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Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by Baggi'tard, Jul 31, 2014.
Nice videos! Good looking trails.
Baggi'tard, Thank you and Laura for the hospitality and maintenance support. Day one of our group ride I spun my counter shaft sprocket. By the time I got back to the Farmhouse Inn with mey broken bike, Laura is standing by and hands me a paper with the number to a shop that has my sprocket in stock. Kyle had a open bay in the garage cleared and is standing buy to support the tear down project with tools and supplies. Our group had a great time riding the area and the Farmhouse Inn, Is the place to stay.
Once again, Thank you.
Till next time stay safe my friends. B.
We had some drop-in guests show up Friday night. Three guys that ride and produce videos. So they are doing a cross country trip video. They even had sponsors! After spending about 3 hours Saturday morning with the 640 in my shop, we finally got rolling so that they could get their first riding shots. Of course everybody wants to do Witt Rd, so off we went. The 2nd water crossing was the lowest I've seen in quite a while, so was back to it's normal passable self. Notice how absolutely torn up the bank is where guys are tearing it up with trucks. Whatever was blocking the water downstream has finally been cleared or washed away so the crossing isn't flooded any more.
Interestingly, the videographers interviewed Laura and I. I'm guessing one of the questions literally came because of the two "preparedness" circumstances we had on Saturday. They asked us how prepared are most riders for actually doing weeks and months long motorcycle trips.
We also had a couple of brothers show up on Friday night that are riding across the country (or maybe..), riding these XT250...
While the little XT250 is more than capable of doing it, you'll notice they are new and stock as can be, no handguards or crash protection, don't think they are carrying tools. One brother is a self described "non-motorcyclists", has zero protective gear. Riding in jeans and basketball shoes. Both Friday and Saturday they got rained on and soaking wet. They're having a good time tho, so maybe that will carry them further than we think.
Next up; test your stuff out before you throw it on your bike for month+ long ride. The videographers had well sorted bikes (err, almost). Chris is riding a KTM 640 enduro, which of course I have a soft spot for. Literally a couple days ago he added a modified dash to his bike, an aluminum plate to hold his Trailtech and GPS. Well, except he never test rode it. Notice how the front brake line runs right across the front of the handlebars on this bike. The way his dash was , he first tried putting the brake line under his dash but noticed when the suspension was compressing the line pushed up against the bottom. So he routed it over the top, but then at full extension the line ran right over the top of his Trailtech, and firmly across a sharp edge of his aluminum plate dash. By the time he got if off the trailer the protective coating on the braided line had rubbed off, it would have busted through the line in a couple of hours at most.
"Funny" side story here... the boys originally rolled up to the Tellico Lodge because it's rated highly by motorcyclists (so are we). Mostly because they have some drive-in covered parking for all the chrome road queens. They don't have staff there at 8:30pm (or ever?), and they don't answer the phone or take reservations over the phone any more. So the guys came here. Think that lodge would have had an open garage full of tools, 640 wiring diagram, and ALL the spare parts needed to relocated electrical components? Ha! We are the only motorcyclist run inn in town (think they would have helped Brian above? uh no.).
So anyway we soon have the dash off and try cutting a channel in it for the cable to ride in, but Chris still doesn't like it and even with that relief it's still rubbing on the Trailtech. Well guess what, I still had an original Trailtech handlebar mount, and I have a fair few pieces of extra RAM mount. So we proceeded to remove the throttle and front brake to install the Trailtech mount, had to modify a RAM mount I had to work with his Garmin Nuvi cradle (he wasn't using RAM, so didn't have the correct type ball mount for it), I had an extra RAM arm (very long 6"). While drilling out his old dash so that we could mount of couple of switches, he knicked some wires with the drill and the bike went dead. Didn't seem like much damage to the wiring insulation, and turns out the key switch was one while we were doing this and it actually just popped the main fuse. Took me a while to brainstorm that after checking all the wiring.
Notice how tight the brake line is in stock form, now imagine a big metal plate between that line and the orginal speedo, with the Techtech mounted to it.
Wouldn't normally want such a long RAM arm, but was kinda funny he actually liked it up that high. I had extra RAM balls that screw right into the mirror perch, the RAM arm, and a ball mount we slightly modified to screw onto the back of the Garmin cradle. Win!
My son Zach is leaving active duty Navy (still be in reserves) and has moved back to TN, so he wants to start riding a bit again. He hasn't ridden in about 17 or 18 yrs, since high school (Honda CB-1)! So I put him on the TE250. He promptly fell over about 4 times riding around the barn. Not used to a tall-ish dirt bike, not having ridden, and having an "impingement" in his right hip limiting movement, he struggled with coming to a stop. Was pretty damn funny actually. Dirt bike falling over in the grass, no biggie!
Luckily in the morning it was still sorta comfortable temperature. Yes he's wearing my winter coat and leather pants, LOL.
If anybody has some spare gear for sale let me know, we'll be shopping around. 9/43 boots, medium jackets, large gloves, medium or large helmets, 34 pants (short/30 inseam)?
We rode Old Furnace, Wildcat, and Bald River / Holly Flats roads over to the Tellico River rd. Then we rode up Beavercamp Bald to the top. He made it just fine (stand up, stay on gas!). Beavercamp Bald has been graded and graveled sometime this spring. Glad to see all the brambles and brush gone, but now the road is not as much fun to ride. Hopefully all the new gravel will get packed in soon.
Hey Kyle.... I'll donate a like new pair of AGV over the boot riding pants, a jersey and helmet (it might be too small but worth a try)... You just give the Shortman an IOU for a night at the Farmhouse w/day of riding....
I think we got the pants covered now, got some coming from the free to military thread, and I also have a friend about Zach's size that seems to have some "shrunken" gear too that he's going to send to see if it fits, including a KTM mesh jacket. What type/brand helmet you have? I get the feeling he'll be like me and prefer a helmet with shield versus goggles, but we haven't talked about it.
So some of you may remember Ditney Mtn road from April.
Still looks like this..
Guess I need to go back with a chainsaw, at least get some of the logs on the ground to where motos can ride over them. Kind of funny somebody cut off some of the logs, but didn't get too far. I suppose the ones high enough to ride under will just keep falling over until they block the road. I'm guessing Trail 81 is still blocked too.
Thanks go out to the ADV community for some great gear, amazingly for free. Olympia Airglide pants from the free to active military thread. Same pants I've had for years, functional, comfortable, and extremely durable (they've hit the ground many times). These were even professionally shortened to 30 inseam! Another inmate was giving away some jackets, so I scored this Fieldsheer AT9, with liner (it's vented but really a cool/cold weather jacket). I bought a pair of nice Alpinestar Tech 7 boots for 1/3 price, and have some more free gear from a buddy on the way too. He likes my Scorpion R710, which doesn't fit me like the other 4 I've had/have, so I don't wear it. Got some new cheekpads coming to modify the fit a bit.
Here's a little video of all the downed trees up on Ditney Mtn Rd. Also this is right where the Husqvarna started to just intermittently run or not. Nothing wrong with the way it runs, it just does or don't! Must just be some loose connection or ground, or a wire got damaged in a tipover or rubbing. In the end instead of just sitting up there trying to figure it out, it was only 25 miles home so I just blasted back as fast as I could and got the trailer. Ditney Mtn Rd is not a nice place to take a trailer..
Some video from the Smith Mtn and Ditney Mtn roads (Apalachia track). Only Zach's 2nd ever dual sport ride and just getting back into riding. He watched some of Barry Morris's Cross Training Enduro channel (youtube) videos and frankly he shows pretty damn good technique for never having ridden like this. Maybe it helps to not have a bunch of "street habits" to unlearn.
Curious if your stock husaberg tank gives you enough range between gas sources for riding around down there (or do you carry extra)?
yeah it does, mostly no biggie, I either plan to stop around 100 miles, or sometimes I'll carry my 1 gal Giant Loop Gas Bag so I can go ~150. Unless I just specifically plan not to go by a gas station, 100 miles is typically good enough.
Having a Husaberg rally here in October, check out the info and planning thread here..70° at the Farmhouse Husaberg Rally
No you don't have to have a Husaberg, it's just an excuse for some of us to get together and celebrate it's awesomeness..
Thanks. I have similar range and was curious about gas - hoping to do some riding down there soon. Might keep my eye on the husaberg rally too.
haven't chechked in here in a while! Awesome vids Kyle and that's great your son has taken up riding again! Another memebr for the MM group ride? :)
Road Closure UPDATE. GA has re-opened FR68 (Cowpen or Potato Patch), but FR64 is still closed. As of 10 July this is what they have indicated.
Trail Update. Messing around in the Conasauga Lake area yesterday (see map above). Between the Lake and FR18 Holly Creek to the south is supposed to be some trails. On the vehicle use maps they are marked "special" or motorcycle only, or <50". And none of them are on the FS interactive map website either as marked for "dirt bike" (huh, not at all surprising since Trails 81 and 82 are not on the interactive map either). So I went to Windy Gap (it was windy) and the road ends, but then as I was turning around I found the following trail. I was by myself and didn't get too far in to realize I shouldn't be doing it alone for the first time. Can't wait to go back with some other adventurers so we can see where it goes. At least one trail up there looks to be closed since the FS dug up the entrance to it, so doesn't look like you can make a "loop" out of it like on the map. Who knows.
You almost made it to the rock garden.
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Yep... I had to walk my bike thru that section the last time I was there. It dumps out at the top of the OHV riding area. Really good trail