ATV Adventure Riding

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by helipilot650l, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. LisaS

    LisaS Dubious Adventurer

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    I am so glad to see this thread! The quad is the only way I can keep up with my husband on the technical stuff..... Well, not really keep up- that KTM is pretty swift, but that Polaris can plow though anything- It's really opened up a lot of trails for me that I would never attempt on 2 wheels.

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  2. helipilot650l

    helipilot650l Sweet!!!!!!

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    Nice to see other couples out ridding together. My wife is my favorite riding buddy! Keep the pics coming. :clap
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  3. De250r

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    How about my rhino all loaded up with my favorite Ridin buddy


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  4. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    I might be taking the ATC350X out tomorrow. :)

    There are a lot of quads out on the trails. Almost all are out for day rides. Is there a resource for expedition type quad trips? Like going out for a week or 2?
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  5. helipilot650l

    helipilot650l Sweet!!!!!!

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    Love the 350X My cousins had a pair of them back in High school. I loved thouse wheelers. All but starting them:D[​IMG]
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  6. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    WooHoo!
    Yup, that's the one!
    Mine starts really nicely. :D
    Just put a new rear calliper on it tonight. It's ready for a short trip tomorrow. I noticed that I'm missing a bushing in the calliper linkage. It'll be a bit clunky for the day.
    It got treated to a new gas tank last week. The bondo holding the old tank together was starting to fail.
    It's my restoration project. Not 'frame off', just fixed to an above average machine. I'd like to get some nice bars for it and some Mudzillas. The rest of the plastic is new (except headlight bezel) and it runs great. I've replaced some of the other bushings and bearings. It's almost done, until I break it. :freaky
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  7. Myfuture_yourdebt

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    My parents have two Polaris 2-up Sportman 550s (forgot the exact model name) and there's few things more fun for 4 people, even if all 4 have no riding experience of any sort (common sense notwithstanding). I've really been surprised a few times at how much gnar they can handle...they are hill-climb beasts and feel so sporty for a utility ATV platform and one that is slightly enlarged. I'd say they can go about as fast or faster than I ride on my KLR650 in all conditions except open dirt. The only problem is the passengers (2-up) can really get thrown around when going faster and it can be tiring for them. Otherwise they are outstanding vehicles that have done everything asked of them and more and have been the utmost representation of reliability and durability.

    We tend to ride all day or for a weekend at a time while camping, riding as much as 100 miles a day which seems like a lot when its mostly dirt bike trails on vehicles designed for relatively slow cross country travel. I tend to ride them most during the winter when the snow makes riding 2-wheels impractical. Riding them during the winter is when it's really an adventure! Where we go, the area is closed to full-size vehicles during the winter so it's by-and-large empty and itching to be adventured on. While it really gives me the itch to ride 2-wheels during the winter when I can't for weeks at a time, it's a welcome alternative that also allows me to bring friends a riding experiences when they are otherwise incapable, uninterested, or fearful of joining me on bikes.
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  8. Myfuture_yourdebt

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    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention something neat...my bro moved to a picturesque mountain neighborhood recently and one of his neighbors who he's become friends with has a 4-door RZR. Holy crap, there's few things that I've actually seen in person and ridden that are more bad-ass!!! :clap

    They use it to ride up and down approximately 5 miles of high grade mountain pass-like dirt roads from their house to the gate and parking lot at the entrance of the neighborhood which leads to a paved country road. They just leave whatever vehicle they're using for commuting down at the parking lot...this way they save the suspension on their full-size vehicles (really rough roads, constant erosion) and get to have fun at least twice every damn day even in the dead of winter. Oh what it must be like to live in paradise! :eek1

    My bro even started "car pooling" down to the bottom of the hill with them...He told me nothing wakes him up like a cigarette during a RZR ride! :lol3
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  9. LisaS

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    Mine is the Sportsman 500 and so far it has gone through everything my husband rides through on the KTM- and he loves the technical stuff. I agree with all of your comments above about it being sporty and fast for a big machine. Then when it comes home it does farm chores too:D
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  10. helipilot650l

    helipilot650l Sweet!!!!!!

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    Lisa where in Maine do you like. We live in Oregon but have a 140 acres in Troy Maine. We have never seen it but it sounds nice.:rofl
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  11. LisaS

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    We are in central Maine, close to Newport, about 1/2 hour from Bangor and about an Hour north of Troy- Troy is really hilly and pretty.
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  12. helipilot650l

    helipilot650l Sweet!!!!!!

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    Wow Maine looks great.I looked at your other post and I can't wait to come out and ride our property. My wife and dual sport and atv ride all over Oregon and Northern California. I love here. But Maine look great.:evil
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  13. LisaS

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    The ATV clubs up here maintain quite a trail system- some of them are open to bikes, but not all. I think shoein has employed some selective vision on occasion when he has been with me on the KTM:lol3 Overall we try to be respectful of the trails and land owners so we can continue to have places to ride.
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  14. dirtydeeds

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    This thread has me thinking about ATV travel. Has anyone done expedition type rides here? As in multiple day trips? Packing gear for extended journeys?
    Is there a market for that stuff? Will there be? :ear
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  15. jeeppurz

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    yeap. I can go for a week solo.
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  17. dirtydeeds

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    Cool. Are there many people that do that? Is there an ATV-ADV forum?
    Most people I see drag a 40ft fifth wheel into the bush and ride for about 2hrs/day for a 3 day weekend.

    I'd like to try a week trip one summer. I'd have to use my old big red though. It has racks. :)

    There's lots of fresh water where I would go. The hardest part would be packing enough fuel. I'd have to do a couple 2-3 day trips to sort out fuel consumption.

    Could you pack for a week without the trailer?
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  18. helipilot650l

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    Anyone else out quad riding? We are planning a trip this weekend. Hope you all have a great weekend.:rofl
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