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Old 06-16-2017, 08:21 PM   #21
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Re: 9th Annual Smokey Bear Dual Sport Motorcycle Ride 7/31-8/4 Cloudcroft, New Mexi

Vinny, saddle up and get the crew together. We have some unfinished biz up there.
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Old 06-19-2017, 12:12 PM   #22
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I am new to this site and new to ADV riding. Have years of off road and street experience just not this type riding. Live in the Dallas area and ride an 800 gsa. Yup a bigger bike. This ride interest me. It would not want to tackle it alone on my first go round. I can trailer 3 bikes so if a means of getting there helps someone out maybe we can work something out. I would tend to prefer camping but am open to a sharing a room as well. Anyone interested?


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Old 06-19-2017, 02:11 PM   #23
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There are a lot of really nice roads that you'll be happy with. The trails are not the places I'd take an F800. But then I fall down a lot...
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Old 06-19-2017, 02:15 PM   #24
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There are a lot of really nice roads that you'll be happy with. The trails are not the places I'd take an F800. But then I fall down a lot...

The falling down part is not to bad so long as all the appendages still point the right direction when you mount up again.

I'm good for two tracks and even some single so long as the rocks don't get too big or too loose.


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Old 06-19-2017, 07:46 PM   #25
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Re: 9th Annual Smokey Bear Dual Sport Motorcycle Ride 7/31-8/4 Cloudcroft, New Mexi

Me and wife are gonna be in a camper van...

Up on Alamo peak or where ever with bicycles

A little worried about leaving the 500 on the hitch if we run around
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:57 PM   #26
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Me and wife are gonna be in a camper van...

Up on Alamo peak or where ever with bicycles

A little worried about leaving the 500 on the hitch if we run around
Bring it over and we'll run it up in the RV. Course, I may need to take it out to keep it limbered up while y'all are gone.
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Old 06-19-2017, 08:26 PM   #27
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Hey RG thanks
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Old 06-27-2017, 02:18 PM   #28
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This looks like a ton of fun, checking with my riding buddy now.
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Old 06-27-2017, 09:43 PM   #29
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The 9th Annual Smokey Bear Dual Sport Motorcycle Ride 7/31-8/4 Cloudcroft, New Mexico unofficial banquet will be Friday, August 4th at Ski Cloudcroft. Unofficial meaning, no host, show up if you want, when you want, during their business hours. My group will probably get there around 630-7p.


http://skicloudcroft.net/ - "The restaurant is also open for the summer, Friday 4-8 PM, Saturday 12-8 PM, and Sunday 12-7 PM. Get out of the heat and enjoy one of our famous pizzas on the deck and cool summer air."
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Old 06-27-2017, 10:40 PM   #30
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My son and I would like to attend. We were planning on going the second week of August but we have never been there. It would be nice to ride with a few folks that are familiar with the area. We will probably on come for a few days. Sat come ride Sunday Monday and then head home.
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Old 06-28-2017, 08:04 AM   #31
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At this time I am making plans to be there. Will most likely drive Sat, ride Sun-Tues, head home Wed. Being unfamiliar with the area I will avoid any single track as I am on an 800gsa.

I will be trailering my bike out and have room for a second or possibly even a third if anyone is looking for transport from the Dallas area. I plan to tent camp. PM me if you are interested in teaming up.


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Old 06-28-2017, 09:54 AM   #32
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Wondering about safe place to leave my truck and trailer for the days I am out riding. Any suggestions from those who know the area?


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I may take my pop camper or do tent camping. My son has been wanting to try the adventure camping. He just finished a 68 mile hike in northern NM two days ago. So he may have had his fill of tent sleeping for a bit.
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Old 06-28-2017, 11:54 AM   #34
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Wondering about safe place to leave my truck and trailer for the days I am out riding. Any suggestions from those who know the area?


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Wouldn't you just leave it at your camp site, like the other hundred trucks and trailers and campers that will be in the Forest on a typical weekend? It is not like your truck will be up on blocks with the wheels stolen when you get back from a day's ride. I have only been going up there for almost 30 years, but most of the folks i have encountered are up there for the same reason I am--to enjoy the mountains and get some R&R.

Take the basic precautions like locking your vehicles and basically securing your valuables and you will be fine parking anywhere. No worries.
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Old 06-28-2017, 01:53 PM   #35
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That's why I asked. I don't have any idea what everyone else does nor do I know anything about the area. There are places in East TX where if you left your truck all day you would mostly likely find, if lucky all your wheels gone. Most all ride reports don't address those topics.


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That's why I asked. I don't have any idea what everyone else does nor do I know anything about the area. There are places in East TX where if you left your truck all day you would mostly likely find, if lucky all your wheels gone. Most all ride reports don't address those topics.


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Yikes. I guess I am glad to have never have to worry about things like that where we ride.

The cool thing about Cloudcroft is that it doesn't really require a bunch of prior knowledge. My standard advice is to stop by the Ranger Station, get a MVUM, and go explore. Big bikes up there and where they can go is a pretty subjective topic because of rider skill. However, there are 100s of miles of easy forest roads to explore on a big dual sport that I would not hesitate to recommend to any rider.
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Old 06-28-2017, 03:17 PM   #37
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NMDOT to reinforce U.S. 82 tunnel this summer

Depending on the start date this could effect those needing to travel down to Alamogordo. The first couple of years we would go to Alamogordo for supplies, now we stock up on the way through Artesia. Fenns Country Market is a classic grocery store.



If you go through Artesia check out -Abo Elementary School in Artesia, New Mexico, United States, was the first public school in the United States constructed entirely underground and equipped to function as an advanced fallout shelter. Designed at the height of the Cold War and completed in 1962, the school had a concrete slab roof which doubled as the school's playground. It contained a large storage facility with room for emergency rations and supplies for up to 2,160 people in the event of nuclear warfare or other catastrophe. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.
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Old 07-01-2017, 08:26 AM   #39
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Re: 9th Annual Smokey Bear Dual Sport Motorcycle Ride 7/31-8/4 Cloudcroft, New Mexi

Having never been there, I've really been on the fence about getting a GPS. Those that have been there or close to it, do you think a GPS would be needed or would make a big difference in the enjoyment of going there? As of now I don't have a group to ride with, would kind of get one when there.
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Having never been there, I've really been on the fence about getting a GPS. Those that have been there or close to it, do you think a GPS would be needed or would make a big difference in the enjoyment of going there? As of now I don't have a group to ride with, would kind of get one when there.
Download the area on Google maps of your cell phone . Also download the Rever app on your phone. That's all you need for cloudcroft .
Just saved you $200 - $600 . You are welcome .
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