Adventure in Ohio?

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

  1. alansz400

    alansz400 Long timer

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    4 wheels instead of 2 and cutting into my riding time. I have spent the last 3 weekends playing with or working on this and not riding.

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  2. ruppster

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    The 9th is a Saturday. I'll keep an eye on the weather, everything here is nice and dry and the creeks are low. If it stays that way I'll repeat some of the stuff we rode earlier in the year and add a creek crossing or two. Personally, I think a small bike fits a little better, I'd say a KLR650 would be fine. I would not want a VStrom on Irish Run or crossing the Little Muskingum, but I'm sure a good rider could handle it.
  3. buildit

    buildit Guns, bikes and Bows

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    You rode that bike like a superstar. :deal

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  4. Screzzy

    Screzzy Been here awhile

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    I don't know if I'm stupid or just naive. I consider myself only adequate as a rider, but whenever someone posts something like this I just want to jump on the SV and give it a shot. "Ride what you got", right? But then I think about how I might inconvenience people if I get stuck in mud, damage the bike, etc. The problem is probably that I have 3 bikes in the garage and none of them are dual-sports.
  5. Mgbgt89

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    Just do it. I'll get stuck and fall down with you. Knobbies? I don't need no stinking knobbies.
  6. ruppster

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    Sorry, but its so hard to gauge how other people ride. I really don't even like to ride gravel on VStrom, so maybe I'm not a good judge. Mine does have street tires and I'm a crappy rider. I have a bike or two that I'm more comfortable with. Your SV would probably make it. Matt (mgbgt89) rode almost everything I'm considering on his motard. IIRC we gave him a push or two in the mud. I'd venture to say it wouldn't bother him much if he dropped it. :lol3 So there's that as well.
    I've rode the rougher sections with a guy on a 990 that had no issues and I've had to help wrestle a 1200GSA up the same stuff (boy that's exhausting). I personally would rather not drop a fairinged (is that a word?, maybe it would be faired? maybe I have ADD?) bike and bust up the plastic if I had other options. If Gorman asked I'd tell him the 950 would be fine, but he can likely out ride me on my 450EXC with that bike.
    In short, you're welcome to show up on the SV and I'll even help you wrestle it around if it happens to get stuck or dropped. :clap
    I'm really more concerned that no one gets over their head and gets hurts, that just sucks for everyone involved, not to mention makes me feel bad. If you don't like how something looks, I probably know a road around & we'll wait the extra 10 or 15 minutes for someone to go around the long way.
  7. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

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    This is an interesting point.

    One the one hand, it's awesome to see guys show up to rides on oddly inappropriate bikes, and ride crazy stuff. It's a great learning experience and a good way to see what you and your bike are capable of.

    On the other, it can be aggravating when everyone else shows up on a true dual sport ready to tackle mud and rocks and what not; and then there is one guy that either doesn't have the skill set or the equipment to do the same. Slows everyone down and reduces everybody's fun factor. The more hardcore guys are annoyed by going slower than they want and not riding everything they want to; and the slower guys are annoyed by feeling rushed and thrust into situations that are over their heads. I've been on both sides of this.

    Me personally, I always think it's acceptable to show up on anything if you are friends with the other guys on the ride - friendship allows for a lot of tolerance and in those circumstances it's more about the quality time with buddies than the ride. If you are a lurker or don't personally know the other guys coming, you're better off to ride what they are riding and make sure your skill set is comparable to theirs, since in those instances it's about the ride and the development of relationships is secondary to that. Just keeps everyone happier.

    Note that I am absolutely not speaking for Nathan or his Nov 9 ride, just offering my input in general.
  8. Mgbgt89

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    An SV would be an interesting challenge on Irish run. Having a foot of suspension travel gives my bike a little bit of an advantage. Big rocks and step-ups don't kill my momentum. Not impossible, but if you're afraid to drop it then i wouldn't try it. My motard isn't perfect anymore, I don't mind dropping it in some mud from time to time.

    When I rode imogene with EJV i felt bad since i was obviously holding him up. I concider myself to be a mid level skill rider, and he blew me away on the S10. He was cool about it, and helped me push a few times when i needed it.
  9. ruppster

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    I think anyone that knows me knows I don't get upset about too much. I really don't care what you ride, just getting together, laughing at each other & having a good time is what it's mostly about. :D
    Don't ride something you can't laugh about if you drop it. I think that may be why I haven't 100% bonded with my VStrom. :lol3
  10. ruppster

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    Maybe we need to have a 4 stroke 200cc max ride, better yet 15HP or less. Bring that Grom down, I'll get the TW out, surely someone here has a CT90 or maybe a 125TTR with tags. We'll cruise around at 35-40mph on gravel roads all day getting 80mpg. :lol3
  11. jules083

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    KLX it is. Wasn't sure what you had planned, wanted to ask and make sure. I'm bad about bringing the wrong bike sometimes. If I'd just showed up on the KLX without asking it probably would have been a group of Stroms or GS's. Or something. :lol3

    I'm not sure now though, I usually have to work Saturday's. Getting laid off tonight though so it's hard to say what job I'll be on by then.
  12. jules083

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    TTR125 here. Street titled but not tagged yet. Give the word, I'll plate it and strap a bicycle headlight on. :lol3

    Think that would work? A bicycle headlight/taillight? Not so much for visibility but for legality, it might be enough. Hmm... off to Wal-mart to look at lights.
  13. jitterymonkey

    jitterymonkey Been here awhile

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    That's exactly what I'd be interested in.:thumb
    But, if your TW200 can hit 68mph,:eek1 I'll still have trouble keeping up on my XL250. She tops out at an indicated 60mph & that's with the 41/15 tooth street spockets. (I run 14/48 when it's gonna be really dirty)
  14. indypup

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    Borrow the HD again. Those hogs like mud right? lol
  15. SCQTT

    SCQTT Zwei Kolben

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    Speaking of TWs I want to sell a few of the school's bikes off. I only want to use them for 2 or so seasons so thinking about that cycle I need to move a couple of newer ones.

    (I know, hard to follow, but I'd rather sell 7 and replace them next year than try to sell 14 of them next fall and replace them all in the spring of 2015)

    2012 TW200. Used one season for the MSF class. A little beat up, but not as bad as you might think. White with black wheels. About 200 miles on them.

    $2,999.95 +99 $doc, $15 title, & ($18.50 if you want a temp tag).....Plus applicable tax.

    That is a nice amount off MSRP and substantially below cost.
  16. LeVeL

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    So, where are we meeting for this ride on the 9th? If it doesn't get crazy wet out, i'm going to try out the S10. If it's soaked, then the KTM. Hopefully, I can get off work this sat.

    PS, if anyone here is localish to Zanesville Norwich area, I have an area that has fresh cut trails over 100 acres. has some pretty steep hills. and a creek area to practice crossing. anyone interested, hit me up and we'll go tear it up.
  17. buildit

    buildit Guns, bikes and Bows

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    I'll be surprised if folks don't jump on this. :deal
  18. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

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    I'm always interested.
  19. EJV

    EJV My Dashcam Amuses me

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    It was a good thing you were holding me up!! You know how hard it gets to breath as you climb altitude? I needed the stops!! :D
  20. mgorman

    mgorman Crashing since 1964

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