Adventures of Blaster and Dorito--Trans Lab 2011

Discussion in 'Americas' started by blaster11, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. inmate-n00b

    inmate-n00b Ciao, Marco

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    damn...he had front and rear knobbies too....

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  2. blaster11

    blaster11 Challenge X-cepted

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    Skill and brains are still required. :D
  3. REAPER_ONE

    REAPER_ONE YOU'RE DONE

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    Why are you stacking the deck against me? :lol3
  4. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    why all the carnage? road looks typical of many TLH sections and should be easy on that bike with the TKCs. the TLH is in much better shape than most of the big gravel roads across the north. wrecked less than 150 miles into the gravel, reminds me of markbvt's friend who also wrecked on the first day riding the same bike, but coming from the other direction.
  5. 6USMC6

    6USMC6 R.I.P. Party Boss

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    That almost looks like the road into my cabin (my road is a lot steeper) and not nearly as bad as my driveway!

    Right Lance? OMG?

    And I run that on street tires.

    One possibility - his companions may be much better dirt/gravel riders and he was going too fast for his skill level trying to keep up.
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  6. inmate-n00b

    inmate-n00b Ciao, Marco

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    that steep hill and your driveway are a lot worse!! :pep
    i was going about 10 mph when i was on it, though.

    you should make a sticker: "This bike climbed <s>Mt. Washington</s> Mike's driveway."
  7. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    nah, the TLH is in much better shape than your road.


    the bike in the photo was one of a two rider trip and in the lead, not following. your point is well made, and makes me wonder about the circumstances in that group of 12.

    this road is similar to the others in that tracks get worn through the aggregate and expose the hardpacked and smooth subgrade. the aggregate windrows alongside the pairs of tracks in each direction. the tracks can make for some decent speeds, but if you wander off your line or are forced off by passing traffic...into the marbles you go.
  8. REAPER_ONE

    REAPER_ONE YOU'RE DONE

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    I agree, here are the shots leaving Mike's place April 4, 2010

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  9. Sasquatch2112

    Sasquatch2112 Asbestos

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    I thought I was being a wimp when I hit it with BB.

    The road into Mikes (not the last 200 feet) was in similar shape to the roads in Death Valley.
  10. 6USMC6

    6USMC6 R.I.P. Party Boss

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    My friend Kevin was concerned about me riding the Beemer on the gravel with the street tires and I told him that the only difference between the the Beemer and my SuperMoto was gearing. Otherwise they both handled the same in the marbles.
  11. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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  12. markbvt

    markbvt Long timer

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    Yeah, at first I didn't notice that this crew was going in the opposite direction, just that both crashes seemed to occur about the same distance into the gravel, and I started to wonder if there's an F800GS-eating hole in the road. :D

    Funny thing about the TLH -- it's always unpredictable. I had an awesomely fun ride on it pretty much the whole way on my XR650L with TKC-80s, and a fairly white-knuckle ride on my Wee-Strom with TKC-80s, but didn't crash either time. My friend on an F800GS with TKCs crashed a short distance in (we all suspected fork overcompression -- instead of riding through a mud hole, his front end augured in and sent him over the handlebars). Wes Siler from Hell for Leather crashed his F800GS on the Trans-Lab. And now this guy above... maybe the TLH just doesn't like F800GSes.

    The most important thing to remember about the TLH is to never let your attention wander. You have to be focused on your riding at all times and keep your eyes well ahead to pick your line. And if you don't already know how to read the road surface ahead, you will quickly learn.

    --mark
  13. BluenoseGuy

    BluenoseGuy Adventurer

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    I did the TLH last month on a Wee with TKC's. I encountered everything from dry to cold, gusty winds and driving rain. I didn't have any dirt experience prior to this ride. I'll second what Mark said. You have to give 100% of your attention 100% of the time to reading the road ahead and picking your line, which is constantly changing. After a while, I was able to interpret what the slight colour changes in the road surface were telling me. When you hit a section with one of the demon graders, there's usually a line through that hasn't been churned up. It may be narrow but it's there.

    I had a great trip and hope to get back before too much more gets paved.
  14. REAPER_ONE

    REAPER_ONE YOU'RE DONE

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    Good advice Mark
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    I hope there are some ice cubes left to see when we're there....damn that thing is impressive!!!:clap:eek1
  16. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    I've just been foiled for the second time trying to ride the TLH again and the new section, I'm determined to ride it on my way to CroMag in September.

    A couple of friends just rode it clockwise on their way to the 3rd annual "Skibum Soiree" and had a great ride from what I've heard so far
  17. inmate-n00b

    inmate-n00b Ciao, Marco

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  18. willys

    willys Long timer

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    I was just checking the Great Auk Hunt Spot....he started out from Goose Bay and had to turn back and now is inside a shop....hope he is safe.:huh:ear
  19. REAPER_ONE

    REAPER_ONE YOU'RE DONE

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    Can you re post the link? love the drama.
  20. willys

    willys Long timer

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