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Old 08-17-2009, 08:39 PM   #8461
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Just speaking for myself...I have hit a bus...a KTM 250 and many sections of dirt and my pressure suit has perfomed flawlessly.... ....I won't ride without one...
I'll second that! I've gotten my money's worth out of mine already. A little scrape on the elbow is the worst damage I've had to myself, and I crash almost as much as Joel does!
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Old 08-17-2009, 08:46 PM   #8462
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Good gear is a must.. I hate crashing but it does happen
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Old 08-17-2009, 08:49 PM   #8463
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^ Hitting pavement is bad news, I wear my 1 piece suit when I ride the tards at the track or street. I crashed my old TZ250 race bike in T9 at Willow and walked away with just a lightly scrapped right palm, so I'm a big fan of leather and armor that stays in place.

I was thinking of wearing my leather pants and using my upper dirt gear, but I think I'll wear the 2 piece leather suit plus some dirt gear and play it safe. Upper and lower UA should help keep me cool.

Sure am looking forward to the local rides, just curious how many miles you all put on from gas stop to gas stop? 50, 75 or 100 miles?
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Old 08-17-2009, 09:09 PM   #8464
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average trip is at least 100 miles, but ymmv. the ride back is mostly downhill so you'll be able to stretch the reserve to get you to the shell station on la canada or oro vista.

leather will give you a better protection than fabric, but dude you'll be sweating like a pig.....

congrats on the new bike...honda dependability.

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Old 08-17-2009, 09:15 PM   #8465
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average trip at least 100 miles, but ymmv. the ride back is mostly downhill so you'll be able to stretch the reserve to get you to the shell station on la canada or oro vista.

leather will give you a better protection than fabric, but dude you'll be sweating like a pig.....

congrats on the new bike...honda dependability.
Cool, just wanted to see if my stock gas tank would suffice for the time being. I figure stock, I should get around 50 mpg, so 100 miles would be just about right.

True, but I'd rather sweat than bleed. I doubt I'll be riding my XR650L like my real dirt bikes, so the pace s/b a lot mellower. In my old school early 70s MX days, we wore leather pants and jackets, those were the days!

Thanks, I'm looking forward to meeting you all!
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Old 08-17-2009, 09:21 PM   #8466
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Hmmm, a Ktoom a Husky and a Honda?!...
yes, wait... I detect a sandbagger!
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Old 08-17-2009, 09:36 PM   #8467
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Hmmm, a Ktoom a Husky and a Honda?!...
yes, wait... I detect a sandbagger!
Welcome aboard Earl!
Oh man, called out already! What you don't see are the YZ125 and WR250 to the right in front of my SUV.

When I was at Streets 2 Sundays ago, I was pointed out in the rider's mtg and told that the black flag was being warmed up for the tard riders!

I'm looking forward to dual sport rides again.
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Old 08-17-2009, 09:38 PM   #8468
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Old 08-17-2009, 09:42 PM   #8469
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Cool, just wanted to see if my stock gas tank would suffice for the time being. I figure stock, I should get around 50 mpg, so 100 miles would be just about right.

True, but I'd rather sweat than bleed. I doubt I'll be riding my XR650L like my real dirt bikes, so the pace s/b a lot mellower. In my old school early 70s MX days, we wore leather pants and jackets, those were the days!

Thanks, I'm looking forward to meeting you all!
50 mpg? I empty A 4.6 gal tank on the full mooner on my xr 600 You yould have to ride pritty reserved to streach it , and by ur posts ur a Bad mamma jamma
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Old 08-17-2009, 10:03 PM   #8470
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...honda dependability.
You sure you wanna say that?



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Old 08-18-2009, 12:45 AM   #8471
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Well, I picked up my '09 XR650L today after work, what a machine! I'll be out in a few weeks after I wear in the engine and get use to it.
That new XL is a fine bike. Perfect for the local rides. You got almost 3 gallons - 140+ miles easy...unless you're rallying the hills, chasing after a couple loose FF's!

Plus, i hear those new Honda's will run on beer and sweat
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:22 AM   #8472
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That new XL is a fine bike. Perfect for the local rides. You got almost 3 gallons - 140+ miles easy...unless you're rallying the hills, chasing after a couple loose FF's!

Plus, i hear those new Honda's will run on beer and sweat
Yep, I looked over the bike last night and it's something else. Puts my old DT250s, SP370, XL500 and XT600 to shame. The suspension is much better than I thought it would be.

I was wondering what FF meant, but just realized Fat Fellas, or Fast Fers would work!
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Old 08-18-2009, 07:26 AM   #8473
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n00b's Sunday Ride


7AM on Angeles Crest






Breakfast with a view (uh, kinda, thru the haze)






Finding some trails on the San Andreas Fault Line. :-)
You can tell I wasn't planning on offroading when you see my top box on the bike.







Fun little trail.






This is when I realized, wait - my tires are bald and I didn't lower my air pressure! This might get interesting!








Survived! This is where the trail joins back up to the main road.





Almost looks like a street-tire now, huh? Thread is quickly coming to an end too.





Road following the San Andreas Fault Line. Fun!





Found some more dirt, and reached the railroad tracks. Just accross from the old Historic Route 66.







Got up to an abandoned section of old Route 66. Saw a plane flying directly overhead and wondered if I was about to get a visit.


Decided I should get off of that road, just in case.
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:15 AM   #8474
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Just speaking for myself...I have hit a bus...a KTM 250 and many sections of dirt and my pressure suit has perfomed flawlessly.... ....I won't ride without one...
Sorry to hear about your crash Joel.

I took a lowside in my Koerta and came out fine. Elbow/forearm plastic has some nice gouges though. Hasn't been bus tested though. I think the Koerta and Nowwhat's Dainese has better coverage than the one you were wearing.
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Old 08-18-2009, 09:31 AM   #8475
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Hey Xymotic, what's the details on that elaborate bike loader thingy?

I'm startting a motorcycle towing business, so that's how I was able to convince the GF I needed it So far it's towed a LOT of Husqvarna 610's around.

it's called a TK Loader, it'll haul 2000# and "They Say" two cruisers but I've had two thumpers on it and it's a challenge to load it so they don't tip.



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