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Round the Bend? Time for a ride report yet?

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Here's something to wet your appetite. I hope you enjoy.

Excited to get there.
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Moon Valley
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Here's what you guys have to look forward to. It is DRY out here.
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Alright, off to cook some breakfast, then time to fix a broken TW200. Then I guess we'll have to do some more riding.

See ya later.
 

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Arrgggghhh... Your killin' me man! I drove up to Denton from Austin yesterday to pick up a DRZ400E (dual sported and plated). Then drove home to Houston. Had plenty of time to debate in my head about coming down to Big Bend for the upcoming weekend. I unloaded the bikes at home late in the afternoon...and my KLR was mocking me...dualsport rider...sure...if you were HALF a dual sport rider...you'd say "the heck with it all, I'm going' to Big Bend!"...can you hear me...yeah you, the poser moving the Ducati over to make room for a SECOND dual sport bike...:doh:

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Arrgggghhh... Your killin' me man! I drove up to Denton from Austin yesterday to pick up a DRZ400E (dual sported and plated). Then drove home to Houston. Had plenty of time to debate in my head about coming down to Big Bend for the upcoming weekend. I unloaded the bikes at home late in the afternoon...and my KLR was mocking me...dualsport rider...sure...if you were HALF a dual sport rider...you'd say "the heck with it all, I'm going' to Big Bend!"...can you hear me...yeah you, the poser moving the Ducati over to make room for a SECOND dual sport bike...:doh:

Craig aka equipment junkie
I have room on the trailer and in the truck for another bike and person :trust:
 
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Jason,

Feel free to come borrow it any time! I know It'll only make you "jones" a little more...:eek2:


Craig
I know, it'll be dangerous. Unfortunately most of my saturdays between here and April need to be training for the MS150, I am outa shape bad :lol2:
But I'll hit you up and maybe ride out to your side of town and give it a test ride
 
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So, what is broke on the TW200? :huh:
It was some gunk in the main jet. We pulled the carb, cleaned it out, and she's back up and running.

But now we have two poorly running KLR's on our hands. Symptoms lend themselves to some bad fuel or clogged carbs as well. I'm seeing a pattern here, I think we will be getting fuel from some of the other places in town.

Alright, time to prep the bikes and me for a long ride tomorrow. Nighty, night.
 

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Hmmm... I'm wondering if it might be prudent to fill up a few of my five gallon jugs before heading out... :ponder:
 

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Hmmm... I'm wondering if it might be prudent to fill up a few of my five gallon jugs before heading out... :ponder:

Depends on where they got the gas. If it was in the park then it doesn't matter. If from one of the stations in Study Butte then hauling some would help. Personally I may throw some Seafoam in my gear box just in case.
 
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We did all fill up at the station right here at the crossroads. So now we are all getting fuel at the one station a little further south on 118. The problem only appears to be the regular gas, I and quite a few others have filled up with the good stuff and no problems so far.

And you may be wondering why I am writing all this at noon on Thursday. Well, it appears that my riding is done for the week. I was hanging out at the back of the pack yesterday, just poking along at a pretty slow pace. We came up over a rise on River Road, I was looking at some of the awesome scenery, and WAM, the front end washed out and I did a nice face plant onto the road. I tweaked my knee pretty darn good, and my ankle is tender.

The kicker.... I was only 5 miles into River Road when it happened. I think had I turned back then and went to camp to ice it down, I would have been alright. But noooo... I had to be stubborn and finish the ride so by the time I got back I was the size of a very large grapefruit. No good.

So stop by the motor RV park and say hi, I'll just be hanging out here while everyone is off riding around.:miffed: :tears:
 
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Sorry to hear that you got hurt, Bill. Any medical facilities close to make sure that you don't need immediate attention? :-(
Nah, the closest place is Alpine and that is about 80 miles away. My knee is doing much better today, but is still pretty purple and tender. Joint movement is fine, and it bears weight just fine. So I've got an appointment with my doc on Monday morning. I figure if I can walk on it just fine, then it's not too bad.:sun:

The riders meeting is over with and everyone is on their way. Lots of bikes, tons of people milling around, and lots of stories to overhear. I'd love to stay and post more, but Rachel and I are about to be off on a drive through the park. Later!
 
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And now for some riding. Chispa Road, beyond Candalaria
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Thursday, Day 1. Richard, Rick M., and Don, at the start of Chispa Road
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Hugging the Rio Grande
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50 miles, Candalaria to Valentine, the 1st half is the best
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Richard in good form. His new ride on Chispa Road.
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Richard in bad form. Yeah, its Chispa Rd. again. Get that weight on the rear tire, Rich.
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For art's sake. Close up of Chispa Road.
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That'd be Don, with the 8 gal tank riding sweep.
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That's out there
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Rick M demonstrating the Outrigger technique thru the loose stuff
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Richard in bad form. Yeah, its Chispa Rd. again. Get that weight on the rear tire, Rich.
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I couldn't help it. I lost momentum and then I got skeered. Next thing, I had to deploy my outriggers.

Ugly, yes, but it kept me up on both wheels. :-P
 
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Here is my condensed contribution to the ride report. I did some hiking, lots of biking, eating good food, enjoyed sparkling conversation with good friends. My KLR spouted a gasoline geyser due to a combination of excess engine heat boiling the gas in the tank and a plugged vent that would not let pressure escape. Three of us dealt with junk in the carbs presumably from bad gas at the same station. Had one flat from seven thorns (was given the Indian name of Ed Seven Thorns for that). Teaches me to let the tire touch a cholla while turning the bike around. One friend's riding ended too soon with a hard bounce and a swollen knee.

The poor KLR came back with almost a thousand miles added to the odometer, 600 plus of which were off pavement. The rear shock is pretty much blown and the chain and sprockets are toast.

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We tried... and they refused to serve us cobbler on the patio. So we left. :thumbd: Something about a corporate policy...
Update on this issue.... I just got off the phone with the regional VP of the parent company that runs the Lodge. It was not a corporate decision, but rather a local one. The RVP agrees that it makes no sense and will discuss it with the general manager that made the decision to not serve cobble on the patio any more. maybe next time we can enjoy our cobbler on the patio.
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Yes, it was a new policy effective in the last few weeks.
 
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Update on this issue.... I just got off the phone with the regional VP of the parent company that runs the Lodge. It was not a corporate decision, but rather a local one. The RVP agrees that it makes no sense and will discuss it with the general manager that made the decision to not serve cobble on the patio any more. maybe next time we can enjoy our cobbler on the patio.
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Yes, it was a new policy effective in the last few weeks.
Good work Ed! We knew we could count on you to resolve this thing quickly!!!:clap: :eat:
 
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The Maiden Voyage of the Good Ship Dizzer

I've been wanting a more dirt-worthy bike for quite a while. As much as I like my 2008 KLR its limitations in dirt are more than I prefer. Well, life presented me with the opportunity to pick up a reasonably priced 2001 DRZ400 on the Saturday prior to Uncle's Around the Bend.

Once the deal was struck, the race was on to get the bike ready in time to take to Big Bend. I spent most of the day Sunday in bike prep mode. I didn't have enough time to do everything to the bike that I wanted, but I did get enough done that I believed the bike was ready for the type of riding I was anticipating.

With bags packed and bikes loaded, Wednesday afternoon my wife Connie, Milton Otto, and I rolled out of Austin, headed to Uncle's place for 3 days of dual sport riding. This is my story of the maiden voyage of the Dizzer, my new-to-me 2001 DRZ400.

Thursday

The first test of the bike was the infamous Chispa Road. I've been wanting to ride this road for several years but just hadn't been able to do so for various reasons. Well, today was the day.

Milton, Rick M, BigDon, and I met up at 7 a.m. with a plan to add Chispa Rd to our adventure resume.

The start of Chispa Rd.
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When you see the cactus you are at the start of Chispa Rd. This house is right beside the southern end of Chispa.
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Rick M suiting up
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Big Don ready to ride
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More to come...
 
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