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Old 06-26-2013, 10:32 PM   #3541
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my Gas Gas 250 (2-stroke).
Ooooooh, nice, did you clear out the KDX? I'm sure missing riding with you guys this year, although, if I had to blow a season this one seems to have its fair share of weather challenges.
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:22 AM   #3542
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I heard that story as well... what the f&!k was he doing riding his dirt bike in the city for anyway...?

I just plated my Gas Gas 250 (2-stroke). It will never see pavement, and certainly never ridden in the city. I have no intention of ever running DOT tires, but I hope it may keep the Fish & Wildlife guys off my case if I hop on the odd gravel road in McLean Creek or Waiparous.
Add supermoto wheels and its soooo tempting. I gave in to temptation with the XRR and actually got pulled over and got a ticket for an illegal uturn. The guy liked bikes and commented on how cool mine was and reduced the ticket to "failing to comply with signage" of some such lesser fine...
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:52 PM   #3543
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Not to refuel any XRR versus KTM 950 debates of late, but I did want to post a short vid of flossandfly and myself transitioning from our XR's to bigger bikes, floss on his V Strom and me on my KTM 950. We had a great time a few days ago on Waiparous Creek Road, which you can see does have some washed out edges now. And some really slippery mud.

But for those who wish to poke fun at the KTM, I did add a few seconds at the start of the clip of video taken the day before - floss was on his XR and went ahead to check out how muddy a road was. When he disappeared from view I figured it was all good, but quickly packed my low front fender with mud and jammed the front wheel. Turns out he was looking for a place to turn around! It took some pushing, but to its credit my TKC rear had enough traction to keep pushing forward even with the front wheel seized. High fender going on shortly!

Btw great ride report Shibby, and flood shots Lycan.

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Old 06-27-2013, 06:33 PM   #3544
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did you clear out the KDX?
The KDX is for sale, but if it doesn't move, I may just keep it as a back-up bike. I seem to need those frequently...
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:52 PM   #3545
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I heard that story as well... what the f&!k was he doing riding his dirt bike in the city for anyway...?

I just plated my Gas Gas 250 (2-stroke). It will never see pavement, and certainly never ridden in the city. I have no intention of ever running DOT tires, but I hope it may keep the Fish & Wildlife guys off my case if I hop on the odd gravel road in McLean Creek or Waiparous.
Got a unicorn of Kijiji. 03 Wr450 with a street title. Put a DS kit and plate on it for the same reason, to avoid complicated conversations with wardens. not intending to drive it on the street though.... i swore i'd never truck my bike to go riding but once you have ridden a dirt bike on the street you realize what those trade offs are all about....
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:37 PM   #3546
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i swore i'd never truck my bike to go riding but once you have ridden a dirt bike on the street you realize what those trade offs are all about....





XsoCal. Looks like an enjoyable ride! I've never seen Floss ride his Vstrom. I'm pretty sure he had it the whole time?
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:54 AM   #3547
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In case any of the locals are not aware of this site: http://511.alberta.ca/ab/en.html

This might cramp the local staple of rides. Powderface, Hwy 66, Hwy 40 and Spray Lakes are all a no go for the foreseeable future. You may be able to get onto sections, but doing complete loops is out of the question. Damage to some areas was extensive and will take time to repair. Likely not during this riding season.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:18 AM   #3548
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XsoCal. Looks like an enjoyable ride! I've never seen Floss ride his Vstrom. I'm pretty sure he had it the whole time?
It was great fun. I just got it earlier this summer and that ride was its first test off main roads. It was fine in that stuff and will probably be fine for 95% of the dual sport miles I have ridden. Too bad that 5% it can't do is some of the most fun you can have on a bike. No such thing as a perfect bike. Maybe the XR650R truly street legal with a longer maintenance interval, and electric start, oh and luggage room,

Maybe by the end of the season I will be ready to take the strom to pretty rock. But probably not.

Xsocal, next time I can mount the camera so you get some footage of your bike, and see more than the gps and windscreen.

With the roads closing and big problems getting around, does anybody else have the fantasy of just riding your bike over any and all surfaces to get around?

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Old 06-28-2013, 09:32 AM   #3549
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In case any of the locals are not aware of this site: http://511.alberta.ca/ab/en.html

This might cramp the local staple of rides. Powderface, Hwy 66, Hwy 40 and Spray Lakes are all a no go for the foreseeable future. You may be able to get onto sections, but doing complete loops is out of the question. Damage to some areas was extensive and will take time to repair. Likely not during this riding season.
Sad but true. I've been watching the road closures and updates too trying to figure out where to go. Not many good options left in the area. I debated going out over the past couple of days, but figured better to not get in the way of the people trying to deal with the damage out there. Had to resort to a loop out on some gravel roads near the city instead. Not very interesting or challenging, but at least it was some riding time.

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Old 06-28-2013, 09:51 AM   #3550
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In case any of the locals are not aware of this site: http://511.alberta.ca/ab/en.html

This might cramp the local staple of rides. Powderface, Hwy 66, Hwy 40 and Spray Lakes are all a no go for the foreseeable future. You may be able to get onto sections, but doing complete loops is out of the question. Damage to some areas was extensive and will take time to repair. Likely not during this riding season.
Thanks Lycan, was planning to go up the FTR from Waiparous to Nordegg tomorrow, guess not.
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:06 AM   #3551
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Thanks Lycan, was planning to go up the FTR from Waiparous to Nordegg tomorrow, guess not.
Not sure how bad the washout listed is, but sounds like it could be bad. I remember the last time the section just south of Mountain Aire Lodge washed out and it didn't take long to fix, but this years flooding was far worse!

I just hope they don't do with Powderface what they did to Gorge Creek after the 2005 flooding....

http://www.albertaparks.ca/kananaski...amage-map.aspx

http://www.albertaparks.ca/media/408...damage_map.pdf

21 washouts, 12 slides and 1 bridge damaged on Powderface!!!

For Campers; http://www.albertaparks.ca/albertapa...ic-safety.aspx

http://www.albertaparks.ca/media/409...status-map.pdf
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Old 06-28-2013, 12:03 PM   #3552
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Been riding the SW backroads. 3 Point Creek bridge now open. Everything else still being repaired. MacLean Cr Road closed. Some campers are ticked. Both bridges in Turner Valley and Black Diamond washed out. Really have to be creative to do loops.
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Old 06-28-2013, 01:01 PM   #3553
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Too bad that 5% it can't do is some of the most fun you can have on a bike.

I agree. Hence why I deal with the highway (or avoid if possible) to grasp as much as that 5% as possible. As I've said, the 650R is capable if the rider is. It'll make you work for it, but it'll do it!

The KTM / Husaberg / other dirt bike dual sports aren't too much further off but manage the technical stuff A LOT better. Plus they can work on single track as well as dual sport. Issue there is engine life and even worse maintenance intervals.

As I've said before. If I had the money, and Honda made a XR700R with updated suspension, carb, and stripped down street legal build, I'd be on that in a hurry. I'm not too keen on fuel injection, batteries, starters, etc. Just more crap to go wrong. Many say it doesn't, but I've been on enough rides to know it does. Sometimes in places you don't want it to happen.

I'm sad I can't ride this weekend. Visiting the family at their cabin. Doing the swiming / fishing / ATVing (yes.... sad but true).

Enjoy the rides everybody! Happy Canada Day!
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:51 PM   #3554
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In case any of the locals are not aware of this site: http://511.alberta.ca/ab/en.html

This might cramp the local staple of rides. Powderface, Hwy 66, Hwy 40 and Spray Lakes are all a no go for the foreseeable future. You may be able to get onto sections, but doing complete loops is out of the question. Damage to some areas was extensive and will take time to repair. Likely not during this riding season.
I only found out today that Hwy 22 between Turner Valley and Black Diamond is now closed as well. I knew the bridge on the back side of Turner Valley was down but this really sections things off. All traffic has to detour through Okotoks and use the 549.
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Old 06-30-2013, 03:03 PM   #3555
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As a few of you know I arrived home to Calgary from my NWT's adventure I'll do a report when time is available. Fridays mail included a letter from the RCMP in Ft. St. John stating that a civilian reported a silver BMW with my plate riding erratic and dangerous and if it was me consider this letter as a warning! Speeds in excess of 130kms and passing long lines of traffic on double solid lines. A few of you have riden with me and thats not my style, I wonder what country bumkin up there does not like motorcycles passing him legally?
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