Adventure in Ohio?

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by somecallmetim, Nov 14, 2003.

  1. Mikef5000

    Mikef5000 Long timer

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    Got your PM, sorry for the delayed response...

    I'm pretty sure I can do that Thursday. I've got stuff to get done around the house and around the bike, but I should be able to accomplish that junk in my other free time.

    What time are you thinking? I'd prefer to be home in the neighborhood of 6:30 like last time.

    Anyone else??? Danville ride??? This Thursday???:ear
  2. indypup

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    My Zumo 550 died (once again) this past Friday. So no I didn't get the tracks. :(
  3. Landon

    Landon Been here awhile

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    I think its time to move on
  4. Gonzo_Matt

    Gonzo_Matt Random Hero

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    I wasn't sure if it sent...my computer/internet has been wonky as of late...

    I would like to roll kind of early so I can do office work in the evening, I rode from my place to Conesville, rode around down there some and came back through the danville roads and it was close to 200 miles and I spent about 5 hours doing it, I left a lot of roads unexplored around AEP and only rode up bat's nest and then worked mt way home.

    I don't know where the best place to meet would be, if you come up 62, it would probobly be best to meet in Newcastle.
  5. indypup

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    Funny you mentioned that...I told Garmin the same thing since I've had five failures with the 550 since I bought it. :(

    I've dumped over $1,500 into it too! Original purchase with XM antenna, cradles for 4 motorcycles, $150 a pop for each repair done to it!

    So Garmin sold me a 665 for $50 bucks instead of repairing the 550 POS once again... I hope the 665 is way better!
  6. ScienceOfDirt

    ScienceOfDirt U-Boat Rider

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    I have both, and I miss the side buttons of the 550, but otherwise I prefer the 665.
  7. danielst

    danielst Adventurer

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    Going to look at a WR450 with a dual sport kit already fitted tomorrow... my riding style and the GS650 aren't exactly compatible in the true off road stuff. I like to go faster than it does and that usually gets me into trouble. Once I get a more capable bike, we'll have to get you out here on your 426 and I can show you some more hard core trails and some single track.

    Travis
  8. buildit

    buildit Guns, bikes and Bows

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    unfortunately the 426 is still so far above my riding ability I'm better off on the KLR or 950. Since it looks like it will never sell for close to the amount it's worth I'm waiting for some extra $$$ to appear so I can try some mods to make it tight trail compatible. I'd love to find a bike like BigOhio's that has a better power band and magic button. :lol3
  9. Landon

    Landon Been here awhile

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    Sounds like a good deal for the 665, but you still have to buy all the extra cradles and probably rewire them as I doubt they have the same plug as the 550.
  10. indypup

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    Yep, but I was tired of dumping money into the 550. :( I tried to get them to replace everything but the best I could do was this...
  11. mgorman

    mgorman Crashing since 1964

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  12. BigOhio

    BigOhio Been here awhile

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    Love the 450, hardly worked up a sweat yesterday. Maybe had a few extra shifts but never felt underpowered for my size or ability. When you have a few $$$ you don't know what to do with, I have a spare 525XC just itching for a dual sport kit that I may be willing to part with, especially if the 450 happens to turn into a 540. :clap
  13. dox

    dox How much for the ape?

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    Been thinking about a 450EXC down the road. Pretty suitable for a big guy, eh? Yours all stock still, or have you changed anything for ergonomics / comfort for a tall fella?
  14. buildit

    buildit Guns, bikes and Bows

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    Well, I didn't have to work today so I went to my neighbors farm where he said I could take down a big tree to make some practice log crossings. Tree is down, a 100 yard path into the woods to get the tractor in is cut and I was to tired to even get the logs. :lol3
    Maybe tomorrow, if I do I'll post some pics. Should make for a good practice setup for a summer get together out here.:deal
  15. Mikef5000

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    Oooooo I'm intrigued!

    So, momentum, and loft the front wheel so the back tire is what make the main impact with the log. And hit the log straight on. That sound about on par? I've run into a few situations where I've needed to do it, but I'm always alone, and trying something like this for the first time alone in the middle of nowhere just doesn't seem wise. Probably one of those things that's not difficult once you do it a couple times.
  16. motodirtlover

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    The 540 kit is really nice.... I may do that again or even a 570 to one of mine...
  17. buildit

    buildit Guns, bikes and Bows

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    Everything I know I learned from others and then fine tuned it for my use. Obviously the surface your on makes a difference as does engine power and gear your in. I'm about 75%-85% for crossing successfully using this technique. I still have issues with slippery logs, multiple logs in a row or over sized logs. I hope these practice logs will help with that.
  18. swingset

    swingset Got the knack.

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    You don't make the rear-wheel the first contact ideally, and in fact too much momentum + rear wheel hitting the log can buck the rear of the bike up and you over it if your body position is bad.

    The most important part is getting the front tire enough over the log so that it doesn't jam down and into it - for this it's a size thing. If the log is under the height of the front tire's half-height (radius), you don't need any loft. The bigger the log gets, the higher the loft...until you might start contacting the log with either the skid plate, or in some cases the rear tire...but for that to be necessary you're talking a HUGE log, like 40" round.

    Watch this clip...notice that he lofts to get up to tackle the whole obstacle (starting with the smallish log in the front) but the front wheel actually touches the small log and the bigger log pile. You don't need to loft the front wheel over any obstacle, you need it to be high enough to roll easily over it (and this is preferable because it maintains stability).

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  19. buildit

    buildit Guns, bikes and Bows

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    Good point.
  20. BigOhio

    BigOhio Been here awhile

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    Had the suspension redone for my ample weight and added some smallish bar risers. Probably could use some more rise and/or pegs lowered a bit for more comfort when standing. We won't talk about my a$$, but the front of my thighs are a little sore and think that may have come from a little too much bend when sitting (not from being too fat and out of shape). One of the bikes came with an EE tall seat so that may go on for the next ride and see if that helps a little.