Central Illinois

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

  1. dwthump

    dwthump Been here awhile

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    Hey Squishymonster,

    Enjoy your KLR, I have an '09. There seems to be a good ADV representation in the Champaign area, should get a lot of support. KLR's are great and there is a ton of after-market farkles available.

    If you want to learn good D/S skills, keep the 15t countershaft sprocket on it, it allows the bike to be ridden slower in the dirt with good torque. Ride the multiple gravel roads out in the country, it's not far away. Most KLR owners switch out to a 16t for increased speeds, me included, do it later.

    The stock tires are ok in the dirt but you may need to drop the pressure if you're doing a lot of D/S stuff. Sand will kill a KLR, stock tires will not do. You will need more aggressive tires and honestly, they don't perform badly for all-around riding. My current tire trial is a Kenda270 on the back and a Shinko 244 on the front, works fine but took a little getting used to in the twisties.

    Darren

    *It's a KLR, I'll catch up*
  2. dougsdrive

    dougsdrive Purposely Lost

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  3. Squishymonster

    Squishymonster Adventurer

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    Hey William42, when I first hopped on this thread it was your photos that caught my eye. I thought "that landscape looks familiar, must be close". Though I can't place it. Champaign is generally way flatter than even that, but there are a couple of subtle hills here and there. Maybe it's Mahomet area?

    A couple Sundays ago I took a ride about 40 minutes East to Shangri La Rd. a bit South West(ish) of Danville. Anyone riding in the area might enjoy checking it out. Nothing too special, but relative to what we have around here it is nice.

    I didn't have my GoPro set up at the time, but I will try to get back over there and make a little helmet-cam video.

    https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=...rjF-ilbGOSZL04NiDFIIRLsUE8UWw&t=h&mra=ls&z=14

    I like that whole area because it is pretty much the closest "continuous" forest we can get to since it generally extends South East into Indiana.
  4. William42

    William42 Long timer

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    Yo Squishymonster. bigborefan said it best. In east central Illinois we will ride 50 miles to find a gravel road with a mud puddle in it. It was one of the few times he made sense. :D

    There is some good riding around here. You have to hunt it down. vfrpilot and bigborefan are both good at this.

    We have found some good roads around Danville. There are better ones once you get into Indiana.
  5. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day.

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    Dirt from STL to Cairo, on the IL. side, good luck. Pretty familiar with the north part of that, not much dirt, that I know. Some gravel. Do you have a route in mind? I can work up a route if time permits, and you are interested, I have some tracks. Looking for someone to tag along? I may be caught up by Friday and have some time to ride it.
  6. bigborefan

    bigborefan Making new friends

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    I thought I would update you Central IL cornbillies.

    I bought a house in August. Been very busy with that,and very broke as well. Home Depot loves me.

    Plus, back to school is my busy season at work. Just got off the road after three weeks of airplanes.

    I have squeezed in two small rides on the 950. Rode with RNPaul in IN, a short day ride. I rode south and met TheMasterMike for lunch.

    The 530 just sits. Time for the flea market maybe?

    I got your PM William. I would be more than willing to lead you all around IN. . There is some pretty good stuff just east of the river over there. Plus I need to initiate the new Urbana guys. I can tie together a good day ride.

    How about NOV 1 or 2? It should be cool enough to ride by then.
  7. Gamequeazy

    Gamequeazy Curbjumper

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    I'd drag my lame ass around with ya on those days but that overlaps both a wedding in Chicago and the loose nuts ride.
  8. William42

    William42 Long timer

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    1 or 2 November sounds good to me.
  9. vfrpilot

    vfrpilot Stress Relief Rider

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    I would be willing.......

    Would this be a good bike to ride?

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  10. KWC

    KWC aka "Canadian Karl"

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    Can't decide if I want to ride that or fuck it....



  11. dirtfarmerrich

    dirtfarmerrich Richard

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    I,m going to the loose nut ride if the weather is decent, went last year and had fun and saw a lot of new stuff I hadn,t seen before. Don't know if I,m camping or not, that also depends on the weather.
  12. bigborefan

    bigborefan Making new friends

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    What's a Loose Nut?
  13. Themastermike

    Themastermike Hangin it out

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    Obviously a nut that isn't tight. Duh
  14. wasions

    wasions Hang 10

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  15. KWC

    KWC aka "Canadian Karl"

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  16. Gamequeazy

    Gamequeazy Curbjumper

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    Stupid jerk friends of mine being jerks and getting married.... That ride looks like way more technical stuff than the Hoosier NF ride, but that's the one I actually have time for. Doh!
  17. Truck115

    Truck115 Adventurer

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    Hey mellephants, can you tell me where the Tilton offroad park is. Looks like it might be fun.
    Thanks.
  18. vfrpilot

    vfrpilot Stress Relief Rider

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    I just spent the last hour reading the "loose nut" thread. The tracks look fun, so I think I'm going to ride that on the 2nd and 3rd. No camping for me though, after a cool ride all day I'm plannin on being warm at night. :kumbaya
  19. Gamequeazy

    Gamequeazy Curbjumper

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    The park is off of Tilton Rd in Tilton, just south of Danville. Can't remember the addr but if youre coming from the south off of 14th st there are signs for it off of Tilton rd. You go past the baseball fields to get in the park, and you pay admission to it at the concession stand by the baseball diamonds. 15 bucks for a day pass. There is more info about pricing and hrs if you Google "tilton atv park".

    Source: wrecked there on Sunday and blew a hole in a rad hose haha.
  20. awarren

    awarren Adventurer

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    I'm hoping to make the Loose Nut ride too, dependent on the the weather. Booked at the Baymont Inn, now looking for warm clothes.