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i am currently in Silver City and the guys at Gila Hike and Bike say that Emory Pass will officially reopen on October 30th at 5:00 p.m. Until then, they say that cyclists are getting through and it's been great because it is still closed to vehicular traffic. We'll hit it by the end of this week and I'll post an update.
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Routes / Re: Southern Tier, highway 78 Glamis to Palo Verde, Ca
« Last post by MaryK on October 27, 2014, 10:31:14 pm »
i rode this section heading eastbound on Oct 16, 2014. Yes, there are lots of trucks and a mirror is especially helpful. On the weekends, there is even more traffic as it's a popular area for people who like to ride their 4-wheelers off road in the dunes.

We stayed with Nancy Mercury, a welcome respite as there's not much in that area. Even if you don't stay with her, she's a great source of information. Because of the number of riders she hosts, she asks for a donation of $25 per person or $40 for couple. Nancy is listed on the ACA map, but the phone number is out of date. The correct number is 760-854-1117. This number is also listed in the addenum. She is not listed i warmshowers.
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General Discussion / Re: BMW 1200GS Motorcycle:
« Last post by DaveB on October 27, 2014, 08:08:09 pm »
Just did a quick check and see that the ACA described the GDMBR as:
"The big, bad granddaddy of epic mountain bike routes. 2,700 miles of primarily jeep roads (with a dash of pavement and singletrack)"
That sounds like what the GS and KLR were designed for.
If that's a good description and the single track is both a "dash" and not too tightly wooded or hemmed in by rock walls, then the 1200GS is a suitable machine.   
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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Re: Great Rivers South, Section 1, Map 1 - 2014
« Last post by cgreene on October 27, 2014, 03:20:12 pm »
The Louisa County Sheriffs office is reporting that the new bridge will be open in a few weeks. So, if your touring through there next year, you should be good to go. It wouldn't hurt to check in with the sheriff just to be sure: 319-523-4371
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General Discussion / Re: BMW 1200GS Motorcycle:
« Last post by staehpj1 on October 27, 2014, 01:49:13 pm »
Just did a quick check and see that the ACA described the GDMBR as:
"The big, bad granddaddy of epic mountain bike routes. 2,700 miles of primarily jeep roads (with a dash of pavement and singletrack)"
That sounds like what the GS and KLR were designed for.
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General Discussion / Re: BMW 1200GS Motorcycle:
« Last post by staehpj1 on October 27, 2014, 01:42:26 pm »
It would be interesting to know the type of motorcycles the above posters saw on the GDMBR.  I suspect most were 250 to 400 cc single cylinder relatively light trail or dual purpose bikes.

The BMW 1200GS you ask about is a very large, very heavy motorcycle of the type called an "Adventure" motorcycle and mainly intended for dirt roads and similar, not single track trails.  Along with it's legality you might try to determine how suitable that particular motorcycle is.

If memory serves...  Of the guys I met doing the GDMBR, one was on a BMW GS (800? 1200? not sure) and one was on a Kawasaki KLR 650.  I don't specifically remember but I think the third was on another GS, but it might have been another KLR.  I do recall that two were on matching bikes I forget which one though.

I askd them and they said found their bikes well suited to the route.  I have not done the GDMBR, but I didn't get the impression that there was much if any technical single track.  Anyone care to clarify that point?
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General Discussion / Re: BMW 1200GS Motorcycle:
« Last post by DaveB on October 27, 2014, 01:10:10 pm »
It would be interesting to know the type of motorcycles the above posters saw on the GDMBR.  I suspect most were 250 to 400 cc single cylinder relatively light trail or dual purpose bikes.

The BMW 1200GS you ask about is a very large, very heavy motorcycle of the type called an "Adventure" motorcycle and mainly intended for dirt roads and similar, not single track trails.  Along with it's legality you might try to determine how suitable that particular motorcycle is.
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General Discussion / Re: BMW 1200GS Motorcycle:
« Last post by staehpj1 on October 27, 2014, 12:36:04 pm »
While doing the TA we met and camped with three guys doing the GDMBR on motorcycles.  They seemed to be having a lot of fun.  They said they were mostly OK following the route, but did have to reroute a few places.
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General Discussion / Re: BMW 1200GS Motorcycle:
« Last post by Iowagriz on October 27, 2014, 12:12:57 pm »
Agree with Jennifer, it looks like a good route for a moto.

I rode from Roosvile to Ovando this past summer and can think of two or three spots in which motos are prohibited, but I think that you could easily route around those areas and still get some great riding in.  I did see at least one group out while we were riding.  They slowed when passing us and it was appreciated.

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General Discussion / Re: BMW 1200GS Motorcycle:
« Last post by Greyghost on October 27, 2014, 11:37:37 am »
Thanks Jennifer! Appreciate your reply and information link.

-Pete
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