Have a small group of three riders on KLR's staying around Grand Junction in late August. Is the White Rim Road doable in one day? Any other must do off road rides in that general area or any other areas to stay and ride for five days?
It’s absolutely doable in one day. It all depends on the experience of the rider. Remember it’s 100 miles plus of moderately challenging terrain. The speed limit on the trail is 15mph.
It depends on what speed you are comfortable riding at. The weather would make a huge difference as well. If it’s muddy or looks like your in for significant rain pick a different ride.
I’ve done it alone in 4 hours.
Just remember it’s 100 miles of remote trail with one way in and one way out. If you ride it at 10mph it’s a long day. Be prepared, take plenty of water, and it’s scenery is unbelievable.
Chicken corners is a good ride.
Onion creek is good ride.
Top of the world would be a good ride on a KLR
San Juan loop is good.
The rimrockertrail goes from Grand Junction to Moab and I have heard good things about it but haven’t rode it yet.
Plan on starting WRT early. The earlier the better.
Thanks for the reply Mak10. That's about what i figured. Crawl along on parts of the road and 30mph on other parts. It all depends on how long you stop to smell the roses. Riders have plenty of experience. One question, ride it clockwise or counter clockwise.
Most ride it down Shaffer Canyon switchbacks. This is the way I have ridden it. I don’t think one way would be harder than the other.
You have to get a backcountry permit that is only available 24 hrs in advance from the visitors office in Canyonlands. Permits are free but you have to pay for a National Park entrance fee. They only let 50 vehicles per day go through. I’ve never had trouble getting a permit. You can do this online to speed up the process.
They want group sizes of three or less. So if you have more than three meet up anywhere on the trail.
This is yet another reason to not do these kind of rides with guys who ride stupid fast. I aged out in 2015 when attempting an event called Big Bear Run. In order to finish you need to average over 16mph for over 200 miles. The only way to finish in 12 hours is to blast the 25mph speed limit transfer sections at over 75mph. I was able to do all the hard sections. I chickened out on the fast sections. I'm smart enough to know that human reflexes deteriorate rapidly as we age. So I have adjusted my speed accordingly in order to react to conditions as best as possible.