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Old 04-21-2011, 12:08 PM   #21
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WHEN SPEED LIMIT IS UNDER 20, THEY MEAN IT.

Also you should get a Camelbak
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Old 04-21-2011, 12:13 PM   #22
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None of the pavement is that bad, make sure you have good tires tho, it's all a bit abrasive

When you see a turn marked 10 or 15, PAY ATTENTION

No run off, guard rail or mountains on the edge of the roads

No cell coverage in a lot of areas, so be aware. Good idea to take a first aid kit just in case

3 Sisters loop is around 100 miles, only gas is in Camp Wood and Leakey

470 from Bandera to 187 to Vanderpool is a much better road than the same stretch of 337.. plus the Sherriff likes to hang out on that part of 337

Make sure and try 39 and 27 and 16 from Kerrville south to Medina

55 North from Camp Wood has some very nice high speed sweepers

Above all ride well within yourselves. Narrow roads, blind curves and hills, lots of wildlife, and occasional tractors and trailers.


I like 336 thru the canyon and the short stretch of 337 between Vanderpool and Leakey because they are tight and technical. 335 is more wide open with rolling hills and chances for air time... 55N if you want to let that big dog hunt a bit in triple digits.

Also check out the MC museum on 187 N of Vanderpool.

If you stay in Bandera and leave early, you can do all the Sisters, 55 and 39 in a day, running 335/336/337/55 both directions instead of a loop.
55N sounds like lots of fun!
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WHEN SPEED LIMIT IS UNDER 20, THEY MEAN IT.

Also you should get a Camelbak
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55N, 335, 46, even 83 if you like higher speed stuff
336, parts of 337, 39, and 16 if you like tight technical stuff.

470 from Bandera, to 187 North to 337 at Vanderpool has a nice mix of everything.

337 from Medina to Vanderpool is fairly open.. nice scenery but really somewhat boring unless you haul .

Trick on the cattle guards on 336 is just ignore them. They are much better than a couple years ago, and only a real issue if it's damp or wet. Unless you have your suspension set real stiff, then you won't like them. I've hit the ones mid turn at 80+ without issue.
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If u can go during the week. Deer are active in the morning and very active around sunset so be on the look out. Don't spook them cuz I've seen them actually run across the road instead of back in the brush. Any speed limit <30mph means exactly that. It's not a track and ur in the middle of freakin no where so ride to have fun not for trophies. Gas up when an where u can...the sisters starting from Leakey is exactly 98 miles....

Slot of blind turns and falling rocks so the pavement is never the same...
most of us work during the week so the only chance will be on weekends. We are planning to ride early in the morning to avoid traffic and heat, maybe ride from 7am-1pm then grab some lunch and rest a bit before spending the night partying at the riverwalk. We will be following all speed limits specially on turns we never been to just to be on the safe side.
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If you are staying in San Antonio, add 4 hours to your ride time. You're 2 hours away from Leakey no matter what route you take. Kinda sucks if you plan to really ride those roads.
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55N, 335, 46, even 83 if you like higher speed stuff
336, parts of 337, 39, and 16 if you like tight technical stuff.

470 from Bandera, to 187 North to 337 at Vanderpool has a nice mix of everything.

337 from Medina to Vanderpool is fairly open.. nice scenery but really somewhat boring unless you haul .

Trick on the cattle guards on 336 is just ignore them. They are much better than a couple years ago, and only a real issue if it's damp or wet. Unless you have your suspension set real stiff, then you won't like them. I've hit the ones mid turn at 80+ without issue.
Thanks for the tip, never know about those roads, i love the higher speed stuff.... will have to plan it right to have a balance of technical and fast turns on the agenda
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If you are staying in San Antonio, add 4 hours to your ride time. You're 2 hours away from Leakey no matter what route you take. Kinda sucks if you plan to really ride those roads.
that kinda sucks because we will park our bikes at a friends house who happens to live in San Antonio so we will have to start from there no matter what
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Ive stayed in

Kerrville
SA by the Six Flags park
N SA off 46
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Other than Bandera, all are full day, 300 mile days to see just the Sisters loop and a couple more.

But I go to ride the roads and not party.. you'll be whipped at the end of the day, especially in the summer.
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Oh and not sure how u can check but try and find out that there is not a biker rally going on!!! Bandera usually hosts biker rally's and if u go (like I did my first time there) while there is one u will be off. Those fools were rolling like 30 deep and would speed up if u try to pass them...
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Other than Bandera, all are full day, 300 mile days to see just the Sisters loop and a couple more.

But I go to ride the roads and not party.. you'll be whipped at the end of the day, especially in the summer.
Same here, Super 8 at Kerrville
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Oh and not sure how u can check but try and find out that there is not a biker rally going on!!! Bandera usually hosts biker rally's and if u go (like I did my first time there) while there is one u will be off. Those fools were rolling like 30 deep and would speed up if u try to pass them...
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Harleys do not start showing up on these roads until about 9:30. They are all sleeping off their hangovers. . We stayed at the Hill Country Motel in Camp Wood ($47) and got started at about 8:00 Sunday morning. We did the complete loop without seeing hardly any other riders at all in about 1.5 hours with only 3 short breaks. Be careful as those rocks fall from the cliffs over night.

The later you go the more congested it will be.
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Like Lurch said, cell phones don't work out here at all, really. I've had AT&T and Verizon and neither worked out there.

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Harleys do not start showing up on these roads until about 9:30. They are all sleeping off their hangovers. . We stayed at the Hill Country Motel in Camp Wood ($47) and got started at about 8:00 Sunday morning. We did the complete loop without seeing hardly any other riders at all in about 1.5 hours with only 3 short breaks. Be careful as those rocks fall from the cliffs over night.

The later you go the more congested it will be.
yeah, thats why i want to start at 7am and be back a little past noon for lunch at the riverwalk if possible, at this moment i am mapping from Banderas to Leaky 337 west then go north on 336 to 41 east to I-10 and back to San Antonio, aprox. 186 miles or 5 hours ride.
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Gimme a PM when y'all come, I live in Hunt.
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Give yourself more time than that. 5hrs isn't cutting it with all the breaks. Visit the Broken Spoke cafe in Leakey and eat lunch. Stop at a few scenic spots. There's one that's got a great view of riders on the curve down below. It's really beautiful out there if you give yourself a chance to stop and look around. I have been four times this past month. All solo sessions so I took in the scenery.

As TexLurch said.. do NOT skip 336.
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