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Old 07-24-2010, 07:55 PM   #1
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Building DS skills in and around Austin

After being away from riding bikes for 25 years, I got a xt250 in the hope of getting back into it. I've been riding on the roads around Austin to build my street awareness and skills. I was wondering if anyone had some suggestions for some short and easy dirt roads or trails to build my DS skills. Also, any riding exercises to build skills.

Even better, if someone is in a similar situation and would like to go on some beginner level DS rides in or around Austin let me know.
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Old 07-25-2010, 02:00 PM   #2
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Re: Building DS skills in and around Austin

Hey Troy -

What part of Austin do you live in? There are some opportunities for trails north of town and some on the east side... Also check out this thread if you haven't already.

Here's another resource that a few of us post on... not incredibly active but there's often chatter about week day and weekend rides.

Speaking of, there's usually a ride going out every weekend, typically in the relatively early AM (we did one yesterday morn at 07:30) to avoid the heat. Just post up on here anytime to see if one is planned or start the process.

No problem on the noob thing, we won't drop anybody. The guys over on RDS are a bit faster though...

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Old 07-25-2010, 06:22 PM   #3
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Thanks for the links. Very helpful. I live in central Austin near Camp Mabry.
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Old 07-25-2010, 06:31 PM   #4
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It took me 5 bikes to realize Dual sport is what I prefer, wished I had just bought a DS in the first place, It'll all come back to you, watch the gravel in your turns and curves, avoid the front brake while in a turn, scoot back over rough stuff and have fun. SZ.
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Old 07-25-2010, 11:25 PM   #5
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Listen to Marc when he tells you about gravel in turns...
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Old 08-05-2010, 09:34 PM   #6
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Re: Building DS skills in and around Austin

Welcome, Troyfromtexas. You are always welcome to ride along with Mrs. Ham & I. She, too, is getting back into riding after a 20 year absence. We ride usually 2 weekends out of the month. Most areas are south & west of austin. Thanks to Richard, we have found alot of backroads that most people won't see in their cages. Usually small paved or dirt roads. I ride a 690r KTM and Mrs. Ham rides a 530 that has been lowered 2 inches. We are currently down for upgrades, but if you wish I will pm you next time we are headed out. Sam
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Old 08-05-2010, 09:52 PM   #7
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I'm thinking maybe we should put together a Hill Country Halloween Run or something...
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Old 08-05-2010, 11:15 PM   #8
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Sounds good. I'd like to join. I'm usually available Saturday mornings.
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Old 08-05-2010, 11:19 PM   #9
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I'm such a newbie I don't even know what's invovled with a halloween run, but it sounds good to me. I think halloween is on a sunday this year... bonus.
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Old 08-06-2010, 10:46 AM   #10
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Yeah I'm just thinking out loud there... we've done some Thanksgiving rides in the past but they can be a bit chilly/rainy for those of us on Dual Sports Of course if we did a Halloween ride people could dress up....
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Old 08-06-2010, 12:21 PM   #11
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Why dress up? We'd already be in our stormtroopers costumes.
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Old 08-06-2010, 07:12 PM   #12
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Yeah, and I would have thought that the Jan. 2 ride to start this year would have been cold, but it was GREAT! OH! Sorry, I forgot we were keeping it quite that we ride year around down here. We don't want to make the rest of the country jealous.
I'd like to join ya'll for a Halloween ride but we will be in Matador, Texas for the Boondockers enduro. Sam
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go buy a motocross bike...ride a few weekends...it'll come back alot quicker
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Old 08-11-2010, 08:20 PM   #14
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Troy, we have our seats back and are ready to ride. If you don't mind riding south to go north, we will be leaving Kyle for the pie run to Elgin on the 28th, passing thru Lockhart, Rockney, traveling as many small roads as possible. Not many gravel roads east, but I will be looking. Let us know if you are interested. Sam
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"Halloween" is relative... I'm thinking October or November. But then again I'm also thinking Big Bend in October...
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Old 08-11-2010, 10:37 PM   #16
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Hey Sam,

I'd like to take you up on your offer for the pie run. I can meet you in Kyle. I'm not real familiar with Kyle, but I imagine that there is a landmark where we can meet up. I'll PM you my phone number. Just let me know the time and place you'd like to meet in Kyle.

I tuned up my bike over the weekend and it's purring to be riden.

Troy

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