Calgarians that dualsport

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

  1. XSoCal

    XSoCal Been here awhile

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    See you there!
  2. flossandfly

    flossandfly Been here awhile

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    Lots of riders for this one. 6 plus any maybes that may show up.
  3. flossandfly

    flossandfly Been here awhile

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    It was very windy yesterday. Must have been worst on the highway with nothing to slow it down. Were you inured? I guess if you are going to get blown off the road what better bike then the DRZ400. But then again maybe a big heavey bike would have resisted being blown around.
  4. Calgary06

    Calgary06 Been here awhile

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    Hope everyone has a good ride today. My to do list was a little long to get out and enjoy the wind...

    Does anyone know where to buy a decent - yet inexpensive - blind bearing puller in Calgary? My wheel bearings are proving to be quite stubborn.

    Thanks
  5. Shibby!

    Shibby! Long timer

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    If the hammer and (tool of your choice) isn't taking it out I think princess auto sells a cheaper unit.
  6. RED CAT

    RED CAT Bumpy Backroader

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    3 of us out that way yesterday about 3pm. Guy on a 990 and a couple of singles went by. Some of you guys? We were on an S10 and a couple of Triumph 800s heading east.
  7. Durden

    Durden Freak!

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    Lycan, saw you ripping down Crowchild yesterday around 5, looks like you guys made it back in a decent time, wished I had made it, but I'm sure it was a bit gusty.
  8. desmodab

    desmodab Oversized Canuck

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    Lycan - I also saw you yesterday south on Deerfoot in Douglasdale. I was on my red Multistrada and waved. Me and my buddy Mr Canoehead got out to Canmore via 1A for a nice ride. Finally riding season has started! DD
  9. XSoCal

    XSoCal Been here awhile

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    Great ride yesterday, and it was really good to meet you all! Here is a quick shot from the day, uploading a video now and will post later.

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  10. Mr. Canoehead

    Mr. Canoehead Taste Gunnels!

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    I told them I was working on the DR, so I couldn't go! Now the cat is out of the bag - I went riding on the GSA instead of working on the DR. :rofl
  11. XSoCal

    XSoCal Been here awhile

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    Here is a short set of clips from yesterday, editing isn't perfect but wanted to post it. Thanks for organizing the "hooligan ride" Floss!

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  12. Subaru297

    Subaru297 Been here awhile

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    Yes that was us. I was one of the 3 that went by. We were all in a hurry to get home otherwise we would have stopped to chat. Hope you enjoyed your ride.

    Thanks to Floss for organizing and for everyone else that showed up. It was a fun ride and good to meet some new faces in Calgary.

    The 530 is definitely a fun bike. It is perfect for ripping along those trails that were running parallel to the FSR. I was bottoming out the back end though on a few of the bigger bumps and ditches. I will have to stop and adjust the compression damping next time out. It is the perfect setup now for me after getting it lowered a bit. It can handle the trails fine and can cruise all day at 100 to 120km/h as long as my rear end can take it!

    Cheers
  13. desmodab

    desmodab Oversized Canuck

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    Woops! Sorry, next time you'll have to bring me in on your "capers" :rofl
  14. Cal

    Cal Long timer

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    I was in the lead on my f650 coming into Watervalley from the west and where it slows to 80 and then quickly to 60 , I was still at about 90 or 100 and a white unmarked pickup going east turned on his flashing lights:huh I thought oh,oh but low and behold he was just sending me a message as he never turned around and gave chase.
    I then slowed down and did the speed limit all the way home.:D

    It was a great day!
  15. Shibby!

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    Bottoming out is requiring new springs, not compression dampening.
  16. flossandfly

    flossandfly Been here awhile

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    Great Video Xsocal. Nice to see your pics Lycan1. I emailed my pictures to those I had email addresses for. (don't have a photo posting account)

    It was a fun ride with something for everyone. The trails beside the road were really fun, I did my first jump (by accident) while coming off a whoop. Stud Creek road is pretty fun, I'll be sure to ride it again.

    Thanks Earl and Lee for finding a much more interesting route than I had in mind. It's nice to ride with different riders to find out their fun routes. Thanks to everyone who made it out. I hope to get in lots of fun rides like this with you again.
  17. Subaru297

    Subaru297 Been here awhile

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    Not entirely true. This is determined by your static vs race sag. You can have the correct spring and have your compression damping too low and you will bottom out.
    I did set my race sag toward the high side but I will decrease my race sag (increase preload) a bit and see if that helps as well as turning up the compression damping.
    Although my static sag is a bit too high as well so your conclusion may be right!:wink:

    Plus I will only be adding weight to the bike for trips so a stronger spring is probably in my future anyway....
  18. Shibby!

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    Yes, but if you are bottoming a lot and your adjusters are anywhere near central then it's too soft.

    KTM springs are rated for about 160-170lb riders. Most require re-springing.

    I'm 200lbs and cant say I've ever felt suspension bottom hard. My XRR is valved and sprung pretty soft, and my KTM is valved and sprung more agressive. Both have their benefits. Neither bottom.

    Forks can adjust oil level to increase or degrease bottoming resistance, but once again you need the right springs.
  19. Canadian_Bacon

    Canadian_Bacon Been here awhile

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    Having never been offroad before in my life I did this course last year and learned more about riding a bike in one day than 5 years of riding on the street. Having access to the entire Wildrose park was a pretty great experience too. Highly recommended.



  20. Shibby!

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    Looks like fun!

    Anybody interested in an overnighter maybe next weekend? (not this up coming one, I'm heading to Koocanusa to get arm pump)

    Actually two weeks works better. Then my buddy is back from sunning himself.

    In either event, I hope to do lots of riding this year.

    Tour of Idaho in July!:
    http://www.motorcyclejazz.com/TID.htm