Rob like to do it DS style

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by rtadlock, May 31, 2011.

  1. rtadlock

    rtadlock Long timer

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    I've decided I'm gonna start a thread where I can just keep all of the rides that Kim and I do this summer.

    First a little background. Last summer she completed her MSF class out at Front Range. Aside from a small tip over, she passed with flying colors:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/3562579305/" title="Kim leading off the bunch by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2479/3562579305_ff1ab0b0d3_b.jpg" width="683" height="1024" alt="Kim leading off the bunch"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/3562580947/" title="Untitled by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3297/3562580947_e98e03322f_b.jpg" width="1024" height="683" alt=""></a>

    She didn't have a bike (or ATGAT yet), so I started letting her ride my SXV:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/3666312346/" title="Kim moves to the street.... by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3597/3666312346_45ab61cce2_o.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Kim moves to the street...."></a>

    At this point, I decided she really did want to ride, so we got her some gear, and started looking for a bike. As it turns out her dad was selling his Versys, so we picked that up for her:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/4653981413/" title="Untitled by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4062/4653981413_51402b6f37_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt=""></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/4891117636/" title="Kim riding up Left Hand Canyon in Boulder by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4080/4891117636_825a854acb_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Kim riding up Left Hand Canyon in Boulder"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/4938520939/" title="Untitled by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4135/4938520939_dfecd6145e_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt=""></a>

    Although, she liked this bike, it was a bit heavy for her, and she had a hard time building any confidence on it. We decided to sell it and look for something a little smaller. A quick trip to the flea market, and we picked up this beaut for her:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5545403504/" title="Kim's new moto! by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5017/5545403504_2f9e78dcd9_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Kim's new moto!"></a>

    It came with dirt a SM setup too, so I put that on and she's been riding the bike around for about two months on that setup:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5582074449/" title="Kim's DRZ in super moto trim by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5096/5582074449_9a17f7458f_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Kim's DRZ in super moto trim"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5594323278/" title="Going for a twilight ride by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5224/5594323278_8e684b0d27_b.jpg" width="1024" height="681" alt="Going for a twilight ride"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5629180346/" title="Untitled by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5110/5629180346_4bdc227437_b.jpg" width="1024" height="681" alt=""></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5670080906/" title="Getting back on the road by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5146/5670080906_4e7eb80592_b.jpg" width="1024" height="365" alt="Getting back on the road"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5670081658/" title="Kim's bike decided to take a dirt nap by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5103/5670081658_0193a68388_b.jpg" width="1024" height="681" alt="Kim's bike decided to take a dirt nap"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5670082284/" title="Kim ridding HW 72 by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5145/5670082284_3996fd72cb_b.jpg" width="1024" height="681" alt="Kim ridding HW 72"></a>

    After she started to feel comfortable on her new bike (which she loves), we decided to put the dirt setup back on....
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  2. rtadlock

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    When I put the dirt setup back on Suzy (Kim names all her vehicles), we also decided to lower it so Kim could actually touch the ground....kinda. I put a Kouba Link on it and dropped the forks as far down as I could. Now it wasn't too tall, or too short, but juuussssst right :D:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5779350814/" title="Gold Hill by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3537/5779350814_6966681eab_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Gold Hill"></a>

    For our first DS ride, we decided to head up to Switz with our friends Jay and Kelsie. Kim was pretty nervous, as this would be her first time ever on a trail. She repeatedly asked me not to leave her behind....(geez, I guess I just give off that vibe). Anyway, when we first got there, she was pretty timid. That lasted all of 5 minutes, and then this happened:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5778790237/" title="Kim getting dirty by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3457/5778790237_cdc725390c_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Kim getting dirty"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5778786973/" title="Kim and Jay on Switzerland trail by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5026/5778786973_a9e17c7786_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Kim and Jay on Switzerland trail"></a>

    She really was impressing me. I mean, I know she's a totally capable rider, but she took to it like a fish to water. I don't have a picture of when she blasted this mud hole, but she went right through the middle of it WFO :eek1 :

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5778791177/" title="Kelsie breaking in her DRZ by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2287/5778791177_5e2efbf42f_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Kelsie breaking in her DRZ"></a>

    I literally got goose bumps watching her do it. From there on, she started getting faster and faster. We stopped at the end of the Switz trail to rest and mess around on these little hills:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5779340232/" title="I threw a mean roost off the top of that hill by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2517/5779340232_084e540943_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="I threw a mean roost off the top of that hill"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5779343198/" title="Me playing on Kim's bike by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2378/5779343198_6ba1fc0a0e_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Me playing on Kim's bike"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5778797275/" title="Jay messing around on Kelsie's DRZ by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3575/5778797275_5d77b16371_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Jay messing around on Kelsie's DRZ"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5778801499/" title="Untitled by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3077/5778801499_3ce8b76cc7_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt=""></a>

    Once Kim saw Jay and I, she wanted to give it a whirl. I was pretty nervous, but hey, I knew she could do it. I didn't get a picture of her going over it the first time, only this lead in:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5779347518/" title="Kim played on the hills too, but this was the only picture I got of her by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2488/5779347518_1308c09844_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Kim played on the hills too, but this was the only picture I got of her"></a>

    Luckily though, Jay got a video the next go:

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    <strike>(sorry I can't ever seem to get flickr video to embed correctly)</strike> I figured out how to embed flickr video

    It didn't end pretty, but I was totally blown away that she even wanted to do it in the first place. By the looks if it, it's going to be a great summer.

    To be continued (hopefully this weekend)....
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  3. NMTrailboss

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    Have a great and safe summer you two.:freaky
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  5. D-Train

    D-Train Dusty Wessels

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    Nice! Looks like you guys had fun...hopefully you make it to FMF:D
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  6. rtadlock

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    We were totally planning on going Dusty but I have to go out of town for work now....weak I know...either way, we've got to get together and ride soon.
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  7. amorton

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    I am going to show this to my fiance for inspiration! I want to get her into riding.
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    D-Train Dusty Wessels

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    Shoot that's right:cry We should definitely get together and ride...and the girls too:freaky
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  9. rtadlock

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    So today, Jay (bodhizafa in inmate speak) and I decided to play hooky and get some riding in up at Left Hand. I got over to his place at 9 and we headed out around 9:45. We took the long way over to LH, and we hit the trail around 10:30. Neither one of us really knows the area, so we just started riding around. We climbed up Firemans hill and rode over the top before taking a look around:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5788121474/" title="Untitled by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2690/5788121474_40fcfe1f2f_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt=""></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5787565701/" title="Untitled by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2476/5787565701_1be73fbac9_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt=""></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5787566267/" title="Untitled by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3626/5787566267_50d7d4f517_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt=""></a>

    It seemed like we were riding a lot of loops, and it was all pretty technical. I was able to keep a pretty good pace, and we managed to ride quite a few trails in a few hours. There's some pretty fun/challenging single track that I didn't even realize I lived so close to for a long time:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5787567019/" title="Hmmm, looks pretty rough by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3426/5787567019_237b644873_b.jpg" width="768" height="1024" alt="Hmmm, looks pretty rough"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5787569105/" title="Jay working some single track by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3086/5787569105_10d240dfb0_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Jay working some single track"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5788124572/" title="Untitled by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2078/5788124572_94f6780d64_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt=""></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5788127844/" title="Untitled by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2534/5788127844_09a7d440b2_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt=""></a>

    Anyway, we were just about to head over to the Switzerland trail area and some other stuff Jay said he had on his GPS, when this happened:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5788130558/" title="That'll buff right out... by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5144/5788130558_8399ff08b2_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="That'll buff right out..."></a>

    It all started at the top of this hill:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5788128738/" title="I don't know about this Rob... by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5143/5788128738_615f900c9f_b.jpg" width="768" height="1024" alt="I don't know about this Rob..."></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5788129798/" title="Jay about to attack a pretty tough section by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2763/5788129798_923f300319_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Jay about to attack a pretty tough section"></a>

    Jay said something about a steep rocky down hill, and by the time I heard him, I was already in my usual "pin it to win it" mode. I got down and looked back up at Jay. He thought he might take the other way around, but like the good friend I am, I convienced him it wasn't that bad, and even offered an "easy line". He got all the way to the bottom, and fell on the last little drop.

    So I rode back home and picked up my truck and came back up to rescue Kelsie's injured stead:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5787662285/" title="DSC00970 by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2544/5787662285_12e9f34095_b.jpg" width="1024" height="681" alt="DSC00970"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5788217734/" title="DSC00971 by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5184/5788217734_b680642d01_b.jpg" width="1024" height="681" alt="DSC00971"></a>

    Even though the day was cut short, it was a fun morning. We hit some lunch and Jay stopped and ordered the parts on the way home. He'll have it ready to ride in no time...
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  10. rtadlock

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    Also, it looks like Kim and I are going to try and get a ride in on Saturday. Not sure where we're headed, but if anyone has any suggestions, we're all ears... :ear
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  11. rtadlock

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    My advice is get her a small, easy to ride bike and get her having fun. You have to focus on fun at first. Oh, and matching gear. Matching gear is a must....:D
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  12. TinkerinWstuff

    TinkerinWstuff Take it apart

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    It would appear that someone needs a good skidplate with a touch of side protection.
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  13. rtadlock

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    It's hard to say if even a big beefy skid plate like Kim's bike has:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/5778803943/" title="I wish I could look this pretty when I ride by rtadlock, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2693/5778803943_c22a6ec60d_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="I wish I could look this pretty when I ride"></a>

    Would have helped much. I think it was just an unlucky fall, but who knows...
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  14. rtadlock

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    Jay sent me another video where Kim actually makes it over the hill. Also, I figured out what the problem was when trying to embed Flickr video....

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  15. ColoSean

    ColoSean Yard-sale Expert

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    You two look like a bunch of hooligans!
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  16. rtadlock

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    Well Kim is for sure....
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  17. bodhizafa

    bodhizafa How hard can it be?

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    Already ordered!
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  18. fasterlaster

    fasterlaster Been here awhile

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    I was thinking the exact same thing amorton.
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  19. Captain Hindsight

    Captain Hindsight Banned

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    When coming off a steep hill, she should keep her weight back and be prepared to push hard.
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  20. Downhill Dave

    Downhill Dave Busco aventura

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    Kim displays perfect form going over Lil'Dirt Mountain! :clap

    "Perfect" to a dirt biker is defined as at least one foot on a peg, one hand on a grip, and most of the bike underneath you. :lol3 Real control is over-rated.

    As an owner of a DRzS and ex-owner of a DRzSM I think you picked a great bike for Kim but can't you get some pink plastic to match ATGATT? Then I guess you can't mooch her bike in a manly way though :rofl.
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