Central Illinois

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by z987k, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. Themastermike

    Themastermike Think you caught me in a coma

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    Hey Mr Cash,

    Bigborefan said there was an ADV running around Harrisburg.

    We'll have to meet up for a ride this spring.

    I am over near Pinckneyville. I enjoy the riding around Harrisburg, the ride to get to Harrisburg blows though.

    Nice Pix
  2. jonny cash

    jonny cash LEGEND

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    Look forward to it. Craiger lives over in Herrin, we ride pretty regular. Its pretty easy to spend a couple days just covering the Shawnee from river to river.
  3. blacktruck

    blacktruck Wanderer

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    Yea there are. I've made it a couple of times to there on the hog. We didn't look for dirt roads but did happen across a few. We spent a lot of time riding to points north and west when in the area to cover some miles and passes. No doubt it would be fun on on a DS bike. Next time I go I'll be on one. Great thread here. Only been lurking since Nov or so but I'm in. I was from the southern part of the state when I was a much younger guy. I would love to go back there for a ride or two or three. I've been away for too long it seems. Keep posting the pics so some of us can see and remember there is a life outside of here.
    Ride safe there neighbors.
  4. begeberg

    begeberg Let it burn....

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    Me and Big Brian did a Black Hills trip two years ago. Did about 800 miles of gravel and dirt roads out there. Search this site and especially the GPS portion and you will find plenty of places out there to get offroad from mild to wild. I have a ton of GPS waypoints and tracks for that area another inmate sent me. PM me with your emaill addy if you want me to send them to you.
  5. bigborefan

    bigborefan Making new friends

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    I spent Thursday and Friday in Georgia riding a rented KTM 300XC-W 2-Stroke on off-road single track. A buddy of mine from SC meet me at Highland Park near Cedartown GA. We had the place all to ourselves pretty much.

    http://www.highlandparkresort.com/

    This place is really cool. Out in the sticks, down a dirt road, really nice KTM shop is on the property, 5 cabins, and 41 one-way trails, about 85 miles total. The trails are mild to wild. Great place to ride dirt bikes in the winter.
  6. William42

    William42 Long timer

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    ^^^ Braggart!
  7. bigborefan

    bigborefan Making new friends

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    Mud is evil William. And wet Georgia red clay is pure Hell. 45 degree off cambers, tree roots. covered in leaves, and it was wet. Let's just say I did some pushing...:D

    I am ready to go back if anyone wants to go.
  8. William42

    William42 Long timer

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    I feel much better now. I think that Gary would really like to ride a KTM in those conditions. :evil
  9. vfrpilot

    vfrpilot Stress Relief Rider

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    Hey! Leave me out of this.


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  10. KWC

    KWC aka "Canadian Karl"

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    .....on a nice 2.5 hr "beat the weather" ride on little bikes on Saturday. Some of the gravel was INTERESTING, dry on top with a swimmy layer of freshly thawed muck under it. It was bad enough in one stretch that Bill stopped and asked if it was just his sucky stock tires that came on his new bike or....it wasn't, I was on 90:10 Pirellis on the DRZ and was all over the road on that stretch.

    Anyway, let it be known that William's new Husk-a-beemer is super cool and unfortunately (for me) was pulling away from me and Dr.Zee even with him staying under his break-in RPM! He is going to be a land rocket once he can use the whole RPM range. Hind tit, here I come!

    KWC

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  11. William42

    William42 Long timer

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    Got the Husky broken in today.

    This road was easy to ride fast on

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    Well it was a dead end. I thought I was riding with vfrpilot. :D

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    I found another curve. This is a notable event around here.

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  12. vfrpilot

    vfrpilot Stress Relief Rider

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    Sun was shining, wind was blowing, and the bikes just wouldn't stay in the garage.
    begeberg led us around the flat lands of Central IL

    William bowing to the Husky Gods
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    Everybody has their camera out....... what could be so special

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    Oh, now I see ........ It's William and his trusty steed ........, a modern day Don Quixote

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    Keith and Brian making up our mind on which way to turn

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    Heated gear was the hot ticket for the day, and a good ride was had by all. :clap
  13. begeberg

    begeberg Let it burn....

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    Great time today!! Sorry I missed the Canadian motorcycle acrobatic show that Keith did for you guys. :D
  14. spidermann

    spidermann nutcase

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    I just finished making a video that I've been working on for a long time. I put it on Utube and it's the first one I've ever done. Please take a look at it and see what you think. Thanks.
    Jeff - Decatur

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS2ljnErAjI
  15. dougsdrive

    dougsdrive Purposely Lost

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    Great job! I envious of your travels.
  16. KWC

    KWC aka "Canadian Karl"

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    Was just demonstrating my ice racing cornering technique. Back in the great white north, there were no roads when I was a kid and I had to ride my motorcycle to school on frozen rivers. Ten miles up hill - both ways. Now you try and make a river do that.





  17. William42

    William42 Long timer

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    We met at Keith's place for this ride. Keith noted that Brian slagged my new Husky in record time.:cry

    Gary showed up on a KTM. The KTM wasn't pink and he wasn't wearing a tutu. I am so confused.

    I rode in the rear so Brian would not have to look at my unworthy Husky.

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    We noticed that Gary tried to hide the KTM behind all the other bikes. :evil

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    Now this road doesn't look so bad. I was wondering how well the Metzeler Shahras would do on mud. My very limited prior experience was negative. This little section of road demonstrated that at least for me they don't work in mud. Brain and Keith had time for a nice nap by the time I caught up to them.

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  18. William42

    William42 Long timer

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    Outstanding job. :thumb:thumb
  19. vfrpilot

    vfrpilot Stress Relief Rider

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    Nice job Jeff!
    I enjoyed it so much I watched it several times. :thumb
  20. alma1992

    alma1992 Jaded AND Cynical!

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    Great stuff! Thanks for sharing.
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