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Old 01-04-2014, 07:21 PM   #361
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I put in for vacation days... i have been the last couple of years, and it is my very favorite organized ride ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hopefully Scotty will start a new thread soon... He is one of the nicest, coolest people ever...

so looking forward to the trip as the weather here at the moment sucks!
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Old 01-04-2014, 07:37 PM   #362
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that's a four smoker thank you, maybe a short ride Wednesday near home, hey dirty are you bringing divinduck? he rides the #$^# out of that klr.

P.S. my parts won't stay on can you help me?
Hope so-Roy's a good guy. Easy to travel with. Am sure he'll jump in on this thread.

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Old 01-05-2014, 06:45 PM   #363
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650 Versys?

Watched the video and don't know if the Versys will do some of the trails I saw.

Any thoughts on a Versys on this?

Is there another Ark ride more on fireroads and old pavement? thanks
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Old 01-05-2014, 07:33 PM   #364
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Yea... im kinda wondering how knarly they get on this ride... big bike "Tenere" friendly or DRZ needed...
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Old 01-05-2014, 07:47 PM   #365
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A Versys or Super Ten on street tires at street air pressures won't make for a happy camper.

Either one of those bikes with 20 to 25 lbs with moderately knobbie tires would be a much better pair of shoes to bring.

Jump in here guys-am I on track with this advice?

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Old 01-05-2014, 08:00 PM   #366
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The tenere will have k60s. Just enjoy the tenere more if its dirt road / forest road stuff etc....prefer to reserve the DRZ for the rough atv and single track type trails
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Old 01-05-2014, 08:04 PM   #367
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+1, you'll be fine. There are a few water crossings that can be tricky depending on the weather. The routes are pretty much fireroads and pavement. You break into different groups so find a group with your sized bike and pace.
Put a 50/50 DS tire up front like a K60 but I was fine with Tourances last year after dropping the tire pressure.
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Old 01-05-2014, 08:06 PM   #368
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There are also many dirt/pavement crossings and you can always find alt routes around anything gnarly but none of it is hardcore single track.
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Old 01-05-2014, 08:27 PM   #369
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I also think it depends if you're riding there or trailering. If you're bringing the trailer then you might enjoy the smaller bike more.
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Old 01-05-2014, 09:36 PM   #370
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Thanks...

Tenere I would ride up.... DRZ would trailer

Im not all that far from where ever it is this starts...

Now... in order for me to go, I just have to figure out if my 9 yr old son will ride with me or if I can find family / friends he can stay with that weekend. The wife and daughter will be out of town....
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Old 01-06-2014, 05:13 AM   #371
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Yea... im kinda wondering how knarly they get on this ride... big bike "Tenere" friendly or DRZ needed...

I did it on my T800XC last year. You will be fine on the Tenere. I personally found that I was more tired at the end of the day on the heavy XC than others on lighter bikes. I have since sold the XC and will ride my 690 this year.
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Old 01-06-2014, 05:33 AM   #372
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Since you have the option, you might enjoy the DRZ more. That's the perfect bike for NWA. Bring a good sleeping bag. Last year it was in the 30's the first night and I slept in all my gear. I bought a new warmer down sleeping bag as soon as I got home.
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Old 01-06-2014, 06:20 AM   #373
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thanks for the advice.... on the bikes and gear. I'm in process of getting some good "light" gear so I can do more off bike camping. Its $$$ though..

Its such a good road ride up to north Arkansas from where I live, I hate to waste it trailering up.... but will think hard about which bike I want to take. Sounds like this is one of those times/trip I may wish for a DR instead of the DRZ... as I would have no problem riding the DR up there, but once I get on any dirt a car can't go down, I know I would much prefer to be on my DRZ.

Hopefully I'll see / meet some of you guys there....
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Old 01-06-2014, 06:27 AM   #374
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I did it on my T800XC last year. You will be fine on the Tenere. I personally found that I was more tired at the end of the day on the heavy XC than others on lighter bikes. I have since sold the XC and will ride my 690 this year.
If I didn't enjoy my Tenere on the road so much and have the need for occasional 2 up with my kids, I would consider selling the Tenere and getting
something like the 690 as well...I do use my Tenere to road ride with my brothers as well though since they have street bikes and dirt bikes. ( They havent gotten converted to Dual Sport yet) But then I'd start to blur the line between having the 690 and justifying the DRZ. If I was to go 690 or something like that, I'd then be tempted to get something light like a KTM 350 for those more serious offroad adventures...
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Old 01-06-2014, 06:48 AM   #375
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thanks for the advice.... on the bikes and gear. I'm in process of getting some good "light" gear so I can do more off bike camping. Its $$$ though..

Its such a good road ride up to north Arkansas from where I live, I hate to waste it trailering up.... but will think hard about which bike I want to take. Sounds like this is one of those times/trip I may wish for a DR instead of the DRZ... as I would have no problem riding the DR up there, but once I get on any dirt a car can't go down, I know I would much prefer to be on my DRZ.

Hopefully I'll see / meet some of you guys there....
Just ride the DRZ up! If I can make it to DeQueen on a TW, you can make it up to Eureka on a DRZ
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