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Old 07-29-2013, 01:30 PM   #2791
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That's why we here call it "Gravel Surfing". It's fun once you learn to relax. More throttle usually works to get you "up on the step".
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Old 07-29-2013, 01:34 PM   #2792
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I started a thread over on KLR650Forum just because of that gravel!! It really sucks!
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Old 07-29-2013, 01:35 PM   #2793
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That last washout is even worse now no chance.

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Old 07-29-2013, 01:36 PM   #2794
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Revision 2.8 is in the works thanks to Lycan1


Slab from Fernie has been avoided.
Sulpher Creek Rd, southwest on Bull River Rd.
A tiny bit of slab before getting back on gravel in Wasa using Ceidema's track files.

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Old 07-29-2013, 01:43 PM   #2795
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That's why we here call it "Gravel Surfing". It's fun once you learn to relax. More throttle usually works to get you "up on the step".
Problem is comfortable is about 110+ on the big girl. :) Not that I mind doing that (and then some) but I am worried about animals mainly deer coming up from the side of the road.

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Old 07-29-2013, 02:01 PM   #2796
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Problem is comfortable is about 110+ on the big girl. :) Not that I mind doing that (and then some) but I am worried about animals mainly deer coming up from the side of the road.

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Not like that would ever happen on this route. I lost count of how many deer tried to take out our Kiwi friends. Ride safe.
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:34 PM   #2797
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I have run the tire pressure down to 15psi which seems to help some. As well standing on the pegs helps stabilize things some too. What do others do?
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:38 PM   #2798
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I have run the tire pressure down to 15psi which seems to help some. As well standing on the pegs helps stabilize things some too. What do others do?
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Move your weight back a bit, which can help the front end skip over the wash rather than plow through it and dump you.
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:44 PM   #2799
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Problem is comfortable is about 110+ on the big girl. :) Not that I mind doing that (and then some) but I am worried about animals mainly deer coming up from the side of the road.

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That's a smart thing to consider, since stopping fast on the marbles isn't an option.
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Old 07-29-2013, 03:12 PM   #2800
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That's a smart thing to consider, since stopping fast on the marbles isn't an option.
That must be the same stuff they use in NE Oregon. We were on a ride to Hells Canyon and Zumwalt RD was very loose to put it mildly. Jodie stopped at one point and said there was something wrong with her bike, it felt like the front end was loose with the wheel wobbling all over. Turns out it's just the gravel they use. Never ridden on anything like that around here in BC. We're both not dirt racers but have ridden for years and don't mind riding on loose gravel but this stuff was weird. The bike would literally be sliding back and forth under you, more like tilting left and right. It felt like riding on ice to me.

We both just did what normally works when riding in loose sh!t, gas it and go. We'd manage about 50mph and that was my limit. A couple of the fast guys were riding at 65-70 but I really didn't want to hit the deck at that speed. If I never rode on that sh!t again it wouldn't hurt my feelings. Marbles is a good description.



Do real knobbies help? I was running TKC80s while Jodie had IRC GP-1s on her DR but the TKCs didn't seem that much better than the IRCs.
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Old 07-29-2013, 03:31 PM   #2801
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Air 'em down! It makes a HUGE difference with any tire. Canadian gravel can be notoriously loose stuff in my experience. Running somewhere around 15-18 pounds makes the whole business much mo' betta. Carry a pump and bring the tires back up when on pavement, unless you own stock in a tire company.
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Old 07-29-2013, 06:50 PM   #2802
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Slab from Fernie has been avoided.
Sulpher Creek Rd, southwest on Bull River Rd.
A tiny bit of slab before getting back on gravel in Wasa using Ceidema's track files.

Awesome



I chopped out and reversed this section for you from our Friday ride.

I'll see if I can send you the file, or post it on your thread.
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:00 PM   #2803
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I have run them down a little. I might take some more out but I think anything under about 25 on a loaded 990 is going work the tyres and tube to hard and lead to more punctures. I have run lots and lots of gravel right across Australia and parts of Russia and lots in North America this just requires more work. 110ks and look a long way ahead isn't too bad.

I think if gravel supplier delivers stuff that is too grippy they send it back. :) Actually it just because it is alluvial gravel and not quarried that makes it loose. Though running over it with a roller wouldn't hurt.

On another note, some of the track has some quite long grass on it. It is nice and green at the moment but I can imagine that one things dry out it will be quite the fire hazard. Last thing we would want is for a hot exhaust header to start a prairie fire. Maybe something should go into the notes about not riding through long dry grass. Just a thought.

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Old 07-30-2013, 05:10 AM   #2804
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I chopped out and reversed this section for you from our Friday ride.

I'll see if I can send you the file, or post it on your thread.
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You should take Pawel on that trip .

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Old 07-30-2013, 06:43 PM   #2805
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I have made made it to Maple Creek.

Track working really well lots of big open land out here. Which I quite like.

This is the tyre I put on in Fernie (4 days riding).



The Kiwis were trying to explain something or other when using the throttle that would extend fuel range and tyre life, but for the life of me I couldn't understand it.



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