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Old 02-11-2013, 12:26 AM   #7501
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Off the beaten track (Half Day Trip)

Finally managed to get out and off the beaten track!

Thanks to a new mate who has helped kick start regular day trips, and an old mate for blowing the cob webs outta his ride and coming along! My off road experience has taken a nice leap forward!

Naturally like most rides, this one started at a local cafe where the necessary quota of caffeine required ingestion, where general introductions and how do you do's was exchanged between mates, old and new. Then the obligatory show me yours and i'll show you mine came next:



"That's a nice colour" and "i wouldn't mind one of those on my bike" occurred at this point, although with the caffeine in our veins kicking in it was time to head off.

A quick ride along the blacktop and we reached our destination, a state owned pine plantation. A short run to a shady spot (as the mercury was well on it's way to the forecast top of 41 Degrees) and it's time to let some air out of our treadlies.

Now for me this is a first, I have done most of my riding on the blacktop, as i have slowly been accumulating the necessary protection for my white steed. The little off road riding i have done has always been at road pressures and admittedly i have not really enjoyed it that much. Putting down the experience to my lack of skill and practice.
So i was very curious to see what effect dropping the pressure would have:



Now as a keen adventure tourer, more so in theory than in practice, i am always on the lookout for the "must have" gear. I am pleased to hear from my "new mate" how he has gone about setting up his panniers.

Firstly he has gone out and got the standard pannier racks (nothing new here) but rather than spend big $$ on fancy premium panniers (which i will be the first to admit look the bomb), he has gone out to his local hardware and purchased 2 X $50 eskies and just mounted them. They are double insulated, therefore keep all consumables within nice and cool and are quite strong to boot. So much so, that whilst parked at a river crossing, a BMW GS clipped his bike at low speed, resulting in his bike hitting the deck. No damage to speak of, the BMW however, fitted with factory BMW panniers, managed to rip the pannier off the mount, bend the lid and put a fist sized dent in the box, effectively destroying it. So much for premium gear!



Now having had these panniers (eskies) for some time now, they are due to be replaced and the next set will have the printers apply some reflective stickers in a colour scheme more suited to the bike.
This was one of my, " Gee i'd like a couple of those on my bike!" moments.

Now, to those who have never dropped your tyre pressures when going off road.
OMG!!! What a difference!! 18psi front 24 psi rear!!

I'm not retarded (contrary to the belief of most of my mates) and can ride my bike!!

Here is the first stop.. just a shame you couldn't see my cheesy grin (as i was taking the shot)!




grin gone and replaced by my usual retarded look, but it's all smiles on the inside i assure you!




Tyre talk: as many have done before me and would recommend you do after me. Research your tyres!!
A good piece of advice i received from a work friend before i bought my bike was:
"Get what best suits YOUR needs" a thought which will forever stay with me whenever it's time to part with some green.
Although the vast majority of riding i do is on sealed roads, i do fully intent to increase my off road adventures!!

You know your onto a good thing when 3 of 3 bikes are riding the same rubber.



Heidenau K60 Scouts!
I have found them to be nice and smooth on road, and just superb off road. A great feel in all conditions with a surprising amount of grip in all conditions. Now bear in mind i am no Krusty Demon but over the last 7000km's I have been slowly pushing the boundary of what i do on them and so far no slip up's.

For more info check out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJcbJpAEiFI

Time for a break, and we find a nice shady spot under the trees. Considering the forecast, it is surprisingly cool under the canopy of the trees.




Now i must comment on how impressed i was with the size of this pine plantation and on this day we did not come across a single soul. Fortunately this forest is much further away from where all the Krusty Demon wannabies hang out, which makes for an awesome ride!

Me with another one of my special facial expressions!



Nice open stretches!




Mates old and new, checking out the view!
This is a lookout used... Well not sure when it's used now, but it has been there a long time and it's there to help spot fires in the pine plantation.




Well time to head home, and although the shortest part, by far the best. There is nothing at all like riding through natural bush. Plantations are fun but there is just no soul in them.




One final challenge did present itself on this track and although it cannot be seen on this photo, there are sand mounds along the track where i managed to dig my bike down to the bash plate. Just great fun!! Spewin i didn't get a photo of the bike standing unassisted in the sand!




I'm Hungry!
Time to head out, have a feed and call it a day!!



Full stomachs and a fresh supply of caffeine:

Cheers boys! had a great time and lets do it again soon!!



What this experience has done for me is immeasurable. It has inspired me to see what our world has to offer.
To go to places where there is the absolute minimal influence of man. To breath the fresh air (This only works when your not at the back of the group!) and above all, just have a blast with my mates!!

Only one who rides in the saddle truly understands!!
Bring on Adventure Riding!!


P.s Sorry there are no shots of anyone actually going! will work on that next time!!
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:07 PM   #7502
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Had a blast this weekend riding out to Greenridge State Forest in Maryland but I forgot most of the roads are not maintained...



It wasn't too bad until I would hit the wash-outs that had frozen up! Then things got wild. lol

And getting back up some of the hills was entertaining.






This was from a camping trip in early fall last year at Greenridge.





The always awesome Skyline Drive.






A trip through Peters Mills/ Taskers Gap in Virginia.



This is one of the smoothest parts of the trail. I knew it was rough, because I've rode my 4-wheeler there enough, but I hoped I could pick my lines better with the bike. While I could pick better lines, there's no making up for about 500 pounds of inadequately suspended motorcycle!



Still, Old Blue took it in stride.






And some off beat trail in the Michaux State Forest in PA.

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Old 02-11-2013, 04:56 PM   #7503
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:20 AM   #7504
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As a hard-core Tenerist I love the 660 Tenere the most on the pics.



@RedDirtCowboy. What a lovely trip m8.
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:04 AM   #7505
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Did a color change. Sorry for the poor pics, it was late after i got it all slapped together.




And a comparison of inside light vs. outside


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Old 02-12-2013, 08:50 AM   #7506
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:48 AM   #7507
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I am contemplating a color swap on my '06. I've had it a few years now and a buddy at work just bought a red '06 just like mine. So I'm pondering going with a hi-viz yellow or plain white. I hate to give up my shark graphics, but I can't sit still long. I need a change. Anybody have pictures of a sexy color or custom job? BTW - the green looks nice.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:22 AM   #7508
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Did a color change. Sorry for the poor pics, it was late after i got it all slapped together.




A Suzi that wants to be a Kawi?
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:24 AM   #7509
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Using the Chrome now. Just your computer. Sorry.

I am contemplating a color swap on my '06. I've had it a few years now and a buddy at work just bought a red '06 just like mine. So I'm pondering going with a hi-viz yellow or plain white. I hate to give up my shark graphics, but I can't sit still long. I need a change. Anybody have pictures of a sexy color or custom job? BTW - the green looks nice.

I like white too. You might consider a vinyl wrap. I saw a write up on it and it didn't look too hard.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:30 AM   #7510
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I like white too. You might consider a vinyl wrap. I saw a write up on it and it didn't look too hard.
Maybe. My wife's cousin has a shop that does vinyl for cars. He did a job on my buddy's GS that looks pretty good. They did is as a trial and figured they could always pull it back off if it didn't look good. It's been on a couple years now and still looks good. I talked to him once, but then decided to stick with the shark a while longer.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:41 AM   #7511
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Kawasaki doesn't own the color green

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I like white too. You might consider a vinyl wrap. I saw a write up on it and it didn't look too hard.
That's what i did on the green bike above. Huge pain. The more contour a panel has, the harder/more frustrating it will be.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:55 AM   #7512
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That's what i did on the green bike above. Huge pain. The more contour a panel has, the harder/more frustrating it will be.
Yeah, definitely would take some patience. I think the pre 2012 models could be a little easier, but more to cover.

This is the write up I saw. Said it took 14 hours.

http://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...-3m-vinyl.html
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:56 AM   #7513
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You're not alone. There's a thread about it.
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:04 PM   #7514
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Yeah, definitely would take some patience. I think the pre 2012 models could be a little easier, but more to cover.

This is the write up I saw. Said it took 14 hours.

http://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...-3m-vinyl.html

Mine was easily that much time too. But yes, the flatter panels would be a breeze.
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:44 PM   #7515
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