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Old 08-15-2010, 07:19 AM   #7231
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Just needs another quart of oil The good stuff

Hope everyone makes a full recovery. That clay is the stink.
When I was behind JP, his bike was puffing on decel and it smelled like a Lionell train.

I enjoyed meeting and riding with everyone I hadn't ridden with before. I am so happy I chose my 530 instead of the V strom for the day. Madhouse and I were riding down those slick roads at 70+! On the strom, I would've had the outriggers down and riding a blistering 30 mph...LOL!

I never dreamed I'd be riding a KTM 530 30 plus highway miles until Tony and I rode back to the parking area after Steve's detour and culvert auger. We averaged about 65...not bad for a dirtbike. I wonder what those Maxxis knobs look like now!

Look forward to getting to the train tunnel some day soon.

Thanks Tony for putting together a good ride with plenty of awesome scenery!
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Old 08-15-2010, 08:53 AM   #7232
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Hey Madhouse, How do ya like that DRZ? The type of ride y'all did the only thing it would have needed is sixth effing gear. I did several of those on rides mine, and once you come to grips that the shifter is topped out a five your good to go. When your in the woods that transmission is tha tits.
Thanks for askin Shaun.
Sorry to say I'm not liking it too much. First gear is too high for slow stuff and 5th gear is too low for cruisin. WTF was Suzuki thinking? They came so close to making a perfect, tuneable bike and dropped the ball with that transmission.
My two cents anyway.
Constantly, constantly liftin my toe for another gear that ain't there.
Sprocket change will not help this bike. Seriously thinkin about what to do. Only fix is to get rid of it.

Might sound crazy to most, but I miss the DR650.
Its got to be one of the most under appreciated bikes ever made.
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Old 08-15-2010, 08:58 AM   #7233
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it sure is a pretty bike .... thanks for a good ride yesturday .sam managed to ride all the way bake to milton he said the last 20 miles was killing him. the road to monroeville was great i wished i could of go some pics he views were great nice to see terrain change
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Old 08-15-2010, 08:59 AM   #7234
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Thanks for askin Shaun.
Sorry to say I'm not liking it too much. First gear is too high for slow stuff and 5th gear is too low for cruisin. WTF was Suzuki thinking? They came so close to making a perfect, tuneable bike and dropped the ball with that transmission.
My two cents anyway.
Constantly, constantly liftin my toe for another gear that ain't there.
Sprocket change will not help this bike. Seriously thinkin about what to do. Only fix is to get rid of it.

Might sound crazy to most, but I miss the DR650.
Its got to be one of the most under appreciated bikes ever made.
I told you to go Orange
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Old 08-15-2010, 09:18 AM   #7235
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I told you to go orange
Hell hasn't frozen over yet.
I'm forever scared from past memories of european pieces of shit.
Yea, I'm a hater.


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Old 08-15-2010, 09:44 AM   #7236
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Sorry to hear about the DRZ and you not getting along. I loved mine, and will own another one at some point. My next one will just have both dirt, and road gearing...
All DS bikes are a compromise, you just gotta figure out what your willing to give up on, and what you ain't.... Those were wise words from a Random Dipwad to me long ago.
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Old 08-15-2010, 10:40 AM   #7237
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Hell hasn't frozen over yet.
I'm forever scared from past memories of european pieces of shit.
Yea, I'm a hater.
Yesterday taught me that the 530 really can do it all (mostly). It's fast on the road, handles tight woods well, knarley dirt roads, roots, rocks. It is a stand up bike.

Just have to change the oil regularly.
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Old 08-15-2010, 11:29 AM   #7238
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Thanks for askin Shaun.
Sorry to say I'm not liking it too much. First gear is too high for slow stuff and 5th gear is too low for cruisin. WTF was Suzuki thinking? They came so close to making a perfect, tuneable bike and dropped the ball with that transmission.
My two cents anyway.
Constantly, constantly liftin my toe for another gear that ain't there.
Sprocket change will not help this bike. Seriously thinkin about what to do. Only fix is to get rid of it.

Might sound crazy to most, but I miss the DR650.
Its got to be one of the most under appreciated bikes ever made.
How could Suz follow-up one of the best transmissions ever (DR350se) with the DRZ pos. Same broke record as the XR650L.
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Old 08-15-2010, 01:34 PM   #7239
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Dr.House meets CSI

I just offloaded Steve's DR650 to his garage.
Jammed-up in the flat front tire and rim is loads and loads of black dirt and grass. Rim doesn't appear bent or dented anywhere.

Mmmmmmmmm? Wasn't no black dirt or grass in that deep concrete ditch was there?
Did it get there when yawwl pulled it outa the ditch and rolled a few yards out of the way?

Steve's been ridin for years. Gotta Hayabusa, a Victory Vegas, a Buell Ullyses. Don't make no sense crashin at a place like that with years of motorcycle ridin experience.

Back to the dirt/grass in the tire. Before he hit the deepconcrete ditch, the grassy approach was dug-up from tryin to stop that thing.

My guess is the front tire went flat about the time he went into that last slow turn. Thru him off course and had enough momentum to carry his ass into the ditch.

You guy's ever been ridin and had a front tire go instantly flat on ya?
I have and it's instant out-of-control time.

Whatever the cause one things for sure,,,murdercycle ridin is a dangerous activity.
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Old 08-15-2010, 01:57 PM   #7240
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You guy's ever been ridin and had a front tire go instantly flat on ya?
I have and it's instant out-of-control time.

Whatever the cause one things for sure,,,murdercycle ridin is a dangerous activity.
Yes I have!!

My first tatse of road rash was when I was 16 in Tampa riding my TS185 home from my girlfriend's house (in sandles....idiot I was).

As I was taking a slow gradual turn on pavement when my front tire suddenly went flat, which caused me to instantly lose control and crash. I grinded my sandled foot into hamburger on that one.

That's why I always "dress for the crash" not for the ride. When I see guys riding around on their street bikes with no helmet or protective gear it makes me wonder, what if they suddenly got a front flat?
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Old 08-15-2010, 03:09 PM   #7241
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Wet Ride Report

Rainy Ride at Spec and Mossy Head,

Me Phil, Warrior Dad, Jag on a new 450 Kaw, and Superboar on his WR 450 had a great ride at Spec.

We lost Ian before we started. Note to self and others, always make sure you have a helmet, Boots and a motorcycle to go riding. Ian forgot boots and went home.

We had a cool wet ride and hit the single track harder than any other ride so far. Go going guys. Riding in the wet was brutal... it was cool but you could not see, especially being the first one through.

Short but good ride and then finish up before the heavy rain.

How did you fellas make out. Find you way back ok without me?

Ian, take on of the boots you left behind and kick youself with it. I think you would have loved the single track...

No pics,,, no stoppie.
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Old 08-15-2010, 03:30 PM   #7242
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todays loop

vic it never ceases to amaze me , all the trails you have in that head of yours... awesome of you to place yourself in the lead all day as well, i hope i can return the favor sometime on trails i know. thanks dude!
when we were on singletrack i got so damn hot i started tearing off gear as fast as possible, thanks for the break!
after you and phil left we went for alittle more and i only got turned around one time , you spoile us leading all the time but we all made it back and in one piece.
it was a fun day and i will plan in the future to somehow have two goggles with me so i can see where i'm going.
the 450 kawi was awesome and i think he likes it.
maybe this week we can work in a afternoon ride somewhere.
enjoyed it guys,
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Old 08-15-2010, 04:07 PM   #7243
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vic it never ceases to amaze me , all the trails you have in that head of yours... awesome of you to place yourself in the lead all day as well, i hope i can return the favor sometime on trails i know. thanks dude!
when we were on singletrack i got so damn hot i started tearing off gear as fast as possible, thanks for the break!
after you and phil left we went for alittle more and i only got turned around one time , you spoile us leading all the time but we all made it back and in one piece.
it was a fun day and i will plan in the future to somehow have two goggles with me so i can see where i'm going.
the 450 kawi was awesome and i think he likes it.
maybe this week we can work in a afternoon ride somewhere.
enjoyed it guys,
wd
Echoing George's comments: great ride today--don't know if it was the bike or the lack of heat or the rain or all of the above...
but I am not half as famished as I have been at the end of a ride, especially after the longer sections of single track today. STELLAR! Yeah I'm diggin' the 450-R, feels more like a MX'r than enduro. Still need some suspension tweaks, but a lot easier to throw around, charge over gnarly ground, and change lines than the DR...

Enjoyed riding with everyone today! As usual!
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Old 08-15-2010, 05:06 PM   #7244
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Rainy Ride at Spec and Mossy Head,

We had a cool wet ride and hit the single track harder than any other ride so far. Go going guys. Riding in the wet was brutal... it was cool but you could not see, especially being the first one through.
The single track was a piece of cake if you have somebody knocking the spiders out of the way and drying off the leaves - thanks Vic.... who is now officially THE SPIDER MAN !

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Old 08-15-2010, 06:15 PM   #7245
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How could Suz follow-up one of the best transmissions ever (DR350se) with the DRZ pos. Same broke record as the XR650L.
Yeah I've wondered that many times myself. If my DRZ had a wide-ratio 6-speed tranny, I could really be happy with it as my only bike. They took a BIG step backwards from the DR350 when they put that close-ratio 5-speed in the DRZ...I mean, c'mon--what were they thinking?
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