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Austin TARA: Monthly ride

Joined
Apr 14, 2018
Messages
7
Location
Austin
What do you call it when your gps doesn't work, you bushwack across someone's ranch, lose your wallet, and barely make it home on the gas in your rotopax? A fine day of dual sport motorcyclng :) Great time today guys.
Except for my crash, it was a mighty fun day....getting lost and all (that was the best part....well that and not getting shot for it).

Thanks for the welcome and the help, was nice meeting everyone and getting to know the Texas back roads.

Unfortunately, I will be off the bike for a little while, turns out I broke two bones in my left hand. I didn't even notice it Sunday...rode all day and thought my hand was sore, but not in pain. But by that evening, it was swelling like mad and the next day had to go to the ER it was so painful.

My thigh is black and blue, and I'm sore all over, but I'll live. Bike is fine, just some cosmetic crap to replace, unfortunately.

I guess I'll miss the surface-of-the-sun riding weather, lol.
 
Joined
Aug 22, 2008
Messages
370
Location
Austin
Except for my crash, it was a mighty fun day....getting lost and all (that was the best part....well that and not getting shot for it).

Thanks for the welcome and the help, was nice meeting everyone and getting to know the Texas back roads.

Unfortunately, I will be off the bike for a little while, turns out I broke two bones in my left hand. I didn't even notice it Sunday...rode all day and thought my hand was sore, but not in pain. But by that evening, it was swelling like mad and the next day had to go to the ER it was so painful.

My thigh is black and blue, and I'm sore all over, but I'll live. Bike is fine, just some cosmetic crap to replace, unfortunately.

I guess I'll miss the surface-of-the-sun riding weather, lol.
That crash was pretty spectacular, I thought you were a boss for sticking with us. get to feeling better, and we'll see you in the fall.
 
Joined
Mar 5, 2016
Messages
83
Location
Leander
Except for my crash, it was a mighty fun day....getting lost and all (that was the best part....well that and not getting shot for it).

Thanks for the welcome and the help, was nice meeting everyone and getting to know the Texas back roads.

Unfortunately, I will be off the bike for a little while, turns out I broke two bones in my left hand. I didn't even notice it Sunday...rode all day and thought my hand was sore, but not in pain. But by that evening, it was swelling like mad and the next day had to go to the ER it was so painful.

My thigh is black and blue, and I'm sore all over, but I'll live. Bike is fine, just some cosmetic crap to replace, unfortunately.

I guess I'll miss the surface-of-the-sun riding weather, lol.
Hey it could have been worse. Glad you're on the mend and it was good to meet you.
 
Joined
Apr 14, 2018
Messages
7
Location
Austin
Hey it could have been worse. Glad you're on the mend and it was good to meet you.
Any time you can finish the ride after a get-off is a lucky day. Bummed about my hand, but the gear did it's job and the bike is too tough to kill, so I count it as a victory.

Hope to do more rides once I'm able.
 
Joined
Mar 5, 2016
Messages
83
Location
Leander
Posting a vid of one of our water crossings. Hope this link works. Many thanks to Gourdhead for sweeping. Had a blast.

[ame="https://youtu.be/dTgbIcFoNB8"]May 2018 TARA Ride - YouTube[/ame]


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jay herring

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Joined
Feb 4, 2018
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32
Location
Elgin
Great videos!
Question...would my stock metzler tourance tires handle this well? I've got a patch kit. :) I'm a new to dirt rider and NEED to get some time on dirts under my belts. :rider:
 
Joined
Apr 24, 2012
Messages
186
Location
Blanco
Great videos!
Question...would my stock metzler tourance tires handle this well? I've got a patch kit. :) I'm a new to dirt rider and NEED to get some time on dirts under my belts. :rider:
I would go with something a little more aggressive but that's probably just me.
 

jay herring

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Feb 4, 2018
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Location
Elgin
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These will prob get replaced this Summer. I'll check around the forum for suggestions for an 80/20 tire to replace them

Thx!

beg dirt / adv Rider on a Tiger 800
pavement, no problem. dirt...? eek!
 
Joined
Aug 22, 2008
Messages
370
Location
Austin
Great videos!
Question...would my stock metzler tourance tires handle this well? I've got a patch kit. :) I'm a new to dirt rider and NEED to get some time on dirts under my belts. :rider:
I rode with Reno/Steve Sprissler on Saturday, and he had Tourances on his BMW R1150gs. They seemed to handle everything well enough, including a couple of fairly muddy and slick water crossings. You might want to reach out to him for his opinion. I was on my Strom on Saturday with Mitas E07's, and can highly recommend them for both dirt roads and daily riding.
 
Joined
Dec 17, 2017
Messages
32
Location
Austin
It was a pleasure talking with you Shailurie! I had a great time riding with everyone, hope to bee there for next month's ride.
 
Joined
Jan 1, 2005
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Austin
Riders,

The first Saturday ride is this coming Saturday, July 7th.

Reminder - the ride is never cancelled, no matter what the weather is doing.
 
Joined
Jul 19, 2006
Messages
58
Location
Spring Branch
We are going to be in Cloudcroft and perhaps do a rain dance:chug:
Actually It always seems to rain at least once while I am there, so they may be in luck. :storm:

At least we are getting out of the inferno for a few days :rider:
 
Joined
Dec 17, 2017
Messages
32
Location
Austin
The Ride with start at the usual place the corner of Hwy 12 and Hamilton Pool Rd (Hwy 3238). The route proceed out to Marble Fall and then back down 1431 to Lime Creek Rd (very nice twisty) to Captial of Texas Hwy 360 everyone will split up from there.

It does not look like there are any gravel or dirt roads on the route for July, not sure though.
 
Joined
May 2, 2012
Messages
136
Location
New Braunfels, TX
Planning to leave New Braunfels by 7:30 to get there at 8:30 or shortly after and then my wife got up and we started talking. Next thing I know, it's almost 8:00. I have the bike all packed up with water and ice and everything I might need if the clouds lift and it ends up getting hot. I go to start the bike and nothing. For that last two weeks, I've been on the road (in a van) going to Ft. Sill for my son's boot camp graduation and then up to Rapid City South Dakota to help my daughter move back to Texas. Last time I rode my bike was two weeks ago with the San Antonio Dual Sport group. In the last two weeks, I left an iphone charging cable plugged into an auxiliary port. It must have drained my battery. I tried bump-starting my bike but it was no use. Ultimately, I gave up and then jumped it. So I ended up not leaving New Braunfels until 8:30 and made it to the Texaco by 9:27 but everyone had already left. I headed out on the route solo, hoping to catch up. I got to some ranch road by Marble Falls and the gate there was locked. I detoured around that and kept on the ride until the weather got really bad around Austin. I had already spent about 10 minutes basically sitting on the road in the pouring rain due to a traffic jam/wreck. I got off FM 1431 at US 183 and headed for home. Just got home at about 1:00 pm. Too bad I was late. But I still enjoyed my ride, rain and all. Just not the traffic around Austin.
 
Joined
Feb 14, 2007
Messages
4
Location
Houston
It was great to meet everyone today. Being new to the area, I was hoping to meet some other riders and find some twisties and dirt. Not much luck finding dirt for me today but twisties were plentiful and I did meet some great people. Thanks for letting me tag along and thanks to Steve who found our way to that great BBQ at Cooper's. Heading to the COBDR and Shadow of the Rockies first week in August so I'll miss the next ride but already looking forward to the September one. Oh, and I did find that rain on the way back to DS. Thanks again.
 

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Joined
Nov 19, 2016
Messages
47
Location
Cedar Park, TX
Nice riding with you guys today. How did the alternate return the route treat you?

It rained in me just outside Llano but was otherwise comfortable back to Cedar Park.








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Joined
Jul 13, 2009
Messages
53
Location
Austin
Great ride today. It was a pleasure meeting some new riders & experiencing a few “new to me” roads. Kudos to Steve for leading.

Got a good soaking as I left Llano, but it was probably a good thing as it both cooled things off and kept me from slipping into a “meat coma” after the BBQ from Cooper’s.

Good luck to Ben, Johnny, & others who have exciting journeys ahead. Hope to ride with y’all again on the monthly outings or another adventure further afield.
 
Joined
Apr 15, 2008
Messages
33
Location
RoundRock
Really enjoyed the ride today. Got to ride w/ some nice folks. Really liked Old SpiceWood Rd. Never been on it before - all smiles. Always good to "break bread" w/ fellow riders at Coopers BBQ. Was hoping to hit some dirt on the way back but right when we got outside of Coopers the heavens opened up. Slabbed it back to Burnet then followed Cliff on some backroads to Oatmeal and then we hit CowCreekTrail to 1431. Got to test out the KTM 1090 in RAIN mode. It did fantastic. Also tested out my new BattleBorn gear from Rocky Mountain ATV. It kept me dry. I think it's good to ride in non-ideal situations so that you know what ur bike and gear will do when you experience this on a remote trip - like a future BDR. Looking forward to more future monthly rides and cooler weather this fall.
 
Joined
Apr 15, 2008
Messages
33
Location
RoundRock
I was talking to someone today about riding adventure bikes in the sand and mentioned a youtube video I recently saw that was pretty good. Here's a link to the video: [ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo75lHpLBOM"]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo75lHpLBOM[/ame]
 
Joined
Aug 9, 2012
Messages
398
Location
austin
Steve THX for leading the ride. A+++++!!

Some pics taken :




Awesome lawn ornament! This is how to tell your HOA to shove it!



Tail end of Park 4





95 Deg F coming into Coopers:


an hr later, 75deg F leaving Coopers- love that TX weather:


OMWH... took cover from that mini-monsoon


....got milk?...(black cow on left)


Looking forward to the next ride.:pirate:
 
Joined
Dec 17, 2017
Messages
32
Location
Austin
Hi everybody I had a great time Saturday, I got a little wet on the way home myself but only lasted about 10 minutes. Sorry things were a little disjointed but it was a lot of fun next time more dirt :-) Really enjoyed meeting everyone and spending sometime with everyone a Coopers BBQ. I will be on a one month ride in August through New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and possibly southern Nevada. Thanks again to everyone who came out and see everyone in September.

Also please make note to sign up for the Hill Country 500 that Richard Gibbens (forum handle "Trailboss") is organizing 11-2 thru 11-4 going to be a lot of dirt and a lot of fun!! Here is the link with all the info http://www.txadvriders.org/upcoming-events/hill-country-500/
 
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