Middle Tennessee DS Ride Schedule Q2 2010

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by codyrides, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. threadkiller

    threadkiller Long timer

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    If you run it on asphalt, the 606 lasts longer. The XCMH is fine on hard ground, but let a few bikes go across a dirt trail, and the dang thing just gives up. Give it half a chance to spin and it will. The last time I rode SV with you was the most frustrated I've ever been on a bike because of those tires. I thought it was me, but when Uncle Jesse could'nt get my bike up that hill, I knew those tires were shit. Needless to say, the next rear tire will be something for loose ground.

    The XCMH front tire has no problems, BTW.
  2. clocklaw

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    I had been thinking about trying to make one of these rides with you guys but yeah, I'm out. :eek1
  3. duanew1

    duanew1 In my Pajama pants

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    I wish that I could. I just got my new to me bike up and running (2006 TE610) and have not really had a shakedown run yet. Besides I will be attending a bachelor party the night before and I will probably be really hungover. The last time I checked that is not a good combination for hauling a bike up a hill and digging through mud.
  4. appalachian

    appalachian Ride fat boy ride

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    This aint the guy who piled up in the creek is it ?? or have ya'll led another one to his doom ??
  5. Wallachian Spikes

    Wallachian Spikes Long timer

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    Does anyone know if there are any good riding schools/classes around? I was on 650.net & reading the "riding technique" section, when it dawned on me that I really don't KNOW how to ride.

    I've been riding since '74 & I usually just jump on a bike & go on instinct, which "usually" works out well. However, when it actually comes to the science of riding..... I've got alot to learn. Some legitimate skoolin would surly make me a better, safer & faster rider.

    Anyone interested in taking a class with me? I'm a terrible procrasentater & if I had a buddy taking the class with me, I'm more likly to take the class instead of sitting around planning on taking the class untill I lose the paperwork like I did the last time I had info on a riding class. :lol3
  6. threadkiller

    threadkiller Long timer

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    Are you looking for offroad classes?
  7. TanasiRob

    TanasiRob Squid Emeritus

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    Oh SV is one hell of a school............ :evil
  8. sandalscout

    sandalscout blah blah blah

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  9. ihatefalling

    ihatefalling Let it roll

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    School of hard knocks . . . . I mean hard rocks :wink:
  10. teambft

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  11. teambft

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    IHF - I found your next ride:

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  12. ihatefalling

    ihatefalling Let it roll

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    For dirt classes it seems the only things out there are Shane Watts and the like (could be wrong)
    They are not good classes for "beginner minded" riders.
    You would need some intermediate off-road skill or you might hurt yourself / bike at the class.
    Seat time is a good instructor :evil
  13. teambft

    teambft teambft

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    There's a good DVD some guys from Colorado put together as well - Dual Sport Riding Techniques. Not sure what bike you have, but I thought it was a bigger bore DS....650??
    This DVD was put together for riders of the bigger, heavier bikes and offers some really great tips. If I can track it down, you're welcome to borrow it. I used it when I was riding my 950 SER and 990 ADV in Colorado.....or, when those bikes were riding me:lol3
  14. teambft

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  15. MrTwisty

    MrTwisty Short Bus Cowboy

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    I don't know much about riding, but I do know this: you cannot ride a big DS like a little one. If you do, you'll get yourself in some deep do-do.

    The technique (or lack therof) I use on my Tenere is significantly different than what I use on the 450.
  16. teambft

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    +1 !!!
  17. sandalscout

    sandalscout blah blah blah

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    There is a very cool, but sort of "snobbish" 4x4/travel/offroad website that I used to hang out on called ExpeditionPortal.com. Meet some great guys when I had my Jeep, much more my speed of offroading, versus the more traditional "let's see how much shit I can break climbing this hill" local mentality.


    Anyway, there are a number of guys on there that are convinced that they can go almost anyway that a 530KTM can, but they do it on GSAs. I don't think that they always ride that way, but they have this air that they CAN do it with a GSA, and do from what I've seen. My argument was WHY? It's rougher on the bike, not as fun, wears you out, etc. Of course, a lot of them are near the desert, but not all. Still, doesn't sound like fun to me, and that's why I ride.
  18. wparkinson

    wparkinson Gear Whore

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  19. HappyCRNA

    HappyCRNA Jesus loves my double wide

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    WS, not sure where you're located, but over in Alpharetta, GA, the Honda MSF site offers dirt classes. They have a 2-day dirtbike thing where you do dirt coursework the first day and on the second day you review then hit the trails behind the facility. Decent singletrack stuff. It's inexpensive and they provide everything except food&board. They provide the bike, the gear, etc. The folks who teach it are a blast too.
  20. MrTwisty

    MrTwisty Short Bus Cowboy

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    Sounds stupid and egotistical to me. I'd be willing to bet any of them a 6 pack that they can't. I've seen some really good riders on GSA's, but the weight is limiting no matter how good you are. The undisputed king of big bike off-road is the KTM 950/990, but a good rider will be able to take a 530 to places even the 950/990 will never go.