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Old 03-30-2018, 05:13 AM   #1461
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Re: MC Camping on the Cheap

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"I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV." I'm not a chemical engineer, but I did pass the management course required by the Texas Railroad Commission for every business that pumps Propane, including small refillable tanks and Propane fueled vehicles. The tank holds liquid. In order for it to escape as gas, it has to boil. You add a little energy to the liquid when you shake it. The extra energy makes it boil a little faster and more liquid escapes as gas.
Ha! I knew it did some good. I do the same thing to my big outdoor tank when the flames start getting a little yellow.
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Old 06-01-2018, 08:47 AM   #1462
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Loaded an Action Packer (not cheap) on the back of my CT90 and headed south on Padre at the National Seashore near Corpus a couple weeks ago. The bike and I made it 22 miles down, about 17 miles past the 4x4 only sign. It was a fail (to reach the San Luis pass) but it was a free fail as camping is free and so is admission with my national parks pass.
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Old 06-01-2018, 03:01 PM   #1463
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My wife & I used to go down there all the time in the Jeep. About 20 miles down, there's an area marked on the maps as Big Shell Beach. You know when you're there because you can hear the crunch under the tires. I wouldn't try it on very many bikes, though. Although most of the 4WD area is quite easily driveable, you do hit those patches, usually about 100 yards long, when you find yourself in about 6" of loose, churning sand. In the Jeep, the recipe is to just keep your foot down, keep the tires churning, and point the front end generally south. On the VStrom - well, I'd rather not find out.
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Old 06-04-2018, 07:47 AM   #1464
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Loaded an Action Packer (not cheap) on the back of my CT90 and headed south on Padre at the National Seashore near Corpus a couple weeks ago. The bike and I made it 22 miles down, about 17 miles past the 4x4 only sign. It was a fail (to reach the San Luis pass) but it was a free fail as camping is free and so is admission with my national parks pass.
No way to reach San Luis Pass from PINS but I know what you mean...

Mansfield Cut btw...
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Old 06-04-2018, 07:53 AM   #1465
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No way to reach San Luis Pass from PINS but I know what you mean...

Mansfield Cut btw...
You are correct sir! My mistake.
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Old 06-04-2018, 07:58 AM   #1466
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My wife & I used to go down there all the time in the Jeep. About 20 miles down, there's an area marked on the maps as Big Shell Beach. You know when you're there because you can hear the crunch under the tires. I wouldn't try it on very many bikes, though. Although most of the 4WD area is quite easily driveable, you do hit those patches, usually about 100 yards long, when you find yourself in about 6" of loose, churning sand. In the Jeep, the recipe is to just keep your foot down, keep the tires churning, and point the front end generally south. On the VStrom - well, I'd rather not find out.
Having ridden a Strom in Deep sand in death valley and other Califorina locales. I see it as having two options. Pick up a bunch of speed and risk binning a 500+ lb. Bike at speed in the sand. Or 2 deploy the "outriggers" to maintain a lower speed but still stay on the gas. If you fall the speed are survivable lol.

Airing down helps a lot. I usually go down to 18 psi. That's as far as I've had the guts to go in fear of tacoing front rims.

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Old 06-04-2018, 08:14 AM   #1467
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Re: MC Camping on the Cheap

50 mph is not an option on a ct90.

I was a bit disappointed in the crowds. We never made it to the isolated, one campsite per mile, open beach. When I was young, that started about one mile in. So many people now, and like Downs mentioned, so little Texas open spaces for riding.
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Old 06-04-2018, 08:35 AM   #1468
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Hmm. I don't see much camping beyond the 5-mile mark. But I usually see fishermen every half mile or so, down to around 15 or 20 miles. Time of year has a lot to do with that - we go in November when it's cool, and the place is largely deserted except for a few snowbirds.

Though rare, there are occasionally hazards that can come with all that solitude. We were once parked way down beach with no one in sight in any direction. The Jeep rear hatch was wide open, and we were lounging on the shady (north) side of the vehicle. Two guys in a 4WD truck came roaring by northbound, then suddenly did a doughnut and pulled up maybe 50 feet beyond us, and just stared at the Jeep for several seconds. I realized they couldn't see us in the shade & were thinking about easy pickings for a car burglary. So I stood up. They sat there and kept staring at me, and I didn't like what they might have been thinking. So I reached over & picked up a trenching shovel, and just stared back. They took the hint & moved on.
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Old 06-16-2018, 11:06 AM   #1469
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Re: MC Camping on the Cheap

I was bored this morning while waiting on the squid to wake up, so I started weighing my camping gear. My Helinox Chair One $89-100.00($124 on their site!) vs my no-name Amazon knock-off $19.99... China knock-off wins by one gram and about >$60.
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Old 06-16-2018, 11:47 AM   #1470
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Link to the Amazon knockoff

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Old 06-16-2018, 02:47 PM   #1471
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I will look, I have had it for a bit. This was part of a batch of several that Time To Ride and I purchased from a few online sources for testing/comparison.
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Old 06-17-2018, 08:55 AM   #1472
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Re: MC Camping on the Cheap

Who needs a stinking cell phone when camping and fighting poor/no coverage. I built this portable 12V 40 meter CW (Morse Code) transceiver from a kit for $50. It's amazing! (Of course, there is that learning Morse Code thing and all....)

http://www.whiskeytangohotel.com/201...ver-build.html

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Old 06-17-2018, 09:18 AM   #1473
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I'd like to see how you mount an antenna for that 40m, along with the receiver and power supply - all on a bike...
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Old 06-17-2018, 09:58 AM   #1474
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I just run a HT with external antenna on the bike. Vhf/uhf only though.

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Old 06-18-2018, 06:23 AM   #1475
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I'd like to see how you mount an antenna for that 40m, along with the receiver and power supply - all on a bike...
Simple. Just drag a random wire antenna behind the bike!

Seriously, the whole enchilada (including a USB brick battery and antenna) fit into a decent size zip lock bag. I made my first CW contact on it last night. The rig is pretty popular with a group called SOTA (Summits on the Air). SOTA operators get points by making radio contacts from summits that they hike to.
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Old 06-18-2018, 06:34 AM   #1476
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Though rare, there are occasionally hazards that can come with all that solitude. We were once parked way down beach with no one in sight in any direction. The Jeep rear hatch was wide open, and we were lounging on the shady (north) side of the vehicle. Two guys in a 4WD truck came roaring by northbound, then suddenly did a doughnut and pulled up maybe 50 feet beyond us, and just stared at the Jeep for several seconds. I realized they couldn't see us in the shade & were thinking about easy pickings for a car burglary. So I stood up. They sat there and kept staring at me, and I didn't like what they might have been thinking. So I reached over & picked up a trenching shovel, and just stared back. They took the hint & moved on.
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Though rare, there are occasionally hazards that can come with all that solitude. We were once parked way down beach with no one in sight in any direction. The Jeep rear hatch was wide open, and we were lounging on the shady (north) side of the vehicle. Two guys in a 4WD truck came roaring by northbound, then suddenly did a doughnut and pulled up maybe 50 feet beyond us, and just stared at the Jeep for several seconds. I realized they couldn't see us in the shade & were thinking about easy pickings for a car burglary. So I stood up. They sat there and kept staring at me, and I didn't like what they might have been thinking. So I reached over & picked up my SIG P229 and just stared back. They took the hint & moved on.
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