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Old 06-25-2013, 04:16 PM   #31
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... Since I've never owned even a small dirt bike, I can't understand why I would want to start now? Maybe it's the "bucket list" thing, I really don't know! Anyway, thanks for a nice RR. (I think!)
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I never owned any kind of motorcycle until seven years ago when I took the MSF course and bought a VTX1300 the next day. 60k miles later I decided to give in to the urge to ride off-road. Bought a bike, took the MSF Basic Dirt Rider course and a year later have about 8k off road miles on it. My only question to my 64 year old self is, "Why did you not do this sooner?"
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Old 06-27-2013, 02:08 AM   #32
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Made it into Helena, Arkansas today but ended up staying in the casino at the MS/AR border. Doing some laundry, drinking some booze, and enjoying a shower. 8 days of camping wears on you for sure.

Nate setting up a giraffe shot.





Our camp off the TAT, somewhere outside of Minor Hill, MS. 3 creek crossing to get to our sight but it was worth it.



Camping in Pickwick State Park!



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Hot as balls out here.







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Old 06-27-2013, 04:56 AM   #33
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I never owned any kind of motorcycle until seven years ago when I took the MSF course and bought a VTX1300 the next day. 60k miles later I decided to give in to the urge to ride off-road. Bought a bike, took the MSF Basic Dirt Rider course and a year later have about 8k off road miles on it. My only question to my 64 year old self is, "Why did you not do this sooner?"
That's really encouraging so maybe I'd have time for a few rides then.....I'm only a couple of months from 70 so I'd best hurry up. It's nice to know that there's a dirt rider course to take. Thanks for that information.....

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Old 06-27-2013, 05:42 AM   #34
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rad.... simply rad cant wait to hit this trail hard next summer
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:36 AM   #35
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:43 AM   #36
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We're headed on through Arkansas today, noticed a broken o-ring on my chain today, thinking we need to take better care of them along the ride. We're lubing them every night but maybe that's not enough. So I'm not sure if I want to replace the chain in Little Rock or wait to do it further down the trail. Keep it easy guys. We'll update when we can.
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:48 AM   #37
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:10 AM   #38
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Hey Art, how's the KLR handeling? Also, what type of chain and front sprocket are you using? Is it a 15T or 14T? Great pics. Be Safe.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:21 AM   #39
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Hey Art, how's the KLR handeling? Also, what type of chain and front sprocket are you using? Is it a 15T or 14T? Great pics. Be Safe.
Hey Kent! I cheaped out on a chain, I bought a Primary Drive chain (mistake, should have got a DID), and I have Sunstar sprockets. Running a 15t up front now, but I used a 16 tooth for the slab out here. Rear sprocket is the Sunstar 43? Or whatever the stock amount of teeth are. The KLR is handling great! I'm hanging on with the KTM nicely, running 40-50 even upwards to 60mph in the straight sections. Pack as light as you can and invest in your suspension. Really glad I put the Progressive fork springs in the front, would have been nice to do the rear but I'm packed light enough that I don't need it. Cheers.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:23 AM   #40
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We're headed on through Arkansas today, noticed a broken o-ring on my chain today, thinking we need to take better care of them along the ride. We're lubing them every night but maybe that's not enough. So I'm not sure if I want to replace the chain in Little Rock or wait to do it further down the trail. Keep it easy guys. We'll update when we can.

Ive had missing orings for hundreds of miles. Hasn't been a problem yet. But as much dirt as your seing i would attempt to find one on the way. There is a kawi dealer here in Ponca City, oklahoma. They may have one.
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:01 PM   #41
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AR fun!

So we had to take care of some business in Little Rock today so we veered off the TAT. Art had to get a new phone because of the water crossing accident.

We picked it up with some supplies and headed back out. We are camped out now behind the Damascus Post Office . I have to ship some stuff home in the morning so sleeping here is perfect.

The next two days will be all Ozarks! This is my neighborhood! Kinda funny to think that right up 65 is my house.

Tomorrow night we will camp at Longs Pool and then the next night we will be at Devils Den.
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:02 PM   #42
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I have been wondering how much of it has been dirt roads to the point we saw you guys at to where you are at now?
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Old 06-28-2013, 04:30 PM   #43
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I have been wondering how much of it has been dirt roads to the point we saw you guys at to where you are at now?
What up man, after Tennessee I'd say its 75-25 dirt/street...lots of freshly paved roads, I feel like the longer you wait to do the TAT the less dirt you'll see. Just my thoughts...chilling in Oark, Arkansas....had an excellent grilled chicken sandwich and a slice of pie. We should be camping in Devils Den State Park tonight, the Ozarks have been ridiculously beautiful. The best offload riding we've hit so far for sure. Lot of people knock the TN portion of the trail, but even though its mostly paved it is through some beautiful country!
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Old 06-28-2013, 06:20 PM   #44
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What up man, after Tennessee I'd say its 75-25 dirt/street...lots of freshly paved roads, I feel like the longer you wait to do the TAT the less dirt you'll see. Just my thoughts...chilling in Oark, Arkansas....had an excellent grilled chicken sandwich and a slice of pie. We should be camping in Devils Den State Park tonight, the Ozarks have been ridiculously beautiful. The best offload riding we've hit so far for sure. Lot of people knock the TN portion of the trail, but even though its mostly paved it is through some beautiful country!
We are a few days ahead of you all. We are hold up in Beaver OK. The Ozarks were great. We also loved just west of Alva in the hill country. We slowed down and really enjoyed it...

We have slowed down a bunch so you all might catch us...
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Old 06-29-2013, 09:11 PM   #45
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You guys are animals!! Keep it up! Meeting you guys got me motivated to start doing some group rides, so I went ahead and made a page on FB to try and draw in the locals lol. Feel free to check it out when you have time. www.facebook.com/NorthGeorgiaDualSportRiders

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