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Old 07-25-2012, 08:04 AM   #2431
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I could possibly be in for Friday August 3rd, early AM start with a mid afternoon finish in Calgary.
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Old 07-25-2012, 09:13 AM   #2432
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If I go it would probably be early Sunday morning... Saturday I might be tied up and Sunday I have to be back by 2:30.

I'm free Friday too.
I might be able to go this Friday...would like to see that long distance XRR, and those trails in McLean.
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:36 AM   #2433
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I like the D606 for offroad use, but when on the highway it sure gets eaten up quick. Its the only real offroad tire I have experience with. I had some death wings on my old DRZ400 but needless the say they aren't even suitable for gravel. What kind of non DOT to you use? How do you find them at highway speeds? I guess my only concern for a non DOT would be it ability to hold together at 70mph.

I prefer Maxxis Desert IT's for all around traction on all surfaces and somewhat decent wear. Combined between my friends and I we have over 40,000 KM experience dual sporting them in the last two years with no problems. I feel DOT is a just a rating and all tires are safe at reasonable speeds like that. MX bikes can get to 100 KM/hr in a hurry and tires offroad do get hot from carcass flex.

When new they are pretty good on highway, but as they wear they only get better. WIth a broken in tire I'd have no problem riding and keeping up, or passing sport bikes of intermediate skill level. I lean mine right to the side knobs and have never had the tire slide out on me. As for heat, I've run extremely twisty roads in Mexico for hours ATTEMPTING to overheat them, and was unsuccessful. The most "famous" would be Devils Backbone just east of Mazatlan, but there are way more curvy and better roads in other areas of Mexico.

For mileage, expect around 5-6 K out of the front, and 3-4K out of the rear. I know that's not a lot, but decent compared to other MX tires, and not that far off many DOT tires. At 6,500 the rear will be pretty much a slick. In Mexico went on to push the tires further and got 12,000 out front, and 9000 out of the rear. Cords didn't show, but that's what I was going for on the rear! Surprisingly enough for easier dirt roads the rear still gripped well. The downside was braking as the rear starts locking up.

As mentioned though, if you don't mind flipping tires often (as in, every ride or two), and have buddies who dirt bike, just ask them for their take-offs. For dirt biking I like the Bridgestone 203/s and 404's. I used to run them in the front and a Dunlop trials tire in the rear, but anybody who knows a good tire out here will work excellent on your bike. Some favorites are S12's, etc but I haven't had a chance to use them for dualsporting. I do have one used one sitting in my garage though but need to confirm their sizing.

EDIT: By the way I know I'm cheap. I don't like spending a ton of money on quick wear parts.
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:04 AM   #2434
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I might be able to go this Friday...would like to see that long distance XRR, and those trails in McLean.

At the moment I removed the windscreen, luggage and side panier racks. I will either be stuffing my tools in my wrap, or running a loosely filled Coyote if I go.
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:57 PM   #2435
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Just got back from a quick spin to the south end of Powderface road. I decided not to continue up it today and fight the three gravel trucks and the logger trying to pass one another... If you like fresh gravel now is the time to go. They are pretty busy in there right now. I passed three log haulers on the way in.
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:17 PM   #2436
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Just got back from a quick spin to the south end of.Powderface road. I decided not to continue up it today and fight the three gravel trucks and the logger trying to pass one another... If you like fresh gravel now is the time to go. They are pretty busy in there riht now. I passed three log haulers on the way in.
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I ran it from north to south last night and the logging trucks stop about 5kms in from the south side. And there was alot of fresh gravel on it, made some of the corners a little tricky, had to take it easy.
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Old 07-26-2012, 01:34 PM   #2437
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Moose mountain

Tuesday, I went onto the moose mountain road (where the mountain bike trails are) from HWY 66 hoping to get to HWY 68 but ran into a closed gate. It looked iffy by looking at the southern alberta backroad map book but worth trying. (BTW I didn't go around the gate. )

I remember an early season ride report that has some cool pictures of moose mountain but that is not where I was. Can I go to moose mountain from the powderface side on prairie creek trail to upper canyon creek trail then go on to hwy 68 without returning to powderface trail? Or is the moose mountain ride a loop off of powderface? Either way looks like fun.
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Old 07-26-2012, 03:57 PM   #2438
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Moose Mountain

I believe the trails around Moose and Prairie creek are non-motorized only although there was a time when one could ride to the top(late seventies early eighties) However there is a lookout before you get to Canyon creek which may be what you have seen, it has a great view of the prairies
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Old 07-26-2012, 04:43 PM   #2439
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I did notice that many of the trails on my GPS had gates in front of them. Guess I cannot assume that I can ride all the trails I can see on the GPS or southern alberta backroads mapbook. Oh well, plenty of trails to ride without going around gates and upsetting people.
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Old 07-26-2012, 04:54 PM   #2440
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anything on for tomorrow?
weather permitting...
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Old 07-26-2012, 05:02 PM   #2441
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I did notice that many of the trails on my GPS had gates in front of them. Guess I cannot assume that I can ride all the trails I can see on the GPS or southern alberta backroads mapbook. Oh well, plenty of trails to ride without going around gates and upsetting people.

Sadly we are very restricted on where we can go in Canada. Much more impressed with the states.




I'm on the edge with riding tomorrow at Mclean. Do an easy loop and progress from there. Would likely be morning sometime avoid the crazyness.
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Old 07-26-2012, 05:43 PM   #2442
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Looks like we are going riding. Meeting at Mclean main store at 12:00 pm sharp tomorrow. I'll try to be there a bit early. Not sure if I am driving or riding out. I like to bring my dog if I can.

My buddy is new to dirt so we'll be riding slower and easier trails. I tend to still make them somewhat technical. You don't learn if you don't try. Plus Mclean has a steep learning curve.

If anybody wants to join let me know. Most of which probably do-able on skilled bigger bikes, but ideal for 650 or less.
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Old 07-26-2012, 07:03 PM   #2443
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I would have but committed about an hour earlier to a float trip down the Bow to exercise some trout
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Old 07-26-2012, 08:24 PM   #2444
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I would have but committed about an hour earlier to a float trip down the Bow to exercise some trout
Enjoy the stink water from the WTPs =) In actuality, I'm jealous.

I somewhat flyfish myself. Well, it's been a year or two, and I was never any good, but it's been on my mind to get down to the Old Man, or Highwood to wet my line.
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:26 AM   #2445
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Looks like we are going riding. Meeting at Mclean main store at 12:00 pm sharp tomorrow. I'll try to be there a bit early. Not sure if I am driving or riding out. I like to bring my dog if I can.

My buddy is new to dirt so we'll be riding slower and easier trails. I tend to still make them somewhat technical. You don't learn if you don't try. Plus Mclean has a steep learning curve.

If anybody wants to join let me know. Most of which probably do-able on skilled bigger bikes, but ideal for 650 or less.
I'm going to try and make it, but I might have to have an early out, early back ride tomorrow.
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