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Old 03-02-2014, 12:12 PM   #1
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Thumb Why Ride the Ozarks???????

For you seasoned Ozarks riders, which roads do you like most in that region and why? Let us know if you get a chance.

Thanks!

p.s. Hope to see y'all in May at the 2014 Ozarks Motomarathon with paved and dirt options! www.motomarathon.com

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Old 03-03-2014, 05:28 AM   #2
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You gotta let us know if it's dirt/trails, gravel/forest roads, or paved twisties you are seeking. We got it all.

Do you ride a sport bike, big adv bike, or a little dual sport?.

Many including myself will be glad to help if ypu're a little more specific.
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Old 03-03-2014, 05:41 AM   #3
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Motomarathon routes are designed with paved twisities as the foundation, however, chopped up asphalt and construction are conditions to be expected. Many of our riders are on ADV bikes, so we like to have dirt 'options' that give them the chance to stay on the general route and hit the checkpoints while changing up surfaces. Though our field is usually dominated by GS's, Multistradas, Vstroms and the like, but we as well almost always have a few Harleys and more Gold Wings every year…. We've heard about the Ozarks forever. We assume they are ancient mountains which makes for wider and more smooth sweepers, and less massive geographical barriers like we have here in Colorado which makes for a patchwork of complicated roads and routes (which we like). Also, for our ride May 29-June 1 out of Eureka Springs, it should be pleasant and cool -- whereas in Colorado is is still way too cold and the potential for snow and ice at that time. Hope our assumptions are right, so let us know.
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Old 03-03-2014, 05:53 AM   #4
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wings and harleys should stay on the pavement..way too risky otherwise. You may have to split into two groups.
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Old 03-03-2014, 06:07 AM   #5
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wings and harleys should stay on the pavement..way too risky otherwise. You may have to split into two groups.
You're being a little to harsh on them Doc, I've seen and ridden with both wings and harleys from Cass to Oark on 215 before it was paved with no problems. And once on out to Hwy 21. Don't remember them being too happy about it though.

But it would be better to give them a paved option. Plenty of paved roads available.


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Old 03-03-2014, 01:06 PM   #6
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Cool is a bit in the past by then in these parts of the world. Warm to hot is to be expected.
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Old 03-03-2014, 01:14 PM   #7
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[/QUOTE] We've heard about the Ozarks forever. We assume they are ancient mountains which makes for wider and more smooth sweepers, and less massive geological barriers like we have here in Colorado which makes for a patchwork of complicated roads [/QUOTE]



Since the mountains are alot closer together the roads tend to be built on the ridges and not in the valleys. Not so much big sweepers, but more tight curves.
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:51 PM   #8
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Talking mountains

Our mountains won't be high enough to impress you folks from Colorado, but our valleys tend to be deep and steeply walled.
The Butler Maps AR map is pretty good at rating the roads in the NW corner of AR. imho
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Old 03-04-2014, 05:03 AM   #9
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Laugh

Just to clarify, Motomarathons are always designed around paved roads, however, on any long-distance motorcycling expedition riders can expect to run into construction, unexpected dirt sections and degraded pavement. Occasionally we will suggest dirt options but these are purely optional and always well graded, gravel roads, passable by cars and Harleys and Wings as well.

Thanks, all, for the additional insight into the Ozark geography, weather and roads.We're looking" forward to discovering it in May/June. www.motomarathon.com
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Old 03-04-2014, 03:34 PM   #10
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I may have to take a stab at this myself, though it seems odd to pay to ride in my own backyard
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Old 03-04-2014, 08:02 PM   #11
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This reminds me a bit of the map guys that hopped into the forum a few years back, asked for everyones favorite routes, tracks and must see destinations, and then then started selling maps with them.



it is a brilliant business model I guess.

But certainly not for me, I do not pay to ride.
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Old 03-05-2014, 02:47 PM   #12
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This reminds me a bit of the map guys that hopped into the forum a few years back, asked for everyones favorite routes, tracks and must see destinations, and then then started selling maps with them.



it is a brilliant business model I guess.

But certainly not for me, I do not pay to ride.
Maybe we should have sent them down some really "rustic" Arkansas roads.....

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Old 03-05-2014, 03:45 PM   #13
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Maybe we should have sent them down some really "rustic" Arkansas roads.....

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They did spend some time riding Arkansas to check what they had been told were good riding roads.


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Old 03-06-2014, 06:38 PM   #14
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This reminds me a bit of the map guys that hopped into the forum a few years back, asked for everyones favorite routes, tracks and must see destinations, and then then started selling maps with them.



it is a brilliant business model I guess.

But certainly not for me, I do not pay to ride.
Just so you'll know, we (the guys at Butler Maps) ride every paved road within the area that we are mapping. My part alone in the mapping of the Ozarks took almost three months. I rode over 10,000 miles in that time, just to make sure we got everything.

God I love my job!!!
And a big thanks to Court Butler for coming up with such a brilliant idea.

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Old 03-06-2014, 07:11 PM   #15
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Maybe we should have sent them down some really "rustic" Arkansas roads.....

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No, that would just be mean, given the parameters they have discussed.

Kross Kountry!

Yes im sure it is a great job, and I think you are a good guy, I had forgotten that posting my thoughts on this might be perceived as a slight upon you. That was not my intent.

Keep in mind, I am not a fan of the TransAmerican trail stuff either.

the concept of selling information for profit, that was gained for free, seems sort of lame to me, that is all.

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