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Old 07-15-2017, 09:32 PM   #1
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Bonham Run 1 - July 15..

Saturday July 15th, 2017
OK, here is the report for the Bonham 1A run.
The day was looking pretty good. A possibility for scattered showers, which meant that the temps were going to go down which would make the day more tolerable.
We started at the large parking lot next to McDonald's in Bonham Tx. There were 20 of us riding a wide range of bikes. From a beast BMW R1200 to a Honda CRF230.
We started about 5 mins late and headed North. The roads went from asphalt to gravel. We skirted the Caddo National Grasslands up CR2275 up thru Elwood.
We continued over to Riverby, where we took a group photo. Upon leaving Riverby we got our first flat, NO PROBLEM!..we had English Gary (we had 2 Garys)...aka Tail End Charlie. We had been thru his trail flat training course... The flat was fixed in no time at all. Jennifer had to leave because the heat was making her not feel well...So Steve took her back and once feed and rested she recovered in no time..THANKS STEVE!. PACO had to take off as well but enjoyed the ride so that left us with 18.
We left Riverby and headed over and south down the west side of the Pat Mayse Wildlife Management area. The ride got more CR350 challenging because the gravel was disappearing and the dirt and mud was more common. We had already crossed one mud area which was a preview to the larger mud area. The water and mud was about a foot to foot and a half deep. The R1200 actually bottomed out in one area, but was able to power thru.
After the North of 82 route we stopped and had lunch and got gas on the west side of Paris TX. We headed west down 82 to shorten the ride because it was already noon and get hot. We turned down CR3501, the last time I saw this it was so overgrown that i though it would be an interesting ride, however someone had cut it all back. BUT, the grass was cut level, and what you couldnt see were the ruts and water lying below the thick grass... and yes it claimed one rider. The delays were compounding with 2 more flats and riders wiping out on the course. The rain was coming, and the decision was to call the ride and head back to Bonham. The rain was a blessing, it cooled the temps from 100 down to mid 70's...AWESOME. But we finished the course with 15 riders about 3pm.
What we learned on this was that what was thought to be a simple easy ride, turned out to be one of the most difficult rides we had. More dirt, less gravel....Rocks...Mud..and alot of trees covering the route. Some of the "county" roads were barely visible due to the overgrown grass and weeds.
So North East Texas has alot to offer as far as riding goes. This 158 mile planned route turned out to be 115 miles (changed route midstream) which took us 7 hours to complete.

So if you were on this ride.. you did very well. Especially if this was your first ride. This was really one of the more technical and difficult rides we have done since we started in January.

Looking a August 19th for the next ride. I am thinking we do the south part of this route that we didnt get completed. And keep it to about 100 miles.

Thanks again for joining me for this ride.
The link below is to the youtube video that i put together... MY FIRST VIDEO
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Old 07-16-2017, 08:58 AM   #2
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Re: Bonham Run 1 - July 15..

Chris, even though I was able to stay for a couple of hours, this was a very enjoyable ride! Thank you very much for organizing it and I am looking forward to seeing pics and videos of what I missed... Will definitely do the complete loop some other time!

https://www.youtube.com/embed/LeMGz4Il-3M

(don't know how to embed the video here... help?)
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Old 07-16-2017, 09:36 AM   #3
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Re: Bonham Run 1 - July 15..

Awesome ride with awesome people! Thank you Chris for putting these together. Looking forward to the next one.

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Old 07-16-2017, 11:10 AM   #4
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Re: Bonham Run 1 - July 15..

Thanks Guys... Check out the updated report and video above..
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Old 07-16-2017, 11:36 AM   #5
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Re: Bonham Run 1 - July 15..

Thanks for the video Chris! Great day!
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Old 07-16-2017, 02:50 PM   #6
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Great video and a great ride !
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Old 07-16-2017, 03:00 PM   #7
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Great video Chris, wish i could have been there


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Old 07-16-2017, 03:30 PM   #8
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Re: Bonham Run 1 - July 15..

Had an awesome time. Great route and group of people. I enjoyed meeting all of you and look forward to the next ride. Also, great ride videos.
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Old 07-17-2017, 08:05 AM   #9
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Re: Bonham Run 1 - July 15..

Another good ride. Thanks to all who make these runs fun.
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Old 07-18-2017, 10:25 AM   #10
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Re: Bonham Run 1 - July 15..

Not to hi-jack this thread, but has the rider on the BMW 1200 seen the BMW recall for his motorbike:- https://www.asphaltandrubber.com/rec...0gs-adventure/

As he is riding it off-road (and very well!) he might be stressing this part even more, so I would strongly suggest he gets it checked before any issues happen.

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Old 07-18-2017, 12:20 PM   #11
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Re: Bonham Run 1 - July 15..

Thanks Gary! I'm keeping a close eye on it. I've been inspecting under the rubber boots after each ride. So far there is no gap at all. But I still plan to take advantage of the recal just in case.

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Not to hi-jack this thread, but has the rider on the BMW 1200 seen the BMW recall for his motorbike:- https://www.asphaltandrubber.com/rec...0gs-adventure/

As he is riding it off-road (and very well!) he might be stressing this part even more, so I would strongly suggest he gets it checked before any issues happen.

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Old 07-18-2017, 06:07 PM   #12
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Re: Bonham Run 1 - July 15..

Dude you did great bringing that beast thru the mud with street tires!
Awesome to see that.
Hope to see you on the next ride... Get some DS Tires!

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Old 07-19-2017, 01:23 PM   #13
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Re: Bonham Run 1 - July 15..

I don't know about y'all....but I'm ready for another ride ! ��
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Re: Bonham Run 1 - July 15..

Yes Dan...and we need a better one so you can get dirty!
August 19...i will try to get you dirty again!
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Old 07-20-2017, 08:52 AM   #15
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Yes Dan...and we need a better one so you can get dirty!
August 19...i will try to get you dirty again!
Ugh !!!! I won't be back from Colorado until the 20 th. Dang
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Ugh !!!! I won't be back from Colorado until the 20 th. Dang
Well take plenty of pictures so you can see what you missed!!
That's what friends are for!!

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Well take plenty of pictures so you can see what you missed!!
That's what friends are for!!

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And I Love you for that Gary ! LOL
OH, bring back some mud so I can get that warm fuzzy feeling !
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