PDX Off-Pavement Ride

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by matloik, Nov 7, 2009.

  1. DireWolf

    DireWolf Knees in the Breeze

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    For your review:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=262998
  2. Jungle Man

    Jungle Man frenzied adventurer

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    I believe I got my xr650r stuck in the same spot, Matt had to help me pull it out. Glad to see it happens to others!:rofl
  3. mikulad13

    mikulad13 Farkle Addict

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    I'm interested in attending the next (and hopefully many more) off-pavement rides. I've never ridden in a group before, and was referred here by a kind soul that delivered some gas to me as I was pushing my bike down the road! :clap

    Thanks for the fantastic pictures.
  4. jjdun7

    jjdun7 Been here awhile

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    Hi mikulad13,
    Welcome, you've to come to the right place. :thumb I've been on here for a couple years and I've checked out other forums but this definitely seems to be THE place. There's a bunch of great people out here. :clap Just follow along for a while and you'll start to recognize who the main players are. There is usually always somebody going out riding somewhere. Fill out your profile so others can learn a little bit about you. you know what kind of bike. What area are you in.
    Once again welcome, come join in the fun. :clap:lol3 :clap
  5. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Roadside rescue sounds like something Mr. Fishypants would do. Did your gas fairy look like this guy?

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    Come join us at Hells Canyon in June: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=843668 There are a number of people from the PDX-Hood River, etc. area that attend and it's lots of fun. Check out some of the photos from last year:
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=800731

    Welcome to ADV it's a good place to meet some great people.
  6. SuperD!

    SuperD! Been here awhile

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    That was me! Glad you found us!
    Though I wouldn't be so sure about that kind soul part...:lol3

    When you see a sweet DRZ being pushed down the road, you always stop to check it out!
  7. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    NICE!!

    But, you referred someone to this asylum?
    What did he ever do to you? :huh

    Or are you just vindictively jealous that his bike started right up after putting gas in it? :D


    BTW, did a new battery do it?
  8. Jon_PDX

    Jon_PDX Long timer

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    Three weeks ago I traded in my FZ1 for a brand new 2013 CRF250L and some cash back in my pocket.

    Here is a copy of the ride report I posted over on TT.

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    So after having the bike for two weeks I finally got the bike off-road over the Easter weekend.

    I decided since it's still completely stock with no hand guards, skid plate, or anything else to protect it from a fall I would take it easy.

    On the way to the forest I stopped at a spot outside of Estacada where I always take a picture of a new bike when headed into the mountains.

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    From there I headed up some fire roads and the stock tires did better than I expected. Well up to a point. All tires have there limits. Keep reading to find out the limits on these tires.

    I forgot to take pictures of the mud hole I came across but did remember to take a few pictures of the bike when I found a place to take a break afterwards.

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    After that I did a little more exploring and at about 3,000 feet I came across this.

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    After turning around I decided I would take a short cut back to paved roads that I had been on before. I was starting to feel more confident on the bike and found myself doing about 45 mph down the gravel/dirt road when I came across, you got it…..more snow.

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    I followed the tire tracks since I knew I was only about 1/2 mile from pavement and figured I would make it to the main road.

    Well I should have known better because as I was going over some hard pack snow in the tire tracks the next thing I knew was laying in the snow and reaching for the kill switch.

    I forgot to take a picture of the bike taking a nap in the snow but you can see in this picture where we landed.

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    As you can see I made it back to pavement but by then it was to late.

    Here's another shot showing how far I made it before crash testing the bike in snow.

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    Trying to pick up a bike in the snow is a lot harder than I thought but I finally got it upright. The problem was the snow was deep enough that I could not turn it around to go back down the road. I tried backing up but the bike kept getting hung up in the snow.

    After taking off my jacket (I was working up a good sweat by now) I was able to get the bike over to the other tire track and roll back down the incline to a clear spot where I could turn the bike around.

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    After resting and catching my breath I ended up riding back down the hill and took the forest roads back the way I came.

    All in all I had a good time but was sore the next day since I have not had a workout like that in a long time.

    Here is a GPS log and elevation log of the ride.

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    Sorry I did not have my GoPro along so you all could have watched me fall in the snow…..maybe next time.

    Oh, the bike came out undamaged. There was some snow in a few spots that quickly melted off and I did have to adjust my right mirror slightly on the way home but that was it. Good thing I dumped it in the snow and not at 45 mph in dirt and gravel.

    The stock gearing worked fine for the area I was riding (forest roads and jeep trails). Even in the mud hole the bike had no issues in 2nd gear.

    Skid plate, hand guards, and a few other things will be purchased soon. But I could not wait any longer to see how the bike would do off-road.

    Oh, I filled the tank before heading into the mountains and then again at the same gas station on the way back. I put 58 miles on it for a total cost of $3.54 US. Not bad for a day of fun!

    Jon…
  9. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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    Little bikes are fun. Looking forward to more reports...
  10. SuperD!

    SuperD! Been here awhile

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    I figure anybody crazy enough to push a bike down Columbia BLVD will fit right in.
    And yes I am that vindictive, you sonofa... :lol3
    The old battery took a charge and it fires right up...now I know I have a problem. :huh
  11. Jon_PDX

    Jon_PDX Long timer

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    Yes little bikes can be fun. I'll do my best to post a report once and awhile.

    With my work days/hours I usually end up riding alone which is why I've never joined in on any rides.

    But I do follow this thread and the "Riding around the Hood" thread just in case I have the free time when there is a ride planned.

    Jon...
  12. nw scout

    nw scout Been here awhile

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    I did almost that exact ride about a month ago on my 610.
    I made it all the way across the 4613 from the 4610 in snowed in tire ruts that were almost up to my bars in a few spots. It was brutal and riding it solo was one of the stupider things i have done :huh

    Here is a shot from just about the start of the snow
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    I was in full survival mode after this pic for about the next hr knowing I should turn back but to stubborn to backtrack when there were 4x4 tracks to use :D
  13. Jon_PDX

    Jon_PDX Long timer

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    LOL..... I know the feeling Dave. I was really tempted to keep going and walked up the road to check it out. It got worse and not wanting to risk a new bike I bailed :-)

    Jon...
  14. Jon_PDX

    Jon_PDX Long timer

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    Ok so now that I'm home and can look at Dave's picture on a real screen instead of my phone.

    WOW.....You're braver than I am. That's a lot of snow!

    Jon...
  15. jjdun7

    jjdun7 Been here awhile

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    Well I did a little exploring yesterday. And in keeping with my recent theme, I remember someone saying something about training trestles.

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    and then,,,,,,,,,,, just cross the river,,,,,,, if you know what look,,:thumb

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    There is this old abandoned logging camp,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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    these were the last logs floating in the millpond.

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    All in all it was a pretty amazing find :clap
  16. SuperD!

    SuperD! Been here awhile

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    awesome!
  17. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    That must have been a high-dollar, long-term operation to warrant such a substantial building for a logging camp.
  18. jjdun7

    jjdun7 Been here awhile

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    It was definitely an oddity. It was built around 1920 and in those days everything was made out of lumber. It ended up being fairly short-lived due to fire.


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  19. Jon_PDX

    Jon_PDX Long timer

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    +1 on that....Great pictures!
  20. Squishy

    Squishy Elastically-kinematic.

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    Good on ya JJ, nice find. What a life you live through the week!