KTM 9th Annual KTM Adventure Rider Rally

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by Don Lemelin, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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    Jimmy Lewis put on several good training sessions at this KTM Rally. Always worth listening to Jimmy's lessons no matter how long you have been riding. Good reminders even for the experienced.

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    Since CJracer was in this session, Craig let Jimmy try out the Amazing 2WD drive 950 with EXP Autoclutch! I think he liked it.

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    I had a chance to try it too, and I can tell you, it's a really cool bike. Amazing traction in the loose stuff! :getiton

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    Thanks CJ!
    I want one! :deal

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  2. Alleycatdad

    Alleycatdad Unbunch yer panties!

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    Not sure you're gettin much traction otta the front here...

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  3. Cycleman4

    Cycleman4 Been here awhile

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    I did forget about that. Holy crap that was a fun night!:freaky
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    Here is one more from our trip up to Bend. Water crossings are fun.
  4. K_N_Fodder

    K_N_Fodder Long timer

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    Man, I had a ball. Although most of it was in some kind of haze of dust and terror at being run over by a 250 lb guy on a 500 lb bike, going *really* fast. I always thought my 450 EXC was pretty tough. That is, until Scott, I think, rolled up next to me while I was pinned in 6th gear, laughed, and casually dug a 2" deep trench away from me on hardpack gravel. Then Bartek (sp?) flew by, exhaust popping because he'd rolled OFF the throttle and was still going 25 mph faster than I was...

    This and other episodes (hill-climbing narrow cinder pit climbs I can't even make it up) should have led me to question their judgement, but all thoughts of judgement were smashed when they decided to get "beer" for the evening. In Bend. :huh :rofl.

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    Darryl winces in pain...

    Unlike some of my compatriots here in Beervanna (you know who you are Jim) I will *never* turn down a cold beer, and we had a darned good evening. (Although there were more displays of questionable judgement, somebody beat me to the 4up hula hoop toss picture... :lol3)

    I have a few more pics I could post but this darned "work" thing is getting in the way of life after playing hookie last week.

    Radek - you live in BC right? And the China Hat powerline goes south.... ? :)
  5. K_N_Fodder

    K_N_Fodder Long timer

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    Hunting at night. Nice. Spotlighting at night, more like. Idiot. Lucky you guys came by.
  6. Off Road Ryder

    Off Road Ryder Long timer

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    Ah, but that Beer did taste good while watching those guys 3up on Radeks bike:lol3
    Thanks for the ride, I had a blast. Now after looking at this photo, Its time for a serious diet and training regiment.:eek1
  7. rburkat

    rburkat Been here awhile

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    That is correct. The nice thing about taking a great trail that is in the opposite direction you're going is that.... you get to ride it TWICE! :dllama

    Thanks again for the great tour.
  8. Sapling

    Sapling Been here awhile

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    Did I see you there??? I don't recall running into you...

    I hope to get my pics up tonight or in the morning:freaky:1drink:1drink
  9. Xtremjeepn

    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    Still working my way home to Denver from the rally.:D
  10. Just Paul

    Just Paul Pro Cat Herder

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    yes it did... thanks bartek !
  11. StevefrmGV

    StevefrmGV MotoBro's RetroCycle's

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    Good to ride with you a bit Cole.
    see again Im sure.
  12. K_N_Fodder

    K_N_Fodder Long timer

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    You suck! :D

    Handful of videos uploading... gotta go shut the windows, wind just changed and Pole Creek Fire is coming in the house again.
  13. Bartek990

    Bartek990 Adventurer

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    Hi Guys,
    I just want to thank you for a great weekend. I realy enjoyed camping, riding, eating and drinking with you.
    I got a few poicture from Bend to share with you.
    Leaving Reno on Wednesday. Thanks Scott for hospitality.
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    Riding with pro...
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    Some places were difficult
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    Finaly nice over look on Silver Lake
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    That tree was on my way;)
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    Small bike should not ride with V-twins
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    Guys having fun
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    Thank You K_N_Fodder
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  14. K_N_Fodder

    K_N_Fodder Long timer

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    Yeah, at least one of us slowed down when we rolled up on a guy standing in the trail waving his arms... didn't let that happen again :D (I ate a ton of dust that weekend...)

    Man it looks like you guys had a fun ride up here.

    Anyway, I was milling around Friday morning and found some other guys milling around, who looked like they wanted some dirt. I asked if they were on little bikes or big bikes (thus Bartek's jab above :lol3) and they hesitated before saying... "Little bikes?..." with a questioning look? I was a bit hesitant to take a bunch of V-Twins out on dirt but the guys looked pretty salty so what the hell. That was the last time I had to hesitate...

    We headed for the Powerline road because it was fast, had some fun sections, plenty of deep pow, and no turns. I didn't want to be bunching such a big group up trying to nav in the woods with so much dust.

    We had a good time, I couldn't believe how these guys can ride big bikes.

    Here's rburkat trying a climb.
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    And Cyclops. Listen to those things howl.
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    Bartek tried to kill some trees but we made it to a cinder pit. Bigwan on the pipe.
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    Had a fun ride up to Paulina Peak and got back in time for the festivities. Here's Jimmy Lewis getting some assistance.
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    We love Littlebull!
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    Went out with most of the crew the next day and did some fun stuff as well.
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    I hope everybody had a fun and safe ride back!
  15. Mud Bucket

    Mud Bucket Adventurer

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    As part of the Canadian contingency I would like to Thank everyone we met for a great time. Apple jam was awesome (and wife) for letting us crash at his place before the rally. Some great trails around there.
    Also thank KTM and Jimmy for giving some great tips on riding.
    Crown Royal was definitely the drink of choice for many evenings. Although it did make the day a little slower for some people. Apologize for that..... nope! :1drink
    Thought I would add a couple of vids of the Cashmere fire 6 hours old and how to remove a 990 out of a creek.
    Click on the HD setting

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCVYFmY8Lg0
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jn8jpsn6z0g

    Cheers
    Brandon
  16. K_N_Fodder

    K_N_Fodder Long timer

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    Man he's lucky he didn't get squashed like a bug...
  17. TCal

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    Last one is for good measure.


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  18. Grinderman

    Grinderman Been here awhile

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    Those videos are priceless!!! Thank you so much for posting! Absolutey an adventure:lol3
  19. BigWan

    BigWan The Cripple Maker

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    I came up at the last minute hoping for the best and ended up having a blast.:freaky
    Thanks to KTM for doing the rally and letting me sign-up so late (Christy B.)
    And even bigger thanks to Wachs and K_N_Fodder for hooking our little group up with fantastic riding!:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap



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    Beer pic for Jim P. :evil

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    Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.:rofl
    Paul, Cain and Mike- nice to hang out with you guys.
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    Ian, Claude, Jim, Scott, and Darryl.

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    Had a great time, fellas. Looking forward to the next ride.


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    Heading home with Bartek990 on the OBDR.

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  20. LoFlow

    LoFlow Been here awhile

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    BigWan, that is a great video! I can't stop watching it.