Central Valley Dual Sport Rides more fun good times

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by dsrider, Jul 18, 2007.

  1. styger

    styger Been here awhile

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    Well it's not a legit ride report but it is good to know for those interested. The Saint Johns river from Woodlake to Visalia has a lot of stagnant water still in it :(
    After Ivanhoe you can almost get to hwy 99 with just a few pissed off home owners:0
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  2. mudpig

    mudpig Been here awhile

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    Bumped into Potential Scat and his lovely lady at friend's birthday party yesterday. I was singing karaoke. I'll let Scat tell you how bad it was.:eek1
  3. PotentialScat

    PotentialScat aint

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    Actually Tom, you sing damn good. It was really nice to meet you and your wife.

    Still chuckling over how you told me your dirt exploits and walked away and it took me 15 minutes to connect the dots.
  4. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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    it is north of Miami near Chowchilla Mtn road .. some call it the big rock or rock trail like Mike but it is actually its 7s 20x or really known as Grants Grade toll road off of ten mile grade...and can be seen on bing maps and others
  5. McKay

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    Thanks, looks like a great ride.
  6. lsellers

    lsellers a DSRIDER

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    I say this with all the love and support in the world Monti: You Dummy!
  7. powerman

    powerman Been here awhile

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    HAHAHAHAHA! :rofl

    I don't agree with you Lane, but that cracked me up.
  8. JPaccassi

    JPaccassi ...searching

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    Thinking about something like below......Watts Valley, old Tollhouse, Musick farm to SJ railroad grade, shaver lunch, glen meadow to bretz mill, soaproot saddle/big creek, around the lake to maxon & back:D Anyone?



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  9. pcvance

    pcvance Walk Verplank

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    950/990 or DR650?

    That's a no brainer, KTM of course! He's no dummy....

    Personally I'd get the Super Enduro over the Adventure though.
  10. mudpig

    mudpig Been here awhile

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    They are nice on the pavement and fire roads. However, they are a real handful in the tight twisty stuff, even worse than the DR, I think. And if you think lifting the DR is tough, don't even think about lifting one of those big KTMs by yourself...I think Monti will be taking his" little" (525 is little?) KTM in the dirt...:D
  11. theredrocket23

    theredrocket23 Been here awhile

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    I am in for reals this time:clap That sounds like a fun ride. Just replaced the shaft seal in the rear shock of the old XR Put it back to gather and adjusted the pre-load this weekend. What a difference new oil and a proper charge makes. New fender and tail lights, even washed the thing.
  12. JPaccassi

    JPaccassi ...searching

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    Hells yes, it should be a beautiful day to ride :clap So nice when everything is still green...instead of that dreadful brown scorched earth look of late spring & summer around here.:D
  13. pcvance

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    Yes, that is the reason you NEED two bikes...
    Or three.
    If you settle for ONLY one bike, the DR is a good choice.
  14. McKay

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    If I get my swingarm back by then, I'm in.
  15. lsellers

    lsellers a DSRIDER

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    Rob, Chip, K, dogs, and myself along with one of Rob's friends (Tim?) went up to Bald Mountain on Patty's Day for a BBQ. Long story short we ran out of steam NEAR the top of the lookout and we all got stuck at lease once, twice, perhaps even 3 times which required a shovel and tow strap:

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    Powerbanks: I'll elaborate: Monti does more maintenance on the 525 than riding. On that aspect alone I'd sell that before the DR. If I were going big KTM I'd get the Super Enduro as well over the Adventure if and only if service was rated in miles instead of hours! Ps: Andrew how is everything going?

    I might upload another video. As a bump... Perhaps.
  16. montibank

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    Damnit I wanted to go 4 wheelin this weekend that woulda been fun as hell. You can thank Caren for that bit of ruin.

    I must admit I like doing maint. Its kinda addictive, had to borrow some guys 426 to work on since I am broke and it is his dime hahah.

    Agreed 950 SuperEnduro is much more my speed offroad - but I commute daily on this thing. Its going to spend 90% or more of the time on pavement. Watching riceless power his 950 through rubicon showed me that the 950 adventrure belongs offroad too. And I miss taking the Mrs out on the bike, the CBR was great for that. We only tried the DR twice, it wasnt that enjoyable for either of us in comparison. Going all the way to the coast and back 2 up on the DR would be a disaster. On a ninefiddy... I may git lucky. :p
  17. lsellers

    lsellers a DSRIDER

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    Sounds like it's the best for you! When are you selling the 525? :p

    We missed you Monti. We only had one shovel so you wouldn't have had to be put to work either. Here's another video:

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  18. powerman

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    Lane, I'm doing really well, thanks. I bought a house in Huntington Beach and have been settling in. Haven't ridden in a LLLOOONNNGG time.
    I really don't have the same issues with the 525 that Monti has had with his 530, so maybe you're right about that bike. Comparing a KTM dirtbike to a DR isn't really fair, they are two very different sort of bikes. The DR has more in common with Adventure, big & heavy. Twist the throttle on that 530 and let the suspension work under you for a bit and you'll know why the DR is for sale and not the KTM.

    As for the adventure vs the super enduro, well I didn't have a choice, the super wasn't born yet, I'd still get the Adventure S though. The super doesn't hold much gas, that's a priority for me, especially in Baja. My Adventure has been really good, surprisingly so offroad. It's intimidating, but if you let it work it does great. How's your BMW? Been riding much?
  19. lsellers

    lsellers a DSRIDER

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    HB! Fantastic! There's no doubt that the KTM is more capable and a much better performer but I know that he wants a little better of a blend of long distance dual sport in which, I believe the DR will be better for him during the time that he is saving up for the big bike!

    Gas is the number 1 goal I have to agree there. Having only 2.5 gallons kind of sucks but I like the lighter weight offroad I guess. Like you said and I have to agree I'd rather buy a bike that was designed to hold a certain amount of fuel rather than adding on a larger tank later and having to adjust for weight and stuff.

    No problems with the Beemer and am about to go on a ride through 195>hunter liggett>SF>overnight>through some carmel valley trails>pinoche>and back! I'm carrying extra fuel on the back.

    Oh PS! If I were Monti, I'd get the newly released 990 ADV BAJA Special Edition as the new ADV's look too much like the new KLR's!!!!!!
  20. Jonasjapan

    Jonasjapan n00b

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    Cool, I am riding in Friday eve, staying at campsite 15. Stop by and say Wazzzup!