Calgarians that dualsport

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

  1. dwayne

    dwayne Silly Adventurer

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    I rode Drum one Febuary, I was nice but the clay was frozen about 1/4" under the (wet) surface.

    I have never hit the ground harder.:lol3
  2. Shibby!

    Shibby! Long timer

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    We used to ride it in the winter too. It wasn't probably the frozen ground, but the layer between the top layer and the thawing layer before the frozen ground.

    Like after a rain it looks good but just peels and slides away. You go around circles trying to stay upright. It's fun, but I suggest only experiencing it once =) This was on MX Trail bikes with full knobbies too!

    In all honesty, it's hard on the terrain to ride wet so try to stay off it. Keeps erosion to a minimum.

    Like the famous trail on CDT where it says "Impassible when wet".. Well, we didn't turn around, and sure enough for most people it probably would have been impassable. That stuff was great fun to ride but glad the full length wasn't wet because I had a few close calls at speed in a two wheel slide. Good times! We passed some trucks who decided to camp out because their progress was so slow it wasn't much point in pressing on!
  3. flossandfly

    flossandfly Been here awhile

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    I see hats, tee shirts and stickers on the site. How do you get them?

    Nice weather in the forecast. if we are lucky it will be nice enough to ride.
  4. dwayne

    dwayne Silly Adventurer

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    Ya, I have grown up about riding in the wet, depending on the trail, it can make a disgusting mess that ruins it for everyone.
  5. Roughshod

    Roughshod weld proud

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    Calgarians the Dualsport is a painful reminder that Im bike-less in 2012. Still I follow my C-Town bro's here and hope next year Ill be saddling up again, and perhaps with some of you. Keep it coming.
  6. Wesley J

    Wesley J Hoser

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    Who's riding today?
  7. Beema Killa

    Beema Killa Beema Killa

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    Nice little rip today.

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  8. RED CAT

    RED CAT Bumpy Backroader

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    Bumpy backroads south of Town are clear and dry. Gotta empty my tankful.:clap
  9. Beema Killa

    Beema Killa Beema Killa

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    I was south and it wasn't dry where I was! Still a lot of snow, ice and slush. The rest was mud and some nice tacky back roads you could really roll on the throttle!
  10. RED CAT

    RED CAT Bumpy Backroader

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    Musta been too far south. Definitely dry at 2 pm where I was just south and west of Spuce Meadows all the way to Turner Valley and Black Diamond.
  11. Wesley J

    Wesley J Hoser

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    FTR was icy... Still good to get out.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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>
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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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  19. 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...!
  20. flossandfly

    flossandfly Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2011
    Oddometer:
    344
    Location:
    Calgary Alberta Canada
    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)
    Track: 403.258.1883

    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.