Arkansas Ride Reports

Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by 10Cup, Feb 27, 2010.

  1. katbeanz

    katbeanz earthbound misfit, I

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    Cool report, did you notice an old cabin with newer stuff around it on beautful road? The water dripping is bluff spring IIRC.
    Double dipper was where I first met Zecatfish last year and he rode with us back to SLAP rally @ white rock. :thumb I'm thinking of heading down that way pretty quick, you got over a foot of snow since friday? :huh
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  2. DrLewall

    DrLewall The Human GPS

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    yep..but snow should be gone by late tues afternoon...I do figger the roads will be a lil sloppy for a few days...I also will be out and abt down by WR friday with drzcharlie..maybe we'll see ya?
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  3. katbeanz

    katbeanz earthbound misfit, I

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    I prolly won't get things together that soon, banned wheel taco-ing Charlie? :evil :thumb

    Pardon the OT, I wanna go check this place out.

    http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/ar/weathers.html
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  4. 10Cup

    10Cup Long timer

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    Ya know we did see some old cabins but I can't remember where. Always like to see the old buildings and explore them when ever I can. This was a long ride but a lot of fun too. Good info on last year thanks.
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  5. on2wheels52

    on2wheels52 Long timer

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    Gray haired guys on dualies, what next? Thanks for the report 10c.
    Jim
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  6. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    I just dye my hair white to look more...ummmm....."distinguished" Yeah...that's it distinguished! or is that extinguished?
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  7. DrLewall

    DrLewall The Human GPS

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    careful there..you may end up dying it blue and then you'll have to go buy a Lincoln
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  8. Elvis70

    Elvis70 No speed traps in the sky

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    When I lived in Florida I drove a Mercury Grand Marquis. Great to own when you work in Mtn. Home, AR but live in Florida.

    The problem was finding the car in the parking lot at Sams Club in FL. Only about 50% of the parking lot was Mercury Grand Marrquis(es?) 50% of those had scooter mounts on a receiver hitch so that narrowed it down a bit.

    I kid you not the parking lot at Sams had about 30 hindicapped parking spots and they were all full.

    After about a month there my wife aks, "have you noticed all the wheelchair sales and rapairs stores here?" I had never seen one before that.
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  9. 10Cup

    10Cup Long timer

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    having any hair at my age is a real plus 2wheels :D I see you are working on getting a little more grey yourself...by the way are you going to grow your mustache out like your German, or is it Austrian friend....:huh :huh Love your ride report, beautiful country. I used to own a BMW F800 myself, found it not to my liking for the riding I do around here so sold it and bought the best dual sport bike made, the Yamaha WR250R......about a hundred times better for dual sport riding. The F800 was a rocket on the highway but too much power and weight for anything very technical off road. I'm sure some like the bike for that kind of riding but I didn't. The seat that came on it should be banned by human rights organizations too.........ride it for a day and you could not sit down for two days after ............worst bike seat I have ever set on......I looked for my shorts for about two hours and finally found them up my ass...........hope your 650 is more comfortable.

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  10. DrLewall

    DrLewall The Human GPS

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    his long stash friend obviously doesnt ride cause if he did, he'd have most of them whiskers pulled out from taking his helmet off! :huh
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  11. Dragon43

    Dragon43 If you insist.

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    Now that is a beard !!!!!!!!! :clap
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  12. 10Cup

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    Come on Gus, you got the goods just need a curl :D
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  13. Dragon43

    Dragon43 If you insist.

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    Bawahahaha, I'll ask if Colleen will help I don't "DO" curls..... :evil
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  14. Elvis70

    Elvis70 No speed traps in the sky

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    I just can't imagine having to take care of that stache. I bet he can eat breakfast and taste the gravy for 3 days.
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  15. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    Sorta like eating pussy eh Elvis?
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  16. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    Well, I was invited by RipperFox to join him and the other Okies for Pannell Rd. and Lee Creek today but wimped out. I hurt my wrist in a tree cutting accident about a week ago, it's much better but not good enough to ride that type of terrain for sustained periods.

    So, I was sitting here bored, feeling sorry for myself and decided to take a nice slow, calm ride (mostly) into Missouri. So I headed West on Arkansas 62 and started tracking with the GPS at Busch.

    Oh, and my Son (17) informed his Mother that he was going to bring his girlfriend to our house for dinner for the first time. Of course my wife wigged out hearing htis and asked me to be home around 5 ish. So, being the kinda guy I am (stfu) I stayed relatively close to home and got back around 3:30 pm.

    I've done most of this loop before but took off down a couple of new roads today and they were a blast.

    There was a bit of really twisty and fast tarmac on a road that runs parallel and is sandwiched between Arkansas 62 and Missouri 90. It was just a blast! Fast, twisty and no cops. I've labeled that bit of road in my track map below. It is suitable for big bikes and would be an absolute blast on a sport bike.

    Saw some old structures along the way

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    And had some nice scenery along the way and in fact, it was quite Mooooo ving!

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    I made a big loop and ended up in Mark Twain State Forest and then to Roaring River State Park

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    My Route

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    My trip totals

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  17. JV

    JV What?

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    Safetyfifth and I met up in Drasco this morning with hopes of a little warmer temps and a good ride. Well we got some of both but not quite what I was hoping for ride wise. We left out after Aaron warmed up a bit took Hwy 5 north then a gravels tie road over to Hwy 14. Before you make it to Mountain View you hang a left up Iron Mountain Road. It's a nice rocky climb that has you on the pegs quite a bit and the mud wasn't bad at all this year. We stopped about a third of the way up to air down our tires and made it to the old fire tower fairly quick.

    That's when the problem set in. My KLR would barely crank over and we had to push start it. I decided to run the rest of the ridge back to Hwy 5 and do a check on the battery terminals to see if the neg had worked loose. It's done it before a couple of times but it acted different this time trying to start it. After stopping for a check we called it off for fear of really get in a tight spot later today. We made it back to Wolf Bayou and split off for home.

    So into the shop the rest of the day checking stator, battery, rectifier and connections. I got the battery on the charger right now to get a full charge if possible. It would only register 12.1 after the 50 mile ride home from where we split off and the charge voltage when running was 13.2 at 4000 rpm...That's not right, somethings amiss. I checked my meter on the Wee and it would hit 14.4 just off idle.

    150 miles for the day for me. Here's the pics I did take.

    Coming into the hills off the delta. It started out promising.
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    White river at Oil Trough, a bit high.
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    Safetyfifth warming up.
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    On the tie road.
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    At the tower.
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    Last shot of the day.
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  18. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    "It would only register 12.1 after the 50 mile ride home from where we split off and the charge voltage when running was 13.2 at 4000 rpm...That's not right, somethings amiss."

    You should be running about 14 volts at 5K.

    I had to replace my stator recently. I got mine at RM STATOR.

    They have an online electrical fault FLOW CHART that may help you find what the problem is.


    Great pics and report, hope you get your bike problems sorted.
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  19. Zecatfish

    Zecatfish XTique Rider

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    Charlie,
    Looks like a nice ride. That road along the creek reminded me of the old MN&A RR line I was riding the other day.

    JV,
    I hate having issues like that starting out a ride. I had an issue with Safteyfifth one time too. I had the CS sproket loose al its teeth and had to cut the ride short. :cry

    I took the wife and kids on a dirt road ride in the Cherokee, we rode the same route I use to get the National Forest when not in a hurry. The Mrs loved the Scenic vistas and the remoteness of the route. I told her if I ever broke down back there I was just plain screwed it was a LOOONNGG walk to the nearest help.
    The kids like the creek crossing. They make me back up and hit it a couple more times to see how much water we could spray. :lol3
    It was a nice afternoon.
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  20. 10Cup

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    Well here I set while you guys are riding.......got to change that this coming week!! Great pictures from all,.... well cept for Fish :D Friday is looking real good this coming week, hope the week goes well so I can make a break for it. Anyone else got plans?
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