CT riders check in...

Discussion in 'Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carp' started by Krazy Again, Aug 27, 2013.

  1. Krazy Again

    Krazy Again n00b

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    Brandy new to the forum. Thought I'd say hello and start a thread for CT riders to check in. (Didn't see one specific to CT)

    I just picked up a new (leftover) 2012 Tiger 800XC. As time allows I would like to ride a little off road with people. I have NEVER ridden dirt before, and the bike has the stock tires, not street knobbies, so please be gentle. :) I have plenty of years and miles under me though. I was looking for something different and fun. So far, this Tiger has been that and more.

    So....hello!:happay
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  2. sjc56

    sjc56 Long timer

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    Lots of dirt roads in Ct, I ride my Buell Uly on them your tiger will be fine.
    I like to ride with my gps and if I see an interesting road I can look at it and see if it is on the map and a legal road, you can be pre try surprised where pop out.
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  3. DaveHunter

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    I'm in Simsbury. I ride an 2007 Honda ST1300. I'm trying to sell it right now. There is nothing wrong with the bike. Just want to change. Fickle, I know. I've been on the forum for some time but just started posting again after looking for info on the bikes I'm thinking about.
    Might pick up an older XR650 or DR650 if I find what I like at a price I like if it's close enough in Connecticut.
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  4. ct-ktm

    ct-ktm Long timer

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    I know since I bought a dualsport [DR650] my streetbike collected a lot of dust.
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  5. Happy Seal

    Happy Seal Long timer

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    Street bike = dust

    Dualsport = MUD! :clap
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  6. Twilight Error

    Twilight Error Going nowhere slowly

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    Where in Ct are you? Not that it matters much, its a pretty small state...
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  7. AndytheElder

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    There are quite a few dirt town roads in upper Fairfield/lower Litchfield Counties (Southbury,Woodbury,Roxbury,etc.). They show up as dashed lines on my Garmin maps. Its possible to string together a nice afternoon of riding. Unrepaired erosion damage can make for some mild challenges. Just have to be wary of cars once in a while.
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  8. btao

    btao RIP Lilolita

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    Hey, Andy here. I'm in Woodbury, and live in the middle of that dirt road mess mentioned above :) Generally do rides after work wednesdays or thursdays. Interested, let me know!

    I've got an XC as well, and Boinoodle has one and is also nearby. He's had his longer than me, but hit us up for any questions on what's needed for the local goods.
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  9. AndytheElder

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    Hello btao-
    I may try to hook up with you in a few weeks. Right now I am trying to get myself and my KLR set for a solo trip to Nova Scotia next week. Planning on using Canuman's NNEAT route to get across Maine for the start. Mainly road work after that.

    Andy (in Seymour)
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  10. nobody

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    Can you tell more about that route you thalking about?I will be leaving for N.Scotia on the 14-th
    Thanks
    Claudio
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  11. RRM707

    RRM707 Been here awhile

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    I'm in Fairfield. Nowhere to ride around here.

    It's about an hour to Rocky Hill MX track, or Thomaston Dam. :(
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  12. btao

    btao RIP Lilolita

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    Sounds great, drop me a note
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  13. btao

    btao RIP Lilolita

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    I think there was some stuff in Oxford and Southbury... which is kinda closer, and a bunch near New Milford... If you make it up to washington/morris area I have a nice big loop for ya.
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  14. Speedo66

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    Let's hear about the Washington/Morris loop. :ear
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  15. RRM707

    RRM707 Been here awhile

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    if you go to Oxford or Southbury give me a call..... :)
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  16. btao

    btao RIP Lilolita

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    Well.... I've been working on it for a few weeks on my computer, first making the map of all the dirt roads using the DOT road quality surveys, then mapped out a nice little jaunt that's almost 3 hours long on all legal dirt roads. If you get rid of the loop and ride at a good pace it'll be around 2.5hours. I added a little loop around the middle section to catch some more fun long uphills, and there's a few spots where the map didn't connect a road or routed a little funny with an up and back. Here's a screenshot:

    https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-WCsLZtA203o/Uh9IP-w_j4I/AAAAAAAAGHg/uUank9DgYns/w1518-h949-no/washington+loop.jpg

    Looking at it now, I guess it's more Washington/Roxbury with a bit of Bethlehem and Woodbury. Starts at the nature center near my house and ends there. There's a parking area to meet.

    There's as many "no-winter-maintenance" roads as I could find. There's a few connectors that aren't on a map There's some good ones that are certainly fun with windy uphills, most are single lane only, some have water breaks that are fun jumps...

    There are occasionally vehicles, so you can't really go super fast, and some roads are popular with cyclocross riders who I see every time I've been. Tunnel road goes through Steep Rock Park and always has people. That's the up and back on the map where it's just really really pretty. Don't go too fast as there are lots of people and horses. Watch for the end of the road so you get an easy turn around. About half way down you can take a left and a left and there's a nice steep connector that goes out to the main road. It's a 4x4 only trail and pretty fun in the beginning. At the end of Tunnel road, the trail of the old road continues but is blocked off and marked as a trail. Would be fun to connect it all the way, but there's always too many people. Maybe in the morning on a weekday....

    Best part is, no matter where I am on it, I'm within 15 minutes of my house. :norton

    Shoot me a PM with your email and I'll send you the GPX. I use OsmAnd on my phone with my Sena SMH10 headset and just follow the turn by turn. Piece of cake. Just look on the map for the errors. The first one is where the loop is in the middle, the second is magnolia connects to hickory in bethlehem. Zoom in you can see the map stops the road just short so it wouldn't route.

    I have a route with a small amount of way points and a lot of way points, whichever works better for you...

    I'm headed out later to do part of it. It will probably get dark too fast now to do it all. Shooting for leaving by 6. Let me know if anyone's interested...
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  17. btao

    btao RIP Lilolita

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    The loop I posted I've done with stock tires on my tiger. It's just a lot more fun with more aggressive tires! I'd be worrying about washing out if I jumped it on one of the water breaks. Now I let'er rip!

    Calhoun Hill road is a little gnarly, but manageable. There's a loose, sharp, uphil right corner that is tricky the first time. Just gotta keep some speed and not freak if the rear tire breaks a little. :wink:
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  18. mtrdrms

    mtrdrms Been here awhile

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    Fantastic! I'm in torrington and I ride out that way a lot and I don't think I've ever been on many of those roads. Id love to meet up next time you go out or put together a ride!
    Thanks,
    Andy
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  19. btao

    btao RIP Lilolita

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    Jul 8, 2013
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    1,026
    Location:
    Hidden amongst the celebrities of CT
    hehe, jeeeebus, how many Andys are out there?! It's like an Andyfest... gonna need our own thread...

    ... No, I'm thing one.... and that's thing two......

    Goin tonight!!!
    #19
  20. Worroll

    Worroll Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2009
    Oddometer:
    787
    Location:
    Southern CT
    I didn't think there were any dirt roads left in CT until I happened upon this little stretch a few years ago, somewhere around Roxbury
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    I'm in Milford. I've found myself to busy to even take street rides lately, let alone hunt down dirt roads, so I traded my KLR for a cruiser. Just about all of my mileage over the last year or two has been commuting.
    #20