James Pratt RideOK Archives

These are my stories written for Ride Oklahoma.

Awesome Service at Eurotek OKC

“Your bike is ready.” I got a call today about 3 hours after dropping off my 2008 BMW R1200GS Adventure at Eurotek in OKC for some recall and extended warranty work. When I saw the my caller ID I assumed they were calling with some type of question about maintenance. “Did I hear you right? […]

Butterfield Overland Mail Route

While searching the Internet for a story recently, I ran across a map and GPS waypoints showing the old Butterfield Overland Mail and Stagecoach route from St. Louis or Memphis to San Francisco and specifically, the route the stage took through southeast Oklahoma from Fort Smith, Arkansas to Denison, Texas. The stage line began in […]

Chris Johnson’s Observed Trials School

My wife Kay and I recently attended an “Intro to Observed Trials” school put on by Chris Johnson and his wife Claire at their Buffalo Dream Ranch in Lawton. The class taught us the basics of trials riding, with an emphasis on how those skills transfer to our normal everyday riding on dirt bikes, dual […]

Ride Oklahoma Radio – October 30 2015 – Tombo Racing Update

Today I sat down with my good friend Tommy Bolton with Tombo Racing just to check up on what his team of go-fast guys have been doing lately. I just happened to have some time free and was driving by his place and had my gear, so here you go! Tommy tells us that this […]

Earlsboro – David’s Cafe

A few miles east of Shawnee lies the ghost town of Earlsboro. Actually the town still exists today with a few small businesses – namely a tag agency and a restaurant, along with several homes. It offers quite a history, having been through two boom and bust cycles before 1940. Earlsboro is worth the visit […]

Avery – Ghost Town of Oklahoma

Established in 1902, Avery is a stop along our Guthrie-Stillwater-Cushing dual sport loop. Currently there is an old school building still standing, and a few houses in what once was a thriving agricultural community in Lincoln County. Many of the early citizens of Avery worked in the nearby Cushing oil fields. From the book “Ghost […]

Pleasant Valley – Oklahoma Ghost Town

Pleasant Valley is an old Oklahoma ghost town located between Stillwater and Guthrie, just south of the Cimarron River along a dirt road. It once was called “Cowboy Flats” and was a place with plentiful grazing. Cowboys would stop and let their cattle graze here on the drive north. It was a bustling location in […]

Tri-City Dual Sport Loop – Guthrie-Stillwater-Cushing

This dual sport loop takes you along dirt roads from Guthrie to Stillwater to Cushing and back to Guthrie. The loop features a number of interesting stops along the way with a bit of Oklahoma History sprinkled in the mix. It can easily be ridden in an afternoon – about 4-5 hours if you blast […]

Clayton Lake Dual Sport Ride Report 2015

The thirteenth annual Clayton Lake Dual Sport Ride is in the books, and what a great weekend.  The weather was darn near perfect except for the dust from dry conditions. Mornings were cool, afternoons were warm, and the skies offered enough clouds to keep the late afternoon sun at bay. Friday Day 1 Kay and […]

Elmer McCurdy and Bill Doolin Outlaw Gravestones

A nice little side trip while you are riding near Guthrie is a stop by the Boot Hill section of Summit View Cemetery to see Elmer McCurdy and Bill Doolin‘s gravestone. Both are well known Oklahoma outlaws, although Elmer became famous for his travels AFTER he died. The location is accessible by both dual sport […]