I forecast that this will be the longest thread yet on the forum. :P
Originally Posted by admiral
I'm glad this thread is getting some traction...so to speak. Moab, and Utah in general offers some of the best riding anywhere. It looks like it will be another good attendance year, so those of you on the fence DO IT! https://www.tw200forum.com/forum/tra...ab-thread.html
Since there are some newer folks along those considering the trip, I want to include some helpful links from the past...
My 2017 Moab and beyond thread with photos and videos...
Admiral's 2017 Moab thread with photos and videos...
I'm going to paste a post from a previous thread that asked about the best Moab set up which is relevant to the above recommendations:
Moab is coming! When your loved ones ask you what you want for the holidays this year, be prepared with this wish list of a few items followed by a link to a recommended product or a place to get it.
Moab bike set up. I'm going to put out my personal recommendations as if somebody is going to listen and set up their bike for doing that week over again. Alpinestars Masai Gloves - RevZilla
Gearing: I know that there were a lot of different gearing set ups out there, stock 14-50 of course, 14-55, 13-55, 15-50, 14-47, 14-72! I would personally recommend the 14-55 if going on trails. Don't worry about it if you will stick to the asphalt and easy gravel/dirt roads. The extra torque helps with the rock steps and the inclines and you can still run 55 mph on the highway if you don't mind winding her up a little bit. You can definitely get by with stock gearing, but I just wouldn't recommend going the other way unless you are a really good, confident rider that is used to that gearing in similar terrain. Louisiana Danny showed up with a dual sprocket set up with an O-ring chain on the 47 for day one. Day two he promptly had a crappy chain around the 50, with plans leaving Moab to update to a 50 & 55 tooth setup.
Jetting: North Camp was at about 4500 ft in elevation and I know that I got above 6500 a few times and over 7000 at least once. I live near Seattle, and I am normally jetted for sea-level. In my 2004, I rejetted to a 126 main, one 2mm washer (0.022") under the needle, and 1.75 turns out on the pilot screw for Moab. I don't know if it was perfect, but I never felt the need to touch it, and I noticed other bikes were running less than perfect at those elevations.
Tires and Pressures: I like the stock rear tire. I really like the trials type tire for the front. I always recommend upgrading the front. Of course you could get by, but I consider it an "upgrade" for a reason. I know there are a lot of opinions on tires and pressures. I think that I was running 12 psi front/ 10 psi rear in Moab. With the sand and the rock, I think you'd be in crazy town running stock or higher pressures on the trails. For the short highway runs, the lower pressures didn't seem to be a problem. There were a few pumps around if one wanted to change it up.
Fuel: I was one of the crazies who carried a rotopax with them the whole time. It wasn't necessary, but I arrived not knowing where we were going, and many had larger tanks installed. In fact, I was able to do the White Rim road around Canyonlands NP on the stock tank..138 miles. Being in the middle of nowhere though, I felt better having a gallon of fuel and a gallon of water in a rotopax with me.
Gear: (Because I care) I was a bit disappointed to see riders without much safety gear. Now, I'm a live and let live kind of guy. I don't like being told what to do (still single), so I don't like to yell "Lori, WEAR A HELMET FOR CRIPES SAKE!" I'm really not even an ATGATT person, but these rides...these jeep trails that we were on could really mess you up if you fell wrong. All of the TW riders did wear a helmet, thank you, and I would recommend a dual sport type full face helmet for Moab. They help block the sun, give good airflow, have a shield you can pull down when on the highway or in a dusty section, and they'll provide you full face protection keeping you pretty after a fall. Boots...there have been many boot threads, many seem to like the Forma, Sidi, or Fly dual-sport or Atv type boots. Armor...I noticed some riders wearing no upper body protection. I wear, and highly recommend, a ballistic style jersey. You zip yourself into it, so it fits like a glove, and you hardly know that you're wearing it. Look at the pictures in the link. The articulating protection for the spine and elbow areas are fantastic. In this model that I have, there is a little gap near the top that I put my 50 oz camelback type hydration bladder in. Yeah, I realize it's expensive, but I know of one rider that went over onto his back in Moab. I know that I have been thrown off of my bike a time or two. I also know a trip to the ER or a spinal injury is going to cost WAY more. I wear a mx style jersey overtop to take most of the dust and dirt. Knee pads and shin guards are also highly recommended. Most people did wear gloves, but I'm going to also advise upgrading to a glove better suited for a fall. Gloves with palm sliders. If you are going down on the slick rock, you put your hand(s) out to break your fall, on the rock, which is HARD. Prevent broken wrist, hand, forearm bones by upgrading to a glove with palm and knuckle protection. Here is a suggestion of a pair that I have that are reasonable in price but offer better protection:
. A "palm slider gloves" search on a site like Revzilla will get you a selection of adequate pairs.
Skid plate: After Moab, I will be upgrading my skid plate. You may want to add it to your list now.
Kick start kit: Many found a kicker helpful.
Hand guards: I have never seen so many broken levers as I did in Moab.
Seat: Many have extra pads, etc., but I'd recommend upgrading to the Seat Concepts foam and cover. I think the doc is working on a deal, and I recommend looking into it.
Okay, that's my assessment like it or not. Thanks for reading, Leisure Time Larry