CENTEX ADV: Quest for the HOLY SMOKE!

Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by ghostrider1964, Mar 29, 2010.

  1. FotoTEX

    FotoTEX Long timer

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    Those two go great together.....
  2. Kylerbry

    Kylerbry BMW F700 GS | 1st Bike ever

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    Well articulated! I love the illustration you provided about Ole Man Weaver! Great Story - I'm now salivating for some Good Ole Texas QUE!
  3. pacman1

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    Finally made it to Heim Barbeque in Ft Worth. It was every bit as good at the Q they served out of their trailer. No review on the sausage or ribs, I only had brisket. It was heavenly.

    I'm thinking about a ride to Snow's BBQ in Lexington on March 31. Anyone from the metromess interested in riding down with me? I'm planning on hitting the road very early and slabbing it down there since they open at 8 and sell out pretty quickly. Then coming home I thought I'd hit some FM roads. There aren't many curves going that way, but we should be able to find a few.
  4. Kylerbry

    Kylerbry BMW F700 GS | 1st Bike ever

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    whats up Pac - Im from Arlington - Im a newby rider , just got my first bike F700gs but looking to ride w/ some locals. Let me know if and when you wanna roll. I'm thinking I wanna check out that "Heim BBQ" never heard of it but I certainly love my Q
  5. pacman1

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    You should definitely go to Heim. My opinion, it's the best BBQ in DFW, and that's saying something because I thought Pecan Lodge in Dallas was pretty damn great.

    On the trip to Snow's in Lexington, I'm definitely going. My plan is to head out EARLY Saturday the 1st, **Now planning to depart at 8am, arriving at Snow's around 10am.** We can take a more scenic route on the way home.

    If you (and anyone else interested in going) are up for that you're more than welcome to join me. Some things to be mindful of: I noticed that you're a pretty new rider. Please be sure you're ready for a 300+ mile ride. I only mention this because I've seen new guys get in over their heads on a long ride and bail out and turn back early. Not the end of the world, for sure, but something to think about before committing. Also, be sure you have warm gear to wear for the first part of the ride (and somewhere to stow it when it gets warmer - like a tank or tail bag). That time of the morning in late March can still be cold, and freezing your ass off will also make you want to turn around and go home.

    Not trying to dissuade you by any means, I just want you to be prepared. I've ridden with quite a few new riders and have seen it go very well, and I've seen it go very poorly. Just want you to have a good ride.

    Edited to fix the date. I'm a fool sometimes ;)
    Edited again with new departure time.
  6. Kylerbry

    Kylerbry BMW F700 GS | 1st Bike ever

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    PAC- No I appreciate the honesty by all means... I certainly would not want to be the one in a position to have to bail on a ride because of lack of experience. Would you say an F700gs is made for such long rides? It's my first bike and I was really looking for something that could handle the longer hauls but I didn't splurge as I wanted to get acclimated before spending the Big $$ on my first bike; with that said, is my bike capable , comfortably , of doing a ride like that? In your Honest Opinion what would my bike need to make my trip comfortable enough to take a 300+ mile haul and be totally comfy??
  7. pacman1

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    Your bike will be great for the ride. No issues there at all. Just take care of normal maintenance stuff before the ride - check the oil and other fluids, tire pressure, lube the chain and set the tension. Normal stuff like that. You want the bike in tip-top shape since you're relying on it to get you home.

    For yourself, like I said earlier you need to be prepared for cooler temps for the early morning part of the ride. If you have a riding jacket with a liner, make sure you put it in. You can take it out later if you get hot. A non-riding jacket is generally not a good idea for long-distance rides, especially if it's cool. They simply cannot block the wind, which is what makes you cold. If you have riding pants I would wear those. For me, jeans are not enough to keep my legs warm on a naked bike like yours, but others are perfectly comfortable with just jeans. It might be a good idea to go for a quick test run early in the morning to see if you stay warm enough with your riding gear of choice, and keep in mind we'll be riding in those cool/cold temps for about 150 miles, and at 50*F and 70mph the windchill will be in the 30s. I would also recommend boots if you have them. Your feet will get cold in sneakers, plus boots protect your feet better anyway.

    It'll be warmer for the ride home, so you'll need a tank bag or tail pack (or did your bike come with side cases?) to stow your liner and other layers as you shed them.

    Other than that, just be prepared to be saddlesore, but grinning from ear to ear, during and after the ride.
  8. leeo45

    leeo45 Longtime Lurker

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    Kylerbry,

    Great advice from pacman about preparation for a ride. One additional thing to keep in mind in light of your comment above..... As a new rider, don't let yourself get sucked too far into your discomfort or unsafe zone. That could be weather, speed, road conditions, traffic, distance, or a host of other issues that you may have never considered. In a group ride, experienced riders can handle a lot of things almost effortlessly that may put you in danger. They may not even recognize the challenges you are facing. Take your own map, know where you are going on your own, and be willing to ride your own ride so that you stay safe. Have fun and enjoy the BBQ. :dukegirl

    And BTW, you may find that your 700 is the biggest bike you ever need to ride around the world. I have ridden across the U.S. and Canada numerous times on 800cc and smaller bikes. A smaller bike is my strong preference unless I have a passenger.
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  9. Kylerbry

    Kylerbry BMW F700 GS | 1st Bike ever

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    HEY' LEEO - FIRST OFF THANK YOU! i really appreciate that sound advice. I'm not going to be able to go on that large ride, I'm a single father of 3 living and working in South Arlington - near Dallas Tx. I dont even know one other rider to be honest. Right now i'm just enjoying riding around the city when i get the chance. Because it's just me I have to choose a time when my kids are either disposed w/ Television or Asleep; unless they're out with their cousins then i can get out a little longer, at least until they get a little older.
    We'll i was looking at the 800's and they're much larger than the 700's which to me would make more sense on the highway- I just seems when i get out on the highway my bike seems to be pushing it to get up to 70... I dont know if it's because i dont have a good windscreen , i hope thats the only issue because i really got my bike because i wanna just cruise and hit the long open highways and see the sights! I"ve always loved motorcycles and i would really love more than anything to ride with a buddy or two and be able to communicate and just explore... I love watching the Youtube videos where the guys go on expeditions together and they're using their sena's to speak to each other, seems like SOOOO much fun!
  10. pacman1

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    For you DFW guys and gals who like to eat Central Texas barbecue (uh, who doesn't, right?), I would like to start planning and/or participating in semi-regular rides to eat barbecue or other great food in the Hill Country and beyond. I'm willing to do the planning, unless someone else has something going already. I haven't read every post in this thread, so I may have missed where someone else is already planning rides.

    I picked Snow's as my first trip (since getting back into riding back in January after a 10 year hiatus) because, frankly, I'm not sure how much longer Tootsie Tomanetz, the pitmaster at Snow's, will be able to tend the pits (she's around 80 I think). I figure I better check that one off the list first while she's still going strong, but I for sure want to hit other places with a few other riders if the interest is there.
  11. mike

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    I might be able to participate. My work schedule is wonky. Post up when and where
  12. pacman1

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    Would be great if you can join us Mike.

    I've been playing with this trip planning site I found called Furkot. It will export your route in a number of different formats to use in various navigation systems. If anyone would like the GPS file let me know and I can email whatever format you need. Seems to be a pretty handy tool, but the time estimates aren't very accurate from what I can tell. Still pretty decent for planning trips on a laptop and then importing it into a free/cheap smartphone/tablet nav app, rather than buying a $700 nav system.

    Anyhow, here's the (updated with new departure time) plan: https://trips.furkot.com/ts/ZtUydq

    @Kylerbry and anyone else from the DFDub who'd like to join in, we'll meet at the QuickTrip at the southwest corner of I35W and HWY67 in Alvarado.

    EDIT: Departure time moved to 10:00am. I'll be there a little early.

    Mike and anyone else coming from others parts, we should be rolling into Snow's right around 10am.
  13. mike

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    Can't make this trip. Won't be home till Monday.
  14. halobum

    halobum Been here awhile

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    The early nature of your trip probably adds to the excitement, but the two times I have been to Snows there was never an issue. The first time we arrived around eleven and walked right in. I had read all the warnings and figured it was a wasted trip. Nope, no shortages of food.The second time we were even later and there was a small line but still no issues with being out of food.
    Maybe we just got lucky.
  15. fly-by75

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    Hey pacman1...I was checking my schedule to see about grabbing a few riders and meeting up with you at some point along the way...we'd be coming from the Gatesville area in the hill country. Then I realized that Saturday is the 1st of April...was that what you meant, or am I just a fool? Hahaha. We'd probably hit the road around 8, putting us in Lexington around 10.
  16. pacman1

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    Yes, Saturday the 1st, no foolin. Sorry! I fixed my earlier post.


    So far, I'm planning on getting there about 8, but maybe I'm getting a little excitable? Just going by what I've read online the food is gone by 10, but @halobum has had good luck getting there later in the morning. Now I'm conflicted. A later start would make for a more enjoyable ride.....
  17. fly-by75

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    I've been to some pretty badass BBQ joints that sell out quickly, but never before noon. I don't get off duty until 0800, so I can't make it any earlier than 10...not to mention, I'm gonna try to get ghoshtrider1964, bigdave-gs and TXjames to go as well...God knows those slugs won't be up at 0600!!!
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    OK, I flexed my google-fu and really dug deep into the reviews on Yelp, TripAdvisor, Zagat, etc. It looks like the typical sold-out time is around noon, which means if you get there by 10 you'll be in good shape. Looks like the 2 hour sell-outs were taking place a few years back when the original Texas Monthly article was still whipping people into a frenzy.

    So, ADVRider wisdom is deep and wide and who am I to question it. 10am it is. I'll update previous posts.

    @Kylerbry How does an 8:00am departure time work for you? I think this will make the ride much more enjoyable, especially for a newer rider. It'll still be cold, but at least it won't be dark. I hope you can make it, it think this would be a great first long-ish ride for person wanting to get into touring on a motorcycle.

    @fly-by75 Do you want to try to meet up somewhere along the way?

    https://trips.furkot.com/ts/ZtUydq

    My Navigation app has us arriving in Cameron for a fuel stop at about 9:30, or we can just meet up at Snow's.
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    Looks like we'd be arriving in Cameron about the same time. Might as well meet up there and ride in together...showing Snow's a proper ADV caravan.
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    Sounds good! See you there.

    Exxon in Cameron.