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post #1 of 7 Old 07-03-2019, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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SEPT 28 '19 UTAH trip

This is a heads up and invite to anyone wanting to go.
Also, posting up my intended plan.
Plan - leave Shreveport Louisiana at 4AM Sept 28 to attempt the BB1500 .
Destination : Barstow, Cali 1,537 miles

That is the first day and a half of my 10 days out. Then I'll head up to Moab and spend the rest of the trip exploring Utah. Should be in Moab on the 30th.
I'm not experienced in off roading but will do a lot of gravel once up there. I want to do the Moki Dugway.

This is my once a year "big trip" I manage to do.
This will be longest distance I've done one on this small of a bike. I'm on a 2015 650 XT. It is set up for long distance and I have no doubt as it can do it. I'll have soft bags by then.
Anyone interested is welcome to meet up.
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Wow! Keep us posted...I'm looking forward to the ride report. :-)

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You should get bonus IBR points for doing it on a stock seat!
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Hola, I've done several 1000 mile days on the 650. No sweat! Barstow is no paradise and you will probably be glad to leave. Utah is wunnerful. Coming from Barstool you can start at the bottom of the state at St George and take back roads that will lead to several Nat'l Parks and scenic stuff. Being a canyon land place there are not many direct routes to the Moki Dugway. Just tons of beautiful countryside to cover getting there.
On the bottom of the state is Coral Pink Sand Dunes St Park. That was interesting.
Have a good safe ride!
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Lots of fun stuff around Utah. Paved scenic byways, enormous dirt road networks, national parks, state parks, etc.

Some paved roads: Scenic-Byways - General, More Here, Scenic Byways - Southern
Some dirt: Paiute-Trail, Arapeen-Trail

(I'm pretty sure that both the Paiute and Arapeen trails allow dispersed primitive camping pretty much everywhere. Double check public vs private where you plan to go.

Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks, Zion's, Canyonlands, Arches, Monument Valley... Bring a National Parks Pass (or buy one at the first gate you come to).

Not sure how far north you plan to get... I haven't been down to the Central Utah area this season yet, but based on news reports portions of the Nebo Loop were burned in a forest fire last fall, then the heavy spring run-off took out some of the road.

I've been on the Paiute Trail (westbound out of Richfield, UT), but our trip was cut short because the summit was covered with snow. Absent the snow, the roads we encountered were easily passable with DL1000's, the 650 should do well. One word of caution about the fine powder dirt in Southern Utah.... It sucks! Every bit as bad as sand. You'll learn to recognize it quickly. Oh, and if it gets wet it turns to "grease" very quickly.

I haven't explored large chunks of the Arapeen Trail (mostly because it has hundreds of miles of interconnected dirt roads spanning the majority of the mountains in the state. But as kids we were all over the areas near Scofield Reservoir and Skyline Drive on dirt bikes. Most of those roads should also be passable via V-Strom.

Onion Creek near Moab (Northeast on SR-128) was also pretty cool stuff. We started on the east side of the mountains (east of Moab) and rode over the mountains and came down on Onion Creek from above, but you could take the easy/short route and drive up from the Onion Creek campground then turn around at the top and drive back down for a double dose.

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I'm guessing you will be taking Interstate 40 through northern Arizona on the way to Barstow. If so, and time permits, you might want to check a few places along historic route 66. Winslow, of course, for the "standing on the corner" photo op, and Williams is another nice spot, with a 50 mile side trip north to the Grand Canyon.

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SEPT 28 '19 UTAH trip


Monument Valley is nice.


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Moki Dugway has loose gravel.
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Thanks for the links notacop!
I have an AirHawk and sheep skin that works well over the stock seat.
My first trip out west was to the north rim and some primitive camping in the KaibabNF .
I choose Barstow because of mileage from my house.... Not wanting any two lanes at night when I want to put in some mileage. Barstow is right on the right road for me! Pretty simple ride I-20 to Hwy 287 out of Houston, catch I-40 in Amarillo all the way!
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Nebo loop is open and not that damaged.

Rode through there a couple of weeks ago. You can see areas that have been burned and some of the camping areas are still closed for repair but the paved scenic byway is completely open and in good condition.
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