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Old 12-21-2014, 08:14 AM   #1
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Cold Day ride on the gulf

Hey guys this is my first post but I thought I would share my longest (to date) trip on my 2014 CRF 250L, I have not been riding bikes for long and this is my second bike (Learned to ride on a Grom). And I decided I wanted to see the USS Alabama in Mobile, So I took off from Covington, LA. I Took the back route up through Bougalusa, and around 198 to 98 to Mobile, everywhere I went I got the look of "Look at this crazy MF!!" Probably because in certain parts of the trip the temps went below 40 easy and when your on this

People tend to stare. I learned about 45 mins into the ride that my windscreen had worked itself loose as it pivoted back violently startling me. I had to pull into the only parking lot a dollar general since I seemed to have forgotten my hex wrench for tightening it, and the Dollar general was out!!! It was almost a ride breaker since there are no other stores around in Bush, LA, But a kind gentlemen (Who turned out to be an off duty Sheriffs deputy) was kind enough to give me one that fit!!! Saved my ride and that wrench will stay on my bike for all eternity.

After that I continued on my way and boy did it get cold! I learned that if its even slightly cold bring more cold weather gear then you think you need as you will!! But the ride went on turning heads every time I had to stop for gas (about every 70 miles, damn small tank...) But finally made it into Mobile. Right in the middle of a xmas festival. I almost ran over Santa and one of his elves because they decided to step out from behind a parked car right in front of me... But I did finally manage to make it to the USS Alabama after about 4 hours....
got some pics to prove it too...










For my return trip the sun was dipping below the horizon and it was getting cold so I hopped on I-10 West and rode back it was not as exciting but only took about 2.5 hours when I got back it took a couple beers and some hot food from chilies to shake off the cold... some day when its warmer and the days are longer ill do it again but right now I think I'm good lol... If anyone is around the gulf coast and would like to meet up I'm up for weekend trips anyday!!
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Old 12-21-2014, 12:31 PM   #2
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Good start! When it gets warmer, I hope you'll go back and get more pictures. Looks like there's a lot of interesting stuff lying around there.
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Old 12-21-2014, 05:26 PM   #3
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I like going to the Gulf coast this time of year, or any time for that matter. If you haven't seen the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, you need to check it out. Good pictures and ride report.
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Old 12-21-2014, 05:44 PM   #4
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If you haven't seen the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, you need to check it out. Good pictures and ride report.
I'll second that, and admission is free!
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Old 12-21-2014, 05:52 PM   #5
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Just east of the USS Alabama is a place called Oyster Shack that serves the best oysters, BBQed that I have had in along time. Check it out.
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Old 12-21-2014, 09:52 PM   #6
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I'll second that, and admission is free!
Since I have a .mil ID admission is free to the USS Alabama also, I am a member of the LA national guard, but I am currently saving up for a used (but loved) 00 BMW K1200RS with 143k on it but its been well maintained, once I get that my weekend trips will be excursions, I will be all over where the 1 day range of the bike, my 250l will be my commuter/I feel like riding some serious bends on dirt road bike. Anyone have a suggestion for a small tail bag for my CRF 250l so that when I carry gear its not making for a heavy backpack?

Also I will be having a long weekend the first weekend in January I may just make it to the tip of FL... wanna tr and avoid the major roads though on my 250
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Old 12-23-2014, 08:47 PM   #7
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Nice ride report. Loved the pics of the "Alabama". Look forward to your next trip report...Dave
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Old 12-23-2014, 09:32 PM   #8
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Just east of the USS Alabama is a place called Oyster Shack that serves the best oysters, BBQed that I have had in along time. Check it out.
I rember passing by that shack too, had several harleys out front of it, It seems that the places where cops and/or bikers hang out have some of the best food (unless I start seeing a bunch of Hell's Angels leather vests around )
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Old 12-24-2014, 10:06 AM   #9
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I wouldn't let the site of a few mc club members keep me from enjoying a meal. One of my first road trips on a motorcycle was to Dauphin Island, while in the area I visited the Alabama. A bunch of bar room bikers said I couldn't ride a 550 Suzuki that far and back. But I did. A big bike is fun, but for me a 250 or my klr 650 is plenty.
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