Washtenaw County, Michigan Dirt Road TAG-O-RAMA

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by meijer's trails, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. proeasy

    proeasy Been here awhile

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    "John" I think I saw you a few weeks ago on a saturday I was heading into Northiville on 7 Mile, you were heading west, just west of Beck. While I have an RT more and more of my miles on on my single cylinder bikes in the direction west of Novi/Northville. I have to say perhaps my favorite is my XR-400 (kick start/air cooled) that you can ride like you stole it and really never get you into trouble. Plus at approx 260 lbs is not a bear to pick up. Always open for a ride and and have some nice dirt routes to the likes of Hell/Pickney. Saturday later looks a bit dry and may head out to the Dam Site Inn to clear my head. The XR-400 and the TE-510 have between them three various Cannon Treks completed. As many can attest, there is no one perfect bike, just all the more reason to have a few at your disposal

    Paul O
  2. John Smallberries

    John Smallberries Long timer

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    Could have been me. I look like a giant tomato with red winter jacket with the word 'Airbag' on the back and a red GS.


    I am itching to ride today - but have a funeral in Warren at 11 am. I'm not quite sure when I can be back. Ideally, I'd like to meet up at 2:30 (say - BP station at 7 & Beck) and then go find the tag near McClure Road. Any rules against multiple bikes in one tag?

    It's a good day for the electric heat and getting the GS a bit dirty.

    :ricky
  3. proeasy

    proeasy Been here awhile

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    Will try to be there at 2:30 (Gas station at 7 and Beck)

    Paul O
  4. John Smallberries

    John Smallberries Long timer

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    Proeasy and I took advantage of the weather break today and got this tag:
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    We rode the muddy backroads as much as possible to get to Mill Lake and then head back to our side of town for a tag of our own:
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    Hint - it's about as far NE as you can go in Washtenaw County.

    Have at it...
  5. DESERT SCORPION

    DESERT SCORPION SINGLE TRACK

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    I got up early, 'cause I heard it was going to rain later. I shot this tower way up near the northern border of Washtenaw Co. Gave me a chance to try out my new tag-a-camera. It was a little hard to use with frozen fingers, but I struggled through it.


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  6. DESERT SCORPION

    DESERT SCORPION SINGLE TRACK

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    Here is an old farmhouse I passed on my way out to the tower tag. It is just outside Ypsilanti on a North-South road northeast of the center of town. The name of this road is the same as a British high-performance motorcycle components company. Its about two miles inside the county line.

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  7. The Toad

    The Toad Let There Be Light

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    I've owned the DRZ about a year and a half and cant say anyting but good things about it.

    It began life as an S model, I have since added:

    Sidecase protectors
    Larger tank (IMS 4.0 gallon)
    MSR radiator guards
    Tusk D Flex hand guards
    Moose Expedition rack
    Heated grips
    LED aux lights up front (too see and be seen)
    Seat Concepts seat (went thru about 4 others)

    I think im done now :D

    We've done quite a bit riding in the LP as well as Tennessee mountains.

    Planning on a big cross country dirt trek summer 2013 on her.

    Feel free to PM anytime if you want to come check it out, sit, ride, etc.

    now.. back to the tagging :lol3

    -Brian
  8. meijer's trails

    meijer's trails Been here awhile

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    Proeasy. how do you like the 630 compared to the 510?

    itsnt it much heavier? I keep hearing things like "bmw has RUINED husqvarna forever!"

    please comment
  9. proeasy

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    Actually both are proper Husquvarna's (pre BMW motors)

    The-510 is motocross bike with blinkers, approx 260 lbs, close ratio transmission that is great in the trails. Much more power than my-630. The down side of this bike is the engine does not have a balance shaft and is quite buzzy. Great bike for the likes of the GLDS rides. Had to put a aftermarket gas tank on it to get above the factory 70 Mile range

    The -630 is the last of this bike series from Husqvarnar it, has been replaced by the Terra -650 (BMW Motor). I really like the -630, approx 310 lbs wide ratio transmission that is better for back roads/true dual sport rides on the dirt roads west of Northville. The new TR-650 gained about 80 lbs, went to a 5 speed gearbox, and has less suspension travel than the -630. Only good point is that it gets better fuel economy. Between the bike and the way I ride, I get around 40 MPG on the -630.

    Long term I think it will be good thing, to compete with KTM. I like what they did with Nuda, that we do not get here in the US.

    In summary no perfect bike that is why we need a few
  10. John Smallberries

    John Smallberries Long timer

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    This is helpful to me as I search for the right bike for "GLDS rides". My TW200 is too anemic for my 215 lb. lard-ass, my 1200GS is too heavy. I really like the Husqvarnas - great looking, light weight, fuel injection (I'm guessing this will make starting easier). Looking at the specs, the TE310 or TE449 may be the right fit for me. I don't need the power of a motocross bike (I'm slow, but steady in the single-track), but I do need the blinkers.

    Anyone got any insight on the relative power capability between the 310 and 449? The weight is about the same. I expect I'll need to add fuel capacity in one way or another. I'd also like some sort of rear rack.

    Of course, the DRZ400 is also a very solid choice. There are many for sale and add-on parts are everywhere. Do you think the extra 45 lbs. over a TE is an issue?

    decisions...decisions!

    PS - I hope to grab a tag sometime this weekend as well!!! Maybe I'll sneak out at lunch tomorrow...
  11. proeasy

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    I think the 449/511 would be a better back roads/DS bike. The 310 as I understand has a very close ratio gearbox and at around 65 they are turning incredibel RPM's. On my 510 I went from a 13 tooth C/S gear to 15 teeth. This slowed down the enigne at higher road speeeds and helped make the bike a bit more sedate for my skill level. I would check out the subframe of each to see what limited load you can put on the back in the way of a tail bag.

    Check out the following link for lots more information and countless opinions

    http://www.cafehusky.com/

    the 310/449/511 topic will be found under the four stroke section, there is now forum for the TR-650 (BMW Motor)

    Paul
  12. John Smallberries

    John Smallberries Long timer

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    I call your Harris house:
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    And raise you some Warren nuns.
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  13. DESERT SCORPION

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    Well----

    I don't have a picture of the striking building posted by Mr. Smallberries. This pic shows why. When this destination loomed out of the fog at 7:30 this morning there was a gate in my way, so I just took a picture of the gate. Being the gentleman that he is, I am sure Mr. Smallberries will vouch for the fact that this is the entrance to the Dominican Sisters of Mary campus on Warren Rd. just west of Dixboro.:D

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  14. DESERT SCORPION

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    I sheepishly offer this tag.:wink: Shot on a sunnier day right across the street from the Lodi town hall.

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  15. The Toad

    The Toad Let There Be Light

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    Man you are up and out way way way too early :eek1

    I was looking forward to a run down Warren rd this afternoon.... guess I'lll have to double check your tag :lol3
  16. John Smallberries

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    That's the place! On the satellite map, you can see a cool abandoned building on their property. That was my original target, but I was stopped by a similar gate. I think Tom Monaghan owns all of this land.
  17. John Smallberries

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    The sheep were in the barn when I got there:
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    Also: Scorpion was tricky with the old (e.g. un-Googleable) Lodi Town Hall. Good job!

    Next, I went looking for Vipers. I did cheat as my photo op came shortly after my northbound dirt road turned to asphalt.
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    Next week looks good for a few more outings.
  18. FireMedicATL

    FireMedicATL Supafly White Guy

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    It sounds that your TW200 is a bad fit for you. They are junk.

    Want to sell it?
  19. John Smallberries

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    Hmmm...... Actually, I think I will trade my CRF230 for a used DRZ400 I found out in Howell. I love the little TW as it matches my skill level on the single-track. It's like a two-wheel tractor. It just won't keep up with the big boys on any 50+ mph highway stints. When I ride with my son, he complains that the CRF230 is just too small for his 6' frame. So - I think I'll keep the TW and have the DRZ400 do double-duty as his single-track bike and my 'GLDS' ride. If I find a good used TE449, I may change the plan again.
  20. meijer's trails

    meijer's trails Been here awhile

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    Great tagging guys!!
    The tw is fantastic. My partner rode one on the michigan six days asthe support vehicle to my vintage husky.
    If you want the best most supported most fommon bike get a ktm.
    Just my two cents: Up norh everyone, amd I mean everyone, has a ktm. Next most common are kdxs.
    So at the fall colortour, my partner with the tw200, he traded it for a ktm xcfw250. Same as me. Xcfw 250. Anyway he broke a brake pedal during a BOTANICAL. We were able to borrow someone elses pedal AND there was even another pedal for sale at a parts trailer.

    Trust me, I was so on the verge of a gas gas, and I always love the offbrand , but I wanted to do more actual riding...and not run out of gas. And ps im 40 years old now...itreated myself to an elextric start. After you crash a vintage husky on a hot day and flood it and kick about 200 times
    Youll get an electric