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Old 02-02-2008, 09:33 PM   #1
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The Sun came out today......we had to ride

The Sun came out, so...time for a ride in the dirt. It was a first timers ride for the 3 of us. First time out on Habernaro's beautiful new 525 KTM, first time on a Husky TE250 in the dirt for Robhar54, and first time for me to try the Husky 610 on Northwest slick, muddy, single track and with a worn out Metzler Karoo rear tire.



We met up and drove out to Walker Valley in search of some easy riding to break things in. I was holding out hope that it was low enough to not have too much snow.

It looked pretty good until we got close and about a mile short of the Upper Walker Valley entrance the snow was piling up. When we got there...it was too deep so we doubled back to the lower entrance that looked pretty snow free.

It was OK but as we drove in, the snow was starting to show again.
What the heck, we were here, the sun was out (a shiny, large object in the sky that has not been out much lately), and we wanted to ride. What could possibly go wrong.




We unloaded and started to look for some trails.....After some slipping and sliding it cleared up a bit.






Man it felt good just to ride......








That beautiful new KTM was just eating up the road.









A brief stop in the main parking lot.....



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Old 02-02-2008, 10:20 PM   #2
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Off we go into the dirt..er...mud...






Robhar54








Did I mention it was muddy?











Robhar54 got the hang of it right away. It's too bad I didn't get any photos of the real muddy sections but I was focused on trying to keep up some momentum & I was trying to keep from falling into some of the bigger puddles.







That done, we headed higher up to find more trails and maybe a view.







The rear tire was not all that happy in the mud. The Karoo wasn't that good when it was new. The lack of significant tread blocks did not further it's cause very much either. Oh well, it may be worn out and slippery but the bike is heavy and big... ha ha.







Robhar54 at the summit.








It was getting late, the sun goes down early this time of year. We turned around....








and headed back to our parking area.








It was a great day and lots of fun. Thanks guys.

Habernaro...if you have any photos, please add.
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Old 02-02-2008, 10:40 PM   #3
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I need a day like that.

Good on ya Lambo! I like the pics. Gittin dirty!
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Old 02-03-2008, 05:39 AM   #4
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Fun in the sun and the dirt!! Thanks for the pics and report
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Old 02-03-2008, 07:19 AM   #5
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That's your idea of sun?

Low 80's today here if that helps warm ya up?

I have inlaws in the upper left so have seen how nasty it's been up there.

Great pix and bikes as well.
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Old 02-03-2008, 09:11 AM   #6
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Nice Pics, Bob!

I had such a good time yesterday! Nice to meet, and ride with you. Thank you for showing me a new area. I absolutely love my new 525.


And your 250 was a big hit with Rob!


Here we are unloading for fun in the NW sun:


Here you are checking out my 525


All packed up and headed for home..



I new to drag the camera out more while we are riding...I'll work on that!

Thanks again, Scott
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Old 02-03-2008, 10:29 AM   #7
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Dangerous to ride a 525

Do not ride a 525 EXC, very dangerous, very very dangerous. Ha Ha I spent the morning trying to find what was available for clean, low mile 525exc's... thanks a lot.... No luck of course.

I am still partial to Huskys, I love them and will probably go with a TE510 but your ride is sweet. Plenty of power and I really liked the delivery. You scored a killer deal but I think you need to buy a new '08 for yourself and sell me yours....

I just want you to be happy....

Actually, I was pretty surprised with the 610, I expected it to be a super pig in those conditions but it was fine although I am a bit sore this AM.
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Old 02-03-2008, 10:38 AM   #8
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Bob, you were not having much problem with that slimy stuff, even on the 610 with a worn out rear tire!

When I was shopping for the 525, I found several in the Portland area on Craigslist, and lots of them in the Sacramento/SF area..the deals are out there if you are willing to go get it. Good luck!

I too have a soft spot for the Husky's...you have two beautiful bikes, there!

I noriced you have a Hypermotard, too? Yow....nice collection. How do you like it? (as if I have to ask!)

Looking to get out again very soon. Scott
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Old 02-03-2008, 11:19 AM   #9
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Bob, you were not having much problem with that slimy stuff, even on the 610 with a worn out rear tire!

When I was shopping for the 525, I found several in the Portland area on Craigslist, and lots of them in the Sacramento/SF area..the deals are out there if you are willing to go get it. Good luck!

I too have a soft spot for the Husky's...you have two beautiful bikes, there!

I noriced you have a Hypermotard, too? Yow....nice collection. How do you like it? (as if I have to ask!)

Looking to get out again very soon. Scott
The HPM is a good unit, it is sort of a dirt bike like road bike. Not really a hard core supermotard, more like a light, flickable, planted/sorted road bike. Easy to throw a leg over and ride somewhere. It's not a Multistrada that seems to do most everything well but it's a keeper.
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Old 02-03-2008, 12:13 PM   #10
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Fun RIDE !!!!!

Cheers to you guys.....That looked like it was a lot of fun. I'm in North Bend, WA and we still have too much SNOW....I'm Envious...... Enjoy.... JIM
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Old 02-03-2008, 05:21 PM   #11
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An awesome first time out.

This was my very first time out on single-track and first time on a 250, and I gotta say, it was FANTASTIC! I'd ridden on gravel and through a fair amount of mud on my R80G/S PD on a trip to Alaska in 2000, but this was a totally new and different experience. I had a complete blast. I haven't felt this way on a bike since I took Reg Pridmore's CLASS on my SR500. Huge adrenaline buzz! On track days you set up and ride through a curve maybe once every 10-15 seconds...with single-track, you're looking and making decisions every quarter second! Kinda condenses a "lap" as it were. I don't think we rode more than 20 miles or so in the couple hours we were there, but it felt great.

I have a feeling I'll be doing more of this, and soon.

Lambo was very gracious in letting me ride both his TE250 and TE610. I've been torn, trying to decide what to do this summer, since the F800GS I have on order will not arrive until Fall... I'd been thinking about a larger dual sport thumper like a LC4 Enduro, Xchallenge or TE610. After doing this yesterday it's clear a smaller bike like the TE250 would be the absolute best thing for me right now. With a smaller bike I can really learn to ride in the dirt.

In fact, I liked the TE250 so much I'm trying to talk Lambo into selling his to me!

Thanks again Lambo and Habanero, for a great day.

Rob in Seattle
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