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Big Bend January 18-24

Dahveed

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What kind of riding are you planning on ?
We'll be on WR250Rs. So the gravel roads and medium level stuff in the area. Planning on hitting Mexico for a day ride, riding the national park, hitting the hot springs, top of the world, Bee Cave Canyon, etc.

Nothing too radical. Moderate pace riding.

We'll probably meet every morning at the Chili Pepper cafe at 8:30 and figure out the riding plan that day based on weather and interest level.
 
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I think I might be able to make that weekend. I want to do the two days of the Texas 1300 in Mexico but could at least do the day in Big Bend part of that ride. I would be on my Tiger 800XC.
 

mitchntx

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Being unable to attend the Christmas in Big Bend group this year, I'm planning on heading there in January for MLK weekend. Taking the WR and riding around. If you can be there then, I'll see you. Post up here and we'll look for you there! :sun:
1/18 - 1/24
Reservations made for a single bed room at the Lodge.
Planning on leaving Granbury by 0800 and travelling I20 to Monahans and then turning south.

If someone would like to double up, I can change the reservation to two beds and we can split the cost. That would get it down to about $66/night all in.

I also have an open spot on my trailer if someone needs a shuttle service for a cold beer or Dr. Pepper. Or ride along and split the fuel.

Probably not making the trek into Mexico.
 

Dahveed

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1/18 - 1/24
Reservations made for a single bed room at the Lodge.
Planning on leaving Granbury by 0800 and travelling I20 to Monahans and then turning south.

If someone would like to double up, I can change the reservation to two beds and we can split the cost. That would get it down to about $66/night all in.

I also have an open spot on my trailer if someone needs a shuttle service for a cold beer or Dr. Pepper. Or ride along and split the fuel.

Probably not making the trek into Mexico.


I was thinking of driving down Friday and ride the weekend and return on Monday
Look forward to seeing you both there. I'll PM you my phone number.
 

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I rode my WR Friday night and it appears that the suspension is shot. I’ve got a shop that says they can repair it in a week, so I’m taking it tomorrow morning. IF they can’t, I’m still coming out there and will bring the big GS.

I’m making a list of stuff I’m bringing. When you travel by truck, you can bring a lot of stuff and that’s what I’m doing. This includes spare tires, tubes, stand, craftsman 174 piece tool set (it’s amazing how often you need the 175th tool that they didn’t include), Baja no-pinch tool, spare coolant (the WR has a slight leak), compressor, tow straps, battery jump starter thing, assorted knifes and guns, and much much more.
 

mitchntx

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Wow ... you are bringing a whole shop ...

I have spare tires/tubes (100/90-19 and 130/80-18), a much smaller tool kit, tire irons, some oil, air tank, some electrical connectors and an assortment of fasteners.
 

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There is not anything in Terlingua. Closest auto parts store is in Alpine (90 miles). Plus I’m cheap, so I hate to spend $30 for a $12 tube. Rich travels with even more than I do. I think he takes a spare battery (which we needed on 1 trip).
 

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I took the WR to Adventure Moto in McKinney Texas for a suspension upgrade. They were super friendly and promised the back would be better than new. I'm supposed to get it next Thursday.

And they shamed me into get new tires. So I'll be bringing the tires and some beer and spooning them on in the parking lot.
 

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I gave up trying to true up a rim and dropped it off at a local shop.
Kept chasing about .040 run out.
I'd get it squared away in one spot and it's move somewhere else.
Hope to pick it up tomorrow.

Spooned on a new rear D606 today.
Will do the front as soon as I get it from the shop.

Been making piles of gear, spares and tools.
Bike is about ready ... need to mount a couple fender bags.

I have a few maintenance items that I'd like to get done, but don't want to open a can of worms.
So, some things I'm just leaving alone till I get back.
 

OldTLSDoug

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Mitch, be careful, if you break yourself, we can't play as much. Plus I don't want to have to mow your lawn. Hee Hee.
 

mitchntx

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I gave up trying to true up a rim and dropped it off at a local shop.
Kept chasing about .040 run out.
I'd get it squared away in one spot and it's move somewhere else.
Hope to pick it up tomorrow.
The shop just called.

Apparently, I can true a rim.
He said there is one small hop in the rim, but its as good as it's going to get.
 

mitchntx

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Shop didn't charge me anything.
They left it on the stand and showed me what they saw.

Got it home and had the tire mounted and ready to go in 15 minutes.
 
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Mitch where in Granbury are you? I may have asked you before but forgot. I am in Granbury at least once a month. Will be there Sunday evening. My parents live off Reed Rd and Sky Harbor.
 
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I think I know where that is at. I come up 51 from 67 when I drive there from Boerne. I will let you know when in town if you want to meet or I will see you Sunday night in Big Bend.
 

mitchntx

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I'm getting a bit anxious about the trip.
Really looking forward to it ...

Shop didn't charge me anything.
They left it on the stand and showed me what they saw.

Got it home and had the tire mounted and ready to go in 15 minutes.
So with another set of wheels with a clean bill of health, I decided to mount the Dunlops on the spare set.

The Michelin's on the bike are serviceable, but probably 1/2 done.
Figured I wear them out first and then swap on the Dunlops when needed.
The unknown was will a 130 fit and will dropping from a 48T to a 45T work without any chain length issues.

So today's tasks was to test fit the set and make any changes necessary.
Very little space left in the swingarm, but, it fit just fine.

Cleaned and lubed the chain ...
 
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You guys will have a great time. Wish I could join but its just not possible.

Mitch, I'll catch up with you after your return and we can discuss another local ride. Maybe we can get some of the Glen Rose, Granbury guys to join in something.
 

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Not knowing what your plans are; just be aware the national park is impacted by the government shutdown and it may continue for a while. The park is not 'closed' but some services and facilities are not available.

https://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/government-shutdown.htm
Thanks, I've been communicating with some people there and we'll just have to run to the front porch on Friday when I get there to get the real scoop. Even if the park is closed, there are options for other riding. I've heard they had a gate shut on Mavericks road after Christmas. Why, nobody is sure.
 
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Are there still folks committed to this trip? If so I may be interested. I live in San Marcos and drive a land cruiser and have the option of bike carrier/hotel or I have an off road camping trailer I can pull that holds up to three bikes.


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Dahveed

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Are there still folks committed to this trip? If so I may be interested. I live in San Marcos and drive a land cruiser and have the option of bike carrier/hotel or I have an off road camping trailer I can pull that holds up to three bikes.


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Yep, 5 of us will be there at the moment. My bike is done and I’m getting it tomorrow.
 
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Cool. I’ve been wanting to go to Big Bend for a long time. I grew up in El Paso and sadly have never been. Anybody from Austin/San Antonio area going and wanting to ride as a group or caravan? Are most camping or staying in a hotel?


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