I first came across the Tour of Idaho on the motorcyclejazz site back in the summer of 2013. It's a 1,400+ mile dirt bike ride from the Utah border to (almost) Canada. My first reaction after reading about it was "Wow! That's insane! I couldn't imagine doing that.". That's probably the first reaction most people have, even experienced riders. Most guys would consider a 50-75 mile dirt bike ride to be a nice, long day (if not too long). On the Tour, you're averaging over 200 miles a day for seven days straight! But the more I read about it and thought about the challenge, I decided that I had to do it. It's the closest I can come to the ultimate dirt bike ride and it would be a true measure of my riding skill, ability to prepare, and most of all, my mental toughness and determination to finish no matter how difficult the conditions. I decided that nothing short of a severely broken bike or my broken bones would stop me from finishing. Once I made that decision, everything else was easy. ;-)
|My riding buddy Wralf on
Hoodoo Mountain in June
|Idaho Point in early July
- Acerbis 6.6 gallon gas tank
- Wolfman Carry All number plate bag
- Wolfman Day Tripper saddle bags
- Wolfman Rollie small waterproof bag
- Two Wolfman one liter bottle holsters, used for carrying extra water
- A new set of el cheapo tires ($99 for the set... I'd learn my lesson later)
- A set of ultra heavy duty tubes (4mm thick)
- A pair of 3,000 lumen LED auxiliary lights (6,000 total lumens... these were awesome)
- Trail Tech high-output stator
- New Yuasa battery
- Handlebar-mounted waterproof smartphone case straight from China (via eBay)... this actually held up pretty well and I'm still using it
- I rigged up a cigarette-lighter socket for keeping my phone charged while riding
- I already had this for snowbiking the previous season, but my Seat Concepts seat is awesome! I never had a sore butt the whole time, which is something that I thought would be impossible.
- Klim Nac Pack backpack with two liter hydration bladder... I wanted to try and ride with nothing on my back during the Tour, but I knew that staying hydrated while riding was going to be a key factor in avoiding fatigue. I'm sure glad I had it.
- 21" Sven Saw for those unexpected trail-clearing needs
- Loads of other tools and spare parts for the bike
A lot of these items weren't included in early versions of my setup, but I learned a lot and adapted it during rides in the spring and early summer.