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Around the Bend rally - March 23 - 26, 2017

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kubotamiketx

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JCat Hidden Falls was great, my first time there, did south loop (Rambo lines) and north loop.

I am feeling very fat, old, out of shape and sore today.
 
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I just bought a sweet Honda CRF450X and it needs some basic set up including plating...Im gonna try to come down wednesday to at least Fort Stockton and then resume on to Terlingua on Thursday morn to set up camp. Would love to get in a short ride Thursday evening before the Fajita Dinner.
Ive got a camping site in Terlingua with water and elec right behind the store...
Im from San Antonio...my TWT name is INFIDEL and my real name is Trace. Ive ridden with many of you on several TARA events in the past. I had a DR650 but wanted something lighter for the sands of Big Bend and Im excited about this new Honda CRF450X...
Im looking for riders of moderate speed to ride with on Friday and Saturday. Ive been to Big Bend before but have only ridden River Road. Im looking to tackle Old Ore, Black Gap and possibly King Kong Hill over in the State Park...
Im interested in a great ride, meeting fun people to ride with in the future.
I have ridden a huge variety of bikes for 40 years and loved them all...but im not a bike elitist. I buy most of mine used on Craigslist so I can afford to own a few... I will help you up if you crash and would hope for the same. I like to stop along the way and take in the scenery and snap a few photos.
Im 59 so a moderate pace and schedule will be the plan. Hope to see you there. Anyone is welcome to ride with me and can text me at 210-392-7980 anytime to meet up.
I am on the same schedule as you My real name is Mike 512 738 1667 Call or text me
 
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Question,
This is my first trip to BBSP, so I was wondering are most of y'all taking 2 bikes ? It appears there are instances where a lighter 450 is what some are preferring. I ride a 800 Tiger so I was concerned on the weight. Any answers would be appreciated.
 
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Question,
This is my first trip to BBSP, so I was wondering are most of y'all taking 2 bikes ? It appears there are instances where a lighter 450 is what some are preferring. I ride a 800 Tiger so I was concerned on the weight. Any answers would be appreciated.
Depends on what type of riding you want to do. I lean toward mostly dirt when I go to Big Bend so I only bring a lighter dirt bike. If you want to do street and dirt, bring both. Heavy bikes no fun in sand and technical stuff.
 
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A buddy of mine and I are leaving in the morning and riding from Austin via a 1 1/2 day scenic route and arriving BB (hopefully) Wed mid-afternoon. After a little RR we plan on a late afternoon and/or sunset ride over a route yet to determined, but likely mostly on pavers. Anyone interested in joining is welcome or if anything more organized is going on please let me know. We'll be at the El D, just ask for Greg or Will. We'll definitely be hooking up with the early birds on Thur morning at the suggested breakfast spot.

Safe trip everyone!
 
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I wonder how aggressivly the bikes are being checked for legality. I would love to bring my Yamaha IT200 2 stroke and just slap a plate on it...I dont recall seeing any cops hassling anyone last time down there...
 
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Depends on what type of riding you want to do. I lean toward mostly dirt when I go to Big Bend so I only bring a lighter dirt bike. If you want to do street and dirt, bring both. Heavy bikes no fun in sand and technical stuff.
I ride a Tiger 800XC as well and have never ridden out at BBNP, for a pretty capable rider how difficult would Black Gap be on an adv bike? Note that i'll hardly have any luggage on the bike at all.
 
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I ride a Tiger 800XC as well and have never ridden out at BBNP, for a pretty capable rider how difficult would Black Gap be on an adv bike? Note that i'll hardly have any luggage on the bike at all.
You should be fine, there's only 1 semi rough ledge, and it's not bad.

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I ride a Tiger 800XC as well and have never ridden out at BBNP, for a pretty capable rider how difficult would Black Gap be on an adv bike? Note that i'll hardly have any luggage on the bike at all.
I personally wouldn't do it on a bike that heavy. Black Gap has some technical riding and then the ledge depending which way you come at it. I'm sure many riders may be fine with it but I don't like heavy adventure bikes in the dirt/rocks especially if you have another option. The lighter the better.
 

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SpiritAtBay and I arrived about 2:30. Where is everybody? Going to check out LaKiva tonight. If anyone wants to ride tomorrow, let us know and we'll plan something. If we don't hear from any one else, we will probably trailer to the hot springs and ride Old Ore or River Road, Glenn Springs, black Gap, RR loop.

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Well, in the words of the immortal Anna Rosanna Danna; "its always something!" Due to an unexpected family medical emergency, I will once again be missing all the fun at this years Around The Bend Rally. Roost it up real good for me you all!
 

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Donny, was looking forward to meeting a fellow AT rider. Hope the emergency turns out ok.

JT, that hurts, I am stuck here working away. Bikes are loaded in the trailer, hope to hit the road by about 1:00PM tomorrow will be in BB Thursday mid-morning.

How is Gina loving the 690?
 

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That is a serious friend, one how schleps a tire changer for the gang to use deserves a shot and a beer!

Both of my bikes are officially tubeless, so I hope I won't have to use the assist but very cool to bring it!
 
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Mark, Matt and I (Russell) arrive Wed late afternoon early evening. Coming in from Houston and San Antonio. Will set up camp somewhere. looking to ride Thursday. KTM - KLR - XR
 

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Loaded and ready to head that way at 4:30 tomorrow morning. Will swing by Marfa for a quick look around and hope to be at the hotel by 4:30-5:00.

Would like to meet up with a bunch of guys and girls to pick a ride for Friday and beyond.

With work done and everything ready to go I am FINALLY stoked.
 

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The sun is setting on our first day here in the desert.
View from our front door, looking toward Terlingua.


View from an art gallery we visited earlier today. (Next door to the Starlight)


Even earlier today, we visited the Museum of the Big Bend on the campus of Sul Ross University.



I've heard cowboys shouldn't pop a squat with their spurs on...guess this guy didn't get the memo.

JT, "This is where Milton Otto and I one time had to spend the night in a canyon..."




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I am registered and parked at the rv. spotit's brand new that's why it's not on goggle maps. About a mile away by pretty nice all the hookups and paved. Anyone want to ride Let me know.
 
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I have the 800 XCX all packed up! I found a KTM for sale I am going to try to buy in the morning! **** you guys hooked me! :giveup: I'll be there when I get there tomorrow late probably.:rider:
I have a WR250 for Sale but If it sell it, I can't ride this weekend. Really though, it's for sale.
 
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I'll be arriving Thursday afternoon, most likely riding 2 up on a 690. There a group of about 6 of us, your welcome to join. I'm staying at Rancho Topango on the ridge.

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What time are you guys leaving from Graham? I am leaving Bowie at 0500 Thursday so should be coming through Graham around 0615 to 0630. Won't be going too fast since its still dark and too many pigs and deer between there.

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I have a WR250 for Sale but If it sell it, I can't ride this weekend. Really though, it's for sale.
I am trying to buy a KTM in Austin but something seems strange. A 520 area code, only a text messaging phone and doesn't seem like a difficult seller. This may be a scam of some sort, I am trying to leave here this morning so this doesn't look good by the minute.
 
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What time are you guys leaving from Graham? I am leaving Bowie at 0500 Thursday so should be coming through Graham around 0615 to 0630. Won't be going too fast since its still dark and too many pigs and deer between there.

Wade
I'm leaving 5pm this evening, staying tonight in Monahans, departing at 6am tomorrow.

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I am trying to buy a KTM in Austin but something seems strange. A 520 area code, only a text messaging phone and doesn't seem like a difficult seller. This may be a scam of some sort, I am trying to leave here this morning so this doesn't look good by the minute.
Always makes me nervous if they will only text and not talk. Best of luck!
 
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Good enough. Are you guys still planning to ride to Mexico on Friday?
I'm not sure, I have some friends from NC that are already there. I'll have to see if they still want to, if they haven't already. I'm staying at Rancho Topango with a Duke and an enduro if you want to swing by. My cell is 940-452-6981

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I'm not sure, I have some friends from NC that are already there. I'll have to see if they still want to, if they haven't already. I'm staying at Rancho Topango with a Duke and an enduro if you want to swing by. My cell is 940-452-6981

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I am staying at Topango as well, look forward to meeting you. Maximus says good things about you, I think I trust him......lol


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I am staying at Topango as well, look forward to meeting you. Maximus says good things about you, I think I trust him......lol


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And I will be on a Moto Guzzi Stelvio so if you see me first flag me down!


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I ride a Tiger 800XC as well and have never ridden out at BBNP, for a pretty capable rider how difficult would Black Gap be on an adv bike? Note that i'll hardly have any luggage on the bike at all.
If you do it, I'd suggest doing it from south to north. There's one stretch that'll wear you out on the big bike - a lot of elevation change, a big stair-step down, then a big climb up with some switchbacks. Other than this maybe .25 mile section, it should not be too much harder than Old Ore.

But, it might also not be a lot of fun. Personally, I wouldn't want to do Black Gap on a bike much more that 300 lbs - not because it's not possible, but because there are way better roads for a heavy bike in the park.

One option is to do river road west to east. That'll take you through a bunch of sand, but it otherwise the easiest dirt in the park. Once you get to the Black Gap intersection, if you are feeling up to it - do it. Otherwise, keep on river road until it hits pavement on the east side.
 
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I am trying to buy a KTM in Austin but something seems strange. A 520 area code, only a text messaging phone and doesn't seem like a difficult seller. This may be a scam of some sort, I am trying to leave here this morning so this doesn't look good by the minute.
Be very careful.
 

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Bobcat, TJ's cycles has lots of new ones!!! Just kidding, I live in Austin and am trying to leave by about 1:00PM today. Not that I have a lot of spare time, but if there is something I can do to help, let me know...
 
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Ahhh, the first morning of a long awaited vacation. Packing up the suburban and loading up the new CRF450X. I rode it yesterday for the first time...what a beast. Im still waiting on delivery of a gear rack from Rocky Mountain ATV which was promised to be here yesterday. Its been one week today...
I got my dualsport kit installed on the Honda but noticed it is equipped with Dunlop 756 non highway use tires...so im not totally legal. I may stop at cycle gear for some better mirrors...its a creepy feeling not knowing whos coming up behind you...
We are busting west at 1pm...heading out to Ft.Stockton for a steak at the Wagon Wheel. Will continue on early thursday for our campsite in Terlingua.
After setting up camp im ready for a short intro ride close to town before the fajita diner. We will be over in the tent area behind the store at terlingua. We are in a black suburban. Come on by for a cold one... Look forward to being back on this ride following having a heart attack in late 2014. Ive missed the last two years while I rehabbed. I cant wait to tackle Black Gap and Old Ore.
 
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Be very careful.
It must have been a scam. After it was posted on Craiglist in Austin I finally got an email from Tucson AR! Said I could pay for it and ship it , well that is crazy! I'll just pay half and half when it gets here! LOL! No! I thought a little humor might be in order this morning! I'll be on a white Tiger XCX camping at ElDorado RV flag me down. See y'all there!
Mike
 
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