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Old 04-29-2013, 03:43 PM   #3256
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Yes that was us. I was one of the 3 that went by. We were all in a hurry to get home otherwise we would have stopped to chat. Hope you enjoyed your ride.

Thanks to Floss for organizing and for everyone else that showed up. It was a fun ride and good to meet some new faces in Calgary.

The 530 is definitely a fun bike. It is perfect for ripping along those trails that were running parallel to the FSR. I was bottoming out the back end though on a few of the bigger bumps and ditches. I will have to stop and adjust the compression damping next time out. It is the perfect setup now for me after getting it lowered a bit. It can handle the trails fine and can cruise all day at 100 to 120km/h as long as my rear end can take it!

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Bottoming out is requiring new springs, not compression dampening.
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:31 PM   #3257
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Lycan, saw you ripping down Crowchild yesterday around 5, looks like you guys made it back in a decent time, wished I had made it, but I'm sure it was a bit gusty.
Yes, that was me, but I was being a good boy and doing the posted limit, I swear!

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Lycan - I also saw you yesterday south on Deerfoot in Douglasdale. I was on my red Multistrada and waved. Me and my buddy Mr Canoehead got out to Canmore via 1A for a nice ride. Finally riding season has started! DD
I didn't see you wave, but I did see that sparkling clean, sexy bike of yours. They sure are purdy.
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:34 PM   #3258
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Thanks for posting that video xsocal, I enjoyed that.
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:40 PM   #3259
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Fun Ride

Great Video Xsocal. Nice to see your pics Lycan1. I emailed my pictures to those I had email addresses for. (don't have a photo posting account)

It was a fun ride with something for everyone. The trails beside the road were really fun, I did my first jump (by accident) while coming off a whoop. Stud Creek road is pretty fun, I'll be sure to ride it again.

Thanks Earl and Lee for finding a much more interesting route than I had in mind. It's nice to ride with different riders to find out their fun routes. Thanks to everyone who made it out. I hope to get in lots of fun rides like this with you again.

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Old 04-29-2013, 09:14 PM   #3260
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Bottoming out is requiring new springs, not compression dampening.
Not entirely true. This is determined by your static vs race sag. You can have the correct spring and have your compression damping too low and you will bottom out.
I did set my race sag toward the high side but I will decrease my race sag (increase preload) a bit and see if that helps as well as turning up the compression damping.
Although my static sag is a bit too high as well so your conclusion may be right!

Plus I will only be adding weight to the bike for trips so a stronger spring is probably in my future anyway....
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:52 AM   #3261
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GS Course at Blackfoot

After having the course recommended by a few fellow riders I decided to give it a shot. The weather was crap by lunch time and got worse by the end, but other than that it was a great day. For me, it served to help hone skills that I had already been working on but in a safe environment. The instructors were very analytical and encouraging and did a good job of keeping us working. The warm up exercises were strange, but designed to test your control and handling of your machine, and perhaps your fitness level. Lots of bikes had low speed drops (I did once) but no one hurt since we were all wearing good gear. It was a blast being able to play on the whole of Wildrose Motor Sport Park, which (unless you are a moto-crosser) will otherwise never happen. The wind, dust, and snow made it extra challenging, but it beat a day in the office hands down.

Cudos to Richard, Trevor , JR, and Roz for putting on a great course!

Thankfully the roads were only wet going home after the course finished.



Link: http://www.blackfootonline.com/euro_bmw_gs_training.php
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:17 AM   #3262
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Not entirely true. This is determined by your static vs race sag. You can have the correct spring and have your compression damping too low and you will bottom out.
I did set my race sag toward the high side but I will decrease my race sag (increase preload) a bit and see if that helps as well as turning up the compression damping.
Although my static sag is a bit too high as well so your conclusion may be right!

Plus I will only be adding weight to the bike for trips so a stronger spring is probably in my future anyway....

Yes, but if you are bottoming a lot and your adjusters are anywhere near central then it's too soft.

KTM springs are rated for about 160-170lb riders. Most require re-springing.

I'm 200lbs and cant say I've ever felt suspension bottom hard. My XRR is valved and sprung pretty soft, and my KTM is valved and sprung more agressive. Both have their benefits. Neither bottom.

Forks can adjust oil level to increase or degrease bottoming resistance, but once again you need the right springs.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:30 AM   #3263
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Having never been offroad before in my life I did this course last year and learned more about riding a bike in one day than 5 years of riding on the street. Having access to the entire Wildrose park was a pretty great experience too. Highly recommended.



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After having the course recommended by a few fellow riders I decided to give it a shot. The weather was crap by lunch time and got worse by the end, but other than that it was a great day. For me, it served to help hone skills that I had already been working on but in a safe environment. The instructors were very analytical and encouraging and did a good job of keeping us working. The warm up exercises were strange, but designed to test your control and handling of your machine, and perhaps your fitness level. Lots of bikes had low speed drops (I did once) but no one hurt since we were all wearing good gear. It was a blast being able to play on the whole of Wildrose Motor Sport Park, which (unless you are a moto-crosser) will otherwise never happen. The wind, dust, and snow made it extra challenging, but it beat a day in the office hands down.

Cudos to Richard, Trevor , JR, and Roz for putting on a great course!

Thankfully the roads were only wet going home after the course finished.



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Old 04-30-2013, 01:40 PM   #3264
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Great Video Xsocal. Nice to see your pics Lycan1. I emailed my pictures to those I had email addresses for. (don't have a photo posting account)

It was a fun ride with something for everyone. The trails beside the road were really fun, I did my first jump (by accident) while coming off a whoop. Stud Creek road is pretty fun, I'll be sure to ride it again.

Thanks Earl and Lee for finding a much more interesting route than I had in mind. It's nice to ride with different riders to find out their fun routes. Thanks to everyone who made it out. I hope to get in lots of fun rides like this with you again.
These photos are courtesy of "Flossandfly" since he doesn't have a photo hosting account.










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Old 04-30-2013, 01:51 PM   #3265
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Looks like fun!

Anybody interested in an overnighter maybe next weekend? (not this up coming one, I'm heading to Koocanusa to get arm pump)

Actually two weeks works better. Then my buddy is back from sunning himself.

In either event, I hope to do lots of riding this year.

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Old 04-30-2013, 03:28 PM   #3266
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After having the course recommended by a few fellow riders I decided to give it a shot. The weather was crap by lunch time and got worse by the end, but other than that it was a great day. For me, it served to help hone skills that I had already been working on but in a safe environment. The instructors were very analytical and encouraging and did a good job of keeping us working. The warm up exercises were strange, but designed to test your control and handling of your machine, and perhaps your fitness level. Lots of bikes had low speed drops (I did once) but no one hurt since we were all wearing good gear. It was a blast being able to play on the whole of Wildrose Motor Sport Park, which (unless you are a moto-crosser) will otherwise never happen. The wind, dust, and snow made it extra challenging, but it beat a day in the office hands down.

Cudos to Richard, Trevor , JR, and Roz for putting on a great course!

Thankfully the roads were only wet going home after the course finished.
With all those Beemers it looks like you were out numbered...but not out gunned!
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Old 04-30-2013, 04:36 PM   #3267
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:36 PM   #3268
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With all those Beemers it looks like you were out numbered...but not out gunned!
Spoken like a true Orange believer. Amen brother.


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We all looked pretty hard-core yesterday!


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I liked the number plate, probably as close as I'll come to racing...


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Old 05-02-2013, 07:03 AM   #3269
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not entirely true. This is determined by your static vs race sag. You can have the correct spring and have your compression damping too low and you will bottom out.
I did set my race sag toward the high side but i will decrease my race sag (increase preload) a bit and see if that helps as well as turning up the compression damping.
Although my static sag is a bit too high as well so your conclusion may be right!

Plus i will only be adding weight to the bike for trips so a stronger spring is probably in my future anyway....
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:05 AM   #3270
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[QUOTE=Subaru297;21297669]Not entirely true. This is determined by your static vs race sag. You can have the correct spring and have your compression damping too low and you will bottom out.

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