To boldly go...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Nightstalker, Mar 28, 2004.

  1. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    where no Tiger has gone before. I had my Tiger for 2.5 years and never really had the confidence to take it where I've been taking my new KTM 950. I know that there are some Tiger maniacs out there, and good for you guys.

    Man does that 950 rock!!!

    Here's today's ride shots!

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  2. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Easy start

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  3. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    More easy riding

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  4. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Great views

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  5. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Ready to get serious

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  6. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Time to cross "The Gorge"

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  7. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    I sure hope that my mirrors make it through too

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  8. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Bridges? We don't need no stinking bridges!

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  9. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    OK, maybe bridges aren't so bad

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  10. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Oh boy! I made it to the other side of "The Gorge"!

    Only 6 more miles of pole line back to the road and then 60 minutes to home.

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  11. BigDave

    BigDave Adventure Drummer

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    So when do you get to the part where the Tigers won't go? :dunno
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  12. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    That would be #7. My Tiger with the Tourances sucked ass in the loose stuff. I didn't expect the Scorpions to be great, and they weren't great, but I would have been doing a lot of picking my Tiger up off the ground down that trail.
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  13. dehager

    dehager Been here awhile

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    Some of the pics look familiar. What trailheads/ roads were you on? Give us some details.
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  14. Dick

    Dick Its a big old goofy world

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    Yeah Details - I used to live in Collegeville and mountain biked all over place up there -

    Forgot it is not spring back east just yet.
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  15. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    The first shots are from the Weiser State forest in Port Clinton, PA. I had taken my Tiger up the access road to the fire tower and wanted to compare the KTM vs the Tiger on that road. I had also demo'd a F650GSD up that road. The Tiger was scary, even with keeping the speeds down. The GSD was pretty awesome, but there was excessive shaking of the cockpit/gauges. The KTM was awesome, stable on the loose stuff, and the cockpit didn't feel like it was going to break off.

    That pole line I was on runs from St Clair to Tamaqua, PA. I jumped on around Brockton and off near New Philadelphia. When I had my dirt bike I did a lot of riding up there. Lots of tight single track, none of which was seen by the 950, yet. Most of the single track is very rocky, and I am concerned about denting up the, known to be soft, KTM rims. Also, I'm not too sure how the KTM will preform on tough, steep, grades. I think that I'll keep the KTM on the easier stuff and get another dirt bike for the enduro trails.

    So far, I'm really pleased with the KTM's on road/off road compromise of performance.
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  16. dehager

    dehager Been here awhile

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  17. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Hey, I was there! I was on a loaner Triumph Sprint ST, wishing I was heading out with you guys. That was the day I decided on the KTM instead of the Sprint. While the Sprint was an absolutely great street bike, I really wanted to be out with you guys. Dirt is always way better! I'm sure we'll be riding together soon enough!
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  18. kennyh

    kennyh Been here awhile

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    Looks like a good time, think my rt would make it? Nice pics man, now get back to work.
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  19. sperduton

    sperduton Been here awhile

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    I was there too, I knew that pole line looked familiar. The bridge did also. I've ridden a bunch of single track up there also.

    Nick
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  20. JamesJWeg

    JamesJWeg "Speedy"

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    I think mine would. :D

    James.
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