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Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains Today, 04:18 PM
Replies: 2,461
Views: 109,074
Posted By BaldKnob
Planning on bringing both bikes if weather...

Planning on bringing both bikes if weather permits.
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains Today, 04:12 PM
Replies: 2,461
Views: 109,074
Posted By BaldKnob
Gotcha. I only know of a couple or legal areas to...

Gotcha. I only know of a couple or legal areas to ride around here and Angel's Gift Rd is only quasi-legal so Holly Shelter? Kinda long ride for the 'Burg. What kind of dirt road does BSL have to...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains Today, 11:03 AM
Replies: 24,594
Views: 1,511,720
Posted By BaldKnob
I stayed there a few years back. Nice place with...

I stayed there a few years back. Nice place with gas, food/ drinks and rooms at a decent price. Perfect location. My only gripe was the bed (mattress, boxsprings and headboard) was probably around...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains Today, 10:43 AM
Replies: 2,461
Views: 109,074
Posted By BaldKnob
Hey Duane, bring the GS so you can ride the...

Hey Duane, bring the GS so you can ride the surrounding gravel roads. You could ride the Beemer on most of the jeep trails if you wanted. There are a few trails (Daniel, Dickey Bell and Dutch John)...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains Today, 10:29 AM
Replies: 2,461
Views: 109,074
Posted By BaldKnob
Hey Matt, Notarally and ExpoEast are this...

Hey Matt, Notarally and ExpoEast are this weekend. I wasn't planning on either one but would consider riding out west with the KTM. Brown Mt is my preference but Uwharrie will do in a pinch.
Forum: Road warriors Today, 10:12 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,207
Posted By BaldKnob
Still waiting...

for the XTZ 700/750/800 Tenere! In the meantime, that XJR 1300 looks pretty badass.
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 09-14-2014, 08:06 PM
Replies: 2,461
Views: 109,074
Posted By BaldKnob
Holly Shelter is open

I rode out there this afternoon and saw no bikes, two trucks and a Mazda. The place was pristine with rain dampened gravel and no mud (on Lodge Rd). Big fun doing the ton on a gravel road!
Forum: Beasts 09-14-2014, 07:44 PM
Replies: 25,018
Views: 4,632,364
Posted By BaldKnob
I raised mine just to get my toes closer to the...

I raised mine just to get my toes closer to the ground and found that it turns in much better at speed. Still stable and planted while vertical but quicker steering response.
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 09-14-2014, 05:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,136
Posted By BaldKnob
As for the Heidenau K-60, an aquired taste. I...

As for the Heidenau K-60, an aquired taste. I only got 7,500 out of the rear and the front will wear the frontsides of the center tread increasing the road noise from loud to banshee. They are...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 09-14-2014, 05:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,136
Posted By BaldKnob
Thx, I just put a TKC on the front of my Super...

Thx, I just put a TKC on the front of my Super Tenere and in these 1st 200 miles, have come to like the front-end feel (but they are kinda vibey over 80 mph). Very confident offroad compared to an...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 09-14-2014, 08:15 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,934
Posted By BaldKnob
Just a couple (so far) of eastern ADV inmates for...

Just a couple (so far) of eastern ADV inmates for camp/ride/exploring the area. I'm probably bringing the Tenere and just camp off the bike.

The feds have closed the western section of Rocky Mt...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 09-13-2014, 09:57 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,136
Posted By BaldKnob
That was some really good footage of a slick,...

That was some really good footage of a slick, rocky jeep trail. It looked like Old House Gap between Edgemont and Roseboro Rd. Fun stuff! on a smaller bike with knobbly tires. You are pushing 6 bills...
Forum: Beasts 09-13-2014, 09:26 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 11,977
Posted By BaldKnob
I sprayed the plate with PlastiDip but there is...

I sprayed the plate with PlastiDip but there is still a considerable amount of noise bouncing back. The bed liner is what I should have tried.
Forum: Beasts 09-13-2014, 09:18 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 11,977
Posted By BaldKnob
Gotcha, AC. Yeah 2min is a crazy long time to...

Gotcha, AC. Yeah 2min is a crazy long time to wait for the tensioner to function correctly.

How often do the manual tensioners need adjustment? They look like a relatively inexpensive fix for a...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 09-13-2014, 08:29 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,934
Posted By BaldKnob
Nice video! Daniel's (run clockwise) is a fun...

Nice video! Daniel's (run clockwise) is a fun trail and would be big bike capable if not for that steep section near the end with those loose, babyhead boulders. It looks like you had perfect...
Forum: Beasts 09-12-2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 11,977
Posted By BaldKnob
If you're like most owners, your biggest...

If you're like most owners, your biggest financial concern will be keeping good tires on it. I suggest knobs and replacing them often.
Forum: Beasts 09-12-2014, 05:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,426
Posted By BaldKnob
TC is overkill in a 600lb bike with less than...

TC is overkill in a 600lb bike with less than 100HP. But in wet conditions (on or offroad) the Yamaha system works great. It may sound like the engine is on one cylinder and out of time if you don't...
Forum: Beasts 09-12-2014, 05:27 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 11,977
Posted By BaldKnob
Stand down Soldierguy, The S10 makes quite...

Stand down Soldierguy,

The S10 makes quite a bit of mechanical clatter even with in-spec valves and correct camchain tension. I'm tempted to insulate the bottom of the tank and top of my skid to...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 09-09-2014, 04:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,136
Posted By BaldKnob
On the map it may be Maple Grove but it has...

On the map it may be Maple Grove but it has always been referred to as "Maple Sally". You can find it off NC90 about 5 miles east of Mortimer.
Forum: Beasts 09-09-2014, 08:28 AM
Replies: 25,018
Views: 4,632,364
Posted By BaldKnob
^^^

I see what you did there.
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 09-09-2014, 08:25 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,136
Posted By BaldKnob
I've ridden in this area for years but I don't...

I've ridden in this area for years but I don't recognize that road at all. Are you approaching NC90 near Maple Sally? We rode past it Labor Day weekend and the gate was closed. Looks like ya'll had a...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 09-09-2014, 07:44 AM
Replies: 2,461
Views: 109,074
Posted By BaldKnob
Sounds like fun, I'll know more when my schedule...

Sounds like fun, I'll know more when my schedule comes out but it shouldn't be a problem. Just be sure to keep the drink on the downlow or there won't be much relaxing! Are you camping off the big...
Forum: Day Trippin' 09-08-2014, 08:55 AM
Replies: 1,610
Views: 196,204
Posted By BaldKnob
I'm not sure exactly where this crossover is but...

I'm not sure exactly where this crossover is but Labor Day weekend we were able to access Curtis Creek from the south (I40) and go north to the BRP. The road was in great shape.
Forum: Orange Crush 09-08-2014, 08:38 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,324
Posted By BaldKnob
Spooned a set on my S10 and was instantly...

Spooned a set on my S10 and was instantly impressed with the big bike's offroad composure. At 3000mi, the front center row of knobs were cupped and slanted to the wear bars probably from overly...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 08-25-2014, 12:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 407
Posted By BaldKnob
Valdese, NC

Fun Cycles KTM has good selection of jerseys and pants. Not sure about the boots. Lots of helmets. Maybe 45min to an hour drive from Gastonia. Shoot up 321 to I40 and go west to exit 111. Look for...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 08-25-2014, 12:43 PM
Replies: 4,529
Views: 1,670,269
Posted By BaldKnob
Off of Old 105. Beautiful ride and I'm going...

Off of Old 105. Beautiful ride and I'm going there next weekend.
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 08-25-2014, 12:40 PM
Replies: 4,529
Views: 1,670,269
Posted By BaldKnob
Simply Awesome!

^^^ I want to go to there.
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 08-17-2014, 01:54 PM
Replies: 2,461
Views: 109,074
Posted By BaldKnob
Thanks for the invite!

Had a fun ride, I dodged a ticket, a sinkhole and a trip to the ER so... good day! It felt good to open the 520 up and let 'er run. I like those roads when the sand is packed and the dust is gone....
Forum: Some Assembly Required 08-03-2014, 09:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,451
Posted By BaldKnob
Good luck with ...

While I can appreciate the desire for a lightweight twin in a supermoto chassis and the imagination involved in Frankensteining these two machines together, I think you should consider the facts that...
Forum: Beasts 07-05-2014, 04:20 PM
Replies: 287
Views: 48,915
Posted By BaldKnob
^^^ This takes a couple of months to cross the...

^^^ This takes a couple of months to cross the border but Yamaha makes Us wait 2yrs for the Super Tenere! Thx for the link, I'll look at a closer dealer and see if I can score a test ride. Supposed...
Forum: Beasts 07-05-2014, 01:00 PM
Replies: 287
Views: 48,915
Posted By BaldKnob
Maybe in Canada but it is a 2015 model for the US...

Maybe in Canada but it is a 2015 model for the US of A.
Forum: Beasts 07-05-2014, 08:22 AM
Replies: 287
Views: 48,915
Posted By BaldKnob
If you like that, Pete, you're in luck because...

If you like that, Pete, you're in luck because Yamaha is bringing that to the States next year. This is the engine we hope they build an XTZ around. Could be a winner if weight and price is right.
Forum: Beasts 07-05-2014, 07:00 AM
Replies: 287
Views: 48,915
Posted By BaldKnob
Let's be realistic, there is no way in Hades...

Let's be realistic, there is no way in Hades Yamaha can build this thing and have it weigh in at 400 lbs. It has to be robust enough to carry a passenger and gear across rough terrain so that...
Forum: Beasts 07-04-2014, 06:37 AM
Replies: 287
Views: 48,915
Posted By BaldKnob
This could be a worthy replacement for the 660...

This could be a worthy replacement for the 660 Tenere. Keep it close to 450lbs and maybe bump displacement to 750-800cc and I'm in. I love my SuperTenere but it can be a handful in messy situations.
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 06-24-2014, 10:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 502
Posted By BaldKnob
Go early...

if you go at all. The crowds will be mind numbing, it will most likely be hot and the city folk will be stopping (in the middle of the road) to geegaw at mundane things like a deer or hedgehog. If...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 05-12-2014, 09:03 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,121
Posted By BaldKnob
Mile High Campground is right off the Parkway, 10...

Mile High Campground is right off the Parkway, 10 minutes from Maggie Valley and maybe an hour from the Gap. There is a gravel road (BIA 407) that exits the CG that leads to more gravel (Bunches...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 04-20-2014, 05:43 PM
Replies: 4,318
Views: 275,079
Posted By BaldKnob
Hi Randy, welcome back to trail riding. You sure...

Hi Randy, welcome back to trail riding. You sure that 500 is gonna have enough power for you? Hang on tight is all I'm sayin'! You live in dual-sport heaven and have an awesome machine to get around...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 04-20-2014, 05:19 PM
Replies: 4,318
Views: 275,079
Posted By BaldKnob
Very nice bike, Randy. Built to attack...

Very nice bike, Randy. Built to attack single-track and climb snotty, rock strewn hills. I can't ride next Sunday but can the following Sun (May 4).
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 04-20-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 4,318
Views: 275,079
Posted By BaldKnob
200, 250 or 300?

Either way, you can't go wrong as they are all fine machines. A guy I ride with down here just got the 300XC and loves it. DirtBike has a review of the 300 in the latest issue and they had trouble...
Forum: Beasts 04-20-2014, 01:36 PM
Replies: 3,026
Views: 532,856
Posted By BaldKnob
Using the S10 for tight trails is like using a...

Using the S10 for tight trails is like using a bazooka for plinking cans and target practice. The wrong tool. That said, despite tall gearing, the engine's copious amounts of torque will lug down a...
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