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2012 Texas Adventure Ride & Texas Adventure Challenge, Apr 19-22

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And Rich - I notice you put the James x-ing early on the first day - a weeding out move? A little map study shows a route around it without deviating from the route too much.

We'll be checking out the river. I seen the videos and I want to lay eyes on this bad boy - just not my bike.
It was a smart move in my opinion. That way you've got the rest of the weekend to get all the water out of it and not miss any work the following week.

I agree with you. But I might be tempted to give it a go if I go look at it. :rider:
 
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It was a smart move in my opinion. That way you've got the rest of the weekend to get all the water out of it and not miss any work the following week.

I agree with you. But I might be tempted to give it a go if I go look at it. :rider:
James River photo from the Initial Texas Adventure ride with Ken H. on the mighty his mighty TW200.



Now that you have seen it we can by-pass it! LOL
 

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Luckily we are going the other direction which is a little easier. Also staying as far to the east as you can even though the water is deeper it's not quite as slick.

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"not as slick". LOL.

We'll make our call when we get there. We might be big dogs - or we might be little hens.
 
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How big bike friendly is this?

I was thinking of riding my Super Tenere with a buddy of mine riding on his big GS. My other options are my trusty KLR or WR250R.

Thanks!
On the last jaunt, my friend did it going two-up with his girlfriend on the back of his KLR. The traction control on the Tenere is excellent...air down a little on the front and back and you won't slip on the James River.

It helps to relive the tension as you cross the James River to sing a Twister Sister song underneath your helmet.

Happy Trails,

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On the last jaunt, my friend did it going two-up with his girlfriend on the back of his KLR. The traction control on the Tenere is excellent...air down a little on the front and back and you won't slip on the James River.

It helps to relive the tension as you cross the James River to sing a Twister Sister song underneath your helmet.

Happy Trails,

RB
Still running pretty streetie tires. The bike is such a blast on blacktop that I am not sure I want to put more aggressive dual sport tires on it at this point.
 
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Still running pretty streetie tires. The bike is such a blast on blacktop that I am not sure I want to put more aggressive dual sport tires on it at this point.
Still waiting for the test ride! I sat on one in the showroom and it feels a bit tall for me. What is the seat height on it? Can you adjust the seat height on it like the ST?

Just throw on TKC80s on the front only. You won't notice very much change in the highway manners of the Tenere. You can still do pretty well off-road and you won't have to worry about the front tire washing out. The front TKC can last well into 6-7,000 miles with proper tire pressure management.

BTW, I sold my ST and got zee 650GS as a result of the BMW voodoo curse. I love the lighter weight. With a Russell seat the baby GS does long distance nicely. I can only imagine how much more liberating the Tenere feels versus the massive ST beast....still the Pan European is great for chewing up miles.

RB
 
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hi, im planing to attend this, rally i trying to convince a friend to go with me, but he's work could be a problem to him, If he does not go, i do not have a truck to put my bike on it, i dont care to drive from dallas to junction but i just put a new dirt tires on my 950 adv and if i drove all those milles , prob when i hit junction i go need a new ones..... so any one from dallas to share a truck or trailer i paid the gas. thanks!
 
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hi, im planing to attend this, rally i trying to convince a friend to go with me, but he's work could be a problem to him, If he does not go, i do not have a truck to put my bike on it, i dont care to drive from dallas to junction but i just put a new dirt tires on my 950 adv and if i drove all those milles , prob when i hit junction i go need a new ones..... so any one from dallas to share a truck or trailer i paid the gas. thanks!
I will be pulling a 3 bike trailer (loaded with 2 bikes) from Corsicana, TX.
I'm heading to Junction on 4/19 and back to Corsicana on the 25th.
 
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James River Crossing. Go shallow and you are on smooth plate rock with a nice buttering of snotmoss. Go deep and you roll over some loose rocks up to babyhead size but it's not as slick as the water depth- and it can get dang deep- impedes the moss growth. Of course the rocks may well rip your handlebars away from you...or go in the middle and get the some of both worlds. At once and variably.

For me it's been KiLleR, si. The Big Ugly, no. Over a couple decades I've seen many a bike hauled out in the back of a truck or on a trailer and one really brutal day with trucks, and a couple of bikes turned upside down by their owners who were employing some unique roadside maintenance technique I hadn't seen before. :eek2:
 
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I will be pulling a 3 bike trailer (loaded with 2 bikes) from Corsicana, TX.
I'm heading to Junction on 4/19 and back to Corsicana on the 25th.
thanks for the offer but my friend decide to come , we are thinking on go driving, the thing is i don't want to arrive, there with no tires... but any way thanks!!!!see you around
 
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Tap*tap*tap*-- Is this thing on? I asked on page 5 what percentage dirt/pavement the TAC would be. Anyone with an answer out there? :popcorn:
 
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Tap*tap*tap*-- Is this thing on? I asked on page 5 what percentage dirt/pavement the TAC would be. Anyone with an answer out there? :popcorn:
80/20 street/dirt. The unfortunate reality of riding in the hill country is less dirt than we would like.
 

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80/20 street/dirt. The unfortunate reality of riding in the hill country is less dirt than we would like.
80/20, really? I wouldn't have guessed that just eyeballing the route. But it looks like a lot of that street mileage is getting in and out of Del Rio and a nice run down FM 337. I guess I glossed over the pavement connectors along the way.

I'm itching to get down there.
 
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80/20 street/dirt. The unfortunate reality of riding in the hill country is less dirt than we would like.
Well I hope there is going to be a slower group of dirt oriented riders... I don't wanna spend two days rattling my eyeballs out @ 70 mph on the DRZ400e.
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Well I hope there is going to be a slower group of dirt oriented riders... I don't wanna spend two days rattling my eyeballs out @ 70 mph on the DRZ400e.
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There won't be a lot of roads where you will be riding 70 for an extended period of time. Where we have to ride pavement the route sticks to the backroads as much as possible, meaning slower speeds.
 
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Those percentages just screwed up my plans. Will there be a better % of dirt/unpaved for the TAR routes?
Tim,

I think it is possible to come up with a higher % of dirt on a day route out of Junction. I think you could come up with a 50/50 route. If you do an out-and-back versus a loop you could even get a higher % of dirt, maybe 70% or so.
 
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Who will be camping:trust: and where:help: I hope to be camping but not too sure of the weather yet. I am holding a motel room but would rather be out with nature. :sun:
 

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Hey Lee~ I just got off the phone with Laverne at Morgan Shady Park, 325 446-2071. Looks like we have most (2/3 of the nine sites) of the tent sites taken for the weekend. I went ahead and reserved "F". Lavern is allowing up to 8 people per site. She may be discounting further, but she quoted $25 to me today. I'd be glad to share F as a "No Snore Zone" and we will all get off cheaper, splitting the fees.


I believe she said H, L, and M are still available. There is no "I" these days.
Hth. ~Jeff
 
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Hey Lee~ I just got off the phone with Laverne at Morgan Shady Park, 325 446-2071. Looks like we have most (2/3 of the nine sites) of the tent sites taken for the weekend. I went ahead and reserved "F". Lavern is allowing up to 8 people per site. She may be discounting further, but she quoted $25 to me today. I'd be glad to share F as a "No Snore Zone" and we will all get off cheaper, splitting the fees.


I believe she said H, L, and M are still available. There is no "I" these days.
Hth. ~Jeff
"No Snore" works for me. I'm also a non-smoker if that counts. Is there room to add another tent or so?:sleep::coffee:
 

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"No Snore" works for me. I'm also a non-smoker if that counts. Is there room to add another tent or so?:sleep::coffee:
You are absolutely welcome to join our group at Campsite F, TCat! Looks like four of us altogether - Tim, John, you, and yours truly! That should be about enough guys. Now, any leggy single gals looking for a spot to throw down? ~Jeff ;-)
 
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I really wanted to go to this. But I will be out of town, on 4 wheels, not two.

Rich puts on the best events! They are so fun and relaxing.

I dont think its too much to say that one of these rides, with all of you fellow mellow TWT riders, could even help World Peace. "You meet the nicest people on a Honda", and that's true for a BMW, Suzuki, Yammie, KTM, and Husky's, etc. If I had my way, I would recommend that the Palestians and Jewish leaders all get DS bikes and go on one of these rides. Even camp together. How could they not become friends? Instant world peace.

It would be great if Pres Obama bring his whole Cabinet and staff on DS bikes for a brief weekend getaway. It could be a good team-building event. I'll bet the White House budget could afford it. I'd be cool to see all the Secret Service on bikes, too.

Oh well, it may never happen...this may just be wishful thinking....

Anyway, thanks to Rich for his work and planning. I sure wish I could go....
 
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Calvin, camping may be your only option, I have tried to get a room for Saturday night and it isn't happening:doh: Seems we are not the only bunch in town, so if someone here cancels, or needs somebody to share a room, give me a holler. :help: I'll bring beer:chug:
 
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Calvin, camping may be your only option, I have tried to get a room for Saturday night and it isn't happening:doh: Seems we are not the only bunch in town, so if someone here cancels, or needs somebody to share a room, give me a holler. :help: I'll bring beer:chug:
As long and it is not raining, I'm cool with camping.:rider:
 
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Very new to forum. I have an XT350 1987 that I would love to do either the TAC or TAR. But I do not have a way down there, and I do not want to take the bike the whole -- maybe someone else is bringing a trailer and could stop off in Waco and pick me up (i am right off 35) I would pony up my share of the gas money. Also, the next time you guys do a Big Bend trip I would love to be in - I would find a way to get my bike to Austin to join up with you guys. I am a new rider (other than dirt when I was a kiddo and street now). Send me an email or text me 214-717-7736.
 
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Very new to forum. I have an XT350 1987 that I would love to do either the TAC or TAR. But I do not have a way down there, and I do not want to take the bike the whole -- maybe someone else is bringing a trailer and could stop off in Waco and pick me up (i am right off 35) I would pony up my share of the gas money. Also, the next time you guys do a Big Bend trip I would love to be in - I would find a way to get my bike to Austin to join up with you guys. I am a new rider (other than dirt when I was a kiddo and street now). Send me an email or text me 214-717-7736.
Please read my post from earlier... I wont have room in the truck, but there is an open slot on the trailer!
 
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Thanks - I appreciate your offer, I will wait to register for it until I make sure I have a ride. I could follow you down there in my Honda accord, but I would like to ride with a group to get to know everyone during the trip down...being the newbie....that way I feel part of a group, but I will take what I can get :). Also, do you know if my XT350 is too small for the trip? Its kick start only, other than that I love it!!
 
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