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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DR. Rock, May 23, 2008.
Have a great trip y'all.
Doc, you are, quite possibly, the most organized inmate in this Den of ADD.
Here in Colorado we call them "Marmots". Ours are a slightly lighter brown...sort of a large guinea pig with a tail.
This just continues to be more and more interesting. Thanks for a great RR.
Grampas Lake Superior Ride
Grampas National Monument Ride
I think you may be right. Almost all the marmot pictures on google are of lighter sand-colored animals. You know, like a woodland caribou. None are as dark as this one. Maybe it was a juvenile. or maybe it's a new colony of the critically endangered Vancouver Island marmots... they look black like the one we saw. I found a couple of photos of an "elusive" black marmot from the Grand Tetons, again here, but it's not listed anywhere as a separate species.
Did you get any photos of the Alberta Howling Monkey? Who knows you may run in to an Idaho howling monkey on your next trip!
That was a Carnivorous Woodchuck. Its the blood that makes them darker. You are very fortunate to have escaped with your lives.
Doc - several Mobius adventures ago, I forget which, you were involved in some tire development. I don't recall reading about that lately. There is no mention of tires in the list. Where did that tire stuff end up?
Many of us are more-or-less permanently in search of those perfect tires that do pavement reasonably well, but also are capable and secure for dirt & gravel road and some off-road. And of course, cheap and long-lasting are good attributes. Looking for tire Nirvana I suppose.
Another excellent Mobius Ride Report!
I've been studying your riding gear, and I've found a point of vulnerability - sort of like finding the "exhaust port" on the Death Star.
Have you seen the Scott Xi90 goggles?
They are primarily used for snowmobiling, but I have found that they work great with a motorcycle helmet to protect the nose.
Perhaps it's worth checking out.
Thanks again for another great ride.
Well that sucks. I was eager to hear your assessment on these for dirt bikes. Looks like the dirt is too much for it. Now curious as to what you'll replace them with.
My scottoiler (on my road bike) is still going strong. My current chain is at about 60k. not a nick on it.
Makes you look more like your avatar photo. Good gear find.
From the first time we communicated to arrange my stay at the Adventure Loft I knew these were folk I wanted to hang with (not a hammock reference). To be included in part of a leg of Mobius is pretty darn cool and I can't wait to get going. September weather in Alberta can be crazy, there has been frost in the foothills already and we had to turn on the furnace last night. It's looking good for the trip but in the mountains anything can happen. I'm hoping to get at least to the Idaho border before I have to turn around and race for home, the TID will have to wait for another time.
I'm ready, "Bring it On!"
No Nickname for the transport yet, perhaps one will evolve as the ride develops...it does have a Ninja-like look though
You mean the TKC-90's? They dropped us as sponsors after this video was released:
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But that's the only spot I get suntan. If not for that, no one would know I was on vacation.
Seriously, you're nuts, Q. And I mean that in a good way . BTW, do those take double walled lenses?
See you soon, man -- we should roll in the 23rd or 24th. I'll be setting up the Spotwalla link soon.
Yes, it sucks. I so wanted a no-nonsense, no-mess, no-brainer chain oiling system. For dirt. Loobman isn't it. I think it would work fine on a road bike. Or even a gravel road bike. And it did work well for us, up until we got into mud and dirt. Then it failed on both ends... at the reservoir end, the valve got gummed up, and when pressed, would stick in the open position, releasing all the oil down the tubing. At the other end, dirt and mud accumulated on the dispenser arms, and it just turned into a big oily mudball. :huh
No worries. We are still committed to keeping our chains oiled. Fortunately, we have a new solution.
I think this is a perfect segue to introduce our new M8 sponsors. Before I reveal their name and product, please understand that like JiffyPop, they are not widely known for motorsports involvement. However, in this economy, they have found it necessary to diversify. For the last year, their marketing, and research & development departments have been working tirelessly investigating opportunities to successfully expand and repurpose their existing technology. And succeed they have.
Wow, frost already. :huh Well, we can handle temps into the high 20's (F). Are the leaves turning yet?
The bike looks great, how you liking the suspension? I'm sure we'll figure out a good name. I have a rear brake master cylinder guard I'll bring along that will probably fit if you're interested. The TID may have to wait, but how about the Tura I??? It's not as serious, but still should be fun .
See you soon.
Please enjoy the following video which was produced when the chain-oiling system was still in prototype. To get a better idea of how the oiler works, just substitute the word "oil" every time she says the word "mustard":
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Because French's wants to keep their motorsports chain oiler stay-clean cap technology from getting stolen, they have only provided us with a prototype that will be disguised by having the same logo and design as their mustard container. I assure you this is no simple mustard container. It is a precisely designed, and engineered chain lubrication system, manufactured to the highest standards, and tightest tolerances. Benefits are:
1. an easily controlled metered dosing system.
2. the system is only active when the bike is stopped, and then only for a brief period of time.
3. one system can be configured to lubricate multiple bikes and chains with minimal disassembly, reassembly.
4. field servicable.
6. able to be operated with gloved hands.
7. user manual available in multiple languages.
So please join us on the Mobius trip to welcome
French's Stay-Clean Chain Lubrication System as our new corporate sponsors.
We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship in product testing and marketing.
I hope the Mod Nazi's don't move you to Vendors.
Full disclosure: aside from the one prototype they have provided for testing, which isn't even yet available for purchase yet anyway, we receive no funding or special consideration from French's. Not even stickers, or complimentary mustard packets!