Chico, Ca Dualsport Riders

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Bob Tosi, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Mixed luck with the Shorai in my 300,has never really held a charge since new,doesnt seem to want to take a full charge,doesnt turn the bike over any quicker or as quick as a fresh Gel battery. But can sit a long time and once I ride the bike a while it charges up and works ok.
    I dont bother charging it anymore at home. Im not buying a 60.00 charger as I wont be needing another battery like it. (Many users use a normal battery charger and do fine) (Rockgarden Bob had his Shorai catch on fire while sitting in the bike overnight and melt stuff,he also is no longer a huge fan)
  2. Hop-Sing

    Hop-Sing Long timer

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    After having my bike apart somewhat I needed to take it out and give it a test ride before somebody got serious about a decent ride. I left the house without a real plan of where I was going. after getting gas I headed out 36 just intending to hit my dirt track out along the railroad Tracks, {McCoy rd and Mattolock loop}.
    Anyway I forgot to turn and so I just kept going readjusting my plans as I rode. Figured I would go out 36 and get a soda at Platina and then Ride Tedoc through Rat Trap Gap and back to town.
    Well those plans changed after finding this map at the Platina store. Road Closed Mr. Well that changes everything.

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    So great, is it more pavement out to Wildwood and around, Or, What has been calling me lately. Yep back down the hill on the Ditch Grade to catch Bully Schoop. It was perfect, except out in the middle before the top I ran into a logging operation. They were accessing this area through private roads out of Douglas City. So that meant the road I wanted was not necessarily the most used one. And in fact meant if I took the "Main" road I would have got lost out behind some closed gates. I know this because I talked to the timber feller and he had left a gate open he had to go close. Anyway I made all the right turns and climbed clear to the look out road that was closed just down the hill a little farther than I wanted to walk. My time was going to run short if I didn't keep going so I split between Shasta Bally and Bully Schoop and worked my way back down to the Buckhorn summit.
    It was a great ride and I made it home just at dark.

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    This is coming up to the Saddle between Bully Schoop and Shasta Bally.

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    Same saddle looking East with Bully Schoop behind me. I took more pictures but cant get them to load here very well.
    Where I came out at There is a road that takes me straight North along the top over to French Gulch road and West Side rd.
    So now I have a dirt path from Red Bluff to Trinity Lake or even clear to the North up by Mt Shasta.
  3. KyoXR

    KyoXR Clouds, Snow, Rain

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    That RC Balance charger might just work, I'm not going to worry about it for the moment though.
    as far as getting up that hill I just changed the oil in the bike, going to lube the chain check tire pressure and make sure the fuel is topped off so I will be ready to go.


    I started thinking of a lift helper of some sort a while back, I was at high elevation in the snow and ice (the ice is why I was on the ground) and I tried 3 times to get the bike up but the ground was slippery ,I was tired,cold and winded by the elevation and got to the point to were I considered getting out my tools and start disassembling the bike until it was light enough to lift , one last try before disassembly and I got it upright...after that I looked online for crafting Ideas and saw the butt against the seat lift, went out to the garage to try it and found it to be 100 times easier then the way I was doing it, why the F@#* didn't I think to try lifting it that way?...I'm not worried about getting my bike back upright since I learned that technique.

    I hear ya on that one, I wont be going Shorai again but I can't go back to a heavier battery, when I first put in the Shorai I went out to the garage and installed it , started the bike and then It sat for two weeks and I completely forgot I had installed it, after a couple rides I was certain that I was flicking the bike around a lot easier than I was before and started wondering why...oh, yeah, I just dumped about 5lbs off the tail end of the bike, It was that noticeable. I have been hearing good things about anti-gravity batteries.
  4. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

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    Hop Sing I passed you on 36 at the Shasta - Tehema County line. I thought that was you. Not a lot of Dakars out there. I was on the white Strom.
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  5. Foot dragger

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    Its almost 2 lbs less weight on my 300 with the Shorai,so not a real deal breaker on weight. What I need is a new 150XCW. 205 lbs. And tiny little engine spinning along would feel even lighter.

    DR650 at near 400lbs ready to roll is going to be heavy no matter what happens.
  6. Hop-Sing

    Hop-Sing Long timer

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    That is funny. Did you need to come over and have dinner at the Palomino Room ?
    I almost stopped , turned around because I didn't really have plans.
  7. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

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    Haha. I was on the way to ride the Feather R. I did get lunch at the PR. In fact, I'm here at the PR again, right now, on my way back from the Feather R. I love this place! I'll put some pics in the S Humboldt thread when I get home later.
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  8. Foot dragger

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    Its in Red Bluff? Gotta try it. We should have a rider lunch there.
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  9. Foot dragger

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    No board meeting today?
  10. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

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    Yeah. RB, on Main. It's half bar/half restaurant, separated by a wall. BBQ and steak and such. Excellent food. Oddly, the three times I've been in here there has been no one else here. Maybe the locals know something I don't, like Tehema Health Dept shut them down recently or something. Dunno.
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  11. Hop-Sing

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    It's been here for years. We had a big party upstairs a couple weeks ago. It changed ownership recently. The food side was more of a dance hall with bands playing. Adam that has it now worked at the Yamaha dealership in town here for a long time. He has changed it to what it is now, more food orientated , I have only ate there once since he has had it. needed to eat before I went upstairs to a 40th reunion party. Good tri-tip sandwich and loved the fries. I definitely would trust the food now more than when it was just a bar.
    As far as the "locals" we might have to add you to that list seems as you are already referring to it as the PR. That's three times in a week or so, I'll tell Adam Stever you need a discount.
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  12. Foot dragger

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    Anyone who's riding up Feather River Canyon,Scooters Cafe also has a new owner and the food has been winning acclaim ever since he and his wife took over.
    We stop in there regular after trailriding and its always good to great. Prime Rib Friday nights is said to be better then any down in the flatland.
    Sportbikers,Dirtbikers,Harley riders tend to stop in.
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  13. Hop-Sing

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    Some friends out for a ride.


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  14. Foot dragger

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    I usta race Flattrack with the gentleman standing at far right with arms crossed. Couple years back,73/74/75.
  15. Foot dragger

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    DSCF1342.JPG DSCF1343.JPG Last Sunday Gabe at Chico Honda had a ride going,any and all welcome. Donuts and Coffee provided at Honda shop,Thanks Gabe! About 30 or so of us rode up 70 to 89 and over to Chester for Lunch,4 of us split off and hit Mi Casita in lower Chester for a really good mexican lunch. The rest hit the Frosty Freeze burger joint in Chester. I dont really do big group rides but all of us survived this one ok. Nice Day Out! Gabe will be throwing more of these shindigs if anyones interested.
  16. Foot dragger

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    2 of us rode up Campcreek road last week,up 70 to Pulga and out campcreek till we hit the Big Slide 3/4 of the way out . Smoky day in Feather River Canyon but a good day out.7017 DSCF1333.JPG DSCF1336.JPG DSCF1334.JPG DSCF1340.JPG
  17. Hop-Sing

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    That guy standing there with his arms crossed is a good friend of mine. He lives in Chico. His name is Mike.
  18. Foot dragger

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    W--BBER,He was good at shortrack racing,it was mostly a blur when I was out there,smack the wall or blow engines up,occasional win.
  19. Hop-Sing

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    Holy Crap, This is news to me. We will need to talk more about this off line.