Cat Herders: Shenandoah Valley Inmates

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by HBN, Nov 3, 2008.

  1. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    Hey all that's totally ok, ride your own ride as they say. And as far as the "I'm no longer drawn into pushing myself into anything more challenging than dirt and fire roads. Essentially, I had dreams of trekking into outer Mongolia with just a paper map and some provisions, and it turns out I'm not the kind of person who can do that sort of thing. I think I've always known, I just finally seem to be realizing it." I think that fits about 95% of the ADV inmates, reality vs. our dreams and hopes, changing interests, aging (:()...hell many BMWGS riders don't even get on the gravel that you ride.
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  2. BlakKrauStudios

    BlakKrauStudios I'm cool... right?

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    Thanks. I actually just tried taking the front wheel off my Street Twin and failed miserably at it. :( I could take the wheel off my SV practically in my sleep, but lately I feel like I can barely even turn a wrench without things going horribly wrong. My stands don't seem to work, I tipped the bike over twice trying to take it off the stand (luckily doesn't seem to be any damage), and everything I think will be simple turns out to involve 5 more steps than I was planning on.

    It's frustrating realizing I can't do the stuff I used to be able to do, while undoubtedly being thrown into the shamed group of "You take your bike to the shop? NOOB!".

    Just not my day, today.
  3. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    the fastest way to become a freakin' old man is to discard your "dreams and hopes". did a couple hundred miles of West Virginia gravel over the past week, that was my cheap ass geriatric cornerspin. saw no big bikes on the gravel, and no bikes at all except for a handful of little bikes close to LF.

    most roads were good, a few not good at all. fell off a couple times when i ran out of skill in the rough stuff, no harm, and did complete those road sections. helps to have a bike that will climb like a damn mountain goat.

    i did say rough roads, here's the dust line on the bottom of my 48mm USD forks, bottomed those suckers more than once, makes a clunk loud enough to hear with ear plugs in...

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    beat on my poor bike a little, but as they say, it'll all buff out...except if you were on a GS/GSA, then it wouldn't buff out.
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  4. LadyDraco

    LadyDraco KillerSmileIHazIt !!

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  5. CowboyRR

    CowboyRR Been here awhile

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    Cornerspin is not so much about technical offroad riding. It's more about using the throttle, brakes, steering inputs and body positioning to maintain control of the bike when at the limit of available traction. The skills you learn at Cornerspin relate directly to riding any bike - including the street and roadracing. Sliding a 7 hp dirtbike around corners is also just super fun.
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  6. tom c

    tom c Long timer Supporter

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    Damn those BMW GS riders! I hope I never stoop so low … :).
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  7. goosecreek

    goosecreek Ashes ashes all fall down Supporter

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    :imaposer
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  8. Baloo

    Baloo Itinerant jackass Supporter

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    At the compound this weekend if anybody’s in the Shenandoah Valley I have tent space
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  9. BlakKrauStudios

    BlakKrauStudios I'm cool... right?

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    Had a really good ~120 mile ride this morning up Skyline and then down 33 to Gordonsville, then home. Barely any traffic. Saw quite a few riders heading the other way on 33 toward Shenandoah though.

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  10. aaronric

    aaronric I came to get down

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    Absolutely second this. It is what you make it to an extent, but Aaron is a fantastic, patient coach who takes the time to work directly with people who need the most help. If you go in wanting to prepare for a track day, it can absolutely teach you how to find and feel the limits of grip in a safe way while exercising correct body positioning and looking far enough ahead.

    But, if you just need more confidence on the street and a better sense of how your bike will respond to you in a low-grip environment, it's also perfect. My wife and I went in May and we're going back for sure. Cannot recommend it enough, and it's about so much more than speed.
  11. Baloo

    Baloo Itinerant jackass Supporter

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    I think you just started stoopin.
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  12. Baloo

    Baloo Itinerant jackass Supporter

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    Bring that to the camp out. I want to see that sweet bike.
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  13. BlakKrauStudios

    BlakKrauStudios I'm cool... right?

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    Really? When and where is the camp out?
  14. tom c

    tom c Long timer Supporter

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    No way. You know
    Only if you promise to behave. I will abide no tomfoolery - I remember all too well the last time I brought a new bike to BWDR

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  15. Baloo

    Baloo Itinerant jackass Supporter

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    Are you really asking me that?
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  16. tom c

    tom c Long timer Supporter

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    ...ironically....
  17. BlakKrauStudios

    BlakKrauStudios I'm cool... right?

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    Should I not be?

    I feel like maybe I'm missing something.
  18. Baloo

    Baloo Itinerant jackass Supporter

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    Quiet your mind young padwana. Look just a bit further beyond. you will find the answers you seek.

    We hope to see you there.
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  19. BlakKrauStudios

    BlakKrauStudios I'm cool... right?

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    Understood.
  20. tom c

    tom c Long timer Supporter

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    You can drop my bike anytime. It’s like I’ve never dropped someone else’s pretty new bike @bultacobill @others. :)