FenceJumper's Jumping Off Point

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by FenceJumper09, Oct 5, 2017.

  1. FenceJumper09

    FenceJumper09 Been here awhile

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    Decided to hit The Beast at The Ridge in Springville, AL and try to make a full loop with as few stops as possible! It is a really fun trail and it was a little extra challenging with the continuous rain. Here is the full uncut video of the 11 mile loop.

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  2. FenceJumper09

    FenceJumper09 Been here awhile

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    Spent the rest of the day at The Ridge with a big crew of friends!

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  3. FenceJumper09

    FenceJumper09 Been here awhile

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    When I was in college at Clemson, my buddy offered me some garage space to store my dirt bike! I was pretty ecstatic to have my 2002 YZ250 so close so that I could blow off some steam after a long week of studying.

    The local track named Lakeside MX would have open practice on Thursday nights for $10 and was only 30 minutes from my apartment. It was a fun track with some elevation changes that I loved since I grew up in the flatland area of Myrtle Beach. My girlfriend at the time, and current wife, would meet me at the track and take some pictures and video. More than once I took a tumble trying to impress her! Her photography skills were not something that i cared about, I was more interested in how she looked in those tight jeans!!

    Here are a couple pictures and videos of back when I thought I was hot shit!

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  4. FenceJumper09

    FenceJumper09 Been here awhile

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    My dad was ready to come back and ride Alabama! This time he brought one of his best riding buddies. My dad and Ed have been riding together since before I was even born, Ed's son Brunson and I rode together several times growing up but living 45 minutes away from each other it wasn't very often.
    The guys showed up from Myrtle Beach around 5pm on Friday, so after some catching up it was time to head to a brewery! The local brewery Red Hills was having a special release party for their russian imperial stout named Vulcan's Backside! Here is a little history on the Vulcan. It was quite the shindig with unique artwork and local music. Introduced the guys to some of my riding buddies and after enjoying a 14% ABV Vulcan's Backside and a couple Hipster Delights, we headed home with some Little Ceasars in tow!

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    Ed showed up with his shiny KTM 350, Brunson had his tried and true XR 650 and my dad borrowed a buddies KTM 200! We loaded up and headed to The Ridge in Springville, AL for a day of "something different than home" as requested by Brunson. The coast of South Carolina has some fun riding but it is nearly all flat and sandy. We headed up to rocky and mountainous land to introduce them to Alabama.

    The KLR was not injured in the making of this report!
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    We took a warm up lap on the track but no one was really excited about it! Dad got me good with the first puddle!
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    Still made the pass!

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    After regrouping with some of my local buddies we were ready to hit the trail! My dad loves his modular helmet but said it was not the right tool for the job today!

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    We found some creek crossings

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    and some hill climbs!

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    It really was a great day of riding with some old friends and showing them around my new stomping ground!

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    I think they realize that their boys have some riding skills!

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    I think everyone had a great time

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  5. FenceJumper09

    FenceJumper09 Been here awhile

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    Planned a little dirt school at The Ridge. Ben and I arrived on campus just ahead of @ohgood and setup the classroom! Once everyone was geared up and the bikes were warm we started into the first lesson of the day.

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    Lesson #1 Standing Full Lock Turns

    Getting comfortable on your bike is the key to feeling confident enough to tackle tough obstacles. We started off with some tight circles to practice balance and clutch control. This is an eye opening exercise because you realize how little skill you actually have. We struggle with completing 5 continuous loops while the likes of Graham Jarvis can do 100 on the rear wheel. Practice practice practice.....

    Lesson #2 Standing Figure 8s

    This should really be lesson 1A but we didn't have that many lessons so this is padding my numbers! Doing the 8s requires you to practice turning in both directions and also teaches you to plan ahead. If you come into the turn too tight or too fast it is going to mess up your next turn. THINK AHEAD!!





    Lesson #3 Practical Wheelies

    When you are out on a trail there is a good chance you are going to come to an obstacle that would be much easier if you could just get your front wheel up over it. Enter the small, nonflashy, practical wheelie. You aren't going to be bringing in "mad ladies" or impressing all your riding buddies with these but you will improve your riding and conserve a little energy out on the trail!



    The goal (shown below) if you want to snatch up all the single ladies in your current zip code! Brad can ride these things up and over hills, logs and culverts. It is a really cool thing to watch and dream about! (The wheelies, not Brad!)



    Hold your horses ladies, I think he is taken!



    Lesson #4 Small Logs

    This was not a very organized lesson and I feel like I let my pupils down. The Ridge has a couple logs dug into the ground a little and we rode around these and hopped them a couple times during other lessons. (Since most of us are all ADD and couldn't focus on 1 lesson at a time)

    These logs are pretty small so I think the first lesson in Part 2 of Dirt School will be larger logs.



    Bonus Lesson

    After the flat land work, everyone was ready to hit some trails and put our new found skills to the test. Brad quickly led us to a rock garden and things got technical!




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    Alright, roll in your TV/VCR carts, lower the lights and try to stay awake during the video!!



    It was a great day of riding with a little learning thrown in for good measure! Even with some setbacks like a broken clutch cable and busted radiator, I think we all had a good time, learned a little and enjoyed the camaraderie!
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  6. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    it always looks so easy in the pictures. nothing like seeing a sxs on a road right next to our failing to make it all look even weaker. :D
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  7. klaviator

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    It doesn't look easy to me! Of course I'm imagining me trying this stuff on my KLR:muutt
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  8. FenceJumper09

    FenceJumper09 Been here awhile

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    Yep, there is some great riding out there for a KLR, this is not it!
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  9. FenceJumper09

    FenceJumper09 Been here awhile

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    Ran a hard enduro poker run last weekend! It was raining like crazy and made it nearly impossible for someone of my skill level. Still had a great time pushing the limits of my ability!

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  10. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    Fun???? If you say so:lol3 I lost count of how many times your bike took a nap.:muutt
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  11. FenceJumper09

    FenceJumper09 Been here awhile

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    Haha and I edited out a couple and that was only like 3/4 of the lap!
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