Southern Illinois

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by eldomike, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. dwthump

    dwthump Been here awhile

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    I had an XT500 in '79, fun bike, tons of torque. Chewed up chains and sprockets but you could wheelie it just about anytime by dropping a gear.

    Darren

    *It was a KLR, I eventually caught up*
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  2. kanur

    kanur cu new er

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    Nice to meet you Sunday Dave, John, and JD :freaky
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  3. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    The wife and I camped at Pounds hollow and Gleno Jones lakes all last week, did a lot of kayaking and over 120 miles of gravel and dirt, there is some great riding along the Karbers Ridge black top and all around the Saline Co. State fish and wildlife area. A small road called Eagle mountain road has at least 4 very long fire roads with the gates open :clap:clap
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  4. OzarkDave

    OzarkDave Been here awhile

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    I wish you would have said your from cape, now I can't place who you was!

    We can go on some local rides, meet half way.

    Did we ride together?

    Are you going to Tellico Plains, Tn for the ride on May 16-18?

    Sorry, know I know you! Sighed up on KLR650.net and seen your pic. Maybe I should be airheaddave.

    See ya down there.
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  5. kanur

    kanur cu new er

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    I think you have me mixed up for someone else, I was riding by myself Sunday and ran into three inmates from Belleville, IL in LaRue Pine Hills.

    What Tellico ride are you talking about?
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  6. rustynut2

    rustynut2 Been here awhile

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    Don't forget about the SLAP rally on the 16-18. Nice to meet you also kanur, good to put a face to the adv name.
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  7. OzarkDave

    OzarkDave Been here awhile

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    Sorry for the mix up. I was at adv lbl 2.0 at energy lake, land between the lakes.

    Next ride is tour de tellico, tellico plains, tn. Check klr650.net May 16-18
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  8. kanur

    kanur cu new er

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    I hope a lot of you got to get out for a ride Sunday as it was about as good as it gets for January.After cutting and splitting wood Saturday I was ready for some fun.

    When riding by myself I usually don't stop a lot much less stop and take pictures but today that was my goal.........well it was until I forgot the camera...........so we get Iphone pics instead.

    Caution: KTM 690 pic heavy.

    Thebes Courthouse with railroad bridge in the background
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    Under the bridge
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    Rock Springs
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    Barn Art
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    Sexton Creek: If you thought this was rough on the Loose Nuts ride it is down right brutal now after the 4" rain a couple weeks ago.
    Katoom is still clean at this point.
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    More later
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  9. kanur

    kanur cu new er

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    This rutted hill can be very slick at times but was very tractable for as wet as it's been.
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    Backwoods navigation made easy
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    Frozen lake
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    Eagles were everywhere and I saw at least 3 active nests.
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    Not so clean KTM now
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  10. kanur

    kanur cu new er

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    This is above the snake road that they close each spring and fall to let the snakes make their way safely to and from their dens.
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    I've always thought this rock looks like a giant hornets nest.
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    Last picture before my phone battery died. Time to head home, my low fuel light came one and it's getting late. The last ten miles at dusk was getting cold
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    This thread can now go back to it's regular cob-web state
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  11. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    as soon as my son get his bike back together there will be no more cob webs on this thread, he rides the Shawnee almost every weekend, I just can't pull away to do as much riding as he can.

    ride on gents.
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  12. OzarkDave

    OzarkDave Been here awhile

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    Waiting for parts for my drz then I'll be back out there. Doing the swing arm bearings.
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  13. Curiousteve

    Curiousteve Curiousteve

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    Kanur, you covered some ground! I know exactly where you were in those photos! Yesterday was a pretty good day too, but I went west instead of east. You know they say "Go west old man, go west." :D
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  14. kanur

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    Farmboy and Ozark I hope to cross paths with you someday.

    Curioussteve I did get a good ride in on the 690, I really like that bike. I can't wait to take it out west. Michelle and I got a ride in on the big bikes last Saturday, we went north between Hwy 61 and the Mississippi.
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  15. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    It will happen for sure this summer sometime, my wife and I drove on most of the same roads you did in your last report last Saturday in the outback, it was a muddy mess but still a nice drive with some eagle sightings around the Pine hills too. :clap

    I have been pinning roads and trails like a mad man on google earth south and east of the Pine hills this week, Me my boy, son-in-law and a co-worker and planning a bike camp and ride at the Pine Hills CG this summer, I will be sure to let you know ahead of time, maybe you can at least ride over and burn some gas, and we can ogle over the KTM.
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  16. OzarkDave

    OzarkDave Been here awhile

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    I'll show up at pine hills!

    Got my seals today. Now to put the back wheel on, new chain and clean my plastics. It's cold out now but the next warm day I'll be out on it!
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  17. kanur

    kanur cu new er

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    I'll be looking forward to it but there is a lot of riding to be done till then.
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  18. OzarkDave

    OzarkDave Been here awhile

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    I cannot get the plate on the clip on master link. Link came with the chain. I wanted a clip so I can take the chain off and clean it in kerosine. It seems like the holes in the plate are too small. I took it back off the bike and tried to get just one pin through a hole, no good. I would not think it should be that tight. Should I take some 1000 grit sandpaper rolled up and try to open up the hole till I can get it on?
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  19. sieg

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

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    Usually need to force them on with a vice grip and nut or link press or whatever,..... but should be able to get it on. Even off the bike and without the rest of the chain you may need to force it a little.

    BTW I'm a retired mechanic of 37 years, I've been riding for 43 years, I've had almost 40 bikes, and rode way over 500,000 miles, but I've never washed a chain, :deal ..... except when I detail a bike for sale. :D YRMV

    Good luck, if you were closer you could come by and I'd put it together for you.
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  20. lfs225

    lfs225 Too old less bold

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    Sieg: In the 60's, when I first starting riding, you washed your chain after every ride. The chains were horrible. We purchased then in bulk from a tractor supply company.

    The ritual was: remove the chain, wash it in kerosene, then roll it up and place it in a flat bottom pan, pour a mixture of STP and motor oil into the pan and let the chain soak for a few days, then hang it up over the pan to drain for few days. Reinstall and repeat the next week. Chains lasted about two months before they were stretched out so bad you couldn't use them.

    Cables were not sealed and you had to wash then out as well and then use Dri-Slide on them. Brakes were drums that wore out and the shoes could not be adjusted enough to give you any brakes. It could say rain on the radio and the bikes would have no brakes.

    I snapped a front axle into two pieces on one bike while I was riding in the woods. Junk on wheels is what they were.

    But we had fun :clap
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