When 950's Collide : Reunion Ride!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Nightstalker, Aug 13, 2005.

  1. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Today marked the first opportunity for Jim Thorpe Dave and I to ride together since our head on collision back in May. We both purchased used KTM 950's much like we had before abeit with fewer miles.

    He and I met at Matto's, just like that legendary day a few months back, to start an ultimate adventure ride. Kickstands up at 9AM, a hot day was in store for us today, with highs around 100! Today we would ride trail never before seen by us, with only a start point, no end point, the only way to explore.

    Our bikes, clean and good to go. JTD on the orange 950, me on the black.
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    The start looked pretty hairy, but it was hardly a challenge for the KTM's.
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    We hit a lot of dead ends and trails too tough or too grown in to continue. I got to this log crossing only to find a dead end, so I got to cross it twice.
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    I'm no Jimmy Lewis!
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    Coal mining in the area leaves numerous dramatic cliffs at the stripping holes.
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    And dramatic views. Did I mention anything about hazy, hot, and humid?
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    Reclaimed stripping hole. This is where the trail was grown in and then just disappeared. We made a B-line straight down the hill to a cart road.
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    We're running up this rocky hill when JTD beeps at me. I find a good place to pull over up the trail a bit, pull out the camera, and wait for a shot of JTD.
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    And wait, and wait, and wait, no JTD. I yell down that I'll coming back, we don't need to be running the same trail in opposite directions. Here he is. A rock popped up and took out his sidestand switch, killing the motor. Trailside repair, come prepared.
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    Tight grown-in trails, getting slapped in the face.
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    What can I say here, they're KTM 950's!!
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    Going down is much easier than going up! You will make it to the bottom, regardless if the rubber side is down. JTD didn't have any problems following me down this little hill.
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    NS WFO.
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    It's like getting slapped in the face with a porcupine!
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    It's hot and I need a break. JTD decides to adjust his stearing stops. Have tools will travel.
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    More reclaimation.
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    When following someone, and they find a way around a hazard, don't go a different way! My 950 taking a nap.
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    Interstate 81 runs from Canada to Tenessee, here's a shot.
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    Rocky pole lines.
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    Big hole in the trail. I made it through on the first try, although it wasn't pretty. JTD got stuck! I was right there with the camera in hand.
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    I'm standing on the top of the hole as JTD works to get out.
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    Back at Matto's, returning under our power and in one piece, 4 hours and 42 miles after our start.
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  2. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    You guys are animals----I use to be when I was younger !!!!
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  3. TomN

    TomN Long timer

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    :D Nice picts thanks
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  4. Sanam

    Sanam Dare to Win Well

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    very enjoyable photos! Good to hear that y'all are back on two wheels.
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  5. dgrs2

    dgrs2 Where'd I leave my knee??

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    Hell that was such a great ridding day I went out this morning (Sunday) and did it all over again :freaky Great pics TZ. Can't wait to do it again........just hope it's a weee bit cooler. :D


    EXCELLENT DAY BUDDY PAL!!!!!
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  6. inte

    inte neophyte serendipity

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    Awesome ride! Looks like a perfect 950 loop.
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  7. O.C.F.RIDER

    O.C.F.RIDER Loose nut behind h/bars

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    Hey guy's,thanks for letting us know there was going to be a JIM THORPE ride!!!!:dizave :fitz :boid :boid :flip :splat
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  8. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    It was a reunion ride. We couldn't risk having any other riders along. Who knows what would have happened!

    You can come to the next one! Promise!
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  9. woodsrider

    woodsrider .........................

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    Nice pics and report. Looks like a great ride!
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  10. sashapave

    sashapave riders on the strom

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    thanks for the pics! where where you guys riding?
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  11. dgrs2

    dgrs2 Where'd I leave my knee??

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    Pottsville, St. Clair, Minersville, Buck something, Frackville, various other little communities. It was a blast. OCF.......next time. Now TZ and I know we won't hit each other anymore, we feel the safety level for the other riders in the group has gone back up :lol3 :D
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  12. dragoon

    dragoon I'm the REAL Dingo Joe

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    Oh shit I forgot about the head on!

    Way to get back on the horse :thumb

    You guys are nuts! Did you really go down that one spoil pile?
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  13. dgrs2

    dgrs2 Where'd I leave my knee??

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    Up. Down. It's all good. Yesterday I had the bike doing some really big hill climbs. It is amazing, once the "Holy shit, why am I trying this" demon in my head shuts up the bike goes anywhere. On steep, long hills the bike just about drfits up to the top. The bike is one "Big" dirtbike, and a ton of fun. :D
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  14. Max Kool

    Max Kool Xtankteam™

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    Nice pics, tough ride, great way to spend a day!
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  15. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    I'd be a little more daring on knobbies.

    I'll be putting TKC's on after Nova Scotia.
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  16. 1stiski

    1stiski Ride that nasty thing

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    Nice !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Would of loved to join you for the ride, alas, work ,work , work..... Glad to see the riders and steed's returned home without incident. (except TZ's closer look at the rock-pile). Can't wait for a newadventure with everyone soon.
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