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Good stuff dudes! The dizzer sounds good Mud, but what is the drafting table you have set up in the cockpit?? :lol2: Downs love the Cali report with the big Tejas flag flying, too funny.

I finally snuck out for my first real ride since the "Cliff Incident" a few weeks back. I took off around 5:00 for my first attempt, trying to race an aggressive line of thunderstorms to the treeline. When it became apparent that lightning was successfully flanking me and would possibly beat me to the treeline I turned around and fled back home. Made another attempt an hour later and it was hero dirt all the way. Here are some locals I met on the way up.
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Started breaking out into the higher meadows, flowers everywhere.
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The view back towards town.
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Big lonely country out here. I'm OK with that.
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Self portrait, Hi Texas!
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It was really hard to make progress on this ride because I kept stopping to take pictures. The colors were just stupid, right after a drenching and right before the sunset. Wow. I like it here.
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Nice rocky little exit over slimy stones at the top of the valley. Don't fall here... pretty good walk out. Got into a bunch of mud trying to go higher and had to bail out. Lots of fun hitting the water bars on the way.
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Ran into this guy at Deer Haven and had to quiz him about where he's found singletrack because that's a singletrack bike. Unfortunately no luck... the singletrack he knows is over in Sheridan. So far the only other bikes I've seen on the trail out here have been KTMs.
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Ran the old highway home past hundreds of climber camps, and stopped in town just after they shut main down for the 5th of July street dance. Mom bought me a beer. Life is good.
 
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This was from earlier this week. I would have done more but my body was already aching and I was completely worn out after only a few hours of "recreational" riding after I got off work.

Saw these guys early in the morning before heading to Gatesville for work. Note the random rabbit in the foreground.

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This section of gravel near Meridian never seams to get old.

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It can. I can't after working my tail off all day and then riding for 3 hours in 100ish degree heat. Still a ton of fun. :beer:

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Can't wait to visit Wyoming. I was there once as a young pup riding shotgun in my great grandfathers 18 wheeler. Can barely remember any of it. There's lots of the Midwest and western parts of the US I saw as a kid from that truck that I can sometimes vaguely remember. But it was all a long time ago


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We enjoyed a relatively cool July 6th to explore some oiltop/gravel/dirt roads in Harrison & Marion counties in ETex. One of the first things we found is that Harrison County has filled in the mud-hole that was so enjoyed by hizzo3 and friends Beemerless Bob, sKatZ & solorider during last fall's TURD at Caddo Lake :mrgreen::



Our riders included John (these pics taken from same spot a hizzo's :yawn:)


And Bob:


And Barry the "OldTimer" -- but you sure can't determine anything "old" from the pics -- and his riding either :rider::


And Rod following the cloud of dust on his GS:


And me lurking in the shadows.

We got to see a castle:


We didn't find the drawbridge, but we did cross the rail-car bridge over Black Cypress Bayou (after John left out a little early to make it back to town for a birthday party):


These dead trees along the east side of the Black Cypress bottoms are remnants of the 2011 wildfires -- OldTimer should be up about to top the hill in the dust in this iPhone pic:


We concluded our day with a stop for refreshments in Jefferson:


Where we joined the local mules for a rest in the shade:
 
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Just a quick little post here... I went on a half day ride with my son for the first time today. He's got Muscular Dystrophy and can't walk any more but with a little practice and assistance, we figured out how he could get up on the bike.
Once we knew he could get on and off, I took off the top box and found some hooks that his manual wheelchair can hang from real securely and mounted them to the factory luggage rack holes. Used a strap to lock the wheelchair down and off we went. He did great as a pillion actually, Seemed to have a good sense of how to move.
We just went out 1431 into Marble Falls and then down 281 a little ways and stopped at the Horseshoe Bay Marina for some snacks and relax time.
The KLR did well. Between the two of us there was 400lbs of dudes on that poor bike! I just did some maintenance on it and even though it was pretty hot out, the temp stayed pretty close to the middle for the whole trip. I had some overheating problems recently so I was happy to see it performing well in that regard.

Looking forward to riding with Sean again!

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Way to go, Dad. You did real good. And kudos to Sean, too. Took guts. I wish you two many more adventures.
 
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[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVaW2oA7tAc"]bike trip to coast - YouTube[/ame]


day trip from Austin to Galveston this past weekend. reason for the song is because that's what was playing on Pandora the moment the ocean came into view. not sure why video quality suffers towards the end; could be combo of dust and salty air that collected on the camera case. tried to fix it in post as best as i could.
 

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Jay, Ken & I set out to explore north Bossier Parish Saturday 7/13/2013, including gravel road thru the upper Black Bayou watershed - yep, that's me:


We soon wandered across the Red River and stumbled upon this closed bridged over Scott's Slough - Ken & Jay:



Ken had to head back to town a little early, but Jay & I continued until we found Daizy Dukes :mrgreen: in Garland, Arkansas in the Red River bottomlands - unfortunately, Daizy wasn't up yet:



The best line of the day was, when we stopped at a c-store in Ida ~40 miles out and a fellow asks: Did y'all ride them bikes ALL the way up here?
 
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KLR Backrest Modification, and then off to Wimberly!

I don't like building things that LOOK like someone built them... but I couldn't wait around until I could afford an aftermarket solution. I wanted to get Sean riding :rider: (My son is in a wheelchair). I posted our first ride last week after I put the hooks for the wheelchair. This time I added the backrest so he'd be more comfortable and secure.
IKEA provided a solution, twice! I looked around the house and in the shed... the backrest is from an office barstool swivel chair, and the hooks that hold Sean's wheelchair are a pair of utility hooks for storing folding chairs on a wall.
We got good and rained on :storm:, on our way back to Cedar Park, which felt GREAT after the hot ride :sun: to Wimberly. Brewsters pizza was VERY good :eat2:. I highly recommend them.
Sorry I don't have any photos in and around Wimberly. I need to get set up with an easier way to take photos on the fly... GoPro?

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My daughter shot this of us rolling out from the house to Wimberly
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Pulled some stills from the GoPro after I temporarily revived my old XPS laptop. These are from a Roll the Bones scouting trip I made last week.

The road goes on forever...

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and the party never ends (for about 15 miles anyway).

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This road is punctuated by random rocks and narrow cattle guards...

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and hills that will get you off your seat.

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This is a fun little road. Some of you locals may know where it is. Sorry for the low res but my internet is terrible and my good computer died.

[ame="http://youtu.be/0_Ye8O7RYDs"]Super Enduro scouting for RTBIV - YouTube[/ame]
 
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Since our lack of rain lately (three days ago) I decided to ride in the shade as much as possible and headed east to the Centerville area. One word, SAND! I love riding sand and was not disappointed.

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Great breakfast here.


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Egypt was uneventful with little political un-rest I'm afraid!


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Road the rails for awhile.


[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYGwSQszVoc"]Runnig the Rocky Rail Line - YouTube[/ame]


They never have my size...

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The impending front was approaching so I high tailed it back west.


[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjEdEChgl8s"]Falls County near Blue Ridge - YouTube[/ame]


I love that sand!!!


[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKOnkBH6ExQ"]East Texas Sand - YouTube[/ame]


Great Day Ride!

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Had the backroads to myself all day. Thornton, Marquez, Leona all beautiful gravel roads.



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[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAE6cdW68VU"]Thornton Texas Backroads - YouTube[/ame]


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The Trinity River bottom was lush and full of roads to explore.


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SwampFox, with your user name, here is a place you may want to avoid for obvious reasons. [Foxskin Bayou] The outcome may not be pleasant, LOL.:eek2: It's toward the east end of Sligo Road in Bossier Parish.
Yikes! I might get skint down that way. :eek2:
 
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I mostly rode deadend roads to see how close to the river I could get between Centerview and Austonio. Found some cool primitive boatlaunch's. I was hoping for some old bridges but that didn't happen.
 

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Made a breakfast run up to Caddo Lake on the KLX trying to keep up with several 100+hp pikes. They even let me lead on the way back to town so as I wouldn't get left behind. I did take 'em to to visit Johnson's Ranch, the oldest inland marina in Texas:



 
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I've always wanted to go ride the twisted sisters and visit the motorcycle museum in Vanderpool, but from where I am it's a bit much for a day ride. Last week, some friends invited my family to come spend the weekend with them in San Antonio, so I took that as my chance and hauled the airhead down with me.

I took off from SA at about 8:30am on a hot humid Friday morning. I skipped wearing the Cortech suit as I was afraid it was going to be too hot. Once I got on 16 and was headed west, some looming storm clouds and a cool breeze blew in and I found myself shivering a couple of times in my mesh gear. Luckily, I didn't get any rain and the weather turned out to be perfect for the whole day. It was only when I was back in San Antonio that it got really hot again.

On the return leg, I hit the museum and had lunch. What a great collection. That original Brough was amazing. I got back at about 3:30 that afternoon after about 300 miles total for the day. I didn't take very many pictures on the road. I couldn't make myself stop long enough. :mrgreen: I'll bring a GoPro next time too. I did take a few at the museum though if you're interested.

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I had an opportunity to get some riding in yesterday so I took off in a generally Southern direction. The little DR and I had a blast.

I found this crazy hill on a road we're nick naming CR1134. :sly:

Here's the view looking down the hill. What you can't see is the pile of rocks behind those fallen limbs in the center of the road.

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Looking back up after scouting a line.

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Ruts down towards the bottom.

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A shot of what amounts to a mere fraction of the mud on the way out. Perelli Scorpions are not knobbies. :sly:

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Then I piddled around and made my way back to this georgous piece of gravel so I could run it from the direction we'll be traveling during the rally. Launching off the little ledges was a lot more fun than picking my way up them and the cattle guards make better jumps this way. :D

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Then I decided to look at just one more road and found this guy. :banghead:

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What makes HD tubes so hard to patch? I hate those and will be replacing front and rear with new tubes tomorrow. Needless to say I couldn't get it to hold air.

Look Ma! No ramps!

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MVP gear choice for the day goes to my hydration pack. It was instrumental in hosing my shirt down while waiting on a ride out.

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Made a good pillow too... and taking pictures of it killed some time.

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I've always wanted to go ride the twisted sisters and visit the motorcycle museum in Vanderpool, but from where I am it's a bit much for a day ride. Last week, some friends invited my family to come spend the weekend with them in San Antonio, so I took that as my chance and hauled the airhead down with me.

I took off from SA at about 8:30am on a hot humid Friday morning. I skipped wearing the Cortech suit as I was afraid it was going to be too hot. Once I got on 16 and was headed west, some looming storm clouds and a cool breeze blew in and I found myself shivering a couple of times in my mesh gear. Luckily, I didn't get any rain and the weather turned out to be perfect for the whole day. It was only when I was back in San Antonio that it got really hot again.

On the return leg, I hit the museum and had lunch. What a great collection. That original Brough was amazing. I got back at about 3:30 that afternoon after about 300 miles total for the day. I didn't take very many pictures on the road. I couldn't make myself stop long enough. :mrgreen: I'll bring a GoPro next time too. I did take a few at the museum though if you're interested.

http://s175.photobucket.com/user/JasonH_photo/library/Hill Country 7-13?sort=3&page=1

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Very nice bike Jason!
 
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Outstanding find Veriest, those roads look sweet. I've got to check them out! I don't run HD tubes for that very reason, they can't be patched. A quality thick tube is sufficient in my opinion.
 
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Outstanding find Veriest, those roads look sweet. I've got to check them out! I don't run HD tubes for that very reason, they can't be patched. A quality thick tube is sufficient in my opinion.
You NEED to ride this area. Just let me know about when you want to and I'll gladly head out with you.

There's some good stuff but and it's a shame it's not all this choice but Tom has another nearby area he wants us to check out... something about an 18" ledge?!

I'll PM you my didgits.

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Got 'em! Let's go soon. I took advantage of the rain week and rode Erath, Eastland, and Commanche counties. My destination being Lake Leon.

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Best road of the day was a deadend!

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alVXMwIukuk"]Deadend County Road - YouTube[/ame]

Found a beautiful area on Rush Creek that you have to look hard to find.

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[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAhk6AYd6HY"]Old Bridge Find - YouTube[/ame]

This area is usually bone dry this time of the year.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-YmxV-UjMo"]Explore Erath County - YouTube[/ame]
 
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Spring like conditions prevailed and the temperatures were moderate.

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So much beautiful scenery it was hard to capture it all.

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Got in some good sand riding on my way west!

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=latQBnK7GJo"]Commanche County Sand - YouTube[/ame]

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Break time.

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Lake Leon did not disappoint. The recent rain put the water level over the norm and many were out recreating on such a beautiful day.

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The best riding in the area was once again gated off but that didn't defer my fun. Time to cool off!

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUh3SMuym3Y"]Explore Lake Leon - YouTube[/ame]

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Mudclod,

:tab I am totally NOT bagging on you, but do you always ride without any elbow/knee protection? Having hit the ground a few times on gravel, I can't imagine what my legs and arms would have looked like had they not been protected. I wasn't running crazy speeds either. Even low speed drops hurt like the dickens!! :doh: I've gotten to the point now where I don't even run down the street without the gear just because you never know when something might happen. One a two mile ride from my office to home on deserted roads, I nailed a deer in broad daylight. The gear saved me from a LOT of nasty rash while the bike was dragging me along the ground after we went down and my foot was stuck under the bike. I only wish I had been wearing my dirt boots because they might have prevented a nasty ankle break that required surgery. My regular Alpinestars street motorcycle boots didn't get the job done :tears:

:tab I did ride for several years on the street in jeans and a riding jacket, so I can't be throwing any stones about gear ;-) In the nearly 200K miles of street riding I've done, I was REAL lucky that the few times I have hit the ground I just happened to be wearing full gear on those days :bow: That is what finally made me go ATGATT, that and seeing some accidents up close and personal where folks didn't have good gear... :uhoh:

:tab Anyway, I do enjoy the reports and pics, so please keep them coming! I just hate the thought of those manly legs getting all banged up :-P
 

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Re: KLR Backrest Modification, and then off to Wimberly!

My daughter shot this of us rolling out from the house to Wimberly
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:tab I'm thinking you might REALLY want to upgrade that rear shock... You will be amazed at the difference it makes in handling when you are hauling that much combined weight. The stock shock is real soft and under damped. A good shock will hold the rear up better, give you better control over the bouncing, and even improve the feel of the front end of the bike.

:tab On my KLR, I just went with the stiffer Progressive 420 spring on the stock shock, so I still had the lame damping. Even that was better than what it was. I don't know what the popular rear shocks are for the KLRs. But here is a good place to start...

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=207609

:tab Even if you get the rear sorted, the front is still real soft. My first try at improving them was thicker oil and a set of Larry Roesler progressive fork springs. They sucked on wash board roads or roads with fast sharp bumps. So I switched to straight rate Race Tech springs and it was WAY better. I was still using the stock damping internals, slightly heavier oil, and increased preload. This helped a LOT with front end dive under braking.

:tab Setting the rear and front preload to "balance" the bike as it will be loaded when you ride it makes a huge difference in how the bike handles and feels.

:tab As for the not so stellar braking... There is actually a front rotor upgrade kit that even has a new caliper. I have no idea what it costs, but it still leaves you with just the one rotor. So you really have to think ahead about your braking because those panic braking situations can easily overwhelm the stocker. EBC HH pads do help some.

:tab I eventually added a Vstrom 650 to the stable to compliment my KLR because I wanted something a little more street biased. The Strom also has soft suspension and needed work, but the brakes are vastly superior and made carrying a passenger much easier. It also has better power for accelerating with a passenger. The Strom cost me $3800 in almost new condition and the KLR set me back about $3200 in almost new condition. So pretty similar price point, but very different ride. Just tossing that out there as an FYI.

:tab I look forward to more of your ride reports and creations!
 
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I finally got to cross the big river a couple weeks ago.

My camera malfunctioned due to operator error so most of the pictures never happened.

This one made it

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Along the east bank of the Mississippi River at the old ferry
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Muclod,

I was thinking the same thought as Scott Tourmeister...better fully gear up (despite your level of expertise). There will be that one crash you didn't expect that will take you out for a while.

...just sayin.

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Muclod,

I was thinking the same thought as Scott Tourmeister...better fully gear up (despite your level of expertise). There will be that one crash you didn't expect that will take you out for a while.

...just sayin.

RB
Don't worry, I demonstrated this for him last Sat. But I was atgatt and will only be down for 2-3 weeks. If I hadn't been... a bruised up knee would have been the least of my worries.

On the bright side, I get a new helmet out of the deal.

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