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Old 02-06-2011, 02:39 PM   #3526
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Trailering

I'm leaving on Saturday from Boston en route to Indiana and it's my first time trailering my motorcycle any distance. You guys have any recommendations or tips? It's a small motorcycle trailer with 3 rails that the bike can go on and spots for tie downs, I just didnt know if there was something special I should look out for.
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Old 02-06-2011, 02:42 PM   #3527
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Anyone out riding today?

I'm still dealing with our oldest daughter and wife being sick with flu and sore throats here at our house. This afternoon, while they were taking another nap, the youngest daughter and I decided to get dressed and go do some adventure riding for a lil' while... (and get away from all the sick germs) We wandered just south of Bedford and hit the first good lookin' tractor path that we seen that appeared to be woods bound and idled our way on through it. We had a blast just plonking along in 1st & sometimes 2nd gear together as we took in the sights & smells of nature. She was pretty excited when we got home and she had to tell her Mom & sister about the deer, birds, horses, donkeys, dogs and everything else that we seen along the way. What a great time just riding and sharing time together. Gotta love it!

Here's my youngest sitting on the XR out in the middle of nowhere. This pic was taken miles away from any road. I need to fire up Google Earth just to try and find out where we were exactly.


This is another pic just after we negotiated that logs and rock pile that you see behind the bike.


It just doesn't it get much better than this on a lazy Sunday afternoon in February!
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Old 02-06-2011, 02:46 PM   #3528
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I'm leaving on Saturday from Boston en route to Indiana and it's my first time trailering my motorcycle any distance. You guys have any recommendations or tips? It's a small motorcycle trailer with 3 rails that the bike can go on and spots for tie downs, I just didnt know if there was something special I should look out for.
Yes, look out for the police! lol
Seriously, though, if you haven't done it already do yourself a huge favor and either buy ($20) the fork support brace or make one out of wood or something to put between your front tire and the bottom side of your front fender. That's a long way to haul a bike with constant pressure on the fork seals. Either that or come see me when you get here to Indiana for a fork seal replacement job.
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Old 02-06-2011, 03:23 PM   #3529
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A second set of wheels is absolutely the way to go. Barring that virtually anything you put on that'll work in glop won't last very long on the street. What I used to do was scrounge around the back of bike shops and look for takeoff knobbies. It's amazing what gets thrown away and you're actually doing the shop a favor by getting them so they won't have to pay to dispose of them. Finding a serious racer who swaps tires a lot and getting his takeoff rubber is another option. A worn-out knobby is still light-years ahead of a dually tire. If you look behind all the shops you go by in no time you'll have a big pile of tires for your dually bike.

The vast majority of the so-called "dual sport" tires (especially the 80-90% road versions) are nothing but street tires in drag. If you're riding that much on the street put real street tires on. You'll be much happier and money ahead.

The only difference between a DOT knobby tire and it's dirt counterpart is the stamp on it. I was told by a tire manufacturer's rep that any knobby tire will survive the DOT testing which is basically strapping it to a machine and running it until it comes apart.

Any cop who writes you up for having non-DOT tires on your bike has way too much time on his hands...


Every last part of this is good especially the last one..
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Old 02-06-2011, 04:23 PM   #3530
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I'm leaving on Saturday from Boston en route to Indiana and it's my first time trailering my motorcycle any distance. You guys have any recommendations or tips? It's a small motorcycle trailer with 3 rails that the bike can go on and spots for tie downs, I just didnt know if there was something special I should look out for.
I second the board to relieve the forks. Take it in your room if you stay at a hotel.
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Old 02-06-2011, 04:33 PM   #3531
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I gave up on DOT tires a LOOONG time ago. Ran 752's forever and now MX51. Got a 756 waiting in the garage. Sure they wear out faster but work just fine on the road. A trackmaster won't last any longer. 606 will last a little longer on the street. Don't even worry about not having a DOT stamp.
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Old 02-06-2011, 04:38 PM   #3532
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Can you guys suggest the best place or way to get a good deal on a spare set o wheels for a 06 XR650L? Im thinking maybe ebay or craigs list. New it would be up near a grand for a complete set. This SuperBowl has ben a sub par game so far.
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Old 02-06-2011, 06:14 PM   #3533
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Here's my youngest sitting on the XR out in the middle of nowhere.


It just doesn't it get much better than this on a lazy Sunday afternoon in February!
You're a good father Frank. Saving your youngest from germs & all. Looked like fun!
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Old 02-06-2011, 08:24 PM   #3534
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RE: Anyone ride today?

Rode everything today!!! A 100, a 250, a 350, a 400, and my 450! i will admit that I went head first over the bars of the 250 in a muddy ditch. It didnt have studded tires, so when i realized that i needed to "pop" the front end up to get through... It didn't do anything but nose dive into it and stop dead in its track. I didn't stop. Now the wr is a different story. I was on the rear wheel through anything. I can even do doughnuts on a muddy hillside! No ground touching at all! It really is like riding on vel-cro. Even LogicalChaos took the wr out and really romp'd it. He covered me when I was on the 100. Thanks matt!
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Old 02-07-2011, 03:40 AM   #3535
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Can you guys give me some opinions on dual sport tires? I am currently shopping for an aggressive off raod tire that's road legal. The Dunlap 606 is looking good. I ride the thing on road alot but I will be spending time with some faster off road guys. I know the more aggressive = less life but I need to be able to hook up in some slop and still ride to work. Rookie road guy hoping for your favorite tires? Thanks. P.S. my favorite off roads shoes are Dunlap 773 n 756 and Micheline S12 how about you?

Install rim locks,lower pressure in your present tires if they're 270's or something similar. Real knobbies don't work at street pressures offroad anyway so you'd need rimlocks to keep them from spinning on the rim,might as well try your present tires first. probably can't drop 50/50 tires all the way down to 11psi w/o pinchflatting or dinging rims,you'll have to experiment.

I'm debating the lightweight Motion Pro rimlocks or just bang out for the Tubiss system for my new SS purchase.
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Old 02-07-2011, 06:22 AM   #3536
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The only difference between a DOT knobby tire and it's dirt counterpart is the stamp on it. I was told by a tire manufacturer's rep that any knobby tire will survive the DOT testing which is basically strapping it to a machine and running it until it comes apart.

I cant remember what I was watching, I think it was a video from a Baja 500 race; one of the legs was across a salt flat or dried lake bed. when the rider got to the service check, most of the rubber from the center of the tire was gone from his rear tire. I cant remember exactally what they said was the reason, but I would guess sustained top speed on a hard/rough surface had something to do with it.

I know header runs off road tires, and only damages them when he is off road. and by damage I mean knocking off nobs on rocks.

edit: I run a S-12 on my CR250 and have ripped lugs off before too.
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Old 02-07-2011, 04:19 PM   #3537
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Rode again today...

Went out riding again today. Not to make our friends to the north jealous or anything, but the riding was great. Just a bit sloppy as the mud was thawed and the creek crossings were a bit deep in spots. Loving the Kold Kutters, though, as the "HonDeere" chugged it's way up and over every log and up every hill I tried no matter how muddy, greasy & slimy it was. Was only able to ride for about an hour and a half but any seat time is much better than no seat time.

I tried to get one of my two wheeled brothers to go riding but he keeps using excuses...something about having to work or some poor excuse like that. Personally, I think he's just scared to get that banana bike dirty...

Taking a break at the "playground"...


Corey makin' his KaTooMer go Brrraaaaaaaaaapp through the woods!

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Old 02-07-2011, 04:30 PM   #3538
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Wheres that at? Private or illegal?
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Old 02-07-2011, 04:49 PM   #3539
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Old 02-07-2011, 04:49 PM   #3540
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Wheres that at? Private or illegal?
Ummmm.... I dunno and yes. As far as being illegal. Nothing is illegal....until you get caught
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