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    Senior Member ToolmanJohn's Avatar
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    Off road events - Have you done any with the TW?

    Just curious if anyone has used the the TW200 for

    Dual Sport events
    Turkey Runs
    Hare Scrambles? (this would be great on video)
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    I would do a hare scramble on my TW, but there aren't any around here anymore . Just some dice runs and most of the machines are side by sides and a few 4 wheelers
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    Of course. Just the last few months Green Ridge in West Virginia/Western Maryland, Dirt Daze in Lake Luzerne, NY. and threw something together something attached to the Jersey Devil Hunt in the Pine Barrens. That’s actually an annual sidecar event but we didn’t ride with them.

    You remember the old TV series “M.A.S H.” ? Think of the TW as the “Radar O’Reily” character at these events. Gets the job done without all the fancy stuff. Someone has to help all the “real” adventure riders and their fancy-boy/fancy-girl bikes. HaHa.

    Sometimes it’s tough to make the organized dates work for me because I work nights and weekends a lot. Better to get 3-6 guys together and make your own un-organized run.

    I see you are located in CT. Have you ever done the trails at People State Forest?
    I’ve never been but would like to.

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    Do the numerous TW group rides and annual Moab gatherings of up to 30 riders count?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    Do the numerous TW group rides and annual Moab gatherings of up to 30 riders count?
    Only if you had to pay an entry fee.
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    Have done a few in the area that you might have heard of;
    Somers Fun Run
    BTA Berkshire Big Adventure
    DARC Cidah Run although you don't have to pay for that one.
    Couple others, maybe.
    I don't harbor any illusions of being a racer, so they are not really that interesting to me. Plus I'm cheap.
    Search for "Rockpile" on here.... he used to do some NETRA events and I know he has videos on here.
    Ask the Dual Sporkers about him....he could ride the piss out of his TW on the Pachaug Loop.

    Stagewex, I don't know of any "trails" at Peoples State Forest, although there are some dirt roads in the area. That is an excellent place to camp at the start and then ride the Trans-Mass Trail and the Puppy Dog route all the way to the Canadian border. That is on a mostly dirt road route, although it is VERY easy riding. Beautiful ride up through Mass and Vermont.
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    I'm signed up to do this in October. https://thedesertrace.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToolmanJohn View Post
    Only if you had to pay an entry fee.
    Only fee for our TW group rides is getting there. Riding with fellow TW riders is the best adventure out there. I am leaving the NW to go to SC in Oct. Would like to meet up with some TW folks along the way to do some riding in your backyard. Is nice to have someone show the way to good riding in other areas of our nation.
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    Here you go: I'm pretty sure this is the Rhody Rovers event.


    https://www.tw200forum.com/forum/tra...-video-tw.html
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    Hare Scrambles are all-out/flat out/balls-to-the-wall/full throttle races. Least ways the ones out West here are. My TW would be chewing too much dust and getting lapped. I have run a few family enduros and it will finish that in a reasonable fashion. But you better be great at time keeping because to make up lost time is pretty hard. Biggest limitation is the suspension, so technical races are a little more in line with what the bike is able to perform. It's especially good on the steep stuff where there are bottlenecks. I can dog paddle through where others are tipping over and into each other. The bike's weight is a limitation. Sure wish there was a way to shed about 40 pounds off this thing! I could loose 40 pounds off my frame, but I simply love cheeseburgers too much. Ha!
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