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Old 04-22-2013, 04:30 AM   #10441
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Found a few of those myself



Let's go racing boys !

I bet that takes a lot of concentration if its like that for any distance, it would be really easy to relax and find your self on the floor
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:26 AM   #10442
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Ah, come in spinner there Barnman, that "surface" varies from hard packed to 12" or more of deep fine silt, you keep your eyes glued looking for the change in color and keep the load off the front end. It has been the demise of many GS's but it is fun skipping over the top until you see the Roo or big Bull coming.
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:09 AM   #10443
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It sounds like you do what I do. I travel and ride as much dirt and gravel as possible, and I do a lot of that loaded.

You can still use a YZ fork and any good suspension shop will be able to order custom fork springs. They aren't that much more than the fork springs you'll need to order from Racetech and are, I was told, made by the same supplier.

I have an Ohlins in the rear and there is no way I would have been able to do what I did these last 10 days without a better shock. I rode dirt in and around Monument Valley and Death Valley, all loaded. The shock transformed the bike in the dirt and made it track like it was on rails on road.

Yeah, i like to get offroad whenever I can but its kind of more a means to an end. If Ive got somewhere with a cool view/historic site/just plain neat shit to see, I dont care whether its paved or dirt. Never really did go offroad just for the sake of going offroad. Went on a ride with a frew friends once who were like that. They were out simply to dirt ride, passing all kinds of neat views. Fun day but not really my cup of tea.
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:18 AM   #10444
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Barnman - You forgot to mention the dust!




But - if you can be the first when the road re-opens after the wet...................1000km's of heven..........


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Old 04-22-2013, 08:08 AM   #10445
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Ah, come in spinner there Barnman, that "surface" varies from hard packed to 12" or more of deep fine silt, you keep your eyes glued looking for the change in color and keep the load off the front end. It has been the demise of many GS's but it is fun skipping over the top until you see the Roo or big Bull coming.
Or end up like my friend did





Top-middle of Australia is fairly.....umm....well, I'd hate to say boring, so let's just say it's nice to have an IMO computer with 12 pages of riding data and a remote on the handlebars...



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Old 04-22-2013, 08:18 AM   #10446
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The top end of Norway by comparison

A bit up



A bit across



And a bit down to the Barents sea /Arctic ocean



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Old 04-22-2013, 08:55 AM   #10447
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Looks like some awesome roads in Aussie - Would love to do them one day

I have a bit of sand experience, but nothing like those roads


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Ah, come in spinner there Barnman,
Can you translate into pomme ?


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You forgot to mention the dust!
no kidding, that's some dust bath. Bet it makes you work up an appetite for a beer at the end of the day


First proper sand I came across and I promptly fell off




At least it sorted the side stand problem out though, Don't need one

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Old 04-22-2013, 09:14 AM   #10448
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Or end up like my friend did





Top-middle of Australia is fairly.....umm....well, I'd hate to say boring, so let's just say it's nice to have an IMO computer with 12 pages of riding data and a remote on the handlebars...



Thats some nasty shit right there!!! Out here around the owens valley we have some of the same shit although not nearly in stretches that long. Always fun trying to guess at the color differences and figure out where the ruts are underneath the powder soup. Only way ive found is to aim for the slightly lighter patches, those are usually the harder spots.
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:31 AM   #10449
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'Top-middle of Australia is fairly.....umm....well, I'd hate to say boring'

the size of the rocks changes every few hundred kms, nice pics though
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:57 AM   #10450
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Thats some nasty shit right there!!! Out here around the owens valley we have some of the same shit although not nearly in stretches that long. Always fun trying to guess at the color differences and figure out where the ruts are underneath the powder soup. Only way ive found is to aim for the slightly lighter patches, those are usually the harder spots.
Bull dust, also know as "fesh-fesh" in Africa/ Dakar rally

That's the biggest "bull dust" patch we came across.
To be fair we only saw bull dust a couple of other places, but judging by the stories we heard we should've played the lottery cause our luck must have out of this world....
This stretch was about 200 metres/ yards long. Yngve came around the bend and rode into the bull dust after about 20 metres at about 60km/h. He then hit a hidden rock, got a puncture on the front and continued over the bars.



Today, 8 years later, Yngve still has red dust in hard to reach places...



I was probably a minute behind him and, needless to say perhaps, I was laughing so hard I could hardly ride in a straight line.



So while Yngve was fixing his flat tire



I was trying to slow down the traffic.



There was a surprising amount of cars and trucks on the Gibb River Road that day and we got positivly bombed by dust even when they slowed down

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Old 04-22-2013, 09:58 AM   #10451
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now now gravelseeker

'Top-middle of Australia is fairly.....umm....well, I'd hate to say boring'

the size of the rocks changes every few hundred kms, nice pics though
Oh I'd do it again
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:10 AM   #10452
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here is what can happen when you hit bulldust like it, he was following the darling river on the dirt road 900kms from sydney
http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=19972442&postcount=175
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:54 AM   #10453
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here is what can happen when you hit bulldust like it, he was following the darling river on the dirt road 900kms from sydney
http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=19972442&postcount=175
Ugh
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:11 AM   #10454
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Yes, it can be fun out there but talk to the locals who have to pick up the pieces from time to time and you gain another more sober perspective. Dont think I know the guy but I hope he recovers fully fast. In 2011 the BMW GS event injured 15 of 170 who attended and airlifts out were too high
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Old 04-24-2013, 01:58 PM   #10455
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Tax return has arrived and a PM has been sent on a set of YZ forks.

Does anyone have details/pictures of what I need to use the stock wheel with the YZ forks? I need to do a brake job and put a new tire on my bike, but I dont want to spend all that money only to swap everything out. Ive got a friend who can do the machine work for me, just need an idea of what needs to be done.

Any reccomendations for a good shop (preferably in SoCal) to send the forks into? Going to have them rebuilt, set up for my weight, and have them shortened as I dont want to have to raise the rear right now.
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