SPOKANE Area Riders

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by PNW Buttercup, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. Alpha One Nine

    Alpha One Nine Been here awhile

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    Will do.
  2. WU7X

    WU7X The Old Fart

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    Me three.
  3. Kootenai Rider

    Kootenai Rider Gentleman of Liesure

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    You do realize the only motorcycle I own is a KTM right?

    Oh and Happy New Year everyone! I do miss being able to ride with and see everyone, but I'll be back. Hope 2014 is as good as 2013 was. I've got some great adventures planned and I hope you all do too!

    Ride fast, take chances! :D
  4. XR4EVER

    XR4EVER 919 excuses to ride!

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    I would, but Santa just doesn't listen sometimes. I swear that old man needs his hearing fixed.
  5. godaddygo

    godaddygo drdude

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    No floor jake here either....got to meet one of you folks. XR4ever came over to pick up his "dibs':evil and I of course did not have it off the bike..sorry again:huh...fact is the sreedo is still on. I just got back from Missoula and visited my 36 year old nephew that is riddled with cancer and should pass this week...so my bubble is off. Here is my point. We all so much to be thankful for...I am mostly lecturing to myself...Happy New year give yours a hug and love...life is precious!
  6. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister

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    godaddygo, sorry to read about your nephew. I wish there was something I could say to help but there isn't anything. Thoughts to you and your family. :cry
  7. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister

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    XR4EVER, Santa didn't bring me what I asked for either. Maybe he was on strike this year. Either that or you and I have been very bad kids. :huh

    :freakyHappy New Year Spo/Cda:freaky
  8. XR4EVER

    XR4EVER 919 excuses to ride!

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    :nod
  9. WU7X

    WU7X The Old Fart

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    Happy New Years everyone! Mrs. Old Fart and I are staying home and watching the last third of the Lord of the Rings.

    If you go out, please drive/ride carefully! :1drink
  10. Kootenai Rider

    Kootenai Rider Gentleman of Liesure

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    I'm guessing bad kids.
  11. Alpha One Nine

    Alpha One Nine Been here awhile

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  12. Roadglide

    Roadglide Riding since 1965

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    If you have access to or know someone they have a great self help auto shop on Fairchild AFB. There are about 10 stalls, most with lifts. Cheap rates, less than $5/hr. They have tools to lend and mechanics to answer questions at no cost.

    To get on you need to be active duty, civilian employee on base, retired military, or retired civilian employee. Basically you need someone with a military ID.
  13. XR4EVER

    XR4EVER 919 excuses to ride!

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    Cool use of the V-nose space. We can do that. :evil
  14. fatherof4

    fatherof4 Been here awhile

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    Rick

    If you can swing it you might want to go with a tandem axle trailer. I have borrowed a friends 6x12 single axle numerous times and it bounces real bad.
  15. Alpha One Nine

    Alpha One Nine Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the tip. I do have a few friends with base access.

    That was my thought too. I would probably put a small sink and fresh water tank were he has the big tool box.

    Good to hear from you Steve, I hope everything is going well.

    Yes I'm going back an fourth between tandem and single axle.

    I have a quote for a custom order Continental 6x12 tandem with 6'5" interior height, insulated walls and ceiling, two 15"x30" windows, Fantastic Fan roof vent, 32" RV side door and a 10' RV awning which is the most promising quote I have so far for my custom build criteria.

    Another dealer told me tandem axles on a trailer that small is a waste of money and will do nothing more than add dead weight and make it harder to maneuver in tight spaces. This is the same advice I got from the few who replied to a post I made on TumperTalk.

    I don't really want to go any bigger than 6x12 because the 4Runner is the intended tow vehicle. Trailer brakes are a must for me in either case and are only standard issue on tandems. Also, the 6'5" interior height, (also a must for me) is standard on the tandem axle Continental as opposed to 5'11" on the single, so brakes and the extra height would be an additional "upgrade" for the single. The dry weight difference is said to be 300 pounds. The additional wind resistance by the extra height might effect the overall drag more than the additional dry weight anyway.

    While it's unlikely I will ever need weight capacity of tandem axles, I think the safety benefits outweigh (<- pun?) the possible fuel savings I "may" see with a single axle.

    Obviously, finding a used trailer that meets my criteria for a good price would be the ideal scenario but I'm not holding my breath. I think I want barn doors for the rear as opposed to a ramp door too.
  16. thetourist

    thetourist Just passing thru

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    I recommend tandem.
    I have a 13' tandem flat bed. Excellent trailer for general use.
    Have blown tires at night and didn't even know it till passing headlignts revealed the tire flailing around .
    Easy to push around by hand.
    I jack the front axle up and chain it when hauling a long ways empty. It rides easier.

    Backing in tight circles does really stress the tires.

    8 ft from ball to center of front axle is about as short as I can back up, with mirrors. I'm proficient at backing.
  17. Kootenai Rider

    Kootenai Rider Gentleman of Liesure

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    What happened? Your computers all freeze up? :1drink

    I got a little riding in last weekend...sunny, slight breeze, 75 degrees :hide

    We'll get the artsy shit outta the way first...
    [​IMG] First dust on the new steed.

    Speaking of new steeds...
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    From the top-ish..
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    One of the locals about to hit a jump off the frame to the left.
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    Annnd finally proof positive that white men can jump
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  18. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    :thumbNice post... keeps us all tuned into the summer to come!
  19. Bungholio

    Bungholio Long timer

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    Hey Paul how's that 27.5er ride compared to 26? Have you tried 29? Lapierre is a brand i never heard of.
  20. Kootenai Rider

    Kootenai Rider Gentleman of Liesure

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    27.5 is the shit.

    I had a 29er Specialized Hardrock sport. I rode the Seattle to Portland ride on it back in July, plus did other XC stuff. For my short little legs, I don't feel like I truly had the leverage for XC on it. On the flats it could really go, but took a bit sometimes to get up on plane. :D Sold it when I left the states.

    Previous enduro was a 2006 Specialized SX trail. Loved the bike though a bit heavy by modern standards. It was 38 lbs, where as my current one is around 28-30 (Don't have the spec right here at the moment)

    This has the Fox shock rear and Fox 34 Float on the front. Both have the C-T-D lock out/limiter (Climb, Trail, Descend) so its good on the downhill, but still not to bad for pedaling around town.

    The 27.5 wheel is awesome. I get almost the top speed of 29er, but acceleration is a lot faster. In rough stuff it handles it like the 29er. When really pedaling it, it doesn't feel like you're stuck in first gear like a 26. You can turn the wheel sharply and it doesn't hit your forward foot like a 29er.

    Giant had a good article about why they went to the 27.5 size for their new models and a lot of it made sense.
    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/globalstartpage/giant-27-5/#technology

    Lapierre from what research I did is a Euro-trash brand bike. I've seen a decent number of them here in HK. They have nice components on them, and the fit and finish is very good too. I went with this brand as all the others I looked at I was having to compromise on what I wanted. Such as, I wanted a Giant Reign, but they only have 26" even on the newest. Or the GT Sensor model I wanted only had RockShox....