Arkansas Ride Reports

Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by 10Cup, Feb 27, 2010.

  1. Mister D

    Mister D Long timer

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    After several years, I am looking to get back on a dr650 and back in the woods. Two of my buddies have dual sports now, partly because I waxed so eloquent on them, and here I'm limited to my cb1100 (which is not really that bad a briar patch to be stuck in). Today I led them and another old friend from Oark up to highway 21, their first dirt experience. We also had quite the twisty ride up there on pavement. Fun day.
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  2. OLEARY

    OLEARY Enlightened Voyager

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    Been a while since I have seem Mr. D post a ride report. Good to see you back on the dirt and posting. Hope to see you and your buddies at the Long Pool event October 20th.
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  3. Mister D

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    I don't know if I told y'all, a few years ago, my dr650 was stolen. I then ran through several street bikes I just had to have. Hopefully I can pick up a Dr or klr cheap pretty soon.
  4. heyDC

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    Desperately seeking oil drain plug for KLR650. Currently on White Rock Mountain. If I can't find one soon I may have that cheap KLR you're looking for.
  5. Mister D

    Mister D Long timer

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    Well, good Lord son, don't run the engine.
  6. heyDC

    heyDC n00b

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    A carefully carved hickory stick will thread into the drain hole and WILL get you out of the back country. I can attest. Just don't case it going over all those terraces on the Mill Creek trails
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  7. EnduroRdr

    EnduroRdr Woods Racer & D/S Rider

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    What happened to the existing one?


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  8. FlyFishingKLR

    FlyFishingKLR Been here awhile

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    Mr D I dunno if it's to small or not for you but I have a 250L in the FM pretty darn cheap.

    So what happened with the KLR at white rock"
    ? Did it get out? Wish I would've seen yesterday. I would have drove up if absolutely needed. Hope everything went ok.
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  9. heyDC

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    Picture this, there I was 5 miles in on a Mill Creek trail with a couple of buddies. Jumping terraces as well as a flying pig will jump. Cased it HARD off one jump. Stopped some time later for a breather and buddy noticed oil under my bike. Oil plug missing and skid plate bent badly. Made it back to cabin on White Rock Mtn (18 miles total) after a buddy went to Combs for 2 qts of black gold and the other carved a "plug" from a hickory limb. I used a rock and some vise grips to thread the plug in the case. Planned to ride today until I couldn't find a replacement and then the weather turned crappy. Decided to head home and have just ordered a low profile plug. I'd post a pic but can't figure out how. The bike is not for sale but I did carve another spare plug if anyone needs it.
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  10. mdpklr650

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    I went to R@R on friday and Kendall led me and 2 others on a ride. We ended up on this trail from north to south. It was a handful on my KLR! I had to ride most of it without a shift side peg that sheared off on a rock.

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    I was at R@R Friday and Kendall led me and 2 others on a ride and we ended up on this trail north to south. I took a beating on my KLR. Had to ride most of it with no shift side peg as a rock decided it needed it more than me.

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  13. Mister D

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    Got up this morning planning to ride down to southern Arkansas and poke around Fordyce and Camden. Specifically was going to go find an old Cotton Belt bridge I remembered seeing a couple times while driving a UPS truck. But the weather looked bad. Moped around. Then realized my gear is waterproof, so off I went. Found the bridge. Forgot my map. No mobile data on my phone. Went down some new roads at a breakneck pace. Managed to find my house in East End again. Good times.

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  15. ScottyXR

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  16. WRW9751

    WRW9751 7th Day Adventurist

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    Sorry but that ride leader had NO business taking you guys with KLR's & 690's down in there!
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  17. kendall_smith

    kendall_smith Motion-Activated

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    I am that ride leader, and in hindsight I have to agree with you. That being said, those guys handled it like champs, especially Mark on his KLR.

    The main reason that we ended up on that road was some miscommunication from earlier that morning. When everyone was still at camp that morning, Rob had volunteered to lead a group on gnarlier roads/trails including the Blue Loop OHV trails. By default, I assumed that I was going to lead the remainder of the riders on easier, smoother gravel roads. Fast forward about 15 miles out of camp (in the complete wrong direction to ride trails, mind you), and my group of 3 riders was requesting to ride some more difficult trails, which was a surprise to me. The only "trail" in the area that I know about was the one in the video. I warned the group prior to heading down there and even told the story of my wife breaking her leg down there a little over a year ago, but those guys were still chomping at the bit to try it out. The rest, as they say, is history. It took us a couple of hours to cover just a short few miles of trail and Mark ended up with a somewhat mangled KLR. He laughed about the adversity the whole time and took it all in stride, and was even excited enough about it to post the whole video of the ordeal on this page.

    We had a similar situation last year when I took a group of riders down into Frog Bayou that REALLY wanted to go- that ride ended up with 2 broken bikes, one with a hole in the engine case (he wasn't running a skid plate or any other bike protection) and one with a mangled radiator hanging off the side of the bike (he lost his balance on an off-camber, rocky trail). The worst part was the rider that crashed in one of the ravines (that has since been fixed) and broke several ribs and blew out a shoulder. Once again, those guys didn't complain or blame the ride leader (me) for what had happened.

    When I see comments like the one from WRW9751, it makes me question whether or not I really want to lead riders anymore. It is a big responsibility, and one I don't take lightly. I always make it a point to give the riders that I'm leading enough information about where we are going so that they can make an informed decision about whether or not they want to ride what I am about to take them on. If any of you were paying attention to the Rally @ the Rock threads, you will notice that Rob more or less took over all of the planning for the event, which I was fine with since he has a little better perspective on what "greener" riders might want to ride. I don't really think about what terrain or obstacles I might ride over or what bike I might do them on. If I still had my 990, I would have no problem taking it on that road from the video, so I'll admit my "filter" is a bit off.

    Arkansas is an awesome place to ride, but I have always warned anyone coming here from another area to be very careful about what you choose to ride, especially if you are going to "wander", "explore", or get off of the main unpaved roads at all. We have roads and trails in this area that will make you think you made a wrong turn and ended up in an extreme enduro. Ha! The forest service and loggers are doing their best to change a lot of that in the White Rock area- they are putting up a lot of gates and widening and WAY over maintaining a lot of our favorite old roads and trails so that they can get their log trucks up in there to get the timber out. Beech Grove, FS 1540, Frog Bayou from the east end of Bidville are just a few of the "fun" roads that we've lost in the recent past and I'm sure we'll lose more in the near future, but there are still a lot of places where riders could easily get in over their head if they aren't careful.
  18. WRW9751

    WRW9751 7th Day Adventurist

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    kendall: Simply from your own stories you know how the difficulty trails can change. I was in Frog Bayou several years ago with a Super Tenere I understand, three of use were pre riding the Tenere Rally routes. Not Big Bike friendly! We got in and out but it was No place to bring 50-70 guys on 500# turds. It's obvious your skill set is above average as you made some of those obstacles easy. Reading someones riding levels is aways challenging and most time surprising? But it was fairly obvious these guys weren't having a good time. I'm sure they said it was fun, but see if they'd go back down? At least on the same bikes.
  19. kendall_smith

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    Skill level is impossible to judge until it is too late. It doesn't matter if it was "obvious these guys weren't having fun", there was nothing that could really be done to get them out at that point other than offer advice or worst case scenario ride their bikes for them. They had been given enough information and warnings to know that the potential for challenges was there, and they still made the decision to go on anyway. I think a lot of riders view it as part of adventure riding, dealing with things when they go wrong. I wasn't exactly having the time of my life 2-upping my wife with a broken leg out of there on the back of a DR 650, or walking back 2 miles to get the other bike out of there, but sometimes you just have to deal with it. I've been part of several search-and-rescue scenarios that all involved things going wrong on motorcycles, but I still continue to ride the same way knowing that things can go wrong at any time.

    I may lead riders in the future, but it will only be on easy rides that will have limited opportunities for things to go wrong.
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  20. guavadude

    guavadude Dirt Nap Enthusiast

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    That track looks highly big bike antagonistic. I'd like to add it to my library, mainly so I know to avoid it but I'll label it single track. Can someone please post that.

    I know better than to follow the KTM guys but now that I'm on a DR650, I might have to make sure to not follow DR650 guys around either!
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