A Plain Ride Report

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by WoodsChick, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. rodr

    rodr Been here awhile

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    :wave

    Awesome! Loved that pic of descending into the fog. Wish I could have had some of that sunshine for my own MLK Day ride!
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  2. pdxbrit

    pdxbrit Been here awhile

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    Great RR! Another area added to the list. Now if only this NW weather would improve! It was in the 50's last week and I should have been camping because that felt warm:lol3
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  3. Watercat

    Watercat . . . gravity sucks

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    Great pix of the San Andreas fault . . . . . :clap

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    [​IMG]Thanks for posting - beautiful country.
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  4. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    This is intriguing.


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  5. ooner

    ooner I wanna ride

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    What in the world went on or is going on there?:dunno

    Do they really have to have so many wells in one concentrated area?
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  6. Burgess

    Burgess n00b

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    really great pics caught.
    providing a true sense of that ride and how much fun there.
    thanks
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  7. WoodsChick

    WoodsChick Long timer

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    Well, you drill where the oil is, I guess. There were sections where there were wells on both sides of the road and it was just really bizarre-looking, but I didn't want to stop for a photo. There were big trucks everywhere, guys running around in safety vests and hard hats...just lots of buzzing activity all around. If you look up Taft, CA on Googlemaps and look at the aerial view of that place it's incredible...looks like a dirt-riding area kind of.


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  8. WoodsChick

    WoodsChick Long timer

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    Yeah, that fog was really pretty while on this side of it! It was miserable winter down below :lol3 So where did you go on your ride?

    Yeah, I guess it's all relative :D 50 and foggy felt like the bowels of winter to me...and I didn't like it! We rode the 2-stroke dirtbikes the weekend before up in the mountains and it was 25 degrees when we rode out of camp so the sunshine felt good!



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  9. WoodsChick

    WoodsChick Long timer

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    Thanks, Burgess. I always thought there were 2 roads there and that was about it...but it's not true! There's all kinds of cool stuff out there!

    Thanks, Watercat! Yeah, the country really makes it easy to take decent photos there...point in any direction and you're sure to capture something really neat! A beautiful sunny day helps :D

    Right on! Thanks, LT. I'm a wordy sort so I try to keep the dialogue to a minimum...something I cannot do in real life :lol3




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  10. OldSilverFox

    OldSilverFox Let's Go!

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    Thanks for the RR and the inspiration. I,m in Florida and bikeless. The bike is back north this year. No snow and warm weather here though. My rides have to be virtual thouigh someone else. Thanks for taking us along.
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  11. rodr

    rodr Been here awhile

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  12. bobw

    bobw Harden the phuck up

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    Another great report! I'm looking at adding a mid size bike and your experience on your Husky has peaked my interest. Would you kindly give a synopsis or point me to a link where you may have done a pro/con on it's abilities-reliability during your travels. Real interested in how long legged you think one could be for extended travel.

    TIA and Cheers
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  13. Vinbowie

    Vinbowie Been here awhile

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    Really fun :clap
    I like the Sirens call analogy.
    I know the feeling as you see the road winding
    into the distance you just can't wait to go !
    I can't wait to go but I'm sitting herein Maryland
    and it's snowing, sleeting, raining... outside. :cry
    I'll be alright. It wont be long.
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  14. WoodsChick

    WoodsChick Long timer

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    Reliability has been great. I had to replace the stock cam chain after 4000 miles, but it wasn't totally unexpected. Some 610's go 3000 miles on a stock chain and I've heard tell of others going 20,000. Luck of the draw. Parts were less than $100, were on my porch within days and the job only took a couple hours in my back yard, no case-splitting necessary. Other than that it's been great. I ride it in the dirt all the time and it's been a really fun adventurey dualsporter for me. I'm only 5'1" but I am a very experienced dirt rider and I wanted something capable of doing trails (should I happen to run across something that looks fun) as well as highways. I wanted the biggest motor in the lightest package with the lowest seat height I could find. The 610 hasn't disappointed me once in the almost 3 years I've owned it. It is a joy to ride. I have a street bike for commuting, a plated KTM 450 for dirt riding and rides that might require a plate, several different 2-strokes for the gnarly stuff...and the 610. If the house was on fire the 610 would be the first bike rescued, for sure.

    We've done multiple-day trips and had no issues other than the painful stock seat. The longest day I've done on the 610 was about 250 miles but it was fun and I encountered no issues at all. If I were going to do that kind of mileage on a regular basis (on a highway, at least. Most of my miles are off-road) I would go for a windshield of some sort, for sure. My Renazco seat has made the long days easier, but it is taller so I don't always use it.

    I'd be more than happy to answer any other questions you might have!




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  15. bobw

    bobw Harden the phuck up

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    I appreciate you sharing your experience with me, great info. I rode Husky's in the 70's, but when my kids got older and I was buying dirt bikes they had been sold and they just weren't "the same". Anyway, in the last few years they have come a long way and I really like the big SM.

    Is there a Husky forum you recommend and how far on a tank of gas can you make it if trying not to wean it off gasoline:D?

    Cheers
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  16. WoodsChick

    WoodsChick Long timer

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    Yeah, the Huskys are a pretty good deal these days, especially if you're looking for a 2-stroke dirt bike.

    I had the 5gal IMS tank on for this ride, and I can go 200 miles on it in the dirt. I get a little less than 40mpg on a full-on street ride, though. The EFI models (2008 and newer) get much better mileage than my `07 carb'd model.

    And, yes, I can recommend a Husky forum, since you asked....
    www.cafehusky.com


    Good luck in your research!


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  17. PinkPillion

    PinkPillion Been here awhile

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    Another great report WC. Today we went dirtbiking along the abandoned railroad tracks (rails removed) up here in Lassen County. Easy riding, but you can always jump off the trail into the rocky stuff. They are worth taking a look at if you are in the Susanville area. Thanks for sharing your latest adventure.
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  18. DocAxeYarYar

    DocAxeYarYar RideDualSport.com

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    Nice report and great pics! I guess between the oil rigs, the mud, a budget mess, and having 75 degrees in January in Texas, maybe CA and TX are more a like than you might think? Except Texas' gov makes CA's gov look like a pinko-socialist, even tho they are both Rs.

    Like the LC4 KTM sweet looking bike! I spy those 17 inch front wheels so you guys can really rock it on the pavement too....


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