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Old 01-03-2010, 01:00 PM   #886
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What is this like?

Is it VStroms on gravel roads or DS on trails?
It can be all of the above. Here is a link to the event. http://www.texasadventure.net/AroundtheBend.htm
I am thinking of taking both the GS and the XR.
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Old 01-03-2010, 01:24 PM   #887
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Anyone headed to Uncle's around the Bend this Feb. 25-28. Looking to try and make this. Went down last year with a friend the week after this event.
It looks like fun. I've got the "return to Big Bend" itch pretty bad. At this point, there's an outside chance i might go. If so, i'd like to do a little mountain biking while i'm there.
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Old 01-03-2010, 03:13 PM   #888
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Big Bend

It is what ever you want. There are trails suitable for dirt bikes only and asphalt roads that are great to ride. There is also everything in between. I made the last uncle's ride around the bend and although we chose to go our own way, we had a blast.

We rode the river road, both east and west from Terlingua to Rio Grande Village and then Old Ore Road north and had time to kill before dinner. I would not recommend river road for a V Strom although we did see a guy on a 1000 strom about half way to Rio Grande Village and he looked liked like he was whipped as did his bike. He turned off about half way and rode dirt roads the rest of the way to Rio Grande Village. We were on KLR's, KLX's and DR's.

River road is extremely sandy with small pea size gravel that is difficult on a big bike. Old Ore road is just real rocky but not difficult. There are several dirt roads and trails V Stroms can do and the roads to Marfa are a blast.

What I really like is the warm weather to ride in after all the snow and cold. It is usually in the 30-40's at night and 60-70's by noon. Great place to ride in the winter

If you drive or ride to Big Bend, mind the many deer you will see on the way
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Old 01-03-2010, 03:23 PM   #889
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Anybody?

That week end is open for me. With some others riders and someone with a 4-door truck this could make for a cool mini-vacation.

I have two trailers that are possibles for the trip.
A 5x8 that will haul 3 bikes,
or a 18 ft car hauler that could haul 6-8 dependent on the bike type.

A generator, and couple of tents.

Who wants to go?

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Old 01-03-2010, 04:50 PM   #890
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I want to. Depends on when we would be leaving when we would be coming back Its at least a 16 hr drive one way. (slower with waggy trailers!! ) .


Will also have to convince the wife and checkbook.


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Old 01-03-2010, 06:54 PM   #891
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Unlikely for me, but I put it on the calendar anyhow.
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Old 01-03-2010, 07:59 PM   #892
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Dont think trailers will be a problem. I have three, and access to everything up to a 20ft gooseneck car hauler.

Time is not a prob. for me.

I got most all the gear needed for this;

Tents
air mattresses
generator
Fly tent
chairs

Was thinking of leaving Wed and stay somewhere half way,
or Thurs morn and driving full distance and sleeping in hotel, then riding fri morning.
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Old 01-03-2010, 08:10 PM   #893
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[quote=reddirtjoe]I want to. Depends on when we would be leaving when we would be coming back Its at least a 16 hr drive one way. (slower with waggy trailers!! ) .

Hey, I heard that!!
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Old 01-04-2010, 10:42 AM   #894
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Bbnp

Here are some Okie hoolingans that go to BBNP every year.

http://www.rideok.com/forum/forum_po...&PID=7181#7181
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Old 01-04-2010, 12:17 PM   #895
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I'm 70% in. It will depend on my work.
I know mapquest says it's 16 hours, but I did it on Thanksgiving in 2008 in 12 hours even. It's 850 miles on good roads all the way to the park.

Sounds very tempting. Even if the weather isn't very warm you can hit the "hot tub" .


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Old 01-04-2010, 02:07 PM   #896
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I'm 70% in. It will depend on my work.
I know mapquest says it's 16 hours, but I did it on Thanksgiving in 2008 in 12 hours even. It's 850 miles on good roads all the way to the park.

Sounds very tempting. Even if the weather isn't very warm you can hit the "hot tub" .



850 miles in 12 hours is flying. That is an average of almost 71 miles per hour with no stops.

Last year we left Big Bend at 1:00PM and made it to Norman Okla by 3:30AM. We did stop for fuel and later, dinner. I remember it was very long and I was whipped when I got to Edmond.
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Old 01-04-2010, 02:52 PM   #897
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850 miles...

run 85 all the way (lots of turnpikes are rated 75mph so 85mph is only a 10-under ticket - not that bad most of the time). 10hrs straight. Stop 20 each for 3 gas stops (1hr) and 1hr for a meal. make it an easy 12 hours.

I've ridden from Ft Collins Co to Stillwater OK in one day for 14hours (bad hot headwind lots of stops) on a loaded down 1985 Shadow 500, so i know you guys can do it in a car / truck.

I know my 2 rail trailer pulls flawlessly up to 110mph behind a '91 318is 4cyl BMW... loaded down with an R6 and a Triumph Daytona 900 (?) weighing in at almost 600lbs lol.

put the pedal to the metal boys.
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Old 01-04-2010, 03:07 PM   #898
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Ya'll keep talkin, and I am gonna get a boner and really start planning for this.

CB is the greatest radar detector ever invented. Helps maintain that 75 mph average.

Tom, what kinda wheels you got? I got a F250 that could do the job, but its got a 460 in it, and it DRINKS the gas.
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I have a Honda Accord with a trailer hitch, but I think it'd be a bad idea...
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Ya'll keep talkin, and I am gonna get a boner and really start planning for this.
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Tom, what kinda wheels you got? I got a F250 that could do the job, but its got a 460 in it, and it DRINKS the gas.
I've got a Ram1500 that get's 17-18 mpg hwy, but it's a regular cab and not very comfortable for 3 people on such a long trip.
I get 500+ miles per tank so a trip like this means one fuel/food/restroom stop (start with full tank - drive 500 miles - get gas - drive 350 miles more - arrive in BBNP).

I was thinking about renting an SUV from Enterprise. It's unlimited miles in the surrounding states. If we get 4-5 people it will be very reasonable.
Hmm.... I know I said I'm in for 70%, but it looks more like 75% now

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