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Groll’s dirt bike to Canada | Preston Citizen

Groll’s dirt bike to Canada

September 25, 2013
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By RODNEY D. BOAM 

Citizen editor

Chris Groll, of Preston and his brother, Matt of North Logan, spent the better part of a week in August completing a 1600-mile dirt bike ride that begins in the Malad Range of southern Idaho and ends in the Selkirk Mountains near the Canadian border. It’s called “The Tour of Idaho.”

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“It is very likely one of the most difficult long dirt bike rides in the United States,” said Martin Hackworth, the creator of the tour.

The Groll brothers spent months beefing up their bikes, putting bigger gas tanks and tires on their bike frames that would take the pounding among other things required to finish their journey. They also had to prepare their bodies for the abuse that would take place on a week long ride on dirt rough roads and trails. They prepared by riding some of our area’s rougher terrain.

Both of the men had identical 2004 Yamaha 450 WR motorcycles and split up replacement parts they might need between them.

Matt Groll, right, and his brother, Chris, pose for a picture at the Idaho Canadian border after completing a week-long trail ride from the Utah border.

Matt Groll, right, and his brother, Chris, pose for a picture at the Idaho Canadian border after completing a week-long trail ride from the Utah border.

“I had a guy build me a luggage rack with guards. We put heavy duty everything on the bikes, including an auxiliary electrical supply,” Groll said. “We had had to carry everything with us so everything we took was lightweight.”

Hackworth is not only an avid motorcyclist, but a physics professor at Idaho State University.

This story is sponsored by Hunzeker Ford.

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