I started doing a little off pavement touring this past summer on my Versys, but found I felt limited on the types of terrain I was willing to travel on with it. The prospect of steep rocky terrain, sand, or mildly deep water crossings made me squirm (also partly because of my off road inexperience).
I wanted something lighter, better suspended, and with real DS wheels. I want to give the OBDR a whirl, and if that is as much fun as I suspect, want to expand travels to Ut, Mt, Id and Wyo. http://www.cycoactive.com/Adventure/Blog/XTFrro/Oregon_Backcountry_Discovery_Route_OBDR_2000
Bought my 2011 RR a couple of weeks ago and finally got it out for a couple of hundred mile jaunt to the coast. Just beginning to get it set up for travelling, making use of the Great Basin for the time being, although it might be a little large for the WR. Gotta have something to carry those tubes and tire irons until I get full time luggage squared away.
A little eyeballing google maps revealed a mostly dirt route to the cost that included the highest mountain in the northern coast range, excellent viewpoint anticipated.
First order of business, survive the pea soup in the valley. Gotta get some hyperlites put on the rear.
Dirt route aborted when the "low on gas" light came on. 2 gallon tank has gotta go. Detour into town and back to gravel. Loving the litre fuel bottles stowed in the GL.
Mostly nice gravel road, a little steep mud and ruts but no worries
Sweeping views of the coast, a clear day would also allow views of several peaks in the Cascades. Everybody's favorite Pelican Pub in the distance.
Tillamook Cheese factory to the north.
Prescribed burns blotting the scenery.
Old radar installation from a few decades past.
A paved road leads to the coast, highly recommend a trip up to Mt. Hebo on any type of bike.
High surf on the Three Capes highway.
Opted for the hundred mile paved route home, cruised easily at 65-70mph, even passed a couple of slowpokes on the pass going over the coast range. Got between 60-70 mpg, not bad considering I'm still putting on break-in miles.