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Old 01-27-2012, 05:00 PM   #586
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Chuckwalla is a nice open track like this out past Palm Springs.

http://chuckwallavalleyraceway.com

Maybe I'll ride out there and check it out ... maybe ride half the speed as the guy in vid
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Old 01-27-2012, 07:45 PM   #587
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I knew it wasn't mph, but was kph. The GS will only do ~120 WOT. DAMHIK.
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Old 01-27-2012, 11:58 PM   #588
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I always love it when I see an F800GS or something comparable that has NEVER been on dirt. Come on guys! use the bike for what it was meant for!!! My DR650 is COVERED in dirt, yours should be too ;)
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Old 01-28-2012, 05:13 AM   #589
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Man I just stumbled on this this thread!! Me and my best bud are on a Starbucks quest ourselves! Leaving Louisiana Thursday morning bound for sacramento California. I wonder how many Starbucks we can stop at along the way...
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Old 01-28-2012, 10:10 PM   #590
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There were no starbucks here.
Or cell reception.
Which made calling in a coffee order very difficult.



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Old 01-28-2012, 10:39 PM   #591
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I always love it when I see an F800GS or something comparable that has NEVER been on dirt. Come on guys! use the bike for what it was meant for!!! My DR650 is COVERED in dirt, yours should be too ;)
There are a lot of GS'ers that don't ride off road. The rest wash their bikes afterwards. Hard to tell the difference.

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Old 01-29-2012, 04:30 PM   #592
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There were no starbucks here.
Or cell reception.
Which made calling in a coffee order very difficult.



DP in the house!

BEYOND STARBUCKS is truly honored.

Maybe you can share some of your big bike adventure tips? If I recall correctly, you said to always make sure you have a good meal and enough to eat along the way to battle cold and fatigue.

Join us at DV n00bs on Mar 30-Apr 1. Or WARPED VIII in Kernville in Apr. Or WMRS in Aug.
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Old 01-29-2012, 05:02 PM   #593
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I always love it when I see an F800GS or something comparable that has NEVER been on dirt. Come on guys! use the bike for what it was meant for!!! My DR650 is COVERED in dirt, yours should be too ;)
Obviosly you haven't seen my GSA ... always the first comment I get when meeting new riders is "you really abuse that bike." Countless hours in the dirt, including LAB2V. Don't bother even washing it anymore.
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:07 PM   #594
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Obviosly you haven't seen my GSA ... always the first comment I get when meeting new riders is "you really abuse that bike." Countless hours in the dirt, including LAB2V. Don't bother even washing it anymore.
It must be a sickness.

I faithfully washed my bikes 'til I rode a Saddle Sore 1,000 and was too lazy to wash the bike for days, then weeks afterward.

Now my 650 is covered with mud and my RT only gets washed after I ride it near the ocean.

I wonder if there's a cure -- or is DBS ("dirty bike syndrome") forever like herpes?
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:24 PM   #595
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It must be a sickness. I wonder if there's a cure -- or is DBS ("dirty bike syndrome") forever like herpes?
Hopefully you guys are joking. Washing a bike after a long dirty ride is the time to check everything out. It's rare I don't find a bolt or nut loose after 500 miles of washboard or single track, even now on my GS I have found a few things in need off attention.
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:24 PM   #596
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I hate to tell you guys, but all that dirt and mud is extremely corrosive to your bike's parts. Especially from the desert.

Nobody is going to fault anybody for a clean and shiny bike, GSA or otherwise. On the otherhand, a poorly kept one gets the scoff.
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:56 PM   #597
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Omfg

Beyond Starbucks has become a trip to the dentist!!

"If you don't brush 2x a day and floss 1x a day, you'll be in BIG trouble."
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:57 PM   #598
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Hopefully you guys are joking. Washing a bike after a long dirty ride is the time to check everything out. It's rare I don't find a bolt or nut loose after 500 miles of washboard or single track, even now on my GS I have found a few things in need off attention.
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I hate to tell you guys, but all that dirt and mud is extremely corrosive to your bike's parts. Especially from the desert.

Nobody is going to fault anybody for a clean and shiny bike, GSA or otherwise. On the otherhand, a poorly kept one gets the scoff.
Hard to spot problems through dirt and mud.
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:58 PM   #599
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It's rare I don't find a bolt or nut loose after 500 miles of washboard or single track
I haven't ridden 500 miles of washboard or single track TOTAL in my entire life.

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Old 01-30-2012, 09:48 AM   #600
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Obviosly you haven't seen my GSA ... always the first comment I get when meeting new riders is "you really abuse that bike." Countless hours in the dirt, including LAB2V. Don't bother even washing it anymore.

EDIT,EDIT, EDIT ...

Ok just so everybody isn't worried that I don't pay attention to the details ... I hose the bike down after big rides and always give everything a good "once over". I just don't get out the tooth brushes, emory boards, tire black and plastic sparkle spray every Sunday. Big Red is no street queen.
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