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 Heart of Texas Rally 
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Post Heart of Texas Rally
Spring has begun peeking from under Winter's cold and dreary days. Springtime brings with it more opportunities for riding and, my favorite, Rallying.

The Heart of Texas Rally is being held on April 23-25 with a 54 hour format AND a 12 hour format. Both rallies running concurrently.

This time I am going to let my 11 year old son accompany me on this rally. Since this is his first rally experience we are opting for the 12 hour format.

The Heart of Texas is hosted out of the scenic town of Fredericksburg, TX in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas! Come and enjoy the scenery!

http://www.theheartoftexasrally.com/

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Fri Feb 27, 2015 3:44 am
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Post Re: Heart of Texas Rally
That looks like fun. If only I had time for it.

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Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:01 am
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Post Re: Heart of Texas Rally
The Rally Pack arrived yesterday! There are a LOT of neat places to visit. Daniel has had a lot of fun perusing the list of Bonuses (bonii?) and has made a few suggestions, especially some of the Combo bonuses. Cannons, Trains, Ferries.

We have determined at least three potential routes, all to the east and/or southeast of Fredericksburg.

As usual there will be Spotwalla tracking. The track will become active the morning of the Rally. 05:30am, April 25.
https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php...054ee7b33474ba
password = hot

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'Biker' Bill
'97 EN500LTD 'Hidalgo'
179,000+ miles so far
VROC #3833
IronButt #6024

SlipStreamer Enterprise II, Vista Cruise,
Cobra Spots, Drifter solo seat,
Pro-Tac backrest, ScottOiler,
F&S luggage rack, LED & HID lights,
4-gal AUX fuel tank


Sun Apr 19, 2015 7:33 pm
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Post Re: Heart of Texas Rally
The Heart of Texas Rallymaster has set up a Group Spotwalla page so you can follow All of the riders. If he keeps the ID code that I chose my tracking icon will be BBH.

Here's the link: https://spotwalla.com/locationViewer.php?id=278
password = TxIsHot


Tue Apr 21, 2015 1:51 am
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Post Re: Heart of Texas Rally
Well, Daniel and I didn't get to finish the Heart of Texas Rally. Hidalgo's rear tire went flat due to a broken spoke. We were riding a spectular ride and hitting all our bonuses on time when, about eight hours from the start of the rally, the bike started handling oddly. By the time we got stopped the fire was almost flat. Further inspection, after purchasing some tools to breakdown the tire, determined that repair was not possible with what we had on hand.

So now Hidalgo is sitting safely in a storage building in LaGrange Texas, thanks to Ron's Auto and Towing, waiting on me to bring her a 'not broken' rear wheel.

In the meantime Daniel and I are going to pick up a rental car in Austin so we can get back to Fredericksburg tonight to visit with some of the Rally finishers. Then we'll drive back home tomorrow.
I will come back in a week or so to bring Hidalgo back home. Probably in a truck.


If there is a moral to this incident it is: CHECK YOUR SPOKES REGULARLY

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'97 EN500LTD 'Hidalgo'
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VROC #3833
IronButt #6024

SlipStreamer Enterprise II, Vista Cruise,
Cobra Spots, Drifter solo seat,
Pro-Tac backrest, ScottOiler,
F&S luggage rack, LED & HID lights,
4-gal AUX fuel tank


Sun Apr 26, 2015 5:25 am
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Post Re: Heart of Texas Rally
Man that really sucks to have a failure like that. I might be able to help. Check your PM.

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Post Re: Heart of Texas Rally
After I get Hidalgo back home I will analyze the spoke failure then determine if I will continue with the spoked rear or convert to the 500A cast wheel. Even this is a one-time thing it sucks to have it fail during a competition. Especially during Daniel's first competitive rally. (he was *not* happy)

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'Biker' Bill
'97 EN500LTD 'Hidalgo'
179,000+ miles so far
VROC #3833
IronButt #6024

SlipStreamer Enterprise II, Vista Cruise,
Cobra Spots, Drifter solo seat,
Pro-Tac backrest, ScottOiler,
F&S luggage rack, LED & HID lights,
4-gal AUX fuel tank


Mon Apr 27, 2015 2:52 am
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Post Re: Heart of Texas Rally
I rescued Hidalgo yesterday from her isolation in La Grange, TX. I flew down, swapped the broken wheel with a not-broken one that I had shipped earlier, then rode her back 471 miles in the wind and rain. We are back home now.

Take a look at the picture link and see if we can figure out why this spoke broke?

https://www.dropbox.com/s/4u0tov014fncc ... e.JPG?dl=0


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