Calgarians that dualsport

Discussion in 'Canada' started by macuser, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. Wesley J

    Wesley J Hoser

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    FTR was icy... Still good to get out.
  2. Shibby!

    Shibby! Long timer

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    Wheeled to Wiaprous falls. Casual day.

    No studded tires on the bike yet so the trail riding offer was turned down.
  3. XSoCal

    XSoCal Been here awhile

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    While snow covered roads always suck, thy're even harder to take when you have a new to you bike and you can't ride it...now the proud owner of the Orange Dragon, as my 6 year old named it.

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mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]--> I'm dying to ride it, and the main roads look fine with this warm (well...) spell, but I have to get through several blocks of the packed snow in my area to get to them. I tried and failed miserably today - made it one slightly downhill block and then spent 10 minutes spinning the rear trying to get back to my garage. So for the snow tire experts here, I tried this with a Pirelli Scorpion on the back and not a chance - but I do have a new TKC 80 for it; does anyone have experience with this tire in the snow? Would it be worth swapping - I don't expect to be able to really ride on the snow, I just have to make it a few blocks to the main road. I was kinda surprised actually, I've seen several people posting shots of the same bike on snowy roads, but I had absolutely zero forward movement. The MT90 still has half the tread, I thought it would at least move. Thanks.
  4. cedric

    cedric Been here awhile

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    Ride the 2 blocks on the sidewalk? In my neighborhood the road is ice while the sidewalks are bare.
  5. XSoCal

    XSoCal Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the tips - it actually was some of your shots that had me thinking it should be able to make it; from the pictures your rear tire looks a bit more aggressive than the MT90. But I didn't consider the warm tire aspect. And yeah, I'm going to keep the bike cleaned of salt, it's been really well looked after and I want to maintain that. I just haven't even ridden it once yet!
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    I thought about the sidewalk, but I live around such narcs I'm sure they'd call 911...I think some of them have Bylaw Services on speed dial...!<o:p></o:p>
  6. flossandfly

    flossandfly Been here awhile

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    Nice bike. From what you said you were looking for that looks perfect. Maybe you can try it out at the wildrose mx park after a few days of warm weather.
  7. Shibby!

    Shibby! Long timer

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    Get your gas ready for the Rawlin's section. I think we clocked it at 380 KM of emptyness crossing the Great Basin.
  8. XSoCal

    XSoCal Been here awhile

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    Thanks, I'm totally psyched about it. I did finally get the XRR running well on gravel, tuning the suspension helped a lot (it was way too stiff), but the biggest improvement was lowering the air pressure in the tires. Night and day. We'll see how the KTM compares off-road, but so far I'm thinking it might not be too bad. When I was out there like an idiot trying to ride it in the snow I was obviously paranoid about dropping it first time out, but after a few minutes of getting more and more frustrated with the rear tire spinning all the time I found that even with zero traction it was nicely balanced and didn't feel as heavy as I thought it would. I pulled off the MT90 last night and put on the TKC just for good measure - damn, what's with breaking the bead on the Scorpions? I had to put the XRR's side stand on the tire wall and lift the whole bike onto it to get it off the rim!
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    Anyway the MX park sounds like an excellent idea, I still haven't been. Drop me a msg if you ever head out there, sounds like a perfect place to practice.
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  9. XSoCal

    XSoCal Been here awhile

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    Sounds like an awesome trip - how many days were you thinking? At any rate we should definite get out there when the weather is good, I'd like to see how you have your bike set up. I need to decide on a system for extra fuel, relocating the fender, mods to do etc

    Edit - I was looking at some old KTM posts here and just noticed you called your bike the Orange Dragon long before we came up with it! We should get some decals made up or something...!
  10. flossandfly

    flossandfly Been here awhile

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    I was there once for the blackfoot offroad training and it was a pretty neat place. You should be able to call for conditions.

    Phone: 403.240.4025
    (24 hrs Information Hotline)
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    I always wanted to go back and maybe a few days into a chinook would be good. I will for sure PM you if I plan to go. Will probably post up here too. Always more fun when there are people to help me get my bike back up.


  11. flossandfly

    flossandfly Been here awhile

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    The "Big Trip" sounds awesome but would be harder to find time for. Do you have a "medium trip" planned? I am going to look on dual sport maps right now.
  12. IanInCalgary

    IanInCalgary Been here awhile

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    Count me in for at least the first week (assuming your acceptance criteria are low enough to include someone like me).

    My wife and I have been discussing our upcoming summer plans. She'll be at a fly-in moutaineering camp with the Alpine Club of Canada around the same time so I'm hoping your ride and her camp coincide.

    Ian

  13. flossandfly

    flossandfly Been here awhile

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    Read some of the Mobius trip ride report. Looks neat. I BCBTR is definitely in my sights next summer and I have to at least consider your big trip. Would be fun with you and Ian.

    High on 6 degrees tomorrow.

    Anybody plan to head out?
  14. XSoCal

    XSoCal Been here awhile

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    I might give it a try in the afternoon - if the KTM doesn't make it out, I'll just ride over parked cars with the XRR!
  15. XSoCal

    XSoCal Been here awhile

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    In case anyone is was thinking about heading out tomorrow, 40 north from 1a was clear and dry all the way past the first staging area, up to about where that ATV Adventure place is. After that the gravel started turning into sheets of hard packed snow and then to ice, still drivable but not so much fun. But up until then it was really nice.



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  16. XSoCal

    XSoCal Been here awhile

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    Thanks - truly awesome bike so far. I've ridden a lot of different bikes over the years, and I'd describe the Adventure as the most confidence inspiring of the lot. Completely at home on the gravel and mud at speed, and with the little bit of fooling around I did it was not as heavy feeling as I thought it would be, and it was very comfortable to ride standing. Even through patches of snow and ice I never got in trouble. And the hp really helps on the highway and out of corners. I can see riding this for a long time!<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Great job on the route map...that's pretty time consuming work. I'm going to start trying to get a week off at that time now. I might try some short o/n trips at the start of the summer too, get my gear tested out. I have the side panniers for the KTM, plus a custom rear case I put together for delicate (expensive) camera gear that worked out well on the XRR. <o:p></o:p>
  17. flossandfly

    flossandfly Been here awhile

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    Location:
    Calgary Alberta Canada
    Glad you like the new KTM. I look forward to riding with the twin orange dragons. It will be the closest I will come to being with twins. :killen
  18. Beema Killa

    Beema Killa Beema Killa

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2012
    Oddometer:
    957
    Location:
    Calgary Canada
    Congrats on the KTM. LOVE mine too. Have to get them out and run them through their paces. Be nice to have them and us meet. Cheers.
  19. Beema Killa

    Beema Killa Beema Killa

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2012
    Oddometer:
    957
    Location:
    Calgary Canada
    Lemme know if you guys hit the mx park too. I have never been and could be convinced to check it out!
  20. XSoCal

    XSoCal Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2012
    Oddometer:
    190
    Location:
    Calgary, AB

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mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]--> Thanks, and for sure we need to ride! I hope to have some time over the winter to prep mine up a bit - I like how both yours and Lycan1's have the fender relocation kit, I think that's a must do for me as well. Looks like you used the 950 SE fender? Although since mine is the 950 with no ABS I think the procedure is a bit different. And you did an awesome job on the Killa graphics, I'm really tempted to design something up. Maybe an Orange Dragon theme. The only thing trick right now on the bike is the steering damper.


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    And btw Lycan1, I just read your intro to your 12 days on the Orange Dragon post and I totally agree with your description of the bike...