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Old 08-06-2017, 06:45 PM   #1
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9th Annual Smokey Bear Dual Sport Motorcycle Ride 2017 - What Happened?



What happened at the 9th Annual Smokey Bear Dual Sport Motorcycle Ride 7/31-8/4 Cloudcroft, New Mexico?
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The 10th Annual Smokey Bear Dirt Bike Motorcycle Ride will be July 30-August 3, 2018.

Day 1 - Monday, July 31, 2017.
Temperature range 52-68

We rode:
Bailey Canyon
La Luz Canyon
Calico Peak Road
Fresnal Canyon
Steep Hill
Horse Ridge
Dry Canyon - partial
The tunnel
Karr Canyon
Courtney Mine Trail
Karr Road 634
then the rain started...Sunspot back to Cloudcroft







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So I am thinking about getting the Rekluse left hand rear brake kit

Then I will have no excuse not to stand on the pegs more
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So I am thinking about getting the Rekluse left hand rear brake kit

Then I will have no excuse not to stand on the pegs more
I've been planning my next upgrade(s) as well.
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Why do you need the thumb brake to stand?
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I guess why not try it my brake line was broken

With the rekluse clutch in there is no engine brake so it runs fast down hill

With the LHFB you still keep the clutch and the right foot rear brake

Left hand front brake not needed it is the rider not the bike, at least that is what they keep telling me
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Notice that bouncy license plate going down the hill? Yeah well...it's out there in the Sacramento mountains somewhere today.

Score: 1 plate for the Chisos and one more for the Sacramentos.


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There have been a few times where I would have liked to have the thumb brake on the left bar, but that had nothing to do with standing. It has to do with REALLY steep descents where I WANT that right foot down!! Going down Black Bear Pass in Colorado was a good example. I was hugging the uphill side of the road while trying to negotiate the steps near the top. If you fall left, you go into the creek. If you fall right, you just lay up against the rock wall. So I was wanting to keep the bike slightly leaned right... just in case. But the front brake was almost useless, so I had to keep the rear brake applied. It was tense, probably the most tense I've ever been on a bike. A loss of control could also mean picking up speed going down the steps and failing to negotiate a SHARP 90 corner at the bottom, which meant becoming part of the water fall where the creek plunged over the edge...

Looking up hill from the sharp corner...


You don't want to get over into the loose stuff on the right side of image because there isn't much room to slow or stop before you reach the edge...

Me coming down on my KLR


The view from the top


The dude in red is at the corner with the drop off


Here it is looking back up to that corner


Having a thumb brake in stuff like this would be REALLY nice!!
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RG we did make it to the Weed cafe for a green chili cheese burger

Run with the big dogs or lie on the porch?


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Weed Cafe is always a must do when out there!
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If you want government to intervene domestically, you’re a liberal. If you want government to intervene overseas, you’re a conservative. If you want government to intervene everywhere, you’re a moderate. If you don’t want government to intervene anywhere, you’re an extremist. — Joe Sobran

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When one possessed of the Truth suffers from a heavy heart he is susceptible to a more dangerous affliction — the craving for power to eradicate error, to cause Truth to triumph by force. - Frank Chodorov

Where politicians flourish, long history has harshly taught us, people and their liberty wither. Where the state is god and the "public interest" worshipped, individual man will be found bleeding upon the altar. - Karl Hess

The accepted wisdom is that without the state, society would collapse into lawlessness and crime. In fact, lawlessness and crime define the very nature of the state and the society organized by it. - Bionic Mosquito

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Johnf3 along with his sons Conner and Jerrod took us out for a great rip up the Rim trail. As the seasons go, it came the usual afternoon deluge. JT, being the wiser of the group had bailed earlier to go deal with some unruly boots.

We all huddled under a friendly tree waiting for it to stop. It didn't.

KubotaMike along with the rest of us getting a good bath...

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Well, I couldn't get any of my pictures to post, so I'll just do a text only post.

Becky and I arrived at Cloudcroft Saturday afternoon and set up camp at the "Saddle" campground off of 244. Before that we tried to find a decent, dry spot at one of the many primitive camp sites along the various forest roads but most/all of the good ones were occupied. We stayed all week and the riding was very good. A few of the days we had some pretty good rain, but overall it was good stuff. The whole gang was there and we really appreciate Sander organizing this. Here is what Becky and I did by day:

Day 1 Sunday - Upper Rio Pensaco to 5005 to Benson Ridge
Day 2 Monday - Bailey canyon to La luz canyon to Laborcita canyon. We had to make a 180 on Laborcita road due to some seriously deep mud ruts. We almost made it out to hwy 16.
Day 3, Tuesday - hauled bikes to Carizozo and road part of the BDR that looped off of 380. desert type riding but had some decent clay type mud in places
Day 4 - Rode with Sander's group. Had lots of fun chasing Sander's XR
Day 5 - More La Luz and Bailey off of 244, Benson Ridge, dark canyon
Day 6 - Russia Canyon area, Pierce Canyon, West side road to Heart Attack canyon

All in all a very good trip. We had bears visit us each night in the campground we were staying at. Saw lots of elk, a few turkey and both muleys and white tails.

Good trip. Thanks again Sander for organizing this!

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Day 2 - Tuesday, August 1, 2017.
Temperature range 51-65
Dinner at the Western Bar for Taco Tuesday.

We rode:
224 to Dark Canyon
The area northeast of Dark Canyon
16 Springs
Walker Canyon
Carr Gap Road
Old Cloudcroft Highway Trail



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Sander if you went through Pierce canyon that is where we were at the Baptist camp



I counted over 80 Elk in our backyard


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Rim trail fun from parking area 1 to the overlook. Great ride with the trail in proper shape. Johnf3 led a spirited pace that everyone seemed to have no problem with ...cept for me. I managed to slide into home plate in a slick area thanks to gravity and a wrist sized piece of firewood left in the trail. JT enjoyed a front row seat to the event. He seemed mildly amused with my aged durability. Vinny celebrates his successful navigation through "Vinny's Corner."




The crew: Vinny, Jerrod, Johnf3, Connor and KubotaMike. White Sands in the background.




Love the little winged feet on Dino here.


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Man I am so jealous! Looks like an absolute blast! Hopefully this time next year i'll have an XR650 in the garage to take on this.
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Day 3 - Wednesday, August 2, 2017.
Temperature range 50-69

We rode:
Rim Trail - parking area 1 to 2
Russia Canyon
Lucas Canyon Trail
FSR223
Rio Penasco
Old Sunspot
FSR64
Jim Lewis Canyon
Scott Able Canyon
West Side Road
Karr Canyon Road
Rim Trail - Karr Canyon to parking area 4




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