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and more specifically, Scott from over there, hosted a little
dual-sport ride this weekend. I decided, 'why not', so I left
the house this morning at 7:00 to head to Huntsville and meet Scott
and whoever else showed up at his house.
Of course, I
stopped at McDonalds and had breakfast, but I made it to Scottís at
It didnít take
long for all of the crew to show upÖ there were 8 of us totalóone
1150 GS, me on my 650GS, a Dakar, and the rest were lighter XRs and
DRs. I'm sorry I do not remember everyone's name (I've always
sucked at that), but in addition to Scott, there were Steves and
Bills and a Will...
... but missing
from the line-up was Dr. Josh and the big green KLR. He's in
California for the next 2+ years, "specializing"... it's just not
the same without you Josh!
Of course, my
motorcycle was the only one with street tires on it. Everyone else
had knobbies, but thatís what I had, so thatís what I rode on.
We got on road
about 9:30 and within a few minutes, we were on dirt. Most of
the roads were gravel, but there were some places where the sand was
a bitch with my Tourances.
Stand up, knees
bent slightly, and as 38 Special said, "hold on loosely but don't
let go... if you cling too tightly, you're going to loose control."
We ended up in
the woods a few times which was also nice:
But at the slower
speeds, it got ugly hot really quick. And, I forgot my
Camelbak... Scott didn't forget his:
Scott led us all day down one road after another:
But, we needed
several breaks to simply hydrate:
on the Dakar seemed to be having a good time, but like me, I can
only assume wielding the heavy thing around wore him out too:
Dust. There was dust everywhere. I had it from
head-to-toe even though I was covered in ATGATT. I'm pretty
sure my chain was unhappy with me at this point:
Anyway, it was
good to have another F650 out there with me:
once again, we stopped for something to drink:
Sorry there are
not more or better pictures, but we spent the day riding... not
really taking pictures.
Things I learned
Going 70 mph on
dirt roads on Tourances is a bit challenging... knobbies would
have been better
In addition to
knobbies, I need the following:
I need another
job to pay for all of the things I "need"
Riding in the
woods with a heat index of 111 degrees is not too pleasant
the Camelbak ever again
120 miles of
dirt roads is dirty
If you put a DR
on it's side when it's out of gas (to move the gas from one side
of the tank to the other), you can go about 6-8 miles at 50+ mph
for coming along on my ride!