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Putting the G back in G/S

Posted By: roadscholar

Putting the G back in G/S - 02/13/15 01:35 AM

There were two Adv. groups (big bikes) at this year's N. Florida Polar Bear Rally in early January, A and B. Danny and Matt did a great job leading and sweeping the B group which was the larger and somewhat more 'user-friendly' of the two. No video of them but here is the

A group
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 02/13/15 11:58 AM

That looks like a lot more fun than shoveling a driveway! dopeslap Bill, was the guy on the KTM 1190 R a former Tiger 800 pilot?

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 02/13/15 05:46 PM

Been watching your weather woes on TV, relentless! I guess almost anything would be more fun than that. grin

Yep, that's Johnny Africa (from S. Africa), he piloted the Ural camera car rig last year and the Triumph XC on the 1st Trans-Fla. Also, the guy holding the helmet at the end is Kyle B, pretty sure he's a member here.

Here's a couple other vids, didn't get to meet these guys at the rally (I think we had about 160-170) but looks like they had a lot of fun. The second one is long but nice music and some funny commentary : ) Nicely documents the ferry crossing near the end too.

Adv part 1

Adv part 2
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 02/13/15 07:00 PM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
Been watching your weather woes on TV, relentless! I guess almost anything would be more fun than that. grin

Yep, that's Johnny Africa (from S. Africa)[quote]


Thought he looked familiar, seemed like an interesting guy for sure! thumbsup

Yup, figures the year I sell the sled we get hammered. Thanks for the vids, they help! thumbsup

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 02/14/15 02:37 AM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS
Originally Posted By: roadscholar
Been watching your weather woes on TV, relentless! I guess almost anything would be more fun than that. grin



Yup, figures the year I sell the sled we get hammered. Thanks for the vids, they help! thumbsup

Pat


On second thought, shoveling snow might be more fun than what these guys encountered on last year's Trans-Fla. ride, they took a slightly wrong turn! Pat you might appreciate this but I know some will say, "that's exactly why I don't ride a motorcycle off road". grin

the road less traveled

Luckily they had a ratchet strap just long enough to reach a tree and eventually got back on route.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 02/14/15 12:13 PM

Wow, now that's what you call a friend! I'd probably have my brother lobbing rocks just to see if he could soak the inside of my helmet. rofl

I've done something similar to that on an old TS-185, I was by myself though. To this day I still don't know how I was able to drag that bike from the mud.


Pat
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 02/14/15 01:57 PM

I'd do the video for you....





smile
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 02/14/15 02:01 PM

Originally Posted By: lawnchairboy
I'd do the video for you....
smile


We talking ship or shore? rofl


Pat
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 02/16/15 12:33 AM

Shore: I retired, remember ?
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 02/16/15 01:12 AM

Originally Posted By: lawnchairboy
Shore: I retired, remember ?

Yup, remember. thumbsup My joke was...would you be filming from the shore or gopro-ing it from the mud-hole alongside of me? grin

BTW, are you staying in Virginia? wave

Pat
Posted By: Huzband

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 02/16/15 05:26 PM

And it seems that putting the Ridesmart back into the GSA inside the park is frowned upon. Thankfully just a warning from the nice Ranger. cool

Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 02/16/15 06:46 PM

That road in is so tempting tho, it is tough to abide : )

One more from the Polar Bear (longish).

small bikes
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 02/17/15 04:50 PM

pat:

yes. come on down anytime. although today I navigated through some snow...
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 02/19/15 03:25 AM

Alright no more sand, it's obvious people just don't want to talk about it. grin

Here's one for ya'll stuck in the great white North this year. Might as well enjoy it.

cool video


Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 02/19/15 01:20 PM

Well, at least there would be a "soft" landing if the bike decided to take a nap! rofl

Hey Pat, is this how it looks when you ride to work these days?
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 02/20/15 04:27 PM

Would of sworn he had a track system mounted up. Must have been very fluffy snow because I tried that one time and it didn't work out so well.


Pat
Posted By: tallman

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 02/21/15 01:47 PM

Thinking about opening a Starbucks with a dirt driveway for y'all.
tongue
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 02/21/15 04:49 PM

Tim, I'll be your first customer. wave
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 02/21/15 07:24 PM

While you're at it Timmy would ya mind puttin' in a water crossing.

Last summer in Co.

Don't dog it!
Posted By: tallman

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 02/21/15 07:31 PM

Great.
No problem.
And maybe a drive thru donut window so we can calibrate radar detectors....

Bill,
I can only wish to ride off road like some of you bears.
wave
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 02/21/15 08:50 PM

Originally Posted By: tallman
Great.
No problem.
And maybe a drive thru donut window so we can calibrate radar detectors....

Bill,
I can only wish to ride off road like some of you bears.
wave


It's not that hard Tim. Although a prerequisite is seemingly sub-standard intelligence (the suspending of logical thought, i.e. there's a decent chance you're going to hurt yourself). grin
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 02/26/15 03:42 AM

Actually just a different mindset. Dirt naps happen fairly frequently and usually do light damage to bike or rider, although sometimes worst cases can result in a broken ankle, collarbone, or cracked ribs.

The best way to avoid hurting oneself is to roll as you hit the ground, and not put your hands or legs out to stop momentum. It deflects energy letting you gradually come to a stop.

Here's one that's an exception, not much he could do after leaving the trail. It has a little strong language but probably justified under the circumstances.

jump to 4:45 min. mark
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Trans-Fla.) Putting the G back in G/S - 03/06/15 04:48 PM

If you're bored or stuck inside over the weekend you may be able to ride along vicariously on this. This is an experiment so we have no idea how it will work out grin but participants are awarded points for posting bonus photos DURING the event. Then again you may find it more boring than what you were already doing, I don't know. smile

I started the link back several pages for some background, pertinent info, and a little exposure for our sponsors.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1031663&page=12
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Trans-Fla.) Putting the G back in G/S - 03/16/15 11:58 PM

Here is a link to a nicely written ongoing ride report by a friend I met on the Trans-Fla. ride last week (it's long).

Chris is on the right, and rides one of my favorite BMW's, an 1150GS.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1031085

Posted By: TEWKS

Re: (Trans-Fla.) Putting the G back in G/S - 03/17/15 12:50 AM

^ Micanopy thumbsup


Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Trans-Fla.) Putting the G back in G/S - 03/17/15 01:52 AM

10-4 Pat. One of the few towns we route thru on day 1 and even fewer that have real food. I was concerned about where we'd get lunch on day 2 until I found this little nugget in Ft. White, surprisingly good. Nooner's Cafe, the entire motif is...you guessed it. grin

Betty opened Sunday just for us, we had about 85 come thru at intervals.

Posted By: Bernie

Re: (Trans-Fla.) Putting the G back in G/S - 03/17/15 02:05 AM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
10-4 Pat. One of the few towns we route thru on day 1 and even fewer that have real food. I was concerned about where we'd get lunch on day 2 until I found this little nugget in Ft. White, surprisingly good. Nooner's Cafe, the entire motif is...you guessed it. grin

Betty opened Sunday just for us, we had about 85 come thru at intervals.





Thanks for the idea Bill, another place for me to try and add to the list. wave
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Trans-Fla.) Putting the G back in G/S - 03/17/15 02:24 AM

I thought about you when posting that, i.e a good spot for Bernie and Co. Heck if you could get the Georgia gang down there I'd ride that far on a streetbike. grin
Posted By: Bernie

Re: (Trans-Fla.) Putting the G back in G/S - 03/17/15 02:48 AM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
I thought about you when posting that, i.e a good spot for Bernie and Co. Heck if you could get the Georgia gang down there I'd ride that far on a streetbike. grin

You don't have to ride a street bike or a paved road to come to one of the SECFF lunches. There are plenty of dirt roads in GA. The idea behind SECFF is it gives folks a place to meet up for lunch, but you can get there anyway you like or take as long as they want too. wave
Keep in mind Alamo is in the middle of the woods. LOL
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Trans-Fla.) Putting the G back in G/S - 03/17/15 03:18 AM

I'm well aware of the concept, and believe we first discussed it at least ten or twelve years ago when you and I were doing the NEF rides. Glad you and Ken are making it happen. thumbsup
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Trans-Fla.) Putting the G back in G/S - 03/17/15 03:58 AM

This isn't our group but one from the panhandle we hook up with from time to time.

My kind of group ride these days, and Vico does a nice job with the videos.

Treemans 2015
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Himalayas) Putting the G back in G/S - 03/19/15 05:35 PM

We interrupt this program for a special public service announcement. Next thing you know he'll need a Gelande Wagon or Range Rover. grin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXx5Uzd2kGE&feature=youtu.be
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: (Himalayas) Putting the G back in G/S - 03/19/15 06:55 PM

Thinking some of those herbs of which he speaks may have lodged on top of that rig's hot manifold. grin That being said, a KTM 390 enduro might just be the perfect sized herb getter. rofl

Pat
Posted By: tallman

Re: (Himalayas) Putting the G back in G/S - 03/20/15 12:49 PM

Thanks Bill.
I may benefit from the content.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 03/20/15 05:19 PM

Pat.. grin

Tim, super! thumbsup


Every year I spend some time in central Colorado, last year I was lucky enough to make it out three times, in May, July, and October. Over the next weeks I'll post some photos of those trips.

On the way there in May, things were looking iffy.





But soon my buddy Dave and I were off to some favorite haunts.









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Hwy 50. See the trail on the right side, it's the old RR bed, perfect two-track for an adv bike or dual-sport.



There's a road that goes over that ridge but but didn't look too inviting just yet. We'll come back to it later.

Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 03/20/15 10:01 PM

Every time we'd get to about 9 or 10,000' it looked like this.







Mt. Shavano or Tabequache in the background, either way a 14-er.



Not long after this we came out on 50, Dave went north back to the campground and I went down the mtn. a mile or so to get cell service.



I called Larry who was still in Torrey and told him where I was, he said Calvin (no socks) ought to be coming thru there any time. I started heading back and in just a minute or so I see a headlight coming down the pass. I waved but he didn't notice cause there were deer in the road. I turned around and caught up tho and told him we'd pick him up for dinner in town. Big place, small world.

Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (E. Tennessee) Putting the G back in G/S - 03/22/15 03:12 AM

It's next weekend. smile

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSqMwaJKPmw
Posted By: Huzband

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 03/23/15 10:39 PM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar


I called Larry who was still in Torrey and told him where I was, he said Calvin (no socks) ought to be coming thru there any time. I started heading back and in just a minute or so I see a headlight coming down the pass. I waved but he didn't notice cause there were deer in the road. I turned around and caught up tho and told him we'd pick him up for dinner in town. Big place, small world.



Hell, I don't even see him In Jax. Guess I need to get out more. tongue
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 03/24/15 04:59 PM

Originally Posted By: tallman
Thinking about opening a Starbucks with a dirt driveway for y'all.
tongue


Tim, I got a customer for ya..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGibK_d0mQ0

Danny, there's a new one opening in Mandarin, we could meet up for some seriously overpriced coffee to go with our $900. jackets. grin
Posted By: tallman

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 03/24/15 09:46 PM

That's what I'm talking about!
thumbsup
Drive up window will need some whoop-de-doos and maybe a water crossing.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Florida) Putting the G back in G/S - 03/25/15 04:43 PM

This just surfaced from the Trans-Fla. ride a few weeks ago. Keep in mind these guys are young, a little crazy (fearless), and bounce well. But, as most adventurers eventually discover, "a man has to know his limitations" : )

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcCXBaWL6Hw
Posted By: greiffster

Re: (Florida) Putting the G back in G/S - 03/25/15 05:10 PM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
This just surfaced from the Trans-Fla. ride a few weeks ago. Keep in mind these guys are young, a little crazy (fearless), and bounce well. But, as most adventurers eventually discover, "a man has to know his limitations" : )

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcCXBaWL6Hw


Fun video.

Somebody help the GS guy out of the swamp. laugh
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Florida) Putting the G back in G/S - 03/25/15 05:23 PM

Originally Posted By: greiffster


Somebody help the GS guy out of the swamp. laugh



Yeah I think he got in the wrong group. grin

Loved the guy on the Electraglide going the other way, almost as fast..
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: (Florida) Putting the G back in G/S - 03/25/15 06:43 PM

A little bit less water when we passed through there! thumbsup I remember that DR youngin. wave

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Florida) Putting the G back in G/S - 03/25/15 07:32 PM

Yeah but you still managed to scare the fish..



FastNspeedy meets the TEWKSTER. smile

Posted By: TEWKS

Re: (Florida) Putting the G back in G/S - 03/25/15 09:01 PM

I like those pics! thumbsup


Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the K (and H) in G/S - 03/26/15 07:58 PM

Meandering off target a little (will get back to it), it's fun to keep an eye on where the state of the art is.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6I7qHTh8rM&feature=em-subs_digest-vrecs
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Putting the K (and H) in G/S - 03/26/15 10:01 PM

that was fun.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the K (and H) in G/S - 03/27/15 03:46 PM

Originally Posted By: lawnchairboy
that was fun.


So, when are you getting one : )
Posted By: roadscholar

Re:(Utah) Putting the G back in G/S - 03/28/15 12:29 PM

Teaser

Posted By: TEWKS

Re:(Utah) Putting the G back in G/S - 03/28/15 04:46 PM

I can feel the warmth in that pic, sign me up! thumbsup

Pat
Posted By: Huzband

Re: (Florida) Putting the G back in G/S - 03/28/15 09:15 PM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
This just surfaced from the Trans-Fla. ride a few weeks ago. Keep in mind these guys are young, a little crazy (fearless), and bounce well. But, as most adventurers eventually discover, "a man has to know his limitations" : )

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcCXBaWL6Hw


Ya know, I remember catching flack for not taking a certain bridge. Now these clowns are heroes?

It's okay, I can deal with it. I'll call my crossing "inspiration". grin
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (North Carolina) Putting the G back in G/S - 03/29/15 01:07 AM

Ok you're right, this thread is worthless without those pics, but this is it. smile

goin in lurk



the agony eek



oh really, there's a bridge? dopeslap



all's well that ends well cool clap



While I was rootin around in there I came across this classic too. grin









Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Putting the K (and H) in G/S - 03/31/15 09:14 PM

I watched David and whip spend more time off their 500's than on going up to Antora meadows one day....

The DR went over once, but it was a bitch to pick up at 12k.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: (North Carolina) Putting the G back in G/S - 03/31/15 11:08 PM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar


While I was rootin around in there I came across this classic too. grin



That was a fun ride. But I don't care whom says what, the Quota is not an adventure bike.

Then again, there's that 1100RT that finished on street tars. cool







Posted By: Huzband

Re: (North Carolina) Putting the G back in G/S - 03/31/15 11:15 PM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar


the agony eek




That's not agony. It's the realization that my boot is filling with cold Tennessee creek water.

Well...that & the vision that if my foot slips, I & the GS are flooded. tongue
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the K (and H) in G/S - 03/31/15 11:36 PM

They must've been having a bad day because I don't remember Dave having any problems the day we went. Antora Meadows in July, lots of pics (I get easily side-tracked) : )



I went down once on that little uphill 180, hit a big rock while looking back down the trail to see if we had everybody (that's my story).

This looks like the spot in your video where ya'll were having problems. In Colorado they have an acronym for this, MSTIL (much steeper than it looks).



This was at the 180



This old mine was kind of cool





I think Colorado has the right idea, fences keep the cows out, not in.



Thank you sir.



No, this man was on his game all day.







Everybody made it up "the hill" first try





Except Jimmy on the DR650



So Scott and Dave kept going back down and up the hill to check on him grin





Or maybe this is why those guys were riding instead of walking up and down the hill (12,000' in full gear) : ) Dave, Alex, and Chris



Anyway, took a break and had lunch





We made two versions of this pic, this isn't the one we put on Advrider. grin









Scott and Alex



then heading back down



we ran into Josh who was out celebrating his 21st birthday



who showed us the shortcut down, Dave said he could keep him in sight, but we have no way of knowing that for sure : )



Anyway it definitely fell into the top ten category of riding days.



Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (North Carolina) Putting the G back in G/S - 03/31/15 11:41 PM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
Originally Posted By: roadscholar


the agony eek




That's not agony. It's the realization that my boot is filling with cold Tennessee creek water.


Right, that's what I meant. The agony of da feet. wave
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Putting the K (and H) in G/S - 03/31/15 11:43 PM

I was wishing pretty hard for a katoom 500 when I was trying to pick up the DR smile
Posted By: Huzband

Re: (North Carolina) Putting the G back in G/S - 03/31/15 11:48 PM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
Originally Posted By: Huzband
Originally Posted By: roadscholar


the agony eek




That's not agony. It's the realization that my boot is filling with cold Tennessee creek water.


Right, that's what I meant. The agony of da feet. wave


Very funny. grin
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Putting the K (and H) in G/S - 04/01/15 01:29 AM

And I most decidedly did NOT make it up "the hill" in one attempt....
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the K (and H) in G/S - 04/01/15 02:02 AM

Nothing to be ashamed of, neither did Edd.



He got stopped halfway up then took a novel approach, he just zig-zagged the side of the hill the rest of the way : ) I felt real lucky to make it both times I tried.

Posted By: eddd

Re: Putting the K (and H) in G/S - 04/01/15 02:22 AM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
Nothing to be ashamed of, neither did Edd.




The 29 year old Honda and the 63 year old rider needed to find a way to compensate for those 92 total years.

I got stopped, then started again only to be bounced off the trail. Once I had a little momentum I pinned the little 250 and made a sweeping arc to the top.

Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the K (and H) in G/S - 04/01/15 02:46 AM



Now that I think of it that was probably your only option because I had both the DRZ and the WR pretty much pinned in 1st and just trying to hang on! I still can't believe we were up there at the same time and missed each other.
Posted By: eddd

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/01/15 03:12 AM


I even went over this crest looking for you.

Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/01/15 03:26 AM

Well that explains it because I don't see you in this picture : )

Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/01/15 10:57 AM

Man, I can't wait to get back out there. Next time, I'll be on a smaller bike.
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/01/15 02:08 PM

I'm sure someone with mad skilz could muscle a big GS up to antora meadows and the steep loose crap you have to go through to get there.

God help them when they inevitably would have to pick up the &*^$%! whale. Then again, fuel injection would have most certainly been helpful on "the hill". Probably wouldn't been enough to overcome my lack of skill!
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/01/15 02:34 PM

I believe I could get that big pig just about anywhere......its just so much more enjoyable doing it on the proper equipment.
Posted By: ArmyGuy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/01/15 03:22 PM

thumbsup
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/02/15 04:49 PM

Either/or it's all good



Posted By: Huzband

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/05/15 01:37 AM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
Either/or it's all good







Don't look right! tongue
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/05/15 01:52 AM

Look right go right! eek


grin


Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/05/15 02:49 AM



Either way it isn't good.

Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/07/15 04:04 AM

Mostly new set of revolving photos on Adv.

http://www.advrider.com/
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/07/15 01:33 PM

Some of the best motorcycling pictures ever put out, right there! thumbsup Not sure what order it will show but the X-Challenge doing wheelie up the dune makes me miss this view, a bit.




Pat
Posted By: lkraus

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/07/15 08:41 PM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
Mostly new set of revolving photos on Adv.

http://www.advrider.com/



It's hard to find a seat that fits your ass...
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/07/15 09:53 PM

I don't miss that damn air shock.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/07/15 11:48 PM

Originally Posted By: lawnchairboy
I don't miss that damn air shock.


Bingo! That thing _ucked and was probably the reason I traded it for the GS.

Or....maybe, it was some guyBill on the Internet posting beautiful Colorado backcountry photos that undoubtedly coaxed some of us east-coasters west. wink Man, I do hope he got his commission! grin

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/08/15 10:25 PM

Originally Posted By: lkraus
Originally Posted By: roadscholar
Mostly new set of revolving photos on Adv.

http://www.advrider.com/



It's hard to find a seat that fits your ass...


Good one Larry, one of my favorite shots of the bunch!


Yep guys, the old air shock was the Achilles heel of that bike, woulda been great otherwise. dopeslap

Pat, the check never showed, must've gotten derailed in the postal systm. grin

__________

Here's one more vid from the PB that was just posted.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viYPNWfpVBQ&feature=youtu.be
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Utah) Putting the G back in G/S - 04/14/15 01:12 AM

Back to last May, in Colorado Dave and I kept getting turned back at about the 10k' level from snowpack, so we figured it would be a good time to lose some altitude. Neither of us had been to Moab other than passing thru so Moab it was. On the way, there were two things I wanted to see but we only enough time to fit one of them in. One's a road that's part of a 1400 mile Colorado D/S loop I've been working on called Land's End I need to check out, so far I've only ridden about half of the loop. It runs up the side of Grand Mesa from US50. We could unload the bikes and make a run up and back, but had no idea how long it would take. As you can see it looks interesting.

google maps

The other was to drive thru the Colorado Monument which in the end, won out and proved to be worthwhile. When you get to be an old geezer (over 65) stuff like this is almost free, and besides it looked like a shortcut...Not. grin





This is where Colorado turns into Utah, geographically and geologically.









We ran into Justin and company of Butler Maps at a gas stop in Fruita. He remembered talking to both Dave and I at different times on the phone. They were on their way back from the Overland Expo in Arizona and weren't at all happy about how the Pinzgauer had been treating them on the interstate. grin



The Colorado at dusk, just getting warmed up for it's amazing journey through southern Utah and Arizona.

Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: (Utah) Putting the G back in G/S - 04/14/15 02:44 AM

WOW........drooooool.

That is some fantastic scenery
Posted By: ArmyGuy

Re: (Utah) Putting the G back in G/S - 04/14/15 05:45 AM

^^ What he said. Very nice!
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Utah) Putting the G back in G/S - 04/15/15 04:55 AM

Dave had been reading up on the Moab area on Advrider and found a thread by Bigdog who said, if you only do one thing there, ride the White Rim trail. All we had to do was find it. Actually it wasn't that hard plus we discovered our rig was just short enough to park in one of the 15 or 20 spots at the visitor center. This is fairly significant on a DS bike with a stock tank because anything bigger has to park about 20 miles away and the loop itself is 100 miles. The math isn't favorable.



Dave is a great guy to ride with because he is always prepared. He carried our lunch, extra fuel, all kinds of tools, probably protection (I don't ask-he doesn't say) : ) extra batteries, camera, and who knows what else.



Me, I travel light.. grin



When we pulled up here I was thinking, man what a cool road down there.



Then it dawned on me that it was our road! You can make out the white rim along the canyons edge, thus the name.



The whole thing is a big peninsula cut off by the Colorado and Green Rivers at their confluence. Again, you can see the white rim which the trail basically follows.

google maps

The Shafer switchbacks take you down.







The place just keeps going and going, it is a real eye opener.





We saw few other people on the route, mainly cyclists, it takes them 2 or 3 days, some of them have support vehicles they meet at days end.



We'd stop every once in awhile for a break or to take pictures

Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Utah) Putting the G back in G/S - 04/15/15 05:50 PM















Had we been thinking we'd have had lunch here because it is the only shade the entire trip, although temps were comfortable in the low 80's.



I zoomed in a little on some shots because the camera falls short of conveying the vastness.







This was our lunch stop



I think this is close to where the the Colorado and Green River converge. With telephoto.



And without.

Posted By: ArmyGuy

Re: (Utah) Putting the G back in G/S - 04/15/15 05:56 PM

Holy cow! I will ride there some day. Thank you.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Utah) Putting the G back in G/S - 04/15/15 06:14 PM

You definitely should Mike it is more impressive in person. And it's quite doable on a big bike with average skills, it was just easier for us to transport the small ones over there. thumbsup
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: (Utah) Putting the G back in G/S - 04/15/15 08:27 PM

Great stuff Bill! thumbsup


Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Utah) Putting the G back in G/S - 04/15/15 08:31 PM





We finally reached the Green River



and rode along next to it for quite a ways



then up onto another plateau







and back down to that road



then the climb up and out



and the 15 or 20 mile slog back to base



All in all a memorable day of riding and highly recommended. It was almost exactly 100 mile loop from the visitor center and took us 5 hours and 45 minutes, which from reports appears to be on the quick side but we didn't take any side trips. We never had to refuel but the DRZ was on reserve the last 20 miles and the WR's low fuel light came on near the end, so that is something to consider. Thanks for riding along, hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Posted By: Highway41

Re: (Utah) Putting the G back in G/S - 04/16/15 12:31 AM

Memorable ride indeed.
Posted By: eddd

Re: (Utah) Putting the G back in G/S - 04/16/15 01:54 AM


"We never had to refuel but the DRZ was on reserve the last 20 miles and the WR's low fuel light came on near the end, so that is something to consider."

That surprises me. Do you know what type of mileage you get? On my recent ride to the remote edge of the Grand Canyon I got 58.4 mpg and didn't hit reserve until 144 miles or so with the stock tank.

I'm going to do a longer off-road ride on my KLX300 to see what I can expect out of it. That bike has a small tank and doesn't lend itself to carrying my one gallon Rotopax.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Utah) Putting the G back in G/S - 04/16/15 02:43 AM

I don't Edd, seems like there are several factors, probably the big one is how you ride it. I've never heard of a DR650 going that far on fuel so you're doing something right. I have seen them run out between 120 and 130, although that included some speedy highway use. I've gotten 140 out of the WR (about 70mpg) on 50-50 dirt and highway w/o running out but it seems to be less on all dirt particularly using higher rpm's.

The DRZ400 evidently doesn't do nearly as well but it's set up for sea level. It seems there's no magic formula but as far as the KLX you might try carrying several small fuel bottles. One of the girls we ride with here buys Sea Foam because it comes in metal bottles and she uses them for fuel containers on her DRZ, which I thought was a great idea. Maybe you could tie-wrap a couple to the sub frame somewhere.
Posted By: eddd

Re: (Utah) Putting the G back in G/S - 04/16/15 05:41 AM


Part of the DR650's good mileage was due to the road surface...some areas of sand that were difficult to spot, some hardened truck ruts, and especially the areas of washboard. These conditions kept my speed down and mileage up, though the DR650 has always given me at least 50 mpg.

I need to look into the fuel bottle idea.
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: (Utah) Putting the G back in G/S - 04/16/15 10:45 AM

Beautiful, thanks for posting. thumbsup
Posted By: tallman

Re: (Utah) Putting the G back in G/S - 04/18/15 01:46 PM

clap
Scintilating.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Alabama) Putting the G back in G/S - 04/19/15 05:53 PM

Thanks gents!

Temporarily heading back down South for a DS run before returning to Colorado (where I think there is actually a GS involved). grin

Perry Mountain is one of the most southern mountains in the Appalachian chain and Perry Mtn. Motorcycle Club is one of the older DS clubs in the country. A little history.

http://perrymountain.com/about.asp

The Pensacola Area Riders along with a PMMC member organize a weekend ride in early April each year, here is a video. I didn't make it this year but plan to, it looks like fun.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-cTOXhlO1k
Posted By: RightSpin

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/25/15 11:34 AM

Some GS riding videos from 2015 START. Videos are GS #1-7 and River crossing 1-2.

Note: No motorcycles were harmed in the filming of these videos. Well, not a lot.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy141DqCeGe72yvF03lCL3w?app=desktop
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/25/15 02:33 PM

Fun day of riding guys (we picked up Keith after lunch too). No pics though, my camera inexplicably jumped off the Tallulahatchee bridge. frown

Oh if anyone wondered, the water wasn't as cold as it looked. grin
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (START) Putting the G back in G/S - 04/27/15 01:23 AM

Well I did get a few shots of Steve and Chris crossing the Tallulah River with my phone.





You have to ride down the river a ways because the two roads aren't across from each other.











Posted By: tallman

Re: (START) Putting the G back in G/S - 04/27/15 09:14 AM

Gelande, Strasse, nicht wasser.
wave

Neue nass kopf modell?
cool
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (START) Putting the G back in G/S - 04/27/15 04:28 PM

Originally Posted By: tallman
Gelande, Strasse, nicht wasser.
wave

Neue nass kopf modell?
cool


Nein! Testa Rossa smile



Gelande/Wasser, nein strasse grin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL7xCSPGVOo
Posted By: randy

Re: (START) Putting the G back in G/S - 04/27/15 04:38 PM

so what road are you on in video 4 and video 7? they look familar
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (START) Putting the G back in G/S - 04/27/15 05:15 PM

We talked about both of them. #4 was off Standing Indian, in that vid we'd taken a wrong fork (actually two) which ended up being a very long dead end, although no one complained : ) #7 was Charlie's Creek Rd. on the other side of the river. We'd come to a fairly steep spot with some nasty ruts and the boys didn't want to risk the big girls ( I don't blame them), so we were heading back.
Posted By: randy

Re: (START) Putting the G back in G/S - 04/27/15 07:46 PM

sorry at work so did not have audio on, will listen at home tonight.
Posted By: randy

Re: (START) Putting the G back in G/S - 04/27/15 07:51 PM

did you ride Germany RD? is so how is that road. Current plan is to head up memorial day weekend and ride the whole area. getting some good information on some great roads, east and west of Dillard, GA.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (START) Putting the G back in G/S - 04/27/15 09:28 PM

Originally Posted By: randy
did you ride Germany RD? is so how is that road.


Yes, it's smooth as glass, between it and the east end of Warwoman could be the best 3 miles of asphalt in Ga.
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: (START) Putting the G back in G/S - 04/27/15 11:32 PM

It was pretty nice. Thanks again to you Bill.
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: (START) Putting the G back in G/S - 04/28/15 12:28 AM

We do have a pretty damn good tour guide don't we? smile
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (START) Putting the G back in G/S - 04/28/15 01:53 AM

Alright, flattery will get you no...well, some more pictures.



I believe it rained pretty much all night but by the time we got going the pavement was starting to dry. First stop Subway for some sammies to go, then up the Highlands road. I'd lost my pretty decent camera the day before when we stopped on a bridge for a shot down the Tallulah River. As I was getting off the bike the camera fell out of my jacket, hit the seat, went thru a 4x12 inch slot in the railing, and bounced off a perfectly angled boulder 30 feet below into the middle of the wide and fast moving river, the odds were astounding. It all happened in a flash, but I had grabbed a not-that-great back-up when I left the house, so this is better than nothing. I compensated by taking a lot of pictures. smile





Went through a cloud..





got the cats herded up for the mini-waterfall pose, you can tell they were really happy about it. grin





then headed south on a forest road back into Georgia.





it's kinda pretty down in there.





and then we emptied out on the good end of Warwoman Rd.







I think Keith was starting to dig the Husky along here.



Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (START) Putting the G back in G/S - 04/28/15 04:45 PM

By now some have may have figured out where we're headed. We took a north on 28 back into N.C. then veered east bypassing Highlands down into the Horse Cove valley.











Where we reached he Chatooga River. On some days you might think you hear the faint sound of banjo music off in the woods, the movie 'Deliverance' was filmed not far down river. Or you might think back further to when the Cherokee Indians lived in this beautiful remote wilderness. Or possibly millions of years ago when the river helped shape this part of the Appalachians, maybe the oldest mountain range on Earth. Also Ellicott Rock Wilderness is nearby, the survey point where the three states come together. For me it is a special place, been coming here a long time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chattooga_River







Then it was down to the S.C. border, up thru Cashiers and the beltway around Highlands.









Picked up a few more riders while being detained quite awhile by a nice little old lady in her Mercury.



But made it back to Dillard safe and sound, all in all a really nice day of back and forth between dirt and twisties, which I think is my favorite kind of riding, particularly with the company of some stellar riding companions. Thanks guys. thumbsup

Posted By: RightSpin

Re: (START) Putting the G back in G/S - 04/28/15 07:09 PM

Awesome pictures, Bill!
Posted By: tallman

Re: (START) Putting the G back in G/S - 04/28/15 09:11 PM

We love that spot.
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: (START) Putting the G back in G/S - 04/28/15 10:03 PM

Jees......I'm getting fat again.
Posted By: Endobobdds

Re: (START) Putting the G back in G/S - 05/17/15 02:44 AM

Bill - great pictures and ride report! You should post this again under "Ride Tales" so more people will view it. thumbsup
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (START) Putting the G back in G/S - 05/18/15 10:18 PM

Thanks Bob. I don't know I think the ones interested will find it alright, it's sort of an ongoing story of getting off the beaten path and why some of us ride adventure and dualsport bikes.

I would like to see some others contribute their off-roading sagas, be it good, bad, or ugly. It's really all good.
Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: (START) Putting the G back in G/S - 05/19/15 01:29 AM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
It's really all good.


This! clap
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: (START) Putting the G back in G/S - 05/24/15 01:45 AM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
I would like to see some others contribute their off-roading sagas, be it good, bad, or ugly. It's really all good.

Helped my buddy Mitch bang out some break-in miles today on his new Tiger. Nice bike, Triumph! thumbsup

Success Pond Rd outside of Berlin NH.





The GS seems to find good BBQ almost every time I take it out. I should fix that, naw! grin


Yes, it was really good! clap


Pat
Posted By: Bud

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/24/15 01:31 PM

I love the exo-skeleton armor over mesh.

Gives him a Power Ranger look as well!



Thanks for posting the ride report. I've stood at the top of the rim and wished I was on a bike and not in the cage.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/24/15 03:56 PM

Nice Pat, looks like some great dirt/forest roads in that area. Was looking on the map and noticed The Unorganized Territory of South Oxford, sounds like my kind of place. grin Love the parking lot Q palace and outdoor Coke machine, perfect adventure food. thumbsup

Bud, the White Rim is a scenic ride, if ya come through Salida sometime I'll loan you a lightweight bike to do it on. That guy Dave is my main riding buddy, he always has the coolest equipment/gear. The goofy tail bag setup was my idea not his. grin
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/24/15 06:34 PM

I did have the GoPro but was a little too tired to hobble something together last night. If I do, I promise to keep it short. An almost AFV moment happened at the Q stop that I was going to keep quiet but what the heck I'll tell you, Bill. grin

I set the camera on the table to try and capture us enjoying lunch. Just as I was reaching for # 1 rib, the picnic table bench broke. I fell on my arse but was able to tuck and roll and jump up all in one motion. Two elderly couples sitting at the next table stood and applauded. clap grin I checked the camera after regrouping and sure enough, the camera died just before the bench broke. dopeslap

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/24/15 08:05 PM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS


I set the camera on the table to try and capture us enjoying lunch. Just as I was reaching for # 1 rib, the picnic table bench broke. I fell on my arse but was able to tuck and roll and jump up all in one motion. Two elderly couples sitting at the next table stood and applauded. clap grin I checked the camera after regrouping and sure enough, the camera died just before the bench broke. dopeslap

Pat


Aww I hate it when that happens. Sounds like you ordered one too many ribs. grin
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/25/15 12:46 AM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar

Sounds like you ordered one too many ribs. grin


It was not so much the extra rib that time but the many extras that came before it. rofl

Pat
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/25/15 03:20 PM

Sorry about the crappy quality of the picture. YouTube takes away many pixels on the upload. Or, could just be I have no idea what I'm doing. laugh
It's not too long anyway. I had the Strasse vid all done this morning an the darn computer froze up on me! dopeslap

BMW presents you and me with the Gelande part of GS.

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/25/15 07:05 PM

Good stuff Pat, nice scenery and terrain, watch out for those slow movin varmints. smile

A couple of videos after yours this one popped up, it's one of the best instructional videos I've seen, although have only seen one other : )

ANYONE, if you've even considered taking a GS off-road, watch this! At least the first few drills (they get more technical as it progresses), it is long (45 min) but well worth it. Any level, novice to experienced, can benefit and Jim Hyde does a great job of explaining.

Then a little practice and bingo you're Marc Coma. grin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbNSWOZazaA
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Off-Road Training) Putting the G back in G/S - 05/25/15 10:32 PM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar


A couple of videos after Pat's this one popped up, it's one of the best instructional videos I've seen, although I've only seen one other : )

ANYONE, if you've even considered taking a GS off-road, watch this! At least the first few drills (they get more technical as it progresses), it is long (45 min) but well worth it. Any level, novice to experienced, can benefit and Jim Hyde does a great job of explaining.

Then a little practice and bingo you're Marc Coma...Not grin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbNSWOZazaA





Edit: Title change.
Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: (Off-Road Training) Putting the G back in G/S - 05/26/15 02:01 AM

So you're saying I should watch this tomorrow instead of getting work done, hunh Bill? dopeslap
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Off-Road Training) Putting the G back in G/S - 05/26/15 06:29 PM

I'd never suggest that, although my guess is you already have. grin
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Adv food) Putting the G back in G/S - 05/27/15 04:34 AM


It tastes better in the boonies, what have you got?

Originally Posted By: TEWKS




Posted By: TEWKS

Re: (Adv food) Putting the G back in G/S - 05/27/15 09:49 AM

Not quite as fancy as Smokin' Good's orange trailer in Maine, but, some pretty good BBQ can be found in VT. too. grin



Pat
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: (Adv food) Putting the G back in G/S - 05/27/15 10:01 AM

You can kinda tell not quiet as adventurous by the type of motorsickles parked in the pic but, Curtis is due for another visit sometime before the snow fly's again. thumbsup



Pat
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: (Adv food) Putting the G back in G/S - 05/27/15 10:07 AM

Hoping to do a cook what you can carry in early July, adventure bike style though. thumbsup




Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Trouble in Paradise ) Putting the G back in G/S - 05/27/15 05:04 PM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS
You can kinda tell not quiet as adventurous by the type of motorsickles parked in the pic but, Curtis is due for another visit sometime before the snow fly's again. thumbsup



Pat


Hey I know that tall guy, man he gets around. Kyle posted a video awhile back but it is worth repeating, heck it could spawn a whole new segment. Big bike blues. grin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScrpzSe34Fk



Posted By: TEWKS

Re: (Trouble in Paradise ) Putting the G back in G/S - 05/27/15 05:50 PM

Yeah, he rode up to say hi to a family member or something like that. Timing worked out and we met for coffee and then on to the Q meet, or meat. grin


Pat
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: (Trouble in Paradise ) Putting the G back in G/S - 05/27/15 05:51 PM

Somebody needs to post pics of the general store in pitkin.
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: (Trouble in Paradise ) Putting the G back in G/S - 05/27/15 05:59 PM

Originally Posted By: lawnchairboy
Somebody needs to post pics of the general store in pitkin.


I know I have a few from when we stopped there. I still remember the ridiculous amount of humming birds that were buzzing around everywhere.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Adv food ) Putting the G back in G/S - 05/27/15 07:01 PM




I probably have others but this was a make-up ride for Edd after he missed the Unrally. Still determined to get Whip up Cumberland and Alpine Tunnel (tried twice now : ) ) so he can enjoy the cuisine and scenery. They've got nice outdoor covered seating and a grill now that can accommodate a group. Food's quite good too.

Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: (Adv food ) Putting the G back in G/S - 05/28/15 02:36 AM

That's the place...
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Adv food ) Putting the G back in G/S - 05/28/15 09:27 PM

Smokin D's US1 at SR206, good stuff.



Take out only so you need to get creative. grin

Posted By: TEWKS

Re: (Adv food ) Putting the G back in G/S - 05/28/15 11:49 PM

Haha, thought the food nose trick thing was a Wolfgang / Carson exclusive! grin

Originally Posted By: roadscholar





And let us not forget the go anywhere Spamburger. tongue



Pat
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/01/15 12:19 AM

brothers day weekend 2015




sorry, apparent technical difficulties in posting the video and making it work...

Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/01/15 12:21 AM


that did the trick I think...

thanks Craig, Matt, and Alan. an enjoyable weekend.


Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/01/15 12:25 AM



and another.


all off of the BRP in the Pisgah general area.
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/01/15 01:10 AM

that was a lot of fun yesterday on the gravel. I'm ready to go do it again!
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Adv food ) Putting the G back in G/S - 06/02/15 12:55 AM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS
Haha, thought the food nose trick thing was a Wolfgang / Carson exclusive! grin

Originally Posted By: roadscholar




One would think : )

Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/02/15 01:33 AM

Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
that was a lot of fun yesterday on the gravel. I'm ready to go do it again!


Good stuff fellas looked like a great weekend, nice to see Alan and Craig out in the woods too. thumbsup

A few of us were in Dillard two weeks ago riding around also, hard to get enough of those roads. A few pics:











Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/02/15 04:22 AM

And more from day 2, headed over Patterson Gap



Tallulah River, this bridge is where I lost my camera at START, it went thru that slot the railing. dopeslap



Mike lovin the new ride





Don't remember why some were walking and others riding, must've been something grin





No worries, they weren't open yet



This is a great road over Tusquitee Gap thru a fairly large wilderness area (and is partly where Eric Rudolph hid out for so long).



Although at the north end we found a locked gate so we had to improvise a little.



Craig gettin a little lazy grin



Had lunch at the Burger Basket in Andrews (mmm good burgers, great catfish) then crossed the Nantahala and up Winding Stairs (thanks Ken for letting me know it's open again).







Then over Tellico Gap



The mother of powerline roads (or maybe Old Monarch Pass, hard to say)





Made it to Cafe Rel too early for dinner so we took back roads almost into Ga. again and rode Standing Indian south to north and then old 64 into Franklin.



One extremely fun forest road.





As always dinner was superb, as was the riding.

We did have a mishap on Friday, one of the guys got a little wide on a downhill switchback was sucked in the ditch and went down trying to ride it out (BTDT). Broke both bones in his ankle, we got him into Cherokee Indian Hospital they fixed him up and one of the other guys drove him home Saturday. Had surgery the next day and is recovering nicely, and planning on riding from Colorado to the MOA Rally in Billings this July.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Tasmania) Putting the G back in G/S - 06/05/15 05:00 PM

Haven't done one of these in awhile, GS Safari down under.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyAhDKtNg60
Posted By: TyTass

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/07/15 01:55 AM

Well, it took me a while to put this video together of Chris, Matt, Alan, and me sharing our "Brothers' Day Weekend." Had quite a few technical problems to include finding the culprit of a long-standing intermittent problem on my desktop computer ... a loose power supply cable. Really nagging problem that was causing un-commanded reboots at the worst times.

Here's the link:


Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/07/15 11:22 AM

The link seems to be bogged down worse than an overweight GS, and its operator, foot paddling through let's see, approximately eight inches of Florida sugar sand. eek
Bill, yes, that left a mark! rofl

Could just be an iPad thing, I'll check later.


Pat
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/07/15 01:55 PM

Video linked to smugmug won't e re run on my iPad. The Mac runs it fine.
Posted By: TyTass

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/08/15 11:37 AM

Here try this one, Pat.

Brothers' Day Weekend Video
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/08/15 02:03 PM

Thanks Craig, that one worked just great! thumbsup Love your editing skills!! thumbsup thumbsup


Pat
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/08/15 03:52 PM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS
Thanks Craig, that one worked just great! thumbsup Love your editing skills!! thumbsup thumbsup


Pat


Absolutely Craig, a really great job. I've been showing it to quite a few people and to a one they love it
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/10/15 01:15 AM

I have no idea what he is saying but he does a pretty good job at speaking our language. Ok except for the cold. wink It's quite long but the beautiful scenery may keep you in it.

Watch it in 720 thumbsup
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QOLyb621_W8

Should of done it on the Aprilia though.
http://www.cycleworld.com/2015/02/23/201...specifications/



Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/10/15 02:50 AM

I've just watched about half so far but really cool, I love crap like that!

You had to go an show me that new Caponord, dammit. Over the years I've had a Falco, old Capo, Futura, and just picked up a used 1200 Dorsoduro (yikes!) a few months ago. Thought I'd be safe for awhile : )
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/10/15 02:58 AM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
Thought I'd be safe for awhile : )


No disrespect Bill, but don't be silly! rofl

It does look pretty nice! thumbsup


Pat
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/10/15 03:37 AM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS
It does look pretty nice! thumbsup

I especially like it in this green! clap


Or this color too.


Pat
Posted By: TyTass

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/11/15 01:00 AM

Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
Originally Posted By: TEWKS
Thanks Craig, that one worked just great! thumbsup Love your editing skills!! thumbsup thumbsup


Pat


Absolutely Craig, a really great job. I've been showing it to quite a few people and to a one they love it

Thanks guys. The software is very much like music recording software, with which I have some years of experience.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Lemans) Putting the G back in G/S - 06/13/15 03:35 PM

Hijacking my own thread temporarily for 24 Hours of Lemans live coverage. You can see it on Fox 2 and elsewhere but this is free streaming from several cockpits, Porsche Motorsports. You can get commentary from Radio Lemans.

http://www.porsche.com/usa/eventsandracing/motorsport/worksracing/raceseries/fiawec/livestreaming/#

The tie in is I've found auto racing (30 years in Porsches) very similar to riding off-road motorcycles. They both require similar levels of concentration, decision-making, and physical and mental stamina. Plus the fact you learn there's usually someone slower than you, and ALWAYS someone that's faster. smile
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: (Lemans) Putting the G back in G/S - 06/13/15 05:02 PM

Assume HHH no longer competes at Lemans? Were all getting old.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Lemans) Putting the G back in G/S - 06/13/15 07:07 PM

True Marty. I don't keep close tabs but I think he's mostly hung it up, probably still does some vintage racing and instructing tho.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurley_Haywood

The guy (a friend) that always amazed me was Brian Redman, I learned more from him in some races than any instructor could ever teach you. One of fastest and most versatile driver's ever, and though he's fairly well known, never achieved the level of notoriety he deserved. And he was still competitive well into his 70's. I think the only driver in history to turn down an invitation from Enzo Ferrari to drive for his F1 team (the 70's were a very dangerous period in F1 and he had two young children).

I was combing thru some old racing photos of a buddy that worked for Road and Track and found one of Brian and Peter Gregg in Victory Circle for the '76 24 Hours of Daytona (BMW CSL). Brian look haggard and completely worn out, Peter looked fresh and just the opposite, so the next time I saw Brian I asked him why. He said Peter started the race and came in after an hour or so (1st fuel stop), said he didn't feel good and was going back to his motel. He never came back, Brian drove the remaining time and won the race, Peter got there in time for the champagne. I don't think many people know that, and the rules have changed now to keep it from happening again.

This wikipedia article is somewhat incomplete.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Redman

Found this too, typical of his understatement, a true gentleman.

http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/Articles/2011/12/Dec-2-GA-Blog-1976-Redman.aspx
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: (Lemans) Putting the G back in G/S - 06/13/15 07:39 PM

I'll never forget going down the front straight at Roebling and hearing him tell me, "I'll tell you when to brake". Thought for sure me and my car were going to be destroyed that day. Great guy and instructor!
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Lemans) Putting the G back in G/S - 06/13/15 07:57 PM

grin

Yep, both of 'em are. thumbsup


If anyone cares, right now is one of the best times to watch, when it goes from daylight to dark, not only is it pretty but things usually get interesting.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Lemans) Putting the G back in G/S - 06/14/15 05:04 PM

Porsche 1, 2, 5

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/24942...lights-and-more
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: (Lemans) Putting the G back in G/S - 06/15/15 12:34 AM

Great to see!
Posted By: TyTass

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/19/15 07:44 PM

And now back to our regularly sceduled programming i.e., Putting the G back in G/S. wink
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Special K) Putting the G back in G/S - 06/20/15 06:01 PM

Update appreciated Craig, I've been traveling.

Random Bike in a random town in front of a random store, just sayin'

Posted By: TEWKS

Re: (Special K) Putting the G back in G/S - 06/20/15 06:22 PM

Orange blooded rider? wink grin

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Special K) Putting the G back in G/S - 06/20/15 06:58 PM

Who else? smile
Posted By: Huzband

Re: (Special K) Putting the G back in G/S - 06/21/15 12:38 AM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
Update appreciated Craig, I've been traveling.

Random Bike in a random town in front of a random store, just sayin'





Hey, I know that guy!
Posted By: Bill_Walker

Re: (Special K) Putting the G back in G/S - 06/22/15 08:43 PM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
Random Bike in a random town in front of a random store, just sayin'


Random. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
Posted By: tallman

Re: (Special K) Putting the G back in G/S - 06/23/15 11:54 AM

He random tires down to the bare cords.
lurk
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Special K) Putting the G back in G/S - 06/23/15 04:52 PM

I think it's just a random (mis)interpretation, could happen to anyone. I mean jeez Louise. grin

Originally Posted By: tallman
He random tires down to the bare cords.


Probably will have by the time he gets back from Wisconsin on the beast, his comment was the motor is 'other-worldly'. Just what I wanted to hear. smile
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 06/27/15 05:38 AM

One of our guys from Florida moved to Denver last week and came over to Salida on the weekend to squeeze in some riding before he starts work at the new locale.























Posted By: TEWKS

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 06/27/15 12:25 PM

Wow.....again! thumbsup


Pat
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 06/27/15 12:48 PM

^^^^^ what Pat said. And I know those pictures don't give any of those locations justice for how beautiful they are
Posted By: Bud

Re: (Special K) Putting the G back in G/S - 06/27/15 05:46 PM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
Update appreciated Craig, I've been traveling.

Random Bike in a random town in front of a random store, just sayin'





Same random bike and random rider in Warrens. He sure gets around. grin
Posted By: Bud

Re: (Special K) Putting the G back in G/S - 06/27/15 05:47 PM

Originally Posted By: tallman
He random tires down to the bare cords.
lurk


I don't care if you name is Tim, that's funny wave clap rofl
Posted By: Bud

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 06/27/15 05:48 PM

Originally Posted By: OoPEZoO
^^^^^ what Pat said. And I know those pictures don't give any of those locations justice for how beautiful they are


Which mountain is that in the background of several of the shots??
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 06/27/15 06:51 PM

Originally Posted By: Bud
Originally Posted By: OoPEZoO
^^^^^ what Pat said. And I know those pictures don't give any of those locations justice for how beautiful they are


Which mountain is that in the background of several of the shots??


Pretty sure it's Mt. Shavano Bud, although Mt. Tabeguache (another 14-er) is next to it and sort of behind it. They're on the north side of US50 and we were on the south side up Green's Creek and Willow Creek. We rode a couple of hours and were never more than 5 miles from the campground as the crow flies.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 06/29/15 08:50 PM

The Rainbow Trail is 100 miles of singletrack that runs southeasterly past Salida then down the east side of the Sangre de Cristo range. Caleb and I rode two sections (about 14 miles), the one from Silver Creek to 285 and the "easy" section from cr108 to Bear Creek. It is simultaneously beautiful and challenging, and I'd have liked to have a lighter bike than the WR. My pictures don't capture the full effect, one because the camera doesn't show steepness of terrain, and two because I needed to keep moving in the rocky and steeper stuff.

















We were surprised to find this because most had been cut by local riders (hundreds of trees fall on the trails every Winter) and almost turned back. We lifted both bikes over and continued though. We figured they just wanted to keep the traffic under control.





Quite a few 180 switchbacks







I think we were happy at the conclusion. grin









Posted By: Bud

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 06/30/15 04:05 AM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
Originally Posted By: Bud
Originally Posted By: OoPEZoO
^^^^^ what Pat said. And I know those pictures don't give any of those locations justice for how beautiful they are


Which mountain is that in the background of several of the shots??


Pretty sure it's Mt. Shavano Bud, although Mt. Tabeguache (another 14-er) is next to it and sort of behind it. They're on the north side of US50 and we were on the south side up Green's Creek and Willow Creek. We rode a couple of hours and were never more than 5 miles from the campground as the crow flies.


You guys are having way too much fun!!!!! thumbsup wave
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 07/03/15 10:26 PM

Any day riding in Colorado is a good day and we were lucky with a great weather window. Caleb came back the following weekend with his video camera and put this together, a worthy first attempt. A few of these places will look familiar to some.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuAvkZCzkm0
Posted By: Huzband

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 07/03/15 10:38 PM

5:08 to 5:20. Do you not realize where you were?!

On top of Gods creation! Amazing!!! thumbsup
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 07/03/15 10:55 PM

I think so and why some of those places are a primary riding destination. Having a capable riding companion is nice as it allows us to explore some stuff I probably wouldn't attempt alone.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (2-smoke) Putting the G back in G/S - 07/04/15 04:42 AM

I know some here rode 2 strokes back in the day and I found this interesting mainly because they still have a viable slot in today's dirtbike world. In the 70's I had a Yamaha MX250, RT360, and a Husky CR250. Later my "demo" at the Yamaha shop was an IT175. All pretty cool bikes but wayback machines compared to this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWQU4hSFyhU
Posted By: Endobobdds

Re: (2-smoke) Putting the G back in G/S - 07/04/15 08:40 PM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
I know some here rode 2 strokes back in the day and I found this interesting mainly because they still have a viable slot in today's dirtbike world. In the 70's I had a Yamaha MX250, RT360, and a Husky CR250. Later my "demo" at the Yamaha shop was an IT175. All pretty cool bikes but wayback machines compared to this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWQU4hSFyhU

Thanks for posting this. thumbsup
Great video that brings back wonderful memories for me. I had a 3 years love affair with a Yamaha RT360 during my first year in the Navy when stationed on the Pacific Island of Guam from 1970 - 1973.
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 07/06/15 11:39 AM

Looks familiar, can't wait to be back.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (2-smoke) Putting the G back in G/S - 07/07/15 04:29 PM

Originally Posted By: Endobobdds
I had a 3 years love affair with a Yamaha RT360 during my first year in the Navy when stationed on the Pacific Island of Guam from 1970 - 1973.


It was a great bike Bob, I had one from about '71 to '77, a long time in those days and my only transportation at times. It truly was a dual purpose motorcycle and maybe the predecessor of today's adventure bikes. Don't remember if it had much range but whoever designed those gas tanks should get an award, they were simply beautiful as was the entire package.



Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Erzberg Rodeo) Putting the G back in G/S - 07/07/15 09:29 PM

20 minute video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofWwur4ApXw&feature=youtu.be
Posted By: Endobobdds

Re: (Erzberg Rodeo) Putting the G back in G/S - 07/08/15 01:06 PM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar


Another fantastic video! Thanks for posting!

Now I remember why I switched to street bikes about 30 years ago. grin
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: (Erzberg Rodeo) Putting the G back in G/S - 07/08/15 02:53 PM

that rock climb exhausted me just watching it
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 07/12/15 05:01 AM

I was somewhere between Dallas and Amarillo when the text came. It was Kenny telling me they'd made it to Buffalo, Oklahoma for the night. Heck I'd almost forgotten he told me a month ago a bunch of em were riding the TAT and would be in Salida late June. The next day we missed each other by a few hours in Clayton, N.M.

Kenny was having a problem, his radiator cap wasn't keeping pressure and was losing coolant out the overflow. After awhile one of his Tennessee buds whittled a stick and plugged the overflow that allowed them to continue onto Salida. Caleb and I made it into town that evening in time to hear some entertaining and pretty amazing stories about their travels. Think about 6 or 7 guys riding dirt roads and trails from E. Tennessee to Colorado for a week... incredibly they were all still laughing.

The next day all but Kenny headed west for Port Orford, Oregon. He'd done the western half a few years prior with Mark but mostly big-t (some may remember the ride tale). He rode to Denver to get a new radiator cap (Whip tried to help but his bike used a different part) and got a surprise invite to hang with with Neduro awhile on the way back.



Which brings us to this, a too brief window on Sunday in which the three of us got to do a little riding. We headed straight across the street to some familiar territory but then I wanted to see how far we could get up Taylor Mountain. It's the one on the left with all the snow on top. Unlike our campsite the reception is pretty good here : )





The road to the halfway point is about 7 miles, it seems like about a 30 degree incline, and the top two-thirds is much rockier than this.



I've seen a few riders panting for oxygen and bikes spewing coolant by the time they got here. These two basically attacked it, I on the other hand was pacing myself : )



3 guesses, which guy is half the other two guy's ages. grin



Taylor Mountain. It wasn't looking terribly optimistic.





Kenny was already halfway up this ridge..



Luckily they both came back because that wasn't the way we were going.







Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 07/12/15 05:22 PM



We had to dip down into a little bowl with some trees to get to the other side, kind of figured if there was going to be a problem it would be there.



Kenny says no go.



The youngster did some recon to see if it got better or worse and came back with the same answer, probably soon but not today (it gets fairly steep around the next 180).



We take a break and consider our good fortune nonetheless.



A couple shots of the other side from last July.



Hard to see but they are both about halfway up the side of the hill.



Caleb needed to get back by a certain time so we headed down.





Back at camp I switched bikes then Kenny and I rode over to Sargents for a late lunch and looped back across Marshall Pass.









All in all an excellent day.

Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 07/13/15 12:05 PM

Certainly beats my weekend of digging out and recapping a cesspool at my Grandmothers place after it partially collapsed and caused a sink hole. I didn't take any pics, but trust me......in happened.

Your pics look like much more fun.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 07/13/15 07:26 PM

Originally Posted By: OoPEZoO
Certainly beats my weekend of digging out and recapping a cesspool at my Grandmothers place after it partially collapsed and caused a sink hole. I didn't take any pics, but trust me......in happened.

Your pics look like much more fun.


I would more or less hope so. grin

Hey, if you need to get away for a bit there's an idle bike sitting at Larry's.
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 07/14/15 02:29 AM

Thanks for the offer, but Danielle would probably change the locks before I got home :-)
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 07/22/15 04:59 AM

So, how many Texans does it take to change rear pads?



More than I could fit in one photo : )



Thanks guys! What followed was an excellent day of riding..

Our fearless leader (for awhile)



Tour de Salida



Who is that masked man?



Turret, ghost town.



but people are moving back in..



Tour of the old Post Office, which doubled as a Pony Express stop in the day. It's for sale, Larry's interested : )



The road in and out is just a big dirt rollercoaster.





Limecreek's ride for the day.





Having rear brakes is nice.



SWMcKinley on the Stelvio NTX (this is one fine motorcycle folks, he let me ride it later in the day and was duly smitten).



These guys were having fun for being mainly pavement-pounders.



I just like this one.

Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 07/22/15 05:34 AM

I think there was a song or two written about places like this.



Getting our bearings straight, a wrong turn could mean a long walk, as we didn't top off.



They took to this like fish to water.













Good stuff guys, thanks for a great day.



Posted By: Whip

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 07/22/15 01:55 PM

Greg and Steve are still talking about that day.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 07/22/15 05:10 PM

Originally Posted By: Whip
Greg and Steve are still talking about that day.



They are both naturals, it was fun to watch.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Tahiti) Putting the G back in G/S - 08/04/15 04:04 PM

Always wondered if this would be possible, looks like someone figured it out. A combination of lightweight, enough speed, a sand tire, skis, and smooth conditions...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDi9uFcD7XI
Posted By: Huzband

Re: (Tahiti) Putting the G back in G/S - 08/05/15 12:09 AM

All it takes is a surfer at heart. cool

Oh, & money. LOT'S of money. tongue
Posted By: Endobobdds

Re: (Tahiti) Putting the G back in G/S - 08/06/15 03:05 AM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
Always wondered if this would be possible, looks like someone figured it out. A combination of lightweight, enough speed, a sand tire, skis, and smooth conditions...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDi9uFcD7XI


Hard to believe this is for real! Particularly the shot of him under the envelope of a large wave and riding out of it.

Any way of checking the creditability of this?
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Tahiti) Putting the G back in G/S - 08/06/15 06:35 AM

I don't think he made it out Bob, and why they cut it. The ghost shotof him in the wave looks like it may have been superimposed. Also it looks like the Pipeline in Hawaii, few places break left like that.

There is a backstory, will post a link tommorrow.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Tahiti) Putting the G back in G/S - 08/06/15 05:33 PM


http://motocross.transworld.net/pipe-dream/
Posted By: Endobobdds

Re: (Tahiti) Putting the G back in G/S - 08/09/15 11:59 PM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar


Thank you Bill - The back story is great and so well done! Robbie Maddison is truly an amazing guy.

Makes riding down a stream or river, that many of us have done, seem like child's play. grin
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 08/13/15 04:24 AM

At our CADS meeting tonight some of us were discussing the possibility of attending this, just an FYI for others.

Crested Butte KTM Rally
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 08/13/15 11:40 AM

Hey, I thought you worked for BMW? wink
Ok, where's the closest KTM dealer to Tewksbury? grin How could you not have a good time attending something like that! clap


Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 08/13/15 06:12 PM

Nah independent contractor, just go with the flow. grin

The rally does look like fun, will report if any of us make it.

My buddy Dave picked up a slightly used one of these, doubt he'll be doing all this, but fun to watch anyway.

KTM 1190R offroad
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 08/13/15 09:34 PM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar


Artful riding! thumbsup clap

Edit
Found this one on ADV yesterday. Nicely done with a snappy tune. thumbsup
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=la4h-v95qaQ

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Sturgis) Putting the G back in G/S - 08/14/15 06:45 PM

Like !
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: (Sturgis) Putting the G back in G/S - 08/15/15 08:45 PM

Born to be wild has always worked for me as a moto music motivator, this fits my style a little better. thumbsup I've never heard of Corb Lund before, you may have, but thought I'd share what I found.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CG-UHgfTrU4

Lyrics

Iím makiní ninety miles an hour on my German motorcycle
Iím makiní ninety miles an hour like the bullet from a rifle
Iím makiní ninety miles an hour got pulled over by a vice cop
I pay the ticket that he give me then I park it on the sidewalk

Iím makiní ninety miles an hour and I drive it like itís stolen
Iím makiní ninety miles an hour like iím blitzing into Poland
Purriní like the motor in a triple decker Fokker
Iím makiní ninety miles an hour and I drive her like I stole her

Ooo, she like to run, baby eat up the miles
Ooo, she gonna do it in Bavarian style
Ooo, she like to run, blonde hair and blue eyes
Open up the throttle, baby, wide, wide, wide

Iím makiní ninety miles an hour on my German motorcycle
Iím makiní ninety miles an hour and sheís chafiní at the bridle
Iím makiní ninety miles an hour on my sexy Munich eyeful
Iím makiní ninety miles an hour on my German motorcycle

Iím makiní ninety miles an hour on my German motorcyle
Hurt a little less with every mile west that I go
Makiní ninety mile an hour on the Yellowhead to Jasper
Thereís a girl I wanna marry there, I think Iím gonna ask her

Pat
Posted By: Huzband

Re: (Sturgis) Putting the G back in G/S - 08/15/15 11:11 PM

I'd rather ride. tongue
Posted By: TyTass

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 08/17/15 06:36 AM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar

Pretty much beyond awesome!
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 09/07/15 05:10 PM



KennyH studying the Zumo. It was his last day in Colorado and we decided to ride some dirt south to New Mexico where he'd continue on toward Tennessee and I'd head back north. Right away he deviated from my route and devised us a shortcut across a ridge on some two-track, then we could tie back into it.



He said trust me, I think we'll be ok.



..it had 'adventure' written all over it grin





After Kenny checked the mudhole depth we decided it best to skirt it.



I didn't get many shots in here but needless to say it was great stuff.



Oh, there was another little mudhole I tried skirting, didn't want to get the bike dirty and all.. well it could've been that bald Shinko : )





You have to keep an eye on these things, they're unpredictable.



One of four passes for the day, we'd both done this one before but not the others.





to be continued..
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 09/07/15 07:02 PM

We liked this spot, the landscape is pretty interesting down here.











sure couldn't argue with the weather.



even found a few curves





there was a lot of this, it helps keep the avg speed up.





stopped in Del Norte for gas and a burger..

Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 09/07/15 07:10 PM

clap
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 09/07/15 07:24 PM

Originally Posted By: lawnchairboy
clap


It was right up your alley bud, you'd have enjoyed this, but it was before you got there. Me and the DR bonded nicely on this trip, it's hard to beat for this kind of stuff.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 09/08/15 01:59 AM



This guy was moving and seemed to come out of nowhere, he was one of the few vehicles we saw all day.





Now we were gettin' somewhere..







Originally I thought this was Elwood Pass but found out from a local it's called Indiana Pass, and known by few as it's not on most maps. Elwood and Stunner passes were still up the road a ways.



But first we passed Summitville at 11,500 feet, and a sign indicating it's a superfund site.



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summitville_mine

We kept moving..









This was a scenic area and as usual the pictures don't do it justice.



Posted By: Whip

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 09/08/15 02:15 AM

Great stuff!!!!
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 09/08/15 03:16 AM



We conferred it was a good day then rode through Platoro and down the Conejos River.









At Hwy. 17 we split up, Kenny went south to Chama and I went back north thru Antonito.



The two towns are joined by a scenic railway as well as SR17 which is highly rated as a sport-touring route.





Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 09/09/15 05:16 AM

A couple days later I went for a ride on the Wee Strom over to Gunnison and picked up some bar risers to help with the ergos.

After that I took a north toward Crested Butte but veered off on a road I'd been wanting to ride, Ohio Creek, which eventually runs over Ohio Pass.



There were some nice farms (and barns).









After awhile it turns to dirt





has some nice views





Aspen groves



the final climb



and a nice meadow just on the other side. Kebler Pass is off to the left on another road, the two probably aren't more than a mile apart.



the other side of Kebler, it's not all paved either.



Crested Butte backstreet.



and I had to click this on the way back over, old school : )

Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 09/09/15 11:09 AM

As always......great stuff
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 09/09/15 09:57 PM

Awesome selfie! thumbsup


Funny, on my way out to the Colorado UN, I passed two young guys I mean under twenty young, riding bikes similar to these. It was a little weird and cool all at the same time. grin


Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 09/10/15 06:32 PM

thanks guys, couple more on the way back into Crested Butte (phone pics).







Pat, these guys weren't that young, maybe 30-40's, probably good too because they were riding those things over Monarch Pass at night!



Later on I caught up with another chopper dood, somebody said he was the new mayor : )







Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 09/10/15 09:34 PM



Later on I caught up with another chopper dood, somebody said he was the new mayor : )




Now, I don't know who your, that's funny rofl


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Posted By: Huzband

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 09/10/15 10:33 PM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar


Later on I caught up with another chopper dood, somebody said he was the new mayor : )



Hmmm, he vaguely resembles someone I know, but I can't think of whom that might be. Hmmmmm.




wink





Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 09/11/15 01:39 AM

The next day I went into town and "the mayor" tossed me the keys to this and said have fun.



Normally I shy away from riding other peoples bikes but some days you have to make an exception.



It is a big and fast, smooth, comfortable, good handling touring bike that you can ride in the dirt, and it's fast. Did I say it was fast, because it is really fast : )





I didn't get much time off road but found a dirt parking lot and did some figure eights in first and not surprisingly found it well balanced. But mainly I couldn't stop thinking about that 5th gear, it goes from seventy to stupid in no time, if you want to pass something, just think about it!
Posted By: Whip

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 09/11/15 02:04 AM

clap

See ya in a couple weeks
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 09/11/15 04:15 AM

thumbsup


On the weekend Bobby Ginger (Caleb) came back over from Denver to do some more riding.



When a group of us from Florida were here last summer he'd had an innocuous slideout on the first day and somehow broke his collarbone. It was at the end of the day and close to here, Old Monarch Pass.



We picked up where he'd left off, needless to say he was ready to go : )







We took a few shortcuts off the normal route (I learned this from Kenny Haynes).





We had burgers at the new addition on the Pitkin General Store, Josh and his wife do a great job.





Been wanting to check out Napoleon Pass (parallels Cumberland Pass). I asked the youngster to scout it a ways and he said it kept getting worse so we'd save it for another day.





Usually I'm on a big bike when crossing Cumberland but today we could take advantage of some close by trails

Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 09/11/15 04:43 AM



Oh, to be young again



Oh wait..



never mind : )









all's well that ends well















time to turn around and head back..

Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 09/11/15 05:23 AM






a few more side trails, really fun stuff.









when we got to the junction for Old Monarch I'd had enough dirt and decided to ride out to 50 and back over the pass, Caleb took the old route. Pulled off for one last shot.



At the top of Monarch I rode past a young lady with a backpack that was hitchhiking. A recent college grad she was hiking the Continental Divide Trail from Mexico to Canada solo. I turned around and offered her a ride at least partway down the mountain. She was loaded down and not attired for the task but we made it work, and I was happy to add to her adventure : )



Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 09/11/15 09:02 AM

Bill, I went up over "Old Monarch Pass" a couple weeks ago. Nice super highway. We could haul butt on it. Also had lunch in Pitkin. Good BLT! Went up "Alpine Tunnel" again.

Went up "Engineer Pass" out of Ouray. Really rocky and a little technical the bottom few miles. My friend had a couple mishaps going up. thumbsup Came down it in a driving rain and hail/thunder/lightning storm. Hung out in a little building in Animas Forks til it stopped, about an hour. Wet gloves made for frozen paws riding into Silverton. Give me a call.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 09/11/15 07:40 PM

Sounds like an adventure! Will do.
Posted By: mickeym3

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 09/11/15 07:57 PM

Her name wasn't Cheryl Strayed was it? Oh to be young for sure...

All of my Ouray to Silverton trips have been pavement. Getting use to my new GSA now, may not be light enough for some of that but we shall see come next June!
Posted By: TNT

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 09/11/15 09:11 PM

Nice!
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 09/11/15 09:36 PM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
At the top of Monarch I rode past a young lady with a backpack that was hitchhiking. A recent college grad she was hiking the Continental Divide Trail from Mexico to Canada solo. I turned around and offered her a ride at least partway down the mountain.


Bill, the Queen herself is gonna pay you a visit if you keep rescuing these Damsels in Distress. wink grin

Awesome! clap

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 09/12/15 01:06 AM

Mickey it might have been Cheryl not sure tho it was a few months ago. She was from a PNW state.
Lots of easy dirt for big bikes out there, will mention some later.

Thanks TNT been following your rides too, like the ride, fish, ride concept want to try that someday. Hey, you can put your stuff oner here if you want, would fit in good.

Pat, I went past at 70, she was cute, what can I say : )
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 09/12/15 12:20 PM

The 1290 is stupid fast.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 09/12/15 09:37 PM

Awesome stuff, Bill.
While nothing is definite yet, I'm working on the possibility of being a private tech in Aspen.


lurk
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 09/12/15 11:48 PM

Does this mean you won't be leading one of the PB adv rides : )

Hey, sounds exciting hope it works out. thumbsup
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 10/06/15 11:59 PM

I borrowed this off ADV (Fall colors thread) because one, it's a GS on a dirt road, but mainly I liked the tag. grin

Posted By: TEWKS

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 10/07/15 12:29 AM

Yucky Mud Means Victory? grin


Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (Colorado) Putting the G back in G/S - 10/07/15 01:26 AM

Close but no ceegar : )
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: (not) Putting the G back in G/S - 10/17/15 05:57 PM

Putting the X in XR (somewhat R-rated) grin

Posted By: ArmyGuy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 10/18/15 09:58 PM

Just took my R12GSW off the beaten path for the first time today. I also completed my first water crossing. Fun times!!

First Water Crossing

Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 10/19/15 01:54 AM

Nice Mike, that looks like a great riding area! thumbsup
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 10/19/15 09:26 PM

I wish you 10000 more.
Posted By: ArmyGuy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 10/19/15 10:19 PM

Thanks Bill and lawnchairboy. I'm thinking I'm hooked on the G part of G/S now.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 10/21/15 02:56 AM

Originally Posted By: ArmyGuy
I'm thinking I'm hooked on the G part of G/S now.


Good to hear and welcome to the club! clap
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 10/21/15 03:09 AM

A few random pics from days gone by..

Huzband



Tewks, lawnchairboy



KathyR



Eddd

Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 10/22/15 04:09 AM

Salida Unrally ride 2012, more than enough adventure for one day (the story in pictures).





















































Posted By: ArmyGuy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 10/22/15 10:33 AM

Wow! Truly nice pics of what looks to be an incredible ride.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 10/23/15 01:02 AM

Thanks Mike, it was an interesting day to say the least!
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 10/23/15 02:38 AM

Another Chris Birch video from down under, good stuff..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpCubYprqFQ
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 11/03/15 06:49 PM

Here's a few pro quality videos from Husky, the scenery alone is worth it. The bikes ain't bad either.

701 enduro

supermoto version

one more

Am glad to see the brand prosper, and have fond memories of one of these from the 70's.

Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 11/18/15 08:06 PM

Really well done video of a couple adventure bikers hitting the outer reaches of Australia, including Tasmania. It's long, over 20 minutes, so may want to view it in segments.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-chDBrqtNjE
Posted By: TNT

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 11/21/15 05:35 PM

That was a good one! 👍
Posted By: MikeRC

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 11/30/15 04:39 AM

Swartberg Pass, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, South Africa.

On a rented F700GS mind you.







Mike Cassidy
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 11/30/15 11:34 AM

Looks like a wonderful trip Mike! wave
Posted By: MikeRC

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 12/01/15 04:24 AM


Thanks Marty. It has been great. Rene Cormier of Renedian Adventures has included some gravel every day. Yesterdays optional day was up to Combrinks Pass from the east gate of Baviaanskoof Nature Reserve. Less then 45km total gravel and only 526m (1725ft) elevation but grade up to 17% and pretty deeply rutted/exposed rocks on the steep sections.









Most importantly no rented BMWs were harmed in the making of those photos.

Mik Cassidy
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 12/01/15 11:37 AM

Perfect tag line!
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 12/05/15 04:54 AM

Mike that's some great stuff from South Africa, Wow!


Some may have seen these videos from our Polar Bear Rally a few years ago but I think they're worth repeating, MikeRC has reminded me we're just getting into our riding season here, yes north of the Equator : )

If anyone's interested in this year's event a description and signup is here.

First a video from Kubano, 13 min.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uX0D7b4YSM

and another from Vico1, 17 min.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aER0gEUa-EM
Posted By: big-t

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 12/07/15 12:48 PM

I remember this one,You could hear her "Wha Hooo" a mile away rofl and then I had to run...

Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 12/08/15 01:03 AM

Ya, I could hear crunchy sounds behind me which is almost never good. Thought it turned out pretty decent considering all the possibilities. grin
Posted By: Bill_Walker

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 12/22/15 08:12 PM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
Ya, I could hear crunchy sounds behind me which is almost never good. Thought it turned out pretty decent considering all the possibilities. grin


I didn't say anything at the time, but when I came through ahead of her, it struck me that you had parked in a potential impact area in your haste to get pictures (as a former SCCA corner worker, I think about impact areas). Which is why I stopped a fair bit down the road.

At least it didn't turn out too badly.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 12/23/15 01:58 AM

In hindsight not the ideal place to stop although the alternative was not stopping at all as the road fell away quickly, and any further right the bike wouldn't have stayed upright with my passenger still on it.

Yes, a quick decision but more forethought involved than a casual observer might assume. I thought getting the photo(s) was worth the risk, it's what I do. An inch or two to the right and it would've been a clean getaway, I have gone over the scenario in my head many times since.

Currently I'm in the process of switching to video, it takes some of the creativity out of it but all you have to do is turn it on and ride, or get out of the way, as the case may be. I'm already enjoying the luxury of having both hands on the bars in the sand : )
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 12/23/15 02:32 AM

Ok, just for fun let's compare those last two photos..



One is (we'll assume) Mike nicely tip-toeing thru a low water crossing in South Africa on a rented bike (note the photographer is on the other side of the road avoiding the possibility of oncoming traffic).



The other is of an adventurous lady going almost WFO thru her first water crossing yelling WOO-HOO! as loud as she could, which brings to mind a standing joke here in the land of CADS. "I mean what could possibly go wrong?" : )







Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 12/24/15 05:29 PM

It's that time of year again!

No, not that, the 2016 Dakar Rally, the world's toughest race. Coverage begins January 4 on NBCSN at 5:30 EST.

KTM has a new team this year including female rider Laia Sanz and she's good, here's the promo video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpHDyY362JU
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 01/17/16 04:42 PM



maybe no ride today after all.


EEEEK. climate change.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 01/17/16 05:54 PM

Neat Pic Chris! thumbsup Hey, what brand tank pad is that you have there? I like!

Pat
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 01/17/16 06:06 PM

2nd owner, it was on there already, don't know Pat.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 01/17/16 06:09 PM

Ah, thank you anyway! thumbsup


Pat
Posted By: ArmyGuy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 01/17/16 06:41 PM

thumbsup
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 01/18/16 01:02 AM

What is that white stuff? wave
Posted By: lkraus

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 01/18/16 03:20 AM

Originally Posted By: Marty Hill
What is that white stuff? wave


That's what you get when large flocks of birds head south.


Well, maybe that's just what I say when I see it coming down...
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 02/17/16 02:04 AM

Another Motology film. Wouldn't recommend on a GS but fun to watch, and dream : ) Some nice camera work too. 10min.

The Power of Sound
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 02/17/16 03:23 AM

One more. Movie trailer, 7000km on 500exc's.

Austria to Egypt offroad
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 03/31/16 03:51 AM

Got out for a ride in the forest this afternoon, not on a GS. One of these days I'll get the camera pointed in the right direction..

Ocala NF
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 03/31/16 11:38 AM

I like that view, works well mixing it and when you are leading someone. thumbsup


Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 03/31/16 04:32 PM

I liked it looking back Pat but it's kinda getting old now, plus no one wants to follow me anymore I think they're getting bored. grin
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 03/31/16 04:41 PM

Bill, following you does not get boring! clap

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/01/16 04:38 PM

Gettin' old Pat plus the youngsters are all ridin' 5hunnys and 2 smokes now, anymore I'm just in the way : )

Here's a few from two days before, it had rained the day before that so it's packed down a little, makes Ocala fast and fun.

East side of 19

West side

south to 316
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/02/16 01:02 AM

Nice! Now, do you trailer the bike over there or ride it? Sounds like a pretty healthy four stroke you have there! thumbsup

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/02/16 11:28 PM

Trailer it, the forest is about an hour and a half away. It's a 400exc, not too slow not too fast, jes about right : )

'06 KTM

one more
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/03/16 01:04 AM

thumbsup

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/04/16 11:38 PM

Ok just a couple more from this Sunday.

New friends

Rides like a girl...Not!

Runnin thru the jungle
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/13/16 03:44 AM

Nick, Alex, and I met up with Stacy and Kim on Sunday for a little ride in the forest, nice central Fla Spring day. And it was a shakedown run after Nick lowered my 350 a little. In the first one we're getting warmed up along the edge of Hopkins Prairie. The last is one of the many canopy trails we like to ride.

Hopkins Prairie

equipment check

skinny trees trail
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/15/16 12:52 AM

Let's see, ten or so more years and my choice will be...plaid pants & shuffleboard or KTMs' and sand berms. I'm with you, Bill! grin clap

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/16/16 10:54 PM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS
Let's see, ten or so more years and my choice will be...plaid pants & shuffleboard or KTMs' and sand berms. I'm with you, Bill! grin clap

Pat


I don't know Pat, plaid pants sound a little risky. We better stick with sand berms. grin
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/17/16 07:38 PM

You guys just need shiny white alpinestars tall MX boots to wear with your Bermuda shorts, it's all good.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/18/16 05:49 PM

I've noticed one needs to be confident and/or proficient in their dirt bike riding skills to show up wearing white boots so until that time comes black boots it will continue to be : )
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/18/16 11:55 PM

I need some G in my GS......I'm about to open a side business selling carefully collected dust from the statue in my garage that resembles a motorcycle.

Don't think there is much of a market there.....
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/19/16 04:38 AM

Well c'mon let's go..

If anyone's interested in some Colorado small bike stuff I plan on being in Salida before and after the Unrally and should have access to a few 250's and 400's. The light bikes let you access places probably not advisable on a GS, although some can and do. The first 4 are across the road from the campground I usually stay at.

Mt. Shavano



Up on Taylor Mountain



Monarch Pass is in the background



You can see this spot in the 2nd pix.



One of the easier sections of Rainbow Trail.



Above Cumberland Pass.



There's also plenty of big bike stuff..

Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/19/16 11:05 AM

I'd love to, but I blew all of my vacation time this year snowboarding

Some fresh tracks from a day of cat skiing


the same tracks zoomed out (on the right side)
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/19/16 09:56 PM

Wow, that looks like it would be a rush (not for me though)! Doesn't look like a ton of snow there but do you ever worry about avalanches or wear a beacon in case?
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/19/16 11:22 PM

Keith, those are very beautiful pics. thumbsup
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/19/16 11:46 PM

Actually, there was a ton of snow there. That was all at least mid thigh to waist deep when hauling ass down the hill. That was almost a straight down vertical drop. We asked the guide about the best route down and he replied "SFD"......Straight F'ing Down....and then just took off rofl

The first couple of runs were absolutely terrifying until I got the hang of it. That was in a provisional park in British Columbia near a town called Nelson. It was a completely different kind of technique than I had ever had to use here on the east coast. You basically just lean as far back as humanly possible and scream like a wild animal. After a few runs, it starts to get pretty fun....until you fall down in the flat sections. That was exhausting. It was like trying to climb out of quicksand while at 10k feet. Maybe I'll do a little write up as a "ride report". I have some pretty sweet pics and a few videos that do it no justice.

Edit....oh yes, we were concerned about avalanches. Our group actually set off two of them the day we were out. One intentionally, one accidentally. We all wore beacons and had to take a class to learn how to use them. We also carried shovels and probes. It was serious business, but a complete blast once the adrenaline got flowing
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/20/16 08:32 PM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
Well c'mon let's go..

If anyone's interested in some Colorado small bike stuff I plan on being in Salida before and after the Unrally


We're going to need a full time DROOL emoji around here if these pics keep showing up! grin

Bill, do you know what date you are going to be out there before the UN? Have truck & small camp trailer. (very small) And, the search is on for a small D/S bike.

Need to work a bunch of levers but I would love to get out there again this year! thumbsup

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/20/16 10:28 PM

Originally Posted By: OoPEZoO


Edit....oh yes, we were concerned about avalanches. Our group actually set off two of them the day we were out. One intentionally, one accidentally. We all wore beacons and had to take a class to learn how to use them. We also carried shovels and probes. It was serious business, but a complete blast once the adrenaline got flowing


Glad to know you're taking it seriously, I lost a good friend to one in about 1980 I think before anyone was using beacons. Roger and I went to Aspen every year from the late 60's to late 70's, he was an excellent surfer and went from never been on ski's to winning hotdog contests in 2 weeks (don't think they call them that anymore) : ) He and some buddies kept doing increasingly crazier stuff, sometimes they'd taunt the ski patrol into chasing them down the back side of Ajax (Aspen Mtn) out of bounds then hitchhike back to town. Then they'd go to Aspen Highlands, start avalanches and outrun them, and always got away with it. They went helicopter skiing in Canada and to Chile in the summer. In 1980 he went to France with someone and never came back, it was a sad day for those that knew him, he was really a great guy. cry
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/20/16 10:37 PM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS
Originally Posted By: roadscholar
Well c'mon let's go..

If anyone's interested in some Colorado small bike stuff I plan on being in Salida before and after the Unrally


We're going to need a full time DROOL emoji around here if these pics keep showing up! grin

Bill, do you know what date you are going to be out there before the UN? Have truck & small camp trailer. (very small) And, the search is on for a small D/S bike.

Need to work a bunch of levers but I would love to get out there again this year! thumbsup

Pat


I'll have room for you Pat and you know there's extra scoots but you may want to be independently mobile too, there's a lot to see, I get that. If you want to fly or drive, either works. I'll PM you on times I plan to be there.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/21/16 12:50 AM

Thanks Bill, let me know when you know. thumbsup Wish I could say I'm 80/20 in, but, probably more like 50/50 at this point.

Again appreciate the loaner offer!

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/21/16 04:54 AM

Pat, shown this one before but I know you know Kyle and I really like this vid he made a few years ago at the Polar Bear. I warned the guys on big bikes of the impending sand pit and gave'em the option of going around, only one took it!.

Big Bike Blues .. grin
Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/21/16 05:41 PM

I've ridden sand several times on big GS's. Sucks for me. Standing was better but I can not stand that long, and that was 10 years ago.

When I lived in NM in the early 70's it took me a long time to get the XXXX's to get to 50-60 and ride on top and let the bike slip and slid.



Friend rofl



The guy in the beginning on the DR was a hoot. I have a friend that rides his RT that way. Outriggers don't come up til about 25 mph. tongue
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/22/16 03:44 AM

That's some classic stuff Doug, wish I had some shots from those days. Who's the guy on the Cushman (or Mustang I can't tell), I think about everything was a dualsport then : )

I have a buddy that used to ride like that too (wasn't all that long ago either), it was like he was always about to crash but he never did.

I used to fight the big girls in the sand but once you ride something half the weight you wonder what the heck you were thinking..
Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/22/16 08:14 PM

The first picture is me on a 69 Suzuki Savage that I did a lot of mods to. The crash photo was a friend on a Kawasaki 238 Greenstreak.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/23/16 02:48 AM

Man, the name Savage was so much cooler than Duster. This was the first real motorcycle I ever rode. By the time I got to ride it though, my older brother had spanked it pretty badly. It had no clutch and I had to use a milk crate to start off because I couldn't reach the ground. There was some great youtube material there, all wasted! grin





Pat
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/01/16 01:34 AM

Another rider's perspective of the rougher side of the Rockies! Great photography and I like his humor! smile
http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/the-state-of-alone-a-colorado-adventure-photo-journal.1044863/

Also in his blog he points out this place in Villa Grove. May be worth the big drive just for the food, alone! thumbsup
http://www.steelhorsegrill.com/home.html

Pat
Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/01/16 03:46 PM

Thanks for posting. I had not seen this. Good stuff.

He talked about the bbq in Marble after he did Schofield Pass. My friend and I can attest to it. We stopped there on my "Bucket Ride" on our way to Crystal Mill and then up Schofield and the Devils Punchbowl. Great brisket lunch. thumbsup

Brings back great memories of places I have ridden over the last 25 years. grin
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/02/16 11:27 AM

Quite a ride tale. I've been going the last 10 years and haven't seen all that, still chippin away at it tho : )
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/02/16 09:36 PM

following Bill on the rainbow trail above Salida last summer.


chris smugmug
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/02/16 10:09 PM

more from the rainbow trail

chris smugmug
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/03/16 01:53 AM

Nice, I didn't know you had those. They would be good to show the moto-haters that some of us actually ride like model citizens. grin
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/03/16 11:28 AM

Suck in the opposed twin! grin Looked like a great day! thumbsup

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/06/16 04:30 AM

My main riding buddy Dave had shoulder surgery last Nov. and hasn't ridden since. He's been hitting therapy the past 5 months but was really concerned about getting back on a dirtbike. On a whim and because it was unseasonably cool we decided to do an easy re-acclimation ride. Also it rained yesterday which makes for nice conditions plus there were some trails I wanted to check out for next year's PB rally.

He was going to ride his 350exc and because I'd been thinking about selling mine, I wanted to ride it once more. You know, just to make sure : ) When I got to his house he was having trouble with his tubliss systems holding air so I suggested he ride the 690. Realizing it was buried deep in his trailer we decided to go back and get my little TE250, figuring we'd swap back and forth.

At the 1st stop he was laughing because the 250 was so much fun, and I didn't want to give up the 350, so we stayed put. At the end of the day he said it was just what he needed and way better than therapy, mental or physical. And the 350...what was I thinking : ) btw, a little birdie told me someone else around here might've just gotten one of those too..

Here's one longish segment. Dave's learning how to edit video so maybe he'll come up with something better in a few days, we'll see..

Cinco de Mayo back in the saddle ride

Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/06/16 11:26 AM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
And the 350...what was I thinking : ) btw, a little birdie told me someone else around here might've just gotten one of those too..

Well I just checked the mirror and no SEG, (shit eating grin) nope can't be me! grin

Made offers on these two but couldn't get to a comfortable dollar amount.




Just goes to show you I'm a little confused on where I want to be. dopeslap grin

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/06/16 09:36 PM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS
Originally Posted By: roadscholar
And the 350...what was I thinking : ) btw, a little birdie told me someone else around here might've just gotten one of those too..

Well I just checked the mirror and no SEG, (shit eating grin) nope can't be me! grin



Let's just say somebody's screen name is back in business. grin

Pat, DR650's are always around, nice WR's don't always come up often and when they do, tend to go quickly. They're out there tho just have to beat the bushes. As a do-all Colorado bike I like em, nothing's perfect but singletrack to Interstate is their range and although the outer edges might get a little ragged, a competent pilot can deal with it.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/06/16 10:22 PM

One more from yesterday
Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/06/16 10:39 PM

Turn around so we can see where you are going. thumbsup
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/07/16 01:37 AM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar


Pat, DR650's are always around, nice WR's don't always come up often and when they do, tend to go quickly. They're out there tho just have to beat the bushes. As a do-all Colorado bike I like em, nothing's perfect but singletrack to Interstate is their range and although the outer edges might get a little ragged, a competent pilot can deal with it.


Appreciate the info Bill! thumbsup

Pat
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/08/16 12:00 AM

Got a buddy down here looking to unload two WR400's for cheap. One of them has a street title. He just bought a "new" leftover 2012 or 2013 WR450 for a great price and needs to make some room. If I wasn't in the middle of a kitchen remodel, I'd already have the street titled one in the garage.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/09/16 12:09 AM

A pretty good sales pitch for the DR, Aussie Style! grin

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VJMYMC4jxKM

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/09/16 04:43 AM

There's a guy named SingletrackJeff over in the panhandle that rides a DR650 like that. All his buddies have 500exc's and he has no trouble keeping up with them : )

And this guy, Mike from Tarpon Springs, he thinks it's a YZ or CR.

Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/09/16 04:24 PM

Yeah, I bet there are few guys out there that could impress us with this old tech sledgehammer of a motorcycle! grin

What's your opinion on an east coast DR stock jet setting out ^^^^ west? I'd hate to be pulling a carb apart out on a trail somewhere.

You are right about the WR250, they appear to be an endangered specie at the dealerships up this way. Actually, they are selling every one they get. Kinda tells you something, I guess.

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/09/16 04:46 PM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS


What's your opinion on an east coast DR stock jet setting out ^^^^ west? I'd hate to be pulling a carb apart out on a trail somewhere.



It'll work good enough to get by but it's not optimum. Near the top of the big paved passes mine starts bogging at or near full throttle so I back off some and it's smooth again. But that's in a high gear at speed on a fairly steep climb like Monarch.

On trails at slower speeds it's fine but don't think I've had it much over 11k. Chris might have a better idea as it's his only bike there and he's been over some 12 and 13k passes on it, maybe he'll chime in.
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/09/16 05:25 PM

My little DR has been up and over 13k, bone stock. Engineer and Imogene. It chugged a bit over Imogene but did just fine. Been up engineer a couple of times now. That was coming from sea level. It lives in salida full time now, whip keeps race gas in it for the winter and rides it a it around town.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/09/16 07:36 PM

Thanks for the info guys, that sounds good enough for me! thumbsup

I went up to the Yamaha shop this morning and was prepared to buy the WR they HAD last week but that train left the station already! smirk Never thought there would be such a demand on an eight year old designed 250 dualsport motorcycle.

Anyway, made a counter offer on the DR I mentioned earlier, not sure if he'll take it. $200.00 less than his first bottom price, we'll see.

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/09/16 09:11 PM

I forgot about last summer, Chris and I rode up to Sargent's Mesa on the CD to look at the war memorial Soldierstone. The official elevation is 11,730' but due to a bizarre space/time continuum anomaly we got separated up there (Chris followed the rules, I didn't) and I ended up over 12k. The bike ran like a champ, but I got lost awhile riding on the CD trail : ) Anyway seems like a good segway for a ride report, and btw this would make a good day ride/destination for any GS'ers coming thru Salida in July, it's all big bike friendly.

west side Monarch



Doylesville cutoff









When day riding in Colorado you want to have at least 150 mile range.









For the record, there isn't 'sposed to be a bike in this picture : )



This is quite a special and inspiring place and I thought Chris could appreciate it having dedicated a good bit of his life serving our country.













On the way back thru the San Luis Valley I rode a ways up Hayden Pass but it got gnarly pretty quick and was getting late so I turned tail back to Villa Grove.





I'm always amazed at the vastness of this valley

Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/09/16 10:20 PM

When I rode CO last year my DR ran great 90% of the time. I had only added a .020 shim under the stock needle. Probably should not have had it in for the altitudes. It ran clean all the way up Engineer, Alpine Tunnel Rd and the speed run we did over Old Monarch Pass Rd. I think it must have recently been graded as it was easy to pin it in the lower gears. Seemed like a super highway. rofl

The only time it ran bad was going up Cottonwood Pass out of Buena Vista on the pavement. It doesn't take much throttle going up it and it acted like the ignition shut off regularly. The first time I thought, what the heck just happened. My friend behind me saw my head jerk forward. A really bad misfire or what. Not the feeling from a normal surge. It kept doing this all the way to the top. When going up Alpine Tunnel it ran great when on the gas. Something about low throttle opening without much load. When I got back to CA I pulled the plugs. It had been pretty rich and this was after we stopped in Utah and rode the Burr Trail at a pretty rapid pace. My only conclusion was it was getting way too much fuel and the plugs would misfire. Probably should not have the shim under the needle. My friend had a KTM needle in his and his did it just a little but not enough to throw you forward like you had hit the front brake or shut down the ignition. I just sold the bike and the carb is bone stock. New owner loves the way it runs and starts.

A DR is a great choice for CO roads. I just need something lighter or I would not have sold it. With my Cogent suspension fork and shock mods it rode great going up rocks like Engineer at the bottom portion. I would rather ride it than the WR250 that I took up Schofield and the "Devils Punchbowl" the year before as the increased torque helps an old slow poke like me get by.

In Buena Vista last year waiting to have dinner with another member here, John Ballantonio.

Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/10/16 12:37 AM

Great stories guys! Doug, what's the deal with the slick looking taillight on your bike? I like that! thumbsup

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/10/16 01:09 AM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS
Doug, what's the deal with the slick looking taillight on your bike? I like that! thumbsup

Pat


Looks like the unit from a drz400e (non street legal) or drz250, which is probably a good idea as dr650 taillights are notorious for stress-cracking and eventually falling apart.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/10/16 01:26 AM

Ah, looks more modern. thumbsup

Bill if you don't mind, how does 4k sound for this bike? It's a 2011 with 1400 miles.


Pat
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/10/16 01:47 AM

Funny Doug, my DR really stumbled up cottonwood also, to the point that I thought I got a bad load of gas in BV a couple of years ago. I ran back down to salida and hopped on my GS and met the group on the back half of the loop in pitkin.

Turns out I missed a pretty good rain storm by doing that.....
Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/10/16 01:56 AM

DR 250 light. May not be DOT?

For reference I sold my 2015 with 1600 miles for 6k. But the bike still had almost new tires (MT21 and TKC 80 rear) handguards, LED turns, skidplate, Supersprox with new Regina chain, and the pricey Warp 9 wheels, 3 1/2" wide on rear. I think I gave the buyer a more than fair price with the extras.

To me, the $4k sounds about right.

If you get it and would like a white Clarke tank with trick $95 cap (Vented without tube so tank bag fits great without a tube getting bent over and pinched) I have one for sale and an almost new MT21 rear tire for sale. Only parts left from the bike. Also, if you want any info on suspension stuff that really worked, let me know.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/10/16 02:01 AM

I'd think so Pat, I see 03 to 06's people are asking 3500 or more for that are far more "used". It sounds fair plus they're fairly easy to move if need be.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/10/16 06:58 PM

Set my sights on Johnston, let's see where that goes! thumbsup

Thanks!

Pat
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/10/16 11:18 PM

Unless it falls apart by Friday, I have a BLUE deal in Johnston! thumbsup
Bill, lunch on me! clap

Doug, thanks for the offer (tank and tires) but may not need them if this happens. thumbsup

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/11/16 01:03 AM

Sounds good, don't let it fall apart : )

Do you remember this guy? (Mr DR350)



He went blue and you couldn't pry him off of it..

Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/11/16 01:13 AM

I see he has Go Race suspension. I had them do my WR250 also. Or does he just have the stickers? lurk

Here's my DR350. Think this was near Animas Forks, 1993. This bike was great. I found out that the Honda CR250 had the same forks but with cartridges. So, I had RaceTech put cartridges in my DR. Not too many folks did this. The forks were great. thumbsup This was a '91 and I rode it for about 5 years.



My WR outside of Salida

Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/11/16 02:25 AM

Originally Posted By: KTM Doug
I see he has Go Race suspension. I had them do my WR250 also. Or does he just have the stickers? lurk

Here's my DR350. Think this was near Animas Forks, 1993. This bike was great. I found out that the Honda CR250 had the same forks but with cartridges. So, I had RaceTech put cartridges in my DR. Not too many folks did this. The forks were great. thumbsup This was a '91 and I rode it for about 5 years.



No it already had the suspension done when he got it from another local, Nick. Nick went orange and got a new 6 days 350, guess it's a progression..

I still have a soft spot for DR350's, somehow ended up with four at once a few years ago, down to two now, '98 and '99 (they had the drz400 front forks).

This one had stock gearing and couldn't make the climb in 1st (MSTIL, it's leaning on a rock) and I fried the clutch but was able to ride it back down and the 40 miles to camp w/o using it. Dave (Mr DR350) told me to try it the next day when it was cold and sure nuff it's worked fine ever since. (We lowered the gearing the next day too). Somehow I'm not sure a KTM could manage that : )



btw Doug you'd love this trail it's Quakey Mtn Tr (singletrack), goes from Sargent's to Black Sage Pass, check it out.
Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/11/16 02:51 AM

Too many rocks tongue
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/11/16 03:48 AM

That's kinda how I feel about Schofield > Marble, now which way is easier, down or up I can't remember?
Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/11/16 04:35 AM

We went up it from Marble on the WR's. Maybe harder but I hate downhills. The guy's dogging two new GS1200ADV's down with street tires we saw might not agree. I have always preferred going up stuff. Don't know why they call it the "Devils Punchbowl"? Great seasonal bbq place in Marble. thumbsup Actually there is a rocky section between Marble and Crystal Mill that I thought was as technical as going up Schofield. But, then I had not ridden for 9 years.

When you are coming up Engineer near the top there is a section that looks really steep. When I saw it again last year I thought I'm going to hate coming back down. Well the DR went right up it in 2nd. When I came back down, just before the hail and rain we got in, I got down aways and said where the heck was the steep part? Well, I had been thru it. The big DR goes downhill great, especially with all the suspension mods from Cogent I installed. Actually I felt Engineer has become more technical than it was 20 years ago but is fairly easy after the first 4 miles coming up out of Ouray. Quite a few rocky steps. I just had to convince myself to attack the rocky step spots a little harder.

I have not been over Pearl Pass. Hear that can be exciting. tongue
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/11/16 11:18 AM

I missed out on a local DR350 a few years ago. It was a garage queen that hadn't been ridden in years, but looked pristine. It was the first year with the electric start. Guy couldn't get it started and was asking $500. I had a crisis at work I had to tend to that slowed me down by about an hour. I pulled up to his house just as another guy was loading it into his trailer. I was bummed about it for weeks.....still kind of bummed. Thought it would be a blast for tooling around on.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/11/16 04:40 PM

Originally Posted By: OoPEZoO
I missed out on a local DR350 a few years ago.

I'm kinda in that holding pattern until Friday. No deposit just a verbal deal on a pristine WR that Bill found for me up this way. thumbsup (man he's good!) grin

Know what you mean though, stinks missing out on those great deals! frown

Pat
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/11/16 04:44 PM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar

Do you remember this guy? (Mr DR350)



That would be Dave, I believe? I think Jim has a better memory of him though! smirk


Good to hear that! thumbsup

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/11/16 10:41 PM

Originally Posted By: KTM Doug
I have always preferred going up stuff.

When you are coming up Engineer near the top there is a section that looks really steep. When I saw it again last year I thought I'm going to hate coming back down. Well the DR went right up it in 2nd. When I came back down, just before the hail and rain we got in, I got down aways and said where the heck was the steep part? Well, I had been thru it. The big DR goes downhill great, especially with all the suspension mods from Cogent I installed. Actually I felt Engineer has become more technical than it was 20 years ago but is fairly easy after the first 4 miles coming up out of Ouray. Quite a few rocky steps. I just had to convince myself to attack the rocky step spots a little harder.

I have not been over Pearl Pass. Hear that can be exciting. tongue




I ran into these guys in town and again at the steep climb on Engineer, they were loaded down and didn't think their 1st gears were low enough to make it so they turned back. While I was there another guy on a new Aprilia 450 with brand new gear tried it. He kept wheelie-ing in 1st trying to get rolling. Finally I told him to slip the clutch and I'd push him. It was all or nothing but he made it : )

Engineer has gotten more technical in about the 6 year span I've done it. My take is the 4wheelers and side by sides (they have roughly 10 times the contact patch of a motorcycle) loosen the dirt with wheelspin and rain washes it away leaving you know what. Jeeps not as much because they have to go a lot slower.

This was summer before last. There were some steps I had to go down (no pics) and was sure the suspension was going to bottom but it didn't, I decided going down wasn't so bad : )









Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/12/16 01:29 AM

I don't have any pics from last year except movies. Don't know how to bag a frame. We find the most pics and video do not show how really steep some spots can be. I would do Engineer again but not sure I would do Schofield again. Most of the time, once moving the big DR went up in second the way it was geared. Both of us were down one on the counter, but I was up 2 in the rear. It was obvious mine went up much easier then my neighbors DR. I'm also about 70 lbs lighter than he was.

I think I recognize some of those rocks, or do they all look alike dopeslap I don't know if I will ever get to ride CO again, but would be fun to try with a KTM.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/12/16 02:46 AM

Originally Posted By: KTM Doug

I think I recognize some of those rocks, or do they all look alike dopeslap

I don't know if I will ever get to ride CO again, but would be fun to try with a KTM.

Probably both.

You've done it on really good suspension and I hadn't until I rode a Husky 250 last Fall. The stock WR is pretty good but this was an eye opener, I'm taking the 400exc this year, your 350 would be fantastic.

I thought I'd get by okay on the little DR and did but jeez what a difference. These are our guys and dhanson from 3 years ago.



Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/12/16 03:41 AM

Was everyone running 3 gal. tanks or are some stock? I can't believe KTM puts such dinky tanks on these bikes. Now the WR was little, but we got almost 60mpg on our trip two years ago.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/12/16 04:17 AM

Some were stock but we didn't go much over 100 miles in a sitting. You'll need a break from one of those before you need gas : )

I checked the WR's mileage one tank in Co. after a mixed bag of riding including some 75+ mph hiway cruising and it got 83mpg, I couldn't believe it.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/15/16 07:00 PM

Hey now!! cool Well, another box just got checked! thumbsup


Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/15/16 08:51 PM

Oh yeah, now we're talkin! clap

Just curious which one? Or was it none of the above : )
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/15/16 09:16 PM

It was the 16 up in New Hampshire with 950 miles. The young guy that had it was on the ball, no reservations buying from him! thumbsup 5k! clap Just a few miles so far but I owe you for nudging me this way! thumbsup

Pat
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/15/16 09:37 PM

Pat, don't fill up the garage. I'm coming in sept. dopeslap
PS, enjoy the new bike. thumbsup
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/15/16 09:52 PM

Always room Marty! thumbsup

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/15/16 09:59 PM

Good to hear, I think you'll like it. thumbsup
Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/15/16 11:40 PM

Great buy. A 16 for 5k. clap now you should feel bad for not spending enough money. Call and I will tell you how to spend 2-3k on farkles. rofl
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/16/16 12:26 AM

I'm thinking I can get out of this farkle business with a tail rack & bag, case protection and maybe a seat. Heck that should be less than a grand! wink

Doug... rofl


Pat
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/16/16 12:45 AM





Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/16/16 02:22 AM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS
I'm thinking I can get out of this farkle business with a tail rack & bag, case protection and maybe a seat. Heck that should be less than a grand! wink



I've got an extra aftermarket seat around somewhere. Not as good as the Sargent here (for me) but you're welcome to it, I think it's better than stock (a little lower too).

Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/16/16 02:36 AM

I had the Sargent seat on my WR and liked it. Also I liked the Moose plastic skid plate. Very little reflected sound from motor. My friend had an aluminum one and he did not like the noise.

This followed me home yesterday.



Now, since I can't mount the bike or touch the ground, today it looks like this.



So far I added the KTM comfort seat,larger rear sprocket, footpegs I like and an aftermarket side stand that will be cut down and new foot welded on when I get the bike lowered a bunch. dopeslap Heading to the suspension guru tomorrow. Hope I can get it ready for the Blackdog Dual Sport ride near Mt.Hood, OR June 4th and 5th. Lot's to do.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/16/16 10:55 AM

Thanks Bill, the Sargent looks like the ticket though! thumbsup

Doug, was looking at the MR plastic skid plate but then came across this one. http://www.evotech-performance.com/yamaha-wr250-r-2008-onwards-black-sump-guard

I like the clean look and was thinking with the holes cut in it, you wouldn't get the engine feedback that I've heard about. That would drive me nuts! eek

Love that KTM, BTW! clap

Pat
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/16/16 11:04 AM

Bill was that pic taken within a day's ride from camp for you? Wouldn't mind getting over that way also! thumbsup

Pat
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/16/16 11:15 AM

Dougie, that didn't take long! wave
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/16/16 12:20 PM

Pat, that's white rim trail near Moab, it's best to do it Spring or Fall when it wouldn't be so hot, but I guess you could check the forecast. You're exposed at least 6 hours with no shade. The other thing is you have to call or email for a reservation now, they're limiting the number of people each day, but have heard they make it pretty easy.
Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/16/16 01:15 PM

Pat, the guard is cute but does not protect the front side of the motor as well as the Moose or most of the aluminum ones I have seen the way they wrap around. I had an aluminum one on my DR that was Line-X coated. Not bad on noise.

Bill, how do they limit White Rim use? When we rode it years ago, 107 that day, we went in thru the Park entrance and then down Shafer Trail. I have looked at a map recently and thought if I could do it again, I would turn left at the river just outside of Moab and follow the river to the potash ponds and go around from there. Would not go down Shafer but maybe could make the turn and go up and turn around and come down. However, it is not really that big of deal. Just a downhill wide road. Neat to see, sort of like the Burr Trail switch backs.

White Rim would almost reach the limit of the WR's range with it's small tank. My KTM will be worse so don't know how to handle that since there is no frame to mount side racks or such. The WR was much easier to deal with as for my bucket trip I had a left side only rack built to carry a Rotopax. Worked great and counter balanced the heavy muff. Guess if I ever ride that far I will have to carry a couple bottles in my backpack of just install a 3 gal tank on the KTM but that makes the bike illegal as you have to remove some legal parts as no aftermarket tank fits with the evaporative cannister on the bike. Sure wish KTM made a larger tank that fit with all the legal stuff intact. The stock tank does?

Maybe we need to plan a White Rim ride someday? But at 71 I may run out of riding time. I'm getting pretty stiff and weak these days and too lazy to do much about it. That's why I usually try to go with my young friend to pick up the bike when I screw up. On last years trip it took two of us to pick up my neighbors DR the three times he bailed. Twice within a hundred feet going up Engineer. dopeslap Sometimes you just need to air down. 30 psi is a little much! grin
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/16/16 05:29 PM

107 is getting a little warm for my liking but I know it's a dry heat. It was 82 when we did it in May two years ago which was about perfect, I wore normal gear (non mesh) and was fine.

You can take Potash Rd w/o having to talk to anyone but you may run into a ranger somewhere and they'll probably want to see your permit, plus it's more miles that way. This is something they started this year to limit traffic because it was likely getting crazy on weekends, no more than 3 motorcycles in a group. They're checking sound too, 80 decibels I think?

We went in the park entrance and could fit the short car and trailer in a slot at the visitor center.



Also never having seen it, it was kind of daunting pulling up here and thinking, dang what a cool road down there. Then it hit me, 'you bumpkin that's where you're going' grin



From where we started it was 100 miles r/t, the wr fuel light came on at about 95 miles (which means you've only used about 1.2 or 1.3 gallons) and the drz was on reserve the last 15 or 20 miles but it made it. I think you could squeeze 160 out of the wr (on one tank I checked it got 83 mpg in mixed use) and WRT is all scenic, fairly slow speed stuff.

Anyway my buddy Dave is the kind of guy that's going to take everything whether I do or not so I let him : )



The Shafer switchbacks are the way down (or up) and yes easy, but pretty cool if you've never done them.



The other end took a little more concentration (don't look down) because the road's only a lane wide in places but still no biggie (just don't attempt when wet).



Doug I hear ya about getting old, I'm probably about ready for the t-shirt that says "just put me on the bike" : ) But yeah I'm up for doing it again, let's discuss it.







Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/16/16 10:22 PM

Check out my international farkle. I've got a German BMW Zumo with an American Harley Davidson GPS mount plate on a Japanese Yamaha WR. Man if this keeps up i'll have to dig out the old Ricky Nelson vinyl! grin Are there GPS maps on some of the not so traveled routes in Co? Or, are we talking paper & don't lose sight of Bill? laugh



Pat
Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/16/16 11:25 PM

Pat, looking at your bike pic, that skid plate you linked is probably ok if you leave the white deflectors on. I had to remove mine to use the Moose.

As I remember, most of the roads Bill sent me to on my Bucket Ride were numbered county roads and I think they were on my gps with City Maps only. I had the Topo but did not use it. But I'm old and may be wrong. frown
Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/16/16 11:46 PM

Bill, good pics.

You get better mileage than the two WR's I bought. 60 mpg was best. The first dual sport ride I did in OR, we both hit low fuel light at about 92 as I remember. I think when we finally filled up at about 110 miles they were nearly empty. Also my CA WR tank held less gas than the other 49 states. 1.9gal. for CA. I'm hoping the KTM get's about 50?

Somewhere on the White Rim, my computer hit 65. We were not wasting too much time and we took a couple side trips down to the river. Back in the time when we did the ride we did not see anyone. Except at the far end by the Green River there was a load of drunk kids in a Jeep with a couple half naked girls. Did not get pics dopeslap

If they check for 80db, I have no bike that will do that and they all have stock mufflers. My DR was slightly louder than that at idle. I never tested the WR. I'm told a KTM 350 blows about 92-93 db at the tested 5k/20" test. Wnen I get the KTM suspension back on, I will do an idle and 5k test. I have a good sound meter. If I get to OR for the Blackdog, they test for 94db.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/16/16 11:54 PM

Originally Posted By: KTM Doug
Pat, looking at your bike pic, that skid plate you linked is probably ok if you leave the white deflectors on. I had to remove mine to use the Moose.


Yeah that's what I was thinking. I know they're only plastic but should do the trick if need be.
Pulled this pic from TT.


Pat
Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/17/16 12:03 AM

Good pic. Only problem I could maybe see is a good CO rock could damage the frame as it is not protected. But then again, Bill has pics of his super moto and it has no plate.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/17/16 12:07 AM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS
Check out my international farkle. I've got a German BMW Zumo with an American Harley Davidson GPS mount plate on a Japanese Yamaha WR. Man if this keeps up i'll have to dig out the old Ricky Nelson vinyl! grin Are there GPS maps on some of the not so traveled routes in Co? Or, are we talking paper & don't lose sight of Bill? laugh



Nice Pat, plenty of GPS stuff there in fact just about everywhere there's a jeep or atv trail, tho not much singletrack. No need to follow me but I like the company : )
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/17/16 12:22 AM

Originally Posted By: KTM Doug

You get better mileage than the two WR's I bought. 60 mpg was best. The first dual sport ride I did in OR, we both hit low fuel light at about 92 as I remember. I think when we finally filled up at about 110 miles they were nearly empty. Also my CA WR tank held less gas than the other 49 states. 1.9gal. for CA. I'm hoping the KTM get's about 50?

If they check for 80db, I have no bike that will do that and they all have stock mufflers. My DR was slightly louder than that at idle. I never tested the WR. I'm told a KTM 350 blows about 92-93 db at the tested 5k/20" test. Wnen I get the KTM suspension back on, I will do an idle and 5k test. I have a good sound meter. If I get to OR for the Blackdog, they test for 94db.


A couple things on the mileage. It was in Colorado and I believe it's better at higher altitude, maybe. Plus the 250X is geared longer than the R and the windshield probably helps with aerodynamics some.

I saw the 80db on a website somewhere, sounds crazy, I doubt any bike could pass that. Maybe a phone call is in order.
Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/17/16 12:47 AM

The 60 mpg was in CO on the routes you were kind enough to give me for my trip. But we both were geared down some. Don't remember how much on the rear and whether we also went down on the counter. I remember revving the poop out of 'em going up Schofield. smile Seems to me we were also spinning the revs in first on part of Imogene near the top. Even with our gearing we could not stay in 2nd.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/17/16 01:12 AM

Originally Posted By: KTM Doug
Seems to me we were also spinning the revs in first on part of Imogene near the top. Even with our gearing we could not stay in 2nd.


Did Imogene on a drz250 last year with one tooth up on the counter (longer gearing), bad idea! Not only that but it was jetted for sea level which made it touch and go in a few places. I'd rev it as high as it would go popping and sputtering then slip the clutch in 1st and hope for the best. It really was close to not making it but I think there might have been some Divine Intervention or something going on : )

Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/17/16 12:59 PM

I was looking at the pics from our first trip up Imogene in '95. Two DR 350's, a XR650L and a KTM 640. We went up from the Ouray side and down into Telluride. We had met up with another rider in town and he joined us on a Suzuki 250 something or other. We spend some time helping him push it thru a few steep spots. It had NO giddy-up. We felt in those days our DR's were the smallest motors for the job.

Now almost 20 years later on the WR250's, even though we wished for more low end power, we have talked that they probably worked as well or better than our old DR's. Even with the lack of power, the fuel injection motors ran well. Gotta spin em.

I really liked my DR650 the way it was set up last year. I will probally miss it for it's low end power. But to me it is not a trail bike if lots of tight stuff is added. But I don't ride enduro type trails anymore. It's biggest problem was I have to take along a young, strong co-pilot to pick up the heavy beast when I BIFF. eek
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/18/16 01:26 AM

Good perspective on those three bikes Doug. thumbsup
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/19/16 05:00 PM

I spent a lot of time pooh poohing the little 250, I shouldn't have. I'm wearing a grin like you would not believe right now! grin





Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/19/16 05:12 PM

I usually try to avoid saying "I told ya so", but I told ya so. grin thumbsup


btw that was a smokin' deal on a great looking bike!
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/19/16 05:36 PM

Ok, the kick in the arse is deserved & accepted! grin

I ordered a tail bag yesterday from Wolfman that was recommended because it fit the Yamaha OEM rack near perfectly. Come to find out this morning, the rack was discontinued from Yamaha for whatever reason! dopeslap

A little bike shop in town did a nation wide search for me using the part # and found two, one in MT. and one in WA. I got the one in MT! clap

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/19/16 05:50 PM

I think I need a rear rack, why the Yamaha one over all the others? And where in WA : )
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/19/16 06:17 PM

I try putting factory things on my bikes for the most part, just me! dopeslap I do think it's a better looking unit than most out there.

Ride Motorsports 1 425 487-3881 talk to Shawn in parts.

I just called & he does have it there, 12 bucks cheaper than what I just paid. Sit down, it's $259.00. eek

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/19/16 06:26 PM

Got a pic of one?

Are you sure it's not a BMW part? grin dopeslap
Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/19/16 06:43 PM

This rack fits the WR perfectly and the Wolfman tailbag. I used mine for the bag and my friend carried his Rotopax there. My side rack on the left side only balanced out the bikes heavy muffler. My friend would not carry a Rotopax there again. He would do like I did. We both used the narrow rack.

http://www.scaggsmotodesigns.com/wr250r---x.html

However, the tail bag is what caused me to crash trying to get off the bike on my "Bucket Ride" the first day. dopeslap No more tail bags for this guy. tongue

Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/19/16 06:51 PM

No kidding! grin


Doug......you just made me feel really stuuuuupid! rofl

That one looks very nice! thumbsup

Pat
Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/19/16 07:34 PM

Did you order it? Can it be cancelled or sent back? I have never seen one of those. One advantage also to the Skaggs is it weighs almost nothing. I bought mine when he was first going into business and trying different designs.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/19/16 08:06 PM

Well they're both nice but I like the Rotopax/Givi compatability option on the Skaggs, good find Doug.
Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/19/16 10:46 PM

Need another GIVI box? I have an almost new one I bought for the KLR and then upgraded to a larger one for riding with the wife on both the KLR and GS.

http://www.giviusa.com/givi-products/cases/monolock-cases/e340na-34ltr-matte-black-case-detail
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/20/16 12:38 AM

Originally Posted By: KTM Doug
Did you order it? Can it be cancelled or sent back?


I'm not sure how quickly they boxed it up but did say a 20% restocking fee and obviously return shipping. I guess I'll stay the course on this one.

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/20/16 02:37 AM

Originally Posted By: KTM Doug
Need another GIVI box? I have an almost new one I bought for the KLR and then upgraded to a larger one for riding with the wife on both the KLR and GS.

http://www.giviusa.com/givi-products/cases/monolock-cases/e340na-34ltr-matte-black-case-detail



No I'm good Doug but thanks, have a couple of the older style. It's what caught my eye on that rack, the little kit that lets you mount them. Although I do have an old style KLR rack sitting around too so may delve into some fabricating shenanigans before making the investment, we'll see how that works out : )
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/21/16 02:50 PM

From the reviews so far, this is probably almost as bad as "A Story Worth Living" but hey, at least it's free. grin

My WR in and around Tewksbury.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Uz1CfWOaOHc

I've been playing with loading maps into my old Zumo 550 and issues with updates and me not knowing what I'm doing have me less than confident the routes are going to be correct.

Doug or Bill, does 21 miles from Silverton to Telluride via Black Bear sound about right?

Thanks,

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/21/16 04:48 PM

Oh boy, we're in trouble now! grin Nice to see you have some trails close by Pat.

21 miles sounds about right but most of the roads/trails are marked so with a local map you can find just about everything.

Actually I just checked, 21.8, I think you're on it.
Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/21/16 05:43 PM

As I remember, the turn off to Ophir is about 22 from Ouray and Black Bear is before that. Heading back out of Silverton sounds about right.

Nice video. Glad you are pumped. And remember, you can make it work a little better in the dirt by dropping the counter one or the rear 3-4. It will still do about the same top speed as the lower gearing helps the motor pull in 5th and 6th.

Getting delusions of grandeur are we? grin Not for me anymore. Actually in '95 we went up it. I had an older map that said it was 2-way. So my young friend went right up on his DR350. Then a deputy sheriff showed up and threatened jail time. dopeslap So, Erik came back down. We were at the top of the last switchback before the steps when we were nabbed. Think it was '97 went I went down it.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/21/16 07:04 PM

Originally Posted By: KTM Doug
Getting delusions of grandeur are we? grin

I've been subscribing to that most of my life, why stop now? rofl


Yeah, I may crap my pants half way up but I think it's something I must try! No, not crapping my pants, riding Black Bear. grin

Will no doubt work up to B/B on other routes first.

Thanks guys!

Pat
Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/21/16 07:41 PM

Getting up to the top of BB is no big deal from 550. It's the elevator drop down the steps getting to the switchbacks that would freak me out these days, especially on a tall bike that I can't touch the ground
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/21/16 09:39 PM

The view from Imogene back over to black bear is as close as I will ever get...
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/27/16 06:20 PM

The gold silver ok ok, steel rack from Yamaha showed up today. smirk Nice piece but it should have been a hundred dollars less. Then again, it was one of only two left in the country and they're not making any more of them. See, it's all about the spin. I feel much better now! grin






Pat
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/27/16 09:02 PM

No way to live without it! thumbsup
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/27/16 09:32 PM

Yeah, once I get the tail bag I should have enough room for at least an overnighter or two. thumbsup That, or plenty of TP room for Black Bear Pass in July! grin


Pat
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/30/16 06:53 PM

A couple just for fun. wink This is a little riding area off of Rt 125 in Andover, about five miles from home. I rolled in there and Mr. Fox was sitting up on the berm checking things out.





One of the things I find most entertaining about riding this bike. When I pull back onto the roadway I have an instant flashback to the late seventies fully expecting to see blue lights behind me. eek Not that, that actually happened.....often. laugh

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/30/16 07:24 PM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS


One of the things I find most entertaining about riding this bike. When I pull back onto the roadway I have an instant flashback to the late seventies fully expecting to see blue lights behind me. eek Not that, that actually happened.....often. laugh

Pat



I know the feeling, it may or may not fully subside. grin

The problem is, it's a tempting little bugger..
Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/30/16 11:45 PM

I wish I had a place to ride like that close to me thumbsup
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/31/16 11:22 AM

Originally Posted By: KTM Doug
I wish I had a place to ride like that close to me thumbsup


I'll trade you your distance for my distance to the Colorado Rockies! wink grin
We've lost a bunch of riding due to new development in town. The plate helps you connect the dots that are left. thumbsup

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 05/31/16 07:31 PM

This was posted in the Florida forum this morning on ADV, a pretty good look at the why and the wherefore. What we knew but maybe hadn't put into words.

http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/the-philosophy-behind-it-all.1149837/
Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/01/16 01:21 AM

Whose "Waybill" wave
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/01/16 01:53 AM

That other dood. smile
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/01/16 02:01 AM

Originally Posted By: KTM Doug
Whose "Waybill" wave


Must of come from too many questions...Which Waybill? grin

Pat
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/01/16 02:45 AM

Likey no Likey? From a company in Australia "screens for bikes"

http://www.advridermag.com.au/forum/atta...mp;d=1430186895

Pat
Posted By: mnTwin

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/01/16 03:04 AM

Like.

I almost bought one for my WR last year. But I couldn't get one delivered in time before my departure for Torrey. I ended up getting a Spitfire windshield instead.

The Spitfire was great on the highway, but I think the Screens for Bikes screen would be better for off-road.

I've been planning to get one before fall Torrey this year. I'm a master of putting things off though. grin

Gratuitous picture of my WR at Hollow Mountain in Hanksville, UT.

IMG_0035_WR_Hollow_Mountain by mnTwin, on Flickr
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/01/16 03:07 AM

Likey..probably works good, and looks good doing it.

Unlike this which only works good.

Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/01/16 03:24 AM

Originally Posted By: mnTwin
Like.

I almost bought one for my WR last year. But I couldn't get one delivered in time before my departure for Torrey. I ended up getting a Spitfire windshield instead.

The Spitfire was great on the highway, but I think the Screens for Bikes screen would be better for off-road.

I've been planning to get one before fall Torrey this year. I'm a master of putting things off though. grin

Gratuitous picture of my WR at Hollow Mountain in Hanksville, UT.



Yeah, the Spitfire didn't fare so well in this encounter..



Twin, somebody told me you rode the little WR from Minnesota to Utah, that's strong! thumbsup

Any photos, gratuitous or not, we'll take 'em. smile




Posted By: mnTwin

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/01/16 03:45 AM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar

Twin, somebody told me you rode the little WR from Minnesota to Utah...


The Seat Concepts seat had a lot to do with that! The Spitfire helped as well and I put a 3.1 gallon IMS tank on it. I also carried a Rotopax. That was more for peace-of-mind, I really didn't need it.

I want to add a steering dampener to the WR. Change the rear sprocket (bigger), and put some more off-road capable tires on it.
Posted By: mnTwin

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/01/16 04:33 AM

Here's a pic of the WR all loaded up on that trip (still in MN when this was taken):

P1050439 by mnTwin, on Flickr
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/02/16 02:21 AM

That's a nice setup, those grips look comfy and I like the lack of handguards in hot weather, let's the air up your sleeves. Any issues with muffler heat on the right side bag?

I picked up this generic w/s at the Givi stand at bikeweek last year and had a couple aluminum pieces bent and twisted to mount it, it works pretty good.





Posted By: mnTwin

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/02/16 03:24 AM

Quote:
Any issues with muffler heat on the right side bag?


Not really. I have side rack mounts. That provided clearance with the muffler.

While the pannier bags were waterproof and got the job done, they have giant velcro straps that weren't quite long enough to stretch across the seat. I used extra rox-straps to help secure the bags to the racks. Not optimal, but I was running out of time, and I could get them in time. Here's a link:
http://www.aerostich.com/ortlieb-dry-bag-saddlebags.html

I'd like to get something like Wolfman dry bags, but don't have a pressing need now.

I put a G2 throttle tamer on with new handgrips, then put grab-on grip covers over those. The throttle tamer helped a little to reduce the snatchiness of the throttle.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/02/16 04:42 AM

Originally Posted By: mnTwin

I put a G2 throttle tamer on with new handgrips, then put grab-on grip covers over those. The throttle tamer helped a little to reduce the snatchiness of the throttle.


That's a good idea, it is a little snatchy. My 800 is snatchy but you can upshift a gear or two w/o it stalling, that doesn't work so well on the high-strung 250.

A few more shots of the X and a mini ride tale.





Joe is the local Big Foot expert and he took me up to a couple of 'hot spots'.



He's always looking for tell-tale signs.





hey it never hurts to have a little fun when yer lookin for Sasquatch. grin



Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/02/16 11:38 AM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
I picked up this generic w/s at the Givi stand at bikeweek last year and had a couple aluminum pieces bent and twisted to mount it


Nice pics guys! Got a price on the white screen I mentioned. 122.80 delivered from down under. Just on my edge of being too expensive. The other thing is drilling into the headlight cowling. Not a big deal but something I'd rather not do. I know it's a dirt bike and all but, I've got issues! laugh

Pat
Posted By: mnTwin

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/02/16 01:28 PM

[quote]That's a good idea, it is a little snatchy.[\quote]

It's minor, but noticeable improvement. Link to G2:
http://www.g2ergo.com/store/g2-dirt-tamer/

Supposedly, there is a method of adjusting the TPS using the built-in diagnostic mode. See this discussion:
http://wr250rforum.forumotion.com/t5568-throttle-on-off-at-idle

I have not tried to check/adjust mine yet.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/02/16 02:15 PM

Thanks Twin, good info.
Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/02/16 05:05 PM

Originally Posted By: mnTwin
[quote]That's a good idea, it is a little snatchy.[\quote]

It's minor, but noticeable improvement. Link to G2:
http://www.g2ergo.com/store/g2-dirt-tamer/

Supposedly, there is a method of adjusting the TPS using the built-in diagnostic mode. See this discussion:
http://wr250rforum.forumotion.com/t5568-throttle-on-off-at-idle

I have not tried to check/adjust mine yet.


I used the throttle tamer on mine. I feltit slowed up the response too much with the #400 cam. Ii had them send me the #200 and it worked better for me.

Actually the best mod I did on the two bikes I bought was correct the TPS. I did two bikes and both worked better at slow speed picking your way up stuff. I made a special little tool to do this. Contact me if you want more info on doing this. You have to do a little wiring mod to get into the setup menu in the computer. It is spelled out several times on the net.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/02/16 10:34 PM

Originally Posted By: KTM Doug


Actually the best mod I did on the two bikes I bought was correct the TPS. I did two bikes and both worked better at slow speed picking your way up stuff. I made a special little tool to do this. Contact me if you want more info on doing this. You have to do a little wiring mod to get into the setup menu in the computer. It is spelled out several times on the net.


That's some great info Doug, I know guys here that have fiddled with the TPS on their 500exc's and say it makes a drastic difference in the power characteristics. I'll probably leave mine alone tho, for some perverted reason I seem to like the challenge of dealing with (some) adversity. Plus it's good to have an excuse for when you crashed too. grin
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/02/16 11:58 PM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
Plus it's good to have an excuse for when you crashed too. grin


I don't know if this fits but when I crashed my YZ a few years back, I had just spent a thousand dollars into the suspension at Factory Connection. (first & only time ever doing that) I'm thinking what may have happened was, at that point, my bag of excuses was empty! grin

Just a 1/4 mile to the top of Monarch is all I'll need. wink


Pat
Posted By: ArmyGuy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/05/16 09:59 PM

Had a bit of fun at the Square Route Rally this weekend and got to test our my new Karoo 3 rear tire. I really liked the way it held its own in the twisties and it performed quite well in the bit of dirt/mud we played in.



Picking up speed



Getting dirty



and dirtier...



and a little bath at the end.



I really like my newly purchased Redverz Atacama Expedition Tent.



Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/06/16 03:27 AM

Great photos Mike, I was passing thru there about 12 years ago and stopped at that rally for awhile, nice area. Good to hear about those tires too.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/13/16 06:21 PM

West of the Pecos, finally. Dave and I wanted to check out some of the New Mexico BDR released a few months ago so we parked the rig in Cloudcroft and rode some of the 1st section, it was good. thumbsup

Gettin ready. Videos load excrutiatingly slow around here, more to come.

NMBDR

NMBDR

Dave has the route, leads from the rear..

NMBDR





Posted By: ArmyGuy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/13/16 11:48 PM

Really nice riding in the Cloudcroft area. Came across a herd of elk just south of there. Beautiful area for sure.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/14/16 12:45 AM

Funny, I've done a few parking lot laps myself in the past. When it's time to roll it's time to roll! grin


Looks great! thumbsup

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/14/16 05:00 PM

I hadn't seen that area before, it is nice. We did a counterclockwise (because of inclement weather) loop on the dirt route to Weed, NM and rode hwy 130 back, great little road. Working on more vids..
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/15/16 05:23 PM

Pretty much under a rock at the campground (no phone, molasses internet), it's nice rock tho : ) Here's a couple shortys that loaded, the good ones will have to wait.

This is Westside Rd. or FR 90, it runs N/S more or less along a ridgeline, it just keeps going and going, and going.

NMBDR

NMBDR
Posted By: tallman

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/17/16 08:21 PM

Nice.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/21/16 06:00 PM

My Screens For Bikes screen arrived today from Australia. It was an easy ten minute install. thumbsup Waiting on one more farkle from Jacksonville and she should be ready for Black Bear. So, if anybody is interested in riding a fully farkled WR over Black Bear Pass let me know, we can negotiate a price! rofl



Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/21/16 06:22 PM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS
Waiting on one more farkle from Jacksonville and she should be ready for Black Bear.


Tell Bob or Dane I said get a move on, this is serious stuff..not that it'll do any good. grin
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/21/16 06:56 PM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
Originally Posted By: TEWKS
Waiting on one more farkle from Jacksonville and she should be ready for Black Bear.


Tell Bob or Dane I said get a move on, this is serious stuff..not that it'll do any good. grin


Called today to check on the order (6/2) and I almost tossed your name out there. I figured you might have a relationship with them! thumbsup

Said call back Mon if I don't hear anything by then. BTW, the shield works very well! clap

Are you still out west? lurk

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/21/16 08:34 PM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS
Originally Posted By: roadscholar
Originally Posted By: TEWKS
Waiting on one more farkle from Jacksonville and she should be ready for Black Bear.


Tell Bob or Dane I said get a move on, this is serious stuff..not that it'll do any good. grin


Called today to check on the order (6/2) and I almost tossed your name out there. I figured you might have a relationship with them! thumbsup

Said call back Mon if I don't hear anything by then. BTW, the shield works very well! clap

Are you still out west? lurk

Pat


They'll mess with ya for knowing me, may or may not expedite, proceed at own risk : )

Good news on the shield, yep still here hangin with Larr, headin back soon.
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/22/16 01:00 AM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS
So, if anybody is interested in riding a fully farkled WR over Black Bear Pass let me know, we can negotiate a price! rofl
Pat


Don't tempt me old man grin
Posted By: mnTwin

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/22/16 01:53 AM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS
My Screens For Bikes screen arrived today from Australia. It was an easy ten minute install. thumbsup Waiting on one more farkle from Jacksonville and she should be ready for Black Bear. So, if anybody is interested in riding a fully farkled WR over Black Bear Pass let me know, we can negotiate a price! rofl



Pat


Wow, that looks good!

I have questions!

Please let us know how that screen works out. Is the height OK? How's the wind on the highway? I was thinking about the solid white but would like to see what you think of this one.

Stock handlebar? If not, what is it?

Can you take a close-up of that fuel bottler holder?

I hadn't heard of "Jet" handguards--I see they're Bark Busters.

Tires?

Sprockets?

I miss my WR! grin
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/22/16 02:46 AM

Originally Posted By: mnTwin


Wow, that looks good! Thanks!

I have questions! Ok. grin

Please let us know how that screen works out. Is the height OK? How's the wind on the highway? I was thinking about the solid white but would like to see what you think of this one.
The height seems perfect for me, I had it going a tic under 80 on the freeway today and it took all the wind-blast off your chest with only a slight increase in helmet turbulence.

Stock handlebar? If not, what is it? Stock.

Can you take a close-up of that fuel bottler holder? How's this?


I hadn't heard of "Jet" handguards--I see they're Bark Busters. Yes, Bark Busters put on by the PO.

Tires? Stock for now.

Sprockets? Stock.

I miss my WR! grin Craigslist! wink


Pat
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/22/16 03:08 AM

Originally Posted By: OoPEZoO
Originally Posted By: TEWKS
So, if anybody is interested in riding a fully farkled WR over Black Bear Pass let me know, we can negotiate a price! rofl
Pat


Don't tempt me old man grin


I was gonna run I-90 but could be persuaded ( thumbsup < that's a hitchhiker if ya didn't know grin ) to run I-80 W and...I'd almost bet there would be a lonely DR something or something that could use some lovin' out in them Rocky ^^^^^ Mountains!

How's that? grin

Pat
Posted By: mnTwin

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/22/16 04:11 AM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS
Originally Posted By: mnTwin


I miss my WR! grin Craigslist! wink




I still have it--it's kind of a long distance relationship.

Thanks for the quick reply.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/22/16 04:24 AM

Originally Posted By: mnTwin
Originally Posted By: TEWKS
Originally Posted By: mnTwin


I miss my WR! grin Craigslist! wink




I still have it--it's kind of a long distance relationship.



There ya go, nothing wrong with that as long as she's in the right location! thumbsup

Pat
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/22/16 11:21 AM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS
Originally Posted By: OoPEZoO
Originally Posted By: TEWKS
So, if anybody is interested in riding a fully farkled WR over Black Bear Pass let me know, we can negotiate a price! rofl
Pat


Don't tempt me old man grin


I was gonna run I-90 but could be persuaded ( thumbsup < that's a hitchhiker if ya didn't know grin ) to run I-80 W and...I'd almost bet there would be a lonely DR something or something that could use some lovin' out in them Rocky ^^^^^ Mountains!

How's that? grin

Pat


I was all set to go back in December......then my buddy sprung a spur of the moment snowboarding trip to British Columbia on me. Unfortunately, that meant canceling my plans this summer. I couldn't pass it up, and I don't regret the decision. There is only so much $$$ and vacation time to go around.....and what I have "left" this summer will be used to gut and install a desperately needed new kitchen in my humble abode. Yeehaa
Posted By: Chris K

Re: Putting the WR back in G/S - 06/22/16 01:07 PM

Just wanted to correct the thread title! grin



Nice bike Pat. Wish it was in my budget.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the WR back in G/S - 06/22/16 02:38 PM

Originally Posted By: Chris K
Just wanted to correct the thread title! grin


I know, thought about starting its own thread but then again, it was mostly Bill's fault anyway. grin Thanks, Chris!

Pat
Posted By: Chris K

Re: Putting the WR back in G/S - 06/22/16 06:45 PM

It's always Bill's fault!
Posted By: Bill_Walker

Re: Putting the WR back in G/S - 06/22/16 08:22 PM

Originally Posted By: Chris K
It's always Bill's fault!


Yep. smile

Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the WR back in G/S - 06/24/16 03:10 AM

My recollection is a little fuzzy but I'm pretty sure I wasn't riding the bike that crashed that day. smirk grin
Posted By: Bill_Walker

Re: Putting the WR back in G/S - 06/25/16 08:03 PM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
My recollection is a little fuzzy but I'm pretty sure I wasn't riding the bike that crashed that day. smirk grin


Hell, it wasn't even one of yours! But I wouldn't have been there if not for you.

You'll notice I posted the "it was worth it" version of the photo. I still feel that way. Thanks again!
Posted By: ArmyGuy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/25/16 11:25 PM

Did a day of off-road training with Morton's BMW today. What an awesome bunch of folks. They fed us, kept us hydrated, and trained us until the last rider was satisfied they got their money's worth.

There were about 60 riders divided into four groups. Haybales to practice lock to lock slow speed turns, stalling on hill and restarting, stalling on hill and turning around mounted,



slow down hill, slow uphill, E-stops locking front and rear brakes.

Riding some Virginia single track...







Very awesome day!!!

Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the WR back in G/S - 06/27/16 09:28 PM

Originally Posted By: Bill_Walker

You'll notice I posted the "it was worth it" version of the photo. I still feel that way. Thanks again!


Anytime, and good to know, was just going on context from the last few exchanges.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/27/16 09:37 PM

Originally Posted By: ArmyGuy





Excellent stuff Mike, the big bikes are amazingly capable using the right techniques and some practice, nice to see you getting after it. thumbsup
Posted By: ArmyGuy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/28/16 12:00 AM

Absolutely love learning how do take this motorcycle places I wouldn't have imagined going before.
Posted By: Bill_Walker

Re: Putting the WR back in G/S - 06/28/16 01:10 AM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
Originally Posted By: Bill_Walker

You'll notice I posted the "it was worth it" version of the photo. I still feel that way. Thanks again!


Anytime, and good to know, was just going on context from the last few exchanges.


I was just teasing you. Sorry if that wasn't clear.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the WR back in G/S - 06/28/16 02:52 AM

Originally Posted By: Bill_Walker
Originally Posted By: roadscholar
Originally Posted By: Bill_Walker

You'll notice I posted the "it was worth it" version of the photo. I still feel that way. Thanks again!


Anytime, and good to know, was just going on context from the last few exchanges.


I was just teasing you. Sorry if that wasn't clear.


It's a sensitive subject so watch it.. grin
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/29/16 04:25 AM

Found this interesting..

Adv bike shootout
Posted By: Bill_Walker

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/29/16 11:57 PM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
Found this interesting..

Adv bike shootout



I can't believe the way they were jumping those things! I'm surprised none of them broke.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/30/16 02:24 AM

Oink..

I guess anything's possible (I was a little surprised too)!
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/30/16 04:21 AM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar


This is Westside Rd. or FR 90, it runs N/S more or less along a ridgeline, it just keeps going and going, and going.



NMBDR
Posted By: Bill_Walker

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/30/16 04:42 AM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
Oink..

I guess anything's possible (I was a little surprised too)!


That beast was designed to do that!
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/30/16 03:19 PM

Ok, last time I farkle up Bill's G thread with my WR pictures I promise, but, I gots my new Sargent and I had to show somebody! grin Quick ride this morning tells me that Preparation H will not be needed out in Colorado. thumbsup





Phone fuzz. frown






Pat
Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/30/16 03:52 PM

Had the Sargent on mine and liked it thumbsup .
Posted By: ArmyGuy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/30/16 06:13 PM

That scoot is awesome! I will most likely get one similar to this once I move back out to AZ for small trail scouting for the GS.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/30/16 06:54 PM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS
Ok, last time I farkle up Bill's G thread with my WR pictures I promise, but, I gots my new Sargent and I had to show somebody! grin Quick ride this morning tells me that Preparation H will not be needed out in Colorado.

Pat


No worries Pat, if it has dirt on the tires, or going to, it's good. thumbsup
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 06/30/16 08:02 PM

Originally Posted By: ArmyGuy
That scoot is awesome! I will most likely get one similar to this once I move back out to AZ for small trail scouting for the GS.


Good plan Mike, I've used a 250 of some variant for years for solo exploring, easy to pick up or turn around in a tight spot. Had to learn the hard way from unsticking the old 1150Adv in axle deep mud or trying to pick up in bottomless sand.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 07/01/16 02:19 AM

Oh yeah! thumbsup

https://mediapool.bmwgroup.com/download/edown/pressclub/publicq?dokNo=P90223368&actEvent=image

https://mediapool.bmwgroup.com/download/edown/pressclub/publicq?dokNo=P90223365&actEvent=image

Link
https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/global/ar...re-triple-black

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 07/01/16 04:32 AM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS





I think your ready Pat. thumbsup

couple more vids

what traffic?

further on
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 07/01/16 12:24 PM

Just about I think! thumbsup Have to pick up a patch kit & front tube just in case. Never done it but heard you can use a front tube in the rear tire if need be. (space savings) Ever come across that?

Can't believe there were still pockets of snow on Old Monarch! eek Looks Nice! thumbsup

Pat
Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 07/01/16 02:02 PM

21" works fine. But, just don't get flats. Side note and probably will jinx myself, but in over 20 years going to CO and the rocks, none of my bros that went on trips with me ever had a flat. We all run medium/hd tubes and give up a little traction and front end bite by running a little higher pressure than we did in normal trail riding out here. About 18 front and 16 rear min.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 07/01/16 04:03 PM

Originally Posted By: KTM Doug
21" works fine. But, just don't get flats.


Good to hear and I like that idea! grin thumbsup Don't think it was made public and don't know the details but hope all is well from your early Colorado departure. thumbsup

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 07/02/16 07:36 PM

Just talked to Doug, mostly a false alarm and something us old(er) guys deal with for one reason or another from time to time, sounds like it's all good.

Things didn't go quite as we'd planned but it was fun while it lasted, getting to finally meet Doug was great and the ensuing BS sessions memorable. We'd found a connection here on the board over the last few years, both of us teenagers in the 60's and following eerily similar paths to budding gearheads. We started on CB110's (Honda 50 Sport), and later had Honda Scramblers (hopes of a dirtbike but sadly no, although not for trying). I was tackling orange groves on the beast and Doug sent me a photo of his 3 feet off the ground and doing big donuts on Pismo Beach. Ironically I'd been perfecting my own donuts at low tide in Daytona.

Then came an assortment of musclecars both of us had. Doug stuck with them becoming a tuner and racer of note. I went another route with old MB's and P-cars and ended up racing the latter. Alhough now it's almost come full circle, Doug drives a P-car and has Mercedes camper, my favorite truck has a 454 in it : )

East meets West..





in the middle.



Good times Doug, we'll pick it up where we left off another day. thumbsup
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 07/02/16 09:04 PM

Late yesterday a few of us got down to the forest (Ocala Nat.) to lay down some tracks for next year's Trans-Fla ride. Three of us were on dual-sports which are fun but Scott rode his 12GSA, a handful and constant workout in this stuff. He's in shape but said he was still sore this morning from fighting the pig (and picking up a few times), we rode for 3 hours straight and most of it was tougher than what's in the video.

some actual G in the GS
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 07/02/16 10:00 PM

another one
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 07/02/16 11:56 PM

Great story, thanks! thumbsup

Funny about your & Doug's similar interests growing up. You remember Jim from the Trans-Florida ride. We met 21 years ago when he joined the FD up here. Now he grew up in the next town over & I never knew or met him. Over the years while growing up, we found that at approximately the same times we've owned a bunch of similar bikes & cars. I guess this means wink I'll have to figure out a way to drag his arse out to Colorado someday! laugh

Pat

Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 07/03/16 01:50 AM

Yep that's what it means : )

Forgot, not surprisingly we both had a string of GS's too.
Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 07/03/16 02:10 AM

Maybe you need to get a CRF250L wave
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 07/03/16 02:41 AM

LOL, for the time being I'm covered on 250's..

Pics or it didn't happen!
Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 07/06/16 02:16 PM

"Oops, I did it again" Waiting for parts to arrive.

Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 07/06/16 02:52 PM

Nice! thumbsup
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 07/06/16 03:07 PM

Originally Posted By: KTM Doug
"Oops, I did it again" Waiting for parts to arrive.


Tom Petty would say "The waiting is the hardest part". grin Almost as fun as the initial purchase IMO. thumbsup

Pat
Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 07/06/16 03:40 PM

What a hoot bringing it home. It's always interesting riding a bike with no hp. Into a head wind best it would do in 6th was 50mph. 5th brought it up to over 60. It needs lower gearing. That's coming. Very smooth motor. Feels like a little more bottom end than my WR but not nearly as much up top. Soft old mans suspension, BILL! Riding position ok but I will install a little lower pegs for ease of standing. This will be quite a difference from my KTM grin Can't wait to get to ride it back to back with fast orange. clap
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 07/12/16 12:42 AM

Rode some power lines just a little bit ago and came across 3 deer. They watched and waited until the phone camera came out and then darted off to the wood line.



Just above the right mirror.


On the way out I stopped and saw this. Makes me wonder, was I the hunter or the hunted. eek


Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 07/12/16 01:34 AM

Oooh, power line roads, love'em.

Check this one out Pat, right across the road from the campground.

deja vu
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 07/12/16 01:47 AM

Wow, those could double for one heck of a zip line! grin
Pretty much in the check check mode & will be motoring out next Saturday morning. Can't wait!! thumbsup

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 07/12/16 02:08 AM

Cool. I'll be in touch.

Here's the 2nd part.

what goes up must come down
Posted By: dirtrider

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 07/13/16 10:18 AM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS
Ok, last time I farkle up Bill's G thread with my WR pictures I promise, but, I gots my new Sargent and I had to show somebody! grin Quick ride this morning tells me that Preparation H will not be needed out in Colorado.
Pat


Morning Pat

What tail bag are you running on that bike? It looks interesting.

I had an (unfortunate) encounter with a log/tree/bush last weekend so am now looking for a new tail bag.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 07/13/16 11:46 AM

Hi dirtrider, it's the Peak Tail Bag by Wolfman. Seems very well made! thumbsup

http://wolfmanluggage.com/products/peak-tail-bag

Pat
Posted By: dirtrider

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 07/13/16 11:59 AM

Morning Pat

Are you happy with it?

Does it seem hearty enough to hold up to very rough usage?
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 07/13/16 12:19 PM

I've only had it on the bike for a couple of weeks now but I think, as far as soft luggage goes, it's probably some of the best I've seen. thumbsup

KTM Doug has some Colorado time with one and I believe he rated it favorable! thumbsup Well, except for his leg catching it while dismounting the bike and going down. eek

(Thanks Doug, I think, every time I dismount because of that story)

Pat
Posted By: dirtrider

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 07/13/16 12:24 PM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS
I've only had it on the bike for a couple of weeks now but I think, as far as soft luggage goes, it's probably some of the best I've seen. thumbsup

KTM Doug has some Colorado time with one and I believe he rated it favorable! thumbsup Well, except for his leg catching it while dismounting the bike and going down. eek

(Thanks Doug, I think, every time I dismount because of that story)

Pat


Morning Pat

That type of get-off has a lot to do with my current bag's poor state of health, only mine happened while at some speed. BUT, that is why I use SOFT luggage (better the luggage damage than my leg)
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 07/16/16 06:39 PM

Originally Posted By: dirtrider


I had an (unfortunate) encounter with a log/tree/bush last weekend so am now looking for a new tail bag.


When those three are in close proximity things can get tricky. I don;t know in your case dirtrider but sometimes jumping a log, a branch or bush just happens to be hanging right over where the log is, requiring a turn of the head or looking straight down as you jump it.

I call it Murphy's third law of dirt riding, just when you most need to keep your balance, your equilibrium gets messed up by turning your head in a different direction. Results vary from lucky to not so good : )
Posted By: dhanson

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 08/03/16 09:49 PM

Great pictures and stories Bill! Don't know how you keep those thousands of pictures sorted. I found this thread and got tired after 22 pages, will continue it later. Great videos, really liked Chris Birch (trials background, interesting).

Big T came over and talked to me first day at Red Lodge, would never have recognized him out of gear and off the WR250R.

Never intended to take the 1190 Adv offroad, but ran up to a watch/fire tower with a group and for first time actually put it in offroad, which allowed the back end to act like a dirt bike, pretty cool.

Keep it up Bill, you are the best!
Posted By: dhanson

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 08/04/16 12:21 AM

Okay finished. Pretty cool reading the searching for and ending up with the WR250R Pat, I knew the ending, but didn't know the beginning of the story.

Really nice looking bike BEFORE the trip, you pretty much took it to everything I have ever heard of on this one trip.

Oh, Bill, seems like every picture you show of your bike down or stuck, I was there! Great memories.

P.S. Allemans KTM, Suzuki, Yamaha CLOSED a week ago, can't sell any of the bikes. 18 wheeler and Suzuki rep was there this morning taking inventory before loading them up. Sad.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 08/04/16 01:37 AM

Originally Posted By: dhanson
Okay finished. Pretty cool reading the searching for and ending up with the WR250R Pat, I knew the ending, but didn't know the beginning of the story.

Really nice looking bike BEFORE the trip, you pretty much took it to everything I have ever heard of on this one trip.


Thanks Dave, love it when a plan actually comes together! thumbsup

A quick story, I heard about your bike's attraction to the boys in blue and their radar guns on the Saturday ride. (sorry to hear bout that) After dinner in town I pulled up to the curb in my truck waiting for Bill to come out of the restraunt when an 1190 came rolling by. Me being a bit of a wise arse, I stuck my arm out the window motioning the bike to slow down thinking it was you. smirk
The guy stops & looks at me like WTF! Oops, sorry dude thought you were Dave.

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 08/04/16 02:46 AM



thumbsup
Posted By: dhanson

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 08/04/16 01:19 PM

That is funny! Someone said why didn't I run radar detector? (I have Escort at home), would not have helped, I was being stupid in bad places. 2 riders behind me said they only got a hit when I got lit up.

The 2nd one 7 miles north of Paonia on 133 was terrible, just passed 45 sign, then 55 sign, I was slowly accelerating expecting 65 around the corner, instead got radar, I was doing 68. Tried to talk him out of it to no avail. Would also have helped if I had been aware of "Top of the Rockies" Rally in Paonia.

That turned out to be a long day, sat 4 hours on side of the road at that last ticket, because K1200GT (riding behind me) would not restart after the pull over, EWS. No cell, had to go back to Paonia for coverage and drinks and snack.

Whip and gang came to pick us up with a truck (no ramp), didn't get in till 9ish pm, Monarch in the dark with dark lenses was an adventure, thousands of bugs.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 08/07/16 04:31 PM

Originally Posted By: dhanson
Monarch in the dark with dark lenses was an adventure, thousands of bugs.


You should see it from a KTM dirtbike with a 3 candlepower headlight. grin
Posted By: dhanson

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 08/08/16 12:26 PM

I'm gong to HF and pick up some clear safety glasses for the next time.

Thanks for the great picture!
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 08/08/16 01:21 PM

Originally Posted By: dhanson
I'm gong to HF and pick up some clear safety glasses for the next time.

Thanks for the great picture!


I never leave home without them thumbsup

I keep a pair stuffed in the pocket of my tank bag wrapped in a cotton cloth. I can't tell you how many times I was glad I had them there.
Posted By: Bud

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 08/08/16 07:13 PM

Link posted on the MOA forum.

Pretty well done video of an area in which many of us have ridden.

https://vimeo.com/176895679
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 08/17/16 10:53 PM

Well this looks like fun...Not!

The last few minutes (16 min total) were actually hard to watch.

Erzberg Hare Scramble, Graham Jarvis
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 08/18/16 12:38 AM

Originally Posted By: Bud
Link posted on the MOA forum.

Pretty well done
https://vimeo.com/176895679


Bud, guess Guns N' Roses "knocking on heaven's door" is the go to song for that area of the world. I used it in our Black Bear Vid too. grin

Bill, that just looks unreasonable! eek grin

Pat
Posted By: eddd

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 08/19/16 11:29 PM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
Well this looks like fun...Not!

The last few minutes (16 min total) were actually hard to watch.

Erzberg Hare Scramble, Graham Jarvis






Pretty much like the "road" Mikko, Gary, and Russ made me traverse on my Kawasaki 650 Ninja during the UN. lurk
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 08/20/16 03:29 PM

Parts of that look like tomichi creek pass to me. what I get for following big-T....
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 08/21/16 01:07 PM

Originally Posted By: lawnchairboy
Parts of that look like tomichi creek pass to me.


Bill....? grin

Pat
Posted By: MikeRC

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 08/31/16 03:29 AM


Powderface Trail - Kananaskis Country, Alberta. Thirty one kilometers through the Front Ranges/foothills of the Rockies. Closed for three years after the 2013 floods, just reopened May of this year. All new bridges/culverts. Widened to 1 1/2 lanes.

Great day - only saw a dozen vehicles the whole length. There was a grader working on 5 km of it today with pretty soft gravel and a big windrow I wouldn't have wanted to criss-cross using the GS with Anakee3 tires. Glad I chose the KLX.



Compulsory disclaimer:



Views:






I'm also finding the gravel backroads to avoid the highway more and more wink

Mike Cassidy
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 08/31/16 03:39 AM

Sweet, looks like dualsporting paradise!


Originally Posted By: MikeRC

I'm also finding the gravel backroads to avoid the highway more and more wink

Mike Cassidy


Seems to be a trend. thumbsup
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 09/04/16 01:32 AM

Love the green DRZ! thumbsup

Pat
Posted By: dirtrider

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 09/04/16 04:30 PM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS
Love the green DRZ! thumbsup

Pat


Afternoon Pat

That looks a bit more like a KLX than a DRZ.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 09/04/16 07:07 PM

Originally Posted By: dirtrider
Originally Posted By: TEWKS
Love the green DRZ! thumbsup

Pat


Afternoon Pat

That looks a bit more like a KLX than a DRZ.



Hi DR, yeah it's badged a KLX but it's actually a Suzuki DRZ. Back in 2003 (may have been a bit earlier) Suzuki & Kawasaki merged forces to fill gaps in their bike & ATV lineups. Didn't last but a few years before splitting up.

Just me trying to be witty. Fail! grin

http://motocrossactionmag.com/news/kawasaki-and-suzuki-to-share-platforms

Pat
Posted By: MikeRC

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 09/06/16 07:28 PM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS
......... it's badged a KLX but it's actually a Suzuki DRZ. Back in 2003 (may have been a bit earlier) Suzuki & Kawasaki merged forces to fill gaps in their bike & ATV lineups. Didn't last but a few years before splitting up.

Just me trying to be witty. Fail! grin

http://motocrossactionmag.com/news/kawasaki-and-suzuki-to-share-platforms

Pat


It's OK Pat, I got it!

At least here in Canada they are available as 2003 & 2004 models. Easy to swap the body panels for the Suzuki ones if you want to change colours, and there are lots of aftermarket parts. I don't understand people doing big bore kits but I can understand the big fuel tanks and jet kits. The stock 10 liter tank is good for 220-250 km so the Rotopax 4l adds almost 100 km.

Mike Cassidy
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 10/11/16 05:44 PM

An interesting article by Robert Smith on how the GS came about. It also mentions Hans-Gunther von der Marwitz which BMW hired away from Porsche and who redesigned their entire motorcycle line with the slash 5, 6, and 7's. Having a long background with air-cooled Porsches I've recognized the similarities (mentioned occasionally here which has mostly fallen on deaf ears) and now have a clearer understanding why.

Modern airhead history
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 12/09/16 06:03 AM

We haven't seen a video in awhile, here's one featuring a KTM 990 and the new Africa Twin riding in sand. And who doesn't like sand.. grin Actually I am impressed the AT did as well as it did (I've ridden a 950 in sand which was long considered the standard bearer for big bikes).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4EuKmtgslA
Posted By: Whip

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 12/09/16 02:32 PM

Good find!

I have been looking for a direct comparison and review of the 990 vs the AT.
They seem to sure many of the same dimensions and characteristics
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 12/09/16 09:38 PM

Yep, I've mentioned this before about the 950/990 and 800GS, they share the same wheelbase (62 in) as does the AT. The long wheelbase really seems to help in the soft stuff not to mention stability at higher speeds onroad. I'm guessing KTM figured it out from all those years Dakar racing, although Honda's won a few Baja's (9 times?) so they probably have sand down pretty good too : )

I like the AT but am just curious about the feel/ride, if it's as bland as some of the other Eastern bikes I've been on, need a good test ride. Just sitting on it, it fits me better than most of the others.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/08/17 05:13 AM

Not GS's but there was a time when we used to ride GS's on these trails, before we wised up : )

My buddy Dave and I got out for a ride in the forest today, temps and conditions were about as good as they get. Turn yer volume down..

Ocala Nat. Forest
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/14/17 10:07 PM

Spy shots 2018 F900GS
Posted By: dirtrider

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/14/17 10:24 PM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
Spy shots 2018 F900GS


Thanks roadscholar

Definitely different-- Looks like they finally went to tubeless wheels, probably a completely different engine design as the chain & muffler are now on opposite sides than the old 800GS.

Still has the mud jamming wheel locking low fender.

I wonder if they finally moved the fuel tank back up front & added more capacity?

Not crazy about the more forward front exhaust down pipes as they look difficult to get a thick skid plate around.

Lets hope that cruise control is also offered as an option on the parallel twin GS. (needed badly)
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 04/14/17 10:27 PM

I think I read it has a multi-controller, ride by wire, and the fuel tank is back in front.

Edit, yes a different article, they're calling it an 850GS.

https://riders.drivemag.com/ww/news/the-new-bmw-f850-gs-is-imminent-here-s-what-we-know-about-it
Posted By: MikeRC

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 07/25/17 05:53 AM


Alberta Forestry Trunk Road north of Coleman, AB.



Mike Cassidy
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 07/25/17 11:09 AM

ooooh.....thats purrdy
Posted By: ArmyGuy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 08/08/17 11:25 PM

MikeRC: That's a sweet looking picture.

Here's a shot from my GoPro heading up Old Mt. Lemmon Road from last Sunday. The road seemed steeper than this photo reveals.

Posted By: MikeRC

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 09/18/17 04:17 AM


Smith-Dorrien Trail in Kananaskis Country, Alberta (AB 742). Only about 35 miles north of the Forestry Trunk Road:



Mike Cassidy
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 09/19/17 05:55 PM

beautiful
Posted By: Bud

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 09/21/17 06:15 PM

Fantastic.
Posted By: ArmyGuy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 09/26/17 10:12 PM

Very nice!!
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 10/07/17 03:03 AM

A little ride out near the great divide.

Kenny, Dave, and I
Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 10/07/17 03:28 AM

Can't be Colorado, no ROCKS dopeslap I was just up riding out of Portland and found some really gnarly rocky forest jeep roads. More than I wanted to do. I was on Slo-Red and as good as I have the suspension, I decided that if I got the chance to maybe go to CO one more time, it would not cut it. So, I bought the Husky.

Dave sure has a lot of colorful stickers on his bike clap Looks like fun wave
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 10/07/17 04:03 AM

It's getting harder to find trails that haven't become super rocky/gnarly around Colorado, the ones OHV's use get worse every year. So yeah it's pretty sweet when you find some they haven't discovered (yet). Those weren't real far from the CG, amazingly I hadn't ridden them until recently : )
Posted By: ArmyGuy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 10/07/17 02:09 PM

Beautiful riding there. Hoping to make my way through some day.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 10/07/17 05:05 PM

Thanks Mike, great riding all over the west but Colorado has the altitude and probably why it's so popular. LMK when/if you're going, could send you some routes. New Mexico has great riding too especially northern.

Colorado mtn high
Posted By: ArmyGuy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 10/07/17 10:40 PM

thumbsup thumbsup Most certainly will do that. Thanks.
Posted By: MikeRC

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 10/13/17 04:40 AM

Just finishing 3 weeks in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa including over 1000km of unpaved roads on a rented F800GS with Renedian Adventures.

Twelve riders (including 5 women on their own bikes) and two guides (spoiled). The experience of a lifetime.

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Spreetshoogte Pass, Namibia


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Middelberg Pass, South Africa


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South Africa country road near Oudtshoorn

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Swartberg Mountains

Mike Cassidy
Posted By: ArmyGuy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 10/13/17 08:28 PM

thumbsup Ride of a lifetime....very cool!
Posted By: Endobobdds

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 10/19/17 11:14 PM

"The experience of a lifetime" - It appears to be! Thanks for sharing - sure would like to see more of your pictures or a full trip report when you have time. thumbsup
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 12/28/17 05:59 AM

Teaser video of two guys doing the Continental Divide ride earlier this year. It has some nice drone footage, Pat (and others) will recognize parts of it.

CD motorcycle trail

Here is their full RR on Adv.. http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/great-continental-divide-ride-2017.1250447/
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 12/28/17 11:18 AM

Now that was a nicely done video! thumbsup Yup, the Black Bear steps are forever etched into my brain. And, the little 250 huffing & puffing on the steep grades seems very familiar also. grin


Pat
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 12/28/17 02:55 PM

excellent.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 12/28/17 05:52 PM

The drone footage of the steps on Black Bear was awesome! thumbsup

https://m.youtube.com/watch?ebc=ANy...A&time_continue=76&v=uivPd3E_m4k

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 12/28/17 07:48 PM

That was, good find Pat. Nice music selection too, for a second I thought we were getting the 'Jaws' soundtrack. Glad we didn't have to deal with the traffic jam, probably since it was rainy our day. I went to Telluride once in the early 70's and was looking up at that wall and a guy told me there was a road over the top. Believe my response was No Frikken Way : )
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 12/28/17 10:45 PM

I just watched it again (it's 6* F ohboy) and at the 2:15 mark, he either got very lucky or has great depth perception. Looks like he just missed that heavy cable strung across the passage. eek money

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 12/28/17 11:08 PM

Yep noticed that too, I think he was more lucky than good.
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 12/29/17 02:39 PM

Lucky is often better than good!
Posted By: MikeRC

Re: Putting the G back in G/S - 03/04/18 04:04 PM


A short video from my 2015 visit to South Africa. A section of R332 in the Baviaanskloof Nature Preserve from Combrinks Pass down to the west gate.

The biggest challenge was those intermittent concrete tracks meant for 4x4 vehicles. They would be broken in places and the erosion around them caused quite a few interesting drops.

BMW 700 & 1200GS's. All with Anakee3 tires laugh laugh laugh

"No rental BMWs were harmed in the making of this adventure"

Baviaanskloof

Mike Cassidy
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