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dbdolan
03-17-2006, 08:18 PM
Well I am off from work for spring break so I decided to take a solo ride for some dirt road exploring. I headed up FM 1774 from Plantersville, TX. to Anderson, TX. and took a bunch of different CR roads, then made my way up past Carlos, TX. via the dirt. It was a bit dusty, but I had a blast. I even ran across some blue bonnets on one of the back roads. Total mileage was right at 200 miles and I only got sprinkled on once.

Here I ended up on somebody's ranch via a private dirt road..think it was the Butler ranch north of Plantersville
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/dbdolan/Irish%20ride%203-17-06/3-17-06dsridesolo002.jpg
Turned around and headed back out....
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/dbdolan/Irish%20ride%203-17-06/3-17-06dsridesolo004.jpg
Found some neat old church's, this was the Macedonia Baptist church on CR 209 I think..
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/dbdolan/Irish%20ride%203-17-06/3-17-06dsridesolo009.jpg
No I didn't open the fence i just wandered upon it..
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/dbdolan/Irish%20ride%203-17-06/3-17-06dsridesolo019.jpg
Here is the Pleasant Grove Missionary
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/dbdolan/Irish%20ride%203-17-06/3-17-06dsridesolo025.jpg
Here I was starting to get the monkey butt so I took a break
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/dbdolan/Irish%20ride%203-17-06/3-17-06dsridesolo027.jpg
Found a cool entrance to a nice cattle ranch
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/dbdolan/Irish%20ride%203-17-06/3-17-06dsridesolo029.jpg
Ahh... and it is that time of the year for the Blue Bonnets
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/dbdolan/Irish%20ride%203-17-06/3-17-06dsridesolo031.jpg
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/dbdolan/Irish%20ride%203-17-06/3-17-06dsridesolo033.jpg
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/dbdolan/Irish%20ride%203-17-06/3-17-06dsridesolo039.jpg
another monkey butt break
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/dbdolan/Irish%20ride%203-17-06/3-17-06dsridesolo040.jpg
The power plant from one of the many County Roads I was on
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/dbdolan/Irish%20ride%203-17-06/3-17-06dsridesolo043.jpg
Some old buildings southeast of Dobbin, Texas
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/dbdolan/ds%20ride%20solo%203-12-06/3-12-06dsridesolo001.jpg
Ahhh bug juice...the true sign you had a good ride!
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/dbdolan/Irish%20ride%203-17-06/3-17-06dsridesolo046.jpg

klrno2
03-17-2006, 09:03 PM
Nice shots Mr. db, you're making me homesick. I especially liked the bluebonnet shots! :clap:

Gilk51
03-17-2006, 09:08 PM
Nice bluebonnet shots. I haven't seen any around DFW yet - I'm afraid it has been too dry and the crop will be slim this year...

dbdolan
03-17-2006, 11:31 PM
Thanks, the blue bonnets are just starting to bloom. This was pretty much the only patch I saw all day.

Georgiapeach
03-18-2006, 02:11 PM
Dang, I so wanted to call in sick yesterday...my Suzuki would have looked so good behind those bluebonnets! We're still waiting on the data card to come in for the 276c, still got no maps!

dbdolan
03-18-2006, 07:52 PM
Dang, I so wanted to call in sick yesterday...my Suzuki would have looked so good behind those bluebonnets! We're still waiting on the data card to come in for the 276c, still got no maps!
I slipped in this ride before all the rain starts, although the weather men have been saying it is going to rain for 2 day's now. So your 276 did not come with a data card?

DANNYROTH
03-18-2006, 08:28 PM
Great report and Pics!

I am looking at getting a compact digital camera that takes OK shots but would not be a heartbreaker, dollarwise, if it got damaged in the course of a bit of rough riding. Does anyone have a suggestion as to what might fit that bill?

I have a Kodak Z760 that I really like, but it's a bit bulky.

What do you use, Bryan?

dbdolan
03-18-2006, 10:36 PM
Hey thanks Danny, I use a sony cyber shot DSC-P72 it is a couple years old and is only 3.2 megapixels. It is kinda bulky, I think they are alot smaller now day's but it takes a pretty good picture and movie clips.
Great report and Pics!

I am looking at getting a compact digital camera that takes OK shots but would not be a heartbreaker, dollarwise, if it got damaged in the course of a bit of rough riding. Does anyone have a suggestion as to what might fit that bill?

I have a Kodak Z760 that I really like, but it's a bit bulky.

What do you use, Bryan?

vfrhugh
03-20-2006, 08:06 PM
Bryan,
Great photos! What brand and model tires are you running? I've got to replace the tires on my KTM but can't decide what to get. How are your tires wearing? They look pretty aggressive.
Hugh:rider:

dbdolan
03-20-2006, 08:31 PM
Bryan,
Great photos! What brand and model tires are you running? I've got to replace the tires on my KTM but can't decide what to get. How are your tires wearing? They look pretty aggressive.
Hugh:rider:
Hey thanks Hugh, I am running the Dunlop D606 on front and rear. So far I love them, Tourmeister ordered them with his order at swmototire for 60 bucks each and free shipping when you order 2 tires or more. They really do well in the dirt but are fairly noisy on the road, but hey I love the roar of em'. They handle suprisingly well on the street, I have scrapped my boot toes a few times on some corners. I have about 2200 miles on this set and they have half the tread left, I estimate 4600 to 5000 miles before I have to replace them.:rider:

vfrhugh
03-20-2006, 08:52 PM
I was leaning toward the Maxis but I've always been a Dunlop guy. That's the kind of testimony I'm looking for. If I can get a couple of thousand miles on a set of knobbies, I'll be a happy man. Your front looks a little worse for wear than the back. You must be working on your stoppies. I don't have any experience with swmototire but I'll check them out.
Thanks for it input,
Hugh

Tourmeister
03-21-2006, 12:48 AM
I have ordered from SWmototires.com for several years. Only once in quite a few orders have they messed something up. The new tire was shipped immediately. I usually have them 1-2 days after ordering.

vfrhugh
03-23-2006, 11:14 PM
I ordered my Dunlops Monday night and they showed up yesterday afternoon. I'm putting Southwest Moto Tires http://www.swmototires.com on my good guy list. $122.90 delivered in two working days, fantastic!
Hugh:rider:

vfrhugh
04-01-2006, 05:44 PM
http://home.houston.rr.com/howellext/newtire.jpg
Holey rim lock!!! I forgot how hard knobby tires are to change. It took me 3 hours to change the front and rear. Putting the new ones one was easy; itís getting the old ones off without scratching the rim that kicked my butt. I had to resort to fishing weights to balance them. A quick run up the street confirmed how out of balance the old ones were. I put Dunlop 606ís on so Iím really legal now.
Hugh:rider:

dbdolan
04-01-2006, 06:13 PM
Nice, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. I am about ready for another set, I have about 3,000 miles on mine but after all that rough terrain in Clayton I might have about 1,000 miles left on them.

vfrhugh
04-03-2006, 10:23 PM
Bryan,
What air pressure do you run on you 606's? I put about 60 miles on these with 24psig in them. The rear seems good but I wonder about the front. It looks a little low. The bike rides 100% better on road with these tires. Balancing makes a huge difference.
Hugh:rider:

dbdolan
04-03-2006, 10:26 PM
Bryan,
What air pressure do you run on you 606's? I put about 60 miles on these with 24psig in them. The rear seems good but I wonder about the front. It looks a little low. The bike rides 100% better on road with these tires. Balancing makes a huge difference.
Hugh:rider:
I have been running 25 in the front and about 28 in the rear.

vfrhugh
04-03-2006, 10:31 PM
OK, I think I'm in the ballpark withe 24 f/r.
Thanks,
Hugh