Loose Nut Dual Sport 2014: So. Illinois - Nov 1 & 2, 2014

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by Loose Nut, Nov 15, 2013.

  1. Hazman27

    Hazman27 The Haz

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    Did I say I was IN? YUP. A long time ago. Will this ride be 'big bike' friendly? And what tires are preferred? And, And, And...Peach cobbler
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  2. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    A really big bike will be very unhappy in at least 2 spots-----even if it's dry---but I'll make a go around. One of those spots is pretty muddy with lots of mudholes even when dry everywhere else---but it's not bottomless mud. I talked to the forest service about this road as I wanted to make sure it was OK to ride thru there. She was real nice and said have at it.

    The other spot you ride in a creek of nothing but rocks for a good mile---those kind of river rocks a big bike can get dig in and get buried in.
    And you will go thru a whole lot of water.
    I've ridden a 950 KTM thru it without much tadoooo----but avoided it like the clap when I owned an 1150GS.
    The creek is the road.

    Other than those spots most any tire would be fine.
    The rest of the riding is very easy---but nice and almost always scenic and
    you won't be hampered on it even in the rain.

    I'll make a waypoint of a spot beside a bridge where there is a long swinging rope over the creek----extra points for
    attempting the swing and not getting wet------and cold.


    BigDog
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  3. flatwoods

    flatwoods Been here awhile

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    count me in on this ride i will not miss another one. okay justarida is it ron i can't remember anyway i took the leap a few wks ago on a garmin oregon no regrets can't believe i was so hardheaded. if you get one expect frustration but you'll be glad you did. brett.
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  4. 1_SlowRide

    1_SlowRide Adventurer

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    Hey BigDog, do you think it will be worse than Saturdays ride this year along the river over by Petersburg? I'm asking because we're wondering if it'll be doable 2up on a KLR? :lol3
    Thanks,
    Joe
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  5. Justarida

    Justarida Genius At Large

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    Glad to see your in! I'm sure you will get lots of use from your new Oregon I hear they are really good gear. I have a Garmin CS that I use for backpacking and its ok to read while your walking but it's a real pia to read when it's mounted on the XR especially with bifocals and in the sun! AC909 sure knows his GPS stuff I remember only one wrong turn and he fixed that very quickly. Gonna try to follow him again:evil If I remember correctly your from up around Indy right? I got a buddy that I ride street bikes with up there. I talked him into trying the DS thing he's gonna pick up a new CRF250L in Jan. I think he will prob. come with me on this ride next year as well as the HNF ride. We grew up together in the 70's and rode dirt bikes back then. Should be too much fun! Cant wait. Look forward to riding with you again! Stay warm.
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  6. AC909

    AC909 Great Job!

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    Santa does not bring presents to people that lie :lol3
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  7. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    If your offroad skills are very good-----you can do it 2-up on the KLR (awesome bike)----I know I could---and I'm old.

    If not------better skip it.

    Mud is mud is mud---that's all I got to say about that.

    BigDog
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  8. brewski83

    brewski83 Mud Hunter

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    Count me in! Will not miss this ride again
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  9. r11mja

    r11mja Muck!!

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    was in, now I'm Out. 10/23
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  10. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    Your KLR will be great on this ride.

    BigDog
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  11. Hazman27

    Hazman27 The Haz

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    klr 250? anything good about this bike?
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  12. TooSlow4U

    TooSlow4U 2 Wheel Wonder Rider

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    Yep, chicks dig 'em :lol3
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  13. Paul Penton

    Paul Penton Trails Are Us

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    KLR or KLX? I believe that KLRs are 650s. 250s are KLXs.
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  14. nickgindy

    nickgindy KLR Basher

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    They make a 250KLR as well. Its just as good looking as its 650 father.
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  15. nickgindy

    nickgindy KLR Basher

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    KLRs in general are great looking bikes.




    :rofl
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  16. Oatmeal Bonewell

    Oatmeal Bonewell Been here awhile

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    Kawasaki made them that way so they look just as good laying down as standing up :muutt
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  17. tpar1220

    tpar1220 such a pud..

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    yeah they made a klr 250, it looked and sounded like the 650. people that i knew that had em later owned klx250's.. :lol3

    the klr250 is kick only... and that was a very big reason they rid themselves of em. looks can only get ya so far!
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  18. Paul Penton

    Paul Penton Trails Are Us

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    I had a KLR650 and liked it better off road than my WeeStrom. I also had a KLX250 and liked it better than a TTR250 Yamaha I had. It had better suspension and was a good light weight off roader.
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  19. trailuser

    trailuser take the backroads

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    I'm in...I'll bring the homemade cookies!!

    Joe
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  20. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    Nobody is going to lose any weight on this ride---I can see that :D:D

    BigDog