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. CaseyB

    CaseyB Adventually

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    Never ridden in Mass. I will be attending and I'm looking forward to the event.

    Just put some knobs on already. Lets get that pretty machine dirty. I'm sure someone has an extra half used set laying around. Have em bring em and spoon them on at the event.
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  2. madrivermaz

    madrivermaz Old Fart

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    Let me explain a little about the route for all you who are new to the BBA

    The "main" route is all dirt roads, woods roads, and tar.
    dirt road = unpaved, but passable with the family sedan.
    woods road = unpaved, possible ruts from idiots driving their trucks through mud puddles, occasional downed trees blocking the road with go-arounds, washouts, babyhead rocks, high center strips. you would need 4WD in your family sedan.
    tar = well, you all know what tar is.

    The optional hero sections are scattered in the main route. A hero is so noted on the route sheet. Each hero section will be a bit tougher than a woods road, possible single-track trail. Heros are short sections to get your blood pressure up a little. They are not recommended for anything bigger than a 650 with d.o.t. knobbies.

    The route sheet is designed so that the hero sections leave then rejoin the main route further along.

    I should mention we use a route sheet which some call a roll chart. It fits in route sheet holder so that you can advance it as you go.
    The route sheet has a sequential list of mileages and an instructions for you to follow like, 4.6 L DR Clark, translated as: at trip odometer mile 4.6 make a left turn onto a dirt road named Clark.
    Every 10 or so miles there is a reset back to 0.0 on your trip odometer. This allows your bike mileage to coincide with the route sheet mileage. We use a GPS and Google Maps to create the route sheet mileage. Not all bikes' trip odometers are really accurate and the reset helps to even things out (and keep you from missing a turn).

    A route sheet holder is a must and can be ordered from your bike shop, on line at a number of vendors, or send me a private message requesting one of the cool ones developed by one of our club riders and I'll set you up with the contact info. They cost about $100, but are nearly indestructible.
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  3. Boianovich

    Boianovich Old and Cautious

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    Years past the majority of the hero sections were rated for and doable on big bikes. The H-II+III BBA was more like H-I on a 450... e.g. Sheets Rd., Kirby Rd, Miller Swamp Rd
    Are the hero sections rated as years past? H-IV Small bike only, H-III doable by experienced riders with well setup rides.
    Or more like the Triple?
  4. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    We will have the hero sections rated as to how difficult they are.
  5. NJjeff

    NJjeff Long timer

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    Is AMA membership required?
  6. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    Not a requirement.

    The AMA allows us to have non-members participate in recreational (non competition) events.

    The AMA probably figures that after getting a taste of what is offered, you might just decide to join. They work tirelessly to help preserve our rights as riders, like helping keeping riding areas open and even going after the EPA for trying to raise the ethanol content in gasoline, which could damage motorcycles. Another thing they did was stop the insurance companies from denying coverage (medical) to people injured while riding a motorcycle.

    You can ride our event without AMA membership, but can you really afford to? :1drink
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  7. bighoss550

    bighoss550 Grade "A" fancy

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    madriv - our group did the BBA several years back. I recall someone at the main tent/trailer selling really nice roll charts however they were all bought up before I could purchase one. I recall them being bullet proof. i assume this is who you are referring to? depending on the builder maybe he could post a pic and take orders now for pickup at the event? not sure if he wants to produce a bunch but I'd buy.

    regardless ill PM you for details. thanks.
  8. docgonzo

    docgonzo Old Gadfly

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    Any thoughts about providing a PDF file for the route sheet to those who have registered? So that we can cut, paste, and scotch tape the route and load it in our roll chart holder before Saturday morning? As long as we promise not to share it with anyone not signed up?
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  9. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    what's a PDF? don't forget, were hipsters.:imaposer
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  10. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    I just emailed the maker. I will know more in a few days.

    Any one else want one? They cost a bit more, but they are the best I've ever seen or used

    [​IMG]
  11. docgonzo

    docgonzo Old Gadfly

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    You know those funny things that sit on people's desks, light up, show pictures and find you porn? The are called PCs (personal computers).

    If you read the manual carefully, you can actually make up a roll chart without typing on a manual typewriter. Then you can push a button, and it spits out a hard copy, sort of like the mimeograph machines you had in elementary school! :jack

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  12. akarob

    akarob Green Cantern

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    You just can't get that distinctive mimeograph smell from a PDF.
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  13. Para504

    Para504 Spam, Spam, bacon & Spam!

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    Those magnified BZR holders are by far the best available. Highly recommend it to anyone who rides with route sheets.

  14. Joebmetro

    Joebmetro 10 KTM 690E

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    Definitely the best route sheet holder I've ever owned
  15. madrivermaz

    madrivermaz Old Fart

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    No pdf because the route sheet may get changed right up until Friday night. Shit happens out here in the sticks.

    Well, as in previous years, I will be on hand Friday night at Clark's field to pre-enter anyone who wants to post enter and/or get their route sheet(s).
    Unfortunately, I won't be around on Saturday. I'm doing a jack-n-jill pig roast for my dear sweet niece and her fiance. So be gentle to my substitutes.
  16. Smoke Eater 3

    Smoke Eater 3 Long timer

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    Will we get an email or something confirming our registration?
  17. madrivermaz

    madrivermaz Old Fart

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    I do believe so
  18. KTMPinto

    KTMPinto n00b

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    I'll take a magnified one. Didn't think they made them any more.
  19. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    I was in contact with the guy who makes them today. The price of plastic for the magnifiers went up. He said he will have some available for the event. He will be in touch with pricing soon.
  20. alskee750

    alskee750 Been here awhile

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    I'm trying to get the a few days off from work. I wouldn't be able to pay up front so I'll do it on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. Is there a rider limit (Like Pine Barrens 500)?