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Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by Baggi'tard, Jul 31, 2014.
Ha, yeah could use them to build up the Farmhouse firepit!
The Wee Strom is such a versatile bike, I will probably keep the ugly pig for a long time. Besides, you practically have to give them away when trying to sell an older one.
Props to you guys for taking them on Trail 82. I took mine on the TN Dirt Devil, yeah more fun on a DS, but I just wanted to try it on the big girl. After a couple years of abuse, it's needing fork seals.
Yesterday from the other side of the state
Caption for the guy on the left......"I really gotta lay off the biscuits and gravy.....wait,,,,nawwwww"
I can throw that dart...just turned 60 and what little muscle I had is now reaching for the ground like I'm under constant Gforces......
I hear ya, the Silver 'strom in my pic's was my old '07. Sold it to my buddy for $2500 and it has more farkles on it than that.
This is what Kyle has planned for us next time.
Yea I read Cycle News also
On the hunt for a new/old dual sport so keep your eyes open, lol. preferaby around 2500 bucks, lol :). I have to surprise Bagggitard at MMM....
Out “acclimatizing” for March Moto Madness. Still snow and frozen above 2500 feet or so. ️
Wow...that is pretty awesome looking!
I trailered down to Chatsworth GA yesterday (hey it was cold!) to go ride a couple of the marked OHV/ATV trails near there; Rock Creek and Tatum Lead. Tatum Lead Rd (green) starts off at Hwy 2/52 and goes by private property but then turns into a forest road and marked for OHV, it dead ends in maybe about 10 miles. There's another gravel road, Peeples Lake Road (blue), that also dead ends, down by a lake and Rock Creek. In between they've put in an OHV loop trail called Rock Creek (pink) (it starts next to Rock Creek). You can join together Tatum Lead and Peeples Lake roads by riding either leg of the loop trail. All the trails were in really nice condition. Once again, it only makes me wonder what the hell is wrong with the TN ranger districts and they won't support any OHV, ATV, or motorcycle trails in the southern Cherokee. These trails were clear, well maintained, not abused or over-used. They aren't as fun as single track made for motorcycles, but all the whoops are cool, but it's always just fun to be out in the woods. There are quite a few private land trails intersecting around the area too, you might even run into some hunting stands and bear traps (doh!).
Here's some scenes from the area..
Here's a map:
SO! It's been quite cold here for past couple of weeks, we've barely been above freezing maybe one day, in the single digits at night for many of those days. I noticed quite a bit of ice in the Tellico River last few times I've ridden by it. We heard that yesterday it was about an hour long traffic jam to get through Bald River Falls area. So we thought we'd be "tricky smart" and get out there first thing, we arrived well before 0800 and the parking lot and bridge were almost full, so we weren't alone in that idea. It's supposed to warm up into the low 40s today (was 8 at the falls), with warmer temps and rain tomorrow and Tuesday, so all this will be gone shortly. Definitely the coldest spell of weather we can remember in the 17 yrs we've live here.
I wonder when the last time the Falls has frozen like that?
MLK day was sunny and near 45, so had to go for a little ride. Went and checked out a bit more of the trail off Witt Rd I call Borin Top (that's whats on the USGS topo map). Took one of the side roads that was clear for quite a while until I got to one really big pine blocking the trail, so turned back. I'll have to do a little Google Earth tracking to see if I can see where it may come out (it's probably gated). The forest service just did a really nice job fixing the third water crossing on Witt Rd. There was a huge hole where trucks had dug the bank of the creek back 40 feet and there was an alternate entrance. They filled in the original crossing with large stone and blocked off the secondary entrance. Lets hope it keeps. Maybe there won't be a zillion drowned bikes during March Moto Madness since the entrance is good and the water levels are back to normal at that crossing.
No music on this video, just forest sounds and inane commentary.
You should pack a small hatchet or folding camp saw for dealing with the small trees. Like the method of exercising the dogs.
Good Sunday evening Kyle,
Thank you for all the work you have put towards mapping all of this terrain. It is looking like @pk1791 and I will be coming down for March Moto Madness on a 12ooGS and Super Ten respectively. We'll camp on site but will likely stop by the Inn for a beer or two. I am wondering if it is too early to ask for tracks for that or if you are expecting to make some changes between now and then.
Won't be making any changes to the tracks, so if you PM me your email I can send them to you. Good thing is if you take my tracks more than about 10 miles from the campground you are not likely to see anybody else all day. No doubt the guys staying here and I will be sitting outside by the fire (or maybe in the game room) having beers every evening, so come on by!
Got a new action cam, Sony HDR-AS300. The camera has the latest image stabilization from Sony, an actual physical stabilizer on the lenses, along with digital stabilization. So I went out and tested it for the first time today. It's pretty cool and has lots of different settings. I tried the three different views, the two different image stabilization modes, and the noise reduction setting. First up the view settings are wide, medium, and narrow. Of course the wide view gives a bit of the fisheye look, but the field of view is so wide it feels very immersive since you can see the bike, the dash, and my head. The medium view is a little closer to what my GoPro used to be, maybe a little narrower since you can't see my helmet. I didn't move the camera between any of the view settings, something that may need to be done. The narrow setting is probably too narrow for motorcycle and landscape recording and you definitely need to be pointed in the right direction. I think the medium view might work pretty good for lots of different roads or trails that don't have expansive views anyway. The wide view will certainly capture expansive scenes, and certainly helps make you feel like your in the scene. I think the backwards view I use a lot when filming people behind me will look a LOT better too.
The stabilization is pretty amazing, certainly can give a very smooth flying carpet ride feel. Of course sometimes you want to convey how rough a trail might be, but the shaking video can be quite distracting too. With the active stabilization I believe you get both the physical optical stabilization and digital stabilization. It's quite evident when you notice how steady the center of the video is but then notice my head bobbing up and down. Since the camera is ON my head in reality that relationship shouldn't change. The standard setting just uses the optical stabilization (I'm sure it uses a gyroscopic gimble). There is just a bit of video movement to give you the impression of road surface, but you can still see my head and the bike bobbing up and down.
The camera itself is waterproof enough you don't need the case unless you want to dive with it or submerge for a long time. So it picks up audio better than any case-required camera I've had. But that means it picks up plenty of wind noise too. I tried the wind noise reduction setting. Frankly it almost sounds louder, it certainly sounds higher pitched and you can hear that in my voice and the bike. So I'll just use it without that setting and just turn down the audio volume when I'm processing. Barry Morris's review on CrossTrainingEnduro channel shows him rubber banding a small piece of foam over the microphone to cut down wind noise. Maybe I'll try that too.
We are off to Greece in three weeks. The plan is to rent a motorcycle and ride around the Peloponnese area. Hope the weather holds out for us so that we can have some kickass video to share.
I rode up and down River Road and FR434 to capture various settings and such, compare them to the previous FR434 video from not long ago.
Oh, and I commented about the battery. I recorded 1 hr and 14 min of video, so camera was on longer than that, and I still have 3 of 4 bars of battery left. That's pretty phenomenal battery. Graham Jarvis should switch to a Sony, then we'd get to see a LOT more of his races.
Great review. Probably the most thorough on Youtube
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Very nice moto cam. Can't wait to view your 2018 Adventures. What was that last section of off road. Looked great. see you in March. B.
FR434, runs from the Cherohala Skyway at MM10 to the North River Rd.