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Old 06-26-2011, 09:55 PM   #1
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Gravel road run on my Concours 14

My wife and I took off today to ride to Davisville, MO to see the Dillard Mill and eat at a place called the Traveler's Table. So we left about 11 and took off on some great Ozark roads. Somehow, about 15 miles from Davisville my TomTom wanted to take us on a "shortcut". Well the road started out as hardball, but about half a mile later I was on gravel, and I figured that I was gonna be back on pavement soon enough if I just pushed on through. Well lets just say we ended up on a dead end after about 15 miles of trying to make my sport tourer into an adventure tourer. I was pretty ticked at the time, but when I stopped to get my bearings, my wife told me that I would be laughing about it as soon as we found some blacktop. A Wee Strom this bike ain't, but maybe with the right tires I could see myself making it through some pretty nasty roads on my trip to Alaska. All in all it was a great day and we covered about 400 miles (about 25 of that on gravel) the Traveler's Table was an excellent restaurant, and Dillard Mill was pretty interesting also. If you are in the area for the great roads you might as well take an hour out of your day to stop by and visit both.

Outside the restaurant and it looks pretty nasty (for a street bike anyway)






My wife was getting a little overheated so she had to stay cool somehow, am I really gonna say "no honey don't dump that cool water on yourself?"............................ Ummmmmm nope!


Here is Dillard Mill


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Old 06-26-2011, 10:52 PM   #2
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Had to laugh here JD. I tried five miles recently on a gravel road, up and down hills, and was a little challenged as well on my sport tourer. I've been looking for a good used "dirty bike" as WVHillbilly likes to call em ever since. Great report keep em coming.


and a great big "THANK YOU" to you and your wife for serving your nation. Keep up the great work.

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Old 06-27-2011, 06:21 AM   #3
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Had to laugh here JD. I tried five miles recently on a gravel road, up and down hills, and was a little challenged as well on my sport tourer. I've been looking for a good used "dirty bike" as WVHillbilly likes to call em ever since. Great report keep em coming.


and a great big "THANK YOU" to you and your wife for serving your nation. Keep up the great work.

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First off, thank you for the support and also for paying your taxes so I can continue to get a paycheck and support my addiction of burning dead dinosaurs.


The funny thing was that I was trying to get my wife to take some video before we got lost........ errrr I mean took the scenic route. She said she wishes that she would have had the camera going while we were on the gravel roads because we were hitting bushes and tree branches that were hanging into the road. This wasn't a normal gravel road these were forest access roads in the Mark Twain National Forest. So they were rutted up and overgrown, any more and neither my bike or me could probably not have handled it. There were several times that I about wiped out and I am just happy that I didn't put the mother of my children into the gravel.
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:47 AM   #4
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That powdery stuff resembles deep dust in well-travel areas of an a-a in Iraq!

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Outside the restaurant and it looks pretty nasty (for a street bike anyway)





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Old 03-14-2013, 12:54 PM   #5
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Way to get 'er done! I had quite a few gravel road miles on my ZX-12r before sanity set in and I branched out to other bikes.
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