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Old 09-04-2014, 03:51 PM   #1
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Question Chaparral's Alpine Trails DS Ride

Anyone done or have any info on the Alpine trails DS ride going on Sept 20-21?

I'm thinking of going but wanted some input before deciding.


Thanks, Dan
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Old 09-04-2014, 07:36 PM   #2
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Anyone done or have any info on the Alpine trails DS ride going on Sept 20-21? I'm thinking of going but wanted some input before deciding. Thanks, Dan
Dan, looking at your profile, you don't have a Dual Sport bike. What would you be riding?

I would ask questions about D37 rides on the D37 message board.

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Old 09-04-2014, 09:47 PM   #3
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I've done the ride many times, but just the easy routes. Lots of beautiful scenery on the ride.

The hard routes have challenging single track and sometimes a long, tough goat trail or two on the side of a steep cliff. Not something you'd want to take a 690 on, no matter how good of a rider you are. Why? Who's gonna pull that thing back up if you go over the side? And a few years back, someone did. Caused a bottle neck for quite some time. I even saw the photo of the bottleneck.

You can always go back and read the District 37 Dual Sport Newsletter Alpine Trail ride reviews that I put together when I handled the newsletter. That will give you more info. The reviews are in November from 2012, 2011, and on back. The 2012 one is pretty entertaining and written by a rider with lots of accompanying photos.

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http://www.district37ama.org/dualsport/newsletter.php
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Old 09-05-2014, 07:38 AM   #5
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Dan, looking at your profile, you don't have a Dual Sport bike.

????????????

All I have are DS bikes (690 & 1190), you mean a street legal dirt bike like a 500/530?
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????????????

All I have are DS bikes (690 & 1190), you mean a street legal dirt bike like a 500/530?
Most So Cal Dual sport rides the route is designed for average riders on real dirt bikes (< 500). An expert that is in great shape can a ride small Adv bike but it is a lot of work.

Like I pointed out there are several rides that do have Adv options.

Again, ask on the D37 message board and you will bet lots of response and advice from people who have been there, done that.
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Old 09-05-2014, 09:09 AM   #7
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????????????

All I have are DS bikes (690 & 1190), you mean a street legal dirt bike like a 500/530?
think smaller, more like a 250-450!!!
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Old 09-05-2014, 05:39 PM   #8
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How many street legal dirt bikes are there in that category besides the KTM 500/530/525 and the 350EXC, since California will not let you plate bikes very easily?

Off the top of my head:

WR250R
DR350
DRZ400
KLX250S
CRF250L

and none of these are real dirt bikes.


Now if this were Colorado i could show up on a plated WR300 2T
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how many street legal dirt bikes are there in that category besides the ktm 500/530/525 and the 350exc, since california will not let you plate bikes very easily?

off the top of my head:

wr250r
dr350
drz400
klx250s
crf250l

and none of these are real dirt bikes.


Now if this were colorado i could show up on a plated wr300 2t


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How many street legal dirt bikes are there in that category besides the KTM 500/530/525 and the 350EXC, since California will not let you plate bikes very easily?

Off the top of my head:

WR250R
DR350
DRZ400
KLX250S
CRF250L

and none of these are real dirt bikes.


Now if this were Colorado i could show up on a plated WR300 2T
you haven't ridden many organized dual sport rides in CA have you? a lot of orange. and for good reason. and I'm not talking your big tubby orange. 450/510cc orange.

a 690 and 1190 might be great on gravel roads but these rides are a tad more challenging than that.

that being said, our ol pal, Riceless rode his 950 Adv like it was a 450 and Big Wan can slay his 990 Adv with his wife on back better than most guys on 300 2strokes.

go ride this ride. you'll have fun. heck, I rode a lot of gnar on my KLR and had fun. I was beat up but it was fun none the less.
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Old 09-06-2014, 07:10 AM   #11
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Yup, just got here a month ago and am trying to figure out the California way.

Sold my KTM 530 before moving, knowing it was only eligible for a Green Sticker.

Thanks for the info.
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Yup, just got here a month ago and am trying to figure out the California way.

Sold my KTM 530 before moving, knowing it was only eligible for a Green Sticker.

Thanks for the info.
One more bike and your stable is complete

Looking at a 690 myself.... SE and EXC needs a middle man
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Old 09-08-2014, 09:06 AM   #13
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Street legal dual sports

Beta rs models 350,400,450,520, also betas rr model with a small amount of work, 350 ,400,450,498
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Old 09-08-2014, 09:37 AM   #14
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I lump the Beta's in with the KTMs. Afterall they did use to use KTM engines.

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See you are in TO, I would go to a VCMC meeting and get to know some Dual Sport riders in your area.
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