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Old 06-05-2011, 02:27 PM   #151
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... the front pads are 3/4 gone.
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I'd change them now and maybe just carry the used ones and cut down on the potential maintenance on the trail.
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Old 06-05-2011, 10:02 PM   #152
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You'd think the weight savings of the manual vs. 12V pump would be worth it... Ask yourself again when you have multiple pinch flats in a row while doing a trailsaide flat repair. With a manualpump, you can pump for five minutes or more before ever knowing that you have a pinch flat.

For me, a 12V pump is worth it's weight in gold. I have used it way too many times to not carry one- not only for myself, but riding buddies/strangers as well.
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Old 06-06-2011, 05:15 AM   #153
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Dirtydog, oh no, now you've done it, set me up for an I told you so moment. I have HD tubes, which will lessen the chance of flats, plus I'd have to run the engine to keep the battery from dying. I'm gonna carry the little hand pump. Hopefully I won't regret it.
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:29 AM   #154
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I hope your trip is without hiccup- and mine as well.

Counting the hours now... Departing wed morning.
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:13 AM   #155
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Dirtydog, clear the trees for us too!!! Are you doing a RR???

Looks like I'll have some company, two guys from Texas, played in ZZ Top I think...
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:03 AM   #156
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Just curious-how many of these days were spent riding and how many were off days?

I haven't decided on my pace yet, but right now I'm thinking of riding every day and just stopping with some daylight left to do maintenance. I'll be solo too
Sorry about the late response. We took a day off in Tulsa and a day & 1/2 in Moab. We went just about 4,800 miles. We rode on average 200 miles per day.

Cheap motels & 5 nights camping. Was a blast!

Sorry OLH hope I'm not hi-jacking ur thread.
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Old 06-06-2011, 12:16 PM   #157
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Dirtydog, clear the trees for us too!!! Are you doing a RR???

Looks like I'll have some company, two guys from Texas, played in ZZ Top I think...
Not taking anything to clear trees except my trials riding skills.
Hope it won't haunt me. That's one slick saw you have though. Thought about making/getting one.

RR started HERE. Countdown to departure.
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Old 06-06-2011, 03:21 PM   #158
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We hope to hook up with OneLessHarley in Jellico if things work out. Both of us are on WR250R's and I thought I would attach a pic of the trial loading today. My duffel weighs 16 lbs and while I haven't weighed the rack bags, I'm sure they are under 30 lbs combined. Regardless, I'll need to reset the sag as my bike lift will no longer slide under the skid plate!


I'm running Wolfman luggage all the way. Instruments are the obligatory roll chart holder, Trail Tech Voyager to keep accurate track of mileage, and Garmin 60csx GPS. Suspension has been reworked front and back by Race Tech and based on the Moab trip recently I'm very happy with it. Much plusher but can't make it bottom out, yet. Folding mirrors, and one inch bar risers up front. I put the stock Trailwing rear on for the pavement ride from Houston to Jellico, and on thru Tennessee and probably Mississippi, or until it wears out. Before it gets rough there will be new rubber front and back; probably MT 21 front and MT16 rear (or D606). The tail light is the Edge LED unit with programmer, and I made up a rear mud flap from horse trailer matting. It works great, is light and flexible in case of a fall. No mud on the back of the bike with this item. I also put in the Tubliss system front and rear. It's done fine now for two Big Bend National Park rides, one in the Rockies, and one in Moab. Spare tubes are along just in case. The duffel has all of my camping gear for a quick tent pitch drill if needed. There are just a few more things to add, like maps, toilet articles, and my Klim Traverse pants in case it gets nasty. Otherwise, all is on board and ready to head out next week!
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:59 PM   #159
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That's a nice set up, trade you for one of our heavy XT's !!
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We hope to hook up with OneLessHarley in Jellico if things work out. Both of us are on WR250R's and I thought I would attach a pic of the trial loading today. My duffel weighs 16 lbs and while I haven't weighed the rack bags, I'm sure they are under 30 lbs combined. Regardless, I'll need to reset the sag as my bike lift will no longer slide under the skid plate!


I'm running Wolfman luggage all the way. Instruments are the obligatory roll chart holder, Trail Tech Voyager to keep accurate track of mileage, and Garmin 60csx GPS. Suspension has been reworked front and back by Race Tech and based on the Moab trip recently I'm very happy with it. Much plusher but can't make it bottom out, yet. Folding mirrors, and one inch bar risers up front. I put the stock Trailwing rear on for the pavement ride from Houston to Jellico, and on thru Tennessee and probably Mississippi, or until it wears out. Before it gets rough there will be new rubber front and back; probably MT 21 front and MT16 rear (or D606). The tail light is the Edge LED unit with programmer, and I made up a rear mud flap from horse trailer matting. It works great, is light and flexible in case of a fall. No mud on the back of the bike with this item. I also put in the Tubliss system front and rear. It's done fine now for two Big Bend National Park rides, one in the Rockies, and one in Moab. Spare tubes are along just in case. The duffel has all of my camping gear for a quick tent pitch drill if needed. There are just a few more things to add, like maps, toilet articles, and my Klim Traverse pants in case it gets nasty. Otherwise, all is on board and ready to head out next week!
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Old 06-07-2011, 01:42 PM   #160
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How are your planning for the passes in Colorado? Do you have workarounds planned or or you just going to punt?
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Old 06-07-2011, 03:28 PM   #161
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PLANNING.....or planing, I'm going to go so fast to float over the stuff....you believe that don't you? No plans for by passes guess I'll figure it out as I go. maybe the two Texans will have a better plan, unless they get fed up with me by that time.
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Old 06-07-2011, 04:44 PM   #162
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Watch out for those Texans! I'll try and get the info together I promised you in the morning. Looks like I may have a light day tomorrow.

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Old 06-07-2011, 06:44 PM   #163
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Watch out for those Texans! I'll try and get the info together I promised you in the morning. Looks like I may have a light day tomorrow.

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John good talking to you, sorry I missed you at the British Bash. Really looking forward to the ride. I might learn something from them Texans.
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Old 06-08-2011, 12:14 PM   #164
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Here you go. Some of the highlights

Western Arkansas you will see signs just like you are on a paved highway for HWY220. This goes north to Devils Den State Park. It is a rutted dirt road but pops out right in a camp ground. At the main area there is a laundry that I used. This pic is on the trail just after 220 the next morning.



OK could be done in two days if you really wanted to. No fun in my book. I stayed in the Wah-Sha-She State Park the first night. Right on a lake looking west with a gorgeous sunset. $12 if I remember.
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After you leave there and start across the Indian Reservation you'll cross the Tall Grass Prairie Preserve. Largest remaining example anywhere. If you've ever seen Dancing With Wolves this will remind you. The most spectacular part of OK. I want to go back with more time and explore it.

About two thirds across OK is a little town 10 miles south of the trail called Freedom OK (36.767944, -99.115008). Tiny. Here is Maria's Mexican Cafe run by Maria and her beautiful daughter and a drifter looking guy from New York who talked my ear off.



Upstairs she has two sorta rundown rooms to rent. Clean and air conditioned. Cheap. The Mechanics place across the lot has an unsecured wifi you can use and there's a car wash out back. If you can't find it go to the post office and ask. They are closed from 1-5 and open for supper. When I was there a young couple had the other room and it sounded like they were making a porno half the night.

Watch out for the green monsters on the trail in OK


And then on to Black Mesa State Park north of the trail (County Road 325
Kenton, OK 73946 Phone: 580-426-2222) or as I did to meet my own personal Texan BigDon Clayton NM south of the trail in the KOA.

You're going to see some pretty cool stuff. Remember to enjoy it and not get consumed with the goal.

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Old 06-08-2011, 02:12 PM   #165
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Here you go. Some of the highlights
John, thanks for the tips. The Freedom place is what I'm looking for on the trail, although I could do without the action in the other room!

Looks like you were packed pretty heavy; how did that go out west? I'm cutting back on everything I can, but the camping equipment really adds up!

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