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Old 08-12-2013, 07:58 PM   #16
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Anyone from NC planning on going?

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Old 08-13-2013, 04:06 AM   #17
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:56 PM   #18
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:12 PM   #19
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:26 PM   #20
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:32 PM   #21
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Old 08-16-2013, 01:58 AM   #22
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Hack-a-sarus is in.

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Old 08-16-2013, 03:24 AM   #23
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:34 AM   #24
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:39 AM   #25
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....... I am also still debating between taking the DRZ400 or the F800GS with fresh TKC's.
Either will work because this is a true dual sport ride with a lot of pavement and forest service road. But be warned that some of the forest services roads are very rough and very rocky. I have seen and participated in some ugly crashes on the forest service roads.

The trails I wouldn't want to do on your 800 will all have bail out routes anyway. But I have seen plenty of crazies ride all but the little bit of AA trails this ride features on big GS's. So it is doable. Just be warned I have also seen some busted up GS's and riders from trying the trails.

But the ride is doable on either. It depends on whether you want to have more fun on the trails or roads I guess. The 800 will be a hoot on the groomed forest service roads and a nightmare when it turns to all rock. After riding like dozen of these things I would ride the 400.

Mainly just because this is a rock fest and it will hammer your ride. My 640 looks like it has been to war and it is 90% from all the Shenandoah 500's. I have busted up the bike in crashes and gotten four flats in one day from rock hits. But a lot of that depends on the routes you ride and how hard you ride.

And hopefully I am in this year. I missed last year in favor of a reunion trail ride with some old friends down south. So I am looking forward to this one.

Did I mention there are a lot of rocks? This one came in handy after its big brother bent the suspension link.



This one put four riders on their face and one over the edge for a ride ending injury and busted bike the year before this shot. Nice of somebody to mark it the next year:



And who ordered snow for 2011? Next time some grizzled old guy at the gas station tells me "its snowin' up them mountains" I will listen to him.

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Old 08-16-2013, 01:37 PM   #26
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Old 08-16-2013, 03:08 PM   #27
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Hack-a-sarus is in.

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Old 08-16-2013, 06:08 PM   #28
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I'm in - woo hoo!!! My first S-500, I'm riding a Husqvarna 610TE and looking forward to some rural roads / 2 track / goat trails.

How should I prepare for navigation? Are Roll Charts going to be available? My GPS skills are questionable at best but if needed - Guess I've got a month to research / purchase / practice and figure it out.

Suggested tools? I'm guessing tubes and tire irons are a given...


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Old 08-16-2013, 06:28 PM   #29
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They'll pass out roll charts Friday night when you show up for bike inspection.
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Old 08-17-2013, 07:21 AM   #30
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wow - not much chatter about one of the premiere East Coast DS rides. This is a great ride for the bigger bikes as this is NOT an un-timed enduro like the Hammer Run.

I'm going back for my 7th year and this year riding my 950.

and it IS sidecar friendly!

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