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Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 12-19-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 682
Posted By Meriden
That ain't no kiddin'. Photo taken while passing...

That ain't no kiddin'. Photo taken while passing through Fort Stockton last November on our way to Vegas.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n547/Meriden71/LAB2V%202013/FtStockton_zps9fe32615.jpg
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 12-19-2014, 04:29 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 682
Posted By Meriden
90 is by far more scenic, with better fuel...

90 is by far more scenic, with better fuel availability and more local yokels hiding behind the cactus. Don't speed. They know you won't come back to fight the ticket and will take you to the...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 12-17-2014, 12:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 682
Posted By Meriden
There is not a darned thing until you get to El...

There is not a darned thing until you get to El Paso and not a darned thing after that. Honestly I've driven to Southern California from Texas several times and I generally allow for a day - a full...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-09-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,374
Posted By Meriden
Try Big D ...

Try Big D

http://www.bigdcycle.com/sellyourbike.html

Big D has been around for some time and is the legacy of Dalio's old dealership. If they don't have what you want they may be able to put...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-09-2014, 06:48 AM
Replies: 16,146
Views: 9,669,741
Posted By Meriden
Yea, sad memories. Tropical Brainstorm is still...

Yea, sad memories. Tropical Brainstorm is still one of my wife's favorite albums. I caught myself humming Autumn Girl just yesterday. Kirsty was another one of those singers who was only 20 feet from...
Forum: Thumpers 12-05-2014, 05:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 556
Posted By Meriden
There are a number of cantle bags on the market....

There are a number of cantle bags on the market. From personal experience I'd suggest the Giant Loop Great Basin (bought used for $200) is the most durable and has the worst features. The Nomad Rider...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 11-16-2014, 01:33 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,201
Posted By Meriden
I would guess we have all done something in the...

I would guess we have all done something in the past that seemed cool at the time only to have it come back and bite us on the backside. If a man pays his dues and cleans up his mess with the intent...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 11-11-2014, 03:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 868
Posted By Meriden
Check out Chalk Bluff Park campground on the...

Check out Chalk Bluff Park campground on the Nueces. It's north of Uvalde on 55.
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 11-10-2014, 08:22 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,201
Posted By Meriden
What's the old saying? Mama couldn't raise...

What's the old saying? Mama couldn't raise everybody.
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 11-10-2014, 07:41 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,201
Posted By Meriden
The guy ended up paying us back by tagging in Big...

The guy ended up paying us back by tagging in Big Bend National Park. I wish I had never offered route suggestions.
Forum: Thumpers 11-03-2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 7,293
Views: 1,152,738
Posted By Meriden
Sach's vs Air Shock

I purchased an X Country Sachs shock new in the box at a fire sale price and replaced the air shock. For highway and grade 1 dirt road use it's completely satisfactory. Try to get up any speed over...
Forum: Thumpers 11-03-2014, 11:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 475
Posted By Meriden
I had a '96 Funduro and loved it. I wouldn't have...

I had a '96 Funduro and loved it. I wouldn't have thought twice about riding it to Alaska solo. I sold it because I had a Challenge and needed something I could ride two up, loaded. Interstate...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 11-01-2014, 07:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 715
Posted By Meriden
Help me out here and explain why it would even be...

Help me out here and explain why it would even be a question. Is it because the motorcycle was involved in a crime? If that were the case we wouldn't count anyone killed riding recklessly, street...
Forum: Thumpers 10-31-2014, 04:09 AM
Replies: 7,293
Views: 1,152,738
Posted By Meriden
There is no "dohicky" like fix that all...

There is no "dohicky" like fix that all XChallenges need. Many riders change out the rear shock, but lots of others never have a problem with it. Read up on the clutch issues so you can be familiar...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 10-31-2014, 03:56 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,201
Posted By Meriden
Give us a bit of a hand. After a quick review of...

Give us a bit of a hand. After a quick review of your ride report I'm not clear on what your interests are other than jeeps and landscapes... What kind of bike are you riding? Where do you want to...
Forum: Thumpers 10-30-2014, 07:46 AM
Replies: 7,293
Views: 1,152,738
Posted By Meriden
Probably the more statistically literate answer.

Probably the more statistically literate answer.
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 10-29-2014, 10:19 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 983
Posted By Meriden
I guess that depends on the chianti :evil

I guess that depends on the chianti :evil
Forum: Thumpers 10-29-2014, 12:56 AM
Replies: 7,293
Views: 1,152,738
Posted By Meriden
Likely a matter of more being sold in Europe than...

Likely a matter of more being sold in Europe than in the States. I rarely see an XChallenge or an XCountry anymore and have seen only two XMotos period.
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 10-22-2014, 01:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 983
Posted By Meriden
I'm in self-detox right now from spending the...

I'm in self-detox right now from spending the weekend at the Harvest with my Canadian neighbor and our buddy who originally hails from Louisiana. :freaky

Between the parks is an area called...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 10-20-2014, 05:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 983
Posted By Meriden
There is very little single track and what there...

There is very little single track and what there is will be in a handful of riding areas. East Texas is sand and/or mud lanes with a few tracks through the national forests. Central Texas is poorly...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-15-2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 35,612
Views: 9,005,694
Posted By Meriden
I'm no frothing AM radio whack job but shredding...

I'm no frothing AM radio whack job but shredding a US flag on the back of a motorcycle is about as patriotic as burning it.
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 10-13-2014, 05:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 805
Posted By Meriden
See you there. Road_thing and I will be headed...

See you there. Road_thing and I will be headed that way on Saturday.
Forum: Thumpers 10-05-2014, 02:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 422
Posted By Meriden
What did the old gasket look like? If it was the...

What did the old gasket look like? If it was the same as the one you have then don't worry. If different, as the KTM dealer to explain it.

m
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 09-30-2014, 12:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 811
Posted By Meriden
The hard thing about tire changes is getting...

The hard thing about tire changes is getting started. There are a lot of gizmos out there, but all you need is soap, talc, two or three short spoons, a wrench and a place to work. Remember if it's...
Forum: Road warriors 09-29-2014, 05:46 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,803
Posted By Meriden
Isn't California the only state titling the RTs...

Isn't California the only state titling the RTs under the lemon law or can someone point to another?

To the OP, if you want a new RT, plan on keeping it (mines a '99 and still has about 400,000...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 09-28-2014, 06:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,394
Posted By Meriden
A couple of things to keep in mind (apologies if...

A couple of things to keep in mind (apologies if you know this already.)

For basecamp and your Garmin device to calculate routes the same way both have to be using the same map and both have to...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 09-07-2014, 05:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 546
Posted By Meriden
How often are you planning to return to Colorado?...

How often are you planning to return to Colorado? Do you have a place to store it for free? Frankly, if I could store my dirt bike somewhere out west and see if six times a year or more it would beat...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-03-2014, 02:38 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,885
Posted By Meriden
Wrote a paper on small world / six degrees in...

Wrote a paper on small world / six degrees in college. Managed to connect everyone in the room with the Kevin Bacon in five connections and the president in four.

When I was rock climbing I was...
Forum: Trials 09-02-2014, 04:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,685
Posted By Meriden
I saw this some time ago and while I give the guy...

I saw this some time ago and while I give the guy kudos for getting a bagger across that mess, it did make me change when I use the term "water crossing" to something much more difficult.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-29-2014, 03:34 PM
Replies: 35,612
Views: 9,005,694
Posted By Meriden
What's all this talk of passing? I thought the...

What's all this talk of passing? I thought the whole purpose of riding the dragon was so that people could mock your choice of farkles and costume.
Forum: Ride reports 08-28-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,306
Posted By Meriden
Enjoy your ride Bobber. Will be following along. ...

Enjoy your ride Bobber. Will be following along.

m
Forum: Thumpers 08-14-2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 7,293
Views: 1,152,738
Posted By Meriden
Thanks, other folk may have personal preferences...

Thanks, other folk may have personal preferences regarding brand, etc. Sadly the headlight and radiator guard was learned at the school of hard knocks.
Forum: Thumpers 08-14-2014, 12:45 PM
Replies: 7,293
Views: 1,152,738
Posted By Meriden
Hmmm doing the mods for the first time having...

Hmmm doing the mods for the first time having done them I would

0. SHOCK
1. Headlight grill or cover. That headlight housing is EXPENSIVE.
2. Hyde Skid plate if they still make it.
3. TT rear...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 08-01-2014, 04:05 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,031
Posted By Meriden
Mid level skills like welding are sorely needed...

Mid level skills like welding are sorely needed in Texas. I'm not sure about the Fort Worth market, but a welder has all the work he wants in the shipyards and refineries of Houston or in the Eagle...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-17-2014, 02:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,174
Posted By Meriden
I don't ride in salt water, but I've sailed in it...

I don't ride in salt water, but I've sailed in it in some old boats. My thoughts on a sea soaked bike are these:

Don't let the salt water dry before washing it completely in cold fresh water.
...
Forum: Thumpers 07-14-2014, 07:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,116
Posted By Meriden
I've got an XChallenge and love it. A buddy has a...

I've got an XChallenge and love it. A buddy has a South American adventure to his credit on a XCountry so it can take it as well.

But based on the points you mention above I would suggest you...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 07-11-2014, 12:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 660
Posted By Meriden
If you're going to Del Rio then 90 is about your...

If you're going to Del Rio then 90 is about your only option. I like 90 better anyway. It's more scenic and there is more gas available than on I10. Plus the lower speeds keep it in the tank...
Forum: Thumpers 07-09-2014, 06:12 AM
Replies: 7,293
Views: 1,152,738
Posted By Meriden
Congratulations on getting it running and thanks...

Congratulations on getting it running and thanks for sharing such hard earned experience. If you ever head due south on the X shoot me a PM and we'll hit some dirt... or sand... or mud.

m
Forum: Thumpers 07-06-2014, 10:55 AM
Replies: 7,293
Views: 1,152,738
Posted By Meriden
I'm using a Shorai 12. Had a 9 but replaced it...

I'm using a Shorai 12. Had a 9 but replaced it when the "fear sale" pricing several months ago made buying a new one at the local dealer impossible to pass up. The 9 is now in my antique Triumph. No...
Forum: Equipment 07-05-2014, 04:11 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 14,993
Posted By Meriden
Sad to say that it appears that the stitching...

Sad to say that it appears that the stitching problem is still around. I purchased an Out n Back in March and recently the stitching around the tops of the zippers on the main pouches has given way....
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