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Old 10-29-2014, 01:21 PM   #1
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Hot Springs, AR rider looking for local riding buddies

Hey, have been on this board for some time. I have gone from a 650gs, to a 1200gs to nothing and now wanting to reenter the dual sport riding. I am looking at purchasing a F800GS but am wanting to find some guys that enjoy the backcountry riding. I live in Hot Springs, AR and am looking for a club or group that is in the area. If you know of anyone or if you are one, let me know. I plan on picking up a bike in the next few weeks and getting started again. Thanks and I look forward to meeting some Arkansas riders and exploring the state's backcountry
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Old 10-29-2014, 03:43 PM   #2
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there are a bunch of guys down in your area...might check this thread for some ideas of some guys near ya..good luck
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Old 10-29-2014, 07:52 PM   #3
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I ride a f800 gs, absolutely love it! I am in the Texarkana area and try to get up to nw Arkansas as much as possible.
Keep an eye on the regional forums for upcoming rides.
I'm planning to ride the anti Black Friday ride 11/28 & 11/29.
There is a great group of riders that will attend this one and it will have big bike friendly routes.
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Old 10-30-2014, 12:15 PM   #4
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I work too much and don't get to ride as much as I used to.
Maybe we can ride before it gets too cold.
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Old 10-30-2014, 02:19 PM   #5
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I am still trying to locate a bike with the options I want. Thought I had one but it didn't have the right stuff. I have feelers out at several different BMW dealers in three states. I will see what comes of it. I will keep watching the board until I get my bike
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Old 10-30-2014, 02:24 PM   #6
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I ride a f800 gs, absolutely love it! I am in the Texarkana area and try to get up to nw Arkansas as much as possible.
Keep an eye on the regional forums for upcoming rides.
I'm planning to ride the anti Black Friday ride 11/28 & 11/29.
There is a great group of riders that will attend this one and it will have big bike friendly routes.
Word has it on good authority to watch out for this crazy banshee! He has been known to help fellow riders dry out their bikes, come to the rescue on oil changes, and freaking slab it back once the going gets out of going!

Good to hear from you ACODY!!
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Old 11-02-2014, 06:08 AM   #7
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Yep, if you have a bike by then, then try to make the Anti Black Friday Ride.

It will be the day after Thanksgiving and leave from the TAT shack north of Dover. Camping at Longpool or motel in Russellville. There will be a knarley little bike ride and a tamer big bike ride. Both will be awesome.

You'll meet a lot of good guys that like to ride It is hosted by the Adventure Riders of Arkansas and a newley opened website at araride.com
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Old 11-02-2014, 06:31 AM   #8
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Dagwood,

Thanks for the info. I was going to buy a 2013 leftover but am thinking on the 2015. I will look at the new website. I really want to find a group to ride with so I will get to see more of the state. Thanks and hope to have the bike soon
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Old 12-04-2014, 11:35 AM   #9
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I bought a KX65 for my daughter today. I don't know whether she will like it or not. It's a big step from her CRF70.
The 65 would have been the most important thing in my life at her age. That was a few decades before bikes like this were made.
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Old 12-25-2014, 02:30 PM   #10
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Taught my daughter to work a manual clutch this afternoon. Kids learn so much quicker and easier than adults.
I put a 12 ounce flywheel weight on it, which helped a bunch.
She told me to sell the 70, she likes the 65 better. Oh yes.
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Old Yesterday, 12:58 PM   #11
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Hey, have been on this board for some time. I have gone from a 650gs, to a 1200gs to nothing and now wanting to reenter the dual sport riding. I am looking at purchasing a F800GS but am wanting to find some guys that enjoy the backcountry riding. I live in Hot Springs, AR and am looking for a club or group that is in the area. If you know of anyone or if you are one, let me know. I plan on picking up a bike in the next few weeks and getting started again. Thanks and I look forward to meeting some Arkansas riders and exploring the state's backcountry
You picked a good place to come to. Your right outside some great riding (Winona and Sylvia) Lots of dirt roads and trails out there. Been riding out there for years.
There's quite a few guys here in Little Rock who have KLR'S, DR's, XR's BMW's etc etc who do a good bit of riding down there.
The thread previously mentioned is also a good place to start a lot of the LR, Hot springs guys watch that thread.
Shoot me a PM if you need any help or if you want to go for a ride once you get a bike in order.
Some pics from that area.





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Old Yesterday, 02:18 PM   #12
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Well, I got the bike and all kinds of goodies for Christmas. I will go with a more aggressive tire setup when spring gets here. Hope to catch some decent weather so I can go out and ride soon. I really like the way the F800GS handles on the road. It is not as fast as my R1200GS was but it is also not as heavy. Looking forward to meeting some of the central Arkansas riders this spring and seeing the back country
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