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jdugger
April 1st, 2008, 04:31 PM
Meet up at Love's at 455 & 75 in Anna on Friday morning for an 8 AM KSU.

Ride out on Friday morning, return on Sunday. Ride like mad on Saturday.

I've got the 11th off and I'm thinking I could use 1,500ish...

bjhughes
April 1st, 2008, 04:44 PM
We just got back a few weeks ago. I think my next trip will likely be the IBI...whenever/wherever that is happening.

jdugger
April 1st, 2008, 04:49 PM
We just got back a few weeks ago. I think my next trip will likely be the IBI...whenever/wherever that is happening.

Yea, but I couldn't go :(

And, anyway, is it possible to get too much AR?

Zippy
April 1st, 2008, 05:23 PM
Maybe??????

-=sean)=-
April 1st, 2008, 05:28 PM
Interesting, I'll know more as this week progresses...

-=sean)=-
April 2nd, 2008, 08:38 PM
I think I can swing taking off on 4/11. Might as well reserve room now, since it's possible to cancel reservation 24 hours before check-in. Think it's a matter of watching the weather now. I can lead around, if it's just us 3. Twisty way there, riding Sat., then twisty way back will be the agenda - no shortcuts/slab on way back.

Let's see if Darren can make it, since he hasn't responded yet. Hey Silky, you're your own man - let's go! Abdul, whatcha say?

Don't FW people ride anymore? :p

jdugger
April 2nd, 2008, 09:09 PM
I'm in. Just tell me where to get a room.

pdef
April 2nd, 2008, 09:18 PM
Don't FW people ride anymore? :p


I can't take off. :(

-=sean)=-
April 3rd, 2008, 01:18 PM
There was some talk about the "rattiness" of the Best Western during the last trip, so let's scout out the Comfort Inn (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=comfort+inn,+Clarksville+AR&ie=UTF8&ll=35.639441,-93.466187&spn=1.071423,1.829224&z=9&iwloc=A) (A pin) this time.

I've got a double (2 queen beds) reserved (4/11 - 4/13) for 74.95+tax/night, if anyone wants to split a room.

-=sean)=-
April 3rd, 2008, 01:22 PM
FYI, this is one of the great times to go with temps perfect for riding. As long as there isn't a certainty of rain around the riding area, temps are likely to be around 70's!

jdugger
April 3rd, 2008, 01:48 PM
I've got a double (2 queen beds) reserved (4/11 - 4/13) for 74.95+tax/night, if anyone wants to split a room.

Count me in.

dbaldwin
April 3rd, 2008, 09:34 PM
It will be a last minute decision for me. If I go, I'll have to leave after work on Friday, trailering or course. Maybe returning to Dallas Saturday night.

Darren

-=sean)=-
April 5th, 2008, 02:21 PM
How about meeting at Love's gas station (northbound side of 75 & 455 in Anna) for an 8am departure time?

Jim, can you update the first post with a summary of all the details for any interested? Thanks!

jdugger
April 5th, 2008, 10:28 PM
Done!

That's an early start!

I'm up for it... I did about 500 miles today coming back from Hill Country and loved every second of it.

The roads down there are great.

Why do the roads around D/FW have to suck so much?

-=sean)=-
April 5th, 2008, 11:54 PM
Why do the roads around D/FW have to suck so much?
Because there are no office parks where there are mountains with switchbacks or even large hills with twisty roads. ;)

dbaldwin
April 8th, 2008, 01:38 PM
Who's all going?

1. Sean.
2. Jim.
3. Ben?
4. Darren?

Zippy
April 8th, 2008, 02:14 PM
I'm 85% in

ZedX
April 8th, 2008, 02:17 PM
I'm 85% in

Is the other 15% waiting on parts? If so I'll loan ya a red tank with working filter and pump. :thumbsup:

jdugger
April 8th, 2008, 02:18 PM
I'm 85% in
:yippee:

Looks like cool, but good weather for the weekend, too.

-=sean)=-
April 8th, 2008, 03:04 PM
I'm 85% in


Is the other 15% waiting on parts? If so I'll loan ya a red tank with working filter and pump. :thumbsup:

You should "test drive" Michael's 999 just to see if you'd like something like that. No better place for a test drive than a weekend in AR. :mischief:

ZedX
April 8th, 2008, 03:17 PM
You should "test drive" Michael's 999 just to see if you'd like something like that. No better place for a test drive than a weekend in AR. :mischief:

999R daggun it!! If I'm gonna own a money pit at least give me the courtesy of recognizing it's a bigger, deeper pit than the run of the mill pit. ...or something like that...:cool: ..Or loan me the $6k for new fairings and we'll call it even. Deal? :mischief:

-=sean)=-
April 8th, 2008, 03:20 PM
999R
I forgot which one it is or even what the diff is between them, for that matter, so I left it ambiguous to hide my ignorance. ;)

ZedX
April 8th, 2008, 03:37 PM
or even what the diff is between them, for that matter,

Really deep bung bashing. ;) And Really bad depreciation. :(

Zippy
April 8th, 2008, 04:03 PM
Turns out, it wasn't the fuel pump, but a relay. He is also doing the standard 24k service, chg the belts, adjust valves if needed, fuel filter, and new plugs.

jdugger
April 8th, 2008, 05:50 PM
Turns out, it wasn't the fuel pump, but a relay. .

See you Friday? :applause:

-=sean)=-
April 10th, 2008, 05:21 PM
Turns out, it wasn't the fuel pump, but a relay. He is also doing the standard 24k service, chg the belts, adjust valves if needed, fuel filter, and new plugs.


See you Friday? :applause:

I don't anticipate seeing Ben for a month with all that work at a dealership. :p I think I paid less repairing the ZX after the crash than he'll pay for servicing the Duc. :na-na: Oh crap, better shut up before I jinx myself. :o

Darren is definitely in! He'll meet us up there Friday evening. Remember, Comfort Inn, not Best Western. ;)

jdugger
April 10th, 2008, 08:56 PM
See you tomorrow morning bright and early Sean!

Zippy
April 10th, 2008, 09:06 PM
i need a coil for the horizontal cylinder. If AMS has the part, then I am coming with darren tomorrow afternoon.

jdugger
April 14th, 2008, 09:26 AM
What a great weekend in Arkansas, despite a couple of hic-ups.

Ben and I met up early in Dallas on Friday morning. Ben's Duc wasn't ready yet, so I loaned him the ST1300, knowing I could convert yet another TSBA'er to the Great Sofa. I'll let Ben speak for himself on this point, but I'm pretty sure the ST made another friend.

We stopped by Ben's house to pick up his radar detector, and I let him know "Hey -- how far is Anna? I just hit reserve." Well, apparently Ben heard "Let's ride 23 miles of twisties getting there!" I can tell you, boys and girls, that a Buell 1125r gets just over 22.5 miles once on reserve!

Ben ran and got a gas can, and I made it to the Loves about 30 minutes late to see Sean shaking his head at the harbinger of the morning...

Sean took the lead to AR. AWESOME route and PERFECT lead. The pace was great, and I really, really enjoyed the ride up there. It was just a titch chilly, but that didn't stop the tires from warming up or us from having a good time. Lunch was at the Queen W lodge, and everything just kept getting better and better the closer we got to Clarksville.

At one point behind him I did see Ben playing with the electric windshield on the ST. "Ahh, another convert is won" I thought to myself...

Darren met up with us in Clarksville and unloaded the R1. Everybody went to bed early in anticipation of Saturday.

Darren took the lead Saturday morning. Breakfast was at the South Park cafe, where apparently the key requirement to be a waitress is to have massive (.)(.) I've never seen anything like it -- seriously all the staff is that way -- and I'll always eat breakfast while in Clarksville there. :mischief:

Saturday was tire shredding day. The pace was brisk, but just right. I learned how to lean the 1125r. :) We did about 400 miles (I think) of the best roads you could possibly imagine. AR's pavement is so smooooooth and the twisties are so tight and so frequent. Very little time is spent upright, that's for sure. My wrists were outright tired by the end of the day from pushing so much and so hard on the bars. But wow, that place is fun.

Both 123 and Push Mountain were my favorites, and I think that's where a lot of the tire wear became obvious. We were pushing very hard, it was fairly late in the day, and by the top of the hill it was evident we had really worn into the tires. Despite saying "hey, let's take it a bit easy" the pace continued to "improve". Dinner Saturday was at a local winery with flavorless beef stroganoff -- thanks to Darren for having the cage, and everybody agreed it could not have been a more perfect ride, route or day.

Saturday was unimaginably windy. Easily 30 MPH gusts. One of those gusts took hold of Ben's helment, ripping it from the sofa to the pavement and shattering the shield clasp in the process. Ben's helmet has a black and silver racing graphic, so we just duct-taped the shield to his helmet and it looked cool -- matching the paint job. I don't know if he's decided to keep it.

Sunday was ***COLD*** Morning looks at the tires revealed that we needed to take it reasonably easy and take a shorter ride home from AR. We went back to South Park and all drooled over our breakfasts. :naughty:

Darren departed for TX in the truck, and Sean, Ben and myself set off home. Another great ride, spare that turn north off of the mena parkway onto 259 which added about 60 miles to the trip. So much for shorter! By lunch, I was cording, and only about 40 miles south of I40. Oh boy.

Sean ran ahead to get his truck and trailer, and Ben and I laid back with the cruisers and goldwings on the highways and managed to make it as far as the casino in Hugo. (What a dump!) We hung out and shot the pile for about 3 hours until Sean, our hero, arrived with truck and trailer to take BOTH the Buell and ST1300 home. The Buell was showing cord on the rear, and the ST1300 was about to. Front tires on both bikes have had their shoulders worn off, even as the centers were still rideable.

I was home by about 2ish... Very tired, but even with the detour, very, very happy I went to AR.

Big Lesson:

Go to AR with *BRAND NEW TIRES*. No exceptions.


Thanks for the great ride guys!

pdef
April 14th, 2008, 09:32 AM
Glad you guys had a good time. I loved 123 and Mount Magazine. I haven't been to Arkansas in a year and would love to hit it sometime in 2008. Arkansas, Tennessee, and the track, those are the only places I have used out the sides of a tire.

How was the wind for you on Sunday? I took the VFR down to College Station this weekend and when coming back yesterday it seemed like 20-30mph crosswinds the whole time.

ZedX
April 14th, 2008, 09:38 AM
Big Lesson:

Go to AR with *BRAND NEW TIRES*. No exceptions.

DUHHHHH!!! :na-na:

Sounds like ya'll had fun. Glad the trailer was for tires and not an Oops! :thumbsup:

jdugger
April 14th, 2008, 09:40 AM
Glad the trailer was for tires and not an Oops! :thumbsup:

I'll drink to that.

-=sean)=-
April 14th, 2008, 10:28 AM
http://seanzie.com/smilies/yahoo/dance.gif

jdugger
April 14th, 2008, 11:47 AM
I loved 123 and Mount Magazine. I haven't been to Arkansas in a year and would love to hit it sometime in 2008.

Well,

There's the IBI coming up, or how about next weekend? :mischief: I'll leave the Buell at home and take the ST to hill country this weekend so I have fresh tires for AR!

(I'm soooooo hooked!)

bjhughes
April 14th, 2008, 01:11 PM
Now maybe you can understand why I prefer to trailer to AR...wasting good tires on the up and back trip is not so smart.

Use the rubber there!

jdugger
April 14th, 2008, 01:32 PM
wasting good tires on the up and back trip is not so smart. Use the rubber there!

I don't see the ride there and back as a waste. 90% of it is ten times better than anything we have around here.

-=sean)=-
April 14th, 2008, 01:36 PM
Now maybe you can understand why I prefer to trailer to AR...wasting good tires on the up and back trip is not so smart.

Use the rubber there!


I don't see the ride there and back as a waste. 90% of it is ten times better than anything we have around here.

Don't mind BJ, he's grumpy that his body doesn't allow him to ride 3 full days in a row anymore. :p

jdugger
April 14th, 2008, 01:42 PM
Don't mind BJ, he's grumpy that his body doesn't allow him to ride 3 full days in a row anymore.

So much is explained.

He should look at getting a more comfy sofa to ride.

-=sean)=-
April 14th, 2008, 01:54 PM
He should look at getting a more comfy sofa to ride.
He already rides a sport tourer. :)

jdugger
April 14th, 2008, 02:06 PM
He already rides a sport tourer. :)

Then get that man a Wing!

ZedX
April 14th, 2008, 02:21 PM
Then get that man a Wing!

He had one. ...and leave Pops alone! :naughty:

:cool:

bjhughes
April 14th, 2008, 03:04 PM
I had a '89 Wing...1500 cc's of sheer power and luxury. I may do it again someday when I slow down (more). For now, the BMW is as close as I get.

Jim: Don't make me embarass you on that Harley through the twisties.

jdugger
April 14th, 2008, 03:27 PM
Jim: Don't make me embarass you on that Harley through the twisties.

Fair enough, but don't let Ben do the same to you on the ST1300. :bow:

I think it's fair to say you have some years of practice on me. Give me a few more months and then let's take it to the track.:mischief:

dbaldwin
April 14th, 2008, 03:34 PM
Now maybe you can understand why I prefer to trailer to AR...wasting good tires on the up and back trip is not so smart.

Use the rubber there!

Also, you need to get there early Friday to relax. I didn't arrive until Friday at 9:00 pm. By the end of Saturday, I was getting tired. My pace slowed way down after lunch.

P.S. We rode all the way to Anglers for lunch, and it was closed!

dbaldwin
April 14th, 2008, 03:43 PM
Oh, I forget to mention that we stayed at the Comfot Inn this time. Though a little more costly, the hotel was much nicer and quietier. The rooms at the back were more secluded and hidden for the bikes. Free wireless internet also.

-=sean)=-
April 14th, 2008, 03:49 PM
P.S. We rode all the way to Anglers for lunch, and it was closed!
**** them! **** them ALL TO HELL!!!

Zippy
April 14th, 2008, 04:16 PM
I would like to give a big thanks to Jim (DigDug) for allowing me to ride his bikes this weekend so I could enjoy the wonders that are the Arkansas roads.
I never thought that I could enjoy a ST bike, but wow the ST1300 was very impressive. The engine power was smooth, with loads of low-end torque, the brakes were great, and the suspension was fantastic. Overall a very impressive package, with one minor dislike, slow speed drive-line lash when on and off the throttle. I have never ridden a shaft-driven bike, maybe that's common.
On a scale of 1-10 for ST's, this bike is an 9. I was dragging parts the whole time we were riding.
Thanks again Jim, for allowing me the joy to ride such a fine machine.

What's there to say about the Buell other than weird feeling. It felt like I was positioned directly over the front tire. Engine vibrated a bit much for me but it had loads of torque, so much, that it felt like an ultra-fast revving diesel tractor. This bike should be painted (JD)green and yellow. I bet it would pull a 10ft wide plow. Overall the bike felt nothing like a Japanese or Italian bike.
It was fun to ride, and again I must thank DigDug for letting me shred his tires on both bikes. I have a tire for the Buell if you want it.

I would like to give a gigantic kudos to Sean for leading the ride to and fro Arkansas and for saving our azz when our tires gave out. The route up was awesome!! Thx to Darren for leading on Sat! Great riding!!

-=sean)=-
April 14th, 2008, 04:27 PM
DigDug
:D

ZedX
April 14th, 2008, 04:30 PM
DigDug

That's gonna stick! :p

jdugger
April 14th, 2008, 04:57 PM
Oh, I forget to mention that we stayed at the Comfot Inn this time. Though a little more costly, the hotel was much nicer and quietier. The rooms at the back were more secluded and hidden for the bikes. Free wireless internet also.

I found the Comfort Inn to be a very good value.

Split between two people, it's less than $50/night, including taxes. For a very clean room at a nice motel with a comfortable bed and good furnishings, it's very hard to complain. I'll stay there again.

jdugger
April 14th, 2008, 04:59 PM
That's gonna stick!

Yea -- it's not like that's a new one. I'll take it. Much better than "Miykl" :na-na:

-=sean)=-
April 14th, 2008, 05:49 PM
Split between two people, it's less than $50/night, including taxes. For a very clean room at a nice motel with a comfortable bed and good furnishings, it's very hard to complain. I'll stay there again.
:+1: The heater works really well. :thumbsup:

Inlaw1
April 14th, 2008, 07:55 PM
I never thought that I could enjoy a ST bike

Another convert!

I thought the same thing for a long time, then I threw a leg over a sport tour and knew one day I'd be riding ST.

If you liked the ST1300 then you should try a ride on an FJR. :) While a most capable bike, the ST is likened to more tour than sport and the FJR more sport than tour. :shrug:

Different strokes... and all that rot. Welcome to the other side of sport riding!

-=sean)=-
April 14th, 2008, 10:56 PM
I thought the same thing for a long time, then I threw a leg over a sport tour and knew one day I'd be old enough to ride a ST.
:D

Inlaw1
April 15th, 2008, 08:53 AM
I thought the same thing for a long time, then I threw a leg over a sport tour and knew one day I'd be old enough to ride a ST.


:D

LOL!

Well, yea... that's pretty much it! :) It's just that day crept up a little sooner than I thought!

Brad Felmey
April 15th, 2008, 09:06 AM
What you're probably feeling as lash is something the ST1300 is known for, and that's an abrupt throttle transition. Turbo Tom has a fuel pressure regulator kit for the ST1300 that eliminates this. It's a very common addition.

If DigDug read http://www.st-owners.com like God intended, he'd already know this. ;)

windsor
April 15th, 2008, 11:14 AM
Yea -- it's not like that's a new one. I'll take it. Much better than "Miykl" :na-na:

When he first joined, someone mis-took that name to be female. ;)

jdugger
April 15th, 2008, 11:35 AM
When he first joined, someone mis-took that name to be female. ;)

As if the name were not enough to make someone think that, just take a look at him!

ZedX
April 15th, 2008, 01:28 PM
As if the name were not enough to make someone think that, just take a look at him!


Betta look in the mirror sissy boy. :wtf:

jdugger
April 15th, 2008, 01:32 PM
Betta look in the mirror sissy boy. :wtf:

Oh, just wait until Bucks tonight... neither of my bikes has rideable tires, so I'll be sportin' the wife's Ninja 250!

-=sean)=-
April 15th, 2008, 02:23 PM
so I'll be sportin' the wife's Ninja 250!
:cool: I want to ride it! :D Let's see if the 250 steers lighter than the SV.

Hmm, just had a thought.. :paranoid: Maybe the "wives" should hook up with each other and go ride rather than let all these "cute" bikes grow mold. I remember tippytoes used to hold girly getaway rides, which the guys could never infiltrate. :)

jdugger
April 15th, 2008, 02:36 PM
:cool: I want to ride it! :D Let's see if the 250 steers lighter than the SV.

Go for it! It's actually a lot of fun to ride in that "it's a-scooter-I-hope-my-friends-don't-see-me-on" kind of way. :)

-=sean)=-
April 15th, 2008, 02:46 PM
Go for it! It's actually a lot of fun to ride in that "it's a-scooter-I-hope-my-friends-don't-see-me-on" kind of way. :)
That's perfect cause I don't have any friends anyway! :D

mblythe
April 15th, 2008, 05:36 PM
lt's time to come clean. I was riding around Arkansas this past weekend with a friend who rode down from KC. We met up in Fayetteville </ST1:pon Fri afternoon and wound our way down to Russellville, where we stayed for the evening (dry county - doh!! :wtf2:).

On Saturday, we took the 7 byway down to Hot Springs. This was a fantastic ride -- full of high speed sweepers. At noon and took route 9 toward <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comhttp://bbs.tsba.org/ /><st1:City w:st=<ST1http://bbs.tsba.org/ /><st1:City w:st=Hot Springs</st1:City> - what a great ride! We left <st1:City w:st=" /><st1:City w:st="on">Mountain View</st1:City>. I would not ride 9 south of 40 again (kinda boring), but north of 40 from Morrillville to <st1:City w:st="on">Mountain View</st1:City> was great! :yippee:

From <st1:City w:st="on">Mountain View</st1:City>, we took the GPS best route back to <st1:City w:st="on">Fayetteville</st1:City>. Overall, a great ride. I would have taken some different roads if we did not care about getting back to <st1:City w:st="on">Fayetteville</st1:City> before dark, but there were still plenty of twisties. We slabbed home on Sun.
<O:p</O:p

You guys were my hedge if my friend had backed out on Fri due to weather in KC. I'll look forward to catching up with y'all next time...<O:p</O:p