Texas Adventure Riders check in here

Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by Tourmeister, Jan 13, 2005.

  1. ADV_Pilot

    ADV_Pilot Adventurer

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    Hey Yall, I live in Dallas. Bought a 2013 KLR 650 a few months ago and have just started really getting into adventure riding. Love the bike and love to ride. Probably heading up to Colorado first week in October to do some riding, but other than that always open to riding around the great state of Texas.
  2. DirtRideRoader

    DirtRideRoader Armed and Dangerous

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    I keep thinking I will order that, but I keep going back to the huevos rancheros with chopped fresh jalapenos.
  3. TxSojourner

    TxSojourner Adventurer

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    How often do you make it up there?

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  4. Jstowell2008

    Jstowell2008 Adventurer

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    Hey all, new here, been lurking for a bit, just waiting to buy an adv bike. Well i picked up an Africa Twin this week and ready to get out and ride. Panniers are on the way, just need some crash bars and someone with experience to show me how to ride this big thing off road.

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  5. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan aka SkiddMark ;^)

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    Sierra Madre mountains in Mexico
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  6. tcalvin

    tcalvin Adventurer

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    Hello from Midland, TX.

    Here are a few pictures from a recent trip to Big Bend State Ranch Park. Encountered a little rain that made for an interesting experience on the Conti TA2's, but had a ton of fun none the less. Planning to ride out to the Grand Canyon in a couple weeks with my Pops and brother.
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  7. tcalvin

    tcalvin Adventurer

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  8. Shakey23

    Shakey23 Been here awhile

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    Hey everyone. My name is Ed I line in Sherman. I recently gave up the Harley and got a F800GS because I miss the dirt! I like riding on the roads but I LOVE some trails. I raced TCCRA for a bit in College but that's been many years ago. I am a little slow and new to anything bigger than a 250 off-road. All my friends ride Harleys so I want to meet some people to ride some trails around here. image.jpeg
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  9. riding2dmax

    riding2dmax n00b

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    Hey Guys, I am an Aussie from Brisbane about to move to Houston in a week. I have had XR75, RM125, XT250, XR600, WR400 and currently have my fourth DRZ400E in Australia. Looking for info on riding areras etc and then bikes. So disappointing the DRZ400E is no longer sold in the US. It can do most things reasonably well and is very low maintenance. I ride a lot in the desert / sand / outback in Australia. We have lots of dirt roads (I prefer dirt tracks) and then National parks or state forests to ride in. Before buying a bike there (very limited choice it seems) I want to find out that I can get a medium to lightweight trail bike, have it registered and go for long day / weekend trips into remote areas.

    In Australia it’s so easy to do this kind of riding with a registered dirt bike, and just about all dirt roads are public roads that then have tracks leading off them so most riding if completely off road, but initial research seems this may be difficult with US trespassing laws etc. Also in Australia I tend to trailer the bike to the edge of the forest, go for a blast for one or two days, pack up and drive back. We would typically call this trail riding as adventure riding to me is heavier and larger bikes, carrying all gear, more road capable bike and ride the entire way. My Australian way maybe just doesn’t suit the US. There are few commercial parks in Australia and they are small. The open outback / forest / desert means you can have some very big adventures.

    Anyway, interested to hear from people that know. I will be living and working in the woodlands but can travel anywhere for a good ride….once I have the trusty steed. Could be DR650 but seems way to heavy for my preferred riding, but if I cant do my preferred riding then maybe it’s the next best thing.

    Thanks is advance, Cheers, Peter
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  10. riding2dmax

    riding2dmax n00b

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    Oh and you can still buy a 2016 DRZ400E in Australia $8,000 Aussie. I wonder why they stopped selling them in the US?
  11. FastLife1K

    FastLife1K n00b

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    Hey there! I have recently gotten into riding more dirt/adventure riding (from sportbikes) and can use a good riding partner. I live about 20 min. from the Woodlands area and currently ride around on my DR650. Eventually I would like to get a smaller single track bike but had to get a DR first then move on from there (I use it to commute daily). If your interested there is some decent off road single tracks in the Sam Houston national forest. I haven't been out there in a little while but would love to get out! You can find a relatively in good shape DRZ400 on craigslist here but i understand if you like new! Some day my dream is to go adventure ride around Australia!

    Anyway, PM me or respond here if you are interested...I grew up in this area and can help you get around.

    -Mike
  12. pthm

    pthm Adventurer

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    anyone in the austin/killeen area doing anything this week?
  13. WoodButcher

    WoodButcher Long timer

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    I'm doing the Two Wheeled Texans (www.twtex.com) Pie run to the german restaurant in Wahlburg on Saturday. Not much of a ride, but a decent group of people to meet up with.
  14. pthm

    pthm Adventurer

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    I will swing down there on Thursday, and probly saturday as well
  15. riding2dmax

    riding2dmax n00b

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    Hey, Pete here just arrived in Houston from the land of the Kangaroo. I am used to Trail riding in Australia, so a bit more hard core than Adventure riding, generally on smaller bikes (250, 400, 450cc) road registered. Looking to find other riders and hear about their adventures here. Where to ride and whats out there. I as used to riding DRZ400E's in Australia but these are no longer sold here in the USA. Keen to buy a bike and go riding. Beers anyone, I live in the Woodlands but can meet up for a chat and ride planning anywhere really. Pete - The photos in this thread and some of the riding stories are great :clap
  16. WoodButcher

    WoodButcher Long timer

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    Welcome to the USA and to Texas. There will be some dirt/adventure type riders at this event on Saturday. http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=111397 Huntsville is just up the road from you. Either sign up on that site and let Tourmeister know you are coming or just reply here and let me know and I'll update him. Two Wheeled texans has all kinds of bike riders. I will admit it is a mellower crowd than here, but some of us are on both sites. I'll be at the event in Huntsville.
  17. hotwheels22

    hotwheels22 motorradRP

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    hey all,
    jon in ATX with a recently sorted r100gs. mostly looking to get suggestions on good rides and also get some off road training in (for anyone that has recommendations on this). will also be trying to do west texas, new mexico and death valley in the future.
    new airhead wrench, intermediate rider, originally from boston.
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  18. Mayomoto

    Mayomoto Ultralurker perman00b

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    Hey yall, Les from Stephenville, thought I'd finally quit lurkin and step out into the open. Minimayo and i race TORN and some MX here and there, finally bought a plated bike and have been having a ton of fun dodging deer and one tons on calliche roads around here. We live on the Bosque river and have a small hard enduro track, mix of rock, sand, logs, climbs and woods. Great for developing offroad skills on a bigger adv bike. Bought an xt225 to get my feet wet, put 8,000 miles on it last 12 months, looking at klr's, lusting after airhead G/S or ST. Or illegally imported mexican baby tenere. Wtf yamaha? Wish they sold it here. Also have '57 HD sporty and a whole herd of dirt bikes.
    Im a pretty good wrench, and have a well equiped shed, and plenty of space to camp. So, if you are coming thru or broke down anywhere near here, holler at us and we will hook a brother up. Bed,bath,beer. Or just come out some afternoon and get that big pig dirty. One hour from DFW.
    Im a real estate investor (slum lord), commercial contractor, hustler of sorts, I can help anyone with wrenching on their house too!
    Glad to be part of this community, is anyone going to the RTB rally? We have a race that weekend but i want to come down Friday and shake some hands and ogle some bikes.
  19. WoodButcher

    WoodButcher Long timer

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    Ulybrad on here and on twtex.com lives in Marble Falls and is a MSF offroad instructor. He'll be up at the Roll the Bones rally doing a sand clinic and will teach classes at Hidden Falls whenever you want. He is very good teaching people on large bikes.

    Here is his Facebook page, but best to call. Not sure how active he is on FB. https://www.facebook.com/IXL-Rider-107164522652724/info/
  20. bigdon

    bigdon Long timer

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    I think Brad is down for a bit!