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?
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.
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.
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.
Am also interested in doing the IDBDR. Just need the date.
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