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Old 10-02-2012, 08:25 PM   #466
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awesome video....I've always known that Matt must be one helluva rider to do what you guys do...but to actually see it...wow


as for this:

This truck had a "N" (novice driver) permit sticker, and the driver was a tailgating sockcucker.

whenever I feel the need to use that word, but for whatever reason dont want to actually use it...I say "CORKSOAKER!"

feels the same but is family friendly
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:34 PM   #467
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Another ADV member told me about your ride and I've been burning through it. Really fantastic stuff! I jumped in at this point to say thanks for that perspective of you guys setting the pace. Radek, thanks for catching that for us.

You guys rock!
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:01 PM   #468
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Now I like to go fast on the street,And I like to go fast with the wife on the back. Some might think I'm even Crazy as I past them with knobbies on and shes on the back , but that was BAD-ASS!!
GOOD riding partners are had to come by!
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:11 AM   #469
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Beaver Fever

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZrNWEPUsH0


Radek: Maybe you should have put up signs so people know this is private property...
guy: I did! They got torn down!

Radek: Maybe you should put up a gate...
guy: I did! They tore it down!

Radek: Maybe you should block the road...
guy: I did! I locked the gate and blocked the road with a Cat.
They hotwired the Cat, used it to rip down the fence and gate, then dumped the Cat down the canyon.
That was a $100,000 Cat!

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Old 10-03-2012, 08:46 AM   #470
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Getting to see video of the two of you tearing it up, just...kicks...ass!
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:11 AM   #471
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As we left Kelowna, I took this pic for larryboy and Louie Dawg...




I've been trying to figure out how to take both dawgs, maybe a tank bag for Lily since she is super tiny.




In my experience that fire was probably started by the security guy who wanted to play hero.
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:12 PM   #472
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Hey everyone - Thanks for the enthusiasm for the video!
I was hoping you guys would like that.


Hi superhobie!
Thanks! This was our best ride, and the most fun to report.


Glad you liked it, sion!
Heh, “corksoaker” is hard to say
I don’t use the word very often, so when I do, I go for the real thing.



Welcome, Kingsized!
Thanks for joining us. Hope you make it through the whole report!



hey, waylongway! woo, 2up! Right on!



Haha, sierrasommets - you like beaver, eh?




thanks, kvanderploeg! glad you enjoyed that




Ah, Rob - I double dog dare you to get both those pooches on the bike.
heh heh.
Safety third.






Day 37: 7/28/12 continued
Kelowna to Mad Radek’s Man Cave 306 miles (492 km)





Wow, this place was incredible.
We had such a good time!






Radek knows these trails so well, we couldn’t get good video of him.



We slow down for puddles...
Not Radek.




(see the bit of plant caught on the handlebars? )









Gone...














We had another chance to film him...







and, then - look...
Gah! Leaf attack!






The trail was so tight, we were constantly whacking into plants.
The whole camera got covered in leaves!






It went on like that for a while, you can hear the engine (and us), but all you see is green.
We had no idea. I should have noticed, but I think I was busy holding on.
Eventually, the leaves got blown off or knocked off...




















Gorgeous view.







He did not lie about having “good shit” in BC!






We were pretty freakin’ happy!






It was such a pretty place. So green and lush.
Just amazing.
We rode along here for a while,
and then went back into the tight stuff for the ride down.






Checking to see how we’re enjoying his playground...
we love it!




















We almost ate it in this mud.
OMG. it was close!
The bike just slid like crazy, but Matt kept it going in the right direction...







There were a couple times during the long descent when I worried about the slippery mud and steep drop offs...
Matt said,"oh don't worry - those little trees will keep us from sliding down the hill...I think."

























Wow, that was something!!




It was super fun, but those long descents just kill my right knee.
The pegs are at a bad angle and there's a lot of pressure on my knees,
especially if it's rough and we're bouncing around.
One of the things about 2up dirt - it's difficult to stay loose AND hang on...




We got to the bottom and there was a locked gate.
Uh oh.
Don’t tell me we’re going to get yelled at again!





But the caretaker of this place was cool.
I don’t remember what the deal was, but he had no problem with us being there
and was happy to unlock the gate.




Whew!


Well, that was a nice "warm up."
Now it was time to meet Lica and start the "real" ride...



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Old 10-03-2012, 05:50 PM   #473
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The pegs are at a bad angle and there's a lot of pressure on my knees,
especially if it's rough and we're bouncing around.
One of the things about 2up dirt - it's difficult to stay loose AND hang on...
Oh, I second that. I am trying so hard not to slam into his back, thus the pressure on my knees too.
Banging helmets is not cool either.
Lucky you have the KTM seat with a little more grip. The Beemer seat is like a flippin slip-n-slide.
It is not so easy sitting back there. The price we have to pay for a bitchen ride. Hell Yeah!
Awesome video footage of you two.
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:55 PM   #474
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We knew (from experience ) that the trail between Cat Canyon
and Salina turns to slick, nasty mud when it rains...




(Yep, i'm way behind )

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Old 10-03-2012, 11:15 PM   #475
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I swear you guys need to have a show on the Discovery channel or something.

Instead of American Chopper, American Stupid!!!
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:14 AM   #476
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Homesick

Wow!

Radek and you guys are awesome but man is this making me homesick for the places I use to go.

I am sure Radek has been to this place.


Not only that but being a Candian living in the US, this is what I have to put up with every day at work:


I can't take it anymore!

Oh but maybe in January when I am riding outside and it is about 65 degF out in San Jose and -10C and snowy in Vancouver I might be able to take it then.

Actually it is not that bad.
Forget what I said.

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Old 10-04-2012, 01:22 AM   #477
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Another great report. This one is huge and I'm way behind. Just wanted to drop a note to let you know I'm following along. Great timing too, I'm lookiing for ideas for our next trip.
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:21 AM   #478
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The price we have to pay for a bitchen ride. Hell Yeah!
Hi Pink Pillion! yep, not easy in the dirt, but totally worth it!




Oh, rider914.
That looks nasty.
Must have been a total nightmare...

(Heh, you’re waaaay back there!)




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I swear you guys need to have a show on the Discovery channel or something.

Instead of American Chopper, American Stupid!!!
Hey, scottmac! Um. Thanks...I think?





heh, zeegman.
So, you probably wouldn’t like this...



I have a lot more of Mad Radek’s Canadian Lunacy Tour coming up...
Hopefully we’ll cover more of your old stomping grounds...
stay tuned!




Thanks, Bronco!
You're at the back of the bus with rider914, eh?
We're just glad you could make it!








Day 37: 7/28/12 continued
Kelowna to Mad Radek’s Man Cave 306 miles (492 km)






Radek got a text that Lica was almost there, so we stopped to have a snack.
Canadian pizza must be made with gold, it’s so pricey!
Each one of those little squares was almost $3 USD







Radek, canadian bacon-ing it up for the camera.








Lica joined us shortly and had some pizza squares.
He and Radek had only ridden together once or twice before,
but Lica’s super stoked on the 990 and what it can do.
(All my pics of Lica today are either blurry, or he has his helmet on, or both - sorry, Lica! )
(Here’s a clear one from the man cave)







It’s always interesting to ride with someone new.
You can look at their tires and suspension for clues,
but you just never know what they’re going to be like in the dirt.
Lica was super friendly, but we knew inside, he was apprehensive...
“Gah - 2up - this is going to suck...”


Hopefully, we'll change his mind.





Here we go!













We stopped here for a little pow wow.






Radek wanted to take us into these mountains.
He gave us the options...
There was an easy way and a harder way.
Which one did we want?






Matt and I were 37 days into our trip and he had already worked us this morning -
and most of the afternoon, but...
Come on, Radek - is there even a choice when you’re with the Canimal?
Give us the hard way.
Lica?
Hard way, of course.



Oh good!
Radek was so happy.
But, then...
“Oh yeah. There’s one part that *might* be a little difficult...”
Of course there is...







I took this photo while we were talking...
Are those MikeZ’s mountains, way off in the distance?
zeegman, I have a better view of them later...







And away we go...

































More pep talk...
“Okay, up here there’s a bit of a climb...”
Matt and I just laughed.
If Radek says that, we know it’s going to be bad.













Oh boy.






I’ll put the video here:
HD, but I don't know if it helps. The camera was dusty!






Monkey fighter!
That was crazy.

A very tough hill for big bikes.
So steep and loose.



Here’s a couple pics of where we stopped.
We got pretty far, actually. So close!
Looking up the hill...




see that pink dot?
That marks where the root is for this next photo...







And here’s looking down the hill.
Those are matt’s taillights, waaaaaay down there...






Everyone made it up, but not without a lot of work.
Radek kicked butt. He owned that hill.


Master of his domain. He just kills the steep, loose, rocky stuff!
It was very impressive.

Not only did he get his bike up there, but he took Lica's too.


Even after another attempt, our bike had to be dragged up for that last bit.
Radek and Lica jumped right in - thanks, guys!
Team effort!


Taking a breather at the top.
Whew.







Checking out Lica's bike.
He was having some issues with his right grip, I think...






We were so tired, I don’t have pics or video for a while.
It was more tight stuff, but doable.
Super pretty, of course.

It was a bummer needing help on that hill...
But, the rest of the riding was so good, we got over it.


This next section was fantastic -
wider, not as steep, and with amazing flow.
Man, it was great!


We had one of our best bits of riding, ever.
So fast, so smooth.

Unfortunately, the GoPro batteries were dead.
And I was too busy hanging on to take pics.


Luckily, I have Radek’s footage of Lica.
Got some great screen caps!
At least you can see what a cool frickin' trail it was...






Curvy uphills...






Splashy corners...





There were distractions.
That shiny thing is the bumper of an old burned out vehicle...






Parts of the road were washed out...






Ruts filled with logs...






Giant puddles...







Matt was on fire - we flew up that trail!
It was time for a water break, so we waited for them at a pretty overlook.
Here they come! Let me take a pic...













Radek stopped, but Lica kept going...






Radek said, I don’t think Lica saw you guys!
(see him up there?)






We took some photos and waited for Lica to come back.






So, zeegman - are those your mountains?
If we were looking at them from the other side, and from further away...?

I thought they were the right ones, but now I'm not so sure. You guys have so many pretty mountain ranges...




Even if they aren't Mike's mountains, they're gorgeous.
BC is awesome.



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Old 10-04-2012, 12:09 PM   #479
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:03 PM   #480
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Wans redefine "Big Bike friendly"

I could actually get an idea of how steep that hill was when you were walking just ahead of Matt.

You sure get off that think quick
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