Chattanooga Area Ride This Saturday Oct 20

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by SquirrelyGrl, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. mb90535im

    mb90535im '05 R1200 GS

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    I've had mine in some fairly gnarly stuff (for a GS) like trail 82 from Buck Bald to 68, but was concerned that I was destroying my clutch.

    Do you feel like you were abusing the pig's clutch yesterday?
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  2. DriftDragon

    DriftDragon Wanderer

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    You know... I have heard some people concerned about that due to the dry clutch design. My understanding is that is way more of a issue if you do so at highway speeds and very high rpms. When you are working at slower speeds as in an offroad environment I really don't find myself feathering the clutch at that high of an RPM. Maybe 4k but certainly not up in the 7k range. once I got rpm that high I am off the clutch. If your throttle AND clutch work together I don't think you ever really get in the abuse range.

    Many of the major offroad GS riders seem to concur and report very long clutch lifespans despite heavy offroad usage and lots of bottom half rpm feathering. I would be more concerned with second guessing what I need to do in the heat of battle than worrying about early clutch replacement but that is just me. I focus more on keeping my arms relaxed than most anything else while riding... to me that's the first concern and worry about anything seems to increase that tendency. I believe paying attention is more important than analyzing while riding. It seems to me the real brain work does not have time to reach our conscious minds. In other words riding teaches us best if we keep our conciousness working on observing and let the inner mind make the decisions. Does that make sense? I often wonder how much our real mind bothers to even share with our conscious mind about what it knows. But I do ride better when I focus on observing than when trying to help make decisions. That seems to be true to me.
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  3. GaM

    GaM Long timer

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    A weekday afternoon is a good time for Houston Valley. The last time I was there was the day after Christmas a few years ago and everybody that a new ATV for Christmas was there. Gotta watch those ATV's at that place. A woman from Chattooga County got killed on one over there in April.
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  4. VIPDRE

    VIPDRE KLR 650

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    Agree on the timing of going to Houston Valley. I've only been there during the week nights and it has been so quiet each time. We had about 1.5 to 2 hours riding which was perfect on a work night to work off the stress but not get totally worn out.

    Great group to ride with. Thanks for leading us Twisty! I think the stopping every 5-7 minutes was a good pace considering the variety of bikes, riders and turns we took.
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  5. DriftDragon

    DriftDragon Wanderer

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    Squirrly, are you gonna create us a new regular thread... something like "Chattanooga Area Impromptu Group Rides" or something like that?

    I wanna see if anyone wants to do Prentice Cooper anytime soon. I am tempted to check it out Tuesday after work a bit.
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  6. SquirrelyGrl

    SquirrelyGrl Squirrely Girl

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    Very soon Tim! We're working on that pronto. I may not be able to ride Tuesday, I need to purchase a new rear tire and possibly a clutch for the DR & throttle cable.
    AB ~ He still has to fix his foot peg.
    Maybe David, Andre or Jman could meet you over there. Or some of the other guys in the area. I'll spread the

    Be on the lookout Tim! We're gonna come up with something cool for our hood here

    Also if you wanted, I think AB & I could meet you at the Terminal if you wanted after your ride, and anyone else is more than welcome to join as well.
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  7. ABHooligan

    ABHooligan The Flying Mythos

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