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Old 05-25-2019, 07:26 PM   #1
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BDRs Anyone?

Has anyone here done the New Mexico or Idaho BDRs? In a van? We went to a presentation at Expo about the NMBDR which peaked my interest but wasn't very informative because the presenter had not actually done much of the route. The presentation must've been scheduled before the actual trip took place?

Anyway, there are lots of videos on youtube, but almost all are motos.

On a related note, I'm sure some here have done the Lolo Motorway in Idaho. We have a sprinter and just want to know if we could do it?

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Old 05-25-2019, 10:08 PM   #2
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Matt, I did the Lolo Motorway last summer and think that your sprinter shouldn't have any issues (at least if it has 4x4). It was a bumpy route for sure, but didn't have any demanding sections. I probably spent 70% of the distance in 4x4 low range (primarily for the lower gearing over all the bumpy stuff). I would recommend some type of saw for any blowdown you might encounter, much of the distance goes through burn scars.
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Old 05-26-2019, 05:43 PM   #3
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Thanks Steve,
We're 4wd with skidplates. Probably by the time I get serious about the Idaho BDR next year we'll have a lift and a winch as well. Our daughter lives in Missoula so we're familiar with the area but not with the motorway itself.

It's hard for me to tell how good or bad the roads are when I look at the moto videos. Sometimes the roads look too narrow for van, but I think it's just the perspective of the camera and where in the road the bike is situated.
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...by the time I get serious about the Idaho BDR next year...
Keep us in mind for Idaho, this has been on our radar also.
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Will do, it would be fun to do with another van.
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I just rode the Mid Atlantic BDR on my motorcycle, but it is doable by van. One downhill rocky part. There is a lot of trout fishing along the route too.
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Thanks Marret,
Hadn't thought about MABDR, but it looks pretty cool! Long way from home, though.
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Welcome. One of these days I'll travel the western BDRs. Thanks for posting.
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I’ve done nearly all of Oregon but on a bike most of it. I’d be down with Idaho as well. Most of these routes are really geared for 4x4 jeeps etc. I know there is a route in Idaho called Rideaho but it is strictly for motorcycles.
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Am also interested in doing the IDBDR. Just need the date.
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