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Around the Bend rally - March 23 - 26, 2017

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I have a friend with a KTM200 2 stroke wondering about this trip. Would not be the ideal bike but is it workable for this ride? Plated.
 

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I have a friend with a KTM200 2 stroke wondering about this trip. Would not be the ideal bike but is it workable for this ride? Plated.
I took my KDX220 in 2015 and had a blast. Vinny and I trailered to the east side of the NP and rode RR, Glenn Springs, Black Gap and back to RR. You can leave a truck/trailer in just about any parking lot in the park to avoid the long pavement sections.

I may have the 300 tagged in time. :-)
 
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I took my KDX220 in 2015 and had a blast. Vinny and I trailered to the east side of the NP and rode RR, Glenn Springs, Black Gap and back to RR. You can leave a truck/trailer in just about any parking lot in the park to avoid the long pavement sections.

I may have the 300 tagged in time. :-)
Tagging a 300 is easy, if you have any questions holler.

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Well the good thing is I got my bike fixed. The bad is I won't know my work schedule until mid march. I'm gonna pray to the motorcycle gods. :rider:
 
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Well the good thing is I got my bike fixed. The bad is I won't know my work schedule until mid march. I'm gonna pray to the motorcycle gods. :rider:


I'm afraid to ask how much it cost. As for the work, it will be there when you get back.


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I'm afraid to ask how much it cost. As for the work, it will be there when you get back.


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One very nice guy who I met on advrider from Houston, gave me a used engine for free. It was missing a flywheel, and had some parts scratched because that bike was crashed. So the guys at the dealship swapped good parts from mine, up a couple new gaskets and swapped the engines.
Total for opening it up, diagnose, and all this work in the end was 1200$.

And if I didn't work for myself, and had wife and baby to provide for, work would easily be escaped for that period. But unfortunately since November it has been very slow, so I can not afford to pass on any job that comes by.
 

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Getting very stoked for this trip. Hopefully I can figure out why my DRZ isn't making spark tonight..

Peter I'll be there late Wednesday night, and ready for adventure Thursday morning!
 
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I can't believe 6 years have passed since I've been on this ride. Had a car wreck a few months after the 11 Around the Bend and 3 spinal surgeries and a shoulder surgery later I wanna ride. Sold my XR after the wreck need to replace it fast so I can come play.
 
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If anyone has a reservation at Hotel Milagro that they can't use, I will take it.

On another note - Triumph Tiger 800 XCX or Suzuki DRZ400?

If anyone is planning a ride on Pinto Canyon Road, I am in.

Looking forward to this, it will be my first time out there on the dirt!
 

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On another note - Triumph Tiger 800 XCX or Suzuki DRZ400?

If anyone is planning a ride on Pinto Canyon Road, I am in.

Looking forward to this, it will be my first time out there on the dirt!
DRZ400 - no question.

I'm planning on leading a no stress ride.

Also thinking of doing Pinto Canyon (maybe on Sunday).
 
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Yep, I've camped there and am doing so this trip. Nice - general campground set up with hot water showers and restrooms. Nice fire ring area.
I took off to go this year, but I've never camped off a bike and I don't even have everything, All I have is a bike and a tent. Still don't have bags or anything to carry anything with. Thought about trailering the bike this year. That way I can take what ever I think I may need and if something happens and I mess up the bike I can get it home.

The other thing I'm worried about is tires. I don't know how the stock tires will be off road. Guess I wont know until I take it off road. Maybe tomorrow.

Guess I need to get a hitch on the car.
 
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I took off to go this year, but I've never camped off a bike and I don't even have everything, All I have is a bike and a tent. Still don't have bags or anything to carry anything with. Thought about trailering the bike this year. That way I can take what ever I think I may need and if something happens and I mess up the bike I can get it home.

The other thing I'm worried about is tires. I don't know how the stock tires will be off road. Guess I wont know until I take it off road. Maybe tomorrow.

Guess I need to get a hitch on the car.
I can tell you from experience with the stock tires, they are not good off road!! I assume they are the Dunlop Trail Wings? (aka: Death Wings). On my 2013 DR650, I logged maybe 500 miles on them before I took them off!
I have never been to BB but I have been to Colorado and the D606's worked very well. I am going to try the Kenda's K270's for BB, people on here recommend them.
thats my 2 cents......
 

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Hi friends. I am hereby verbally committing myself to this event. I was on the fence mostly hoping to bring my son along. That didn't work out, but I want to get over to BB for my first time anyway and get in on the fun.

I expect I'll be trucking my XT250 and enjoying a tent at Rancho Topanga if they still have the space. Would prefer a hotel for my bum back, but such is the result of procrastinating.

Richard, I'll send in the registration $$ very soon.

philipbarrett, I'd like to join your "leisurely" group if that's OK.
 
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Did you call the places directly? I have always had better luck. Big Bend Lodge at the gas station in Study Butte`s #432-371-2218 thats the front desk..
 

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Did you call the places directly? I have always had better luck. Big Bend Lodge at the gas station in Study Butte`s #432-371-2218 thats the front desk..
Thanks. I'm still awaiting a callback from Study Butte, but there are options. Chisos Mining Co. has one big room left for $129/night (sleeps 4 with one king size and a futon) and Retro Rents has several options from $85 to $120-something.

I want to support these businesses, but I'm also trying to go on a smaller budget.
 
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I can tell you from experience with the stock tires, they are not good off road!! I assume they are the Dunlop Trail Wings? (aka: Death Wings). On my 2013 DR650, I logged maybe 500 miles on them before I took them off!
I have never been to BB but I have been to Colorado and the D606's worked very well. I am going to try the Kenda's K270's for BB, people on here recommend them.
thats my 2 cents......
Your comment reminded me to change my info. I sold the DR a while bike. The new bike is an Africa Twin. Different tires on this one. But they are still more street than dirt for sure.
 

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I was just pondering what to run for this trip on my AT. I could put some TCK80's again like Durango, or the Heidenau K60 I have in stock already. Right now it has the Pirelli MT90's on it, but I think those are still too street for this ride.
 

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I plan to ride over with my toy hauler, the camp area is across the street from the hotel? We just pull in and set up? Sorry for the basic questions I will be getting there Tuesday night and riding all day Wednesday.
 
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