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Ride Reports!
« on: October 10, 2014, 02:36:19 PM »
How about we start a thread for those of us who get out and get dirty on these things too (heal up Chief and we can put the DR to the test).

Let's see/hear them...past or upcoming...adventure or maybe just some OHV journeys.

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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2014, 03:17:30 PM »
Okay, me first.

Living in the PNW I get a short but great opportunity to ride some awesome areas.  One such area that I've yet to check out until this last weekend in the Gifford Pinchot Nat'l Forest.  This area occupies a great swath of land in between the mighty Mt Rainier and Mt Adams, 2 Cascade volcanoes reaching 14,410' and 12K'-ish.

Trail map here:


I headed down with some shredders from the shop I blow all my $'s at, I-90 Motorsports in Issaquah.  These dudes know the area well, go there often and kept me from getting lost.  The above map (a pic on my phone taken at the dander station) was all I had for navigation and despite 2 solid days of riding we covered about 30% of the trails I'd guess.

Day one there were 4 of us. Me on my trusty KTM 350 XCF-W, one guy on a smoker 250, another on a 450 XCW and the outsider on a Yamaha YZ450R (think fast).  I'm use to camping in tents...which is fine with me.  I do not however object whenever a buddy invites me in his toy hauler that sleeps 8.  Here's us set up at the Blue Lake campground:


We headed out in the morning with the Yamaha guy as trail boss.  He prefers gnarly stuff and gnarly we rode.  Most trails were a combination of loose to solid rock, good dirt, roots that develop rises that only a 21" wheel with someone skilled behind it could overcome.  All this is done at speed because momentum (to a point) is your friend on such trails.  The ability of a modern day, purpose built dirt bike is truly amazing...things can climb trees.  During one such gnarly section my buddy's bike skipped sideways and his foot caught a root and pinned it back under his foot peg.  This appeared to break 3 of his toes...which was unfortunate for all of us because we had to listen to him belly-ache for the rest of the ride (which he completed).  The other folks along suggested he call a 'whaaaa-ambulance'.  I'll spare you from the graphic purple foot shot I've seen as his feet are pretty messed up pre-accident.

No camera on the first day...second day a few other shredders showed, one on another moto KX450R (very fast) and yet another 2-smoker 250 KTM.  Here's the crew minus me.  Despite their portly outward appearances these dudes rip.


Shortly after the above photo was taken we were missing Tom (250 2 stroke).  Now Tom is a solid A rider and can compete in AA if he wanted....he's not usually too far behind. So we sent a guy looking for lost Tom. We found him cruising up the trail looking quite disheveled, his bike picking up some Terra firma in his absence. He arrived with the group having ZERO recollection of the crash...and the last 10 minutes for that matter.  he repeated to us no less than 25 times within the hour that he must've crashed and his right shoulder was hurt.  Obviously he had some loss of consciousness but according to his buddies 'this happens all the time with him'.  Guess after multiple concussions the next one comes easier.  He still has no idea what happened.  Just says he was riding along, wondering where everybody was and then saw Brent (guy we sent back for lost Tom) and thought it was weird somebody was coming down the trail he thought just seconds before was going up.

Mountain single track riding at speed is what can best be described as a series of linked recoveries...because you're almost always in some type of crash...you just stay loose and rely on the bike to sort it out.  The rest of the day was riding much like this.  Our bikes at rest:


My goal was to hit Jumbo Mountain for I have seen it in several pics before and it seemed to offer the type of riding I like; high mountain single track.  My front tire conspired against this plan and got a flat 7 or so miles prior so we had to take a maintenance break.  I run Tubliss on this bike, a high pressure small tube with a protective bladder that seals the spoke holes making the wheel air tight.  This allows you to run no tubes which equal no pinch-flats.  My tire actually compressed into the beadlock on the Tubliss and cut a hole in it.  This meant I had to plug it...and I didn't bring plugs...which meant I had to patch it...and I didn't have patches..which meant I was screwed.  Until someone dug a patch out (just 1) that was my only shot at getting back on trail.  This patch held for a little while...long enough for me to get to Jumbo:


My bike on Jumbo:


Mt Adams to the south:


...and the awesome trail that led us there:


Many of precarious sections led us back to the road...where my air in the front finally gave up the ghost.  No harm though, with Tubliss you can run most tires flat and not risk breaking the bead.

A big, fat and greasy sausage completed our day.  I got in the truck with gimp-boy (broken toes and pulled off another 60 miler day) and we made it home with another awesome weekender in the bag.

Thanks for looking.





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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2014, 03:49:37 PM »
Breathtaking!
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« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2014, 11:22:55 PM »
Thats just a few hours north of me, sure wish I had rode there!!
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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2014, 11:05:19 AM »
Kentucky does not have such panoramic views...

But we do have hollars...

You guyz have hollars???  8)
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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2014, 12:54:35 PM »
We have finally been graced with little big d, beautiful pics brother, makes me miss livin up there, but that will come here in about 19 mo when I retire.
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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2014, 01:03:43 PM »
^^^C'mon up!  Give a hollar when you do.

Those kinds of 'hollars' Chief?

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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2014, 05:08:49 PM »
^^^C'mon up!  Give a hollar when you do.

Those kinds of 'hollars' Chief?
Different kind
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« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2015, 03:48:21 PM »
Want to bring this thread back to the forefront as the riding season is upon us.

I like remote mountain single track riding, the northwest usually doesn't allow that until mid July at best but this year is different.  A mild winter and seemingly early start to summer has granted me a few trips up to the Cascades, here are a few pics from a ride outside of Leavenworth WA.

My buddy is learning to paraglide and his school sits up this canyon off the Wenatchee River.  In the morning the winds allowed him to fly (I watched), the afternoons we rode.  Looking down the valley from which we came up:



Ridge lines had a nice single track on its crest:



Partner in crime on his 350 XCF-W:



Not too fast here:



Last day and flat number 2 except this time I only had 1 cO2 cartridge left.  Usually it takes about 3 cO2's to bead/fill a rear but no worries...my buddy has a bike pump...which decided to fail which meant I rode 10+ miles back to the truck with a flat.  Here's the action shot, note the stick/kickstand combo for impromptu flat repairs:



More pics to come when more rides done...
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« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2015, 02:01:27 PM »
Had a good laugh about the stick, pretty creative!  But man you seem to get a lot of flat tires.  Is it all sharp rocks that you are riding on?  I can't remember the last time I had a flat tire, but the majority of Illinois is loamy, soft black dirt when it's dry or quicksand when it gets wet.

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« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2015, 02:12:55 PM »
Well, you have motivated me to post up some of our pictures from a dual sport ride we did last fall.  We don't have quite the epic scenery, but it was still a great day of riding.  Somewhere around 70 miles total with about 10 of that on the road between off road sections.  It was fun to see 50+ dirt bikes all lined up waiting for fuel at the halfway point.  There was only one small gas station in the town.  Anyway, on with the pictures since that's all anyone cares about anyway.

My father, at 61, still riding just as fast as any of us through the trees.



My brother, followed by myself.



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« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2015, 02:18:39 PM »


Well, the photobucket site just crashed and locked up.  I will finish adding pictures later.

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« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2015, 04:17:06 PM »
Had a good laugh about the stick, pretty creative!  But man you seem to get a lot of flat tires.  Is it all sharp rocks that you are riding on?  I can't remember the last time I had a flat tire, but the majority of Illinois is loamy, soft black dirt when it's dry or quicksand when it gets wet.

Nice pics moto.

This particular flat was a pinch flat. Yes, there are a lot of rocks where I ride but I don't know what contributes to the flats more, the sharpness or the fact that they're solid and don't give when hit at speed.  Either way I don't leave without carrying at least a front tube (which is lighter, takes up less space and can work in both the front and rear) and means to fill it.

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« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2015, 01:38:56 PM »
Photobucket seems to be up and running today, thou with an unacceptable amount of pop-up adds that slow everything down.






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« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2015, 01:44:10 PM »
There was a really cool see-saw that someone had built.  Of course we had to try it.  My brother went so fast that he basically used it as a ramp and jumped clear over it.  I tried to go slow enough to roll down the other side - definitely a bit more challenging that I expected.  The photographer was pretty fast to be able to get 4 shots in series in one take.








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« Reply #15 on: June 18, 2015, 02:46:51 PM »
There was a really cool see-saw that someone had built.  Of course we had to try it.  My brother went so fast that he basically used it as a ramp and jumped clear over it.  I tried to go slow enough to roll down the other side - definitely a bit more challenging that I expected.  The photographer was pretty fast to be able to get 4 shots in series in one take.

Those see-saws are freaky.  I hit one earlier this year intended for mountain bikes and almost lost it coming down the other side...guess it 'saw'd' a little slower than expected.

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« Reply #16 on: April 22, 2016, 03:22:36 PM »
It's about to be riding season again, I'm stoked.  In an effort to get others stoked with me here are some random pics from a few trips last year.

I live in WA state and try to divide my time between the WET-side and east side.  These pics are from an area near my cabin in the Methow Valley outside of Winthrop (the dry side).  The riding area here, referred to as Foggy Dew has a bunch of alpine single track moto stuff that decently skilled riders can access some pretty sweet backcountry on. I'm on my single track slayer here, the KTM 300 2-smoker:








Next off to the great state of Idaho.  There's no better place in my mind to take a dirt bike if long stretches of mountain single track with few people is to your liking.  This particular trip was part of a loop ride that some guys put together (http://ridaho.info/the-grit-northern-loop/) that encompasses 780 miles of mostly dirt (271 miles of trail).  Most take 5 days to make the loop but we hit weather at the start of day four so packed it in. 
The cool part of trips like this is that your carrying everything you need for multiple days on your person/bike.  Thanks to my days of climbing I've learned to pack light, sharing the load with a partner helps too.  We used a Giant Loop Mojave bag (like removable soft panniers) with a duffel on the tail.  These contained food, stove, clothes, sleeping bags, a tent and a few other misc bits.  Tools, spares, water and other things were carries in our packs
Both of us were on plated KTM 350 XCF-Ws with big fuel tanks (necessary!), as seen here getting loaded up and ready to GRIT:


Cool gas stop on day 1 in Avery ID:


Cabin along the GRIT ride in the middle of somewhere (bikes in their loaded config.):


As weather is undoubtedly throws your plans a curve ball in the PNW you gotta have a plan B.  Ours in this case meant we headed back to a drier WA state (ironic) and tooled around some of the cascade trails that start to open up around July.
Shown here some of the typical skinny, craggy and consequential trails near Entiat:

No right turns!


Sometimes trails don't get cleared from the previous seasons blowdown.  Such was the case here on the Devils Backbone which meant we were turning around.  Just past this point was hundreds of downed trees across a trail that offered no go around options.


Trips end with some dirty happy boys:


More to come...
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« Reply #17 on: April 22, 2016, 05:13:35 PM »
...Back to ID, this time to the south central part of the state.  I'd never been here and had been looking forward to some moto exploration with my partner in crime.
The 350, albeit a totally capable machine got traded in, in favor of a plated 16 500 XCW.  It's a beast but surprisingly easy to ride with ample torque on demand right off idle

Post break-in ride:


Idaho has tons of hot springs so most of our rides/destinations were centered around checking these out, by means of single track.  This sweet one is right outside of Atlanta...ID:


...which neighbors Rocky Bar ID...yeah, I hadn't heard of it either:


Bikes hanging out while we prep for a soak:


Trails for days!:



Sawtooths in the background near Stanley ID:


One day, somewhere...:



Next trip saw me returning for a 3rd time to the Kernville CA area.  This is within the Sequoia Nat'l Forest and offers all types of riding terrain, from flowy smooth riverside trails to rough alpine rocky gnar.  It's a long drive for us but worth it if you can spend a week.

Campsite on day 1.  My buddies rig (Dakota with a Four Wheel Camper):


How'd those bikes get down there:


One of the lower trails that somewhat parallels the Kernville River.  The lowering snow line in the distance gives a clue of whats to come:


...too much ambition and a poor weather forecast in the mountains can get you here:


Shut down in Kernville once again!

Enough of that snow stuff...back in WA on the 300:


Outside of Lake Wenatchee near Leavenworth.  Haze from the late year fires:


...til next trip!




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« Reply #18 on: April 22, 2016, 05:46:09 PM »
Very Nice

Looks like a friendlier/treeier version of Afghanistan
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« Reply #19 on: April 22, 2016, 06:21:14 PM »
Great pics! Thanks for sharing.

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« Reply #20 on: April 22, 2016, 07:42:11 PM »
Gorgeous pics and looks like fun. Kernville, heck that is way past me from Wa.

Reminds me of my last ride up above Carson pass on the PCT on my KTM 530 (sold)
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« Reply #21 on: April 24, 2016, 08:42:27 AM »
Great photos and great times obviously. Thank for sharing.


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« Reply #22 on: April 24, 2016, 11:44:12 AM »
I have been looking at meeting up with an ol riding buddy who has moved to Portland.  We figured Idaho was a great midway spot. Oh man this is motivational for sure!!  If you head out into Utah message me. Always game for a riding trip


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« Reply #23 on: April 24, 2016, 01:40:30 PM »
I want to bring the kids to MOAB and ZION, is that near?
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« Reply #24 on: April 24, 2016, 01:48:55 PM »
That is about four hours south of me but it is well worth it. The views are amazing!!!


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« Reply #25 on: June 17, 2017, 06:47:37 PM »
Went riding on a adult trip, spent the majority of two hours dragging my bike inch by inch out of this, plus I now have ago pro to capture footage


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« Reply #26 on: June 17, 2017, 11:53:45 PM »
Wow, that stuff looks dry at first glance. Gotta love desert mud.

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« Reply #27 on: June 22, 2017, 12:53:59 PM »
I tell ya what, $15 at the car wash and I still have mud coming out from everywhere, looks like a bike tear down and clean and rebuild for my sanity


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« Reply #28 on: July 11, 2017, 11:49:44 PM »
took some photos of the trip from the South skyline trail on the wasatch front

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« Reply #29 on: July 12, 2017, 10:36:40 AM »
Looks like a blast!
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« Reply #30 on: July 13, 2017, 12:46:33 AM »
I can't figure it how to post stuff with my laptop.  I have bunch of video on there from the go pro but I need to post them on you tube first I guess


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« Reply #31 on: September 29, 2017, 11:33:18 PM »
Been to the top of Benlomand peak today
My riding buddy Danny


View of lower Willard peak

The back of Benlomond peak,  if you look close you can see the switch backs

Ogden valley





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