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Old 04-30-2013, 12:46 PM   #16
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So... when/where is the first adventure planned? Tons of awesome roads in the Austin area. I'm a noob as well, if you ever make it up to the Dallas area let me know, I'm sure we can find some dual rides around here!

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Old 04-30-2013, 01:42 PM   #17
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congrats on the license, class and bike. Too bad you won't be back in time for this:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=876146 One of the guys that will be there is an offroad riding instructor and he's doing a free mini-class.

Also watch this thread for crazy advriders in central tx. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=525841

Also, watch these two areas on this forum for upcoming DS and offroad rides.

http://www.twtex.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=26
http://www.twtex.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=52
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:06 PM   #18
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Looks like we've hooked another one! Welcome to the party. Great choice on the first bike and great idea taking the class. Sounds like you're off to a good start.
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:20 PM   #19
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Lucky508: Congrats on getting yourself legit You're going to have a blast! If you ever end up out the Arizona way give me shout.

Also keep posting up here, I'm really curious to hear what you have to say after you get into the dirt and your thoughts on how it compares to what you learned in the street class.
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you bet I will. I'm heading out for Okiehoma and Kansas Saturday to pick up my bike. I'll do about a day and a half of riding with Bugsy in Kansas on back roads and dirt. I can't wait. I'll keep posting to this thread through that trip until I'm back home with my bike in the garage. I changed the oil in the Cruiser today so I'm just about ready to hit the road.

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Old 04-30-2013, 05:23 PM   #20
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So... when/where is the first adventure planned? Tons of awesome roads in the Austin area. I'm a noob as well, if you ever make it up to the Dallas area let me know, I'm sure we can find some dual rides around here!

Myorangecrayon,
great name. Reminds me of the names my Aunt that taught school in Dennison used to tell me about. The best one was a boy named Orangejello. yup.
Stay tuned for my road trip to Kansas! Thanks for the offer in Dallas. I go to Lancaster several times a year to jump. Maybe I'll bring the bike and make a long weeknd of it sometime! thanks!

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Old 04-30-2013, 05:58 PM   #21
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congrats on the license, class and bike. Too bad you won't be back in time for this:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=876146 One of the guys that will be there is an offroad riding instructor and he's doing a free mini-class.

Also watch this thread for crazy advriders in central tx. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=525841

Also, watch these two areas on this forum for upcoming DS and offroad rides.

http://www.twtex.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=26
http://www.twtex.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=52
Woodbutcher,
Thanks for welcome and all the links and info. Great stuff. Where is the "Ghost's Beat The Heat Gathering" happening? Gatesville area? I saw the "Roll the bones rally" Listed. I grew up in Hamilton. I'd love to go back and tear around on a dirt bike. It's about the only thing I didn't do while growing up there. I'll keep a watch out for upcoming events. Thanks!!!

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Old 05-01-2013, 05:31 AM   #22
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Old 05-07-2013, 12:01 AM   #23
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Motorcycles were always taboo in my family
joined the Army to be a paratrooper.
I chuckled when I read that. I would ride my motorcycle to the ends of the earth, but I don't think I could muster up the courage to jump out of an airplane.

Thanks for your service to our country!
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Old 05-08-2013, 03:14 PM   #24
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I came home from my road trip yesterday. Here is the conclusion to my little adventure. I loaded up the Land Cruiser and headed North from Austin on Saturday the fourth. Drove up HWY 281 through my old home town of Hamilton and check out some of my old haunts. While the CCC swimming pool still looks good the town streets are in terrible shape. This was also the case going through a lot of small towns in Oklahoma as well. I spent the night in Lawton OK with a friend and we changed the tranny fluid and filter in the cruiser and made grunting sounds. Sunday it was on to Manhattan and the Flint Hills of Kansas. I arrived at Bugsy’s house and jumped on my “new” bike for the first time.

Soon after we headed down the “Aggieville” down by K State to drink some IPA’s and eat some great burgers at “Kites”. Manhattan is a really nice little town. The next morning Bugsy fabed up a kickstand mount for his DT400 while I got the know the XL riding around the neighborhood.

Then we headed out to ride!

We rode around the Pillsbury Crossing area. It was a mix of mostly dirt roads with paved connecting roads.



I didn’t take a lot of pics as I was pretty busy just riding the bike!

Bugsy and the DT. Yes, I was huffing some two stroke during the ride.


Later in the afternoon we were on a dirt road and came to a corner that lead down to a bridge that was being worked on. A lot of construction vehicles had been using the road and it was pretty deep in gravel and dirt. Bugsy was 100 yards or so ahead of me. I slowed down and was entering the corner and BAM! Yup. I hit the dirt like a deer on opening day. Somehow my front tire washed out and I went down on my left. It happened so quick I found myself sliding for 15 feet or so and all I could think was WTF happened?! That was the quickest crash I’ve ever been in. I got up, shook myself off a little and turned the bike off. About the time I was picking up the bike Bugsy came roaring up. He checked me and the bike out and after some discussion about my shoulder we decided it was time to call it a day. I found out pretty quick on the way back that my handlebars were crooked but I was able to ride no problem. Have to admit there was a little pucker factor on the ride home.

Time for an ice pack and a Rum drink!


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Old 05-10-2013, 05:49 AM   #25
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Man....that was a lot of fun!! Just wish we could have had another day to ride!! You've come a long way from never even being on a bike to doing some on and off the beaten path riding! That sucked about your shoulder but like I said, it happens sometimes and it's better to do that on the dirt than the street!! I saw your skills improve a lot in that day and you're off to a good start! I'm looking forward to our next adventure!
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:36 AM   #26
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Good for you and like other inmates have said, Thank you for your service.
I've been riding dirt bikes for 40 years and still "practice" some of the MSF stuff.
Keep riding and watch out for the crazy cage drivers. Pretty soon we'll see a post from you with the Mrs out in some crazy country on an epic adventure.
Every ride is an adventure.
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