Dirt Farming: NY/PA style

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  1. ride4321

    ride4321 Long timer

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    Jax, there really doesn't seem to be a way to brace the bike up underneath. I've used tiedown straps around the bars to the rafters to lift the front but I'm pulling the forks off and will be checking the head bearing also so there won't be any bars to hook to soon. Only other solution is to drain the oil, remove filter and block it up, removing the plastic guard first of course:evil
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  2. imoAndy

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    Cool pics. Old cemeteries are really neat. I have that same trunk on my KLR, so much better than spend 3 or 4 times more on a givi:)
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  3. ride4321

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    I'm happy with the JCWhitney case. I bought the small one but since they're so cheap I might get the bigger one for trips. 2 are still cheaper than the Givi's and I haven't had any issues with water leakage or overall quality. I'm trying to figure out what to do for panniers since I plan on taking a 2 week trip on this bike in the spring. I'm seriously thinking about ammo cans or maybe the Wolfman Expedition bags.
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  4. ride4321

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    OK, back to PA...
    Didn't think I was going to find squat today

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    then I found the honey hole...

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    All those photo's were from the same house. Horrders paradice! Nice big pond out back. The stuff wasn't all that old but the house was in bad shape. Wonder when the guy died or moved out?

    Happy St. Paddy's Day...soon

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  5. ride4321

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    Seriously...does this make my butt look fat?:ear

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    I know, they're overkill but I do camp a lot and HT had this killer deal for the DR650 kit ($570 all inclusive). How could I pass that up? I gave serious thought to soft bags (Wolfman Expedition) but by the time all was said and done I was almost up to this price and I like having extra space. Plus, the racks are close to fitting the Tiger and with a few extension plates they'll work so all the better. Now if travel season would just get here.
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  6. lethe

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    Just caught this thread, I see you're wandering in my general area.Let me know if you want any recommendations for decent dirt roads.
    I've been staying in the last couple weekends, bald rear tire and a sprained ankle are my current excuse. I'll be up for wandering soon though.
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  7. ride4321

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    Man, that would be great. Hawley isn't far away and I'm still getting my legs when it comes to finding dirt to ride on. By all means, stay in touch. I don't really have any riding buddies around these parts and finding good routes would be awesome. I normally just head south of the border and turn right. That always brings up something.
    Hope the sprained ankle wasn't bike related.
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  8. lethe

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    no just missed a step coming down some stairs and folded my foot over :lol3
    ironically I did drop the bike on some ice just a week or two before and was unhurt

    most of what I've been doing so far is within Wayne County and nearby. Mush Paw Road, River Road, Upper Woods Road etc etc

    been recording them on my GoPro that my wife got me for xmas.
    I posted them in other threads but I don't think you'd mind them here too. I'll just do the links

    This is the one I fell at the end of :rofl

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XS1WOnOWsNY&context=C3812e7fADOEgsToPDskKPx48Viup9PH0M0y6Buxjf


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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aX_urOErSaY&context=C3812e7fADOEgsToPDskKPx48Viup9PH0M0y6Buxjf
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  9. Pabigwoods

    Pabigwoods Been here awhile

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    Just stumbled across your thread. Nice!!! I,m near Tunkhannock, PA and just started dual sporting last spring. Tons of dirt around here. So many places to explore. Give a shout when the weather gets better. I will try and expand your knowledge down in this area. Need to get up your way more too.
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  10. ride4321

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    Great vids. The GoPro takes great vids. There are great roads close by and it all starts to look the same between here and there. I swear, every time I go out I can't find my way back to the same place again. That's quite alright by me. I welcome anyone that's from the area to post pics and vids here of their local terrain. That's the stuff I'm looking for.


    I think there's good stuff towards Cayuga Lake but I haven't explored it yet on the bike. I lived up there before I got started riding. Time to check it out now with the DR. Tunkhannock isn't far from here and I love that area. I hate what the gasholes have done to the roads getting there though but I'm often down that way once the weather is nicer. I'm all in if you want to show me the local roads. I stop and get distracted though when I find old houses:evil
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  11. theDoktor

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    When the weather breaks & the snow's gone, you might head north for some variety. Lots of dirt roads & state forest roads (truck trails) for sure between Binghamton & Syracuse on both sides of Rt. 81 as I recall. I sure wish I was back there to enjoy the riding. Dirt roads are extremely rare around here & single-track even more so. :cry
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    I've been spending too much time in PA I guess. You're right, it's time to get back on the other side of the border and find my way around. I'll have to keep up on the Finger Lakes regional thread and see what's going on.
    Do you ever get back up this way?
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  13. theDoktor

    theDoktor Husky Racer

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    I get back once in awhile to see family & friends. Been trying to relocate back to CNY for some time, but the economy still sucks, especially for my profession- architecture. My buddies up there are hard core riders, but they keep it to pavement & smooth gravel for the most part. I like to get dirty as well as burn up some asphalt. :D I guess that's why I'm currently riding a Wee. For what you're doing, the DR & Tiger are outstanding choices.
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    It's a tough area to make a living, that's for sure. Not much building going on in these parts.
    I couldn't be happier with these two bikes but I seem to be riding the DR more and more. I'll be riding it south on a two week trip this spring. Plan to do the Smokies, Ozarks and Delta areas. It'll allow me to hit more back roads and find better stealth camp sites.
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    Finally found someone that knows how to ride dirt that would let me tag along. Sad part is his DRZ is for sale and he's not replacing it but buying a snowmobile. He's a hell of a rider on his bigass Harley and knows his shit on trails too. I have to make sure the DRZ doesn't sell somehow:D
    First we hit a power line trail. Dumped the DR 3-4 times there. I suck at trail riding and am a n00b so I'm cool with dumping it. Glad he was around to help me out of a few bad situations.

    The DR got a new IMS tank this week...check it out...

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    powerline trail, muddier and ruttier than it looks in the pics, trust me...

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    washed out section from last falls flooding...

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    DRZ for sale:cry $2600, PM me if you're interested, it's on Binghamton NY CL. Please don't buy it:evil

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    Taking a break. I'd dropped the bike 4 times I think in the first hour.

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    Then my buddy showed me river trails I didn't even know existed...1 mile from my house! Thanks Al, I can get plenty of practice here whenever I want. Don't buy his DRZ:evil

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    trust me, none of todays riding was as dry as these pics appear. Very muddy and slick.

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    a better image of the conditions...

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    trying to avoid a small hill climb I came to a deadend in this crap, did the hill...

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    What a workout. I'm sooooo out of shape. Today was a good experience and I learned a lot. Expect to see more pics from the river section. I didn't drop it once there and had plenty of gooey crap to go through so I guess I learned a little today.


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    Catching my breath...

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    BTW, that DRZ is a nice bike and well taken care of. I think it's an 02. I hate to see him get rid of it but it's a good running machine if anyone nearby is interested...did I just say that?
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  16. theDoktor

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    You need a better set of tires! That DRZ can handle the muddy areas much better partially because of the knobby tires. Get yourself a set of DOT knobbies and the trails will be easier for you with probably fewer crashes. The trails your photos show looks like fun, though. You've done good being able to successfully navigate them.:clap

    BTW, spraying the under sides of the fenders and other areas where mud tends to collect with Pam cooking spray or something similar just before you head out will help cleanup a bunch when you get back. Keep a close eye on brake pad wear, particularly in the rear when you're riding in muddy conditions. The grit will eat up pads.
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    My tires are about 1/2 worn (Michelin T63 on the rear and a wing on the front) and they caked up pretty bad as you can see. I was slipping all over the place. Good tip on the Pam and I'll be sure to keep an eye on the pads, they're brand new.
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  18. Guttooth71

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    I cant believe I just found this this thread, its great. I grew up few miles from Scranton, miles and miles of trails to ride in the Mountains in that area. You should look into it, West Mtn, Bald Mtn, Cambells ledge-Old Forge/Newton Mtn, Montage Mtn. I recognize some of the landscapes in the pictures posted. I currently live a few miles from the Delaware Water Gap on the PA side, and I believe from your one ride report you were on the Dirt road on the Jersey side, Old Mine road I think it is called.

    Anyway the Pocono's/NEPA is like a mecca for motorcycle riders, countless interesting roads. Looking forward to some more reports. Btw do you like your Suzuki, how reliable has it been for you?

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  19. ride4321

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    Yep, those pics were on the NJ side of the Delaware. Couldn't ride it all though as it was and probably still is washed out.
    I'm loving the DR, it's been trouble free with the exception of regular maintenance. It's set up now for a 2 week trip this spring so I'll find out just how reliable it is then. I have complete confidence in the bike though and don't expect any issues.
    I need to go find some of those trails in the Scranton area.
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  20. chilibizkit

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    I agree, get some knobbies, I just put on some Dunlop 606's and loving it.

    I also have the IMS tank, which will give you peace of mind when you're off on the trails. Stock tank just doesn't cut it.
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