Two Flat Landers Battle the Backroads in Arkansas on a F800GS and 640 Adventure

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by EnderTheX, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. child

    child poop is fun

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    more? psh.

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  2. joenuclear

    joenuclear Ride to eat, eat to ride... all roads lead to pie!

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    When you leave the Oark store and get to the intersection where you turned right to follow the Mulberry river valley you could have gone straight on pavement to Clarksville. A lot of people take that road and cross the mountain for it's great twisties and return back over the mountain to the Mulberry.
  3. craftycoder

    craftycoder Motobrain PDU

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    Man, seeing an F8GS without her beak is a sad sight to behold. :cry

    At least you didn't break the headlight. I broke mine and it set me back $400ish. I know the side panels are far from cheap, trust me when I say, I feel your pain.

    When are we going to see tracks? R-Kansas is not so far from me.
  4. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Rider

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    Thanks for the tip Joe!




    True Coder, I think my bike looks sad too :cry Let's hope the insurance company is kind to her (I'm waiting on the second quote at the moment).


    Also, I do need to post some tracks!!!


    Here is the file which includes:
    - Tracks from the actual trip
    - Intended routes (these are cool, we didn't get to do it all though)
    - Waypoints from potential remote camp sites

    When you study the intended routes you will see some "dead ends", these are in fact not dead ends but you can continue on until you meet the route again, I haven't figured out how to get garmin to route me over open space yet (tips?).

    FILE LINK:

    www.seestoryrun.com/gallery/_20101003arkansasrr/files/Ozark-Ride-EnderTheX-Oct-2010.zip



    Here is a screen shot of the intended route (pink) and actual tracks (black and dark pink) laid over each other.

    You can see I was rather ambitious when I was planning the route. I think with less bike problems (Chris' fuse, my crash, starting late, etc) we could have made it but we were out just having fun.

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    Here is a close up of the tracks with some road names.


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  5. craftycoder

    craftycoder Motobrain PDU

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  6. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Rider

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    ^^ Cool, looks good, pretty functional for anyone even without GPS software. :D
  7. craftycoder

    craftycoder Motobrain PDU

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    Your tracks are not time coded again, otherwise I'd bug you to upload all your photos. If you want to, make a log in and I'll set you up to upload your photos even though you'll have to pin them to the map one at a time.
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  10. ozarkrider

    ozarkrider Discombobulated Sociopath

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    IIRC, the HHR and the PT Cruiser were designed by the same fella. I'd have to look it up though and I'm too lazy for that. :lol3

    Great ride. I've gone down warloop on my lebbenfiddy GS. Monda workout.
  11. Deco

    Deco Been here awhile

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    Very cool report!

    Some of us from the Central TX/Houston area are headed up that way in late September. After reading the report, I am starting to get a woody.

    How did the tires work for the F800 on those roads? I should be getting a set for my 12 tomorrow!

    Thanks again for the report and pix.
  12. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Rider

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    Tires worked great! I like the K60 on the rear and a knobbie such as the Metzler Karoo T or TKC on the front. The K60 does square off a bit if you do a lot of highway riding.

    While the K60 is a good tire, it only gets a few more miles than the knobbier Karoo T rears... and it is super stiff! It would be an epic battle to fix a flat with a K60 compared to the Karoo or TKC. For this reason I may go back to running Metzlers instead...
  13. TroyWolf

    TroyWolf Student in the art of less

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    This looks very much like what I call "Indian Creek Trail", and I was very sad to see the AR Fish & Game closure signs. That dept has gotten very active in the area closing off trails that have significant creek crossings. Probably some endangered salamander or something.

    Before the closure, I have tracks from various trips that include parts of this trail. One of them comes down from the top (North where I think your photo is) and dead ends--I don't recall why I dead-ended. The other track I have comes up from the South, and I remember it being very remote and rugged with significant creek crossings. I do remember that afternoon--I turned around because it was almost dark and we had to get out of the forest--could not risk the several miles of unknown--we had already come to a couple of dead-ends down there. The Ozark Highlands Trail runs through that valley, too. I was really looking forward to another trip with plans to explore Indian Creek and connect those 2 sections of trail....but then the closure signs. Really sad. :huh