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Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by HighTechCoonass, Feb 16, 2011.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
I think this is the right thread....spending some time in Erath (just south of Lafayette) visiting the wife's family and brought the bike (Husky FE450) with me. Can anyone give me some advice on some good riding areas nearby? Went to Camp Clairborne OHV near Forest Hill today and wasn't overly impressed...looking for flowey two track/singletrack.
I'm sure you know by now, but Claiborne is about the best we have.
It's nowhere near as fun as it used to be... especially since 4-wheelers all started "mudding" out there, which brought in heavy Wildlife & Fisheries Enforcement (early - mid '90s).
I've seen dirt bikes get speeding tickets in the parking lot for going over 5 mph... which is well below first gear idle speed for a LOT of dirt bikes.
I've been stopped more than once to have my completely stock KLR450R muffler checked for a spark arrestor... my bike isn't loud AT ALL with the factory muffler on it.
Decent off-roading in Louisiana has pretty much gone away unless you know someone with land.
Amen to that, he knows what he is talking about. You live down here and want to ride offroad you need to get your mind right about traveling.
I remember when Forest Hill was the go to place with single track and camping wherever you wanted. Used to go there with the family and meet friends with their kids for day rides and for week long camping when the kids were out of school. It was self regulated and low stress. Too bad what it's become. It's why I ride my Tiger 800 now and head out of state when I can and my KTM sits idle. ( Hopefully to be a lot more riding soon.... I have 7 more show up days to work till retirement..... )
I want to invite you Panhandlers over to our annual SLAP Rally in the heart of the Ozarks. A wonderful time is guaranteed for all.
ADV SLAP Rally - Squeal Like a Pig!
When: May 19-21, 2017
Where: Byrd's Adventure Center, Ozark, Arkansas
Cost: as low as $57 or $77 with a T-shirt. *In case you aren't paying attention, that's really damn cheap!!
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Howdy everyone, just joined.
Welcome to the group.
Hello all...my name is Guy and I live in Gonzales. I am in the process of rebuilding not 1, but 2 DR 650's with the intention of turning one into a Supermoto and the other into an Adventure/off road ride. I've only lived here for about 6 months but have noticed that there isn't as much off road riding potential as on road, but once I'm rollin I will be on the lookout for places to ride and people to ride with...look forward to meeting some of you all...
There's lots of really good dual sport riding around here.
-just have to cross paths with the guys that know where we hide the good stuff.
We head up to NW Arkansas for the super really good stuff. I'd say come along for the AR500, but Scotty just closed the registration.
I'd offer to take you around today, but I'm sick as a dog.
Thanks for the offer, Dirty...I will take you up on it, but I have to get the bike(s) ready...right now one is a bare frame and the other is a rolling chassis with no motor...It's really ironic because I grew up on East Texas on Lake Toledo Bend and If I still lived around there, I would have Literally HUNDREDS of miles of State, County, Dirt and logging roads to ride...
I just moved to LA, looking for good rides in the area.
Any recommendations for gear? I want to get a jacket, pants, helmet that offers good protection and still accommodates the heat. Any recommendations would be awesome!
Where in LA do you live? I typically shop online but in BR we have a Cycle Gear & BMW Of BR. Both can get you almost anything you need. I typically go to Cycle Gear for helmets if I don't buy on line; they have the best return policy around.
I am in the Alexandria area and we have nothing for a place to buy gear. I am new so still searching for gear myself.
Buy once, cry once.
My first question is are you mostly a fair weather rider or do you ride all seasons and weather conditions?
If you're a fair weather rider you can get by with most any manufacturer's mesh jacket & pants. A cheap set of Frogg Toggs for the occasional rain you might get caught in and you'll be set.
If you're an all seasons rider I recommend a quality set of textile gear. I prefer Aerostich but I also own and have worn Tour Master textile jackets and overpants. I personally find that while sitting still all gear is hot. When moving I prefer textile as I can feel the air channeling up my sleeves and evaporating the sweat. The higher priced GoreTex textiles can be lighter than non-Goretex gear while providing true waterproof gear. Some manufacturer's do have waterproof textile gear that is light/comfortable for out summer wear. Mesh gear on the highways and interstates makes me feel like I'm in a convection oven. I usually only wear mesh gear when going back and forth to work on cooler days that I don't have to worry about rain. I am in my Aerostich Darien probably 90+% of the time.
With helmets, more expensive helmets are typically lighter and not only provide better airflow for cooling but also seal better for wind & water protection. I prefer a modular so that I can flip up the chinbar at gas/rest stops, some people like full face while others are into open face.
An old timer told me years back when he saw me grimice at the price of an Arai.
He said, Sonny-if you have a $10 head, get yourself a $10 helmet.
I just happen to have a head Arai helmets fit me better.
google Rocky Mountain ATV. Selection, price and customer service and return policy sets the bar.
I'm in Vernon Parish, West LA. Ill keep the place in BR in mind, just a little bit of a drive.
To me there are lots of good D/S roads in the Florida Parishes and north into SW Mississippi as well as the National Forest roads in Central Louisiana. The best terrain of all the Kisatchie National Forests is in the Kisatchie Ranger District, due south of Natchitoches. The other districts aren't bad either.
Although still several months out, keep in mind the following: http://acadianadirtriders.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2017-adv-ride-flyer-ktm.pdf
Damn....I would LOVE to do this on the porky Vstrom.
Just wondering.....is this event going to collide w/ the Bootlegger ride ScottyR's putting on in Sept?
IF bootlegger's going to be the same as last yr, on Sept 30, then all's good in the 'hood.