Riding at Jim Creek Saturday October 7th? How about the 14th?

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  1. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer

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    I'm planning to play on the trails at Jim Creek with my Rickman tomorrow and want to see if anyone else would like to join me? :ear

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    I plan to be there around noon with my bike on the trailer and would enjoy having friends to ride with on any kind of bike. :beer

    I'm not fast (never was even though I enjoyed racing mx 45 years ago) so don't worry about that.

    I hope to shoot some video of the Rickman which would be a lot easier with someone else to hold the camera... My tripod doesn't pan and I don't have one of those neat drones. :fpalm

    I have only ridden there once and that was a year ago on my TW 200. :ricky
    I got lost on the trails and wondered if I was ever going to make it back to the parking area. :muutt

    The weather is supposed to be sunny so if you can get away from whatever else and join me for an hour or two riding the trails, please do. :thumb
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  2. JagLite

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    It was a beautiful day to ride the trails. :jkam

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    The only problem I had all day was that the Subaru refused to start so I had to tow the bike with my Miata...

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    Unfortunately I forgot my bag of camera mounts so I didn't get any video. :baldy

    The rolling trails, mud, and sand were a blast to ride, so much more fun and suited for the limited suspension of the Rickman than the mx track at Kincaid. :ricky

    I saw a couple other bikes but it was really deserted and nobody was trail riding.

    Next year! :thumb
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  3. PistonPants

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    That's really cool. I've followed your build on that bike and enjoyed it thoroughly. So happy to see you taking it out and getting it dirty. No garage queen. Wish I could have been there to see/hear it!

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  4. deserttowers

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    Nice ride Jag ...
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  5. JagLite

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    I set my video camera on the trailer deck to get the first start if nothing else...
    Here's all 6 seconds of it! :ricky

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  6. mach1mustang351

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    I'm accumulating parts for my completely insane, impractical BSA A65 flat tracker. Maybe next fall we can go out and you can watch me struggle.
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  7. JagLite

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    Excellent! :clap
    I will look forward to riding with you. :ricky :ricky
    If we had a dirt oval I would bring my street tracker to chase you with. :thumb

    I'm just learning (sort of) how to do video and one of my biggest complaints with so many vids on YouTube is they need editing.
    Boring... :snore

    I got a bit carried away so my first start vid was really cut short at 6 seconds. :scratch

    Here is the extended (!) version that is 20 seconds. Wow. :bore

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  8. JagLite

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    I am getting better at shifting it the more I ride it. :ricky

    That day it took at least 30 minutes to remember that I have to shift it very deliberately and slowly or it will just get a false neutral between gears.
    I have to lift the shift lever hard and hold it much longer than my Japanese bikes.
    When I remember to do that, it will catch the next gear, but if I try to shift like my other bikes it will miss several times in a row.

    I don't think I hit false neutrals when down-shifting, only when up-shifting or going into first from neutral, as the start videos showed.

    I'm sure the design of the gears has improved so that they catch and lock much better than the ancient Triumph design (1930's?).
    I have read articles over the years about how the engineers design the gear teeth, sides, and forks to make the gears mesh correctly, not that I remember now... :dunno
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  9. PistonPants

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    That sounds so cool.
    The sunlight on chrome and aluminum!
    Thank you sir!

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  10. JagLite

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    Try again for tomorrow, October 14th? :hide

    The forecast is fantastic! A sunny Saturday? :clap

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    It would be fun to meet up with anyone. :beer

    I can't get there before 1:30 though so it will be an afternoon ride for me and my Rickman :ricky

    Anybody?
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    I would love to... But I have to work and I don't have a dirt type bike. So it would be too expensive for me, quit my job AND buy a another bike. Have fun!!
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  12. sharps5090

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    Wish I could make it. I would love to see your Rickman go.
    Have a nice ride.
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  13. JagLite

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    It was another fantastic day riding the trails. :ricky
    More mud and the water holes were a bit deeper than last Saturday but just as fun.

    I shot some video and it was interesting to see how poorly it shows the trail and riding.
    The helmet mount came out the best but not worth saving, the bar mount has way too much shake and bounce.
    The tripod vids are just boring so nothing there either.

    I did learn that making an interesting video isn't simple. :becca
    I also found out that the camera sound recording isn't very good. :scratch
    The bike sounds much different on the recording, not near as nice as in reality. :(
    I decided to try to get video before I got the bike filthy and as before it took at least 30 minutes to get used to shifting without getting a false neutral so that is on the videos too, lots of missed shifts.
    I discovered that I can't up-shift while standing, I just don't hold the shifter up long enough for the gears to mesh.
    Also, I do get false neutrals when downshifting sometimes, I had thought it was only up-shifting.

    I got the ignition wet going through one small lake, errr, puddle, on the trail and the engine started miss-firing so I headed back to the parking lot as it got worse.
    It never died but before I got back to the car it wouldn't run above idle.
    Any throttle and it just didn't fire so I limped back in second at idle speed.
    I hoped it would dry out without having to take anything apart (The mechanic's version of the Hippocratic oath, "First, do nothing").
    I drank some Gatorade and rested for a couple minutes then kicked it to life and all was well again.

    The weather was excellent, I got plenty hot riding even in the low 40's high for the day, I don't know how people can trail ride where it is hot.

    Loaded up and ready to head home:

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    I spent almost as much time today cleaning my bike as I did riding yesterday, the glacial silt/mud really sticks and doesn't wash off. :dirtdog

    Sorry that nobody could join me for a ride, maybe next year...
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