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Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by matloik, Nov 7, 2009.
For your review:
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!
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!
Thanks for the fantastic pictures.
Welcome, you've to come to the right place. 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. 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.
Roadside rescue sounds like something Mr. Fishypants would do. Did your gas fairy look like this guy?
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:
Welcome to ADV it's a good place to meet some great people.
That was me! Glad you found us!
Though I wouldn't be so sure about that kind soul part...
When you see a sweet DRZ being pushed down the road, you always stop to check it out!
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?
BTW, did a new battery do it?
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.
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.
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.
After that I did a little more exploring and at about 3,000 feet I came across this.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Little bikes are fun. Looking forward to more reports...
I figure anybody crazy enough to push a bike down Columbia BLVD will fit right in.
And yes I am that vindictive, you sonofa...
The old battery took a charge and it fires right up...now I know I have a problem. :huh
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.
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
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
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
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!
Well I did a little exploring yesterday. And in keeping with my recent theme, I remember someone saying something about training trestles.
and then,,,,,,,,,,, just cross the river,,,,,,, if you know what look,,
There is this old abandoned logging camp,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
these were the last logs floating in the millpond.
All in all it was a pretty amazing find
That must have been a high-dollar, long-term operation to warrant such a substantial building for a logging camp.
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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+1 on that....Great pictures!
Good on ya JJ, nice find. What a life you live through the week!