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Texas Tiddlers Endurance Run - May 19, 2018

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The 2018 Texas Tiddlers Endurance Run is scheduled for Saturday, May 19, 2017.

Rally central and the start/finish will be again be Boles Field Campground in the Sabine National Forest in East Texas located on FM2694 at google map coordinates 31.77246, -93.96832 which is 6.9 miles East of Shelbyville and 3.6 miles West of FM139.

Camping is available at Boles Field http://www.toledo-bend.com/national-forest/index.asp?request=boles. The nearest motels are 8 miles East at Huxley Bay Marina or 15 miles West at Center. A food truck should be at the campground for coffee, snacks & meals.

Warning: There is likely no cell phone service at Boles Field.

For a little insight re: the general structure of the Tiddler, please see info/pics from the 2017 Tiddler here: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=113307

The Registration/Flyer for the 2018 Tiddler is posted below and attached as a .dpf for easier printing:
 

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From your recap of the 2017 event "a kick-start only motorcycle, a plated XR100 owned and maintained by our friends Jim & Phyllis from West Monroe, LA."

Jim let me borrow that same motorcycle for the Tiddler run at last years CASA event. It was a blast to ride, especially when I got into a speed contest with a sleeper Vespa (upgraded from a 50cc engine to 125cc's). I actually broke the 45 mph speed limit by five mph on several downhill runs. Thanks for the fun ride Jim.

I'm so old, that I remember BH (before Honda invaded the USA). I was riding my 1958, clapped out Cushman Eagle (learned why checking the the oil is important), around 1962, when a friend showed me his new 50cc Honda motorcycle. It had a small engine but it had spunk and was faster. I'm lucky to be alive. The Cushman's front brake didn't work. It never occurred to me to fix it. Those were the days of full throttle or braking hard without actually going fast.

Back country roads are perfect for this event. I'll be at this years Tiddler Run :).
 
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Jim let me borrow that same motorcycle for the Tiddler run at last years CASA event. It was a blast to ride, especially when I got into a speed contest with a sleeper Vespa (upgraded from a 50cc engine to 125cc's). I actually broke the 45 mph speed limit by five mph on several downhill runs. Thanks for the fun ride Jim.
CASA event? More details please.
 
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CASA event? More details please.
https://rmr4casa.com/

It's a fun event and a fund raiser for the local CASA chapter. I'm guessing the majority of the people there are members of TWT. Swampfox organized the Tiddler Ride, led the way (he was on a much faster TDub), and provided the trophies. Kat is the computer guru in charge of the web page, data collection, and whatever else will help the event thrive.
 
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Registration is now open, with the flyer/registration posted and attached to the first post above.

Should you enjoy vintage and/or small (especially small vintage) motorcycles but prefer to skip the endurance part of the event, Dennis needs volunteers to assist with the scheduled (and secret) check points. :rider:
 
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CASA event? More details please.
Mike, the Rich Mountain Rendezvous (RMR) in September at Queen Wilhelmena State Park is not only a great motorcycle rally, but also a fund raiser for the CASA of the Ouachitas. There was a tiddler ride at the last year's 2017 RMR (some pics here: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=115412&highlight=rich+mountain&page=2). We plan to include another Tiddler to the Top in the 2018 RMR, with a Friday on&off-pavement route and a Saturday all-pavement route - a "fun run" rather than a timed/scored event. :sun:
 

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We plan to include another Tiddler to the Top in the 2018 RMR, with a Friday on&off-pavement route and a Saturday all-pavement route - a "fun run" rather than a timed/scored event. :sun:
But there will definitely be awards at RMR! :-) I won't be able to make this ride (again), Lee. I'm working forever until after Memorial Day. THEN I can coast. I keep encouraging people with Tdubs to take on these rides because you feel like the Beastmaster for maybe the only time ever ;-)
 
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The Tiddler fleet is coming together:

Brad has a Honda Passport up and running, and
the re-build to better-than-new for his Honda HUE is well underway:

This Honda MB5 new rests in our stable (Phyllis decided to sell it to me) :sun::


And Mrs. SwampFox is now ready to Tiddle in Class 1 on a new-to-her Zuma 50F :rider::


There are rumors of an XR100, TW200 and a couple of Louisiana 250's also in the running.
 
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So much fun!!! I'm looking forward to full tiddling reports. All that's missing on the Zuma is a basket for a puppy passenger :-D
 

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Planning on going to this! Registration has been sent. Reservation made at local RV Park. I have a 1980 Yamaha QT50G Yamahopper I am working getting running for this. Plan is to haul the thing in back of the truck pulling our travel trailer and enjoy East Texas a bit. As well as do this crazy event!
 
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Since my KLX 250s is on the large size and a modern piece of machinery for a tiddler, I'm going to ride it to Boles field with camping gear. It's 335 miles from my home in the pasture. I figure ten hours (avg 33 mph) to allow for R&R on my bottom and to keep the wind blast down. This will be my first long distance trip on a somewhat handicapped touring machine. Hopefully, there will be a cushman in attendance. I'd like to hear the cuff, cuff of that flathead motor again.
 
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Kat did big miles on Q, so it must be possible. I remember seeing her gear stacked high and always wondered if it affected the handling.
 
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Planning on going to this! ...1980..Yamahopper ....
Excellent! Another [1st] Class 1 rider!

So my new G310GS at 313cc would not qualify?
I was contemplating the same thing while admiring the new G310GS at the local shop. In the past, the "trophy" classes were limited to 250cc, but increased to 305cc this year to permit Honda CB77 Super Hawks, Kawasaki KZ305's and similar bike to participate. Of course, all bikes are welcome to ride in the open/support class, as several sidecarists have done.

Leon, just pull off one of the spark plug wires for the rally. You would still have plenty of oomph to drop the 100cc bikes on the uphill runs.
Yep, sure would. By the way, I rode my former KLX250S in the 1st Tiddler - where it was the newest and fastest bike in the run - other participants soon realized that the ride was just an ordinary day ride on the KLX. Eduardo & I simply ran drag carrying some tools and extra gasoline, but did find ourselves in Quicksand :sun:
 
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... I'm going to ride [KLX250S] to Boles field with camping gear. It's 335 miles from my home in the pasture....
I routinely rode my KLX on 240-300 mile day rides, so you should be OK. I do recommend a Seat Concepts seat tho - makes for a much more comfortable journey. We plan to come down in the truck - we'll try to bring an extra chair to save you some packing.
 
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I routinely rode my KLX on 240-300 mile day rides, so you should be OK. I do recommend a Seat Concepts seat tho - makes for a much more comfortable journey. We plan to come down in the truck - we'll try to bring an extra chair to save you some packing.
I have a seat concepts seat on my CRF250L, much better than the plank it came with, but thinking of doing 300 miles on it makes my eyes water.
 

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Kat did big miles on Q, so it must be possible. I remember seeing her gear stacked high and always wondered if it affected the handling.
You can do it!!! Even faster than Q's little legs could carry me. Go full jockey when you need an extra 5 mph. I think your KLX would prefer you to keep the weight lower than Q carried. Other than that, load up and go! It will be fun!

Don't forget the travel neck pillow down the back of your pants trick for added tushie cushioning. Just sayin...
 
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You can do it!!! Even faster than Q's little legs could carry me. Go full jockey when you need an extra 5 mph. I think your KLX would prefer you to keep the weight lower than Q carried. Other than that, load up and go! It will be fun!

Don't forget the travel neck pillow down the back of your pants trick for added tushie cushioning. Just sayin...
Kat and Lee, I rode 300 miles yesterday. I left my pasture home at nine and got home at six. Met Rod and friends at The Shed for lunch and then followed Rod's meanandering for several hours. The first hundred miles to the NE was into the wind and uphill. That was an eye opener! Throttle was almost pinned most of the time at 55 mph. Went on reserve at 92 miles. My calculations gives reserve about twenty more miles so carrying an extra two liters in my tail bag was good. At the Shed everybody was asking who was that crazy guy riding the dirt bike. After 127 miles, I had to agree.
Lunch was good as was following Rod's ant paths. But, honestly, my bottom was getting sore. That's in spite of zip tying an ATV foam seat pad on top of the KLX seat I was having a harder time avoiding bottom pain. Two more gas stops on the way home and trying to stay out of the way on 75 mph highways took a lot of the charm of doing miles on a small bike. My bottom was really getting sore the last fifty miles. By that time I was thinking I was planning on riding 324 miles to the rally, 200 miles at the rally, and 324 miles back home. Sore butt was going to be a big problem, plus carrying camping gear was going to be a challenge. So, I'm dropping out. I don't want to trailer the KLX to the rally and it's not a tiddler, too modern and fast.

Ya'll enjoy.
A wiser motorcycle rider
 
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So its not clear, do you need a street legal cycle for this event.
Well, I'll answer the question indirectly:
Most all of the route is on public roads; however,
here are some motorcycles that have completed prior Endurance Runs:

http://www.twtex.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=774&pictureid=4104

http://www.twtex.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=774&pictureid=4095

And some that have participated in prior Runs:

http://www.twtex.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=774&pictureid=4097

http://www.sidecar.com/mbbs22/photos/get-photo.asp?photoid=5921

plus the mini-bike pictured in the 2018 Flyer that completed the 1st half of a prior Tiddler.
 
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.... Went on reserve at 92 miles.... trying to stay out of the way on 75 mph highways took a lot of the charm.... I don't want to trailer the KLX to the rally and it's not a tiddler, too modern and fast....
Successful cross-country travel on a 250 class motorcycle does necessitate some alternative planning - and a different mental approach to the journey. ±92 miles to reserve is average for a stock KLX - even less for a TW. The best travel routes avoid what I refer to as "truck routes." A 250 is out of its element mixing it up with traffic on a windy 75 mph road. We have an advantage over here in Louisiana & Arkansas, as smaller state highways are 55 mph. We've always trailered our bike to the Tiddler runs, but I have ridden the TW back home.

Robert, would you come over if'n we can source a bike for you to ride in the Tiddler?
 

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All that is absolutely true! Q taught me a lot. He mostly taught me I better ride by myself a lot of the time :-) It is a really different experience.

Lee's offer is pretty hard to refuse, don't you think? :trust: I am working every weekend through Memorial Day or I would be there!
 
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Lee, thanks for the offer but I've decided to go to Ron's fish fry that weekend. May has so many great events. I will be at Mena and perhaps will get my '68 Yamaha 250 Catalina in running condition by then. You're putting on a great event. Please put my entry fee towards your rally expenses.

Tiddlers are fascinating and the slow speed travel brings me back to my first motorized ride at thirteen on a clunky Cushman single speed scooter at thirty mph. It was an eyeopener compared to pushing the pedals on a bicycle.
 
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I attended the Stilwell Oklahoma Tiddler run earlier this month (38 F) and have passed along the link to this site in hopes of getting some of them to come again this year. I will be bringing the 72 CZ 175 Trail to ride and the 56 BMW R26 as:rider: a spare. I'm also bringing the 1965 Italjet 50cc (Jawa powered) hoping it will find a new home. And of course the flattop. There was some awesome jamming going on at the campground until the flood hit last year! Looking forward to camping and visiting with everyone again this year.
 
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Yes flats are a bummer. Nothing more embarrassing than bringing a BMW back to camp in a pickup:tears:right? And I won't have Shirley and the Stella to get me back to the truck. I've got new rubber this year. Maybe I can finish the second loop this time!
 
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After higher than anticipated rate of attrition from a morning route with a good portion of gravel roads, TWT's had a good showing, with vintagetour winning Class III riding the 72 CZ 175 Trail, and me winning Class I on the 1982 Honda MB5. And Mrs. SwampFox completed the run on her Zuma 50F :rider:
 
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Lee also won overall trophy. 2nd year in a row. And he navigated for his group both morning and afternoon. Technically everyone leaves out with a piece of paper telling you total mileage to the next turn and which direction to turn but most people just fall in behind a good navigator. Congratulations Lee!:clap:
 
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I am working on a 48 Trojan Mini motor (38cc) and plan to have it installed on a bicycle by the end of the month. Shooting for the ride at the Harvest Classic this fall. Figure a 40 mile ride on a bicycle seat will be more than enough adventure for me.
 
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I am working on a 48 Trojan Mini motor (38cc) and plan to have it installed on a bicycle by the end of the month. Shooting for the ride at the Harvest Classic this fall. Figure a 40 mile ride on a bicycle seat will be more than enough adventure for me.
Very interesting. Perhaps you would be so generous as to start a thread on this primitive precursor of a motorcycle. I for one, am interested. It would be fun to motorize my recumbent although it could be fast enough to be dangerous. The seat of a recumbent is much more comfortable and that's why I bought it.
 
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A friend and I have taken his 2 Velo-Solexes to Davenport for the swap meet over the Labor Day weekend. They have baskets for any treasures we find and it beats the **** out of walking. He decided I needed a moped of my own and came up with the Trojan Mini Motor for me, I came up with the bicycle to mount it on.
Who says you need a big bike to have fun, it comes in all sizes and shapes.
 
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