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Arkansas 500 Eureka Springs, AR April 12-14, 2019

Discussion in 'Regional Forums' started by ScottyXR, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. theelkhunter

    theelkhunter n00b

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    Scott - Thanks for posting the remnder on the survey - went back and checked and found that the email you'd sent with the survey link had gotten caught in my spam filter. Same thing probably happened to others.
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  2. Fostman

    Fostman Life is an Adventure

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    I found a 3 person tent at Academy for $25 their own brand. Its really not that big, weights 6lbs/compact, and was not bad to set up.
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  3. Afalex1

    Afalex1 Adventurer

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    I appreciate the recommendation, but I already picked this one up. Comes with high ratings on Amazon. It's been pouring rain for 3 days here so I haven't set it up yet. I'm hoping I get a lot of use out of it.


    https://www.amazon.com/Featherstone...0_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=featherston+outdoor+ul
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  4. Afalex1

    Afalex1 Adventurer

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    I guess I'm a bit of an anxious planner so I have another question. I'm running Skinko 700 tires on my DR. Is it worth switching to something like a D606 tire for this ride or is it mostly all gravel and pavement? I'll at least need a new rear by April so trying to plan now. Thanks!
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  5. advmgm

    advmgm Long timer

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    That 700 is ok when its dry..
    A D606 will sure get better bite in the water crossings and any muddy slopes!

    I run a D606 on the WR and just keep riding! :)
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  6. ScottyXR

    ScottyXR Just a Kid Super Supporter

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    I too love the D606. The AR 500 will eat a D606 by the time you are done! Get a Motoz Tractionator Desert HT and you won't regret it!
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  7. ScottyXR

    ScottyXR Just a Kid Super Supporter

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    There are several potential riders that have not completed the last hurdle. Please fill out the survey.
    #87
  8. dsbiker

    dsbiker Adventurer

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    Scotty I sent you a pm
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  9. ScottyXR

    ScottyXR Just a Kid Super Supporter

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    Got it and replied.
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  10. mnoffroader

    mnoffroader Adventurer Supporter

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    I’m curious for next year, would a WR250R be a good bike for the ride?
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  11. Z50Started-it

    Z50Started-it Mini Trail Supporter

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    Absolutely!

    In 2014 I did it on a KTM 690R, since then I have done it three times on a WR250R. This year will be my fourth time on the WR.
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  12. advmgm

    advmgm Long timer

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    Well, only if you have good taste and are a discriminating rider!

    But I may be biased :)
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  13. ScottyXR

    ScottyXR Just a Kid Super Supporter

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    I don't know about all of you-all but I am starting bike prep now!
    1. Chain good?
    2. bike torqued - all fasteners!
    3. Rim check?
    4. Steering bearings?
    5. Suspension?
    6. Brakes pads are cheap!
    7. Fuel range 100 miles +?
    8. You know the rest..........
    #93
  14. guavadude

    guavadude Dirt Nap Enthusiast

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    9. Heated jacket
    10. Winter gloves
    11. Warm sleeping bag
    12. Thick thermarest pad
    13. Smartwool 250 baselayers and ski cap
    #94
  15. Longrodokie

    Longrodokie Prepared Chris

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    Yeah but primebrib at 30deg is sooo gooood!
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  16. Bonafide Bob

    Bonafide Bob Long timer

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  17. SATEX

    SATEX Long timer

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    You left out the windchill part. Good times. But, I'm coming again ... from South Texas.
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  18. WFO1

    WFO1 Living the Dream Supporter

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    Amen to that. I think my hands are still frozen! It Was an Adventure.....
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  19. ScottyXR

    ScottyXR Just a Kid Super Supporter

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    I put in my order for a perfect 50 degree riding weather weekend. Now all I need is all of you to have faith. We did pay our dues last year!
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  20. ScottyXR

    ScottyXR Just a Kid Super Supporter

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    I met up with Zak for a two-day ride. Zak was on his XR650R and I was on the CRF450L.
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    The Creek behind the bikes was about 30 minutes in to Day 2 and had a three foot trench down the middle that is about three feet deep! Wet boots for the day!

    It’s always a challenge to lay out 500+ miles of track to ride in the Ozarks, but April rains always make creek/river crossings a huge challenge. Or actually avoiding crossings all together limits free mobility. We just keep trying! The creek below is usually dry!
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    These low water bridges, as we call them here, are quickly disappearing and being replaced with concrete slabs with several 3’ culverts through them. I like the old ones, even with the slimey butt bustin’ algae!
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    We stopped at the Pig Trail By-Pass Country Cafe for lunch on Saturday but hit the road quickly after grub.
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    I love doing selfie’s, watch out.
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    As you can see, the rivers were at peak! More rain this week.
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    We came across several down trees from recent storms. I hope they are gone by April! We were able to get across them all with a little imagination.
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    I love these small creek crossings. Just raise the front tire a bit and go for it.
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    Just three days before riding I was on Bourbon Street for Mardi Gras. What a change of scenery! (this photo is on Canal Street).
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