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Old 11-24-2013, 09:11 AM   #1
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Arkansas ABFR (Anti-Black Friday Ride)

Thought I'd start a thread for this ride sponsored by the Arkansas Adventure Riders (ARA). FB page at:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/512869425465801/

Bohawk will probably jump in and fill some of the details but right now it's looking awesome. Still being shaped but awesome.

Two Routes:

Small Bike - If you are GOOD and your bike is ready for off road riding (bumpy tires, skid plate, big fuel tank etc) a 650 single (DR/KLR/BMW) can make this route. If you are a average rider and on a 450 or smaller bike your should be OK. Most of the trails are not very fast. There has been little traffic on most of the preemo trails, they are water eroded, full of loose rocks and ruts and covered flat with a good layer of leaves. All of which spell caution. Bring a lunch! The Pre-ride finished just as it was getting dark so bring lights! If there is interest, might add a extra night ride. If so, bring LIGHTS! Yea LIGHTS, not just your headlight. Carry enough fuel for 100 miles of off road riding.


Big Bike - Good for 650 bikes and above. If your not sure/ready for the small bike ride this is a safe option. Overall very rideable route BUT we may share SOME of the small bike route at times. Probably will incorporate lunch (and dinner?) at a store or restaurant.

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Kickstands/centerstands up @ 9:00 a.m. sharp for both routes. Starting location is the TAT Shak (http://www.tat-shak.com/)

Also bring a Arkansas map and or GPS. If you need/want to bail out YOU are responsible to follow your bread crumbs back home

Cameras are advised for historical harassment opportunities. Oh yeah, long range weather forecast is looking great for this ride!

Stay tuned, more to come.


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Old 11-24-2013, 10:26 AM   #2
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You stole my thunder Pete, but you did a far better marketing job than I would have. I was going to call it the 1st Annual A.B.F.A.R. (Anti-Black Friday Adventure Ride... a pronounceable acronym), even though we've actually done these the past couple of years, just not an organized "official" ride. The object is to turn the wife loose to shop till her heart's content, while we stay as far away from civilization as possible (as in malls, Kohl's, Maurice's, Old Navy, Wally-Worlds and just the general chaos that goes with this particular day).

The weather is looking good and the conditions should be perfect. It'll be a good way to burn some much needed calories after consuming all the turkey, ham, pie, etc. from the day before!

By the way Pete, what's a KRL? And will XRs be permitted?

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Old 11-24-2013, 11:15 AM   #3
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Corrected Greg and I like pronounceable acronyms too!
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Old 11-24-2013, 01:34 PM   #4
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Hmmmm … perhaps the Mena trio will piggyback on this instead. I've never ridden at Longpool.
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Old 11-24-2013, 03:21 PM   #5
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Any plan to ride Saturday? Unsure about making friday....
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Old 11-24-2013, 04:33 PM   #6
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Any plan to ride Saturday? Unsure about making friday....
Nope. I'm leading the small bike ride and will be too-pooped-to-pop to do any riding Saturday. Most especially if we gas up at The Shak and do another loop in the dark!
Plan on even the day loop wearing out most turkey digesting souls.

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"Hmmmm … perhaps the Mena trio will piggyback on this instead. I've never ridden at Longpool."

Bring it on Scribe!!!
BIG bike or small bike???
Be nice to get some kind of count.

I don't know if this ride is going to be the normal "Longpool" ride. If you want to do that you might want to plan on the BIG bike ride.
Either way, it's gonna be a turkey chucking BLAST!

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Old 11-24-2013, 04:52 PM   #7
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Nope. I'm leading the small bike ride and will be too-pooped-to-pop to do any riding Saturday. Most especially if we gas up at The Shak and do another loop in the dark!
Plan on even the day loop wearing out most turkey digesting souls.

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"Hmmmm … perhaps the Mena trio will piggyback on this instead. I've never ridden at Longpool."

Bring it on Scribe!!!
BIG bike or small bike???
Be nice to get some kind of count.

I don't know if this ride is going to be the normal "Longpool" ride. If you want to do that you might want to plan on the BIG bike ride.
Either way, it's gonna be a turkey chucking BLAST!

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Small bike all the way. The rockier, ruttier, muddier, hillier, snottier, wetter, leafier, the better.
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Old 11-24-2013, 05:09 PM   #8
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I will be there for the small bike ride for sure. Rode part of the route this past Saturday with Bo and Devro, what a blast.

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Can you make any tire recommendations?
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Yea, don't ever mount up a Dunlop D606 Best tire for this area on a small bike is the Pirelli Trials tire.

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Old 11-24-2013, 05:32 PM   #11
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Hmmmm … perhaps the Mena trio will piggyback on this instead. I've never ridden at Longpool.

So here and not Mena? Add another small bike then. Are the coordinates for the TAT Shak posted somewhere?

Found it - GPS 35 30.323, -093 09.953


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So here and not Mena? Add another small bike then. Are the coordinates for the TAT Shak posted somewhere?

Now I got to figure out how to add a night light
Thinking yes, seeing as these guys are much better prepared. Besides, I haven't ridden Longpool.
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Old 11-24-2013, 05:43 PM   #13
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Can we expect tracks for each ride? Before the ride?
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Thinking yes, seeing as these guys are much better prepared. Besides, I haven't ridden Longpool.
Sounds like a deal, me neither.

Hope I'm good enough to keep up.....

That means leaving here around 5:00 am.
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Sounds like a deal, me neither.

Hope I'm good enough to keep up.....

That means leaving here around 5:00 am.
Yeah, early, early, early. I don't think cutting out Thanksgiving night would be well received here at the homestead, however, so no choice.
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