Missoula Maladjusted

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Chains45, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. Clewis&Lark

    Clewis&Lark I'd rather paddle downstream.

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    Camping or hotels or a mix?

    Looks like you have some campgrounds noted... Not sure if that covers the nights or if you were thinking of a hotel somewhere too??? Also, why the spur out to Clark, WY?
  2. Siorc

    Siorc Tiger Shark Supporter

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    Camping. Not sure where, most likely bandit camping.
    Clark was just a convenient spot for routing, I'll skip the spur.
  3. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra Supporter

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    I might be up for a day ride, meeting you along the way.
  4. Shady Pass David

    Shady Pass David Long timer Supporter

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    Oh Geez, not the dreaded Boot?!......I had my right great toe..(da big one) fused....Didn't know at the time, but they cut it off and reattached with screws...So much pain!..The pain pills made me itch..throbbing pain or itch, on a weekend...
    Sposed to heal in 8 weeks, took 8 months...and I drove heavy trucks for a living...
    I sure hope you did better!.............:-)................
  5. Mike Nesbihal

    Mike Nesbihal Been here awhile Supporter

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    The doctor wanted to pin it. I thought that sounded like a bad idea so I opted to take a wait and see approach. At 7 weeks in, its about 70% healed via buddy taping and the boot. They said it would be safe to get out of the boot but to take it easy so I'm still limping around but things are getting better every day. Tried getting on a bike Saturday but being's that the left toe was broke, upshifting is still a little questionable.
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  6. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra Supporter

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    @Siorc and I rode the Gravelly's today. Even the smoke shrouded views were excellent once expectations were adjusted to the conditions. Instead of peaks etched sharp against an impossibly blue sky, we got mysterious peaks slowly appearing out of the mist (er, haze). Road 290 was just bladed which required a bit more attention so less was available for the peaks in mist. On the positive side, the ruts were pretty much gone. I left him camping in Red Rock NWR while I rode home. Fun day
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  7. Kinsman

    Kinsman Ribs....for her pleasure

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    Awesome.
  8. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    A few weeks ago I wanted to drive my wife up there to show it to her, but the CA wildfires haze was too severe. Good going Jonz and Siorc!
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  9. Siorc

    Siorc Tiger Shark Supporter

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    Yesterday I rode through Yellowstone, which was mostly stop and go - there were two groups of 3-5 elk, and I think someone saw a squirrel, so of course everyone has to stop. Then I rode to near the top of Chief Joseph and back down, to a nice camp spot on a little lake I found via satellite images.
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    Beartooth this morning (a bit less smoke up there) and I plan to ride it again the other way. Probably head north through Gardiner after that to avoid some of the park traffic.
  10. bradb3337

    bradb3337 Been here awhile

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    trench.jpg here is my riding so far for September.
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  11. Kinsman

    Kinsman Ribs....for her pleasure

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    Yuck.
  12. BJMoose

    BJMoose that trick never works Supporter

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    I can relate. I just dug a 25' trench for a propane gas line - by hand. Most of it involved large rocks. Took a week and ruined my back.
  13. Olde Phart

    Olde Phart Olde Phart

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    Only short rides for me these days too ... Mom is @ 94 with recent injury and not doing well so it has me on a short leash, sis is doing what she can but I'm on rotation duty. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do. In the mean time I'm keeping the oil changed, the coolant fresh and new rubber on order. When the time comes, I wanna be ready to ride ...

    Good property and family maintenance to ya!
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  14. Mike Nesbihal

    Mike Nesbihal Been here awhile Supporter

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    Feels nice to be back on 2 wheels.

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  15. philthyphil

    philthyphil Nomad

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    Congrats!
  16. mrmushman

    mrmushman Been here awhile

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    I've been spending more time on the pedal bike lately trying to drop a few pounds. :-)
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  17. Force0321

    Force0321 Dirty Pirate Supporter

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    I've been riding the 350 EXC a lot. Saving the 690 for long trips
    Love this little bike .Excellent for single and 2 track. Super easy to work on.
    Tall, hard to get on/off.
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  18. philthyphil

    philthyphil Nomad

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    I have a 450 and I've been looking for something lighter for hard/technical single-track. How would you rate the 350 to a 300. I like the idea of staying with a 4 stroke. I was going to PM but thought others might be interested. Interested in your perspective.

    Jonz, I think you have a 350 as well? Thoughts?

    I'm 6'2"+ so height isn't a real issue.
  19. Force0321

    Force0321 Dirty Pirate Supporter

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    The newer US versions of the 350 is pretty choked down because of emissions. But it can be desmogged and tuned pretty cheap.
    I changed from the stock Gray throttle cam to the included Black cam. Huge gain in throttle response. I yanked the reeds out of the air box and added a JD tuner to fix the super lean issues. Removed the screen from the exhaust. Aftermarket exhaust isn’t needed . Haven’t tested since I installed the tuner and did the exhaust mod yet.
    Ktm claims the new 350’s (‘20 and ‘21) have the power of the 450 in a lighter package.
    Dry weight is 225. No difference in the ‘20 and ‘21 model other than colors. ‘20 model has a big factory rebate still I think.

    I’m loving the nimbleness of this 350. It goes where you point it almost without even thinking about it.
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  20. philthyphil

    philthyphil Nomad

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    Good Intel. Thanks.