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Old 07-18-2018, 07:54 PM   #121
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Re: 10th Annual Smokey Bear Dual Sport Motorcycle Ride 7/30-8/3/18 Cloudcroft, New Me

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I just booked my room at spruce cabins. I'm driving up Sunday morning and going to have to leave Tuesday afternoon. I've got a couple of oil changes and carb re-jets to do between now and then. Looking forward to some cooler weather (its 106F in Midland right now)!!

I'm bringing my CRF450X and my CRF230F. Just got the 230 plated and I'm not sure if it is a keeper or not. This trip should help me figure that out.
I would like to ride down Dry Canyon on Tuesday morning if you are interested. I need to get acclimated on Monday to whatever bike I'm bringing.

Still not sure, the KTM is misbehaving, antifreeze in the oil...prepping the 22 year old XR400 just in case I can't get the 300 back together.
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Old 07-20-2018, 01:22 PM   #122
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Re: 10th Annual Smokey Bear Dual Sport Motorcycle Ride 7/30-8/3/18 Cloudcroft, New Me

Hey 285 Is a death trap-https://advrider.com/index.php?threa...-trap.1327779/

See post 92 in this thread about a route around.
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Old 07-20-2018, 03:04 PM   #123
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Re: 10th Annual Smokey Bear Dual Sport Motorcycle Ride 7/30-8/3/18 Cloudcroft, New Me

There is major road construction on 82 for about 25 miles on the east side of Artesia. Depending on the timing, you will encounter one lane with escorts. I have seen as few as one as as many as three different ones in this stretch. The speed limits are as low as 35 mph and not much room to pass.

With the increased oil field traffic, and it pretty much runs 24/7, the lines get pretty long. It has been two weeks since I have gone that way so I doubt much has changed since then. May not be many options to reroute for you all that are coming from the south but just fyi.
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Re: 10th Annual Smokey Bear Dual Sport Motorcycle Ride 7/30-8/3/18 Cloudcroft, New Me

Stars are lining up for this trip and my son and I may be able to get there earlier than we thought. Hope to be in Cloudcroft on Sunday in time for the get together. Fingers crossed.

Sander, do you usually pack some rain gear with you on each ride just in case?

Lows for next week around riding time are in the low sixties so we're not planning on bringing much by the way of cold weather riding gear.
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Old 07-24-2018, 04:44 PM   #125
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Re: 10th Annual Smokey Bear Dual Sport Motorcycle Ride 7/30-8/3/18 Cloudcroft, New Me

Looks like ~50% chance of rain first part of next week. They even has a NWS flood advisory today:

* At 243 PM MDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to
thunderstorms. This will cause arroyo and small stream flooding in
the advisory area. Up to two inches of rain have already fallen
southeast of Ruidoso.

Looks like it may be a bit wet - Westside road and 162 north of High Rolls are that red clay that is super slick when wet. I usually end up using those as loop connectors on the West. I may have to find some additional interior or Eastern routes...
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Old 07-24-2018, 10:21 PM   #126
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I always carry and light rain jacket and a trash bag or two. Most of the times when we take off in the morning by 9 or 930a I just wear a jersey. With the low humidity the temperature rises or drops fast and I don't feel the temp changes, unless wet.

It will rain, at least I hope it does, I love the nighttime rain. I don't like dust. Last year had had a 80%+ chance Wed-Fr but we never saw rain. It rained twice on Sunday with about a 30% chance... We only got really wet once last year on Monday afternoon, on Tuesday or so on a ride out Pumphouse Ridge, we waited under a tree for 10 minutes for a brief shower to pass.

My best ever day on a motorcycle (on SBDSMR #2) was riding up Alamo Peak in a pouring rain storm, the XR was was so cold and wet in would only idle with the choke on, a camera got ruined, what a memorable day!


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We'll be rolling in late on the 3rd. Sorry we will miss you.
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