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Probably Last time I’ll do a trip report like this, usually I post stuff as I am on the road but didn’t this time.

Anyways, Easter Weekend has always been a long trip weekend for me as the season starts to get going in Texas and generally warm up. Only year I didn’t get to take an Easter Trip since owning a BigDog for the last 9 years was only last year due to physically not able to, so this one meant a lot to me. Planning a big TRIP heading to Hill Country and maybe over to Big Bend again where I hadn’t been in 4 years and also this would give me the opportunity to ride a road I have been drooling over for years, Route 90 that runs along the Mexican Border from Del Rio to Big Bend! Total trip would be just shy of 2k miles.

I usually do these long trips solo, nobody in Dallas I know that will ride this however I enlisted the other Eric from Dallas area I met in KS and rode to Daves BBBQ with and he was up for the trip! Just had to get his wife’s approval since it was Easter!

Busted my ass to get the project bike/new k9 cleaned up and ready to go I had in the other thread. I had it back together the weekend before Easter (Rear Rocker Leaking Oil Bad) and got the FIRST ride on Monday before the trip leaving on Good Friday. Just put 50 Miles on almost a complete rebuilt k9 and got home and figured, hell I trust more work! Let’s rock and roll! Well while I was just wiping the bike down Thursday night I noticed the front rocker was leaking too, so figured its only 8pm on Thursday and I’m not leaving till 8AM Friday let’s do the Rocker Gasket! Got that done around 11:30PM!



Eric showed up at my house around 7:30 we took off leaving Dallas sucks, too much highway! When I ride I try to hit the blue highways and stay off the major highway. It was a cold (58 degrees) and windy start had about a 20MPH headwind all morning. Stopped for gas and grabbed lunch in Comanche TX about noon’ish and 200 miles from start. Went to a Mexican BBQ place that was great!



We took off to finish the trip to Bandera, TX where I had an AirBNB rented so we could ride the Twisted Sisters Sunday!



Well, 2 miles after lunch I see Eric has pulled over on the side of the road. I pulled over and waited for him as I assumed he just forgot to zip up his bag or something well after a 3-4 minute I see him take off his helmet so I turn around. Pull up and he says bike doesn’t go in gear and wont start. Doesn’t take us long to assume the bolts got sheared on the clutch basket on his 04 because it just was recently on the forum and we took off the derby cover and see the starter spin but the clutch basket doesn’t move!





Not a road side fix unfortunately, so he calls his wife to come snag him with the trailer and Progressive to get him closer to home so she doesn’t have to drive so far. I decide to keep moving! Once the tow truck got there at 3pm I had about 200 miles to Bandera! Road this newly built k9 hard to get me there before dark!



One stop to grab a quick snack and as I was leaving my return cable on my throttle got loose and seemed like the ferrul popped out I didn’t want to stop to make sure I got to the AirBNB before dark and I figure I’ll fix it later! Got to Bandera about 730 PM!



Rest is History!

Opened up the control the next AM and noticed Ferrul was bent, WTF? Googled local MC shops and there was one a mile away and it opened at 10AM, on my way there I called and the guy said he didn’t have any new ones but have some sitting in a bin. I showed up he gave me one for free! The Road Will Provide!

In the new ferrul goes and readjusted the housing to make sure it sits flush.

Done!





Off to the Twisted Sisters about noon’ish, had lunch at the big venue up there then ran 1 of the 2 sisters, I could only run one because the other as I was about to turn was shut down with a bunch of bikes sitting at the end and police blocking the road. I pulled over to check my phone and figure out a new way home and look back and a careflight was coming, looked like a guy on a MC went down on the Sisters that day. Hit a little close to home..
 

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Had to take the long way back to Bandera so was another 200 miles. Got back around 6 and had dinner and got ready to hit Big Bend the next day had 420 miles to Terlingua, TX!



Left Bandera at 8 AM off to Big Bend. Decided to take even more back roads and had a deer running in a town on the opposite side of the road and that fucker decided to dart over the lane and I had to slam on my breaks, inches away from the deer and front wheel was hopping! I also noticed I had busted the fork seal and I had oil shoot up to the lower tree! Bike seemed fine after that break check so pressed on!



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90 is a desolate road


Cool Town called Sanderson that sits in a valley of hills!






Got to Marathon, TX about 300 miles from start on Easter at 3PM and gas station pumps worked but the store was closed man was I was thirsty! Was 96 degrees now and started the day at 60! Into Big Bend I went! An entrance road I hadn’t taken before it was 60 miles to the national Park of beauty and no Water! Haha I got some water from two that stopped at the Big Bend sign! Lol

Got to Terlingua around 7, checked into my hotel I’ve been at before Bike Parked out front and had dinner on the balcony overlooking the mtns beautiful country!


 
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Next morning riding the most beautiful roads in the state and rivals the Dakota’s! Terlingua to Presidio!


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Off to Marfa



Off to Fort Davis, then did a part of the Fort Davis loop I didn’t do on my last trip! Beautiful!



Looked at the weather and saw storms on Wednesday in Dallas so had to be back Tuesday. Road the interstate for just 60 miles and wanted to get to Snyder Texas to get a hotel for the night and only leave me 300 miles in the AM. Well it started raining 50 miles out of Snyder Bike GOT FILTHY from west texas Sand/Water!



Checked the weather that night at the hotel in Snyder and rain was starting early in west texas and heading east to Dallas! I knew I had to leave at sunrise to beat the rain, up at 6AM and was on the bike before 7 and grabbed gas for the 300 mile ride back. It was spitting rain for the first 30-40 miles then went away.



Back in Dallas safe and sound at 1PM

I’m proud of the trip and all the work I did on the bike and only have one minor issue after almost a complete rebuild, new cam/lifters, new rocker gaskets, transmission gasket, lights, etc.



Went and grabbed the dog from boarders and took a hose to the bike! Rest will have to be done by hand and just need to clean up a few items like new fork seals now! haha










1800 miles in 4.5 days NOT Long enough!
 
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poor dog, looks like it was rolling around in a mudhole. :oldlaugh: :old2:
hurt my soul after I spent months polishing! Surprised at how it cleaned up which just soap and water! Need to get the mothers back out again

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Looks like a good time. Thanks for the trip report

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Yea...that was a great right up. And pictures were awesome. On your exhaust, the front exhaust looks like running richer than the rear?
yep not uncommon on 2-2 short pipes all have ran that way for me. I think it's also cause that rear cylinder runs hotter. I am going to go up one jet size try and get a little hiccup out. Only put 50 miles on the bike before the road trip so this was it's break in.

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Thanks for sharing the shakedown road trip and some great pictures:oldthumbsup:
 

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Great trip report Eric. Glad the new dog ran well for you. Were planning a trip down that way in September after BBBQ. I've never been there before, may hit you up for some must do rides in the area. I was stationed in Ft. Hood back in 1975 but never traveled that direction.
 

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Great trip report Eric. Glad the new dog ran well for you. Were planning a trip down that way in September after BBBQ. I've never been there before, may hit you up for some must do rides in the area. I was stationed in Ft. Hood back in 1975 but never traveled that direction.
Yep mine ran good for its break-in and considering the work I did. Although after owning the other K9 and going through it over the years I know where the issues can lie and looked everything over with a fine toothed comb and replaced the parts I knew where a problem child. I've been stuck on the side of the road plenty of times before and wanted to try and make sure I don't end up there considering the lengthy trips I take.

I had just finally had my first no issues year with the old k9 in 2017 and I put a lot of miles on that year.

The other Eric didn't have the same luck..haha. which come to think of it we've only ridden twice together really and he had issues the first time...haha

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