Riding Around the Hood

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Apple Jam, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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  2. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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  3. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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  4. Sinfield

    Sinfield Been here awhile

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    For sure man...I'm thinking I need some tires that are a little less street oriented, although the sumo setup,did handle husky/elder rd well yesterday. Getting the kdx tuned up this weekend for some single track soon.
  5. boardforever

    boardforever Been here awhile

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    Went up to Post Canyon this evening to ride some single track, if you stay out of the dense trees the trails were awesome.
  6. Easy-Z

    Easy-Z Me wanna be

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  7. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Looky, no findy.

    Maybe it will turn up next time I have it torn down to the license plate to check the oil. :D
  8. matloik

    matloik kludge

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    Good to know! Thanks.
  9. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    Yeah. "Opportunity" is a funny word......:lol3

    I even had my License Plate off for THIS last service
  10. peterman

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    there,,don't deny it!
  11. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    Shhhh. Not so loud.
    .... My wife might hear you
  12. Sinfield

    Sinfield Been here awhile

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    So as a "perk" to having to work/ be on call next weekend, I had today off. Started the morning with some nice spring corn, then switched activities once the snow turned to glue.

    Decided that after riding Pinemont on my KDX yesterday, I was too sore for more super rutted out whoops and pulled the DRZ out go explore the east hills by my place. I took a lap up onto Fir Mountain road and decided to do a little exploring. Very little snow up high, almost no mud, just fun fast gravel, and beautiful views.
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  13. Craig McCurdy

    Craig McCurdy BIGMAC

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    What single track!? :hide
  14. Sinfield

    Sinfield Been here awhile

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    I have no idea what you are talking about :huh
  15. 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 and also in the PDX Off Pavement ride thread.

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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…
  16. Squishy

    Squishy Elastically-kinematic.

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    That'll cool, nice bike.

    Tip: next time you feel you have to reverse, try putting the stand down, whilst standing on said side, grab the bike under the seat & the bars, lean bike over pivoting whole bikes weight on that central balance point & spin it 180 degs. Works well, have to do it a lot to save an awkward turn around procedure.:evil
  17. Jon_PDX

    Jon_PDX Long timer

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    Thanks for the tip on using the side stand to turn the bike around :thumb

    I wish I would have thought about that while I was wrestling with the bike. Sure would have made things easier since it's not as light as it looks when trying to move it around in the snow.

    Jon...
  18. boardforever

    boardforever Been here awhile

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    I don't know where to post this question really, but here it goes :D I am looking at getting my wife a bike to ride trails with me :clap But she has never rode motorcycles before. Are there any off road riding classes around Hood River or The Dalles? I am looking at a TTR125LE or a CRF150F for her, any thoughts?
  19. MadChap

    MadChap Been here awhile

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    Yamaha TW200 is a great little bike. Low seat bullet proof motor. I put 10, 000 miles on one before moving to the DR350.
  20. Craig McCurdy

    Craig McCurdy BIGMAC

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    Mike Erland the owner of Fun Country was going to put something together for women this spring, you might want to give him a call at 541-298-1161.