What dose Texas have?

Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by Perry530, Jul 27, 2014.

  1. FotoTEX

    FotoTEX Long timer

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    Obviously some of these past posters have no real knowledge of Texas. If they do not like it here- head back to the place you left , Texas is becoming way too crowded for this Proud Texan. If you have to explain it to outsiders, see ya later.....
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  2. sandsman

    sandsman Shut up and ride!!!!

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    I agree, nobody retires and moves north......and if you don't want to came to Texas, stop and turn around at the Red River and just go away.
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  3. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Well duh, of course they don't they move south..... To FL. :lol3
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  4. advmgm

    advmgm Long timer

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    Oh yes they do because I just did. After 26 years in Texas that was enough.
    You can keep that lame ass Rick Perry and all those illegals right there in Texas.
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  5. luckychucky

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    Austin is the answer to what does TX have? But, they also have way to many people! Traffic Jams, and road rage, high cost of living, all this equals low quality of life. All waters seem polluted from to many people. I use to love Austin. Last time I went, felt like that's it. Won't be back.
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  6. Dragon43

    Dragon43 If you insist.

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    Born & bred Texan here:

    Whole damn world has too many people, not just Texas.

    We can all do just fine telling each other to leave if they don't like it. Just not Mexicans or Muslims. They are special, our government says so.

    As bikers of any kind, we should be sticking together & inviting each other to good places to ride.

    I live in N/W AR right now. So what? It does not have some of the riding I like to do. So what?

    If it is just about the ride, why do so many want to do it in groups?

    Not many of us get to chose where we live on just what the riding is like. If we all could and all liked the same thing, there would not be room to ride.

    We are our own worst enemy so why make it worse.

    Oh, and if you have a button kicker, 12 volts and it was made after 1980, you are a poser & a whimp.....

    I still ride a hard tail, kick only Chopper & my dirt bike is a 1977 Yam enduro. I will be 71 in a few weeks.

    Now get off my lawn you cry babies........... :bluduh :gerg :rofl
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  7. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Heh, one of my best buds has lived in TX all his life (he's in his 50's). He's moving to AR next year because he hates it there so much.
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  8. Perry530

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    I was afraid this might happen, I did not intend this to become a bash on Texas or other people. ADVrider.com is a place to share knowledge, experience and gather people to enjoy what we do. If you want to bash anyone please do that in a general forum or somewhere else but if you have any insight on good riding areas please share.
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  9. Albie

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    You asked what the riding is like in the Ft, Worth area. Having lived in that area for 20+ years I can assure you I know WTF I'm talking about. It pretty much sucks. Especially compared to the mountains of CA. That's not bashing, but simply stating the truth. If you don't want to hear the truth then there's really not much that can be done about that. So what it boils down to is you can either do a 12+ hour trip just to get to Big Bend, or 4.5 hours to get to the hill country, neither of which are gonna come anywhere near the quality of the stuff in CA. Sorry, but that's just how it is. Like someone else said, TX is BIG.
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  10. TheRoss

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    YEAR ROUND RIDING, which Colorado does not offer. I have not had a car since 2005. If that appeals to you, Texas is a good place to go.

    And the Texas hill country offers nice riding, especially in winter when the sport bike and cruiser crowds have put their bikes away for the season. Austin is the cool city, as said above, but the traffic and crowds can suck. The west has Big Bend, but it is fucking HOT half the year there and depending on where you go there may not be any water. I live up in the panhandle... not bad, but very few interesting or curvy roads. I originally moved here from San Antonio because I needed an in-state university as close to the mountains as possible. I have stayed because the cost of living is very low and I chose to be a teacher. Riding here sucks but in half a day I can be in New Mexico or Colorado mountains. I'm riding to Denver tomorrow night after work as it turns out. DFW might offer some riding, I'm not sure. But if all DFW has is big city traffic, again as said above, NW Arkansas is not far away, and the riding there is great. The Valley (south of San Antonio)... probably should stay away from there (but I don't mean to bash an area of Texas here), it is close to old Mexico. Texas has almost no public lands to off road ride... it's all fenced private land.

    I hope this is helpful and not bashful.
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  11. sskelton

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    Texas has jobs. East Texas has more dirt and county roads than one can imagine. Friendly people. We have those too.
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  12. luckychucky

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    He is right! You can ride most of the year, I wish Missouri had that for it! Didn't mean any bashing to the TXns.
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  13. Meriden

    Meriden Yea whatever

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    Mid level skills like welding are sorely needed in Texas. I'm not sure about the Fort Worth market, but a welder has all the work he wants in the shipyards and refineries of Houston or in the Eagle Ford shale. Pockets of the state are have high costs of living, but for the most part the cost of living is lower than most places.

    Year long riding? Well, that depends. There are a lot of people who can't take the heat (or the culture.) When planning logistics I gave DFW three "ice days" a year where my fleet wouldn't make deliveries. The upper gulf coast get's three years per ice day. White stuff is common in Amarillo and unheard of in Brownsville. The coast has more moderate weather than Cowtown, but the humidity can get you.

    Texas is diverse. The ranches of the west are far different than the life behind the Pine Curtain. Think Big Country vs Gone With the Wind. Fort Bend county is one of the most diverse in the country with a population from all over the world. Of course there are a lot of Hispanics and a large number of illegals. Despite what people say, they are mostly a hard working group and often as not as respectable as the people who gripe about them. Like cedar trees they are a part of the landscape so brush up on your Spanish.

    Riding has it's ups and downs. Because of the good economy and low cost of living you may have a wider range of bikes you can buy. There is plenty of curvy roads along the Edwards plateau and as mentioned 335, 336 and 337 are as good as the Dragon, Devil's or Mulholland highway. Distances are VAST so be prepared for some riding just to get there. Just don't expect those great vistas so common in the Southwest.

    Off road and DS are at times difficult and poor quality. Texas has no public lands to speak of so most DS riding is limited to poorly maintained county roads of which there are many. Lots of fence line riding: straight, 90 degree turn, straight, 90 degree turn. Big Bend has some DS riding, but it is nothing compared to the Mojave in terms of quality or quantity. There are some private tracks, riding ranches and mud holes that you can visit and a handful of public riding areas like Barnwell Mountain or Sam Houston National Forest. There is very, very little that a skilled rider on a BMW single can't do.

    Anyway, come on down. Everybody is welcome. An able bodied guy willing to get some calluses should be able to take care of himself. Most folks are more moderate and practical than they let on (or realize.)
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