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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-01-2019, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
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Tomorrow, I head out on a bucket-list ride. I'm taking the 'liner as I'm just starting to break in the SVTC and it would need it's 600-mile service out on the road. Also, I need to get it dialed in. I'm having some Kury longhorn offset mounts powder-coated in satin black right now. Got the Trident dually's to go with 'em. Also need to get the Yammie heel and toe shifter set on.

Anyhow, I promised the 'liner long ago that it would see Biggus Bendus, and so it will. Out to Alpine on Day 1. Day two: Alpine to Marathon, down through the National Park to Terlingua, then on to Presidio through the state park on the famous river road, then up to Marfa for the night. Should be spectacular sight-seeing and relatively mild temps, with highs 88-90 in the desert. Alpine and Marfa will be 60 or so for lows, 80 or so for highs.

Will take a few pics and post 'em up next week.

I do have a concern...over the past 10 years, I have tried to avoid riding in the rain for the most part--probably gonna hit quite a stretch of it from Ft. Stockton to Alpine tomorrow. Time to bite the bullet and get good and wet, I reckon. Wish me luck!
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Sounds cool. A good rainsuit goes a long way. Rain really never bothered me that much i just hate the mess on the bike it makes.

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you either spend the $300 and suit up and try to stay dry but get soaked with sweat inside the rain gear anyway
or your ride in the rain and get soaked to your undies, and dry off in 15 minutes at 60mph when it stops

as long as its not cold and your body temp does not drop, its all good either way
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I've got caught in a few showers here and there but have never had to ride through anything ugly. Shouldn't be too bad tomorrow. I do appreciate your reassurances!
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I agree with Deeks - the worst part about riding in the rain is the bike gets all dirty. A good rainsuit keeps me dry and it's breathable so sweating ins't a big issue. Got me a Frogg Togg suit for under $100 Canadian, so you don't have to spend a fortune although I'm sure there are better ones out there.
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Have fun and post some pictures. Be careful.
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I had my trip this month. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I did mine.
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Sounds like a great trip! Travel safely and as Les said, post some pics.

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Envy. I'm eaten up with envy. Hope you have a great trip and the weather treats you kindly. It's beautiful country.

Looking forward to hearing about the trip, the weather, the whole thing. Have fun. Be safe.
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Well, it was AWESOME! Will post more pics in a couple of days, but here are a few.

This one is a wall cloud I rode on the edge of for quite a while between Ft. Stockton and Alpine. I skirted severe storms to the right and to the left. Highway 67 seemed to turn me in the right direction just in the Knick of time more than once. Barely got wet.

This one is of the Chisos Mountains, with Emory Peak looming in the middle. Big Bend has seen pretty good rain recently. Very unusual. The desert was green as Ireland.

About to descend at a steep grade from the top of a canyon back into the Rio Grande valley on the “river road”—highway 170 through Big Bend Ranch State Park. There was dirt and mud at low points from the recent rains; it was a wee bit harrowing in places.
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