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Old 10-14-2013, 10:05 AM   #18091
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I paid a good bit less for my wr250r with a fair bit of farkles on it.

Www.norfolk.craigslist.org/mcy/4072134387.html

Not sure if it's still available just throwing it out there as an option. CL Wil be full of good deals on DS bikes this time of year.

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Old 10-14-2013, 10:17 AM   #18092
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So a buddy of mine has decided he wants to join us in riding. He likes the new klx250s, Sunrise Cycle has it listed for 5099.00. My question is how much nego is there in buying a new bike? I never bought new so I have no idea. Oh yea he looking to go in the next hour or so, so any quick advice would be great, Thx..Phil
You can find a nice mint low mile 250 dual sport for around $2500 without much trouble. Much better deal.

If he buys the $5k klx, it will be instantly worth $2k less. He might as well light $2000 cash on fire. At least that will keep his hands warm for a few minutes.
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:27 AM   #18093
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You can find a nice mint low mile 250 dual sport for around $2500 without much trouble. Much better deal.

If he buys the $5k klx, it will be instantly worth $2k less. He might as well light $2000 cash on fire. At least that will keep his hands warm for a few minutes.
Yea I have tried to tell him that he is wasting his money especially since he has NEVER rode before. But he has a thing for new stuff....His money
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:46 AM   #18094
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If he's dead set on new, I've heard you can do much better on the other side of the water up hampton / Richmond way than you can at sunrise. They have the luxury of easy access to all the young navy guys and will not negotiate on price in my experience. I got a 650 ninja from them in 07 and ended up paying full sticker + fees, but I had this thing for new stuff and was younger :)

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Old 10-14-2013, 11:13 AM   #18095
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Original plan was to load up the camping gear on the Super Enduro and head up to the BWDR gathering in Elkton. Then head over to Madison Sunday for the wardens family renuion. Well, after being gone the previous weekend to the S500 the warden was not exactly loving my plan. We were able to come to a compromise which was, take the 450 and ride either Saturday afternoon or early Sunday. Power was out at the house Saturday morning so we got a late start. It was awesome loading the bike, and the rest of the circus that is traveling with a 15 month old, in the pouring ass rain.

Since we have to travel like Patton invading Germany when traveling with baby boy, I had to figure out a way to keep all the baby stuff dry and get the bike up there. My truck is a crew cab but his "infant" child seat is anything but. So what does a rider do, scour ADV for some ideas. My choices were, trash bags and duct tape or............ Ended up picking up one of there Friday afternoon for $109.



Which allowed me to leave my bed cover on and keep clothes, gear, and the Mountain of baby stuff dry. I was surprised at how well it worked. It moved around a little in my hitch but other than that, no worries. Much easier to load and unload by myself.

So got up to Madison County about noon on Saturday. Still Raining... But was still planning on hitting the mountain. About the time I got truck unloaded and was thinking about gearing up and going. Some old friends that I haven't seen in a long time showed up and we ended up doing a lot of this , so riding was taken off the menu, but some burgers on the grill were put on.

Got up at 0600 on Sunday and was greeted by even more rain.....
But I was not going to be denied a ride on my old stomping grounds. Plan was to head up Ruth Hollow Fire Trail over to Hoovers camp, then back down through Graves Mountain and Banco. This is the general area that I rode.



Arrow is where I checked in with the boss with my Spot. Coordinates: 38.48210,-78.39767. (Was going to download tracks from my GPS but due to power outage my laptop at home decided it was not going to boot...... )

The fire trail was in pretty bad shape in spots. A lot of wash outs and everything was covered in leaves. Will do a shameless plug for the Pirelli XCMH's here, because they performed excellent on the slippery stuff. Due to the wet conditions I aired down to about 17 psi and it just worked. With the amount of wash outs a lot of the down hills were 1st gear, picking my way through the mud, roots and rocks, stuff. The uphills were just as bad, just had to pick a line and go for it. My time riding with the crew from here at the S500 was definitely a good warm up for this......
Up on this trail you need to be mindful that some of the fire trail runs through private property, and in the past, land owners have put unmarked cables across the trail. Luckily there were none this time but some douche nozzle dropped a couple of good sized tree's across the trail. These were not blow downs and had obviously been cut. No worries going up and over on the 450, if I had been by myself on the SE it might of meant turning around.

Finally made my way over into Shenandoah Park on Rapidan road and blasted up to Hoovers camp. Stopped for a redbull break and got some shitty cell phone pics.



I have a pic somewhere of my old XR-R in the same spot from back in 2004.

Hey Daaang! There's a trail on the other side of the river.......let's do it!


If the pool at the bottom of the pic wasn't 5 to 6 feet deep I might of tried it....

Rode back down to Banco and hit the free "Madison County Bike Wash"



Stopped after crossing to snap this pic, and to empty my f'ing boots, and to check my drawers. It does not look like it but the water is at least three feet deep and the current snapped me sidewise twice. Thought I was going swimming.

Wish I would of had more time to ride up there but had a blast anyway. Gear worked great, for the most part.
1. Klim Overland jacket lived up to the Klim rep.
2. Started with a pair of Fox Anti Freeze gloves, great gloves, but way to hot.
3. Switched over to some MSR Mud-Pros and I was impressed.
4. Newly seem sealed Giant Loops kept everything dry-ish. The side bags were dry but the small tool roll bag did not fare as well.
5. Big surprise were the ARC Back Country pants I picked up at RMMC on the cheap. They stayed dry until the river crossing. Didn't expect them to function as a dry suit. Have a pair of Overland pants but did not want to dick around with taking the armor out of the knees. I prefer to use MX knee/shin guards in the rocks.
6. MSR boots. Well they are not waterproof and river crossing filled them up. Have yet to find waterproof off road boots in my size.

The 450 continues to impress me with it's abilities, which are far greater than mine. I was actually considering a DRZ or possibly a 2 Stroke before pulling the trigger on this bike. I talked to some friends with more offroad experience and pretty much all thought the 450 EXC was the way to go. I could not agree more. This bike just flat out works off road. Still do not have the suspension fully sorted, but I wil.

All in all, a great soggy weekend. And got to show the baby boy off while chowing down on some of the best southern cooking in Madison county on Sunday afternoon.

Cheers Ken
Thanks for sharing your weekend Ken. You covered it all, even some gear reviews. You could've easily just given up on the riding part but you made it happen. It's too bad you you didn't have anyone to ride with but it sounds like you were lucky to not have any issues.

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Old 10-14-2013, 11:47 AM   #18096
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Thanks for sharing your weekend Ken. You covered it all, even some gear reviews. You could've easily just given up on the riding part but you made it happen. It's too bad you you didn't have anyone to ride with but it sounds like you were lucky to not have any issues.

Tim
Yeah man, I generally do not like doing that kind of riding solo, but when you gotta ride you gotta ride. Having the Spot is a nice insurance policy, just in case. A rider from the C'Ville area was thinking about riding but his bike wasn't plated so would of limited where we could go. I was on a pretty tight time schedule and just decided to blaze on.

Will have to dust off my old GoPro for the next adventure.

Got a good deal on a Baja Designs stator to add some better light and maybe some heated grips. Snow ride anyone?

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Old 10-14-2013, 04:09 PM   #18097
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Yeah man, I generally do not like doing that kind of riding solo, but when you gotta ride you gotta ride. Having the Spot is a nice insurance policy, just in case. A rider from the C'Ville area was thinking about riding but his bike wasn't plated so would of limited where we could go. I was on a pretty tight time schedule and just decided to blaze on.

Will have to dust off my old GoPro for the next adventure.

Got a good deal on a Baja Designs stator to add some better light and maybe some heated grips. Snow ride anyone?

Cheers Ken
KEN, Awesome write up brother. cant wait to drink the Orange Kool-Aid! Im down for upgraded stator and heated palms. lol
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Old 10-14-2013, 04:14 PM   #18098
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Nice write up and pics! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-14-2013, 04:39 PM   #18099
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Hey Daaang! There's a trail on the other side of the river.......let's do it!
Im in!!!!!

Great write up Ken. Looks like good riding.
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Old 10-14-2013, 05:22 PM   #18100
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[QUOTE=B.E. Coyote;22544446]Moymurfs and I just got back from a weekend ride hitting two different camp outs. Starting raining when we left around 11:00 fri. and rained practically every minute till we got home.

Still had a good time.
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also...if B.E. ever "guarantees" you anything....it pretty much aint gonna happen.
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Old 10-14-2013, 06:13 PM   #18101
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Moymurfs and I just got back from a weekend ride hitting two different camp outs. Starting raining when we left around 11:00 fri. and rained practically every minute till we got home.

Still had a good time.
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fixed...
also...if B.E. ever "guarantees" you anything....it pretty much aint gonna happen.


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Old 10-15-2013, 05:24 AM   #18102
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Just got back from the mountains on Sunday. Had a good trip, but no deer for me. Saw 3 bear. Place is loaded with them. Had one about 50 yards from me that was giving me the stare down. I was on foot with a bow and arrow. Good stuff.

Trying to get caught up on adv stuff...

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http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=926150

Washington Area guys just posted another trail ride, one day only for Sunday the 10th of November with free camping on Saturday.
I'm interested in this. I think this is the ride that ptownjohnny talked about. I'd probably go up the day before and spend the night with the family in a hotel. Maybe we could get a few others interested...

Tom, you're an animal. Sorry to hear about the hand.

Nice write up Ken!

Had a great time at the Shen500 riding with all you guys, just wish we could do it more often. I think we had a pretty good group of guys up there. The weather was nice and the riding was great. Hat's off to Daaang for selecting the right route for the group!

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Old 10-15-2013, 05:37 AM   #18103
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Bring your bow to my house and sit in the front yard at 0500. Had a herd of about 20 chilling in my front yard when I left for work this morning, along with two fluffy bunnies. They are weeee little swamp deer, but I bet the tenderloin is still tasty.


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Just got back from the mountains on Sunday. Had a good trip, but no deer for me. Saw 3 bear. Place is loaded with them. Had one about 50 yards from me that was giving me the stare down. I was on foot with a bow and arrow. Good stuff.

Trying to get caught up on adv stuff...



I'm interested in this. I think this is the ride that ptownjohnny talked about. I'd probably go up the day before and spend the night with the family in a hotel. Maybe we could get a few others interested...

Tom, you're an animal. Sorry to hear about the hand.

Nice write up Ken!

Had a great time at the Shen500 riding with all you guys, just wish we could do it more often. I think we had a pretty good group of guys up there. The weather was nice and the riding was great. Hat's off to Daaang for selecting the right route for the group!

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Old 10-15-2013, 06:12 AM   #18104
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Me and my crew's bikes on Route 66 west of Amarillo. One punctured tire in Memphis and one k1300s burning oil but other than that it has been smooth riding. Should be in Winslow AZ by tonight.

Spotwalla map if you're interested. https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php...05251c88379f54
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Old 10-15-2013, 06:18 AM   #18105
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Should be in Winslow AZ by tonight.

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