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Strom-a-Thon #1 is in the books

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Re: Strom-A-Thon Texas 2014 May 2-4 2014

:rofl: ^^^^^^^^ missed someone was from tolar!

thanks you guys for the meetup. it was great meeting many of yall, and we had a beautiful ride, lead by rod w/ cannon taking the photo/gopro shots, tour back home yesterday.

tj and I were able to dodge 3 near deer and I, almost home, accidentally ran over a very large snake (dangit!) but it kept slithering into the ditch so hopefully ok.

also, thanks for whoever styled up and got the t-shirts! very nice!
 
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Re: Strom-a-Thom #1 is in the books

Here are some of my pics from the Strom-A-Thon. The videos will take a few days.

Thursday afternoon, on the way to Llano, I catch up to Mr2mch (only because he's already parked on the side of the road :)

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At the Llano city park: planning the next day's rides:
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Friday morning: Will (Mudclod) leads the dirt riding crew:
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...through some beautiful country:
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And some great dirt roads:
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Through some dry river beds:
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...and through some not so dry... Mudclod shows us how it's done:
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No, not that way! It takes practice... :) (I'll post the videos in a couple of days :)
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The aftermath...
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I decide not to chance it and walk my bike instead of riding it across:
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The Firday dirt riding group - Josh, Will, Dwayne, and Evgeniy:
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Friday night dinner at the Badu House--meeting new friends:
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...and chillin':
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Saturday morning StrokedNBored helps SantaFeTrailer with a tire repair at the park:
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Saturday at Harry's on the Loop ( I had decided that the most direct way from Llano to Dallas for a Vstrom is via the Willow City Loop where we have a chance encounter with Mudclod and the Saturday dirt riding group:
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Will at Harry's:
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On the road again:
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What a great weekend this was! I met many cool people and look forward to the 2nd Annual Strom-A-Thon!

Evgeniy / AdventureDallas
 
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Strom-a-Thom #1 is in the books

For all you folks who didn't attend because ya didn't have a Strom.....



I jus added a 2013 650 to my list of bikes for sale on my vendor thread.



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& BY THE WAY..... If I haven't said it yet..... HUGE THANX TA ALL YA'LL

We had a pretty large turnout for a first time event. I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend's riding with various folks.... heck.... I thoroughly enjoyed the WHOLE weekend..... right down ta watchin that last rider take off for home Sunday afternoon (Tim!)



I'll bet the next Strom-A-Thon Texas will surpass this inaugural event's events

mightily ..... hopefully by having a Veek there.... or a Week! either would be good

Rooster (Kevin) testing a Veep for size at Destination Cycle in Kerriville.

New paint ?




ATGATT.
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Re: Strom-A-Thon Texas 2014 May 2-4 2014

Tell you what - hang onto and bring it to the next Strom-a-Thon so when I slice my tire, again, you can save the day, again!
ya know, there is a funny side to this.

I bought that tube Fri morn before I left.
The parts guy brought out a tube telling me that was the size for my bike.
I looked at, and it was marked 5.00 x 17, (5.xx - 5.yy x 17), told him that was too big for my tire. After some arguing and him going to look at my bike he gave me the correct one.

That first tube was the size for your rear tire.

Sometimes things happen to make you wonder.
 
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Strom-a-Thom #1 is in the books

Tim your photo turned out perfect. Love the lake and trees in the background. Do wish the riders that had to leave on Saturday day had not missed out. Maybe next year we will find that field of wildflowers.
 
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JMZ

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SB and I had a good ride Saturday , 450 miles with about 60 of it gravel , didn`t take but a few pics :giveup: here is one.

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great pics you guys!:clap: I love the one of the strom doing a ski-do imitation. (oop, looks like that was a notastrom)
;-)

and grsa that vid is funny, especially with the land shark music. :lol2:
 
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Re: Strom-a-Thom #1 is in the books

Here are some of my pics from the Strom-A-Thon. The videos will take a few days.

Thursday afternoon, on the way to Llano, I catch up to Mr2mch (only because he's already parked on the side of the road :)

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At the Llano city park: planning the next day's rides:
04-NightStroms_zpsea096765.jpg


Friday morning: Will (Mudclod) leads the dirt riding crew:
02-DirtplanningFri_zps50e7ee35.jpg


...through some beautiful country:
05-Hillcountry_zps90392a44.jpg


And some great dirt roads:
07_zpsc5e27cfb.jpg


Through some dry river beds:
06_zps8547c40f.jpg


...and through some not so dry... Mudclod shows us how it's done:
08_zps50c1abcf.jpg


No, not that way! It takes practice... :) (I'll post the videos in a couple of days :)
09_zpsbaf54a46.jpg


The aftermath...
03-Dwaynewaterinboots_zps8b1c71c4.jpg


I decide not to chance it and walk my bike instead of riding it across:
10_zps035bf3bd.jpg


The Firday dirt riding group - Josh, Will, Dwayne, and Evgeniy:
01-DirtridersFriday_zps58265dfd.jpg


Friday night dinner at the Badu House--meeting new friends:
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...and chillin':
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Saturday morning StrokedNBored helps SantaFeTrailer with a tire repair at the park:
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Saturday at Harry's on the Loop ( I had decided that the most direct way from Llano to Dallas for a Vstrom is via the Willow City Loop where we have a chance encounter with Mudclod and the Saturday dirt riding group:
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Will at Harry's:
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On the road again:
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What a great weekend this was! I met many cool people and look forward to the 2nd Annual Strom-A-Thon!

Evgeniy / AdventureDallas
Great pictures. Hope no one got hurt/sprained/broken/stoved/cut...etc on the James River. I am PROOF that you can get hurt walking a heavy motorcycle across the James River......:lol2:
 
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Tim, great photo of Lou. PS - I did some checking of old British cars and I'm pretty sure that was a Healey sitting up on the hilltop there. We should have sent Lou up to check it out more closely.
 
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Dirt Day 1

Llano and Robinson Park is an awesome camping venue and the weather looked to be spectacular all weekend so I arrived as early Thursday as possible to enjoy the event. Many had beaten me and were already preparing for the next days ride.

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Our Master of ceremonies arrives so let the fun begin!

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AdventureDallas, shermandns, and vfaame joined me for a mostly dirt ride up through Esbon, Pontotoc, and beautiful areas north of Mason.

Crossing the Llano River

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The roads through Mason county were heavenly!

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[ame="http://youtu.be/TsAI0NVx77o"]VStroms near Esbon Texas - YouTube[/ame]

We took our first break in Pontotoc/Field Creek and it was lovely.

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vfaame's chain guard loosened up, what a common DL1000 problem.

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After a lunch break in Mason our real adventure began on the James River!

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[ame="http://youtu.be/r7ZxwtH697A"]V-Strom's on James River Road - YouTube[/ame]

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We walked the river searching for the best lines and sent Duane out first on the lighter KLR.

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He couldn't resist the opportunity of a free bike wash though!

[ame="http://youtu.be/Jzbosk9dWog"]KLR650 crosses the James River - YouTube[/ame]

No harm, no foul however-we were all cooled off. Thanks Duane! Next up was yours truly on a new "creative line" I scouted. FAIL!

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[ame="http://youtu.be/L_6vxpRiiF0"]V-Strom crosses James River (Creative line) - YouTube[/ame]

AdventureDallas was a team player an elected to have us all assist. A smart move.

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[ame="http://youtu.be/YGcwZ1HjxrI"]V-Strom crosses the James 2 - YouTube[/ame]

And lastly vfaame schooled us all with river crossing mastery!

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[ame="http://youtu.be/Fd2_fwQIopE"]V-Strom Crossing the James. - YouTube[/ame]

What a great day of riding!
 
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Here are different angles of the same James River crossing that Mudclod posted above. Raw footage, no fancy editing... just the facts, the wet facts :)

First video - Mudclod crosses the river and the river claims the KLR... The real action is at about the 2:30 and 3:50 minute marks.

[ame="http://youtu.be/mtUrw7sQfxk"]Strom-A-Thon 2014: James River Crossing - Part 1 - YouTube[/ame]

On the second video I fall in the water at 1:17 mark (something told me to keep all my protective gear on :)) and at 9:00 the question "How many people does it take to walk a Strom (German for 'stream') across a stream?" is answered. Nothing much in between.

[ame="http://youtu.be/5ri_Qeb2j0g"]Strom-A-Thon 2014: James River Crossing - Part 2 - YouTube[/ame]


The last video is cut short as the battery dies before it can capture Vfaame's exemplary ride across the river:

[ame="http://youtu.be/aJ0vg5FFiWY"]Strom-A-Thon 2014: James River Crossing - Part 3 - YouTube[/ame]


Kojack06, fortunately, noone got hurt and all had a great time. Mudclod, thank you for posting - awesome pics & videos!
 

vfaame

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Thanks for the videos/Pics AdventureDallas & Mudclod. We had an awesome ride that day. I can't wait till the next one. And yes those Street tires got me through :zen: but a found about 8 bolts missing when I got home. Glad I made it home with all my parts still hanging on. :eek:
Mudclod was the expert in showing us how it was done. He went the hard way and made it!
 
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I've only skimmed this thread and photos, and I don't own a Strom. I'm still in the off-road world trying to decide on a steed to add to the stable.

Quick question fellas, did anyone ride this event 2-up? Is it possible? I'm trying to gauge the riding I want to do, and the bike I want to use. I also have 3 youngish kids and would like the chance to bring someone else along with me at times.

Thanks
CJB
 
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The V-Strom is very capable 2 up.I think the limits of riding 2up off-road would supersede the ability of the bike. I took my wife on the sisters with no problem.
 
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The V-Strom is very capable 2 up.I think the limits of riding 2up off-road would supersede the ability of the bike. I took my wife on the sisters with no problem.
Thanks for the reply. The general 2-up capabilities are part of whats attracting me to the Strom. However, when you say "off-road" are you referring to 'non-paved'? In my world off-road is more like this:








I see a good amount of riding photos that are on non-paved roads and have to wonder if most of that could be done with a 10 yr old on the back? (one who also rides a motorcycle [is not complete dead weight])


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Thanks,
CJB






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I'd jus like ta take anuther minute or so ta thank all ya'll for the extremely exceptional Butler Map sales connected to Strom-A-Thon... whether as a pre order beforehand... or an impulse buy at the rally... A total of 34 sold helped me afford the 2 nite stay in the motel... after my first night's camping went arwy... REALLY... BIG THANX! ....I'm jus NOT a camper
 
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Dirt Ride Day 2

It would be hard to top the first day but we certainly tried!

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A repeat performance by vfaame and shermandns were joined by Jorge, DRZBRI and Twofingzen on his first dirt foray. Learning from our previous day we stopped after a few dirt miles in Oxford to check for loose fasteners.

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[ame="http://youtu.be/v_9O9jRX6GY"]VStroms on break near Oxford Texas - YouTube[/ame]

Then it was off to a well known dual sport destination, Click, as most of the group had not been there.

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[ame="http://youtu.be/czd2N6t3dAc"]V-Strom-a-thon Sandy Creek 2 - YouTube[/ame]

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[ame="http://youtu.be/85W8jxOIVek"]V-Strom-a-thon Ride - YouTube[/ame]

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Off to Harry's on the Loop for our first break.

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Almost to our lunch stop in Castell we huddled under minimal shade on Hickory Creek.

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After a belly full of BBQ we were tempted to join the locals for a swim in the Llano.

[ame="http://youtu.be/wOOvHMajgJA"]Llano River Crossing - YouTube[/ame]

Pressed for time we hurried back for the group photo and closing ceremony.

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[ame="http://youtu.be/Roc0Kn5Ovm0"]V-Strom-a-thon Group Shot - YouTube[/ame]

Thanks again for the effort Timbercat, see you at #2!







Off to Harry
 

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Glad you were with us thurs night rod. I meant to get one while we were there. I will get a map from you later.
 

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All The BSn & Refreshin... I'm good with all that ..OH YEAH!!.
It's jus the sleepin & the early morning ride to the showers that got me.
I guess I'm just a cushy ol fart.

.... OH....& the geese at 4am.... !huh
 
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All The BSn & Refreshin... I'm good with all that ..OH YEAH!!.
It's jus the sleepin & the early morning ride to the showers that got me.
I guess I'm just a cushy ol fart.

.... OH....& the geese at 4am.... !huh
Wait a minute Rod! The geese were part of the camping initiation, you didn't pass!:rofl::doh:
 
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Dirt Ride Day 2

It would be hard to top the first day but we certainly tried!

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A repeat performance by vfaame and shermandns were joined by Jorge, DRZBRI and Twofingzen on his first dirt foray. Learning from our previous day we stopped after a few dirt miles in Oxford to check for loose fasteners.

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VStroms on break near Oxford Texas - YouTube

Then it was off to a well known dual sport destination, Click, as most of the group had not been there.

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V-Strom-a-thon Sandy Creek 2 - YouTube

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V-Strom-a-thon Ride - YouTube

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Off to Harry's on the Loop for our first break.

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Almost to our lunch stop in Castell we huddled under minimal shade on Hickory Creek.

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After a belly full of BBQ we were tempted to join the locals for a swim in the Llano.

Llano River Crossing - YouTube

Pressed for time we hurried back for the group photo and closing ceremony.

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V-Strom-a-thon Group Shot - YouTube

Thanks again for the effort Timbercat, see you at #2!







Off to Harry

Mudclod,

Thanks so much for leading the dirt group and the great videos! Really enjoyed riding with you and everyone else.:rider:
 

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RATS!!!!! This thing snuck up on me and caught me unprepaired. I won't miss the next one.

I was fixated on a repeat of the TAR in Junction and this blew right by me. Next year I'll be there on my K9 Wee and the Mudmullet on his GS1150. We rode all over Big Bend on those two pigs so this won't be such a step. We have crossed the James river on WR250R's and Urals (cheating) many times and love the whole area. I'm jealous!!!!!
 
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Dirt Ride Day 2

It would be hard to top the first day but we certainly tried!


A repeat performance by vfaame and shermandns were joined by Jorge, DRZBRI and Twofingzen on his first dirt foray. Learning from our previous day we stopped after a few dirt miles in Oxford to check for loose fasteners.

Thanks again for the effort Timbercat, see you at y#2!
Mudclod- thanks for leading the rideit was awesome!!!

Vfaame, Drzbri, Jorge, Duane. Can't wait to get out there again with one or all of you.:rider:

The Tim's, James, Dale, Jason and Louwest and the many who's names I can't remember- it was great shooting the breeze with you guys.

Advdallas- it was an awesome ride wish you had been there.

And thanks to all that help put this together, especially timbercat, it was a great first adv riding experience.
 
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Y'know, this weekend was way fun! I enjoyed meeting so many people. Now, watching all the pictures and crazy videos, I'm wondering if I couldn't be a little more adventurous on my Strom.

Does anybody here change from street-oriented to more dirt-oriented tires for events like this, or do you just run what you brung? The reason I ask is -- as much as I've enjoyed watching the videos of the dirt runs and in particular the James River crossing, I'm not sure I could have handled that on an Anakee 2, particularly one down to its last 1000 miles of tread.
 
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I just run 50/50 tires on my DRZ and my Tiger all the time. I don't really care if I get a ton of miles out of a set of tires. The suspension on these bikes is so mushy compared to the sport bikes I have always ridden that I do not notice any vibration from knobbies tires. This way I am always ready!
 

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Y'know, this weekend was way fun! I enjoyed meeting so many people. Now, watching all the pictures and crazy videos, I'm wondering if I couldn't be a little more adventurous on my Strom.

Does anybody here change from street-oriented to more dirt-oriented tires for events like this, or do you just run what you brung? The reason I ask is -- as much as I've enjoyed watching the videos of the dirt runs and in particular the James River crossing, I'm not sure I could have handled that on an Anakee 2, particularly one down to its last 1000 miles of tread.
I ran the whole time with Anakee 3's including the James River Crossing. :rider:
 
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I'm no expert Tim, having only crossed the James River once but I don't see needing knobbies for that. The only real obstacle is the algae. I would think the more rubber on the surface (streetish tires) the better off you'd be. 50/50 tires on the dirt is a very good thing.
 
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Something to keep in mind. Were you there this weekend, Steve? If so, I managed to totally miss you somehow.
 
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