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Old 08-07-2010, 11:14 PM   #1
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First ride on a new bike is always special

Even though my birthday was close to 50 years ago.... I feel like a kid at Christmas right now. Thats right a new motorcycle.... Not sure what it is about a new motorcycle, but any time I get a new bike, there is a sense of excitement that is hard to hide. When i was a young man, I worked for a dealership. Every year I bought a new bike. My girlfriend knew that was part of my life, and she actually liked riding with me... So she became my wife. Over the years, kids started showing up in our household... They became expensive... and well, I wasn't buying new bikes every year anymore.

Kids are getting older now... College scholarships help pay for their room and board, under a roof that is not mine.... and with only the boy left at home, I have a bit more freedom with the cashola.... So.. I scratched an itch that has been bugging me since last week. I don't think it was poison ivy... but when my son and I were out riding with friends in Colorado I had the opportunity to ride a KTM690 Enduro R..... It felt a lot like my old 450EXC but when you pin the throttle all hell breaks loose. Drifting around corners on gravel roads, with the steering at full lock is childs play on this thing.. Wheelies... pick a gear, any gear... Well balanced chassis, and taught suspension make the 690 one of the best off road play bikes I have ever ridden.... So I sold my overweight, Dakar... which was a hard decision. I had spent a lot of time going through it, and making it into a great adventure bike. But it was just not going to ever be a woods bike.
5 minutes after I had the check in my hand, I made the call to the KTM dealer.. My insurance agent.. and my wife to inform her that our Friday date night had been changed... Instead of going to listen to the smooth jazz band.. We would be making a quick trip to Little Rock. She has a way of showing support for me and being excited about stuff... that I doubt interest her... She just loves me I guess.

I hooked my my GPS.. and stuffed my essentials in my Camelback... and told the son to be up by 9:00 Sat am because we were going riding!!!
After stuffing tire tools, air compressor, KTM tool bag... and the hydration pack.. there was no room for a camera. I don't have a tank bag yet that will fit the KTM.... So I will have to make do with the old Iphone camera for this trip. No bitching about the quality of the pics

Our first stop was up on Petit Jean.. Today's weather was unseasonably cool and the ride was quite pleasant.



We headed west and stopped for gas in Centerville. Continued on until I saw a little road I had never been on before... Started out paved, then became gravel and took us to Spring Lake.




Oh by the way.. until the child like excitement wears off.. be prepared to see the 690 in most all of my pictures... Wonder if I can get it into our next family portrait for the Christmas cards this year???

Spring lake...




We ended up on some roads I knew from years ago, we played a little bit on the ATV trail system...


















and came out on Mt Magazine by Shirleys Outback. Great place to eat, if you are ever up that way... We were headed for Oark though, for grub today... It was now well past noon, so we took 309 north to Ozark... Got sprinkled on just a bit... Then the sun came out and the temps began to rise. Sat in road construction for 15 minutes, on hwy 23... then finally made it to Oark








for todays special around 2:00 pm.




By now it was getting pretty hot outside... and I knew I had a 5 hour job waiting for me when I got back home.. So we took the most direct route home. This turned out to be a decent ride, with nice scenery and cooler temps in the higher eleations. as I look at the scenery i was reminded how pretty Arkansas is.. and that trips to Colorado may be nice once in a while.. but I am not sure I will be going every year... I want to do more exploring at home, and up in the Mark Twain Nat. Forest in Missouri.

about a 300 mile day....



The KTM did everything I wanted.. and did it with pizazz... It will roost rocks as far back as I can see in the mirrors... Eats up rough trails, and will tour down the highway... Although I will be ordering a different seat. :) My son seemed to have a great time too... and spending time with him is worth far more than what I paid for the bike....
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Old 08-07-2010, 11:40 PM   #2
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Old 08-08-2010, 03:26 AM   #3
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First of all, congratulations on your new bike! It really looks awesome.

Great pictures as well, looks like lots of fun.
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Old 08-08-2010, 09:20 AM   #4
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Congrats on the new arrival!

Were ya'll at the Clayton Dual sport last year? Think I recognize.....
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Old 08-08-2010, 11:39 AM   #5
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Not last year... I did meet some guys from OKC a few years back at Devils Den... Pratt and some of his friends.. if you were part of that group. Maybe I have a generic face.
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Old 08-08-2010, 05:20 PM   #6
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Great report. Lots of good pictures too. Although they have an orange colorcast to them!

That is one sharp bike! Lean and hungry looking.


Generic face. I thought Rob did, or... wait now I'm confused... I am at the Harley rally after all...
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Old 08-08-2010, 06:00 PM   #7
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What a cool shot! Grats on your new bike!
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Old 08-09-2010, 06:48 PM   #8
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So jealous.

I won't be selling my Dakar but I've been wanting some (more) orange in my garage and the TT500 isn't enough.




Are you ready for a ride over Maroon Pass at next year's TOR?
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Old 08-09-2010, 06:54 PM   #9
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As long as I don't freeze from fear of heights... I am good for any of the CO. passes...
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Old 08-09-2010, 06:58 PM   #10
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Bill, that iphone seems to do just fine as a sub. Is the bike 690cc?
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Old 08-09-2010, 07:13 PM   #11
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Old 08-11-2010, 05:39 AM   #12
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schweet. maybe now you can get over Schofield a bit easier than on the R11?
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Old 08-20-2010, 07:42 AM   #13
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Beautiful Bike!

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