I like it better than my DRZ on the hardtop. Since I had never ridden it on rugged rock & dirt...I was worried. However it went anywhere I wanted, and I still had the original Trail Wings on it. With good off road tires I think it would be unstoppable. I am not a good rider...probably a B- usually...so I just took it slow in the really rugged stuff (and I had it in some really rugged stuff) and it just motored along. I got the feeling that if you really hit the hard stuff like on the DRZ...either something might break, or it would eventually cause damage to the suspension, but take it easy & she will go anywhere.


My buddy and I rode around Ouray CO in August of 2014 ( bikes were new). I had Dunlops D606's and he had the stock Trail Wings. Both did really well but the D606's were the tire to have. Most of our riding was off road and I think we clocked over 500 miles in 4 days. Lots of fun and ready to go back!


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I am sure it is big bike friendly, but any mud or sand will negate the benefits, my weapon of choose will be a dr650 as well.
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...my weapon of choice will be a dr650...
Cool, a chew toy for my xr!

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I have a full figure with a 30" inseam. The xr's 37 inch seat hieght does not go with my figure or else I would be on one. The dr's motor will pull away from the xr all day. But your suspension will take me in the ruff. That being said I will just have to pop a wheelie over the ruff.
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Might pull away from an xr200

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By that time my DR 650 will be sporting a 10.5 to 1 piston, a 230 cam and stage one port job So I will pull away even faster.
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