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July 1, 2018 at 8:02 pm #14745
Are we doing Thursday thru Sunday or Friday thru Monday? I prefer Friday night in St. Ignace, Saturday night in Grand Marais, and Sunday back in St. Ignace. Some will just boogie on back home Sunday night.
There will be a road ride as well as the usual sand hell, so if you want to bring a touring bike i” put together some routes. Whitefish Point light house, the Falls, whatever you want to see. let me know because I won’t do it if no one is coming.July 1, 2018 at 9:37 pm #14747
Friday night in St Ignace and Sat in Grand Marais, and Sun back to St Ignace / Home.July 5, 2018 at 11:36 pm #14761
I would attempt this on my 1090R provided there aren’t too many deep sand + ascents/descents. Our novice group in Barrie spent a good hour getting up that one steep sandy section. Once I figured out the speed, I made it up in 2 mins. But that section was 100 yards, not miles long, and I had paid helpers to assist in getting my unladen bike off its side.July 6, 2018 at 7:00 am #14762
The U.P. ride has been described as having “soul- crushing sand”. This one is the super bowl of sand. Miles and miles of the siltiest stuff on earth.
I’ve not ridden it yet.
It’s why many take their small bikes. There is a paved option this year though!July 6, 2018 at 11:43 pm #14764
There was definitely a soul crushing sand section last year. By section, I’d guess a few miles. Maybe it just seemed longer than it was because I was hallucinating, but regardless – tough (for me anyway).
But, I can’t remember any ascents/descents of any magnitude, so that is something. All that said, it’s a great ride.July 7, 2018 at 12:32 am #14765
I’m in, and will be hitching one of the KTM’s up to St. Ignace. 🙂July 17, 2018 at 8:01 am #14795
The new dates make it possible for me to attend now. I’ll be doing the road route.July 18, 2018 at 5:11 pm #14799
I will be tagging along! Planning to ride my 450, will be trucking up to St. Ignace.
Thanks!July 23, 2018 at 9:06 am #14809
Hope to have routes (Road and Sand) posted by Saturday.July 23, 2018 at 9:22 am #14811
I’m looking for feedback on a a couple of possible stops on the Sunday ride from Grand Marais back to St. Ignace. We can go to Kitch-iti-kipi or to Fayette State park. Both have some interesting things to see. Is there interest and which would you prefer?July 23, 2018 at 9:35 am #14812
I vote for Kitch-iti-kipi as I’ve never been there. The glass bottom raft looks pretty interesting.
-jwJuly 23, 2018 at 11:36 am #14813
Here is a playlist of some of the UP rides in years past.
It’s not for the faint hearted. But 1090R will be a good bike for the trip if you are used to riding in sand.
The sandy sections are deeper but quite a bit wider too. Also plenty of roads to go around them if you decide to bail.
July 23, 2018 at 10:59 pm #14815
Thanks for the playlist. Some of those tracks would be outside my comfort zone, for sure. The bike is plenty capable, but the pilot less so. The thought of lifting the 500lb behemoth off its side for the 13th time is not appealing.
When y’all say “road route” is that opposed to “off road”? Meaning we would be on mostly dirt/gravel?July 23, 2018 at 11:23 pm #14816
Dave would need to confirm, but I think it’s ‘no dirt’. Pavement all the way. Multistrada territory….July 24, 2018 at 6:50 am #14817
Whatever route you come up with Dave is fine with me.
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