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Old 06-01-2010, 07:32 AM   #14416
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So where are the towers in Joel's picture?.
Probably just can't see them in the darker photo. However may be that they are new ones. Choppers up on 9 mile a couple months ago installing new wire and such. There's a whole new set of towers just installed from AFH across the 14 freeway at Vincent hill.
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:38 AM   #14417
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So where are the towers in Joel's picture? Did they have to take them down or are they just not visible? It looks like the visibility is pretty good otherwise.
I think its just the time of day. Joel's photo is later in the day and the whole seine is in the shade of that hill or something so in order to correctly expose the fire road he had to over expose the sky beyond the dynamic range of the camera, doing what photographers call "blowing out" the sky.

I think the towers are still there if you look in the mountain you can kinda see the lines but if you look at the sky you'll only see white and the white will bleed around the towers.
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:55 AM   #14418
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I think its just the time of day. Joel's photo is later in the day and the whole seine is in the shade of that hill or something so in order to correctly expose the fire road he had to over expose the sky beyond the dynamic range of the camera, doing what photographers call "blowing out" the sky.

I think the towers are still there if you look in the mountain you can kinda see the lines but if you look at the sky you'll only see white and the white will bleed around the towers.
my cheap camera doesn't catch far away details ....good call jm..

towers still there and the powerline has been restored....

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Old 06-01-2010, 09:59 AM   #14419
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my cheap camera doesn't catch far away details ....good call jm..

towers still there and the powerline has been restored....
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Old 06-01-2010, 11:46 AM   #14420
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this vid is fixed and working now....


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Old 06-01-2010, 02:28 PM   #14421
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I borrowed my bro's spark plug wrench to remove, inspect and replace the stock plug after 1950 miles. Motion Pro makes a slim profile 18 mm wrench specifically made for XRs, Rocky Mtn carries them.

Overall a great bike, and MUCH lighter than a full up big bike. After I get my 4 gal tank, removeable 12" windscreen, and some soft saddlebags, it'll be a capable bike that can do medium range rides. I'll only use the big tank for longer rides and get another petcock for it for quick changes stock to big tank.

I took off all of the little metal cable loops and crap that Honda is notorious for doing, I like simplicity and zip ties!

I do have my eyes another lighter dual sport bike for tougher "truck to" rides; I want to ride the CP-SLO Penguin ride next year, that looked like too much fun!
I have done a few 400+ days the xrl. One about 500+ miles. If the bike is set up right it can do alot of miles. But it would be hard to do multi 400+ plus days in a row. My lower back and ass could not handle it. Ben
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Old 06-01-2010, 04:03 PM   #14422
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I have done a few 400+ days the xrl. One about 500+ miles. If the bike is set up right it can do alot of miles. But it would be hard to do multi 400+ plus days in a row. My lower back and ass could not handle it. Ben
Agreed!

I have a friend at work who wants to do some sport touring, so I'm considering a Kawi Versys as the most "versatile" do all bike to buy.

I was thinking of a Husky TE450 as my next bike, but I already have enough dirt bikes, so I need something with longer range capability (and 2 up) with an up right riding position. My garage space is limited, so I need a more compact bike like a Versys. For $6,199 otd, that bike's looking good to me!
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Old 06-01-2010, 06:14 PM   #14423
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Agreed!

I have a friend at work who wants to do some sport touring, so I'm considering a Kawi Versys as the most "versatile" do all bike to buy.

I was thinking of a Husky TE450 as my next bike, but I already have enough dirt bikes, so I need something with longer range capability (and 2 up) with an up right riding position. My garage space is limited, so I need a more compact bike like a Versys. For $6,199 otd, that bike's looking good to me!
A strom would work. The used market on those are pretty good. I keep telling myself I would like one too. But I don't get enough time to get to use it. I should have time in about 6, 7 years. Ben
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Old 06-01-2010, 06:45 PM   #14424
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this vid is fixed and working now....


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where's the clip of the 400 going up the first hill....
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:16 PM   #14425
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where's the clip of the 400 going up the first hill....
Yeah... well.... um...
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:31 PM   #14426
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Yeah... well.... um...
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Old 06-01-2010, 10:05 PM   #14427
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Yeah... well.... um...

maybe you need to repaint the ktm 400 to xr red.....
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Old 06-01-2010, 10:08 PM   #14428
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marty, thanks for the info, i'll keep on eye on the rincon trail opening. just excited as the rest. i've never done rincon, nice route. it think wes has a ride report on this one.

hopefully pacifico will be opened at about the same time.
oh yeah rincon was the first dirt i ever did (thus the name) on the recently departed f650gs. my rr was on an old server so its toast now. it's a great ride, or at least it used to be. i'm sure it's pretty graded now if it was used as a fire road.

can't wait for it to open to us, it's not a real traveled route, nice and close to those of us in SGV.

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Old 06-01-2010, 10:50 PM   #14429
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Hey Eric! Was good meeting you on the "grocery trail" the other evening, I think we managed to chat away a good hour in aisle 5
Yeah, it was nice to finally meet you. I would have thought it would have been on our bikes but you never know. All the cool kids seem to hang out on aisle 5. We should have called RandyM, he's only half a mile from there. We could have had our own Westminster bike night.
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Old 06-01-2010, 11:11 PM   #14430
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A strom would work. The used market on those are pretty good. I keep telling myself I would like one too. But I don't get enough time to get to use it. I should have time in about 6, 7 years. Ben
I've never liked the "feel" of twins, the Versys is a parallel twin and more to my liking.

Yep, time is always a constant struggle!
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