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Old 12-07-2010, 08:30 AM   #33106
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Thanks for the suggestions, some of those are definitely on the radar. I was worried about talking noob stuff to start it off, but a couple of the comments I've gotten have been from guys who are well into the sport and have reconsidered a smaller, lighter dirt machine to gain some confidence so I think it might have been a timely subject.

Next show I plan on some gear reviews, where to ride, etc....sort of setting the template of the show into segments.
You hit it on the head. I shouldn't have jumped into a large bike like that- I learned that for sure the day I rode Mark's WRR around Knox County. I felt a million times better on that thing. I'm hoping used Stroms are coming down in price a little by the time I heal but I could still see me getting a 250 for riding the stuff you guys like to do.

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Old 12-07-2010, 08:31 AM   #33107
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Next show I plan on some gear reviews, where to ride, etc....sort of setting the template of the show into segments.

Just remember that SEO and WV are shitty places to ride.
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Old 12-07-2010, 08:34 AM   #33108
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You hit it on the head. I shouldn't have jumped into a large bike like that- I learned that for sure the day I rode Mark's WRR around Knox County. I felt as million times better on that thing. I'm hoping used Stroms are coming down in price a little by the time I heal but I could still see me getting a 250 for riding the stuff you guys like to do.

I enjoyed my little DR350 a lot. I just like the bigger bike for more power for my big butt, and the better seat.
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:08 AM   #33109
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The topbox looks gay on it.



Hey! Watch it. That Top Box is of KLR quality.




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Old 12-07-2010, 09:21 AM   #33110
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Old 12-07-2010, 12:14 PM   #33111
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I was worried about talking noob stuff to start it off, but a couple of the comments I've gotten have been from guys who are well into the sport and have reconsidered a smaller, lighter dirt machine to gain some confidence so I think it might have been a timely subject.
I've Dual Sported everything from that XL125 to my 950. Size does matter but bigger isn't always better. Riding the 950 in the woods is like being with a drunk friend, you're always trying to make it go somewhere it doesn't want and you get tired of picking it up.
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Old 12-07-2010, 12:37 PM   #33112
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I've Dual Sported everything from that XL125 to my 950. Size does matter but bigger isn't always better. Riding the 950 in the woods is like being with a drunk friend, you're always trying to make it go somewhere it doesn't want and you get tired of picking it up.
Good one. But size does matter. As big as I am the klr650 was the right bike for me to start on. I would have not had the suspension or power to do much more than gravel roads on anything as small as a 250cc. My biggest error was getting the V-max thinking it would be a good road bike for me. Trading it in on the Dl1000 was the best move I could have made.
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Old 12-07-2010, 12:53 PM   #33113
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Spent most of the day hanging out with Mike Gorman in beautiful Massillon. We watched some dual sport vids that Dox had dropped off then had a great lunch at Kozmo's downtown.

But the best part of all was Spike's Shine Shop- http://spikesshineshop.com/index.html

I had seen some classic Hondas for sale on Craigslist with this place in the ad so we rolled into Canton to find it. Only been open for 8 weeks. These guys have their shizzle together big time. Frame off restorations on 60's Hondas and other bikes maintained and ready to roll. If you are in the Canton area you must stop in and check this place out. Really nice coffee shop, vintage Hondas, some Harleys and other stuff.
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Old 12-07-2010, 05:00 PM   #33114
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Next show I plan on some gear reviews, where to ride, etc....sort of setting the template of the show into segments.
I know it can get somewhat convoluted, but maybe some basic discussion about making a dirt bike street legal? I notice that question comes up around here with relative frequency.

Oh, and don't forget to tell people how to properly lay a bike down to avoid a crash.
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Old 12-07-2010, 05:07 PM   #33115
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Oh, and don't forget to tell people how to properly lay a bike down to avoid a crash.
Wrecking is, as many know, my expertise.



I'll cover going legal too, in a future show.
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Old 12-07-2010, 06:22 PM   #33116
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Wrecking is, as many know, my expertise.

Swing is great at crashing with grace under pressure and impressed me both times I rode with him. It could have been worse, my 950 could have been one bike length closer each time.
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Old 12-07-2010, 06:34 PM   #33117
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Swingset, I enjoyed your podcast. I look forward to hearing more.
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Old 12-07-2010, 06:35 PM   #33118
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I would have not had the suspension or power to do much more than gravel roads on anything as small as a 250cc.

You would be surprised what can be done with a properly set up 250. I had Drew Smith at WER revalve my XR250 then added the proper spring rates. At 220 lbs, I could ride and race that bike all day long, stock motor and pipe. (I did add a taller seat and bars)
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Old 12-07-2010, 06:37 PM   #33119
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You would be surprised what can be done with a properly set up 250. I had Drew Smith at WER revalve my XR250 then added the proper spring rates. At 220 lbs, I could ride and race that bike all day long, stock motor and pipe. (I did add a taller seat and bars)
Would they have to go back to dual shocks for me?
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Old 12-07-2010, 06:46 PM   #33120
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You would be surprised what can be done with a properly set up 250. I had Drew Smith at WER revalve my XR250 then added the proper spring rates. At 220 lbs, I could ride and race that bike all day long, stock motor and pipe. (I did add a taller seat and bars)
Yup, agree with that...a properly sprung 250 will feel like a much bigger bike. I rode a 250EXC that was sprung for a big guy and that sucker didn't squat at all with me on it, felt like it was 5' tall. And, it had power all over the place.
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