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Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by Tourmeister, Jan 13, 2005.
It was a GS1100. Didn't get the engine cut off as it went over so it sucked water down the intake, hydrolocking the motor. We drained the airbox and exhaust, pulled the plugs and cranked the water outta the cylinders but couldn't get it to fire. The starter housing was broken and if I remember correctly there were a couple of electrical issues which meant no matter how long we had stayed there this thing wasn't going out under it's own power. We eventually got the bike to Austin where IronDawg got it sorted out.
Like I said, it was a collective fubar, there's no reason that river wasn't doable regardless of bike, although there was a fella there on a KLR that made it across 3 times
Here's the original trip report LINK
That's all part of it, you've got to hand it to the Beemers, they do crash well
Only got 3K on the new GS with not much dirt as of yet. Hopefully ThirdCoast and I will get to do something about that. I have however found that the machine is lazy and will lay down on ya if ya don't keep yer spurs dug in at times.
Kid, Been out of town for a couple of days, so my reply is tardy. My daughter is a huge Potter fan and named my new GS "Buckbeak" the day I brought it home. I'm glad I didn't buy yellow cuz then I'd probably be stuck with "Big Bird". Anyhow, I couldn't think of anything more clever when I registered.
Thanks for the information. This site is such a great resource of information that it has become my favorite site. I wish that they would consider an adventure forum for just us Texans. After all, we have to travel great distances to meet and find mountains and stuff. It is not like Colorado where the good stuff is in your back yard.
I was looking at the BMW F650 Dakar, but looking harder at the KLR... What do you think about the KLR650 and what modification are necessary to get the beast to carry the load (me and camping gear). I am thinking front and rear progressive springs... others stuff. Let me know your view point.
I have read the original trip report, but maybe didn't get all the way to the end. I'll look again. You make some of the most awsome trip reports that I have seen. I have seen IronDawg on here and I would really like to meet some of you guys face to face. Some of you are way more experienced than I; and, I want to learn from you because I know that I love this stuff.
What are your thoughts on the KLR650... I was lusting for the BMW-F650 but the price is way high... I currently have the 1150GS Sport model, (non-abs) and will not sell it... but it is not the do-all bike that the sales pitch guys told me about. What do you think about the KLR650, I have friends that ride them and swear about them, hehe on the highway, but love them in the dirt.
So funny, I like that whole thing. Welcome BuckBeak. I have the yellow sport model so Big Nurd might me my name. haha
Mine has had hardly a scratch from me. My son did put scratches on it when he laid it down on pavement (just hand gaurds and plastic engine gaurds). But off- road the big jugs sticking out the side make excellent crash bars. Very well designed to make built in crash jugs. Much better than crash bars.
I really am a rookie but I have done copper canyon. It was my first trip off road. What little I learned is that power is your friend. Keep the power on, go faster than you think you need to. Hammer down and the BMW suspension will soak up the mistakes that I make. Those more expeirenced please feel free to abuse me if I can learn from it. From what I see, faster is better. Sorry about so many posts in one night, I have been working and just not getting caught up.
The whole idea of a Texas forum is a good one. I hope the moderators consider it. We are not all that bad. MODERATOR please consider. I love this forum.
Maybe Arch could put a bug in the proper ears.
Hi. I am Steve from Bryan. I ride a XR650R (tagged), FJR-1300, & a1800 Wing. I try to get over to the hill country 2-3 times a month and would like to take the XR to Big Bend with someone who knows the dirt roads out there. Always open for a weekend ride -dirt or street.
Desert Sky knows his way around; at leat I think he does. Anyway we are planning to go next month. I have been the the Big Bend park it's self but looks like he know way more than I. I'll follow him.
Hammer down is the way that worked best for me. I got in trouble when I took my hand off the throttle. Let's do big bend and we will have a blast doing the hamer down thing. Hey, will you help me pick my bike up, it has fallen and can't get up.
Oh, I'm no expert on the park but have been out there about half a dozen times or so. I haven't, until now, had anything capable of exploring the back roads. Been down a couple in my truck, went down a couple on the wing and been down all of them in my mind. Here is a cool link for anyone wanting info on the road conditions.
Mention Big Bend and I salivate like Pavlov's dog. Maybe after I take the BAD (Big Ass Dirtbike) out there and let it beat me up I may have a different view.
Another austinite here, really enjoying the dirt
roads on the GS. I've taken more pics worth
looking at in the few months i've had the GS
than in the 4 years I've owned my k12.
Anyway, if anyone wants to go for a ride lemme
know. I think I may go to daytona this year
but Big Bend is also overdue for a visit before
Another Texan, last time I looked El Paso had not become part of New Mexico. Have a VStrom and LC4. Lots of open land and back roads in southern New Mexico. Big Bend is only 5 hours away.
I'm putting together a Big Bend trip last weekend of April, April 29th - May 1st. It looks like we will be leaving Austin Friday morning and riding out to Alpine. Spend Saturday goofing off, both street and dirt routes for people to choose from, Sunday, head back home. This is going to be a rally type event. Here's the thread about it on the TWT site:
Hey..if you're a big guy, and/or plan on carrying 100 lbs or more of stuff, and/or plan on riding the KLR pretty hard (air time) then yes, suspension upgrades, braided brake lines, and a license plate move will most likely be called for.
My husband is NOT a big guy (165 lbs) but he does ride his KLR pretty hard. He's already had the license plate fold up under the rear tire a time or two. He's also had to stiffen his rear shock (factory shock - adjust) some. My KLR is totally stock except for tires, I haven't changed the shock adjustment, but I've never bottomed out either. I'm pretty heavy for a gal and I do get some air on my KLR now and then, but no worries yet. They're really great bikes. I think I've ridden my old XT225 only twice since I got the KLR (Nov'03), you can spend all the money you'll save if you pass up the Dakar, buying cool stuff for the KLR and taking long adventure trips.
Lets Ride !!!