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RT 31 dirt ride (Lake Co Part 2?)

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by skadamo, Nov 16, 2004.

  1. skadamo

    skadamo I like riding

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    Saturday after Thanksgiving I am gonna ride with some friends at the spot off of 31 and 14. I'll post back with times. Probably 12 ish.

    If anyone is interested let me know. Maybe I'll bring the grill'ns this time. No brownies.
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  2. Fireman88

    Fireman88 Adventurer

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    I'm in
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  3. skadamo

    skadamo I like riding

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    awsome:thumb Everyone get there fill, do thier shopping and head out for some ripp'n:nod Burn off that turkey!!
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  4. jmv400

    jmv400 mudslinger aka the knee

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    I talked to dyke boy today and he wasn't aware. i will let him know about it and we will probably be there.
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  5. kfsinc

    kfsinc Chaingolian Observer Supporter

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    I'll be there for part of the time -- lots of relitives in town -- and I'll need out by then!
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  6. Scalzitti

    Scalzitti Adventure Driven

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    I live in Lake Zurich and just picked up a GS Adventure this year. I don't have much off road time yet, but I want to start riding dirt more often. If you don't mind me tagging along, I'd like to ride with your group. How long do you usually ride for? Looking forward to the join up details.
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  7. kfsinc

    kfsinc Chaingolian Observer Supporter

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    Welcome to North Central Chaingolia!.

    I have only been to one of the Thursday rides, but know the area. The off road area is trails, some gravel, some fields and about as big as a golf course -- which it was at one time. Your GSA will be too big for some of it, but it is a good close place to give it a try. And then we can go ride Bull Valley roads... I ride a GS and so does LIP.

    Expect to be home before dark. Most of the place can be covered in less than an hour.

    PM me for directions.
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  8. Skinner

    Skinner Mr.KTM

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    It's not too big, it's like shooting a shotgun, just point and pull the trigger (twist the throttle).

    Not the same bike but I rode the 950 up the big hills out there the other day, it was pretty cool.
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  9. skadamo

    skadamo I like riding

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    :thumb good deal. He just has a bad memory.
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  10. skadamo400

    skadamo400 if it bleeds donttrust it

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    motando juaeto viva la rasa
    hey im in ok. ok.
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  11. kfsinc

    kfsinc Chaingolian Observer Supporter

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    You sir, have much larger stones than I do!!! :lol3
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  12. Skinner

    Skinner Mr.KTM

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    I'd be there in a heart beat, but, I'll be in Galena with the folks and family for the holiday.

    I will have the 950 with me if anyone wants to particpate in a Saturday cruise around the area. We could meet up out there.
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  13. LIP

    LIP Open Mouth and insert LEG

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    Scalzitti:

    I have been there, and would not take the GS back there the day we were there. If you are running fairly knobby tires and have guards for the GSA, and it is fairly dry, you can probably get around. If it is pretty wet and you are Metzeler Tourances like me, then you got some big gonads to be back there!

    Good luck! I have to sign the shortie (Ben) up for Soccer or I would be out hangin with you guys.

    LIP
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  14. Scalzitti

    Scalzitti Adventure Driven

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    Lip,

    Thanks for the warning. In the past I've had people tell me, "too much balls and not enough brains." As I've gotten older I've become a little more cautious and hopefully a little wiser as well. I think I'll start out with them, but I know how to turn around and head back from where I came. On this trip, my major goal is to find out where the dirt is in the area. I do run Tourances and the bad news is right now they aren't very new. We'll see how it goes. It may be drier by next Saturday. Larry
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  15. Skinner

    Skinner Mr.KTM

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    :clap Yea, BALLS before BRAINS I always say.:clap

    Plastic is cheap (not really) But what a thrill to be on the edge.
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  16. trailuser

    trailuser take the backroads

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    Is it recommended to trailer to this area? Or better to ride to in the event one must make a quick exit.

    Thanks,
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  17. Skinner

    Skinner Mr.KTM

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    I have trailered there many times, never had a problem. Moto Joe was happy he used a trailer after his bike was under water!
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  18. chain

    chain Go Fly Supporter

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    take note this advice is from

    Yea, BALLS before BRAINS I always say.

    :rofl :rofl


    f*%#@ it might as well just build a cabin there and put a fence around it :lol3
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  19. kfsinc

    kfsinc Chaingolian Observer Supporter

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    Trailer or ride?

    Either way -- I'll ride as I don't have a trailer and wouldn't think of trailering the 2 miles it is from my house.

    As for the area -- it is un-marked private (I assume) property. Some developer was trying to get some zoneing changes in the last election and failed. Lots of people ride there and it doesn't seem to be a problem.
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  20. trailuser

    trailuser take the backroads

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    It sounds like the area may be more suited for a DRZ?

    Joe
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