Colemanfu's Colorado Dirt Bike and Brew Tour 2017!

Discussion in 'The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan' started by Colemanfu, May 10, 2017.

  1. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    It's mid May and summers right around the corner, it's got to be time to start thinking about this year Colorado Dirt Bike and Brew Tour - right? Oh hell yea!

    I'm just as excited( if not more) than I was back in 2013 when I experienced my inaugural CO Dirt Bike and Brew Tour.

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    I'm done hijacking other threads and will use this as my dumping ground for Tour related material. ADV is a great community and everyone is welcome to ask questions :y0!, share experience and comment.
    Please subscribe to my Youtube Channel for trip vids! Ya, now I'm Techno FU!
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeQFwsgIwjpDm0ltv_bXF0A

    I offer no apologies for the dip in your work production this summer as you live vicariously and dick with the computer or phone during your 9-5 . :deal


    The 2017 Colemanfu's Colorado Dirt Bike and Brew Tour will be my 5th and most elaborate CO expedition. My house is in order, I've hustled 3 jobs to pull this $hit off, I have a solid grasp on the logistical aspect of large scale ADVs and know 100% what puts a smile on my face as well as the converse - what I don't enjoy while I'm out west.

    I like bacon in the morning and a strong cup of fresh brewed java.
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    I like single track stoke.
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    I like finishing a hard day on the moto with some cold local suds back at camp.
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    I like living like a premium dirt bag in a van down by the river.
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    And most importantly I like to share the experience with Mrs. Mafu! 17 days this summer :clap
    Without her unconditional support an ADV like this would not be possible.
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    But first a recap of last years effort......
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/colemanfus-colorado-dirt-bike-and-brew-tour-16.1150476/

    41 days on the road
    59000 total miles on the van
    1900 in country miles
    12 different riding locations
    1353 miles on the bike, 63.7 hours
    *21 different breweries (and one bonus distillery)

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    Up next, van prep, bike prep, techno FU, FU's discovery of the clutch, and "the master plan". :lurk
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  2. Huzband

    Huzband Team Dirt

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  3. haystack

    haystack Just ride

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  4. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    Oh hell yeah!:freaky
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  5. ex250mike

    ex250mike Been here awhile

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    You ever have issues with the 2WD van and getting to good camping spots?
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  6. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    Thanks fellas! Guna take it to another level this summer! :kumbaya

    Nope, unlike the soft sand here at the beach that can stick ya, the surface is uber-packed in CO. It's so dry out there that some spots ya can't even drive in a stake.

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    The limiting factor is inclines/declines, rocks and just rough 4x4 roads. Out there the term "road" is pretty broad. :deal If it looks too rocky I shy away.
    I know the van's limitations and don't test it much. I'll run gravel roads all day - wet or dry.
    I have been lucky to find remote camps close to road or not to far off a main road and don't feel the need to wheel my rig. I have walked some "roads" to check em out to see if they get worse or if the risk is worth the reward. But by nature I'm conservative. I do carry a length of strap and a Hi-Lift jack just in case I have to self-extract.

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    4x4 Sprinters are designed for traction not Jeep type wheeling. I can feel my van flex going in and out of parking lots and super bumpy roads will really test the metal of your build out. We met a fella in Gunnison with a 4x4 Outside van ($100,000!) that busted up his moto hauler (it would not stay in the up position) on a rock trying to shoe horn his rig down some trails cause ya know it's a "4x4" :norton

    But regular dirt roads are fine.
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  7. ex250mike

    ex250mike Been here awhile

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    Cool! I'm doing something similar this year with a 2wd pickup and truck camper. My biggest concern is getting stuck or having to back out of someplace tight.
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  8. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    @haystack - those signs are iconic. Cool ya climbed up on one, great pix!
    The big on on I-70 is exactly 24 hours drive time away from Daytona and a real land mark after a day and 3/4 of long haul truckin. I really look forward to seeing it but the down side is you're still 3 hours from the mountains and it's dead nuts KS like flat - so total pump fake.

    I always pull over, take some snaps, call home, send a few texts (shhhhhh! and crack a celebratory cold one).

    We saw this pretty one along a back road going from Moab to Telluride.
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    Risk Rode hard, put away wet.

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  10. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    The Colemanvan - the van is the real rock star of The Tour and home is in fact where ya park it.

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    It's a 2014 MB Sprinter 144 3.0 6cyl high roof Cargo. It's set up for people on the inside and bike on the outside. I'll spend every single night of The Tour in the van, cook out of the van, nap in the van, relax in the van - it's my tiny house on wheels. Every night I sleep in my own bed and that makes a big difference when traveling for so long.

    To make it a little more user friendly we add a little night stand with drop down table and bottle opener. It's just two drawers but will eliminate living out of suitcases completely.

    It can hold your coffee in the morning.......

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    What kind of opener would you expect a Wanker to have?
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    The drop down is big enough to fit the camp stove/hot plate. And the top makes the perfect height seat both facing in the van and facing out with the door open. A bonus is a night stand for when the bed is fully open. But it's intended purpose was to add easy storage for clothing and gear.

    It can hold your suds in the afternoon.........

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    It started life as a used $20 white end table and we transformed it into some van furniture.

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    This winter we replaced the stock tires and it made a massive difference in how the van drove. If your looking to improve the ride of your new van swap out for some good tires - a real game changer! I could have stuffed some bigger meats under the van but resisted my inner caveman and made a logical choice to maintain the 19-21 MPG with stock size tires.

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    I also made a new table top that is slightly larger than the old one and designed to accommodate the old Coleman dual burner stove and umbrella. The table is slightly off set to the drivers side to ease in loading up the KTM and obviously is designed to allow the bike to lean against the table as it's being tied down for solo loading. But don't let it sit there too long when there's a breeze or it can tip into the back window - don't ask how I know :norton

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    And with the new table comes a new umbrella - or upper middle class trash awning. The whole set up has become a very pivotal part of camp. I added a section of PVC to elevate the umbrella enough to be able to open the doors. You can run it lower if the doors are shut or in the open position but lifted allows full use of the doors.

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    Then some little bits to make the rig more functional. We replaced the front light bar with a larger brighter Baja Designs piece and moved the old one out back as back up light and "rear communicator". You can see the new Front facing bar in the opening pix of this post. It's a real daymaker and like any product from Baja Designs it's first class! :spam


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    I the old light had a "strobe" feature that was activated with a push button. When I wired up the new light I used said push button to control the new rear facing light. It's pretty obstructed with the bike hauler but in everyday configuration it throw a lot of light out back.

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    I also added an additional interior light that can be reached from outside the drivers door.
    It has a built in push button and is available in any color.

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    I went for disco red :dj Easy to reach and convenient for unloading stuff from the drivers compartment.
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    The only other change was the addition of a 12v port under the bed that's wired to the auxiliary battery. It provides an additional port to plug in the shower or more importantly a USB port. I can charge the phone, Gopro, aux light, external charger and stuff from under the bed and set it on the feeding station with no USB cable strung across the van. Last summer during the first 3 days I tangled up the USP cord in the swivel seat and destroyed the USP ports - yes both and was forced to wire in a ciggy attachment in order to use the extra battery to charge junk.
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  11. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    "The Freedom Machine" - 2012 EXC500, 445 hrs and just less than 10,200 - all drama free. It's showing zero signs of needing a motor refresh.

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    The bike has been claw hammer solid. Only thing holding it back is the operator ha. :deal
    It's a very good all around CO machine for me and my mix of Jeep tracks, ATV trails and single track stoke. I added a larger tank (an addition after my first trip out west) but not a overwhelmingly large tank and conservatively it has about a 150 mile range and I've only see the fuel light come on a single time (Polar Bear 17 and it ran like shit?). I also run a tool rack on the back to make it more utilitarian. I carry the basics, 2 tubes - one behind the head light mask and one on the back rack, 3 spoons and mini compressor (in my a hydro pack) as well as the usual tools.

    If it's going to be a long long day with no available fuel I'll carry an extra MSR bottle and dump it in the tank at lunch or as soon as the tank volume drops enough. That extends range to about 200 miles. No need in carrying around gas on your back if can jettison it into the tank. But most days are between 60-150 miles. Short rides get only 3/4 a tank cause the additional volume is up high in the mushroom top of the tank.

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    I worked 14 consecutive weeks in the fall - 7 days a week! $ucked but didn't $uck if ya know what I'm $ayin.
    I've always pursued fun over money and this was hard but a good balance between the two -but not so good that I'll do it again ha.
    At times I felt like I sold out but a $20 a $20 right?
    I didn't go on a single day ride until Polar Bear 17 - 5 months! The spring was different - 3 trips so far and the 4th in three weeks , a Team Wanker ride up to West VA for proper shake down!

    As expected the bike takes a real beating in CO. Although I love on it every night it still gets long in the tooth. I'm not out there one week running 6 miles of logging roads, I'm out there for over a month and pillaging CO like a pirate in search of off road booty :chace. It's hard on the machine and I spent what little free time I had in the fall getting the bike back in shape.

    Stop, bearing time!

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    Yea, should have done it when I did the swing arm........... 2 years ago?
    Out with the old and in with the new. But FU's kind of project - fire and big F'n hammer!

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    I also replaced the front & rear bearings - not a surprise cause I use that front tire as a battering ram!

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    The rear had a little looseness to it? Easy morning job with a single cup of java.
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    And replaced some routine ware items - sifter knob.

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    New cleats for the pegs.

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    The little deal on the sissy leaver that illuminates the rear brake light.

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    And added and elitist kick stand.

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    New custom graphics for the front fork thanks to my sponsor - Telluride Brewing!
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    Later in the winter I switched from a 14 tooth counter to a 13. Changing from a 14 to a 13 made 2nd my default gear in the tight stuff :rayof

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    I even replaced the beat up stock front fender with a fresh (for now) new one!

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    Tire porn!
    This summer I'll start off running what's left of the Ibex out back and will switch to an Equilibrium that I plan on carrying with me for when the Kenda gets bad. Ibex was fantastic in NC/GA - best ever in fact! It's a great hybrid tire and will hook up but way too soft to last long in the hard rocky dry CO terrain - just my prediction. I'm anticipating it lasting 2 weeks before it's beat but until then it should provide superior traction.

    I'm always searching for that perfect CO rear tire and am anxious to experience how the Ibex and the Equilibrium perform - everyone who ran the Equilibrium in Pitkins last summer raved about it but they only ran for 5 days. The tread pattern looks like a big screw? And I know the Ibex really hooks up but won't last long cause it's super soft. I'll pick up a new front out in CO before it's needed - perhaps and Golden Tire Fatty in Colorado Springs (before the airport pickup) at Slavens? I'd like to see the inner working of his shop and have some trail talk. No procrastination this effort, last year I waited a few days too long :doh and fussed the last 2 rides cause the front end felt like a ski with every single outside knob chunked off.

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    This pix is after 2 weekends of riding and I flipped it to have a fresh edge in W VA. 10-12 psi with heavy duty tube.

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    Mini spoons only for this job but did add a massive spoon (or murder weapon) that I'll carry in the van that I can use for future swaps.

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    Up next - clutch mastery, Techno FU and the master plan! :beer
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  12. motomike14

    motomike14 Thumper Crusader

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    KTMs are reliable? Damn.
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    Johno33772 Johnny Africa

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    Bring on VA....gonna be a epic time!!!
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  14. iMakeTheMaps

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    Looks like a great trip. 14 straight weeks sounds terrible, now it's time for the payoff.

    I've been a fan of the sprinter for a while now, nice custom work. was it more labor or money to get it how you wanted?
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  15. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    @iMakeTheMaps - thanks, I know some judge when they see me dirt baggin all summer. But I could give a shit :csm
    I do get some snarky comments here and there but that's really the minority. 99% of the interactions and positive and most want a van tour and speak with envy when I share my story.

    As for labor or money - that's a tuff one? Build out company's like Outside Van or Colorado Camper Vans charge big bucks so to have someone else do the work would have perhaps have doubled the price. Then ya still don't get exactly what ya want. The only way to get what I wanted was to do it myself.
    The initial 80% of the van was completed in 9 weeks. Windows, floor, insulation, roof vent, paneling were all done between October and Thanksgiving done in that order. I was like a van crack head :loco

    14x14 hole was easy after cutting in the windows!

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    But the hardest part was cutting the massive holes in a brand new van that you only owned for 3 days! I also had the lower vinyl stripe installed that weekend and had to drive around like this...... This was even before I rattle canned the rims.
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    No risk, no reward! But by far this was the hardest part. Sucked in fact :deal
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    But Manfu likes to tinker and it was fun learning all the different disciplines! Youtube was my friend and there's vids for every aspect. I pored over vids and websites and took ideas that I liked.

    @Geek and his "building an ADV van" thread was a major blueprint - it's the gold standard for van builds around hear and I'm guessing he's inspired dozens. I used the same sound deadening, vent fan and mount for rear cam but most importantly is showed what was possible!
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/building-an-adventure-van.715683/

    I really enjoy the fine turning or detail work the most. Making it custom and functional to my needs was a blast and no van build is ever done.

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    I spared no expense and the money flowed freely like a cut to the jugular. My financial plan was formulated to build the van all at once and not piece it out over a extended period of time. So collecting parts and planning a few steps in advance created a smooth flow. I ordered the windows an vent before I even signed the paperwork for the van.

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    It's also designed so that everything is removable - not super easy but not permanent. The next owner can purchase it completely empty if they wanted. I can pull all the furniture and flooring. It would take a day to empty the van but it could be done. I even used just staples for the paneling and no glue to allow the vinyl to be replaced or changed out.

    But building a van is not for everyone. I see a lot of 3/4 built shit on the net and some folks don't have the time or skill to do a proper build out. The best is when they say "I'll finish that later" when a specific part of the build is 90% complete. You know they ain't guna finish that :kat. Into the Mystery 13 on Youtube is a prime example of sloppy van construction, corner cutting, cheeping out and how to complete 90% of every aspect of a van build.

    Me, I embrace my OCD :wings

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  16. iMakeTheMaps

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    Impressive work, certainly beyond my skill level -- I would have to be the guy to pony up and buy it or it would be half-done forever. I don't know why anyone would want you to take that stuff out to buy it, seems like they could find an empty van anywhere. It's cool that you could reasonably take things out though, in case you just wanted to change the layout or something.

    I'm looking forward to following this thread... even if only for the pics of bacon cooking in the morning. Man, I'm so jealous of this trip.
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    mr_guns Look Mom no hands!

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    I see the food! What van? Food!!!!


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  18. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    Just for you @mr_guns ! :dukegirl

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    This is an example of a typical "hot breakfast". Eggs and some fatty type meat like bacon. Most the time it's super chunky peanut better on an everything bagel. Quick and simple.
    I save any extra supper that I don't finish for lunch the following day. When I ride 9-5 I'll carry a bunch of snacks and leftover dinner to have as lunch. Nice to stop take a break and snack out. I love finding a pretty spot to chill in the middle of the day. The mini lunch excuses the big breakfasts and dinner.

    The only thing I like more than eating is drinking!

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  19. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    Techno FU - I live under a technology rock and am hyper resistant to any unnecessary high tech type deviation in my life. I know how to send e's, surf the net and watch Youtube and that's about it. I don't even own a lap top (work issued only with no administrative rights to add shit). Most my surfing outside of work is through an Iphone and I was resistant to adding that - I loved my slider phone :viking

    But a little over a year ago I turned a techno corner, added an Iphone, signed up for Youtube, and this past fall added a mini Gopro cube cam, thus making me Techno FU!

    I held off until the Session 5 came out last October when it's features had caught up with the larger GP units. The first gen was very basic and lower quality vids - but I liked it. I was attracted to the small size and simpleton features - pretty much on/off.
    I had the Ram suction cup for the GPS and re-purposed an old tripod by epoxying and GP mount to the top so that it could hold the cube for stationary mounting.

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    But for ADV filming I run this slick chin mount. It's very unobtrusive both visually and weight.

    @sfront gave a great suggestion of a rear facing mount to better capture the elevation changes. GPs historically make steep stuff look not so steep? Good I dea Sfront - it works as intended. I just used the curved mount and stuck it to the back of my lid. Fun to see the fools behind ya and it really does give a more accurate view of how steep it is. But it does require taking the time to move the mount from front to back.

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    Rear mount option.
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    Aside from shooting vid you can ask it talk to your phone and grab still photos of the action.
    Like this classic example of @shocker4her doing his usual trail closure move right in the middle of a hill climb??? :ken
    Always closing those trails, just don't get it?

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    Or @ihatefalling checking the depth of the white stuff - the hard way.

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    Or even Colemanfu himself trying to save those front knobs.
    Thank you GP for upping my fodder game :dllama:

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    Or FU mastering the clutch.......
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    Yea, I discovered the Cross Training Enduro Skill video series on YT after the Hard Enduro (cause I stunk it up), love it! I had no idea about that clutch shit and the role it plays in traction. Before those vids I barley used the clutch even to shift and had no clue it affected traction?
    But a few vids later and I'm a clutch master - hitting shit right left and center. :deal

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    But the Session's number one job and intended purpose is documenting the ADV with video.
    I've only use it for 3 rides but I got into the routine of producing a quick less than 2 min fodder vid immediately after an ADV.
    My ridding buds exempt me from driving just so I can focus on my editing game on the rides home. Thanks fella - makes me feel warm inside knowing you appreciate my video efforts.

    My first effort shooting vid- a one min music video from Polar Bear Rally 17. The beginning of the learning curve.



    With a single experience filming a ride I was excited to run it for a trip up to North Georgia which on the way up, I discovered was a race (Wankers!) - FU don't race so vid evidence would definitely be "dynamic".
    So here's an example of a fodder vid - a 1 min and 17 second tutorial on "How not to ride Hard Enduro".



    Or two and a half min touring Tellico.



    In the week following a ride (as I slack at work) I'll make a feature length presentation of the festivities. I try to avoid the 30 min of unedited boring shit and tell a little story. Here's the long form of the Rockcrusher Farms Hard Enduro.



    Or us jazzing the throttle around Tellico - a lesson in FU's mastery of the clutch. This is my best editing work to date as I think I've sorted the most basic editing program that I'm allowed to install on my work computer.
    Skip to the 19:30 mark to see me rear end another operator and then pass all blame :asshat



    I'm excited about documenting The CO Dirt Bike and Brew Tour 17 with video so make sure you subscribe or visit my channel or come back to visit.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeQFwsgIwjpDm0ltv_bXF0A

    21 days until launch!
    Up next - The master plan!
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  20. Milkweed

    Milkweed It's the bike, not the rider.

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    Great. He has the van of my dreams, takes excellent/creative pics, and writes interesting & humorous narrative. Now he's making good movies! Thanks a lot for showing us up in all those areas Manfu.
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