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Old 11-19-2011, 01:27 PM   #41701
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Here's what I just bought
Looks good, I like the DR series. 200 should be a fun bike for you.

Why not meet Alan and I tomorrow and bust it's hymen?
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Old 11-19-2011, 01:39 PM   #41702
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Why not meet Alan and I tomorrow and bust it's hymen?
I remember when....
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Old 11-19-2011, 02:04 PM   #41703
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Anyone have experience with the Kimber Ultra Carry II?

http://www.kimberamerica.com/1911/ul...ultra-carry-ii
Owned one. The good is it's a comfortable, accurate gun and packs a good round. The bad is, if yours was like mine it will be finicky and need a boatload of break-in before you trust it. Even then, it's ammo sensitive and mag sensitive. Not to say you'll repeat my experience, but I can tell you that Kimber's customer service is slow, and their gunsmith's default line is "keep running expensive ammo through it till it works". I find that intolerable for a defensive gun. It should work from day one, not after 3000 rounds....that means it was machined and assembled poorly.

I sold it, bought into the M&P line, and never looked back.
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Old 11-19-2011, 02:07 PM   #41704
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Why not meet Alan and I tomorrow and bust it's hymen?
I'm not picking it up till Tuesday. Impulse buy, I had like $15 dollars in my pocket.

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Got enough salt?
The guy I bought it from is a taxidermist, (and he looks like pretty good one,) the shop was spotless. He said he uses the salt in his process, then sells the used salt to a farmer who feeds it to his cows.
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Old 11-19-2011, 02:12 PM   #41705
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I did about 11 miles of bike trails at Alum Creek today, rode all of P2 and part of P1 (till the bridge/road) when my lungs gave out, but it was a great ride....had the entire trail network to myself, not a soul out today. Fun trails too, not as many hills as Mohican or Dillon but fast and lots of challenges. Only ate dirt a few times on obstacles, but no worse for the wear.
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Old 11-19-2011, 02:49 PM   #41706
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Looks good, I like the DR series. 200 should be a fun bike for you.

Why not meet Alan and I tomorrow and bust it's hymen?

Where are we meeting? and what time? Alan
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:12 PM   #41707
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Owned one. The good is it's a comfortable, accurate gun and packs a good round. The bad is, if yours was like mine it will be finicky and need a boatload of break-in before you trust it. Even then, it's ammo sensitive and mag sensitive. Not to say you'll repeat my experience, but I can tell you that Kimber's customer service is slow, and their gunsmith's default line is "keep running expensive ammo through it till it works". I find that intolerable for a defensive gun. It should work from day one, not after 3000 rounds....that means it was machined and assembled poorly.

I sold it, bought into the M&P line, and never looked back.
They need relieved some to run better. Factory they fit tight.
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:19 PM   #41708
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Where are we meeting? and what time? Alan
Peggy Sue's, 10:30?

Edit, anyone is welcome, riding will be fast pace gravel. I'll be on a 250 endoooro.
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:23 PM   #41709
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Peggy Sue's, 10:30?

Sounds good.
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:44 PM   #41710
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Here's what I just bought;
Nice find

Looks very clean
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Old 11-19-2011, 06:02 PM   #41711
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A catch-up report from last weekend. I went to watch Mike, Kirk and Liz race the final GP of the year at Action Sports. A cool track in and out of hilly woods.

3 racers ready to go



Starting line



Husqvarna dives back into the woods



Mike navigating the first lap. He eventually got a flat tire which slowed him down.



Liz heads down the hill and back into the woods



Post race. Liz on bike 257 won her class. Kirk on bike 928 got second in his class.



Mike's bike 59 had a flat tire



It was a great day - the threat of rain gave way to bright sun and warmer air. It was fun to watch the races.

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Old 11-19-2011, 06:12 PM   #41712
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On Monday I got another ride in the woods on my TE310



Liz and Kirk rode too









Big fun



One bike is a ride ... two bikes or more becomes a race



Uhhh, Kirk wins the race. I got the prize for best picture ...



Awesome riding!

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Old 11-19-2011, 08:01 PM   #41713
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Hello, and welcome to today's edition of "sion at the Wayne" wherein we answer some highly topical questions, such as

-how well does a DXG 305V video camera take moto-videos?
-just how long can a frayed throttle cable silver-soldered back into shape last?
-do you REALLY meet the nicest people on a Honda?
and finally,
-just how bad do I look in crappy overcast lighting on a cheap video camera?


So, I guess a little background is in order...on my sabmag email list a member offered for sale the above mentioned video camera for the awesomely low price of $25...it was basically unused past the box being opened. I jumped on it and got it a few days ago. That, combined with winter being just around the door, is why I was so anxious to get out and ride. I wanted to try out the camera and get in what might be my last late season ride.

the vid-camera:


its nice and small, and has a flip out screen



I used some velcro and some super-sticky, super-stretchy, super-strong tape that we use where I work to attach it to the side of my helmet. here you can see the velcro



So, I had the bike loaded in the truck and took off for the Wayne right after leaving work at 2pm...Got to the New Straitsville trailhead about 2:50 and by 3:05 I had Dora unloaded and running. Throw on the jacket and grab the helmet, turn on the camera, put on the helmet and gloves and take off riding. I roll out of the parking area and head down the red trail...just a quarter mile down the red trail is a short loop off to the left, yellow trail that's supposed to be pretty mild. Figured that'd be a good warm up trail to take, so I did.

After completing the yellow loop I got back on the red trail and continued south til I got to the big mudhole area about 4 or 5 miles down the trail. Decided this would be a good place to take a break and check my video. Pulled off to the side and shut off the bike, then pulled off my helmet and found the camera turned off. Hmmmm, turn it on and it fires up. Check the video and its only got a running time of 2:05. Notice that the batteries (that I just put in yesterday) are very low. Apparently, its enough to run the little LCD screen, but not run the recorder. I'm able to watch the 2 minute vid, which is mostly me putting on my helmet and gloves and maybe 45 seconds of trail. And the angle is bad, all you can see is whats directly in front of the bike. Well that sucks, I think. Here's the video:





So, I turn off the camera, mount back up and head back up the trail. There's a short trail that connects the Wayne trail system with Begley's ATV Campground in lovely downtown New Straitsville, so I take that, figuring to buy some fresh batteries. I arrive at the campground and ask where's the closest place to buy some AAA batteries. A lady (who I think is one of the owners) says I think I have some and goes into the little store they have. Comes out with a big cardboard/blister package and pulls out 4 and gives them to me. I ask what she wants for em and she says how bout a buck. Done and done. I load em into the camera, put it back on the helmet, aimed up a little higher this time, and fire it up. Helmet on, gloves on, kick Dora started and off we go. This time I got a lot more video, 11 plus minutes of me ripping around the yellow trail again:

if you get bored with it, skip to about 9:30 and just watch the last two minutes



yep, thats right, my repaired throttle cable gave up the ghost. Turns out a silver-soldered cable will last about 75 miles (give or take) of WNF trails before taking a shit. Maybe if I didnt whack the throttle right before every little whoop in the trail it might have lasted a bit longer, eh? Oh well, I DO have a spare in the truck...which is about a 2 mile or so hike from my current location. Shit. Well, I better get after it. I check the time and its 4:31. It'll be dark by 6, so I have, at most, an hour and a half of light left. I start hiking, hoping that one of the quads I'd seen earlier will come along and give me a lift. Guess that'd be too much to ask, huh?

I hike and hike and hike some more and by just after 5, I'm finally off the yellow trail and promptly take the wrong direction on the red trail...instead of heading north towards the trailhead and my truck, I'm headed south. And of course, I dont realize this, so I probably walked a good half mile out of my way. But, it turns out this was a very fortunate mistake, because otherwise, I probably wouldn't have run into a couple of good samaritans, whose names I never got...so I'm gonna call them Mike and Sarah.

So, there I am, trudging the wrong way down the trail when Mike and Sarah come around the corner. Mike is on a late 90s model XR400R and Sarah is on a newer Honda quad. They stop and ask if I'm ok, so I tell them about my broken cable. Mike asks where I'm parked and where the bike is. He has a WNF map that he pulls out and I point out where the bike is and that's when we realize that I turned the wrong way on the red trail Anyway, he offers to take me to my truck, then the bike. YAY Mike and Sarah!!! I'm thinking I'll have to climb on the back of the quad, which was quite alright by me, but Mike says to take his bike and he'll double up with Sarah on the quad. Awesome.


So, we take off up the trail and I'm having fun with the XR400R, and make a wrong turn....then another...dammit, and we end up at Begley's campground, so we have to loop back up 595 to my truck. I proceed to get out the spare cable and the tools I'm gonna need. Meanwhile Mike and I are talking about the possibility of towing the bike out if the repair fails. It's mostly level terrain between my truck and my bike, only 1 mild hill and nothing gnarly, so I take a tow strap along just in case. By now its nearing 6 so its getting pretty dim light-wise, but the XR400R has a headlight (crappy though it is, just like Dora's) so we head on down the trail. I'm more careful this time and we don't make any wrong turns. Still, it seems to take forever to get to Dora and I'm starting to think we rode right past her in the dark. But no, we finally do find her right where I left her I and get busy on the repair.

Mike has a real nice little LED flashlight, which is much brighter than the little POS I had, so he assumes flashlight duty while I tear off the bad cable and manage to get the spare on. Now, this spare is a universal fit cable which would be just great if Dora didnt have an aftermarket Edelbrock carb. Which, of course, means an Edelbrock throttle and cable assembly. But the cable is close enough and I'm able to bodge it on there. The only problem is the length of cable sticking out of the sheath, which is about 3/4 of an inch short...so once its all hooked up, I have only about 1/4 of the throttle twist I should have. But thankfully, that's enough, as XRs are good little tractors that can climb pretty well on 1/4 throttle. And the worst of the hills that we have to go up is pretty mild and not real long, so its no big deal.

Of course, by this time, Dora's gotten kind of cold, so she didnt wanna fire up immediately, but it didnt take too much coaxing to get her going...I get her running and grab up all the tools and the old parts and stuff it all in my coat pockets and away we go...at a fast crawl. I've got just enough throttle to get into second gear and up to maybe 20 mph on level ground, but if the incline gets above 10 degrees, its back down into first and tractor mode. But hey, it still seemed like the ride back to the truck was shorter than the ride from the truck to the bike. I'll tell you one thing though, you do NOT wanna night ride on trails like these with the stock headlight on an XR. Not if you don't have to, that is...sheesh what a wimpy light...but it was good enough at tractor speed to get us there, so I guess I can't complain too much.

Anyway, we get back to the truck and I ask where they have to go, but they're staying down at Begley's Campground so its just a short jaunt down 595 for them. I thank them profusely and tell them that you really do meet the nicest people on a Honda. This gets a chuckle and then, before I can even ask their names, they take off. I get Dora loaded up and check the time...6:37...not bad...2 hours for the whole deal. I call the old lady to tell her I'm on my way then I head down to Begley's to see if I can find "Mike and Sarah". I drive slowly through trying to spot them, but can't, so I head for home.

To Mike and Sarah...whoever you really are...THANKS A TON...I'm eternally grateful and hope I can someday repay your kindness...you're truly wonderful people and I'm glad to have met you. Meantime, I guess I owe the karma bank a little. Gonna have to make sure I stop next time I see someone broke down along a lonely stretch of road/trail.

And finally, we've answered two of the four questions we started off with...I'll leave it up to you folks to decide how bad I looked...but keep in mind that my doo-rag came off when I pulled the helmet off...I didn't mean to subject you to my blatant baldness. As for the camera, I'd say it wasn't too awful bad. Its no GoPro or Drift HD, but then, I didn't spend hundreds on it either. Considering what I paid for it...I can't complain. Next time, I'm gonna tape some foam over the microphone and I still need to work on the aiming a bit.

And that concludes tonight's episode. Stay tuned to this channel for more episodes of "sion at the Wayne"...coming...sometime...
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Old 11-19-2011, 10:00 PM   #41714
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Is there a two sentence version of that? Something like, "went riding, tried an economy style helmet cam with mixed success, then bike died. Must hang my head in shame for getting help from quad riders."

PS I think you did pretty well for an economy helmet cam. My first attempts were mounted on the bike so there was tons of vibration.
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Old 11-20-2011, 04:26 AM   #41715
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Was just out with the dog, weather seems warmer than it did at anytime yesterday, it looks very rainy, but the radar is clear.
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