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Old 04-05-2010, 03:23 PM   #1
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Who is riding Black Dog Dual sport?

Who is riding the above? Has anyone ridden it in the past? Worth riding? I'm thinking of riding my bike there and camping but have never done a ride like this. Any feedback would be appreciated.
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Old 04-05-2010, 03:29 PM   #2
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We're going! 2 levels of riding = big or small bikes. I trucked there, camped and rode the piss out of a TE450 Husky. Legendary trails are accessed specifically for this event. The big bike route shared some of the logging roads - it was quite fun, very well organized and cool people.
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Old 04-05-2010, 03:34 PM   #3
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We're going! 2 levels of riding = big or small bikes. I trucked there, camped and rode the piss out of a TE450 Husky. Legendary trails are accessed specifically for this event. The big bike route shared some of the logging roads - it was quite fun, very well organized and cool people.
Well, maybe I will hit you up for some bags while your are there
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Old 04-05-2010, 04:16 PM   #4
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Go buy a roll chart holder. Don't put it off! You will also need some way of tracking your mileage The bike trip meter isn't usually quite good enough, and a GPS will screw you up in the trees. You can use both in a pinch but a bicycle speedometer or better still an enduro computer will make it a lot more fun for you!
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Old 04-05-2010, 05:42 PM   #5
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I will be there.

Great event. 2 days of fun. Get there Friday night if you can. Doing the truck camper thing trailering the DS bike. Lots of flat grass fairground parking lot good for RV and tents. Restroom nearby.

Last year the Washington side routes were snowed in so an emergency plan for more Oregon side routes were used.

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Old 04-05-2010, 06:38 PM   #6
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Here's a link for those who might want to learn more about what they are talking about...in case you don't know:

http://www.blackdogdualsport.com/bd_events.htm
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Old 04-05-2010, 06:45 PM   #7
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Go buy a roll chart holder. Don't put it off!
Recommendations?
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Old 04-05-2010, 07:08 PM   #8
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I'll be there again this year, also doing the preride to verify the "C and B" course to make sure this thing can get between the trees., LOTS of FUN.
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Old 04-05-2010, 07:29 PM   #9
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Cheap with a big window. Tom uses adding machine tape for his roll charts so that's the width you want.
This one works OK:
http://www.chaparral-racing.com/Chap...139D73D42DC16A


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Compact size allows room for crossbar mounted enduro instruments
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bring some scotch tape. You run it the length of the roll chart on the back side. That way, if the chart gets wet, it doesn't rip when you try to roll it.

I usually use something like this for the computer. Go to a bicycle shop and check it out. You want something that is accurate at least to tenths, preferably to hundreths of a mile, and has an easily reset trip button. You want the calibration function to be a little more protected so you don't accidentally erase your calibration on the trail, and you should be able to calibrate it to a motorcycle sized wheel. Don't spend a lot of money for extra functions you don't need.

http://www.amazon.com/SIGMA-5-Functi.../dp/B000H1W2BW


I find a clear straight stretch of road and check it against my GPS repeatedly, and fudge the calibration until the trip meter is accurate. If the readout jumps around erratically, you have too big of air gap. You either need to close it up or use a bigger magnet. I often get magnets from Rad Shack and glue them to the rim of the wheel rather than try to make the ones supplied with the speedo work.
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Old 04-05-2010, 07:49 PM   #10
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To add to what Vernon has just said, it is MUCH easier to keep track of where you are if your rally odometer reads in hundreds of a mile, sometimes the turns follow one another quite quickly. A tenth of a mile is 520 feet there have been times when that could leave you guessing as to the next turn, one hundredth of a mile is 52 feet that makes it easy to keep on the right track.

Where the extra accuracy really helps is the times when more then one class of the courses use the same route for a bit before branching off to their respective course, I highly recommend getting some sort of odometer that reads in hundredths of a mile.
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Old 04-05-2010, 08:12 PM   #11
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I did it a couple of years ago and it's a real hoot. Camping is pretty cool at the fairgrounds.
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Old 04-05-2010, 08:25 PM   #12
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Cheap with a big window. Tom uses adding machine tape for his roll charts so that's the width you want.
This one works OK:

Moose Trophy Roll Chart Holder


bring some scotch tape. You run it the length of the roll chart on the back side. That way, if the chart gets wet, it doesn't rip when you try to roll it.

I usually use something like this for the computer. Go to a bicycle shop and check it out. You want something that is accurate at least to tenths, preferably to hundreths of a mile, and has an easily reset trip button. You want the calibration function to be a little more protected so you don't accidentally erase your calibration on the trail, and you should be able to calibrate it to a motorcycle sized wheel. Don't spend a lot of money for extra functions you don't need.

I find a clear straight stretch of road and check it against my GPS repeatedly, and fudge the calibration until the trip meter is accurate. If the readout jumps around erratically, you have too big of air gap. You either need to close it up or use a bigger magnet. I often get magnets from Rad Shack and glue them to the rim of the wheel rather than try to make the ones supplied with the speedo work.
Great information. Many thanks. Ive been planning to hit the Dual Sport events this year ... just a bit too old for those GP/XCs anymore. I know how to ride the bike; it is all this ancilary stuff that is great to have your expert knowledge about. Many thanks.

The bike computer will be easy. I cant walk 2 blocks in Eugene without hitting a bicycle shop. :-)
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Old 04-05-2010, 08:38 PM   #13
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Great information. Many thanks. Ive been planning to hit the Dual Sport events this year ... just a bit too old for those GP/XCs anymore. I know how to ride the bike; it is all this ancilary stuff that is great to have your expert knowledge about. Many thanks.

The bike computer will be easy. I cant walk 2 blocks in Eugene without hitting a bicycle shop. :-)
Doesn't your Husky have an odometer?

I rode these events for years with a stock either Suzuki or Honda odometer and a Countdown Roll Chart holder. There are resets to keep you on track or get you back on course. Sometimes not knowing down to the thousandth of an inch where each turn is adds to the adventure.
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Old 04-05-2010, 08:54 PM   #14
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Doesn't your Husky have an odometer?

I rode these events for years with a stock either Suzuki or Honda odometer and a Countdown Roll Chart holder. There are resets to keep you on track or get you back on course. Sometimes not knowing down to the thousandth of an inch where each turn is adds to the adventure.
That is also a viable approach. If I can find the trail it is all good. But it is hard to resist the opportunity to adapt a bicycle part to my fine Italian machine. Not sure if the Husky knows 100ths or even 10ths. One of those hard to read digital contraptions.


Are you going to ride that new Honda 650 you just picked up?
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Old 04-05-2010, 09:07 PM   #15
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Last year I rode a borrowed Husky with nothing that worked (except the motor and brakes) - slapped a roll chart on and immediately was out of synch (lost) but followed my buddies till I lost them - followed the roost to the pavement and up to Timberline. Re-grouped, and got separated fairly soon after the dirt started again - ended up with this hilarious camping neighbor on a brand new, totally stock XR650L. The guy had not ridden a dirt bike for 20 years or so and we had a blast all the way back . . . to the beer cooler! [note hunting boots and camo/quad helmet!]




Oregon is the best . . . still!
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