SPOKANE Area Riders

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

  1. WU7X

    WU7X The Old Fart

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    Depends on weather...in the sunnier times of the year, rides often take place afterward. We only had two riders today, due to fear of rain. Most of these guys stay on asphalt for their rides, but several are looking for other DSers.

    Come on down and try it out.
  2. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    More than an hour notice would help. :D
  3. WU7X

    WU7X The Old Fart

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  4. MotoNerd

    MotoNerd Adventurer

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    Hello all!! Weather is looking like it is going to be the best of the year so far on May 1. Is there anyone who is off work (or wants to play hookie) and wants to go for a day ride??

    I was thinking something along the line of Palouse Falls, Hell's Canyon (Rattlesnake Grade) or up into Canada.. Always up for input.

    If so, PM me, or email me at robert.dickinson@live.com.

    - MotoChris
  5. Dr. Hemlock

    Dr. Hemlock Honky Mofo

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    Dang! I would be up for it if we weren't having guests from Seattle. Maybe next time.
  6. EmptiMind

    EmptiMind Stoopid Youngin'

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    If you get a route together and let me know the details, I'm probably free that day. Depends on if I get over this "cold" (Think it's strep throat).
  7. Road2Adv

    Road2Adv Adventurer

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    What kind of riding are you looking at doing? Bike camping? Car Camping?

    Lots of snow in the hills, most two track out as well around Fettle Falls. Often the first or second week in June before you can ride above the valleys.

    Lots of good road riding in most places. Had snow last couple of days...... Columbia River will be down low....... Not as scenic as summer when full. Seldom full until July 4 weekend.

    Beautiful time of year, to visit. everything green.......

    Ride safe, Change gas often. jerry
  8. chinook1

    chinook1 Adventurer

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    Thanks for the invite emptimind (and all)! I think I'd like to join up with the inwbmw riders Saturday morning. That bakery is just a few blocks from my house and I am free all day for a ride. I've been trying to get some dirt practice, being a complete and utter newborn where the gravel begins. If a route with some non technical dirt could be figured out I'm in for sure. If not, I might take a spin up to Metaline Falls for a bacon cheesburger at Kathy's. So bad but so so good. Good twistys on both sides of the Pend Orielle River and up along Sullivan Lake.

    Chinook1

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  9. EmptiMind

    EmptiMind Stoopid Youngin'

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    Most of the rides I've taken with these folks are pretty easy going hard pack dirt summer roads. I'm still learning dirt on the pig I ride, but it doesn't take more than a few trips to get more confident. Don't worry about being too slow, just go your own pace. We'll wait at the next turn. I started at about 20 MPH and gripping my handlebars like my life depended on it. Then I realized the bike wants to stay upright, just like on pavement. Long as I plan my turns, I can relax.
  10. chinook1

    chinook1 Adventurer

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    Yeah, I need to figure out how to get comfortable standing. Went out to 7mile orv area to do some drills, and ended up dropping my poor beast at subwalking pace.

    I could NOT pick that thing up. It just kept pushing away in the soft sand! Totally humiliating! I'm a pretty strong guy, so i thought.

    Nice guy came by and helped ("thats a big bike for out here"), but it made me realize I should never go off pavement alone. Hope to see you Saturday!

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  11. EmptiMind

    EmptiMind Stoopid Youngin'

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    Chinook, I'll have to teach you how to pick up the wee. I have had to do it more than any other street legal bike I've owned. Can do it without losing my breath now. Also, I find it much easier to keep it upright at higher speeds. It's too fat to be nimble at low speeds when you're not used to it.

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  12. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    There are a few different ways to pick up a motorcycle.

    Below shows two of those ways. The first technique I've used many times. The second technique I just used last month when I dumped my bike on a loose sandy hill and it worked just fine. I was able to get the bike up and out of the way before other riders used me for a speed bump. :eek1


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    The demo above shows picking up a bike with sidebags which gives an advantage so I found another vid with a tiny gal picking up a bike laying flat.

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    If you have a desire to learn how to ride dirt with out doing it by the fall down and pick yourself and the bike up method. PSSOR has some awesome classes. A few years back I took one of the ADV Training Camps and what a blast it was.

    Here's their schedule: http://pssor.com/pssor-courses


    There is a dirt riding school in the Spokane area too: http://www.dirtbikeschool.org/ I haven't take this one so I can't comment on it other than training is always a good way to go.
  13. WU7X

    WU7X The Old Fart

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    Great timing and good reminder for everyone LB. Thanks!

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  14. EmptiMind

    EmptiMind Stoopid Youngin'

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    Second video is basically the method I use. Grab handbar grip, and fortunately for us, the rear rack has those nice solid grab rails. You kind of do a combo hack squat while walking back. Once you pass about 45 degrees, just have to scoot your but into it with a couple steps backwards and you're upright again. If you ever want to practice, you can send me a PM. We can find a grassy spot to lay your bike over gently, and you can attempt to lift it.
  15. chinook1

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    Thanks for the tips! I'm glad that my ineptitude can benefit the group. I like to think of it as a service I provide...

    It's interesting that when I low-sided at the intersection of Garland and Division, I had no issue lifting the bike. Combination of oncoming traffic, adrenalin, and flat pavement I suppose. Out in the loose sand at the ORV park, I tried all the methods I've seen before (backward waddle, handle bar lift, clean and jerk, cuss/ yell), the effect of which was to get the weight shifted onto the skid plate (Weld 86), then have it slide away from me as I slip a disk in my back.

    I wonder if the skid plate actually hinders the lifting process by not allowing the tires to touch the ground and serve as a pivot point for the weight of the bike? http://www.weld86motoparts.com/

    Saturday's shaping up to be a nice day for a ride...:clap
  16. lamotovita

    lamotovita DAMN SNOWBIRD!

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    My DL650 blew over in a gravel lot recently and I was surprised how hard it was to pick up, it took everything I had.
    Without modifications a V Strom will never be comfortable ridden standing up, it's primarily a street bike.
    I recommend, if at all possible, that you get a small dirt bike to practice on. Everything you learn on a small bike will transfer to the big bike with much less likelihood of damage and injury.
  17. vnp514

    vnp514 Been here awhile

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    After riding all winter long, my exhaust on my Ural is less than stellar:


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    The bike itself faired well. I used ACF50 over it before the winter arrived. I'm guessing the heat cycles of the exhaust caused the ACF50 to be ineffective. So my question is do I poder coat the exhaust or ceramic coat? Who in the Spokane area does a good job?

    Thanks!

    Pete
  18. EmptiMind

    EmptiMind Stoopid Youngin'

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    Chinook, I know what you mean about adrenaline. Couple times I've gone down on my wee I've been able to lift it with basically one hand. Pretty crazy what the human body is capable of.

    As far as skid plate, you have to dead lift until on your tires touch before you can waddle back. If you're trying to back up the bike while on the skid plate you'll just slide. You're right about not having traction if the tires aren't down, and the pivot point is wrong too. Like I said, if you ever want to practice we can meet up. I'll be there next to you to help lift it and give pointers.

    Riding standing up on the Wee isn't impossible by any means, if you're wanting to skid around corners and kick the back out, then I'd definitely find something smaller to practice on. It has a pretty wide stance. But shifting weight forward and back, surveying the road, and absorbing bumps with your legs is something you can practice on the pig. Don't know if you've adjusted your bars or not, but if you plan on standing you want to make sure you can reach without straining yourself, and your levers should be slightly down from level to make controls easier.

    No expert on this by any means, I only got my wee in February, but so far it's seen snow, rain, mud, summer roads, washed out torn up dirt roads, and a tiny bit of single track. This bike is capable of a lot more than most people give it credit for. The bike will do just about anything given the right skills. Does more than I'm able to, that's for sure.

    As LB suggested, there's dirt bike school, and he offers a dual sport class. Had I the funds, I would take it. They offer basic dirt class and supply the bike too, that'd definitely be the place to start.

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  19. redneckmech

    redneckmech Two-Wheel Addict

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    The problem with riding in the winter you will freeze, your bike will corrode horribly, but you will have a great time!!

    I would recommend Ceramic coating as it will stand the heat better.
    Talk to Lake City powdercoating in CDA they do a great job at a great price.. They are less than half of other places in the area. I have sent a lot of work through them and have never had a complaint; in fact they have my new skidplate right now:deal. They are located on 6225 N Ace Street Coeurdalene Id 83814
    Ph# 208-664-9516
  20. IdahoRenegade

    IdahoRenegade Long timer

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    I noticed a few people here have Wee Stroms-how do you like them in our local riding conditions? I have a WR250R, love it in the woods or slow backroads, but it's short on power on the highway. I'd like something a little bigger for longer rides, with more power, but still capable of running forest service/gravel roads comfortably. I don't have a lot of money to spend, so the Wee pretty much makes up my short list. I missed an '04 in Hayden (sold today) but there is an '05 over in Omak that looks pretty appealing. Also a 12 that I really like for $7k...which was more than I was hoping to spend.