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Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 05-24-2015, 07:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 187
Posted By DeFens
Day Ride on Mtn Loop Hwy Side Roads May 25

I'll strongly consider a Tuesday ride; need to figure out how much proposal writing I can skip out on from work. I have an F650GS Dakar and an R1200GS - likely ride the smaller bike for side-road...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 05-18-2015, 06:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,256
Posted By DeFens
For a quick exploration, Sultan Basin road off...

For a quick exploration, Sultan Basin road off Hwy 2, to Spada Lake is pretty easy and the views are nice. You can also link a bunch of old cut offs of the old Hwy 2 to the bottom of Stevens Pass,...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-25-2015, 04:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 590
Posted By DeFens
I've taken their intermediate dirt bike course...

I've taken their intermediate dirt bike course twice, the second time with my wife. We put the skills we practiced there on smaller bikes to immediate use when we did the WABDR later that summer on...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-07-2015, 05:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 872
Posted By DeFens
Feel free to PM me. I worked there for ten years....

Feel free to PM me. I worked there for ten years. Quit in 2008 and never looked back. Many of my friends there have also quit in the last 5 years or so. Not a great environment for long term...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 10-14-2014, 08:29 AM
Replies: 2,817
Views: 349,249
Posted By DeFens
The guys who put the spacers between those big...

The guys who put the spacers between those big conductors ride a little cart, just like a zip line!
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 08-18-2014, 09:20 PM
Replies: 2,817
Views: 349,249
Posted By DeFens
I concur on the advice you've received so far....

I concur on the advice you've received so far. Segment 2 is a handful on a big bike - I've had a bit of experience riding my R1200GS on gravel and rought roads, but the rocky descents coming off...
Forum: Equipment 08-05-2014, 11:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,753
Posted By DeFens
Here in the Pacific Northwest, most of the guys...

Here in the Pacific Northwest, most of the guys wear chest waders on rides with known water crossings....

Nah - just try to keep your feet up, maybe carry some dry socks in your pack. There aren't...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 08-04-2014, 11:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 785
Posted By DeFens
This sounds like fun! Schedule permitting, I...

This sounds like fun! Schedule permitting, I wouldn't mind joining in. I did the "hard" route over Bethel Ridge with my R1200GS a couple years ago on the 4x4 designated road, and all the washed out,...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 08-04-2014, 10:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 877
Posted By DeFens
When I rode the Mt. Loop Friday, I saw a few guys...

When I rode the Mt. Loop Friday, I saw a few guys on Harleys, some of them pretty grey haired. Since the Loop is officially a FS road, a rider accident there would fit the description in the Herald.
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 08-01-2014, 09:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 963
Posted By DeFens
I came over the Mtn. Loop late this morning on my...

I came over the Mtn. Loop late this morning on my way back from a job walk at Newhalem (darn, had to take the bike out to do a work trip!).

Didn't see anyone on the gravel section, but saw several...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 08-01-2014, 05:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,424
Posted By DeFens
Personally, I think biting off the entire WABDR...

Personally, I think biting off the entire WABDR as a noob would be a mistake. If you're not absolutely comfortable riding, you'll be going fairly slowly and the trail will be long, grueling, and you...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 07-28-2014, 10:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,782
Posted By DeFens
My wife and I have made a few trips to Vancouver...

My wife and I have made a few trips to Vancouver Island. The coastal highway (19A) from Nanaimo to Campbell River is fun - as is Hwy. 28 to Gold River. Very scenic and twisty. If you have time, camp...
Forum: Latin America 07-28-2014, 08:18 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,567
Posted By DeFens
My wife and I just returned from a two week stay...

My wife and I just returned from a two week stay on the Osa Penninsula. We weren't on bikes (had a little Daihatsu Terios rental) but Tornados were a very common mode of transport and looked very...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 07-27-2014, 08:31 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,586
Posted By DeFens
Isn't there also some likelihood that an unpaid...

Isn't there also some likelihood that an unpaid ticket may lead to complications at the border crossing?
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 07-27-2014, 10:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 768
Posted By DeFens
I have a home machine shop with a nice lathe, and...

I have a home machine shop with a nice lathe, and would be happy to do it for free. Only potential problem is that I live outside Monroe, so it's likely to be kind of a drive for you. If you rode out...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-08-2014, 01:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 876
Posted By DeFens
Also be aware that, at least in those model year...

Also be aware that, at least in those model year bikes (up to about 2007), the rear brakes seem to wear a lot faster than the front ones. I've burned through several rear discs and pads on mine, with...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 07-02-2014, 03:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,267
Posted By DeFens
As Madaddy said, Segment 2 is the most...

As Madaddy said, Segment 2 is the most technically challenging of the entire route. I took my 1200GS over it and definitely would have been happier on my 650 Dakar, which my wife was riding. There...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 06-25-2014, 10:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 583
Posted By DeFens
Just a wild thought, but you might try the...

Just a wild thought, but you might try the hearing aid center at Costco (there's one in Kirkland, just north of you). They do molded ear plugs, and they do hearing aids - maybe they can do a repair?
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 06-11-2014, 02:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,736
Posted By DeFens
That's the off-road equivalent of a Great White...

That's the off-road equivalent of a Great White Shark sitting there. Looks like its only purpose in life is to consume rugged terrain in large quantities.

Congrats!
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 06-02-2014, 10:50 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,985
Posted By DeFens
Done

Done
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 04-29-2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 308
Posted By DeFens
Discount coupons for Geigerrig gear

This most likely belongs in the Vendor or Equipment forum, but I thought I'd share locally first....

I was an early adopter of the Geigerrig hydration systems, currently owning two packs and two...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 04-28-2014, 04:43 PM
Replies: 2,817
Views: 349,249
Posted By DeFens
It freakin' rocked my ribcage on my R1200! :evil ...

It freakin' rocked my ribcage on my R1200! :evil Only a couple busted ones, and they grew back together okay. Can't wait to try it again on one of my smaller, and less overloaded bikes.
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 04-23-2014, 09:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 791
Posted By DeFens
That's a nice route for later in the year, but FS...

That's a nice route for later in the year, but FS 6700 is going to require a snowmobile this time of year - I imagine you'd find 4 foot drifts on north facing sections of it.

After it's thawed...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 04-14-2014, 09:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,276
Posted By DeFens
Thanks much for the ride report - I love little...

Thanks much for the ride report - I love little mini-adventures like that, whether on two wheels or in my Jeep. My brother has a Geo Tracker - another capable little Zuki-sized rig; he has a blast in...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 04-07-2014, 05:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 618
Posted By DeFens
The Snoqualmie Regonal trail is a Rails-to-Trails...

The Snoqualmie Regonal trail is a Rails-to-Trails conversion. Much of it runs through people's back yards, farmland, and boggy areas. It's a fun stroll, and a great and easy mt. bike ride, but not...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-29-2014, 10:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,210
Posted By DeFens
I'd avoid Bainbridge like the plague. Internal...

I'd avoid Bainbridge like the plague. Internal politics on that ritzy island is inbred and corrupt beyond repair, the water supply from the sole-source aquifer is threatened, and there are a host of...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-19-2014, 09:53 AM
Replies: 2,817
Views: 349,249
Posted By DeFens
We did Segment 2 only a couple of summers ago, on...

We did Segment 2 only a couple of summers ago, on two R1200GS and one F650 Dakar. I was riding one of the pigs, and I thought that a good portion of the segment was a lot of fun, ascending Clemon...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-05-2014, 11:13 PM
Replies: 2,817
Views: 349,249
Posted By DeFens
My wife ran Mefo Explorers on my Dakar a couple...

My wife ran Mefo Explorers on my Dakar a couple years ago when we ran Segment 2 of the WABDR; they did quite well most places and about as good as might be expected on the baby heads. I believe their...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-05-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 965
Posted By DeFens
I'd agree heartily with the suggestion to shop...

I'd agree heartily with the suggestion to shop around a bit - in fact, that's a worthwhile exercise to do every couple years or so.

I was with Liberty Mutual on our bikes (three Beemers) and cars...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-01-2014, 08:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,393
Posted By DeFens
Great show this year! Surprised that Jeff Tasky...

Great show this year! Surprised that Jeff Tasky wasn't there, but really enjoyed seeing all the GS bikes, otherwise.


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Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 02-23-2014, 10:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,284
Posted By DeFens
I'm 5'7" with a 29" inseam. I have a BMW F650gs...

I'm 5'7" with a 29" inseam. I have a BMW F650gs Dakar with a kuba ( lowering) link a d a Husaberg FE390 that's been lowered about an inch and a half. Both work very well for me, off road. I think you...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 10-10-2013, 01:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,629
Posted By DeFens
Looks like you had a good time, hit some of the...

Looks like you had a good time, hit some of the high points of the WABDR, and saw some of the other byways that we like so much up hereabouts.

With a bit more riding under his belt, your buddy...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 10-10-2013, 01:06 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 7,401
Posted By DeFens
So, how much is it saving the Government to have...

So, how much is it saving the Government to have rangers stand around and be dicks to the public, vs. having the same number of rangers selling tickets and doing business as usual?
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 10-07-2013, 03:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 989
Posted By DeFens
Snow is definitely hitting the high country, so a...

Snow is definitely hitting the high country, so a lot of the GS-friendly roads will be closing up soon. I live in the Hwy. 2 corridor, east of Monroe. I have an R1200GS, an F650GS Dakar, and a...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 10-02-2013, 01:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,166
Posted By DeFens
Style-wise, I think they've made a great...

Style-wise, I think they've made a great improvement over the old 'Stroms. I just couldn't get past the looks before, but really quite like the new look.

I didn't dive too deeply into the site,...
Forum: Vendors 09-17-2013, 04:36 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 11,166
Posted By DeFens
Just picked one up for my R1200GS - lots more...

Just picked one up for my R1200GS - lots more compact than the big Monkey Grip T-handle unit I'd been carrying. No need for a separate tube of glue, either?
Forum: The Garage 09-06-2013, 12:59 PM
Replies: 1,842
Views: 390,122
Posted By DeFens
Thanks to Cy and this thread for providing me...

Thanks to Cy and this thread for providing me some enlightenment! I was considering a Shorai battery for my F650 Dakar, but the usage for that particular bike just doesn't seem all that compatible...
Forum: Vendors 09-06-2013, 08:46 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,381
Posted By DeFens
Inbox full?

Hi Adam,
I've sent you a couple of PMs and an e-mail, requesting the discount code. I have a 2001 BMW F650GS Dakar in need of a new Shorai. I'll order today if I can get the code from you.
...
Forum: Equipment 08-24-2013, 10:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,694
Posted By DeFens
I've been pleased with lights in that lumen range...

I've been pleased with lights in that lumen range from Eagletac and NiteCore. Battery Junction has good pricing on several reputable brands. Surefire also makes great lights, but they tend to be...
Forum: Equipment 08-17-2013, 12:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 910
Posted By DeFens
Fast way works fine on my Dakar, but I did need...

Fast way works fine on my Dakar, but I did need to lengthen out my shifter quite a bit to get my Crossfire boot toe under it. Pegs provide great support and stability while standing.


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