WANTED: CENTRAL TEXAS ADVers

Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by ghostrider1964, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. ghostrider1964

    ghostrider1964 Edumacated Red Neck

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    Hey guys still kicking, so not down for the count yet. When Mr2mch called last night, I had taken a tramadol and a flexeril and was in a state of comfortably numb:lol3 . Had to work today, so I am manning up and bearing the pain for now. Wish I could have been there, I was there in spirit this time:evil Well at least we have a Central Thread rolling so we can keep like minded individuals in touch:deal Put this thread on your subscribe list:ear
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  2. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Glad to see that you didn't break anything you needed. ;)



    Random thoughts during my late lunch.......



    Everybody needs to get their bikes in good shape because , as most of you pros already know, Central Texas sunny winter days are just about the best time to ride our caliche and gravel roads. Good riding days just kind of show up and planning too far in advance leads to cancellations. Summer is a bitch and spring and fall are usually what? 2-3 days each? The KiLleR is almost due for a set and the Big Ugly is past due for a rear so mostly I'm just talking about myself (and about half the rest of y'all :D).

    For two weekend rides in a row I have just set out and explored some nearby dirt roads somewhat willy-nilly (i.e. no idea where I was going till I got there, and usually not then). Never got more than an hour (maybe hour and a half) from home by highway and literally had 1/2 to 2/3 day fun right here in our own backyard. You can't get THAT lost and as long as everybody rides within their comfort zone and has the good sense to turn around if something is above their skill level , I can't think of a better way to spend a day. If you do ride with a group you don't know - if it's too hairy or not hairy enough for you, wave g'bye and leave. No hard feelings. There is no great commitment and certainly not enough to be bored and dang sure not enough to get hurt.

    Granted our twisties aren't 3 sisters or 3 stooges or Lajitas to Presidio on 170 or Push Mountain or the BRP or Lake City to Creed or AZ 191 (wait, damn .........I'm losing focus) but they are right here and you can do them without a missed day from work, or even ON a missed day from work.

    So....if anybody finds themselves with a sunny day coming up and wants to ride some back-road pavement and dual-sport dirt, and wouldn't mind somebody else along, just post up a meeting spot. Who knows? Somebody might want to ride, too. I'd suggest maybe giving them a clue about how you wish to ride (fast, slow, rough, stupid, parade, Deathwish) but I guess that's all relative. ;)

    Thanks to Ghost for staring the thread. Let's take advantage of it.
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  3. Aanarchy

    Aanarchy Long timer

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    I second that. Nice to have a subset for getting together with a rider or two for day trips and more.
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  4. ghostrider1964

    ghostrider1964 Edumacated Red Neck

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    Thats exactly what I had in mind. Also, Like I posted earlier, I will be glad to help anyone with their bikes if they have trouble. I know what its like to get stranded far from home. What amazed me was this website helped me far more than my BMW MOA Anonymous book. I posted a request for help when I blew a tire in Tennessee and had ADVers from 5 states volunteering to help me. I blew my tire on a Saturday night which means I was basically stranded until Tuesday cause most bike shops are closed on Sunday and Monday. Luckily I had Advers that had tires new and used that offered them to me and even delivered( Thanks again DogScout)! Hell, the Eastern Forum started a thread just to identify shops open on sundays and Mondays. I try to keep spare parts at home and I carry most of my tools in my panniers all the time.:deal Be Prepared:lol3
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  5. Red Leader

    Red Leader It's The Wide Open Spaces

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    Just thought I'd chime in, Y'all seem to be like minded riders in an area not to far from my location in North Arlington. If you live here you have to know that it takes an hour to get out of the metroplex and start to start to get somewhere for a road/dirt ride so "Central Texas" is usually one of a couple areas that first comes to mind.

    I appreciate the idea of this thread and hope to ride along on one of these nice winter days in the not to distant future.
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  6. ghostrider1964

    ghostrider1964 Edumacated Red Neck

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    Welcome Aboard Redleader! Metroplex might be nice to visit but would hate to live there:rofl (I used too, so I can say that) Seems like the boys from Austin have dropped interest for here. :freaky We just want to ride...Slowoldguy and the others held true to the creed on Sunday:clap We will ride again. Figure I need at least a week to let these ribs heal up, friend of mine cracked a joke at lunch and thought I was gonna die when I laughed:eek1 Stay tuned for the next episode:lol3
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  7. Cycledelic Relic

    Cycledelic Relic follow old goatpath

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    I'd guess that the Austineers have plenty of good stuff to ride right in their back yard so....maybe not quite as interested in commuting to a ride farther north......But....some of them,like me...have probably memorized most of the good stuff by riding it so much & might want a change now & then.I'm the same way about some of the roads around here at times...& have to expand my horizions.That's why I've started to venture off the pavement more & more....Kinda fills in the gaps in my maps.
    Really wish I wouldn'ta missed Sunday's wash job & sure you're feelin the same.
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  8. Dahveed

    Dahveed Sumo Biker!

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    Working on upgrading my rubber as we speak. I could get a few more miles out of the set I have, but I need all the help I can get and saving a few bucks on good tires seems penny wise but pound foolish. Would welcome any tire suggestions?

    I really will be limited in riding until Dec 27. Then watch out...

    Thanks Ghost for starting this and everyone else for being here. Looking forward to riding with you all.
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  9. Burbo

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    Hey Slowoldguy and Toltec, That road we turned around on was a hallucination of my GPS. It shows as a private road on the TXDOT county road map. I guess we are lucky not to have been used as target practice. Or maybe they thought "shit if these dumbasses are out riding in this weather, let'em go for it":rofl
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  10. FotoTEX

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    Dahveed

    Good to see you embracing the ADV site. We need to get together again for some great BBQ and add some more riders. For great ride info. this is the place.
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  11. Cycledelic Relic

    Cycledelic Relic follow old goatpath

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    Here's a link to a tire recommendation page for the older KLRs
    http://www.standoutnet.com/extras/mike/motorcycles/klr650/tires/
    + there's the Shinko 705s that came out recently.Slowoldguy has some on his BigRig & I have a set for future use on the Wee.These woud be similar to the Kenda K761s. I've read good stuff bout em.

    I forgot to add...another long time Waco dual sporter has Kenda 761s on his 08 KLR & says they're great for pavement sticky + some dirtyness too.
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  12. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Burbo, ya know. My GPS must have had a contact high. But we read the "signs" right and made the right call. All part of the game of dual sport riding in Texas. I enjoyed my day with y'all.
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  13. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Rider

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    I'm in the northern metroplex but am not shy of commuting a hundred miles or so to meet up with you guys and ride new stuff. The lure of good BBQ would definitely sweeten the deal! We have some good stuff up here too north west of Denton that I have been scouting. That is where Red Leader and I rode this last Sunday. If anyone wants to hang out and ride north texas let me know too!
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  14. ghostrider1964

    ghostrider1964 Edumacated Red Neck

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    Starting to feel a bit better. Good to see the communication maintained to keep us alive. BTW, MR2mch, just pulled a set of shinko's off of a friends KLR. He hated them, put Metzler Enduros 3 on and likes the hell out of em! Wish they made em for my GSA. I am not liking my Anakee2s:flip Not as sure footed as Tourances. Assend broke loose down shifting from 5th to 4th on wet pavement causing bike to slide out about 3 feet:eek1 At 300 miles on em I would think I would be shed of any residual release agent:huh
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  15. Spark Plug

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    This sounds like a great idea. I was going to try to make the Sunday ride but with 3 small kids, sometimes my bikes take a back burner.

    Ender, keep me updated when you guys ride up north. I may be able to squeze out.
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  16. RLCanon

    RLCanon Adventure Arrrrr!

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    This Austin boy is still very interested! I just need to liberate my new bike from the dealer's glacial handling of some warranty issues. [​IMG]


    BTW, sorry to hear about the ribs. I recently separated my shoulder which put a crimp in my riding for a bit so I sympathize. Now I'm mostly mended and the bike is down. It's not right!:lol3
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  17. ghostrider1964

    ghostrider1964 Edumacated Red Neck

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    OH ALRIGHT! We'll let you play with us:lol3 :freaky
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  18. Red Leader

    Red Leader It's The Wide Open Spaces

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    Ghostrider,
    I recently went from the tourance tires to the TKC 80's on the R-12 and I am liking them very much, I have almost 900 miles of pavement on them and I put on about 75 miles of dirt/gravel with Ender on Sunday. Counting Sunday I have experienced a lot of different surface conditions, including fresh gravel, dirt, wet dirt not really mud, and wet and very wet pavement. I've put my confidence in them and they have not disapointed at all. Obviously they are not as suited for the twisties at speed like the tourance but there not that bad either, a little more vibration but to me its worth it when you get off road with the bigger bikes. I was off road with the tourance tires a few months ago and the front end just washed out and put me down "like right now" on some not so deep sand, and just a small patch at that. I hurt a couple ribs that day. Having said all that to say I like em.
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  19. ghostrider1964

    ghostrider1964 Edumacated Red Neck

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    Red Leader, I rode my first GSA with TKCs and loked them but they wear fast as do the MEtzler Karoos. Wish I could have 2 GSs one with Tourance and one with TKCs. Actually have been looking at an older R1100 GS with low miles. Possibly just set it up with TKCS:lol3
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  20. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Mileage, street grip, dirt grip. We are all looking for the perfect tire. I hope someone finds it . IMO, none of competitors have stepped up to bat with a 75 street/25 dirt with decent mileage . Until they do it's "pick your poison" or "what are you willing to give up?"