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Old 07-11-2013, 01:17 PM   #481
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Thanks for the advice, both on riding up Hunt Canyon and on the sprocket change. I did head up the canyon this morning. Went about 2 3/4 miles from the mouth...beautiful place. I had to do a lot of slipping the clutch to keep it going in a reasonable manner. I don't understand though...how is it that the bike seems to gain weight the further I go? It was quite a workout and I just got tired and turned around. I don't know how Uli herds that big monster of his in places like this. Perhaps it's that he's 20 years younger than I. Thanks again for the help and for all your posts and experience.
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Old 07-13-2013, 06:32 AM   #482
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Ha! When I get the 950 into a place like that, somehow I feed a LOT older than I am. :-). Can't wait to get my little 520 back from its engine overhaul. Then ... Look out.
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Old 07-23-2013, 06:27 PM   #483
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Bump...

Does nobody ride in this heat or what?? Has anyone run the trails at the bangs canyon staging area? Are the trails long? Are they difficult? Are they fun? Just figured I'd ask folks who might know. Thanks in advance. Ben
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:42 AM   #484
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Bangs Canyon trails are fun and cover some interesting territory. Billings Trail ends at the Gunnison River...did that one a couple weeks ago...11 miles from staging area to river. Tabauche (sp) trail is rugged in places but interesting. We did that the week before and just ran out of time in the evening. It's really a fun and interesting place to ride. An easy trail would be Rattlesnake Canyon behind the Colorado Monument...really interesting arches and a good 4WD road. This area is truly a jewel for all kinds of riders!
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:56 AM   #485
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Ha! When I get the 950 into a place like that, somehow I feed a LOT older than I am. :-). Can't wait to get my little 520 back from its engine overhaul. Then ... Look out.
That engine overhaul seems to have taken forever! Did you get all the issues with the bad reconditioning remedied?
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:11 PM   #486
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Mark, could a novice do ok on those trails? Or would I ( I mean the novice person I'm representing) have trouble with them?
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Old 07-25-2013, 06:23 AM   #487
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Mark, could a novice do ok on those trails? Or would I ( I mean the novice person I'm representing) have trouble with them?
I would say I'm somewhat of a novice rider too. Some of the loose rock and small shelves in a few areas will keep you busy but all-in-all, if I can do it, you most likely can too. The Tabauche (sp) trail seemed much harder for me than the Billings trail.

Something I will always do is turn around if I feel I'm getting in over my head, and I have no problem parking the bike and walking a section to see if it is too much for me. A little hint from a friend of mine...on uphill problems, just let out the clutch and stall the engine. It keeps your feet free to help balance and lets you lay the bike down slow if you have to because the front brake isn't going to slow your downhill slide much.
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:56 AM   #488
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Bangs Trails

Visitor maps should be in the map box at the 3rd Flats entrance to the trail system. If not bug the GJ BLM office. The ATV trails are good intermediate level dirt bike trails. Good skills practice. The Butter knife single track is more difficult and has some exposure issues.

A good intermediate loop is to start at 3rd flats and take the road to the Gunnison River. Then take Windmill Rd (no signs) west to the Tab trail. At the Tab turn north and go to the main trailhead. About 23 miles of scenic fun.
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Old 08-02-2013, 12:42 PM   #489
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Who is riding where this weekend? (08/03 & 08/04)

My 450XCW needs a service but the 640A is all set.

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Old 08-02-2013, 01:10 PM   #490
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Visitor maps should be in the map box at the 3rd Flats entrance to the trail system. If not bug the GJ BLM office. The ATV trails are good intermediate level dirt bike trails. Good skills practice. The Butter knife single track is more difficult and has some exposure issues.

A good intermediate loop is to start at 3rd flats and take the road to the Gunnison River. Then take Windmill Rd (no signs) west to the Tab trail. At the Tab turn north and go to the main trailhead. About 23 miles of scenic fun.
There are some maps here. http://papatelluride.org/maps/ PAPA is doing some great stuff keeping trails open.
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:19 PM   #491
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That engine overhaul seems to have taken forever! Did you get all the issues with the bad reconditioning remedied?
Yes I did. The gentleman promised to fix it for me or replace it. I'm very glad I chose to communicate with him how I felt vs. swallowing my disappointment. Hopefully I'll get to ride it before the season is over because I'm really looking forward to some of the single track on the Unc.
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Old 08-03-2013, 09:24 AM   #492
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Who is riding where this weekend? (08/03 & 08/04)

My 450XCW needs a service but the 640A is all set.

Chris
Hey Chris! I wish I was riding this weekend, we're still unpacking from the move and I simply don't have the time to get out on a ride yet.


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Yes I did. The gentleman promised to fix it for me or replace it. I'm very glad I chose to communicate with him how I felt vs. swallowing my disappointment. Hopefully I'll get to ride it before the season is over because I'm really looking forward to some of the single track on the Unc.


We still need to ride the Fruita desert and down 21 Road...
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Old 08-03-2013, 05:32 PM   #493
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We still need to ride the Fruita desert and down 21 Road...
Evil smile indeed.
But I'll do it with you. Carrying KTMs IS an option.
Congratulations on the new house.
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Old 08-04-2013, 11:44 AM   #494
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Evil smile indeed.
But I'll do it with you. Carrying KTMs IS an option.
Congratulations on the new house.
Thanks Uli! It's so much work... but the effort is worth it! We're getting there, finally getting stuff unpacked, hooking up the computer & TV, catching up on the yard work and even put new swamp cooler on yesterday! I did pick up something Orange and new to ride...






Hopefully your small bike is together soon, I should be able to get out in a couple weeks.
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Thanks Uli! It's so much work... but the effort is worth it! We're getting there, finally getting stuff unpacked, hooking up the computer & TV, catching up on the yard work and even put new swamp cooler on yesterday! I did pick up something Orange and new to ride...






Hopefully your small bike is together soon, I should be able to get out in a couple weeks.
I can find some KTM steekers for that beauty, I'm sure. Then it'll almost be an X-Bow.
Tractor racin at Greg's, ya'll.
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