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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Cuttle, May 28, 2011.
In, with Kat.
Think I'll jump in for the Sunday ride starting at North Mills River.
cool, great bunch !
that will be one dusty group by the end of the day .... besides Russ
Hey thinking about joining you guys on Sunday. Is this a dirt road ride suitable for big Dual Sport bikes or something better suited for a real dirt bike? I've got 2 bikes- Triumph Tiger 800XC and KTM 450 EXC- trying to decide which one to ride.
I'd say, bring the Tiger (put it on the lower setting) so we can swap
Pretty much all roads down there will be fine on tiger, however I'd like to take a peak at the little road/loop I found - no idea what to expect, it looks "rocky" and there are maybe closed gates further in...
note to self: water, water and more water
OK- I may bring the KTM anyway. You can try the Tiger in lower setting at the Wedge some time. Trying to get a friend with similar KTM to join us.
Wow!! I really like that one!
-I hate to say this folks, but its probably not the greatest thing that Carmen showed me how to navigate this site, because now I can spoil more than just the rides she tells me about.
-That said, I want to say thank you to everyone who rode today, as I learned quite a bit about the finer points of dual sporting. For instance- Jonathan, or lgajonnymac (I think that is your screen name)- hence forth, I will always carry zip ties! Silke (cuttle)- I know who to look to for some great photos, and awesome roadside assistance!
-As far as the rest of you are concerned, bring your earplugs, and we will see you on the trails!
-Any advice anyone can offer on what I should replace the exhaust with would be greatly appreciated!
1st off, thanks Russ for a great ride. All in all, I ended up with about 100 miles of gravel and connector roads.
I didn't take as many pics this time, mostly just at the stops, but here are some:
Mills River campground at 10am (I was fashionable late - but at least I was not last ). 12 bikes total.
"collecting" after the first road
some stopped a few hundred feet earlier
Wolf Mountain Road (my new favorite road in this area)
on the new Tiger
a bit later Joe's bike decided to disintegrate: first his exhaust fell off, then he lost his kickstand spring
since he shouldn't be caught in the woods without a spark arrestor, we suggested to him to take the parkway home (he'd fit in just fine with the Harleys )
well, one mile down the road we caught up with them: flat tire (sorry - I should not laugh)
we left a tube and pump behind and carried on
the last "survivors" (people dropped out at various stages)
To bad the road I found was voted down as "we would get the bikes impounded"
You made it home!
I hope it didn't take you too long to fix the flat. As far as exhaust options goes, check out the thumper tech area (there's a lot ie too much info to go through).
I saw the plans last night, and decided to head over and join everyone for the ride. I'm a little over an hour east of you all (near Shelby), so the WR and I left plenty early to allow extra time. I didn't want to buzz along the interstate any longer than I had to, so I got off at Hendersonville to cut off the last leg of the slab. I was doing great until I came up on an accident on 191 and had to sit on the road for over half an hour. I got to the campground around 10:20 or so, and just kept on past the campground on the dirt road and followed it to the end. I was bummed I missed out on the ride- I'll try to watch for future rides, because it seemed like a great area.
Had a great time riding with you guys and hope to do it again sometime soon. Concerning your exhaust system- my brother recently sold his 2006 Honda XR650L and it was equiped with a full FMF stainless system and their Q series muffler. The bike had a great sound and was still spark arrested so Forrest legal. When first he bought that bike it had the stock system with the baffle removed- way too loud. I'm a firm believer in holding the noise down so we don't lose access to riding areas. The FMF Q Mufflers do a good job of that. We also installed a de-smog kit and jet kit which greatly improved the performance of that bike. Check out XR's Only and FMF for the stuff you need.
Best regards, Jeff
I came across that accident too- I backed up and cut through that neighborhood and came out at the next stop light and by-passed the whole thing. Sorry you missed us!
Just looked at FMF web site www.fmfracing.com and they still list the header for your bike and a Q muffler and the jet kit you should get. Parts Unlimited and Tucker Rocky (the two biggest parts distributors) do not show the header in their catalogs. The other site you should check out is www.xrsonly.com for the smog block off stuff. We did both on my brothers bike- big difference! We also had a Clark plastic tank, Renthal bars and a bunch of other bling on it. With a few mods the XR is a super Dual Sport bike! feel free to call me if you'd like- been down the road with dirt bikes awhile 828 551 5504 Jeff
Wowsers, you must have just missed us, we even stopped for bit at 276 when we had our first look for another ride soon.
Enjoying the pics Cuttle! I often ride the same areas as you.
Tracks are in the dinner thread. I meant to post here but after some technical difficulty I posted it thinking I had it in here.
ok, some people may call it stupid, but I am planning to ride up to the BYOB for one night only
Started to prepare a few days ago (had to mount it twice since I the valve blew after the first mount ):
The front tire is bad too, but what the heck, since it's only asphalt it will do for one more trip....
So, the plan was to meet up with a friend Saturday morning and "tag along", well this it probably not going to happen , so I am going alone.
The route I picked:
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279 miles, 6 1/2 hours according to google.... sounds doable, and my butt hurts just thinking about it.
I am great in making plans, and I am even better in not sticking to my own plans . So today I am going hiking, and tomorrow......we will see (I'm packing the tent)