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Day 1. 149 Miles
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IRR - backcountry adventure Route (bar) and REVER Maps.
To see this amazing Backcountry, IRR is dedicated to the continual development and improvement of the REVER map service. It is in part, Butler Maps, and interactive ride tracking in one neat system; the Rever app helps to solve problems that you never knew you had. It allows you to plan a ride on your computer utilizing Butler Maps, track that ride and then share it with friends/fellow riders. It keeps tabs on your epic adventures (or trips to Starbucks) and then shares them later via social media or in the Rever online user community. Furthermore, we can teach you how to take full advantage of the technology in your hand without having to break the bank for a new GPS or tracking device.
This app is built on the knowledge of great Motorcycle Roads at Butler Maps. If you are not familiar with Butler check them out at ButlerMaps.com. They develop motorcycle specific maps that showcase ideal roads and areas for riding that come printed on a rugged waterproof Teflon paper. Butler also produces all of the Backcountry Discovery Routes maps along with being big supporters of the organization. Needless to say this app has good roots!
The two main functions of the Rever app are ride/trip tracking and planning. Tracking a ride with Rever is as simple as tapping the “track ride” button in the app and then riding away. You can watch the map, stay on the “stats” screen or just throw the phone into a jacket pocket. It will auto pause tracking when you are stagnant for more than a minute or so and resume when you start moving.
Once the ride is over you select “finish ride” and it is moved to the “tracked” section in the app. You are then able to share it, rate it or ride it again. Once completed you have the ability to look at stats from the ride including: time, distance, max speed and average speed. Your friends in the Rever online community will also be able to see the rides you’ve tracked.
To plan a ride you log into your Rever.co account and use their tools to make an appealing route. The format is pretty similar to other GPS mapping programs but it has some very cool features that make it stand out. One obvious advantage is the integration of Butler Maps allowing you to customize your route with the best motorcycle roads scouted by Butler. It also allows you to avoid highways, avoid tollroads, set waypoints and create routes where there are no roads on the map.
Create routes by entering your start and finish locations or by dropping waypoints on a desired route. Once you have finished planning you save said ride, name it and then it appears in your “planned rides” section in the app. No need to transfer or download it to your phone just let technology do its thing. You also have the option at this point to download your route in GPX format to be imported into a GPS unit.
We are committed to REVER because they have been demonstrating a commitment to improving their product, providing support, and helping IRR develop a very unique product for those who enjoy Backcountry Adventure. Get on board with REVER and I Ride Rogue today!
IRR - BXR - faq
Below are answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about this (IRR BXR) Backcountry Adventure Route.
What Is The BXR?
THE OFF THE CUFF (BXR) is an adventure route from Jacksonville, Oregon into the Trinity national Forest and Tributaries. The route cover over 700 miles of remote Northern California including Indian Reservation in some cases.
How far between gas stops?
The longest gap between gas stations is always under 165 miles.
Can I build a campfire?
In most cases campfires are allowed, but check with local Ranger Stations to determine if campfires are allowed before you build one. Forest fires are a threat during parts of the year and the rules that manage this risk must be followed. Be sure to fully extinguish fires so they are DEAD-OUT. Use water to ensure a fire is fully extinguished and the ground is left cool and wet.
Is there water on the route?
There are on occasions, pump water in some improved campsites. It is recommended that you carry at least a gallon of water with you at all times and replenish your supply when available at fuel stops. There are natural water sources along this route and depending on the snow pack most are running. You can always find potable water in the towns along the way. It is suggested that plenty of water is carried for personal and cooking use. Take twice as much as you think you will need, because you will need it. Here is a video on water filtration filmed in the Oregon Backcountry: http://youtu.be/vqOFZAoZdTU . We highly also recommend water purification systems.
Do I have to camp?
Yes! and we typically do this trip in a ent camping format however, there are lodging opportunities in the area. Call IRR for information on Lodging at 541-621-8814.
Where do I camp?
There are many campgrounds and suitable dry camping locations along the route. Butler Motorcycle Maps have a tent icon showing campgrounds on the many routes along with many near the route. The UTBDR Butler Map is available at www.touratech-usa.com or www.butlermaps.com. IRR will also frequent ALLSTAYS.com where a wealth of information abounds.
Why do I need paper maps when I have GPS tracks?
Always bring a complete set of maps for the area you plan to ride. They have good information about roads, water sources, and are an indispensable resource when the GPS doesn't work, or is giving questionable advice. Unplanned events can occur and having paper/synthetic maps of the area can be a lifesaver. National Forest maps are available at the US Forest Service website and local Ranger Stations.
What GPS should I use?
Any GPS unit capable of displaying 10 track logs with a minimum of 500 points each is suitable for use on just about any trip. However IRR has had a great deal of success with Garmin Zumo models and the Montana Model. The models for this application are: Zumo 665/660, Montana, GPSMap 60, 62, 76, 78 and 276. Other GPS manufacturers may have units that will work. Check the technical specs to determine suitability.
What time of year can I do The BXR?
The BXR is best from June-October depending on early snow storms and weather. The route also can be done in May and June, but snowpack in the high mountains may keep you from doing the entire route as mapped. IRR Typically does this in the Late Spring to Early Summer during the wildflower Bloom or middle of September to mid October when the Fall colors are coming in.
What is the ideal bike to use?
Any bike that has a license plate, can run knobby tires and is set-up to carry the gear you plan to bring, and has the fuel range to make the distance between gas stops. Most adventure or dual sport motorcycles will be suitable for the trip. Choose the bike that you are the most comfortable riding in desert and mountain terrain. The trip can also offer alternatives for more street oriented bikes.
How difficult is the route?
The BXR is designed to be ridden on adventure motorcycles. There are no single-track style trails on this route. Many of the roads are in remote areas and reach high elevation areas where road maintenance is minimal or non-existent. You can expect to cover sections of road with some ruts, large rocks, and other challenges. Road conditions change from week to week based on the recent weather but the majority of it is relatively unknown paved and chip-sealed roads to far away to spark the interest of the common city folk.
What tires should I use for The BXR
DOT approved Big Block tires are strongly recommended on all of the BXR rides Our team members use either Shinko Cross-Fly. Continental TKC 80, Tractionator's, Mefo Super Explorer tires or Hiedenau's. When we ride the route a minimum of 50/50 on-off road tires are recommended.
How long does it take to run The BXR
Most people average 150 miles a day on a backcountry motorcycle trip. Plan on doing this route in 5 days depending on how fast you want to travel and how early you want to roll out of camp. Many days will be shorter in range or sometimes involve a stay at certain places for multiple days. Our Average Day for this trip is 157.0 miles.
Is there cell phone coverage on the route?
Much of this route is remote and out of reach for cell phone towers. There will be long sections with no coverage. Your best bet to talk or text is in the towns or on top of mountains. You will be surprised where you get coverage and where you don't. A satellite communication device is a good idea in the backcountry.
What is the highest elevation on this BXR?
The highest elevations are reached at 5.900 feet. The average elevation along he route is 2,000 - 3,600 feet and our starting elevation is around 1,900 ft.
What skill level is required for this trip?
Here are some key things to consider as you put together your plan.
What medical supplies should I carry on a BXR trip?
It is recommended that you carry items for wound management, breaks, basic meds and dental. You can buy a good first aid kit at one of the outdoor stores online or Touratech-USA. Get one that is an Extended Day Backpacker or 3-4 person kit. These kits usually have the basics for a motorcycle trip. They usually don't have a SAM splint, so pick one of those up along with a couple ace bandages. One other thing that we do for every multi-day trip, is to gather important information about each rider: allergies, medications, medical issues, emergency contacts, etc. Then we put that on a master sheet for each person, so if something does happen we have that information handy incase that person can't speak. Another good practice is to do a little research of where medical facilities are along your planned route. Is there a "flight for life" in the area? Where are the hospitals, Medical clinics, etc?
Here is a list of some items that you should have in your medical kit: