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OK, So here is where I plan to go.

http://www.bigredoffroadok.com/

It may be a bit crowded, I do not know, it also does cost $7.

I really don't know what to expect. So, if you are interested in going, please do not have some kind of crazy aspirations of this being incredible, as I have no idea what it will be.

I intend to arrive about 9AM. I want to have the bulk of the day to practice. I may be bringing my truck and some tools, just in case I manage to break stuff and need to try and make repairs, or haul away the pieces of my bike.

It looks to be primarily trails, looking through the photos, there is nothing that would scare me on my Mountain Bike, so who knows, maybe the Vstrom will come out OK.

I bought a skidplate, and I already have crash bars. For anyone wanting to go, I really reccomend you have the same. I have already tested my crash bars once, and can assure you, they are worth the $200. The givi ones seem to go up the highest, protecting the plastics the best. If you don't, and you drop your bike, and there is broken plastic everywhere, I will feel bad, but will not pay to help you fix it. :)

I am going to bring some food as I want to be able to remain in the area the bulk of the day without having to leave for supplies. This is not going to be 6 guys sitting on a fence shooting the breeze. I really want to learn how to off road ride, as I am 100% rookie at it.

If you have any kind of dirt experience, I will latch on to you like a leech and ask you questions for hours.

Anyhow, I am psyched to go, if you are interested in going, let me know. More the merrier and all that.

Oh, last of all, when? I do not know quite yet. This time of year, it is tough, as it rains a lot. Rain = mud. Mud = way too much maintenence on a bike like mine. I need it to be dry and dusty, as that is much easier to clean off my chain and sprockets. I am hoping within the next 2 or 3 weeks. It all depends on weather, and if you live in Oklahoma, you understand.

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Looks like fun

Dude, that looks like too much fun. I live in the Chicagoland area and would love to do some off roading, but that looks like too much fun. I think I would like to have knobs on for that.

Have a good time and take pics and post them.
 

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Wow awesome find, looks like a blast. It has been many years since I did any real off road stuff and my one (unexpected) deep sand adventure on the strom was less than fun this looks like the ticket to refresh those old skills. I think going in on a Saturday evening, camping out and hitting it on Sunday would be your best bet to minimize crowding.

From what I read they have a trail marking system so you could start on "bunny trails"

Let us have a review of the place after you go.
 

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Sign me up, I have been eyeing this park as well. I am not sure if I will take mine thru the pond (see video on website) but I will watch someone else do it. Bash Plate is a nice addition, I added mine before the trip to South Padre, Mad Sparrow did the same and we tested them in 2' of sand. You might be surprised what the Strom can do off road just remember to drop the air preasure. Let me know when you go as I might campout the night before.

-also leave the truck at home.....you don't need a stinkin truck when you have V-strom, just load the big bike like a pack mule;)
 

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newner,

Ya man, I saw that place as well. I totally agree it would be an excellent 2.0 experiment.

As far as the truck goes, I just thought of bringing it to cover my ass if I manage to beat the strom to actual death. an ounce of preparation and all that.

I am thrilled you want to go. give me a call or txt me your phone number, and we can co-ordinate it. By the overwhelming silence, I was beginning to think I was gonna be totally solo on this one. :)

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Current plan is to go to this place Sunday the 13th. Depending on weather, and parts showing up. If not, plan is the next Sunday, the 20th.

We plan to show up early, ride most of the day, may take a quick run out to go get food, and then return, details.

Right now it is just Newner and I. If anyone else wants to come, please let me know. The more the merrier, I really think it will be a lot of fun.

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Also to those interested?...... I will probably try to camp Saturday night, Tornados permitting?
 

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Newner,

All my stuff arrived, but I still feel like hell. I will let you know tomorrow via tgext, but next week looks much more appealing and promising.

Let me know what you think.

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Mike,

I think we should leave about 6 am, head to a good pancake house, have breakfest, and then hit the road. Oh, and I just had two cortizone shots into my shoulder. I hope your 20 dollar craigs list riding panzer lawnmower was worth it. Pussy.

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Mike and I decided against riding in the off road park because it looked like it was raining in the area, on radar anyway. So, instead we headed southeast of Tulsa into the Talihina area in the Ouachita National Forest. So much for missing the rain heading in that direction. Seemed like it rained most of the day. I guess I can add that experience to my slowly growing "done that on a motorcyle" list. The only real problem we ran into was water running inside our visors and fogging them up. I need to look into how to prevent that in the future. It was not a pleasant surprise. All in all it was good to get some experience with less than idea riding conditions, but after 300+ miles I was beat and glad to get back home.

Steve
 
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