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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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General Discussion / Re: leaving May 20 from Willliamsburg
« Last post by indyfabz on October 27, 2014, 11:13:25 am »
I would say you should be comfortable riding alone or with your own group as there are long periods of time when you are not with anyone, or riding styles differ enough that you don't stay in contact long.

Good point. In addition to timing affecting how many people you run into, things like differing paces, daily schedules and lodging choices can, too. I have had several encounters--both on the road and in camp-- with people heading the same direction on both the Northern Tier and Trans Am routes and I can only think of three instances when I actually rode with someone for any length of time, and those three instances involved the same tandem couple.

Also keep in mind that some people may prefer limited interaction with others. I think it's important to recognize that preference and respect it.
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We rode through Oakville last week, and the bridge was indeed out. The only sign announcing this is only a mile or so from the closure. Luckily, a very kind resident drove us and our bikes up to cross in Wapello, and from there we got back on the route on very nice, low-traffic roads. If you don't get such a ride, the detour is indeed significant (~30mi) and it's via a high traffic, no shoulder road.

Nobody had any idea when the bridge would be reopened.
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General Discussion / Re: BMW 1200GS Motorcycle:
« Last post by JMilyko on October 27, 2014, 10:10:25 am »
Hello Greyghost,

Much of the GDMBR is open to motorcyclists and has been done on motorcycles. Use caution and have respect for slower moving vehicles/people and that will go a long way.

We did a blog post on the topic here:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/adventure-cycling-association/dual-sport-riders-take-to-the-great-divide/448376625794

Also, if you do an internet search for 'great divide mountain bike route motorcycle' (without the quotes) a number of related links to blogs and forums will appear that can point out the dicey areas.

I hope this helps.

Best,
.Jennifer.
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General Discussion / Re: leaving May 20 from Willliamsburg
« Last post by rondickinson on October 27, 2014, 07:02:29 am »
I remember there was a Comfort Inn 10 or so miles from York Town, the official starting point.  There is a church (Episical) in Yorktown that owns a house that they allow cyclist to stay at for free.  A member lives right across the street and we shipped our bikes to him.  We flew into DC for a quick tour and had a friend meet us, but I would think a cab ride / shuttle from Newport News Airport would be affordable.
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General Discussion / Re: leaving May 20 from Willliamsburg
« Last post by rondickinson on October 27, 2014, 06:58:57 am »
In 2014 my son and I left Yorktown on May 18 with a goal of 65 miles a day / 6 days a week.
We ran into a fair number of cyclist going our direction and connected on and off with them throughout our 10 weeks.  On coming cyclist were limited for the first month.  It was also fun to meet both the RAAM race and the TransAmerica Race somewhere in  KS.  The Adventure Cyclist self supported group was 10 days in front of us and we eventually caught them in WY.  We meet and made friends with a dozen or so folks.

I would say you should be comfortable riding alone or with your own group as there are long periods of time when you are not with anyone, or riding styles differ enough that you don't stay in contact long.

One goal I had was to get across KS before it got too hot.  We actually made it into WY by July.

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ZZZZ is absolutely correct in saying that much depends on the age and flexibility of the rider, though I'm not sure anyone 6'4" would be comfortable for long on a 58. I'm 6'2+" and ride a 64 cm and love it.
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