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Old 05-28-2013, 11:16 AM   #1
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Dad Goes Camping in the Smokeys - 2013

My Dad has this great group of buds who like to ride dirt roads. They have ridden all over - Moab, Big Bend, Colorado, etc. Dad said that he wanted to get the group ride in the Smokeys. The guys agreed, and Dad laid out a route. The ride was planned for the 3 days before Memorial Day. The start/finish is in Bryson City, NC. Oh yeah, these guys like to camp. Dad thinks that is a little crazy, but he bought some gear so he could be one of the guys. Here is Dad's tent after his first practice:





And the gear all packs up nicely on Dad's bike:



Dad was a little concerned about the "junk in the trunk" look:

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Old 05-28-2013, 11:25 AM   #2
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Always in for one of "Dad's" trips!
Bring it on.
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:59 AM   #3
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Dad Leaves Home

Dad invited a large group of friends to come along on the ride - 6 of them accepted.

First, here is Dad:


This picture below shows Dad with Randy (Tennessee) and Fletcher (Mississippi). You can be sure Randy is flipping everybody off on purpose.



Dad says I should introduce Clarke and Rick together. Dad says they are from Texas and act like brothers.


One of Dad's favorite people, also from Texas, is Don.


The seventh rider is John. John is from Kentucky and was once married to a stripper. Dad says he has been trying to learn more about the stripper for years. Here is a picture of John and Dad from a previous ride.
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:59 AM   #4
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After being cooped up in this



for 13 hours these guys were ready to RIDE!



Sourjon is ready



Fletcher is always ready!



and Randy , well he was asleep!



Dad's look after getting back with his bike.



Now we are ready

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Old 05-28-2013, 12:23 PM   #5
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Ummm Gravel



bigdon likey



Plenty of water in this country



Can you hear me NOW




How bout NOW?

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Old 05-28-2013, 12:24 PM   #6
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Fighting Through Adversity Makes You Stronger

Dad left home Thursday morning at 800A. It is just ~210 miles from our house to the Ridgetop Inn in Bryson City, so Dad decided to ride his Suzuki DR650 (instead of using his truck and trailer). Dad took a long route to visit SC 178 above SC 11 (his favorite twisty road), NC 215 (34 miles of tight turns and steep grades), and the Blue Ridge Parkway between NC 215 and Highway 74. It was a great morning to ride, and the 5 hours passed by like it was 20 minutes.





As Dad pulled into Bryson City, he heard a loud crunch and lost power. He coasted along, and tried to find neutral, to see if the bike would re-start. The transmission seemed to be locked up. Dad said he knew it was downhill to the turn for the Ridgetop Inn, and that there was a gas station on the corner, so he coasted to that point before he got off to look at the bike. Dad's first look found that the chain was broken. The chain came apart where one of the pins broke - the master link was OK. Dad pulled off the front sprocket cover to remove the chain, and was able to get the sprocket to turn and the gear shift to work. Dad said he then called Don to see where he was at. Don, Rick, and Clarke were traveling together, and they were still 2 hours away, just getting off of I-75 near Cleveland, TN. Don offered to try and find Dad a chain. Dad said he agreed with Don that a new chain was his best chance for repair. Dad said he decided to wait across the street at Bojangles, and was eating lunch when Fletcher came up. Fletcher called Randy, who came over in his truck, and they took Dad's bike up to the motel. Don and the rest of the Texas Trio arrived at the motel around 430P. Rick and Dad installed the new chain, and all seemed well with his world. Don's bike had a flat front tire, so the gang went to work on Don's bike while dad washed off the grease.



Dad said that Rick suggested that he should test ride the DR650. Dad cranked it up to go down the hill and get some gas. When Dad let out the clutch, the bike rolled about 5 feet before the transmission locked up. The bike cranked again, but locked up again when put in gear. After that, the starter would not turn the engine. The guys rolled the bike around some, and discovered that there was no 5th gear. Dad said he was feeling pretty low at this point. Rick asked Dad if he could get another bike and Dad thought of Mom's TW200. John offered to let Dad use his truck and trailer to take the DR650 home and get the TW. Dad said he left the Ridgetop Inn about 545P, got home at 1010P, moved his bags and gear to the TW200, checked the oil and tire pressure on the TW, washed some clothes, took a shower, and got to bed around 1130P. Dad planned to get up at 530A, drive to Bryson City, and meet up the guys after the first 2 woods sections. As it turned out, our dog Buttercup saw a rabbit in the backyard at 400A and woke everybody up.



Dad was up, so he went ahead and loaded the TW200, and left the house at 455A. Dad said he made good time and got to the Ridgetop Inn at Inn 910A. John and Clarke unloaded Mom's bike while Dad got dressed. The group left the motel for their ride at 930A. Dad says he was lucky that he had a friends like these guys. BTW John, Dad says your truck has a shimmy at 95mph and the rear gets a little loose on entry to left hand turns.
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:28 PM   #7
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Don, Let Her Rip

Thanks Don for posting some pics! I love the one of me on the TW200.

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Old 05-28-2013, 12:39 PM   #8
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DR Down!

I'm starting to think that Rick is sabotaging those awsome DR's!!
Only 2 known failures worldwide, and he is in the neigborhood both times!!
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:40 PM   #9
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Dad had planned a 3 day ride. The start was from the Ridgetop Inn in Bryson City, NC. The route would take the group to Hot Springs, NC for the first night, to Caruso, NC for the second night, and back to Bryson City at the end of the third day. Here is how it looks in Google Earth. Note that the day 1 waypoints begin with 1, day 2 waypoints are 2xx, and day 3 are 3xx.



There will a brief intermission until Dad wakes up from his nap.
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:22 PM   #10
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Andy,
Sorry to hear about your Dr trans.
I've heard of the occasional trans issue.
How many miles were on the bike ? I know you rode it all over, I rode with you and the Dr one day during the RRR from Iron Horse Lodge during the MTF FF.
Anyway, I hope you had a good time on the TW, just remember when you get home you have to give It back to the wife. LOL.
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I'm starting to think that Rick is sabotaging those awsome DR's!!
Only 2 known failures worldwide, and he is in the neigborhood both times!!

So far it's only the Black and Blue ones.. Rick likes Yellow and White.
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Old 05-28-2013, 02:00 PM   #12
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I'm starting to think that Rick is sabotaging those awsome DR's!!
Only 2 known failures worldwide, and he is in the neigborhood both times!!
That KLX 450 R gets close to those DR's and just scares em to death
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Dad is Working on the Bike

The prognosis for the D650 looks bad. There is a big piece of metal in the crankcase that won't come out the hole. It looks like a piece of shifter fork. Dad got some other pieces out.







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The seventh rider is John. John is from Kentucky, and was once married to a stripper. Dad says he has been trying to learn more about the stripper for years.
Our wedding photo


John

PS That gear looks pretty bad.
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PS That gear looks pretty bad.
I thought the gear looked fine except for being broke in half.
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