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Old 08-06-2012, 02:46 PM   #18301
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I've been working. On the house.
But, I haven't had a day off in weeks.


I think I am getting the short end of the stick. My wife calls me from the beach the other day. She is on a work trip, but she still gets Sunday off. At the beach.
I have a plaque at the cottage that says...

"A Father's dream is to make enough money to live as well as his wife and kids"

Sad but so true.
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:43 PM   #18302
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Big Day!

Well, big evening I guess is a better description. After final bolt check/fluid check/happy with what I've added and adjusted check, I took the new-to-me old bike out on it's shakedown run. On the way past the Ogden airport it hit the big 2K:



I ran it down the freeway, gradually gaining speed and listening for concerns. Finally got it up over 75, and all still felt well so I exited in North Ogden and pulled over to check the bearings. Everything was warm, nothing was hot. I waddled my way on up to the North Ogden Canyon Pass, and lugged my way up doing 30 mph in 4th gear while rolling on and off the throttle, just asking for it to balk or bark...but it chugged along just fine. At the top of the pass I pulled over, shut it down, and gave everything a re-check. Oil good. Tires aren't chunking. Lights still work. Nothing loose, nothing leaking. So, onward!

I ran down to Liberty, and went out to the Avon pass to try it in the dirt. Everything performed welll, but I got a bit of a noise coming from the front end. Speedo needle is hopping, so the cable is the suspect. Everything performs fine in the dirt, so I head back the way I came. I stopped for a picture. This is the same spot I took the first picture of my first dual-sport bike (2007 DR650SE) on it's inagural shakedown ride years ago. It just seemed kinda right:



On the way back I drop in to visit the previous owner of the bike. 5 minutes and a blast of WD-40 and the speedo cable goes quiet again. I hit the road home in the dark, and find the OEM 6 volt lighting adequate, but far from impressive.

All said and done, I'm happy with the bike. After I got home I gave it the once-over again, and everything appears great. My next projects are going to be lights and luggage. On high beam the headlight is okay, but on low beam it's almost worthless. In fact, on two different occasions tonight I had people pull out in front of me on 1900 North up where there are few street lights, and I think it's just because the people don't see me well. Perhaps the dim light makes them think I am way back there. I started driving around with the high beam on all the time, and no one else pulled out in front of me again. Anyone know of any decent 6V lighting upgrades? I'd also like ot add a 12V socket (for GPS/phone) but 6V to 12V converters are expensive!

I am also seeing that luggage may be a bit of a struggle. This being a somewhat "clean classic" bike I don't want to dork the bike up much by welding stuff on to it. Today I talked with Dirtbagz, but they don't make frames for it to fit their bags. They make stuff for the XR frames, but not for the XL. I talked to Wolfman, and they are sure their tank bag will fit, but are not sure about any of their enduro bags or saddle bags. Seems that the luggage is designed for mono-shock bikes. Since I have shocks in the way of the luggage mounting position, and my passenger pegs are on the swing arm and not the frame (thus not stationary), they are hesitant to say yes they have something that will surely work. The same applies for Nomad Rider. They invited me to come by their shop and try some things on, but they don't have anything that they KNOW will fit the XL500S. Both Nomad Rider and Wolfman sounded excited to find out if they could make something work, but both places could only say "we can try something and see". If anyone has experience in this area, feel free to share your vast knowledge.

Ultimately, I feel the bike is ready to do a serious ride and I'm excited about it. It'll never be a race bike, nor does it handle superbly, nor is it particualrly light or nimble, nor is it a powerhouse like the 600s were, but I think it will be reliable and hecka fun...which is what is important to me.
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Old 08-07-2012, 05:40 AM   #18303
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Make a homemade giant loop using an old pair of jeans by tying a knot in the legs, and get a milk crate.
I think pluric is a distributor for the milk crates.
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:20 AM   #18304
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Ultimately, I feel the bike is ready to do a serious ride and I'm excited about it. It'll never be a race bike, nor does it handle superbly, nor is it particualrly light or nimble, nor is it a powerhouse like the 600s were, but I think it will be reliable and hecka fun...which is what is important to me.
Awesome. I dig that old bike.
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:44 AM   #18305
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Make a homemade giant loop using an old pair of jeans by tying a knot in the legs, and get a milk crate.
I think pluric is a distributor for the milk crates.
How many do you need?


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Old 08-07-2012, 11:24 AM   #18306
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I didn't hear from anyone, so I rode solo up to Francis peak, searching for the elusive back way into Morgan. Still doesn't exist, unless you are a mountain goat.
I wished that the Farmington Canyon road was open, but I guess I will get to try it out next year... maybe.
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Old 08-07-2012, 01:59 PM   #18307
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I didn't hear from anyone, so I rode solo up to Francis peak, searching for the elusive back way into Morgan. Still doesn't exist, unless you are a mountain goat.
I wished that the Farmington Canyon road was open, but I guess I will get to try it out next year... maybe.
I don't think there is any legal route to Morgan that doesn't cross private land.
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:52 PM   #18308
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So it seems. I had a nice ride though, stayed out of trouble.
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Old 08-12-2012, 04:56 PM   #18309
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Bump. dentedvw is quite the thread killer.
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Old 08-12-2012, 06:50 PM   #18310
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I'm thinking about taking a trip down to Moab this coming weekend (8/17) to do some offroad exploring on Saturday, and then possibly on Sunday in the am before heading back up to SLC. I'm wondering if anyone else feels like meeting up and checking it out together. I'm thinking about getting a hotel room, could possibly camp though if that makes the most sense.

My offroad skill level is NOT advanced so the bulk of the riding will be beginner to intermediate - I'm not looking to be hucking off 30' drops (although I could do one, once ) or anything like that.

I do not know the trail system well enough to be a very good guide, so it would be great to get a few regulars together and just get out and have a good time. Also, if the weather ends up being sucky, I'd rather postpone it...the last time I went down there it was 45 and pouring rain and truthfully that is a weekend I'd rather forget! Don't want to do that again....

I'll be on a KTM 530.
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Old 08-12-2012, 08:56 PM   #18311
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I am sure many of you will want a copy of this to put over the pics of Pluric...




Go to this thread to see the story...

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=816967
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Old 08-12-2012, 09:00 PM   #18312
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I'm thinking about taking a trip down to Moab this coming weekend (8/17) to do some offroad exploring on Saturday, and then possibly on Sunday in the am before heading back up to SLC. I'm wondering if anyone else feels like meeting up and checking it out together. I'm thinking about getting a hotel room, could possibly camp though if that makes the most sense.

My offroad skill level is NOT advanced so the bulk of the riding will be beginner to intermediate - I'm not looking to be hucking off 30' drops (although I could do one, once ) or anything like that.

I do not know the trail system well enough to be a very good guide, so it would be great to get a few regulars together and just get out and have a good time. Also, if the weather ends up being sucky, I'd rather postpone it...the last time I went down there it was 45 and pouring rain and truthfully that is a weekend I'd rather forget! Don't want to do that again....

I'll be on a KTM 530.
Onion creek near Fisher towers is super easy and even more scenic... You can take that section of koko all the way back to sand flat rd... Also on that bike go ride hells revenge! Looks scary but is quite tame.
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Old 08-12-2012, 09:38 PM   #18313
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Onion creek near Fisher towers is super easy and even more scenic... You can take that section of koko all the way back to sand flat rd... Also on that bike go ride hells revenge! Looks scary but is quite tame.
Izat why you sent me to Onion Creek while you took TTwister into frame scrape heaven....
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Old 08-13-2012, 05:47 AM   #18314
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I am sure many of you will want a copy of this to put over the pics of Pluric. Go to this thread to see the story...




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