South Flatistan

Discussion in 'The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan' started by Eickey, Mar 24, 2008.

  1. DualSportDad

    DualSportDad Long timer

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    napa power sports filter. like $6. they sell no toil air filters to. oh and the napa oil filters come with the o rings.
  2. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    I guess I'm about to ride up to Kissimmee (sp?) Plains Park ... I'm going to visit my parents for either a few hours or overnight Wednesday, or just make a day trip out of it Thursday (I begged for the two days off instead of my normal one day, but now it looks like it's going to rain... and I've been riding in the rain too much lately to subject myself to it for a trip that should otherwise be a good one).

    Anything nice or special about Kissimmee Plains Park area to ride my DR650 to?
  3. sanpau

    sanpau Love to Ride

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    First day of Spring.......Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!:smile6
  4. rider1150gsadv

    rider1150gsadv € Fl Keys Fishing Guide €

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    I did Paula! It was a great day on the water!
  5. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    Great days to have been on a motorcycle.

    Most times I was just a hair on the chilly side after long runs, but I kept reminding myself of what it will be like to ride a bike mid-day in just a few months. Really, this was the most enjoyable weather to have ridden in that we probably ever get.

    Don't have my racks built yet, so it was a strap-it-to-the-bike-and-go proposition. Cheap Wal-mart tent bought hours earlier in Okeechobee, then strapped on as well. It's no real hiking tent, but for $30 it kept the bugs out.

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    It got down to about 40 or 43 degrees, so it was more of an issue of being cold. Still slept well enough considering I didn't have a ground-pad (which would have made a world of difference in heat retention and in comfort - that soft ground under that tree wasn't so soft by early morning).

    Unloaded and set up camp, then went for an exploratory ride with the remaining daylight.

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    A tribute. I don't know who he was (yet - I may try to find out), but someone thought of him very dearly, and I bet he was a guy I'd respect. Considering this was out in the middle of no-where (not paved, not marked, maybe not even a legal right-of-way), and this being very conservative cattle / rancher country, I can only think he was one of the originals who settled the lands out there:
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    Here's to you, Howard 'Talkers and Doers'

    Packed up again:

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    Oops, these two were before packing up - early morning walk found plenty of Turkeys
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    If I had the means, I'd be a cattle rancher. Don't know why I like the country and cattle so much, but that's the life for me.

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    See that sky above that cow? Awesome day to have been riding!

    World of Tanks T-shirt, bike, Tank, ugly mug:

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    Just happened to cross a single railroad track and see a lit locomotive looking at me. Have to admit that when the lights are on, and the crossing-gate not down, when I didn't expect to see a train - it sure looked closer than when I took the picture (because I didn't know it wasn't rolling down the rails, and wasn't expecting it). Turned around and got a pic of it:

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    I took other pictures, but you dyed-in-the-wool Floridian bikers see that stuff all the time, so no need to post them here.
  6. lnewqban

    lnewqban Ninjetter

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    Great pics, Dave, thanks!
  7. scubasmith67

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    Agreed... great pics!
  8. Paulie

    Paulie Been here awhile

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    ...yer pics look like Kissimmee Preserve State Park. Mary & I were there in Dec for a few nites with the dawg in the cage. Nice, quiet, dark & huge.
  9. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    Nailed it.

    I have to go back. The park, itself, is prety strict with speeds, but some of the roads and things listed as roads on google-maps (that are more like fire roads), and the surrounding roads, would bring me back. The wildlife was impressive (wear ATGATT out there - too much wildlife to take you off of your bike... my dad met soemone who was, and is still messed up 6 months later), and the food good.

    Be sure not to miss Prairie Place restaurant. They serve up breakfasts and lunch, and dinners on Fridays and Saturdays. Problem is - you have to cal beforehand to reserve a serving of their dinners. My family tells me their beef brisket is the best they've ever had.

    I was more than satisfied with the Chicken-Fried Steak breakfast, and their grits were something special.

    Prairie Place
    22302 NW 176th Ave, Okeechobee, FL

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  10. sanpau

    sanpau Love to Ride

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    Great Pictures.....What a nice day and you are riding.....I thought it had to be raining or hurricane conditions.....:evil

    Have a great time......

    Since I am carless right now and having to ride my motorcycle everywhere, I don't know how those of you who do that deal ...with the traffic, lights, weather and just gear. What a pain! Riding a motorcycle is much more fun when it is an OPTION.....:1drink
  11. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    Ha HA! :D

    Seems as though - this is why it was nice to have probably the first NICE WEATHER motorcycle trip I've ever had here in Florida.

    I've got to do the commute anyway... while it's much shorter these days, every now and then I'm rewarded for it.

    I think it helps to have a lighter, smaller bike. Now my DR650 isn't really 'light,' but with me - comapred to you and yours - it's very manageable.

    I don't know how far you're riding, but imagine if you had a little flick-able KLR250 or something that was easy to work with, easy to get on and off of, and just not a struggle anywhere... that's sorta what it's like.
  12. hendikaf

    hendikaf Been here awhile

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    Hi guys , I just starting the bike (DL2008 abs) today ( didn't do it for a while ) and I just noticed that I have no more low beam , I tried few things to fix it but I don't know much about electrical so if any of you know a good moto tech that is in Broward I will appreciate greatly.

    Thanks
  13. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    Hey Mambo, thanks for posting the great pics (particularly like the one of the Caracara ) and the info for the grub. Definitely on my list of rides in FL. :freaky
  14. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    And the extra good news is... for that trip I finally went to the DMV, registered my bike (after over a year of owning and riding it), and put a legal, unexpired plate on it.

    So... now I can ride to Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, or anywhere else, lol.

    Sorry Paula, hate to break it to you like this, but you were riding with an Outlaw Biker back on our last trip. :gun1 (the plate was registered to my other bike)

    I may still have an unpaid parking ticket as well, so I'm desperate and on the run.
  15. FLARider1

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    HaHa........the DR650 is light when you are use to riding a 650lbs BMW GSA around all the time!!!!!!

    Great pics, looked like a fun weekend ride. I should be off long hours just in time for the weather to get warm for riding......but at least if I camp it wont' be cold, thats a plus.........right?????????
  16. DualSportDad

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    Great pics, I'm jealous.

    Paula I hear ya about the commuting... Pretty much takes the fun out of riding. Ever since I bought my gas guzzling jeep I have relied on my bike to commute a lot more. My commuter is only about 4 miles round trip to work and back but it still suck. I think its putting all the gear on and then taking it right back off 5 min later. That and having to run errands on the way home in full gear.

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  17. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    Yeah, I avoid running errands in full gear.

    I've moved away from ATGATT for work in that I just wear work slacks and dress shoes while on the bike. It's not ideal, by any stretch, but ... it's cheaper than running the truck.
  18. FLARider1

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    same with me.......my work Dockers and work shoe/boot along with helmet, jacket and gloves are the norm for the work commute. However, I do run mostly backroads and its only 15 miles one way.
  19. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    Yeah, I used to be ATGATT for my 80 mile per day commutes, but now that I'm doing 3 miles each way, and have to wear work slacks that would end up wrinkled if worn under riding pants, well, it is what it is.

    Plenty of folks riding scooters around here with a whole lot less gear commuting every day to and from work. I might as well be on a scooter. It's up to me to control my throttle to make sure I'm not going too fast for my minimal gear.

    I have a set of knee/shin guards that I wear under jeans, and might if I were to wear dockers too. I may switch to using them for my current work commutes. They hide well under pants. The elastic straps are just stretched, so without boots to really hold them up they could be a pain with work shoes until I fix them or buy a new pair.

    To be honest, I did that last trip up to Kissimmee Park in jeans and with the knee/shin guards and boots instead of wearing my riding pants (which I brought with me). There's just something about going back to the simple Jeans (with armor underneath) that appeals to me and my simpler way of motorcycling now.
  20. sanpau

    sanpau Love to Ride

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    I went to death valley yesterday....i have to say wish i had a dirt bike here lots to explore.....and no sugar sand...ha