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Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States Today, 04:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 244
Posted By Meriden
The new rule starts in March, but all in all I...

The new rule starts in March, but all in all I agree with you. A little shopping to find the right inspector and no problem.
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States Yesterday, 04:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 244
Posted By Meriden
I'd like to but I'm reading for an MBA (Yea at my...

I'd like to but I'm reading for an MBA (Yea at my age.) Maybe next year or I'll catch you on the trail in the mean time.

Now, for the upcoming penny per mile tax bill working it's way through the...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States Yesterday, 01:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 280
Posted By Meriden
Looks like Texas is taxing mileage next.

Clearly they weren't thinking about plated dirt bikes when they wrote this one.

http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/84R/billtext/html/HB00151I.htm


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbWg-mozGsU
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States Yesterday, 01:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 244
Posted By Meriden
Yup and that part has been in effect since...

Yup and that part has been in effect since September 2013. The new part is the bit covering foot pegs and hand holds (whatever that means) as part of inspection.

Tell your buddy on Orange howdy...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 01-25-2015, 10:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 272
Posted By Meriden
Just as hot, but not as humid... usually. The 4-5...

Just as hot, but not as humid... usually. The 4-5 inches of rain that the Hill Country gets in June comes in the form of a handful of late afternoon thunderstorms during the month that dump 1-2...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 01-21-2015, 02:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 305
Posted By Meriden
That's easy. Take the first route and go into...

That's easy. Take the first route and go into Austin from Bastrop. Warning the traffic is terrible. There are more brew pubs, microbreweries, distilleries, bars, dives, hangouts, and venues than any...
Forum: Thumpers 01-21-2015, 04:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 926
Posted By Meriden
I'm a big fan of my X and have about 35K miles on...

I'm a big fan of my X and have about 35K miles on it with no problems that were not abuse related. $170 sent to Seat Concepts will fix the seat. The rear suspension is a little more expensive. With...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 01-20-2015, 07:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 305
Posted By Meriden
Near the Gulf

For a more leisurely route take 59 South to El Campo then 71 to Blessing. In Blessing get on 35 and stay on 35. 35 will pass through many seaside communities and end up in Aransas Pass. From there...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 01-19-2015, 05:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 305
Posted By Meriden
Not near the Gulf, but...

From Rosenberg over two days.

Day 1
North to Sealy, then to New Ulm, Frelsbugh, Fayetteville, Winchester, Smithville to Bastrop via Park Road 1. From there down to San Marcos and across the...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-16-2015, 05:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,046
Posted By Meriden
Are they Whitworth or SAE? Of course if a new...

Are they Whitworth or SAE? Of course if a new owners tool box is all metric anyway it may not matter.
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 01-14-2015, 04:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 701
Posted By Meriden
My march trip is still in the planning stage, but...

My march trip is still in the planning stage, but I may just end up sleeping in the Explorer. It's cheaper, closer to the bikes at night and more comfortable than lots of other options.
Forum: Thumpers 01-14-2015, 04:10 AM
Replies: 7,455
Views: 1,185,620
Posted By Meriden
Mityvac is worth every penny when doing brake...

Mityvac is worth every penny when doing brake work.

http://www.harborfreight.com/mityvac-vacuum-pump-39522.html
Forum: Thumpers 01-13-2015, 06:21 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 7,441
Posted By Meriden
Bump started my EFI X Challenge no problem. Carbs...

Bump started my EFI X Challenge no problem. Carbs are fine for guys who like working on carbs. As for wheel adjusters, a small block of wood as a spacer works fine for trail side repairs. Still don't...
Forum: Thumpers 01-12-2015, 04:23 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 273
Posted By Meriden
Someone may know a secret about the 652 that I...

Someone may know a secret about the 652 that I don't, but normally a failed water pump will not cause water to get into the oil. I wouldn't run the motor until that was sorted out. Water in the oil...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 01-12-2015, 04:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 344
Posted By Meriden
Ahhh, remember the Cardiac Cowboys back in the...

Ahhh, remember the Cardiac Cowboys back in the Staubach days? I used to think that the Cowboy's kicker's full name was "Rafael Septien from the Twenty." The running joke was that the longest hour was...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 01-11-2015, 03:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 701
Posted By Meriden
Big Bend Resort and Adventures is okay if you...

Big Bend Resort and Adventures is okay if you need an RV space. The room I rented last year was dangerously out of code. The door had been broken in and was not correctly repaired, the coffee pot...
Forum: Thumpers 01-11-2015, 02:50 PM
Replies: 7,455
Views: 1,185,620
Posted By Meriden
Thanks all m

Thanks all

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Forum: Thumpers 01-10-2015, 08:15 AM
Replies: 7,455
Views: 1,185,620
Posted By Meriden
Love your 50/50 tires?

Most of my riding is off pavement and I've settles on the MT21 (I know, I know.)

In March I have a little ride coming up that is going to be 600 miles pavement, 200 miles maintained gravel, 200...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-05-2015, 04:19 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,554
Posted By Meriden
It's "Que Sera." Hint of truth though....

It's "Que Sera."

Hint of truth though. Motorcycles and especially antique motorcycles are not even in the discussion when fuel mix standards are decided. 255 million cars and light duty trucks...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 12-19-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 927
Posted By Meriden
That ain't no kiddin'. Photo taken while passing...

That ain't no kiddin'. Photo taken while passing through Fort Stockton last November on our way to Vegas.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n547/Meriden71/LAB2V%202013/FtStockton_zps9fe32615.jpg
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 12-19-2014, 04:29 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 927
Posted By Meriden
90 is by far more scenic, with better fuel...

90 is by far more scenic, with better fuel availability and more local yokels hiding behind the cactus. Don't speed. They know you won't come back to fight the ticket and will take you to the...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 12-17-2014, 12:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 927
Posted By Meriden
There is not a darned thing until you get to El...

There is not a darned thing until you get to El Paso and not a darned thing after that. Honestly I've driven to Southern California from Texas several times and I generally allow for a day - a full...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-09-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,642
Posted By Meriden
Try Big D ...

Try Big D

http://www.bigdcycle.com/sellyourbike.html

Big D has been around for some time and is the legacy of Dalio's old dealership. If they don't have what you want they may be able to put...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-09-2014, 06:48 AM
Replies: 16,440
Views: 9,980,449
Posted By Meriden
Yea, sad memories. Tropical Brainstorm is still...

Yea, sad memories. Tropical Brainstorm is still one of my wife's favorite albums. I caught myself humming Autumn Girl just yesterday. Kirsty was another one of those singers who was only 20 feet from...
Forum: Thumpers 12-05-2014, 05:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 651
Posted By Meriden
There are a number of cantle bags on the market....

There are a number of cantle bags on the market. From personal experience I'd suggest the Giant Loop Great Basin (bought used for $200) is the most durable and has the worst features. The Nomad Rider...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 11-16-2014, 01:33 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,596
Posted By Meriden
I would guess we have all done something in the...

I would guess we have all done something in the past that seemed cool at the time only to have it come back and bite us on the backside. If a man pays his dues and cleans up his mess with the intent...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 11-11-2014, 03:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 900
Posted By Meriden
Check out Chalk Bluff Park campground on the...

Check out Chalk Bluff Park campground on the Nueces. It's north of Uvalde on 55.
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 11-10-2014, 08:22 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,596
Posted By Meriden
What's the old saying? Mama couldn't raise...

What's the old saying? Mama couldn't raise everybody.
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 11-10-2014, 07:41 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,596
Posted By Meriden
The guy ended up paying us back by tagging in Big...

The guy ended up paying us back by tagging in Big Bend National Park. I wish I had never offered route suggestions.
Forum: Thumpers 11-03-2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 7,455
Views: 1,185,620
Posted By Meriden
Sach's vs Air Shock

I purchased an X Country Sachs shock new in the box at a fire sale price and replaced the air shock. For highway and grade 1 dirt road use it's completely satisfactory. Try to get up any speed over...
Forum: Thumpers 11-03-2014, 11:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 530
Posted By Meriden
I had a '96 Funduro and loved it. I wouldn't have...

I had a '96 Funduro and loved it. I wouldn't have thought twice about riding it to Alaska solo. I sold it because I had a Challenge and needed something I could ride two up, loaded. Interstate...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 11-01-2014, 07:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 845
Posted By Meriden
Help me out here and explain why it would even be...

Help me out here and explain why it would even be a question. Is it because the motorcycle was involved in a crime? If that were the case we wouldn't count anyone killed riding recklessly, street...
Forum: Thumpers 10-31-2014, 04:09 AM
Replies: 7,455
Views: 1,185,620
Posted By Meriden
There is no "dohicky" like fix that all...

There is no "dohicky" like fix that all XChallenges need. Many riders change out the rear shock, but lots of others never have a problem with it. Read up on the clutch issues so you can be familiar...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 10-31-2014, 03:56 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,596
Posted By Meriden
Give us a bit of a hand. After a quick review of...

Give us a bit of a hand. After a quick review of your ride report I'm not clear on what your interests are other than jeeps and landscapes... What kind of bike are you riding? Where do you want to...
Forum: Thumpers 10-30-2014, 07:46 AM
Replies: 7,455
Views: 1,185,620
Posted By Meriden
Probably the more statistically literate answer.

Probably the more statistically literate answer.
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 10-29-2014, 10:19 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,026
Posted By Meriden
I guess that depends on the chianti :evil

I guess that depends on the chianti :evil
Forum: Thumpers 10-29-2014, 12:56 AM
Replies: 7,455
Views: 1,185,620
Posted By Meriden
Likely a matter of more being sold in Europe than...

Likely a matter of more being sold in Europe than in the States. I rarely see an XChallenge or an XCountry anymore and have seen only two XMotos period.
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 10-22-2014, 01:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,026
Posted By Meriden
I'm in self-detox right now from spending the...

I'm in self-detox right now from spending the weekend at the Harvest with my Canadian neighbor and our buddy who originally hails from Louisiana. :freaky

Between the parks is an area called...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 10-20-2014, 05:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,026
Posted By Meriden
There is very little single track and what there...

There is very little single track and what there is will be in a handful of riding areas. East Texas is sand and/or mud lanes with a few tracks through the national forests. Central Texas is poorly...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-15-2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 35,956
Views: 9,236,899
Posted By Meriden
I'm no frothing AM radio whack job but shredding...

I'm no frothing AM radio whack job but shredding a US flag on the back of a motorcycle is about as patriotic as burning it.
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