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Simmons1
10-28-2007, 09:59 PM
Went here this weekend with some fellow TWT'ers to do some dual sporting:

http://www.ozarkdualsport.com/

Our little group from Texas, included. 3 KLR's, 2 TW200's and 2 GS650's.

http://inlinethumb63.webshots.com/27390/2570079890058042965S600x600Q85.jpg (http://rides.webshots.com/photo/2570079890058042965EYpjSv)


Linda went with me. We visited 3 Winery's on the way up near Altus, Arkansas, and Linda went antique shopping with a buddy of mine's wife during the day.

http://inlinethumb35.webshots.com/26338/2035356400058042965S600x600Q85.jpg (http://rides.webshots.com/photo/2035356400058042965hTcuPs)


The fall colors were bad this year. It hasn't been cold enough up there yet.

http://inlinethumb35.webshots.com/25570/2873967850058042965S600x600Q85.jpg (http://rides.webshots.com/photo/2873967850058042965JShirB)

http://inlinethumb01.webshots.com/24832/2211346740058042965S600x600Q85.jpg (http://rides.webshots.com/photo/2211346740058042965MNasgj)

The riding was great both on the blacktop and on the dirt roads. I am amazed at how well the KLR handles on blacktop with knobbies on it.

http://inlinethumb59.webshots.com/27578/2721043170058042965S600x600Q85.jpg (http://rides.webshots.com/photo/2721043170058042965xGTpKw)

http://inlinethumb23.webshots.com/23382/2437769310058042965S600x600Q85.jpg (http://rides.webshots.com/photo/2437769310058042965lyiMEE)



Our hotel in Clarksville was at about 400 feet. Most of the riding we did was between 1800 and 2500 feet. You could ride for years up there and never hit all of the dirt roads and 4 -wheeler trails. There were about 75 riders this year and it looked like everyone was having a great ride. I had just under 300 miles for 2 days of riding. Unlike riding in Texas, there were no bump gates, regular gates or fences that needed to be opened and closed. Just miles and miles of dirt roads and 4- wheeler trails with great scenery.

http://inlinethumb33.webshots.com/25632/2173661480058042965S600x600Q85.jpg (http://rides.webshots.com/photo/2173661480058042965WHoTFv)


I picked a bad line through a mud hole on Friday. From the looks of the aftermath, it looks like it was almost disasterous. I knew the mud hole was deep because I almost got stuck and the muffler was under water coming out of the mud hole. Glad I had full knobbies on.

When I was servicing the bike and changing the wheels out when we got home, I found a mess in the airbox. I forgot to take a picture of the air filter, but it had so much mud on it that I am surprised the bike still ran. Both drains in the air box were clogged with dried mud, which meant one more deep mud hole or water crossing and I probably would have filled the motor with water. That said, the bike never missed a beat all weekend.

Air box photo:

http://inlinethumb19.webshots.com/25298/2166155210058042965S600x600Q85.jpg (http://rides.webshots.com/photo/2166155210058042965uOQZRf)

For a slide show of all the photos:

http://rides.webshots.com/slideshow/561211708EodkbN

Also click on the link below, then click "HYBRID", then zoom out to get an idea of the geography of the land.

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=catalpa+arkansas&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-US&ie=UTF-8&oe=utf8&um=1&sa=N&tab=wl

I can't speak for everyone else, but I had a great time again this year. Mr. Lemke does a great job with organizing a "non-event".

I would highly recommend this area for anyone looking to do some dual sporting or street riding.

Gilk51
10-28-2007, 11:52 PM
For a slide show of all the photos:

http://thumb5.webshots.net/t/60/460/1/55/21/2166155210058042965uOQZRf_th.jpg



Aw, Rich, that just links to the airbox picture. And I was all :popcorn: to watch the slide show... :-(

Pssst - how late are you staying up... :trust:


...looks like a great time - did Dail bring his TW200 this time?

tx246
10-28-2007, 11:59 PM
I agree that Arkansas has Dual Sport stuff down. We just got back from a 900 mile six day trip. FS roads, county dirt, two track, ATV, single track to Mike Green Goat trails, its all in Arkansas.

See http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22126

for a report.

Im looking forward to what yall found.

Simmons1
10-29-2007, 06:03 AM
Aw, Rich, that just links to the airbox picture. And I was all :popcorn: to watch the slide show... :-(

Pssst - how late are you staying up... :trust:


...looks like a great time - did Dail bring his TW200 this time?

Dail had his TW

Slide show is fixed:


http://rides.webshots.com/slideshow/561211708EodkbN

Greasemonkey
10-29-2007, 06:30 AM
Good to hear this was still going on,was kinda wondering.Sounds like fun.

Maybe next year??

Gilk51
10-29-2007, 07:03 AM
Slide show is fixed:

and it's a good one! :thumb:

I didn't see anybody wearing any mesh gear! What was the deal? ;-)

Simmons1
10-29-2007, 08:22 AM
and it's a good one! :thumb:

I didn't see anybody wearing any mesh gear! What was the deal? ;-)

Dust and dirt goes through mesh.

thumper
10-29-2007, 10:44 AM
Great slideshow:clap: Thanks for sharing!

Gilk51
10-29-2007, 11:50 AM
Dust and dirt goes through mesh.

I was expecting someone to say it was cold. What were the temps like?

Simmons1
10-29-2007, 12:05 PM
I was expecting someone to say it was cold. What were the temps like?

That is why I gave the answer I did!:rofl:

I wore my heated liner on Friday. On fast roads I had it turned on. On the real technical stuff I had it off as I was sweating a lot from being on the heavy KLR.

It was in the 50's on Thursday and Friday. Saturday it started out in the low 40's and got to around 70 in the afternoon.

TexasShadow
10-30-2007, 11:51 AM
Sweet!!!
Looks similar to Tennessee.
Great slideshow.

KenH
10-30-2007, 11:50 PM
Be careful with the mud holes on the FS and 4-wheeler trails. Seems the 4x4 guys delight in parking the rear axle in a wet spot, shifting to 2wd, and slinging mud everywhere. Then they shift to 4x4 and drive out, leaving deep holes behind. Word is to always go around mud holes, not through them.

TerraXpeditions
11-02-2007, 05:34 PM
Hey guys, I just signed up here, but my brother and I parked next to you guys saturday evening. We were in the gray GMC pickup and had a dirty XRL and a DRZ.... i asked a couple questions about the TWs.

Nice to meet yall.

KenH
11-03-2007, 10:06 AM
Welcome to the site. TWs are odd little critters. Cute, too. (At least Curtis's KLR thinks so. :rofl: )

Here are some pics:

http://aycu08.webshots.com/image/30127/2004593565014433685_th.jpg (http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/v/2004593565014433685)
Dail teaching the youngsters how to change a flat.

http://aycu06.webshots.com/image/34445/2004533532589127665_th.jpg (http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/v/2004533532589127665)
http://aycu04.webshots.com/image/30603/2004574370474230110_th.jpg (http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/v/2004574370474230110)

http://aycu11.webshots.com/image/32250/2004500478374082725_th.jpg (http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/v/2004500478374082725)
Which way?

http://aycu40.webshots.com/image/31479/2004514432211053291_th.jpg (http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/v/2004514432211053291)
Still can't decide.

http://aycu07.webshots.com/image/31326/2004565772495716045_th.jpg (http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/v/2004565772495716045)
See, Dail, it really did happen!

http://aycu29.webshots.com/image/32588/2004570011021257247_th.jpg (http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/v/2004570011021257247)
Lost in the woods.
http://aycu16.webshots.com/image/33935/2004507748974273483_th.jpg (http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/v/2004507748974273483)
http://aycu40.webshots.com/image/33999/2004530840362389163_th.jpg (http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/v/2004530840362389163)

http://aycu01.webshots.com/image/33600/2004569134562379004_th.jpg (http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/v/2004569134562379004)
The place for pie.

http://aycu13.webshots.com/image/33332/2000799217073825430_th.jpg (http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/v/2000799217073825430)
Rich is happy at the sight of caramel apple crisp pie with chocolate chip ice cream.
http://aycu24.webshots.com/image/31783/2000782347210954322_th.jpg (http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/v/2000782347210954322)Yum

http://aycu09.webshots.com/image/32288/2000700023206015127_th.jpg (http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/v/2000700023206015127)
http://aycu30.webshots.com/image/33069/2000761242931635623_th.jpg (http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/v/2000761242931635623)
http://aycu11.webshots.com/image/32090/2000731560009933690_th.jpg (http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/v/2000731560009933690)
http://aycu03.webshots.com/image/29962/2000704211424655269_th.jpg (http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/v/2000704211424655269)
http://aycu37.webshots.com/image/34476/2000783242937618307_th.jpg (http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/v/2000783242937618307)
http://aycu33.webshots.com/image/32952/2000712526021987596_th.jpg (http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/v/2000712526021987596)

http://aycu10.webshots.com/image/33849/2000703458461121133_th.jpg (http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/v/2000703458461121133)
T-dub had 712 miles at the beginning of our first ride, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, 2006. Her she rolls over 20,712 miles 11 months later in Arkansas. We get around.

http://aycu33.webshots.com/image/32232/2000758432854059476_th.jpg (http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/v/2000758432854059476)

http://aycu11.webshots.com/image/31610/2004502958708747985_th.jpg (http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/v/2004502958708747985)
Okay, IDR, here's a pic of you to go with those you took of us. Post 'em up!
Here's T-dub after her bath in the river. Don, where's my money?

TerraXpeditions
11-03-2007, 10:09 AM
Welcome to the site. TWs are odd little critters. Cute, too. (At least Curtis's KLR thinks so. :rofl: )

Here are some pics:

http://aycu08.webshots.com/image/30127/2004593565014433685_th.jpg (http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/v/2004593565014433685)

Too bad those big fat tires arent a little more square...:clap: :rider:
http://aycu07.webshots.com/image/31326/2004565772495716045_fs.jpg
I had a couple of those moments that weekend.... as did alot of people:lol2:

IDR
11-04-2007, 06:07 PM
More photos

http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee51/mikeal_idr/Rich1.jpg
http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee51/mikeal_idr/Ed.jpg
http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee51/mikeal_idr/Ken.jpg
http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee51/mikeal_idr/Don.jpg
http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee51/mikeal_idr/Dail.jpg
http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee51/mikeal_idr/Curtis.jpg
http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee51/mikeal_idr/Overlook1.jpg
http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee51/mikeal_idr/Overlook.jpg
http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee51/mikeal_idr/Overlook2.jpg
http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee51/mikeal_idr/LowWater.jpg
http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee51/mikeal_idr/LowWater2.jpg
http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee51/mikeal_idr/LowWater3.jpg
http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee51/mikeal_idr/PieStop.jpg
http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee51/mikeal_idr/PieStop2.jpg

IDR
11-04-2007, 06:14 PM
Mini-movie Rich & Ken

http://s234.photobucket.com/albums/ee51/mikeal_idr/?action=view&current=RichKen.flv

Mni-movie Rich

http://s234.photobucket.com/albums/ee51/mikeal_idr/?action=view&current=Rich.flv

ham
11-04-2007, 06:18 PM
great report klr,s rock looks like a great time Ham:rider:

Simmons1
11-08-2007, 12:47 PM
Interesting report from FCT:

http://bigdogadventures.com/FCT2007.htm

Make sure you read the last paragraph

IDR
11-08-2007, 01:35 PM
Make sure you read the last paragraph

So after all that you think GOD must ride a KLR?:huh:

Ed and I had the opportunity to meet Big Dog saturday evening while we were waiting for Dail to go to the Winery. He said then that his KLR was his favorite and to look at it he had put plenty of miles in its saddle.

He writes a good ride review too.

Simmons1
11-08-2007, 02:26 PM
So after all that you think GOD must ride a KLR?:huh:


God gets to ride every bike!:rofl:

I checked out his KLR pretty closely at the Hotel. I think it had 33K, and by the looks of it, mostly dirt miles.