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Old 01-14-2018, 08:19 AM   #1
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Texas Tiddlers Endurance Run - May 19, 2018


The 2018 Texas Tiddlers Endurance Run is scheduled for Saturday, May 19, 2017.

Rally central and the start/finish will be again be Boles Field Campground in the Sabine National Forest in East Texas located on FM2694 at google map coordinates 31.77246, -93.96832 which is 6.9 miles East of Shelbyville and 3.6 miles West of FM139.

Camping is available at Boles Field http://www.toledo-bend.com/national-...?request=boles. The nearest motels are 8 miles East at Huxley Bay Marina or 15 miles West at Center. A food truck should be at the campground for coffee, snacks & meals.

Warning: There is likely no cell phone service at Boles Field.

For a little insight re: the general structure of the Tiddler, please see info/pics from the 2017 Tiddler here: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=113307

The Registration/Flyer for the 2018 Tiddler is posted below and attached as a .dpf for easier printing:
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Old 01-16-2018, 07:16 AM   #2
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Re: Texas Tiddlers Endurance Run - May 19, 2018

From your recap of the 2017 event "a kick-start only motorcycle, a plated XR100 owned and maintained by our friends Jim & Phyllis from West Monroe, LA."

Jim let me borrow that same motorcycle for the Tiddler run at last years CASA event. It was a blast to ride, especially when I got into a speed contest with a sleeper Vespa (upgraded from a 50cc engine to 125cc's). I actually broke the 45 mph speed limit by five mph on several downhill runs. Thanks for the fun ride Jim.

I'm so old, that I remember BH (before Honda invaded the USA). I was riding my 1958, clapped out Cushman Eagle (learned why checking the the oil is important), around 1962, when a friend showed me his new 50cc Honda motorcycle. It had a small engine but it had spunk and was faster. I'm lucky to be alive. The Cushman's front brake didn't work. It never occurred to me to fix it. Those were the days of full throttle or braking hard without actually going fast.

Back country roads are perfect for this event. I'll be at this years Tiddler Run .
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Jim let me borrow that same motorcycle for the Tiddler run at last years CASA event. It was a blast to ride, especially when I got into a speed contest with a sleeper Vespa (upgraded from a 50cc engine to 125cc's). I actually broke the 45 mph speed limit by five mph on several downhill runs. Thanks for the fun ride Jim.
CASA event? More details please.
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Old 01-16-2018, 08:48 PM   #4
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CASA event? More details please.
https://rmr4casa.com/

It's a fun event and a fund raiser for the local CASA chapter. I'm guessing the majority of the people there are members of TWT. Swampfox organized the Tiddler Ride, led the way (he was on a much faster TDub), and provided the trophies. Kat is the computer guru in charge of the web page, data collection, and whatever else will help the event thrive.
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Old 03-10-2018, 09:10 AM   #5
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Re: Texas Tiddlers Endurance Run - May 19, 2018

Registration is now open, with the flyer/registration posted and attached to the first post above.

Should you enjoy vintage and/or small (especially small vintage) motorcycles but prefer to skip the endurance part of the event, Dennis needs volunteers to assist with the scheduled (and secret) check points.
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CASA event? More details please.
Mike, the Rich Mountain Rendezvous (RMR) in September at Queen Wilhelmena State Park is not only a great motorcycle rally, but also a fund raiser for the CASA of the Ouachitas. There was a tiddler ride at the last year's 2017 RMR (some pics here: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthre...ountain&page=2). We plan to include another Tiddler to the Top in the 2018 RMR, with a Friday on&off-pavement route and a Saturday all-pavement route - a "fun run" rather than a timed/scored event.
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We plan to include another Tiddler to the Top in the 2018 RMR, with a Friday on&off-pavement route and a Saturday all-pavement route - a "fun run" rather than a timed/scored event.
But there will definitely be awards at RMR! I won't be able to make this ride (again), Lee. I'm working forever until after Memorial Day. THEN I can coast. I keep encouraging people with Tdubs to take on these rides because you feel like the Beastmaster for maybe the only time ever
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Re: Texas Tiddlers Endurance Run - May 19, 2018

The Tiddler fleet is coming together:

Brad has a Honda Passport up and running, and
the re-build to better-than-new for his Honda HUE is well underway:


This Honda MB5 new rests in our stable (Phyllis decided to sell it to me) :


And Mrs. SwampFox is now ready to Tiddle in Class 1 on a new-to-her Zuma 50F :


There are rumors of an XR100, TW200 and a couple of Louisiana 250's also in the running.
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Re: Texas Tiddlers Endurance Run - May 19, 2018

So my new G310GS at 313cc would not qualify?
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Re: Texas Tiddlers Endurance Run - May 19, 2018

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So my new G310GS at 313cc would not qualify?
Doesn"t look like there is a class for a "BIG" bike like yours? Max is 305 cc?
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So my new G310GS at 313cc would not qualify?
Leon, just pull off one of the spark plug wires for the rally. You would still have plenty of oomph to drop the 100cc bikes on the uphill runs.
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So my new G310GS at 313cc would not qualify?
I was contemplating the same thing while admiring the new G310GS at the local shop. In the past, the "trophy" classes were limited to 250cc, but increased to 305cc this year to permit Honda CB77 Super Hawks, Kawasaki KZ305's and similar bike to participate. Of course, all bikes are welcome to ride in the open/support class, as several sidecarists have done.

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Leon, just pull off one of the spark plug wires for the rally. You would still have plenty of oomph to drop the 100cc bikes on the uphill runs.
Yep, sure would. By the way, I rode my former KLX250S in the 1st Tiddler - where it was the newest and fastest bike in the run - other participants soon realized that the ride was just an ordinary day ride on the KLX. Eduardo & I simply ran drag carrying some tools and extra gasoline, but did find ourselves in Quicksand
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Re: Texas Tiddlers Endurance Run - May 19, 2018

Kat did big miles on Q, so it must be possible. I remember seeing her gear stacked high and always wondered if it affected the handling.
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Kat did big miles on Q, so it must be possible. I remember seeing her gear stacked high and always wondered if it affected the handling.
You can do it!!! Even faster than Q's little legs could carry me. Go full jockey when you need an extra 5 mph. I think your KLX would prefer you to keep the weight lower than Q carried. Other than that, load up and go! It will be fun!

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The Tiddlers have been spotted following the Blue Bell delivery truck
at 00:15 here:
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So its not clear, do you need a street legal cycle for this event.
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The Tiddlers have been spotted following the Blue Bell delivery truck ....
Yep, looks like some of us sniffing out the ice cream:
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You can do it!!! Even faster than Q's little legs could carry me. Go full jockey when you need an extra 5 mph. I think your KLX would prefer you to keep the weight lower than Q carried. Other than that, load up and go! It will be fun!

Don't forget the travel neck pillow down the back of your pants trick for added tushie cushioning. Just sayin...
Kat and Lee, I rode 300 miles yesterday. I left my pasture home at nine and got home at six. Met Rod and friends at The Shed for lunch and then followed Rod's meanandering for several hours. The first hundred miles to the NE was into the wind and uphill. That was an eye opener! Throttle was almost pinned most of the time at 55 mph. Went on reserve at 92 miles. My calculations gives reserve about twenty more miles so carrying an extra two liters in my tail bag was good. At the Shed everybody was asking who was that crazy guy riding the dirt bike. After 127 miles, I had to agree.
Lunch was good as was following Rod's ant paths. But, honestly, my bottom was getting sore. That's in spite of zip tying an ATV foam seat pad on top of the KLX seat I was having a harder time avoiding bottom pain. Two more gas stops on the way home and trying to stay out of the way on 75 mph highways took a lot of the charm of doing miles on a small bike. My bottom was really getting sore the last fifty miles. By that time I was thinking I was planning on riding 324 miles to the rally, 200 miles at the rally, and 324 miles back home. Sore butt was going to be a big problem, plus carrying camping gear was going to be a challenge. So, I'm dropping out. I don't want to trailer the KLX to the rally and it's not a tiddler, too modern and fast.

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.... Went on reserve at 92 miles.... trying to stay out of the way on 75 mph highways took a lot of the charm.... I don't want to trailer the KLX to the rally and it's not a tiddler, too modern and fast....
Successful cross-country travel on a 250 class motorcycle does necessitate some alternative planning - and a different mental approach to the journey. 92 miles to reserve is average for a stock KLX - even less for a TW. The best travel routes avoid what I refer to as "truck routes." A 250 is out of its element mixing it up with traffic on a windy 75 mph road. We have an advantage over here in Louisiana & Arkansas, as smaller state highways are 55 mph. We've always trailered our bike to the Tiddler runs, but I have ridden the TW back home.

Robert, would you come over if'n we can source a bike for you to ride in the Tiddler?
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Since my KLX 250s is on the large size and a modern piece of machinery for a tiddler, I'm going to ride it to Boles field with camping gear. It's 335 miles from my home in the pasture. I figure ten hours (avg 33 mph) to allow for R&R on my bottom and to keep the wind blast down. This will be my first long distance trip on a somewhat handicapped touring machine. Hopefully, there will be a cushman in attendance. I'd like to hear the cuff, cuff of that flathead motor again.
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