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Discussion in 'Regional Forums' started by shrineclown, Oct 3, 2012.
As long as you don't mind leaving the GS behind in the woods while you ride the small bike out!
There is some pavement - unavoidable, but it is minimal. I did most of the route yesterday and had a distance of ~95 miles over 3:30 hours with a moving average of 25 mph. Overall avg was 22mph so I didn't stop much. With a group, chances are the overall average will go down but the moving average might go up.
Not sure about the gas issue (especially trying to mix it on the way). As for the technical sections of the ride, the KDX would eat it up.
I wish I hadn't forgotten my helmet camera yesterday, I took a couple wrong turns and ended up bushwhacking through overgrown old logging roads. Looked an Erzberg/Romaniacs scenario for a little bit. :eek1
Heading out for a full-route run this morning to finalize the 2nd gas stop and get some feedback from other riders on the route. I think it's a real peach of a ride.
Even passed some of the sections of the 9-mile ride. Looked quite a bit different. And then other parts were still identical to the way we encountered them in 2011.
Soooo... is it the DS loop you're talking about? There's some "interesting" stuff on that loop. Like the big washed out drops that lead to a mudpit, the 2'-3' water breaks that need to be jumped going uphill (need ), the washed out rocky downhill.... we did half the loop on the LC8s last year. I was the slowest of the group, but could get through. It was fun, but I imagine that with another year of rain and riding, the route is even rougher.
Hmm... wanna supply a track if a bigger bike crew wants to gather and ride it separately? Not sure I wanna trailer a bike up there.
Ok, maybe I'll bring the little bike...
Nope. The Dual Sport Loop is awesome. And for anyone that hasn't done it, you should.
I've put together an alternative for those of us who have done that loop several times now. It includes some of the same roads, but not necessarily in the same direction as the DSL.
As I said before, this isn't big bike "friendly." that doesn't mean it isn't doable by some riders on larger bikes.
I will put together a track file and roadbooks for anyone who wants it but that won't happen for a few days (or a week) as I have to return to real life tomorrow and deal with some of what that entails.
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I won't make it to Cromag but you clowns (and Clown) have a great time. I wish I could try out the used Christini I bought on those Yankee trails.
Looking forward to the trails. This time I'll be on a bike with nobbies.
Not bike related, but it looks like these guys had fun and found Bernard General Store:
damn you all!
I'm looking at hauling up both my DRZ400 and KTM 950 Adventure. Maybe the dualsport route big bike style on Friday and GuyManBro's miles of fun on the DRZ for Saturday.
One of these days you are going to have to plan to be out here for it.
Hmmm....pics of that 950, 4' of defying gravity, into a mud pit would make for some good youtube.
I'm in, see you FF's Friday
Barenjager in hand
For those with 9x0s you ain't gotta hair on your ass if you don't ride with
CroMag is about epic. Do it.
Greetings all, I get lots of questions if there is still room. There is plenty of room, we have not even come close to the capacity of the facility, ever. We could be three times our size and still be comfortable there.
Don't be scared, you will have a good time. There is something for everyone.
I rode the 7mtns single track on the 950. I've been posting some of my helmet cam footage on that thread. I ripped the mt21 rear to shreds, and I thought I was being careful. I did leave the pressure pretty high after seeing that all the rocks down there are square and sharp. I'm sure that had a lot to due with the tearing.
I still did about 80 miles of single track and 1200 miles of tar on it last weekend (including a stop at Utica/Rome speedway).
I have been considering just taking the 950 to Cromag , but I don't know if I can survive two days of single track on that tank.
So I can just leave the DRZ home then.............
Or stand close to the fire and you will be able to claim the same issue.
Myself, ET-VT, and VTBeemer headed out at ~11am today. We made it approximately 80 miles of the route and called it off at 5:30pm. We took a leisurely lunch and that probably wasn't the best idea. In any case, today confirmed my suspicions that the route is pretty freakin' fantastic. It alternates between 5-15 miles of technical terrain and 5-15 miles of transit terrain. The technical parts are gnarly enough to keep the faster riders entertained but not so tough as to create undo danger to those pushing their comfort level.
I will reiterate, you NEED to have knobby tires and even more importantly, you need to carry water with you (more than a 16 oz bottle). I think VTBeemer will concur that and ADV-style jacket is a detriment on this ride. Off road gear or highly ventilated gear will be essential unless winter arrives early.
I won't hype the route anymore, but if ET-VT and VTBeemer want to share their thoughts, it might be more enlightening than my own opinions.
I took quite a bit of video of the technical stuff today so when I get home I'll whittle it down and post it up so people can decide for themselves if it looks "doable."