ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Ride reports
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-29-2014, 06:11 PM   #4366
JDowns OP
Sounds good, let's go!
 
Joined: Mar 2005
Location: Bassett, NE
Oddometer: 2,573
Quote:
Originally Posted by dwj - Donnie View Post
He is going to have to change the name of this Thread now! I don't think that 990 Adventure will qualify as a minimalist moto!
Hi Donnie,

You got me there. Nothing will put a smile on your face like a 990 Adventure on the Texas gravel, dirt and paved backroads. That thing will take anything you throw at it.

My thanks to bigdon for letting me take it for a spin today. I can see why you chose it as a two-up Latin American cruiser. Have been enjoying your ride report. Keep up the good work.

Saludos,
Juan Naranjo
__________________
South America and back on a 250 Super Sherpa Minimalist Adventure
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=831076
JDowns is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2014, 11:40 AM   #4367
JDowns OP
Sounds good, let's go!
 
Joined: Mar 2005
Location: Bassett, NE
Oddometer: 2,573
Took a break from painting and setting tile to go camping up in Arkansas this weekend.

Here are my partners in crime, bigdon on the 990 Adventure, olebuddy on his DR650 and LD on his sweet Triumph Tiger standing in front of the Roadhouse Cafe in Paris Texas at breakfast:



I was riding bigdon’s KLR. Didn’t stop to take many pictures this weekend. Heading up into Oklahoma on backroads we stopped for lunch at the Hateful Hussy Diner in Talihina. Pretty good eats if you’re in the area:



Rode up the Talimena scenic byway to the Queen Talimina Lodge campground and set up our tents before heading down some nice Arkansas gravel county roads to Mena. Here is LD crossing an old country bridge on the way:



Ate dinner in Mena at the Branding Iron Restaurant and wound our way back up the mountain to camp. They had a neat little miniature train that was taking campers around the campground:



Woke up this morning to a hellacious thunderstorm. The rain was coming down in buckets and my tent was floating in 2 inches of water, so I had to pull the pegs and drag it over to the pavement where my bike was parked to get it on dry land. There was so much lightning that I could read my non-illuminated watch. Without my glasses I couldn’t tell if it was 12:15 or 3 AM. Fortunately it was 3 and after another couple hours of sleep I got up and went over under the covered awning at the camp bathrooms and hung out playing Sudoku on my iPad until it was time to pack up in the rain.

Then it was torrential rain riding back through Arkansas and Oklahoma today until we finally hit dry pavement and sunshine across the Red River into Texas. It was a fun weekend though. Especially during the good weather yesterday.

Remodeling ADVrider’s houses certainly has its benefits.

more later…..
__________________
South America and back on a 250 Super Sherpa Minimalist Adventure
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=831076
JDowns is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2014, 09:26 AM   #4368
bigdon
Beastly Adventurer
 
Joined: Dec 2005
Oddometer: 2,432
Thank goodness John was uninjured !



My Wife would never forgive me if I let something happen to John, before the Kitchen is finished
__________________
ADV Relay Rider 08 (The Texas Connection)
Ride Pooie Ride

Don't stop riding until you get to the crash , you might save it!
bigdon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2014, 02:19 PM   #4369
Hawk62cj5
2 Cheap 4 a KLR
 
Hawk62cj5's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Location: Southern Va
Oddometer: 574
Quote:
Originally Posted by bigdon View Post
Thank goodness John was uninjured !



My Wife would never forgive me if I let something happen to John, before the Kitchen is finished
Lol sounds like my wife
__________________
09 Super Sherpa KL250
62 CJ-5
Trailering a bike is like hiring a prostitute just to jerk off in front of her .
Hawk62cj5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2014, 07:06 PM   #4370
JDowns OP
Sounds good, let's go!
 
Joined: Mar 2005
Location: Bassett, NE
Oddometer: 2,573
The rest of the story:

Because it rained so hard my tent was standing in water yesterday morning so I pulled the tent pegs and moved it to the pavement. Of course after I got up and went up to the shower room, a big wind came up and blew the unpegged tent over. Being a minimalist means that there's nothing in your tent to hold it down. A sleeping bag, pad and pair of socks was my only luggage this weekend. No match as ballast against a 40 mph sidewind.

bigdon took a lot of fine photographs this weekend. My tent collapsed like a blue slug yesterday morning may have been the best. Pretty funny.
__________________
South America and back on a 250 Super Sherpa Minimalist Adventure
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=831076
JDowns is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2014, 09:02 PM   #4371
George 99
Studly Adventurer
 
George 99's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Kingman, Arizona
Oddometer: 770
Puke

Sounds a treat, John. I luv Men's and surrounds. Always camp at the private campground at the east end of the Talimena Trail.

Having a ball in Northern India, but not much access to WiFi.
__________________
George
Sometimes in Kingman, Arizona
George 99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2014, 05:29 AM   #4372
bigdon
Beastly Adventurer
 
Joined: Dec 2005
Oddometer: 2,432
Saturday was a lovely day ! John is a lot of fun to ride with.



__________________
ADV Relay Rider 08 (The Texas Connection)
Ride Pooie Ride

Don't stop riding until you get to the crash , you might save it!
bigdon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2014, 03:09 PM   #4373
Eagletalon
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Jun 2011
Location: Apopka, FL
Oddometer: 378
John any remodeling pics? I'm one of the ones that likes to see some pre and post pictures!!!

Later
John
Eagletalon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2014, 07:18 PM   #4374
ElleDubs
Gnarly Adventurer
 
ElleDubs's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2012
Location: St George, Utah
Oddometer: 163
John,

Thank-you for sharing your adventures, photos and philosophy. You have taken me on a journey and kept me thoroughly entertained while stuck at home healing 4 broken ribs. I wish you many more adventures to come.
ElleDubs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2014, 07:26 PM   #4375
JDowns OP
Sounds good, let's go!
 
Joined: Mar 2005
Location: Bassett, NE
Oddometer: 2,573
Quote:
Originally Posted by ElleDubs View Post
John,

Thank-you for sharing your adventures, photos and philosophy. You have taken me on a journey and kept me thoroughly entertained while stuck at home healing 4 broken ribs. I wish you many more adventures to come.
Hi ElleDubs,

It is my pleasure and duty to keep you entertained while your ribs heal. Broken ribs are no fun. Especially when your buddies keep cracking jokes and making you laugh.

Time heals all. Here's to more fun riding in the future.

Cheers,
Juan Sin Costillas Rotas
__________________
South America and back on a 250 Super Sherpa Minimalist Adventure
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=831076
JDowns is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2014, 07:30 PM   #4376
JDowns OP
Sounds good, let's go!
 
Joined: Mar 2005
Location: Bassett, NE
Oddometer: 2,573
Quote:
Originally Posted by Eagletalon View Post
John any remodeling pics? I'm one of the ones that likes to see some pre and post pictures!!!

Later
John
Hi Eagletalon,

I'm trying to keep this ride report focused on riding motorcycles this summer while I work to save up some travel money for my return to South America in a few months.

I might throw in a remodelling pic or two. Haven't taken any yet.

Saludos,
Juan Contratista
__________________
South America and back on a 250 Super Sherpa Minimalist Adventure
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=831076
JDowns is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2014, 12:53 PM   #4377
Travelbugblues
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Travelbugblues's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2013
Location: Home: Seattle, Current Mission: South America!
Oddometer: 299
Good to see you're still able to have some fun while working!! I'm now in Colombia and adore it! So hard to leave this awesome country, but Panama awaits!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Travelbugblues is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2014, 05:59 PM   #4378
JDowns OP
Sounds good, let's go!
 
Joined: Mar 2005
Location: Bassett, NE
Oddometer: 2,573
Quote:
Originally Posted by Travelbugblues View Post
Good to see you're still able to have some fun while working!! I'm now in Colombia and adore it! So hard to leave this awesome country, but Panama awaits!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Mi sobrina famosa,

So good to hear from you!

I just got caught up on your ride report and see you have to fly the mighty Honda to Panama since northbound sailboats aren't able to take motos as of this month. Ouch!

Ah well, glad to see you are doing well. I sent a paypal donation to help your moto travel finances. Funny how 20 bucks is nothing when you're home working in Norteamerica, but it means the world when you're traveling on a shoestring and far from home.

As an aside I would encourage anyone who enjoys reading about big fun on small bikes in Latin America to check out:

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...29097&page=17#

And maybe paypal a few bucks for gas to my intrepid ADVniece at:

elisarw@gmail.com

She's right up there with Becktastic as a favorite ADV niece I've met on the way to South America.

Saludos,
Tio Juanito
__________________
South America and back on a 250 Super Sherpa Minimalist Adventure
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=831076

JDowns screwed with this post 06-12-2014 at 08:10 PM
JDowns is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2014, 09:10 AM   #4379
Travelbugblues
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Travelbugblues's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2013
Location: Home: Seattle, Current Mission: South America!
Oddometer: 299
Hola Tio Juan!

Thanks so much! That's so nice of you. Good timing too, as I just spent a freaking fortune to airfreight my bike from Medellin to Panama. Sailboats can no longer take motorbikes from Colombia into panama. I know there are other options, but can't wait around too much longer. Hoping to be home by early Sept. Then might turn around and ride back to Colombia :) Best country ever!

Time to go watch the Colombia/Greece game- the streets of Medellin are going crazy!

Quote:
Originally Posted by JDowns View Post
Mi sobrina famosa,

So good to hear from you!

I just got caught up on your ride report and see you have to fly the mighty Honda to Panama since northbound sailboats aren't able to take motos as of this month. Ouch!

Ah well, glad to see you are doing well. I sent a paypal donation to help your moto travel finances. Funny how 20 bucks is nothing when you're home working in Norteamerica, but it means the world when you're traveling on a shoestring and far from home.

As an aside I would encourage anyone who enjoys reading about big fun on small bikes in Latin America to check out:

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...29097&page=17#

And maybe paypal a few bucks for gas to my intrepid ADVniece at:

elisarw@gmail.com

She's right up there with Becktastic as a favorite ADV niece I've met on the way to South America.

Saludos,
Tio Juanito




Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Travelbugblues is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2014, 10:38 PM   #4380
JDowns OP
Sounds good, let's go!
 
Joined: Mar 2005
Location: Bassett, NE
Oddometer: 2,573
Took the day off today after another week of ADV remodeling. Went this morning to the local 7AM Saturday breakfast at the Red Barn Cafe in Sulphur Springs.

Jim on the left arrived on a nice Transalp. Bigdon on the right rode his DRZ:



I rode this KLX250S:



The KLX is a smooth cruiser. I really like it. After breakfast we headed back on dirt, gravel and paved back roads.

I was interested to see what used KLX250s bikes sell for so checked:

bikefinds.com

It's a handy site I recently discovered for finding used bikes for sale around the country. KLX250S sells for similar prices to used Sherpas. Since I started writing Super Sherpa ride reports, the price has gone up. I doubt if there is any connection, but dang, people are asking 2500-3500 bucks for 14 year old Sherpas. That's more than I paid for mine 7 years ago when it was only five years old. A five year old KLX250S sells for about the same. And they are also usually low mileage wife bikes. I think it would make a nice North American bike. The Sherpa is still hands down my favorite third world bike since it is air cooled, can take a bigger gas tank and has a lower compression ratio for low grade gas. But I 'm seriously thinking of selling my XR250 and getting a KLX250S for riding around back here in the states after riding one today. It's a snappy little number.

Father's Day meant bigdon had to fire up the Honda 50 for the grand kids coming over later for BBQ supper. Here he is ripping it up on the race track in the front yard at Casa bigdon:



Tried to get a pic of him popping a wheelie but I wasn't fast enough on the draw.

More later.....
__________________
South America and back on a 250 Super Sherpa Minimalist Adventure
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=831076
JDowns is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 04:47 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014