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Trail Boss
04-29-2007, 09:15 PM
I just got back from the inaugural Texas Adventure Ride and thought I would start a thread for those who attended to share their stories and pictures.

The final tally was 125 registered riders. I can't speak for anyone else, but I had a great time. The weather was nice all weekend, the people of Junction were very accomodating, the riding was great, and the water crossing made things even more adventurous.

Here are some various pics I took during the event.

This event was dedicated to "Uncle" - my Uncle Roger
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Tx%20Adv%20Ride%202007/100_1236.jpg

The bluebonnets on Threadgill Rd were in full bloom. You had to see it to believe how many there were in this area.
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Tx%20Adv%20Ride%202007/IMG_1159.jpg

Isaack's Restaurant had a breakfast buffet each morning for the riders. The food was excellent.
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Tx%20Adv%20Ride%202007/IMG_1166.jpg

Most riders attended the rider's meeting held each day at 8 a.m. Waving at Uncle as he took the pic.
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Tx%20Adv%20Ride%202007/IMG_1168.jpg

There were lots and lots of water crossings. Quite a few riders went down. One ended up with some fractured and broken bones.
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Tx%20Adv%20Ride%202007/IMG_1186.jpg

Kimble County has some fun dual sport roads.
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Tx%20Adv%20Ride%202007/IMG_1196.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Tx%20Adv%20Ride%202007/IMG_1197.jpg

We invaded King Burger in Rocksprings at lunch on Friday. The burgers were muy excellente.
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Tx%20Adv%20Ride%202007/IMG_1178.jpg

Uncle, chillin under a tree at King Burger.
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Tx%20Adv%20Ride%202007/IMG_1179.jpg

Cooper's BBQ in Junction (yes, Junction) served up some BBQ Friday eveing to our group.
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Tx%20Adv%20Ride%202007/IMG_1192.jpg

2 essential food groups - meat & cobbler
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Tx%20Adv%20Ride%202007/IMG_1193.jpg

There is an abundance of dual sport roads like these in this area.
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Tx%20Adv%20Ride%202007/IMG_1205.jpg

Bobcat and Wee crossing the Llano River
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Tx%20Adv%20Ride%202007/IMG_1206.jpg

My son, Tuffy, took advantage of the pool at Hill's Motel. Sat afternoon it was sunny and mid-80s.
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Tx%20Adv%20Ride%202007/IMG_1210.jpg

David & Debbie Pearson gave a presentation of their honeymoon adventure ride to Guatemala to a packed house during Saturday night's banquet.
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Tx%20Adv%20Ride%202007/IMG_1217.jpg

Here's the link to all my pics (http://s27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Tx%20Adv%20Ride%202007/?start=all)

Simmons1
04-29-2007, 09:42 PM
I had a great time in Junction this weekend. Good riding with great people.

I am glad Don and I decided to trailer down. It worked out well with having to bring Tony home with us.

Our fearless leader did good a job leading us around the Hill Country. For very different reasons I was very impressed with how tough a TW200 and KLR can be.

Every one had trouble with the water crossings and as Chuck said many were "Baptized". Don (piglet) and I were the only ones from our riding group that didn't take a swim.

Enjoy:

http://rides.webshots.com/slideshow/558862765XGMCUW

Duke
04-29-2007, 09:55 PM
So.... What are the dates for next years? Want to go ahead and get it on the calendar you know.

The pictures are wonderful I only wish I would have gone myself.

I like this one alot. It scares me
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Tx%20Adv%20Ride%202007/IMG_1191.jpg

Gilk51
04-29-2007, 10:59 PM
Enjoy:

http://rides.webshots.com/slideshow/558862765XGMCUW

Well done, Rich! :thumb:

Texagator
04-29-2007, 11:07 PM
I rode my V-Strom (DL-1000) and my buddy rode his DL-650. We had a great time. I was a little nervous about riding the heavy Strom in the dirt and gravel but I made it just fine.

Here are some short videos I shot:
http://s26.photobucket.com/albums/c144/Texagator/Texas%20Adventure%20Ride/?action=view&current=TXAdvRideMovie4.flv

http://s26.photobucket.com/albums/c144/Texagator/Texas%20Adventure%20Ride/?action=view&current=TXAdvRideMovie3.flv



Here's my pics:

http://s26.photobucket.com/albums/c144/Texagator/Texas%20Adventure%20Ride/

Gilk51
04-29-2007, 11:18 PM
I rode my V-Strom (DL-1000) and my buddy rode his DL-650.

Evidence of the two of you at Cooper's in Llano on Thursday:
http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/red_stroms_2550q.JPG (http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/red_stroms_2550.JPG)

Gilk51
04-30-2007, 12:03 AM
:miffed: I had a reply started and Norton AV killed IExplorer... :angryfire

Some random stuff from the trip, now that I have lost my train of thought. http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/smilies/yell.gif

Our group at Cooper's in Llano on Thursday:
http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/llano_2541q.JPG (http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/llano_2541.JPG)

A fix-it stop (Ken's gas can) on the return half of Ride 5/6
http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/fixit_stop_2552q.JPG (http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/fixit_stop_2552.JPG)

Amazing bluebonnet fields that I didn't notice until I got turned around on Thursday afternoon:
http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/bluebonnets_2554q.JPG (http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/bluebonnets_2554.JPG)

Getting ready to go on Friday morning
http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/ready_2585q.JPG (http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/ready_2585.JPG)
Tony (ilv2wheels), Don (piglet), Rich (Simmons1)

http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/fred_2584q.JPG (http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/fred_2584.JPG)
Fred (EagleRider)

http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/claire_2567q.JPG (http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/claire_2567.JPG)
Claire (bobcat)

I would like a KLR decked out like this one
http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/sheriff_2560q.JPG (http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/sheriff_2560.JPG)

Better yet, something that doesn't fall over
http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/urals_2568q.JPG (http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/urals_2568.JPG)

While the majority of our DFW group went splashing, Dail and I went touristing and visited the Alamo Village (http://www.homestead.com/thealamovillage/AlamoVillage.html):
http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/alamo_2629q.JPG (http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/alamo_2629.JPG)
WARNING - that URL loads a spyware cursor that NAV wants to eradicate... :roll:

On the way back we spotted these bikes in Campwood:
http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/uhoh_2639q.JPG (http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/uhoh_2639.JPG)

Dail motioned to turn around and we found Ken and Tony:
http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/ken_tony_2640q.JPG (http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/ken_tony_2640.JPG)

We stayed with them a bit. We left as daylight was fading and we knew help was on the way. We took FM335 on the way back. That night, someone (Ed, I think) asked us if we had seen the kangaroos. :eek2: Say what? :ponder:

So, the first leg of Fred's Custom Modified Improved Enhanced Ride 8 (?) headed us back down 335 and we found this:
http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/roos_2665q.JPG (http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/roos_2665.JPG)

We also saw these funny deer:
http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/gazelle_2657q.JPG (http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/gazelle_2657.JPG)

more later...

ilv2wheels
04-30-2007, 12:27 AM
I had a great time in Junction this weekend. Good riding with great people.

I am glad Don and I decided to trailer down. It worked out well with having to bring Tony home with us.

Enjoy:

http://rides.webshots.com/slideshow/558862765XGMCUW


I too had a great time (except for testing my left ankle to failure). I know most people wouldn't usually put these things together, but it was my "adventure" this time around.
What I got to ride was excellent (ride 3), but I was having a trouble on the water crossings, a question of experience (lack of) with algae. I ran out of luck on the third crossing, when I made it across, but the rear kicked out getting back on the trail, and the bike fell to the left trapping (snapping) the end of my left fibula at the outside of the left ankle. The popping and grinding of my ankle told me I was not going to ride out of this one.
The DS gods were pleased that so many had come to worship, so they helped me out. I was with a great bunch of guys on this ride (Mike, Ed, Ken, Freddie, Don and Rich), and once they stopped taking pictures, they figured out I was riding nowhere fast. Once the bike was off me, and both of us were uprighted, we moved to let the gasoline delivery truck cross, and then flagged him down for evac. duties. The driver gave me a ride to Barksdale, and dropped me off at a little motel by the bridge. The elderly lady there let me sit on her chairs to keep my leg up.
The guys rode out my bike, and Don went back to pick up the trailer, and Ken kept me company. Once we got back in town I was dropped off at the ER, where I met Dr. Andrus and the ER nurses. We had a low key evaluation, and then the Xrays, followed by splinting, then Chuck came to get me, bringing BBQ. I was a little foggy at this point, and I know someone else drove, and that I was at the Lazy T.
I slept most of Saturday and Sunday, with lunch on Sunday consisting of the world's longest chili cheese dog (Sonic) brought to me by Rick and Meryln at the Lazy T.
The rest of you know about the banquet, and the great slide show so I'll let others fill in the details.

Thanks, Richard for this great event, and your concern for my clumsy self. Otherwise, I'm sure I got help from lots of folks I don't remember, so thanks to them and Junction in general. Its a friendly, low key town, and was a great choice for headquarters. See you next year!

Gilk51
04-30-2007, 12:50 AM
I was a little foggy at this point, and I know someone else drove, and that I was at the Lazy T.
The hospital folks had arranged for the PD to cart you to the motel and the young gal LEO was already there when Ken and I arrived to check on you. Don was ready to handle it but Richard and Connie thought that their minivan would be easier on ya, so they provided the transportation.

Heck, the Lazy-T was just at the end of the hospital driveway - I didn't see why you didn't just walk... :doh: :lol2:

And there were the 3 deer on the hospital's front lawn...

I thought that the folks at the hospital were excellent - gotta love a small town. Well, uh, except for the pharmacist - I'll let Dail describe his trials and tribulations trying to get your prescription accepted... :roll:

KenH
04-30-2007, 06:16 AM
... I was a little foggy at this point, and I know someone else drove, and that I was at the Lazy T. ...

A LITTLE foggy, Tony? Look at Chuck's picture about three posts up. What did you have in that little gray box, anyway?






Nevermind, I don't want to know. :lol2:

GSer
04-30-2007, 07:23 AM
Richard,

Thank you very much for all of the work you put into the ride. Everything was excellent!

Robert

Here is the link to all of my photos:

http://rstallones.smugmug.com/gallery/2751857#147974397

http://rstallones.smugmug.com/photos/147965124-M.jpg

http://rstallones.smugmug.com/photos/147965795-M.jpg

http://rstallones.smugmug.com/photos/147964194-M.jpg

http://rstallones.smugmug.com/photos/147977333-M.jpg

http://rstallones.smugmug.com/photos/147980064-M.jpg

http://rstallones.smugmug.com/photos/147967592-M.jpg

http://rstallones.smugmug.com/photos/147970341-M.jpg

Tourmeister
04-30-2007, 02:20 PM
Whose KLR with the "Sheriff" bags? :lol2: Looks great! gotta wonder though if there isn't some law somewhere against that if in fact it is not a sheriff's bike :wary: ;-)

stevenspring
04-30-2007, 03:11 PM
He is a real sheriff said he had to provide is own bike for work and thats what he choose. he had custom made the racks for the pelican and was close to finalizing the design b4 he started selling them.

Gilk51
04-30-2007, 03:16 PM
He was a real sheriff
I didn't talk to him but that is the word I got as well. Look closely at the tail & you will see the red and blue stobe lights. Of course, there were some on the front, too.

Dail & I saw him ride by with several others in Rocksprings on Friday.

The Bruce
04-30-2007, 03:29 PM
Just now got home. Spent last night in Garner State Park after riding 337 and other roads yesterday. Pictures to follow later. Had a great time. Thanks Richard!

WoodButcher
04-30-2007, 04:37 PM
Okay, not a big ride report from me. Did loop 3 on Friday and loved it. For Saturday we decided to do a hybrid loop 6, trying to cut out some of the pavement. Due to a little gasoline issues with a certain wr450, we ran up 377 to Mason, ate lunch, gassed up, and worked out a nice little set of roads just off of Highway 29. They led us down to the couple of roads off of 2323 that several folks had suggested. Turned out to be a excellent loop. Richard, I will send you the actual route, or tracklog, so you can consider it for next year. It was a nice, mostly dirt trip. 204 miles.

Threadgill Road was fantastic. I hit a snake along it, which we initially thought was a rattler, but I wasn't positive. I was making good time at that point otherwise I would have dodged it, no matter what kind it was.

Anyway, here's the link to my photos. I tried to put some description for each. If anybody wants to identify some of the people in the pics, I will update them.

TAR 2007 (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v227/woodbutcher/TAR%202007/)

Trail Boss
04-30-2007, 04:51 PM
Rusty,

Looking forward to the hybrid route info.

Texastan
04-30-2007, 08:05 PM
I started my thread in the wrong area apparently. Here is my initial reply...I'll post more later LINK (http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=17451)

Gilk51
04-30-2007, 08:12 PM
I started my thread in the wrong area apparently. Here is my initial reply...I'll post more later LINK (http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=17451)

Maybe one of the other mods can merge that one into this one - we don't want to lose your pictures!

Gilk51
04-30-2007, 10:45 PM
Was hoping to see some more pics from other folks. I guess you will have to endure mine.

I forgot to include these two Austin riders on Friday morning:
http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/rusty_2577q.JPG (http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/rusty_2577.JPG)
Rusty (woodbutcher)

http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/lori_2576q.JPG (http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/lori_2576.JPG)
Lori (alphadog)

I don't think that Uncle Roger ever figured out that he was a celebrity...
http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/uncle_2574q.JPG (http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/uncle_2574.JPG)

Rich (Simmons1) was airing up the front tire (with power from MY bike :roll: )
http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/rich_2570q.JPG (http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/rich_2570.JPG)

Freddie, Dail, and I stopped at the Telegraph Post Office and General Store
http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/telegraph_2644q.JPG (http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/telegraph_2644.JPG)

Dail and I found a nice recreational area on the Nueces River
http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/rec_area_2634q.JPG (http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/rec_area_2634.JPG)

Here's Dail after riding back from checking out the spill way.
http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/dail_2632q.JPG (http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/dail_2632.JPG)

These mostly-dry river beds are the reason for all the low water crossings.
http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/riverbed_2595q.JPG (http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/riverbed_2595.JPG)

We saw a zillion cruisers on Saturday - here is a group of them checking out a big crossing on FM335.
http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/cruisers_2655q.JPG (http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/cruisers_2655.JPG)

Freddie in the hills
http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/freddie_2646q.JPG (http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/freddie_2646.JPG)

Speaking of hills, that is where we stayed. I'd stay there again.
http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/hills_2557q.JPG (http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/hills_2557.JPG)

I was able to see some great scenery & some great roads as well. And, yes, I did get my bike dirty, mostly on Thursday
http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/wii_2580q.JPG (http://www.texasarlingtoncs.us/pics/mc/trips/tar070426-29/wii_2580.JPG)
(it really IS dirty - just doesn't show up well) :shrug:

TexasShadow
05-01-2007, 06:19 AM
So.... What are the dates for next years? Want to go ahead and get it on the calendar you know.

The pictures are wonderful I only wish I would have gone myself.Ditto both for me. <still kicking myself>

treysmagna
05-01-2007, 06:53 AM
Whose KLR with the "Sheriff" bags? :lol2: Looks great! gotta wonder though if there isn't some law somewhere against that if in fact it is not a sheriff's bike :wary: ;-)

It is Coastalcops and yes he is a sherriff. Had a great time and met a lot of great people. I cant wait to do it all over.

Trail Boss
05-01-2007, 07:25 AM
I'm planning next year's event for April 24-27. I still have some things to confirm before making the date official, but for planning purposes you can pencil in this date.

Gilk51
05-01-2007, 07:36 AM
I'm planning next year's event for April 24-27.

There you have it from THE MAN. His guide book was excellent and worth the cost of registration, even if you didn't make the event. However, after looking over the book, you HAD to go!

TexasShadow
05-01-2007, 08:50 AM
I'm planning next year's event for April 24-27. I still have some things to confirm before making the date official, but for planning purposes you can pencil in this date. Cool! Penciled in. :thumb:
(hopefully on the Sherpa)

Goat Trail Green
05-01-2007, 09:56 AM
Excellent

Thanks for sharing...


Mike Green

ps Great job on a 1st time event !!!

coastalcop
05-01-2007, 10:28 PM
Yeah, Im the real deal, however just the color transition White/Black will cause most cagers to steer clear of you. It impacts some dark corner of their mind that attaches to the "BE GOOD" response.

Yeah dont add the red/blue lights or "Sheriff/Police" markings unless you can back them up, its kinda bad JUJU. For the record I stopped into the local SO just to introduce myself before the Sheriff got several calls about his new bike, Let them know who I was, where I was from, and what we were doing there.

The cases also passed muster during the ride and I will be putting them into production in the near future (2-3 months).

Had a great time even if I did have to break out early. Cant wait for next year, when "Camp Coastalcop" will be back at Llano state Park

CeeBee
05-02-2007, 12:11 AM
Great ride! Great turn out especially for the first one, Richard did a phenomenal job and should be commended. Can't wait for next year!
Rusty (woodbutcher) leader/ navigator/ smooth operator, was a lot of fun, a bump gate expert and seemed to ride way under his ability for the good of the group. Lorie (alphadog) was a hoot and kept a close eye on us. It would be privilege to ride with her again. And no Lorie I will NOT miss an opportunity to get gas or go to the rest room! Two cardinal rules to live by.
The shake down ride turned up a few bugs but nothing a carb. jet kit and a steel bungie cord won't fix.
Great people and a great time, Chuck

PS - Andy and Andy - Where did you go Sat. morning?
PS - Don from katy - who sold your VFR to Keith - Were you there?

vfrhugh
05-02-2007, 07:08 PM
If anyone recognizes these two guys have them email me an address and I’ll sent the full size files.
Hugh

I'm pretty sure this is Donnie (fjrtx) and his buddy Peter. They are from the Houston area. If Donnie has a "no email" account so I can't contact him directly. I'll still sent them thier photos if contacted.
Hugh

http://mysite.verizon.net/hhhowell/klr.jpg

http://mysite.verizon.net/hhhowell/gs.jpg

stevenspring
05-02-2007, 08:44 PM
I saw those two guys on Saturday I think the klr rider may have been from Houston http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d108/steve8250/junction/junction062.jpg

KenH
05-02-2007, 09:58 PM
Being of the XXL variety person on a 200cc bike, I was more than a little apprehensive about trying to ride with the bigger bikes. Thanks to everyone for slowing down on the pavement so I could keep up. Still, with the right wind and a little downhill, the looks on the faces of the SV and KLR riders were priceless as T-dub sailed past at 80+mph heading for the draft of the semi ahead. Ensconced in the draft of the semi, T-dub had no problem hauling my fat carcass the rest of the way to Junction at a steady 70mph.

The dualsport roads were another matter--they would have been easier had we gone a few mph faster, or if the stock sprocket sizes were still fitted to the bike. Being into the gearbox constantly was annoying. I think everyone thought I was being facetious when I kept saying I'd like to go a little faster. No, T-dub could of handled it. Several times T-dub topped 65mph on the dualsport roads, no problems. By the end of the third day I figured out to cruise along in 4th at 35-38mph, drop way back, then cruise along in 5th at 45-48mph to catch up, which saved me 90% of the shifting required to maintain 40mph.

River crossings were easier than I expected. I did most three or five times, just for practice for the big-un' on the James River Road. I really wasn't trying to make anyone look bad. I wanted to attempt the James River Road Big-un. Why? Because it's there.

The James River Road crossing was the longest, but not necessarily the deepest. The crossing is off-camber to the southwest, which is tricky, but provides the option of a shallow or deeper crossing. A deeper crossing provides some hydrodynamic resistance to sideways movement, the wheels and engine acting like the keel of a boat, so I chose a line that would get the engine cases under water.

To further complicate matters, the caliché that makes up the river bottom has been weathered in a pattern of oblong dimples similar to the surface of a golfball. The dimples measure 6-8 inches parallel to the crossing and 8-12 inches parallel to the river, with 3-4 inches between. The tires would slide to the bottom of each dimple--nothing would stop them as the algae was VERY slippery. Spinning the rear tire simply stopped the bike with the rear tire in the nearest dimple. It quickly became evident that the dimples would control the bike's line, and the dimples would have to be worked with instead of against.

The technique that worked was to plant stiff outriggers firm at the knees, but keep the ankles and hips supple to allow the feet to follow the contour of the bottom, kind of like the foot of a sewing machine going from a 2-layer hem to a 4-layer hem and back. Good pressure on the feet (kind of like standing on ice with feet wide apart) kept extra weight off the bike, preventing sliding completely out the side of a dimple, which would have dumped the bike immediately.

It was necessary to let each wheel have its head with the dimples, but a little extra pressure on one leg would slowly turn the bike in the opposite direction. Don't ask me how that geometry worked, I don't even want to think about it.

I think the super slippery algae is not the only thing that dumps motorcycles on that crossing, those dimples slide the tires, sometimes in the same direction and sometimes in opposite directions at the same time. I think trying to correct for dimple-induced sliding causes most of the dropped bikes. I think the bike will take care of itself if the rider holds himself and the bike up, though that could be hard if the bike is too tall to flat-foot.

So, T-dub: 2; James River Road Big-un: 0. T-dub turned out to be a competent water turtle, enough so that by the end of the weekend, those in front would wait for T-dub to do a crossing before attempting it themselves. Other than the James River Road Big-un, every crossing was done butt on the seat, feet on the pegs, no problems. I did dump T-dub trying an experimental line at one medium-sized crossing nobody else used, but I take the blame for that (I tried to change my line mid-stream). I think the crossing in question is the one shown in the post above this. See the emergent vegetation growing in the mud along the right side of the actual crossing? That's the line I took, hoping the mud would provide more traction than the algae. It didn't. Still, I used that same line to make two additional crossings without incident. I didn't feel so bad after someone else dumped his KLR trying that line. So far I haven't seen any pictures of T-dub getting a bath, so maybe it was just a bad dream. :trust:

T-dubs are supposed to be pretty good rock crawlers, what with their oversize tires. I gave it a try on some talus in a dry part of a river bottom. T-dub's suspension handled the rocks well, but the tall final drive installed for street use made control of low-speed power delivery difficult, so I gave up.

I also had the tires inflated too much and the rear shock preload all the way up, so the ride was a little stiff. The dust wiped off the rear shock shaft indicates it is unlikely more than 3/4 of the available rear suspension travel was used.

Other things learned from experience:

A plastic gas can is a bad idea for extra fuel. It is very difficult to carry one with bungies without it flopping around or falling off. Between the real gas available in the Hill Country (NO ALCOHOL) and slower speeds than my normal city riding, T-dub returned a pretty consistent 75-80mpg. Therefore, the 1.2-gallon main provided a range of 90 miles. With another 0.6 gallon reserve, T-dub's dualsport range is 135 miles. Our longest leg between stations was 91 miles, so I never had to use the spare gas. I'm working on a rear rack with a built-in auxilary tank to alleviate the problem of low fuel capacity. I think it will gravity feed okay, but I have a vacuum-operated fuel pump should the need arise.

So, is the TW200 suitable for Hill Country dualsporting? Absolutely! Is it the perfect bike for Hill Country dualsport riding? Well, no. If you make frequent stops to rest, talk, or take pictures, you might tolerate the stock seat, or be perfectly satisfied with one of the many cushy pads available. I'm looking at a custom seat. Even with 15/47 sprockets replacing the stock 14-50, there is still plenty of low-speed pull to handle any situation we encountered, though I definately would not go any taller (there is no benefit to be had on the highway, anyway).

Like most carb engines built the past 20 years, the power and ridability improved substantially when the carb was rejetted. Other than a main jet, carb adjustment, sprockets, chain, mirrors, Rubbermaid truck box for a top case, brush guards, and Ride-On, T-dub is completely stock.

Take enough medicine for your trip. It was difficult to find DayQuil and NyQuil for allergy relief. The single-serving sizes were very expensive.

Take an extra pair of shoes or boots. My boots were full after the James River Road Big-un on Saturday. Riding all day Sunday with wet boots was annoying.

Follow far enough back the dust from the previous rider is gone. I still have dust boogers in my eyes each morning. It is far easier to pick good lines with better visibility. I had a couple butt-pucker moments before figuring this out.

Motocross-style gear is more comfortable than street gear. I was borderline hot in the afternoons on some of the slower dualsport roads, and would become uncomfortable quickly waiting for Rich and Don to come into view behind me, or when holding a bump gate for the crew to pass. Goggles with a motocross-style helmet will keep more dust out of the eyes than a full-face street helmet with the visor down. Next time, I will have MX gear and ear plugs.

A wet bandana keeps most dust out of one's nose.

While T-dub can handle the highway, it isn't much fun. I will trailer down next time, or ride a bigger bike.

KLRs rock! I'll probably have one some day. A KLR would be a perfect commuter bike if it was lowered 2 or 3 inches and had the windshield removed, maybe a 19-inch front wheel and street-oriented dualsport tires. I would prefer T-dub for the riding we did. T-dub's just so much FUN on dualsport roads. Low and slow really helps on the river crossings.

TexasShadow
05-02-2007, 10:11 PM
Excellent commentary, Ken :clap:
This is the type of info that I, and perhaps others, look for and need.


and it's nice to know there's another nerd out there on a bike besides me...... ;)

ilv2wheels
05-02-2007, 10:41 PM
Good detail Ken, it raised a question for me about there being more than one way to cross water. I wonder if folks who were successful, could describe their method for crossing algae covered rock or gravel. I wasn't, so I really would like to know, saving my bones for other pursuits. If there's enough of a response, I'll collect them and post them seperately for perusal. I think there will be several methods, which can be tried until one works for the individual rider.
TIA

Hillcountryrambler
05-02-2007, 11:14 PM
I lived in the Hill Country for 4 years and after many, many water crossings have concluded that they are very much akin to walking on ice. You can be very experienced, cautious, etc., but when you least expect it, you'll end up on your ***.

KenH
05-02-2007, 11:38 PM
Excellent commentary, Ken :clap:
This is the type of info that I, and perhaps others, look for and need.


and it's nice to know there's another nerd out there on a bike besides me...... ;)

Thanks, I think. I'm a nerd?

Good detail Ken, it raised a question for me about there being more than one way to cross water. I wonder if folks who were successful, could describe their method for crossing algae covered rock or gravel. I wasn't, so I really would like to know, saving my bones for other pursuits. If there's enough of a response, I'll collect them and post them seperately for perusal. I think there will be several methods, which can be tried until one works for the individual rider.
TIA

Gravel doesn't usually grow algae because it is moved around too much by passing vehicles, at least in the wheel tracks.

The basics of any crossing are:

Scout the obstacle;
Choose line;
Commit;
Steady speed;
Low RPM;
High gear;
Steady throttle;
Balance;
Maintain line;
Pray.

I don't think I could take Badger across The James River Road Big-un.

I learned the technique I used on the James River Road Big-un by riding on ice.

chadleys1
05-03-2007, 12:36 AM
Really Cool Photos, Guys!!!!!

I couldn't make it due to a work team member's health problems trumping my scheduled vacation days.
Pics and videos are the next best thing to being there.
I checked all of the pics and vids out. Excellent
Thanks for posting it.
PS At least I got the ride guide, and don't live far away. :rider:

WoodButcher
05-03-2007, 10:41 AM
Good detail Ken, it raised a question for me about there being more than one way to cross water. I wonder if folks who were successful, could describe their method for crossing algae covered rock or gravel. I wasn't, so I really would like to know, saving my bones for other pursuits. If there's enough of a response, I'll collect them and post them seperately for perusal. I think there will be several methods, which can be tried until one works for the individual rider.
TIA

Tony, first thing is to let someone else go first and scout the best path. Let them point you do the best route. Get out of first gear, use at least second. The reason is the the bike respond too quickly to thottle input when you are going slow in first. That will make it much easier to go slow and smooth. Next, gravel is much less risky than concrete. You need to ride it kind of like dry sand, but slower. Shift weight back slightly, squeeze the tank with your knees to control the bike, firm grip on the bars, but relax your arms and let it squirm a little. That way the front end can get around a hidden rock or hole without kicking the bike around. Use your knees to keep yourself firm on the bike. Okay, that's gravel.

Concrete you do some similar things. Find the line where the car tires have been going. Keep your weight evenly over the bike (left to right and front to back) and don't shift your weight quickly. Same as gravel with gearing and throttle. You don't want to do anything sudden to slow or accelerate. If you are loose on the bike, it allows it to wiggle too much. So keep your feet on the pegs and knees in tight. Or totally give up on riding through and put your feet down and paddle/walk.

Remember that if you drop it in the water, step away and let it fall. You don't want it landing on you. Next, HIT THE KILL SWITCH. You don't want it sucking in water through the intake!

treysmagna
05-03-2007, 11:07 AM
Good detail Ken, it raised a question for me about there being more than one way to cross water. I wonder if folks who were successful, could describe their method for crossing algae covered rock or gravel. I wasn't, so I really would like to know, saving my bones for other pursuits. If there's enough of a response, I'll collect them and post them seperately for perusal. I think there will be several methods, which can be tried until one works for the individual rider.
TIA

I haven't crossed a lot of water, but I have done my share and even on an Electraglide a few times. I think the key is throttle control. I think I crossed most of them in first gear last weekend, but I tried to maintain a constant speed. It is the abrupt blast from the throttle that can hurt you. Picking the right line is also a plus and one that I am not the best at, right Gavin! Spinning the back tire and getting yourself off balance are the two things that will hurt you, just like on ice.

The Bruce
05-03-2007, 12:55 PM
I first of all want to thank Richard for organizing this ride and for the work he put onto the guide book. :clap: Well done. I had a great weekend.

Myself and the 5 others in our little group decided to tackle the into the past, ride number 1 in the guide book. We wanted to hit the road early so we left before breakfast to make the long haul down the interstate.
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This is our group; 2 KLR650s; an XR650L, one XR400, one KTM525 EXC and my 83XL600R.
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We stopped and ate an excellent Mexican food breakfast in Sonora and headed west to continue our trip. This is where things got interesting. Two riders had GPS. One had actually programed all of the routes ahead of time. He took the lead. We had no problem finding the right road. Heading south it was a two lane twisty paved road through ranches and oil patches. Very fun. Next thing we know we are going under IH10 and up to a T intersection. This can't be right. I pulled out the old reliable paper map and sure enough we had missed the turn and had made a complete loop back to the highway. Apparently the GPS had ignored the preprogrammed route and was trying to get us on the most direct route to the destination, which from there was back to Junction. OK We get headed back in the right direction with only adding about 20 miles to the route at this point. More highway but we are getting closer to the dirt. One more turn and we can hook up with the Old Juno Rd. and start stirring up the dust. We rode for several miles before I start thinking something isn't quite right with the route as I remembered it on the map so we stop and pull out the old paper. Sure enough we missed the turn. The GPS was sending us to Comstock on HWY 90. By now the 400 was starting to suck vapors so we decided to go with what we had and rode on to Comstock. After fuel and snacks the decision was made to stick to paper which was fine with me being technologically challenged. We caught 1024 west of Comstock and headed north to Pandale. Along the way we saw where the Old Juno Rd. comes out so now we know what we missed. Finally we cruise through Pandale and onto the dirt. Before we now it we are at the Pecos River.
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After a break to stretch legs and check out the scenery, we mounted back up and headed to Langtry. We stopped at the Depot on HWY 90 for cold drinks and BBQ sandwiches. I thought they were good but it was not a unanimous opinion. Next stop was purely tourist. The Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center.
If you haven't been before it is a must see. Interesting bit of Texas history.
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The old buildings are in good shape. Only problem, the bar wasn't serving. :shrug:
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Nice old windmill.
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Four of our group took off down the highway toward Pumpville. All I can say now is that it pays to talk to the locals. Perry asked if there were any good dirt roads we could check out. The instructions included a hangin' tree and a cemetery, a rough trail and here is where we ended up; The Rio Grande. Excellent photo op.
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http://www.twtex.com/photopost/data/500/medium/07BruceXL.jpg

http://www.twtex.com/photopost/data/500/medium/09PerryKLR.jpg

We made the run to Pumpville and caught up with the rest of our group. We were back on the route and working off paper so the remainder of the loop was no problem. We rolled into the parking lot at Coopers in Junction at 8:45 pm. We had managed to turn the 415 mile loop into 480 miles. The only real problem, beside the GPS, was the range on the 400. We made a couple of stops to transfer gas from the KLRs and the old XL the keep him rolling. We knew we would have to do that. Nice to have the fuel tankers along on a long trip.

Day two would turn out to be interesting as well. Our route for the day was number three in the guide book. Starting by heading west and taking the Old Junction Road south to Rocksprings. This is a nice road, lots of gates though.
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We passed one group of riders at a gate as they held it open for us. We were able to return the favor at another gate later on. All was well, we were riding at a spirited pace and were making good time. We had slowed as we were riding past a home when I notice a "weirder than normal" clunking sound under my bike. We stopped and started looking when I found this.
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Yes, that is the rear shock linkage from the swing arm to the frame. The nut was gone and the bolt had started to back out of the bracket. Problem, it would not go back into the bracket. The holes would not line up. Several riders and a couple of folks in cages stopped to offer assistance. All of the help was much appreciated, however there was no cure to be found.
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About ready to give up and develop a plan for getting the trailer from Junction, a very nice lady stopped and offered her son's welding shop as a possibility for making repairs. We had just passed her home and the shop when we stopped to check out the noise. So we headed over to see what we could do. It was a huge help to have real tools instead of the bike's tool kit when it comes to working on the suspension linkage.
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The old XL was lifted using an old high lift jack and we went to work. Completely disassembled the linkage and still could not get the holes to line up. :ponder: The final solution was replacing the bolt with a smaller bolt that would slide through the misaligned holes. This was a standard bolt and not the harder type that should have been used but what are you going to do? :shrug: Many thanks to Nace for helping with tools and hardware. Here is our hero for this ride; the one in the hat. ;-)
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Knowing that I had a substandard bolt in the suspension, we took it easy to make it back to the paved road. We made decided the bolt would hold for street riding so we visited Camp Wood and came back north via 337 to 41 and back to Junction on 377. Total for that day ended up around 130 miles. This is the rest stop at the intersection of 41 and 377.
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On Sunday we loaded the bikes on the trailer and headed to Garner State Park near Leakey for one more night. Sunday afternoon we rode 337 east and north to Kerrville and made a loop to get back to our camp. Our total mileage on the bikes for the weekend was 840 miles. The field repair held up fine. It was a comfort to know the trailer was there just in case we needed it after the breakdown. Yesterday I was able to tear down the suspension and found the linkage was bent.
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Anyone got any used unilink parts laying around?

coastalcop
05-03-2007, 08:48 PM
I haven't crossed a lot of water, but I have done my share and even on an Electraglide a few times. I think the key is throttle control. I think I crossed most of them in first gear last weekend, but I tried to maintain a constant speed. It is the abrupt blast from the throttle that can hurt you. Picking the right line is also a plus and one that I am not the best at, right Gavin! Spinning the back tire and getting yourself off balance are the two things that will hurt you, just like on ice.



Who are you kidding Trey. I saw you pick the wrong line, and bury the whole tail end of the bike in the water, you powered out of it, and proceeded to bury the the whole front tire in another hole, muscled out of that and finished the crossing....... NEVER fell down and threw the bike around like it was an old PK Ripper BMX bike. He was just doing to show how good he was at riding, Im convinced.

treysmagna
05-11-2007, 07:28 PM
Gavin, only problem is that you couldnt see my face and the look on it when all that was happening! It was pure luck, but sure was fun! I cant wait to do it again.

roughrider maximus
05-31-2007, 08:21 PM
I haven't been in the AO for awhile, so I will make a small post. It was not only fun making this trip, but it was fun reconning these roads with Rich for a couple of years before he started this gig.
I was packing my stuff on Monday, when I received a call from a friend of mine that I met in Utah last June. Sid is from Kansas, and at the time he called was in Johnson City. "Come on and lets get there!" he said. So the next morning I met him in JC, and we headed off for Junction. We got there a couple of days early, and had a great time riding some of the great roads and trails there.
At the end of the opening day, my KLR came up with a broken shock,and Sid helped me get it back to San Antone the next day. That was a 400 mile day!!
I exchanged for my big V Strom, and the next day Don Gil and I took off for Langtry. I don't understand why no one else wanted to go.
I was suprised how well the V performed in the dirt. So much so, that I was hard pressesd to keep it under the sound barrier! Those desert dirt roads were fun!!! I felt bad for Don, because I ran off and left him a couple of times. Shame on me.
When we got to Langtry, we found that Dons battery cable had become disconnected. We could not find a bolt and nut, so we used a tie strip and held the cable down that way.
We decided to get back as quick as possible, and knew that we needed to slab most of the way to be there before dark and the banquet. When we got to Rocksprings, we found my rear tire only had 10 lbs of air in it, so we aired it up, and got back to the banquet.
I literally got the LAST plate of food before they shut down the food line, sat down, and listened to the Guatemala presentation. Afterwards, I had a fellow put some of his product in my tire to help it from going down, and safely made it home the next day.
All in all, it was a safe and rewarding experience for all, and we only had one slight casuilty with a broken leg on day 2. I hope you will all be there for next years run, and that you tell your friends and thier friends about it. It's nice to share this type of event with all. These memories will last a life time.
As I write this, my friends Sid Hayes and Don Gil are in Moab getting ready for the CMC sponsered by Fred Hink of arrowhead motorsports. Tomorrow is the 31st of May and is the first day of the annual dual sport gathering. All of you have a safe and wonderful year on 2 wheels, and I hope to see you all next year in Junction. Keep the shiny side up and the rubber in the dirt. RRM:mrgreen:

TeacherDan
09-13-2007, 12:06 AM
What a really good report! I'm driving my wife nuts making her look at these pictures as she'd rather watch the news about Tropical Storm Umberto. :doh:

TeacherDan
09-13-2007, 02:16 PM
Hey, GSer!
Those are great pictures! Where is the Stonehenge II site at?

Tourmeister
04-23-2008, 02:10 PM
Just a teaser bump for this weekend :dude:

Gilk51
04-23-2008, 03:29 PM
Just a teaser bump for this weekend :dude:

Um, TM, check the title - "2007" - you need to create a new one! ;-)

The Bruce
04-23-2008, 03:30 PM
Um, TM, check the title - "2007" - you need to create a new one! ;-)

I think he's bumping last year in prep for this year. ;-)

Tourmeister
04-24-2008, 12:18 AM
I think he's bumping last year in prep for this year. ;-)

Right :flip:

TeacherDan
09-24-2008, 08:48 PM
I love reading these reports....again!