Adventures of a NOOB in the forests of PA

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  1. dmaxmike

    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    I have lurked here for far to long. I made the commitment and bought my first 2 wheeled motor vehicle over labor day weekend this year. I will be chronicling me and my friends shenanigans here in one thread until we get our acts together and I learn how to ride and we go on a real trip.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>

    (Back story) I always wanted to learn to ride but mom always thought dirt bikes where to dangerous. So I got a quad, after 15 odd years of riding and lately racing quads I must say I think she had it backwards, mine has ran over me a lot and I know what im doing! Anyhow my buddies have been on me saying if im going to be on ADV rider reading about all this awesome riding that you have to learn and get a bike. Thing was none of them had one until about a month ago. First one switched his old ktm race bike to dual sport then when we were down at the steel city national the other went and bought a brand new 500xcw and duel sported it. So now im odd man out and I have to get one. Which leads us up to now.<o:p></o:p>
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  2. dmaxmike

    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    My first ride ever on a motorcycle was not documented, which is prob a good thing seeing as how the little xt 225 had a plate off of a gsxr 600 and i had no motorcycle permit nor the title to the bike. However i did put it on my insurance, one out of 4 ain’t bad right?
    Anyhow we went 55 miles mostly dirt roads and two tracks, some baby heads and even a few logs to cross. And for shits and giggles the last 10 miles home was in almost darkness on the slab in the rain. Good times! I never went down and "smelled like freedom" when we got back.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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  3. dmaxmike

    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p>one of the main reasons my buddies wanted me to get a bike and learn was because there both navigationally deficient and how no idea where to go or how to get there. i on the other hand spent about every weekend from the time i got my drivers license till about 20 years old out on the back roads, right of ways and tram roads of northern PA. plus im an Eagle scout so even if don't know where im at or going i can still find my way and if i can't i can kill us something and start a fire! :evil<o:p></o:p>
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    so our first trip with any real destination is the Medix hotel for some wings. the medix is a sweet little place out in the sticks on the "world famous" triple nickel also know as state route 555 :clap we took mainly forest service roads and the Caledonia pike to get there. and atv trails and back roads to get home, but sadly we all didn’t make it. Joe got his 39th flat tire of the summer after laughing at me for falling down twice in 2 minutes (first two downs by the way, went down on both sides just to get it out of the way early.:rofl Even though im sure i will be down a lot more!)
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  4. dmaxmike

    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    view i was trying to get to...

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    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    rock i hit and fell over on trying to get there. sorry no sleeping bike pic. as always it was much steeper then it looks.

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    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    got the new rubbed off both bark busters.

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    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    Waiting on Joe's GF to come pick him up. we will eventually get all the goodies you need to fix these types of thing on our own we just haven’t got there yet.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>

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  8. dmaxmike

    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    the bikes. my sweet xt 225, joe's 250xcf DS conversion and john's sweet 690r that i will never be able to ride because my feet are about a foot off the ground on it!

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    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    I promise the posts will get more cohesive and i will get a smug mug account so as to not take up so much space. Enjoy and anyone who wants to ride with us drop me a line.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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  10. dirt4me

    dirt4me Adventurer

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    Welcome to the asylum. You’ll enjoy the two wheel freedom. The worst I ever got busted up was when my Polaris 700 rolled over on me for no good reason. My spleen, liver and ribs have never been quite the same. Anyway enjoy the ride.
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  11. BeezaBoy

    BeezaBoy Been here awhile

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    Welcome!
    The Xt225 is an awesome bike. Have fun!
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  12. Tropic-Of-Canada

    Tropic-Of-Canada Thread Derailleur

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    you are going to be smiling ear to ear with all the cool places you can go now!:rofl
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  13. JaxObsessed

    JaxObsessed Near Earth Object

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    Excellent! I love that area of PA. All those great State forests and Allegheny National. I was gonna ride up to ANF this weekend until my bike tooka shizz today.:cry
    Have fun, be safe and take a lot of photos!
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  14. dmaxmike

    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    Yes there is a <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on">LOT</st1:place> to see just in the few counties around me, which is good. Get my feet wet close to home. We are already talking about a trip to CO next fall! The ANF is great as well, ever done the "trail bike" loop around Marienville?<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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  15. craigman

    craigman Lost in the woods

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    Welcome to the forum. I have ridden in your neck o the woods a few times:D ANF is fun. rode all of it. Had a blast. Have fun and keep us posted.
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  16. dmaxmike

    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    went for a little ride last weekend. we were aiming for the Austin Dam but only made it as far as Driftwood.

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    all the normal bikes are above... Skinny decided he wanted his 350 to be his dual sport so that all got changed over the night before and until we stopped for gas it escaped his memory that his 350 is an SX and has no kickstand :rofl
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    Our first stop was a very steep pipe line for a little who can make it up the grass covered in dew steep ass pipeline the farthest contest.
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  17. dmaxmike

    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    Then it was on to a very cool camp, all my years of driving these back roads, jeep trails, and railroad grades I never knew this thing existed. One more cool thing about a bike, the people that own it come in on horse back it looks like Very cool and it took a lot of work to build im sure. (soap box) I like seeing and appertaining old structures like this camp and I can&#8217;t stand it when people deface such cool stuff. If your one of those people go fuck yourself.

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    we were just about to be on our way when bob decided to make a deposit, then when he was done i decided i needed to as well. we used our own paper but were glad to not have to hug a tree and we replaced the bar that held the door closed and left it all as we found it.

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    after the off load it was time for some more intake. off to Driftwood and the famous weebull's steak house and pub. the food was good but took quite a while due to the fact that it was Sunday and the Steelers were on and the place was packed (packed for this place was about 20 people).

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    after we ate it was decided that we did not have enough day light to get to Austin and back so with heavy heart the majority of our group slabed it back home since our buddy Bob has a 4hr drive back to the concert jungle of Philly. anyone reading this thats from that area and wants someone to ride with down there mesg me this kid drives up here every other weekend to ride and needs a fix the rest of the time.

    this is Bob...
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    view from the parking lot of our lunch stop.

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    <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p>the two crazies that started the ride out with the hill climb contest decided they wanted to give this alternate route a try on the way home. i have not heard from them since so im guessing they made it, or didn't.


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  18. dmaxmike

    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    Headed out "bright and early" Saturday morning headed up to <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Austin</st1:place></st1:City> to see the dam and find some more back roads. it was not bright nor early when we got on the road. it was 47deg cloudy and about 10am. it would remain that way all day, not so much 10am but 47deg and cloudy.

    but it didn't take long for the back roads of PA to make up for the crapy weather with some fantastic scenery.
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    that little creek was not rushing as much last time we were up here (here being somewhere along Dents Branch Rd.)
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    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    after a short blast down the Quehanna Highway we vired off onto the Grant Trail. its not really a trail so to speak but a unmaintained road, but it don't show up on google so maybe it is a trail. anyway at the end of it you get to croos this... which also was not a deep the last time we were up here.

    it looks like i ate shit but i made it!
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    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    after the stream crossing its a little bit of slab through driftwood and up 120 to <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:Street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">Ridge Road</st1:address></st1:Street>. the road lives up to its name as you climb quite a bit to the top of the mountain ridges and ride northish all the way to <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Austin</st1:place></st1:City>.

    great vistas along the way and very smooth even after all the rain and hunting traffic, any bike could do this road and its worth the trip. just be carful on the blind curves especially in hunting season.
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    after stopping at one of the vistas i got my first taste of two wheeled orange power, sorry no pics but i rode my buddies dual sported 350sx while he rode my other buddies dual sported 500xc-w while he rode the "Cadillac" XT225.

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    *** as far as im concerned unless there is a hare scramble or enduro shoehorned into your weekend rides im not sure why anyone would want to ride one of those 2x4's with wheels?! maybe with a different seat and 6in lower i might like it but for what we have been doing up to this point the XT is kicking these things ass in every department except hooligan wheelies.***<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>


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