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2016 Winter Rally-South Florida 1

A regional group called SE Rides (as they go on AdvRider) held their winter rally this past weekend in the Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest and Dinner Island Ranch WMA (WMA stands for wildlife management area). There were two ride groups, a road group and a dual sport group. Many of the riders camped in the WMA; I stayed in Immokalee, which was about 25 miles away. Even though we had mid-70s during the days, the nights still get down pretty low for my thin blood. Here’s a photo to give an indication of where the event was held:



The event was sponsored by StarTron. There was no rider’s fee and dinner was provided by StarTron. More info on the feedbag they threw out later.



There were 14 riders in all on the dual sport group on mostly larger adventure-ish models. There were a couple KTM 1190 Adventures, a couple GS1200 Adventures, a Super Tenere, and a few other odds n’ ends in the group. Yes, and one Versys1000LT you can see in the group as we kicked off (identical to my own).



Oh, two KLR650s. My 2016 DigiCamo and a GEN1.





The ride plan was to navigate around the forest roads in the Okaloachoochee Forest and Island Ranch WMA. These are unimproved single-lane roads with lots of different surface conditions, including dirt, mud, gravel, sand and…of course…water! Nothing particularly technical, but a good set of block knobbies were in order. Well set up, we could manage some pretty decent speeds out there.

Some of the photos that follow are frames I copied from video that a couple riders took from helmet cams. They’re not hi-def but some good shots of the terrain. Onward…

While the event was free, the State wanted a piece of the action so first stop upon entering the forest was to pay the iron ranger…$2 a bike.





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That’s about the best it gets. Although this is typically the dry season, we’ve had a El’Nino this year that has dropped a lot of water. It’s flat and we’re at about zero sea level so there’s a lot of flooding. I was following this dude on the GS and at one point he went into a flooded hole and I didn’t think he was going to come out. He did.



This is more like what the flooding is like and does creating all the mud. That is, makes it cool! You definitely want to be wearing your high/waterproof boots out there, though!







So that’s me there on the right. I haven’t been riding dual sport in a number of years (since 2012), but I’ve got to say that the KLR handled and rode brilliantly. Packing the Conti TCK80s it was as fast as anything out there. I was actually hoping we’d find some more technical work, but that will have to be for another day.





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Okay, so what’s going on here? Well, that’s me standing there with my camera getting some photos for some folk’s albums.



And here’s Troy with his helmet cam coming the other direction. LOL!



So here’s Ed rolling through on the BigV. I know Ed from our Versys forum. He’s a skilled and diehard motocrosser. He couldn’t make a lot of speed on those Battlax touring tires, but he made it to the end with everyone else.



Here’s the Super10 rolling through. He was packing a set of Shinko 804-805. Really nice looking 40-60 tires. They make sizes for the KLR.

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My Conti TCK80s did great. I’ve built a lot of confidence in them.









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Okay, back to home base at Dinner Island Ranch WMA.

The question here is, what do a divorce in Alabama and a hurricane in Florida have in common? The answer is, someone is fixin’ to lose a trailer.



So, as mentioned, StarTron sponsored the event and dinner each night. Barbecue and libation were on the menue.



Friday night it was steaks…



Saturday night it was ribs and chicken…



I’ll tell you what, I’m running out to replace my SeaFoam and Techron with StarTron stuff.



Until next year’s ride!
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