Are you riding the DR Charlie? I could probably go if mostly backroads/county road. The XT is rarin' to go. It has been in the hot sun at the front porch since the big ride and a shorter ride, and I barely get the button pushed and it fires up perfectly, without choking! Anyway the XT is ready, I am ready, now I just gotta find the (all day) wiggle room. Fortunately since the ex likes to claim she has Elly on holidays (and me the other 97%) Mem day might be free for me and I can clear my head and remember. I actually would not mind a chunk of pavement (to avoid the dust) if 55-60 was enough vroom. this is a big fat maybe on the ride monday, as always. But let us know the meeting loc if the ride happens. I will know either way by sunday(ish) Now back out to the flea-market of a yard I have, getting hot, ALSO: Standing over the bike pondering this Sat morning, here is a bit of XT trivia: The front fender can do a 120 degree backbend for a bit and be back to perfect original (I assume most fenders can do this). Now for a plastic gas tank and skid plate.