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    Lynx Lake ride report

    Does any one collect GPS Tracks of all this opportunity?
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    Continental divide ride.

    You are on wrong message board. Go to AdvRider.com there are endless threads. I have GPS Tracks posted on GpsXchange.com
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    Riding trails Carson Valley NV

    Something for just about every body out of Topaz http://www.dualsportwest.com/public/eventFlyers/15%20Topaz.pdf
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    Help with wiring xr600r

    I would just make a simple standard battery system. Add a simple general purpose Ignition Switch that kills (grounds) the ignition when Off and powers the tail, turn sigs, and brake lights when On and then a headlight off/lo/hi switch that is fed from tail.
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    Riding trails Carson Valley NV

    I ride Mt Patterson or Markleville to Topaz
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    Deciphering trail names in National Forest?

    It is trail # 16 starting in township 3N.
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    Anyone ever ride Alamo, NV?

    I don't go anywhere BITD had been, it is trashed. They have ruined most roads in western Nevada.
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    Husky te 610

    Giant TE 610 thread on AdvRider;com More than you ever want to know.
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    GWT Rio Verde to I17-169 junction

    Wow I didn't see enough signs to follow. In Utah, there would not be a sign at an intersection then a mile down the road there would be one. Perhaps many of them are now in peoples garages.
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    Trails near Noxon, MT

    I know of one south of Noxon. We pass thru there on Mex2Can.com
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    GWT Rio Verde to I17-169 junction

    Who's route did you follow? I have ridden from Nogales to West Yellowstone and posted tracks on GPSXchange.com You would probably get some response if you posted your ride on AdvRider.com
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    Floating ground question

    Ground is not actually the correct term for your question. Most motorcycles use actual wire for the "return" from all small loads after the full wave rectifier/regulator (converts AC to DC) back to the battery. It really doesn't matter if this system is connected to chassis or not. EXCEPT for an electric start system which always uses the Chassis for the return from the starter back to the battery so the negative of the battery must be connected to Chassis or at least the engine. The one rule is that you can not connect one side of the stator to chassis and also the negative side after the rectifier/regulator. Although the term "ground" is used a lot on isolated vehicles, it really only refers to an Earth connection of AC power systems.
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    GPS recommendations?

    Very well known problem with the RAM 60 cradle, just on of many reasons to get 76Cx instead.
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    Arizona Backcountry Discovery Route

    Mike, If you are young enough and good enough the 650s can be ridden on the hard stuff. My largest bike was a TE610 (other than Triumph Desert Sled when starting) but just too much work to keep up with friends on better bikes especially when your are almost 70. Now have 525 EXC, almost the perfect bike except my CRF230 with chain saw rack for the really hard stuff. I drive 1,000 to 1,500 miles just to get to trail so it is in Van Conversion motorhome with KTM on rack on back. I still put 30,000 miles of dirt only on Husky in 6 years. Read again, all my tracks are in Private Libraries where you do not need to post a file to download. I only post .gdb so you really need some GPS software with maps on our PC. Ye,s in a new area I try to find paper maps, mainly MVUMs so I know what is legal and to get the big picture. Then I hand draw tracks on PC of every good looking route, then download them into GPS, then go riding. You can not believe how much faster it is to just look down at GPS to see which way to go at any given intersection. If you like long point to point, check out my Mex2Can.com We first laid it out in 1999 before GPS, it took forever with paper maps. Same process but highlighted paper map, then get it laminated, then go ride, and stop at every other intersection to look at map. I did GWT in less that three years with 2-3 trips a year. BTW many threads on AdvRider about AZBDR. Jerry
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    Arizona Backcountry Discovery Route

    Mike, Could be on different pages, what kind of bike are you riding? If you are on anything larger than 550 the BDR is good route to follow. If on a Dual Sport bike, I spend days riding and scouting each possible option, eliminating all possible pavement, and then down select to best way to go. Example, I have all dirt north out of Globe and DBR goes up the highway for miles. I even have very difficult single track option. The fact is that the whole world is going GPS tracks to communicate routes because it is free. The BDR guys use maps because that is the only thing they can sell. Jerry
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    Arizona Backcountry Discovery Route

    That is exactly what I found when I started three years ago. From the web site it was a concept, then I think someone at OHVCC got some forests to mark a route. I am quite sure it is not a congressionally designated trail or it would be marked better and would not be for motorized use. The problem is they just marked a route in the forest with no access to gas, food, and lodging and some sections are not motorized. I have a track form gas to gas at about 100 mile intervals and lodging at 200 miles. If you follow my tracks you will come to a GWT sign every now and then. What I found is that they did not mark the turns well, about half the signs are just along a road but at least you know you are on it. Not rocket science to download tracks from internet to PC then download them to GPS, you should join he 21st century.
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    Arizona Backcountry Discovery Route

    It goes from Mexico to Canada and is marked by the Forest Service and BLM off and on in various places (not well anywhere). The GWT.com web site explains he concept. As far as I know I am the only person who has recorded GPS tracks for it (GPSXchange.com) which is the only practical way to follow it. My route is Dual Sport quality where ever possible with Adv Bike bypasses. The BDR is basically he same except for Globe to Flagstaff.
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    Arizona Backcountry Discovery Route

    I have ridden all of the GWT from Nogalas to West Yellowstone. I have GPS tracks posted on GPSXchange.com I have basic Dual Sport route plus Adv Bike bypasses for the harder sections. The AZ BDR is basically the same as GWT except from Globe to Flagstaff. I will be riding this section he week after 4/5 and posting tracks for this option.
  19. You should get a copy of the CTUC map for Inyo, This loop shows on both the North and South map as they overlap. I was the editor for these maps. That is also my stuff on the Sneakers site and it is quite old. You can now find my current GPS Tracks on GPSXchange.com. Since travel management, most roads should be posted. The loop is very easy to follow. Just get the map study it the follow my Roll Chart. You do not have to have map where you can see it, just get it out if you get confused. It will take you much longer than you have to get a GPS, and learn how to use it before your ride. You need a Garmin GPS that takes tracks, then MapSource of BaseCamp on your PC. You download my tracks from GPSXchange.com then download them to your GPS. Most GPS units don't come with maps so you also need to buy maps and downlaod them. City Nav will work fine but many of us use old Roads & Rec since it shows most forest roads and trails. By far the most popular GPS for trail riding is the 60Cx or 76Cx, 80% of people who enter events have one of these. If you get one, I have an on-line class that will really get you started. Go to DualSportWest.com then GPS. Another option, just enter the VCMC Bishop Dual Sport ride in October, it will do this loop. You should not go the weekend of their ride if you do not enter as they will have a hundred riders or so and it could be dangerous to not be riding the exact way they go.
  20. Really you can get any GPS question answered on AdvRider, TT doesn't even have a GPS thread. Once you get operational, check out GPSXchange.com to find and post GPS tracks. I have thousands of miles of GPS tracks posted but most are 3,000 Mi west of you.
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    Ride from Phoenix to Flagstaff

    I assume it is Plated XR400? No problem, the Great Western Trail (gas every 100 miles). I have GPSed it from Nogales AZ to Salina UT. It passes just east of Phoenix with gas in Scottsdale. See tracks on GPSXchange.com
  22. First, this is wrong message board for GPS advice go to AdvRider.com and Laying Down Tracks board. Second there is a lot of setup for the 60/76, go to DualSportWest.com and I have an on-line class for the 60/76. Third to answer your questionS; yes you can NOT see the tracks in the .gpx files on your data card from the GPS You need a copy of Garmin MapSource or BaseCamp on your PC. MapSource has two parts, one is an application which you use on your PC, the other is one of various available map sets (CityNav, Topo, R & R). Either one of them will open your .gpx files from the data card (first just copy them to PC for back up.
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    gpx files for trails near Cloudcroft NM?

    I think I have one on GPSXchange.com
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    garmin help

    Current Garmin City Nav or out of print Roads & Recreation, look for it on e-bay etc.
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    clubs/groups in reno and sparks area

    Yes they do but they are Dual Sport and all 4-stroke. Just go out to the play areas (moon rocks, Wilson Canyon, etc) and you will find many people.