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Old 08-11-2008, 10:46 AM   #136
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XT225 siting!

Yeah, this morning, about 10:30AM, Gordon Hwy, just West of Ft Gordon gate #1, guy in a white helmet, turning off onto a new paved road, just beyond Powell Rd. Bike looked a little dusty around the tires and rims, like he'd at least seen some dirt roads.
Anyone from here?
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Old 08-11-2008, 10:57 AM   #137
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Wasnt me, but good to know someone else has good taste ....

I was only able to ride for about 2 hrs yesterday and I have not been on the bike (yet) today.


I did however see a blue BMW FG650 yesterday on Wrightsborough rd. Anyone wanna clame that one?
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Old 08-11-2008, 02:24 PM   #138
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Close Rides

I only had a hour to ride yesterday so I had to find something closeby. I stumbled across the power lines off Old Plantation Road in North Augusta. Google Map Savannah Barony Road and look for the power lines in the Satellite view. There were no gates so I headed north and rode the lines all the way to where it emptied into a field above the I20 SC Welcome Center. Along the way, there's a fire road (not the gated hiking trail) that leads left through the woods towards the river that was a decent ride. Had to walk the last steep hill to the river. Nice view across the river to the green meadow area on the canal. I didn't get the chance to ride south towards North Augusta, but it looks like you could ride it a little ways.

Considering we don't always have as long to ride as we'd like what do you think about throwing out different suggested riding places out here that are really closeby. This one was just minutes from my house.

Another one I've been thinking of is the levee close to the Savannah Lock & Dam. Only been out there on my mountain bike, but it looks like there were some dirt roads that led off the levee somewhere towards the river. Anyone know?

There's also the whole Phinizy Swamp Wilderness Area (that's probably not the name of it), but the entrance is a dirt road off Doug Bernard Parkway just before the water treatment plant. Anyone expolored that area? I'm intrigued about it. I took a guided hike with a volunteer at Phinizy Swamp and asked them about area and they suggested not going out there without a side arm. Hmmm...!?
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Old 08-11-2008, 04:51 PM   #139
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Nice find Catalyst. Would like to ride the powerline sometime.
Nice ride Kliff. Love the yellow ones.
I've seen a couple of KLR's recently. Older model in dark red with a rider in shorts and t-shirt, and a 2008 in red with properly attired rider. Anyone here?
I will be riding tomorrow. Anyone able to join me? Could change to Wed. if someone wants to come with. Heading west (McDuffie, Warren etc.) to check out a couple more areas for the Monkee Map (tm).
Missus is out of town from wed. morning thru the weekend, so shorter afternoon/evening rides are doable this week
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Old 08-11-2008, 05:16 PM   #140
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Older DR650 on CL in Aiken if anyone is interested.
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Old 08-11-2008, 05:46 PM   #141
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I orderred four sets of "A.A.R.S.E." vinyl decals, in black, 1.5" tall letters, for swing arms today. Gonna use 1 set myself. With shipping, they cost $4.79 each, $9.58 a pair. Anyone interested?
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Old 08-12-2008, 04:07 AM   #142
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This was in Madison, GA this morning about 10:00am....


A Nice ride you have there, it even has a skid plate all ready. But that tank bag could be VARY painful.

With a DR you won't need many tools, that is a vary reliable motor.

Besides fabing a heavy tool box, what about a fanny pack with tools.
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Old 08-12-2008, 05:18 AM   #143
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Thanks half cab. I was sorta thinking the same about the tank bag, but I may keep it for special outings, just for my camera, unless I find a decent pocket sized camera, CHEAP!

Gonna fab up a 3"PVC tool box for some tire tools, like you say, don't see much need in carrying a lot. but if I do, they'll most likely be in a pouch on the camelback in summer, or stashed in a jacket pocket(s) during the cooler weather....
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Old 08-12-2008, 06:27 AM   #144
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Thanks half cab. I was sorta thinking the same about the tank bag, but I may keep it for special outings, just for my camera, unless I find a decent pocket sized camera, CHEAP!

Gonna fab up a 3"PVC tool box for some tire tools, like you say, don't see much need in carrying a lot. but if I do, they'll most likely be in a pouch on the camelback in summer, or stashed in a jacket pocket(s) during the cooler weather....
A couple years back while blasting down a dry dirt road that had a large area covered/soaked with Diesel fuel (looked like water to me, at the time) that some farmer had spilled which then had me to doing a 60 mph (GPS) get-off. Before the ride I was thinking about not wearing my all my MX gear, glade I was smart for once and had it.

After that get-off with the sliding and rolling my body was doing. I think about the "what if" when I see riders carrying long objects on them, are a large back pack.

What workes for me is a small camelback and fanny pack that have been GET-OFF tested and I was able to roll.

The spare tube, three tire irons, small pump, can of fix-a-flat are on the rear fender of my LC4 or EXC.
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Old 08-12-2008, 09:16 AM   #145
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Stillwater

Good point halfcab! I just got my alpinestar jacket in the mail yesterday so I'm glad to be the extra armor, but had never thought of how a backpack would affect a roll before.

Is anyone heading to Stillwater this evening? What time? I can't do Tuesdays, but I was telling my boss about the group and he'd like to go. He and a co-worker's husband both ride GS1200s.
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Old 08-12-2008, 09:22 AM   #146
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Forgot...I think Canoli suggested Sno-Cap or another restaurant for the next meeting...

Anybody want to ride Saturday morning?
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Old 08-12-2008, 06:29 PM   #147
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Cant do sat morning..but I am up for checking out those powerlines on thurs after work. Wanna go?
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Old 08-13-2008, 02:50 PM   #148
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Would like to, but got plans with the lady Thursday evening. After Saturday morning, the next times I'm free are this Sunday and next Sunday afternoons.

How are you liking the Yamaha? The Suzuki is riding pretty great, but the guy I bought it from switched out the rear sproket to something smaller...and I think it's making it a little tough on tight trails in first gear. I feel like I've got to give it more gas or it'll stall. Cruising's pretty good though. I'm getting just short of 75 mpg!
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Old 08-13-2008, 03:30 PM   #149
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Man! Put something like a 45 on the tail end of that thing. It'll reduce your mileage some, and your top speed....but you won't beleive the difference it makes, especially with a smaller bike.

Back in the day...that was the first mod...PUT SOME GEAR ON THAT BIKE! Then go hit the fire roads!
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Old 08-13-2008, 04:02 PM   #150
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I have that same tankbag and it doesn't get in the way as much as you would think. For most dual sporting it is fine, but I have been getting a little more aggressive lately so only use it for longer hauls where I need to keep a snack, etc. Camera goes in my pocket or on a lanyard around my neck. I have a Moose Dual Sport fender pack that I attached to the rear of the bike which houses tire stuff (only carry one tube, the 21" can be used for front or rear temporarily). That particular bag has lasted more than 5 years but it is becoming toast. On the Tiger I just bought me a Wolfman Enduro Tool kit which is a proper tailbag with a fabulous mounting system. I got mine from Mike at Tellico M/C Outfitters. I plan on getting another one for the SXC as it is bigger and better designed than the Moose one. I carry a Camelbak but I hate alot of weight back there so I usually only keep phone, wallet, and small snacks like crackers or Kliff Bars back there.

Anyway, just don't be that guy that never has the tools he needs and you'll be okey-day.
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