Shenandoah 500 - 2013 Edition

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by VA Rider, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. ptownjohnny

    ptownjohnny Been here awhile

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    just registered , in
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  2. VACommuter

    VACommuter Long timer

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    Hack-a-sarus is in.

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  3. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    Blaster and I are in!
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  4. Jellyrug

    Jellyrug Been here awhile

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  5. Grreatdog

    Grreatdog Flamed out

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    Either will work because this is a true dual sport ride with a lot of pavement and forest service road. But be warned that some of the forest services roads are very rough and very rocky. I have seen and participated in some ugly crashes on the forest service roads.

    The trails I wouldn't want to do on your 800 will all have bail out routes anyway. But I have seen plenty of crazies ride all but the little bit of AA trails this ride features on big GS's. So it is doable. Just be warned I have also seen some busted up GS's and riders from trying the trails.

    But the ride is doable on either. It depends on whether you want to have more fun on the trails or roads I guess. The 800 will be a hoot on the groomed forest service roads and a nightmare when it turns to all rock. After riding like dozen of these things I would ride the 400.

    Mainly just because this is a rock fest and it will hammer your ride. My 640 looks like it has been to war and it is 90% from all the Shenandoah 500's. I have busted up the bike in crashes and gotten four flats in one day from rock hits. But a lot of that depends on the routes you ride and how hard you ride.

    And hopefully I am in this year. I missed last year in favor of a reunion trail ride with some old friends down south. So I am looking forward to this one.

    Did I mention there are a lot of rocks? This one came in handy after its big brother bent the suspension link.

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    This one put four riders on their face and one over the edge for a ride ending injury and busted bike the year before this shot. Nice of somebody to mark it the next year:

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    And who ordered snow for 2011? Next time some grizzled old guy at the gas station tells me "its snowin' up them mountains" I will listen to him.

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  6. Dual Sport Armory

    Dual Sport Armory Been here awhile

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    Spots are sell fast
    if your thinking about this event
    don't wait
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  7. Bucho

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    Nice, I wont be the only hack out there.
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  8. Whitfield

    Whitfield Been here awhile

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    I'm in - woo hoo!!! My first S-500, I'm riding a Husqvarna 610TE and looking forward to some rural roads / 2 track / goat trails.

    How should I prepare for navigation? Are Roll Charts going to be available? My GPS skills are questionable at best but if needed - Guess I've got a month to research / purchase / practice and figure it out.

    Suggested tools? I'm guessing tubes and tire irons are a given...


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  9. gastone

    gastone R.I.P. sweet Angus

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    They'll pass out roll charts Friday night when you show up for bike inspection.
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  10. Kyler

    Kyler Confused Hack Nut

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    wow - not much chatter about one of the premiere East Coast DS rides. This is a great ride for the bigger bikes as this is NOT an un-timed enduro like the Hammer Run.

    I'm going back for my 7th year and this year riding my 950.

    and it IS sidecar friendly!

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  11. $hane

    $hane n00b

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    Looking forward to my first event! I'll be riding up with my parents. Looks like a great time!
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  12. VA Rider

    VA Rider New Adventure Rider

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    Don't miss this years S500 run. There are still openings.
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    See you in October.
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  13. burtonrider3889

    burtonrider3889 Been here awhile

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    Signed up Friday night! This will be my first one, and I'm super excited. Any local guys near my area that may be looking to split a camp site? I haven't booked one yet, but I'm happy to make the reservation for a site. I would just like to split costs with another rider if possible.
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  14. Skippii

    Skippii Milkshakes, my lad.

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    I'll probably want to split a camp site. I did last year, but then ended up riding home instead to change bikes.
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  15. burtonrider3889

    burtonrider3889 Been here awhile

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    Well shoot me a PM. If you reserve it I can bring you money, or vise versa. Just let me know. And since you're in Richmond I'm happy to ride out together if you want to as well. I don't work Fridays so I will probably make my way out in the morning to do some exploring before hitting the camp site.
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  16. Eddy Alvarez

    Eddy Alvarez Always dreaming of the next big ride!

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    My wife and kids want to tag along in the RV and hang out at the campground during the day. Does anyone know if historically there have been other kids hanging out during the day? I see that they have a playground and some trails. I just don't want them getting bored. (They can always throw in a DVD but that defeats the purpose)
    If I take my DRZ instead of the GS, which I will probably do, I may let one of the kids ride pillon for a while. Does the route typically take you far from the campground or could I feasibly take one of my kids for a 1-2 hour ride and drop them back off at the campground with mom?
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  17. Kyler

    Kyler Confused Hack Nut

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    there are several families that come. Bring the kids!
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  18. Gaston Gagne

    Gaston Gagne Past Easy

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    You could easily run your children up to Reddish Knob (if you're not wiped out from the ride) in an hour or two. Awesome 360 view from up there and a different ecosystem.
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  19. b3h

    b3h ol dog on a stray

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    Meet at lunch time then they can see everyone come in. Swap kids, drop off, etc ... Just let the organizers know ahead of time if extra lunches r needed
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  20. Whitfield

    Whitfield Been here awhile

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    Skippii's Epic Reddis knob adventure
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=361224
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