The Berkshire Big Adventure is Back for 2016

Discussion in 'Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carp' started by Rusty Rocket, Jan 15, 2016.

  1. Dualsport Chic

    Dualsport Chic Been here awhile

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    You won CHEESE!! LOL - was there when you found it - think I have a picture of you picking it up!
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  2. BMgreenmt

    BMgreenmt Been here awhile

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    Does anyone have any information regarding the woman injured in the Harley crash some of us came across yesterday??? Hoping she was OK!
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  3. TT72

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    Great ride tanks BTR for put this together .Find a tree down in Chester try to pass get couple times stuck on skid plate bike is low clearance to ground than a gentleman show up on a truck and help me great time [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]


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  4. fluffdad

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    hey its the KLR wheelie king
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  5. dualsport50

    dualsport50 Adventurer

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    Thanks to all from the BTR crew , to the Fire dept for organizing a great event once again.
    One of the most scenic areas of MA. And thanks to the weather gods for 2 days of dry conditions. See you next year !
  6. Undercover Poe

    Undercover Poe Been here awhile

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    A big thanks to BTR. The routes were great, but they could have used a little more hero sections, you took it real easy on us this year. I guess the police and fire dept deserve a break from dragging bikes out of the woods. I'm going to take up a collection so next year you can afford some arrows. We got a little twisted in the beginning and added an extra 10 miles on our first leg before gas. Now I know the range of my XR, exactly 80 miles on a full tank. Luckily I got towed by GS until we found someone outside who was nice enough to give us gas. Saw some familiar faces and met some new ones too. Thanks again BTR, and I can't wait for the TRIPLE!
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  7. Motormom

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    I thought that extra 10 miles on those trails was nice though!
  8. Motormom

    Motormom Been here awhile

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    Great job BTR! The rides both days were so much fun! And kudos to the Fire Dept. for a terrific dinner

    And a BIG thank you to whoever helped me pick up my DR in that muddy spot in the first hero section. You are a true HERO
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    Nice that the sun came out this afternoon
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  9. msamsen

    msamsen Goat Rider

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    Thanks to all in BTR for a great, well-organized event! It was my first BBA, but I'll definitely be back! image.jpeg
  10. ADVwanaB

    ADVwanaB BOLD NEW AVATAR

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  11. metavug

    metavug Adventurer

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    Thanks to the guys who helped me turn my pig around on the first hero section.

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  12. Undercover Poe

    Undercover Poe Been here awhile

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    That was me who helped you pickup your bike and you are welcome.
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  13. tunp

    tunp Been here awhile

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    Great job BTR nice mix of dirt and pave, great scenery and people
    And the keystone crue thanks you for the truck ride to Millards weld shop. The 990 is repaired and the Trip north continues.



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  14. bighoss550

    bighoss550 Grade "A" fancy

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    Yes! The ride organizers and event staff were amazing. Sitting trail side bleeding out oil after the 3.5 hero contemplating calling uhaul.. And here comes the BBA brigade. So clutch so helpful.. Truck to welder, oil even.. Great event, good people in these parts. PA boys thank you for keeping us rolling.

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    cosmickites Been here awhile

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  16. aviator79

    aviator79 Adventurer

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    Saturday was nice but really enjoyed the whole Sunday ride, going down 20 past the Hartland Hollow and then up Pell Rd...all my old stomping ground. After that I dont really know where we were going as I was just following John on his dr650 and we were cooking the whole ride. Took a good spill in Chester just after the downed tree (Smith Rd) but no damage to me or the bike. Helmet and armored jacket did their job.

    That last (3rd) hero on Sunday was great. Perfect trail for drz and glad I didnt bail early as I think many other did and missed out thou IDK if I would attempt in a big bike. I made it thru without falling or putting my feet down (which usually results in a fall as I cannot reach the ground) which I was surprised as it was my first ride in 10 years. I think riding with John that day got my confidence up after making it thru the first 2 heros without any issues. Glad I was able to just power thru them this time with the DRZ. I really struggled with sections like this on my last ride ~10 years ago in Loudon NH at the New England Classic on an an 03 DRZ. However I feel like that whole ride was a hero section so hopefully after doing more rides like this I will be ready when I attempt it again.

    Thanks BTR! I will definitly be back for the next ride and maybe I can join or help out as I am local.

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  17. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    Just finished cleaning out my truck and washing my gear. Thanks to all who came and for everyone behaving themselves. Not a single complaint this year from the local officials. Those who were wise enough to sign up for 2 days were rewarded with a great second day. Weather held fine and we only got sprinkled on for about 20 minutes and not enough to even get wet, just spotty goggles.

    As to the hero sections: We had 2 more planned, but the State bagged us on those.
    Since Massachusetts made it mandatory for motorcycles to have ORV stickers, even to ride on private land, we have been limited to actual roads. We can no longer use trails, unless we get everyone to register with MA DMV or get everyone to pre-enter about 6 weeks ahead of time, so we can have a verifiable list to give to the Environmental Police ahead of the event to get a special waiver for non residents.(MA residents would still have to have the sticker) BTR and NETRA are trying to make the waiver process more workable, but unless that happens all "real" trails are off limits.
    We also had in mind how tough 2014's ride was because of the wet conditions. It's a toss up when planning and we took a cautious layout this time. We are planning on having a few more hero sections at the "Triple" in October for the Adventure route. I'm even going to try to have a GPS guided route (routesheet for back-up) for the October ride as a test case for next year's BBA (A first for the club and me). If I'm able to figure out how to put it all together, you will be able to ride the whole route watching you precious little screens, instead of the scenery.:photog I need to learn a bit more about cutting and dividing tracks and filtering down to 500 or fewer points to get it done. The hero sections will have to be separate tracks etc., etc.

    Glad every one had a good time, I got back from sweep riding too late to see most of you, and hear the feedback, so keep it coming.
    Post up your pics. I have a couple coming in a bit.

    Jim Hollerich, really enjoyed hosting us at his museum. He looked genuinely sad taking down his "OPEN" flag, just before I rode away, the last one to leave. His tip jar looked pretty full, thanks for supporting him and his fantastic collection.

    Hope to see many of you back for the October ride. I know it's a bit far to come for 1 day for those of you in PA, DE and MD, but you locals, c'mon down.

    Thanks for supporting the Berkshire Trail Riders and know, the money we get from this event goes back to local FD and EMT/ambulance squads and buys us a lot of good will in that corner of the world:1drink
  18. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    funny, I ride with a camera all day for 2 days and all I got was 5 pics. I never remember to take pictures for some reason
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  19. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    hope he was out of sight of the public when that happens.
    just sayin'
  20. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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