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Old 07-05-2013, 10:52 PM   #3466
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Would love to make it, but Westside has ONE new 2014 CRF250L in stock and I want to see it first thing in the morning. They also have a new F800GS Adventure I want to throw a leg over.

BTW, got in well over 100 miles on the hack today. First, Nanc, then my daughter rode monkey for me. Perfect weather!!!
Those are two drastically different bikes Dale. My boss has the 250L. Its a great bike for the price. Surprisingly nimble in tight stuff. Good gearing for dual sporting. If i owned one id do minimal mods, clean up the subfender, slip on pipe and a real skidplate.
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:28 PM   #3467
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I'll do my best to make it on time for breakfast. I want to publicly thank Motomedic for coming over to help out with my steering stem maintenance today. Your breakfast is on me and lunch too.
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:20 PM   #3468
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I really should check this more often. One of these days.
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Old 07-06-2013, 04:13 PM   #3469
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Those are two drastically different bikes Dale. My boss has the 250L. Its a great bike for the price. Surprisingly nimble in tight stuff. Good gearing for dual sporting. If i owned one id do minimal mods, clean up the subfender, slip on pipe and a real skidplate.
Paul, Thanks for the input. I really like the 250L. I especially like the weight, which for an old fart like me is becoming more of an issue. FI is also something I like. What does your boss think of the suspension. I am assuming that is it's weak point. I sat on a WR250 also. The price of replacing the Honda's suspension with better springs, emulators, and a better rear shock surprisingly bring the price advantage of the 250L down really fast.

The F800GS and adventure are beautiful bikes. Both pretty pricey, and both a little heavier than I want anymore Stock, my old 650 Dakar was only 20-40 lbs lighter, however, and I had a ball on that. One of my biggest mistakes was selling that Dakar.

So, once I win lotto, giggle, snort, howl, I will promptly pick up the 250L and have you help me mod it out. I will also get a BIG GS and new sidecar for long distance driving. My monkey likes the sidecar.
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Old 07-06-2013, 05:37 PM   #3470
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WU7X, what does the stock Honda suspension not do that you need it to do? Could a simple spring swap front and rear solve the problem?
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Old 07-06-2013, 05:53 PM   #3471
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WU7X, what does the stock Honda suspension not do that you need it to do? Could a simple spring swap front and rear solve the problem?
That's about all I'd do. Springs, emulators, and a better rear shock. Jay (Sasquatch) taught me the need for upgrading suspensions, as they seem to be the weak point (with the exception of Yamahas) from all the manufacturers.
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Old 07-06-2013, 07:35 PM   #3472
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Well, I'm sure Alpha One Nine will be along shortly to post the route of today's ride, but I will say we had a blast. South to McCloskey State Park, over Iron Mountain, out to St. Maries, and north along the east side of Lake CDA. Saw a passel of Ferraris, with a couple Lambos and a McLaren SLR in St. Maries, then caught up with them in Harrison.

One of the F430s decided he wanted to play. I watched him pass Rick and John in my mirror, then said to myself "Buddy, you wanna pass me, I'm gonna make ya work for it!"

And so I did. Stayed ahead of him all the way north to the boat ramp at Mineral Ridge. Speeds were, ahem, supralegal at times. Good fun, although I have to admit, I (and the Ferrari) put down some passes that the State Patrol would have frowned upon. All were done safely, and with plenty of warning to the passee, but I'm betting the pirates were irritated. If you're reading this, and you're one of the guys I passed, sorry man.

No doubt there's some dude posting on a Ferrari forum about how he got smoked by a dirt bike!
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:36 PM   #3473
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Great Breakfast meet up and ride! Motomedic summed up the ride pretty well. Here are a few pics starting with the track map.


194 miles per the track file




Taking a break at McCrosky. John pulled some BBQ'd spare ribs out of that high tech top case/helmet rack of his.


A little ways off the main road on Iron Mountain.


Motomedic lead the way from McCrosky to St. Maries. It was a great route. I didn't think he knew this area.

Those pesky cages







Almost to Wolf Lodge. We crossed I-90 and took the Yellowstone Trail into CDA then back to Spo Valley "the back way".
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:54 PM   #3474
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One of the F430s decided he wanted to play. I watched him pass Rick and John in my mirror, then said to myself "Buddy, you wanna pass me, I'm gonna make ya work for it!"
I saw a red blur in my left mirror for a few milliseconds and then it was passing John who was quite a ways in front of me. That thing was moving!
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:55 PM   #3475
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Nice route you guys took. Glad you had fun and didn't get a ticket or worse yet get squished by one of those fast cars being piloted by someone trying to show you just how fast they are.
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Old 07-06-2013, 11:10 PM   #3476
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Otis Grill

Looks like a great ride. Hope you enjoyed the Otis Grill. It's my local breakfast joint. Is anyone riding tomorrow, Sunday.
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Old 07-07-2013, 12:37 PM   #3477
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Looks like a great ride. Hope you enjoyed the Otis Grill. It's my local breakfast joint. Is anyone riding tomorrow, Sunday.
How's it going Larry? Yeah yesterday's ride down SR27 was much more pleasant than the one we did a few week ago on our way to Enterprise.

No riding for me today except to run a few errands. I have an irrigation system that needs some serious maintenance.
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Old 07-07-2013, 01:45 PM   #3478
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Nice route you guys took. Glad you had fun and didn't get a ticket or worse yet get squished by one of those fast cars being piloted by someone trying to show you just how fast they are.
In reality (a place I try not to inhabit too often...), the dude in the F430 showed pretty good skills/restraint while he was behind me. Didn't really tailgate, and didn't make any unsafe passes. I have no doubt that on the right road/track, the car has the potential to show me it's taillights, with absolutely no recourse on my part. But, he let me have my fun.

The rest of the pack came along 10-15 minutes later....
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Old 07-08-2013, 10:20 AM   #3479
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Not "ADVing", but a cool story to share....

We borrowed my brother-in-law's quad on Saturday to take the kids up in the mountains to let them play in some snow in July!




It is a long trip up the mountain when you have to go slow, but the kids got a real kick out of seeing snow in the summer. And they loved playing with the bear grass pom-poms.




We kept swapping kids to keep them entertained on the way back down, but it still wasn't enough to keep the little one awake! I thought she was just looking down at the ground when I realized she was falling asleep. I wrapped my arm around her, and that was all she needed to go into a deep sleep. I must have held her like this for a slow and agonizing 3 miles until I caught up to where Susan had pulled over. We propped her up in our oldest's lap and headed another 6 miles to Gramma's house. She finally woke up after we got there and looked a little confused at where she was!


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Old 07-08-2013, 12:10 PM   #3480
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Paul, Thanks for the input. I really like the 250L. I especially like the weight, which for an old fart like me is becoming more of an issue. FI is also something I like. What does your boss think of the suspension. I am assuming that is it's weak point. I sat on a WR250 also. The price of replacing the Honda's suspension with better springs, emulators, and a better rear shock surprisingly bring the price advantage of the 250L down really fast.
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That's about all I'd do. Springs, emulators, and a better rear shock. Jay (Sasquatch) taught me the need for upgrading suspensions, as they seem to be the weak point (with the exception of Yamahas) from all the manufacturers.

The stock suspension is a little stiffer than I'd care for, but overall not bad.

I guess you have to ask yourself, what are you doing with this bike? Honestly, unless money is no object, I'd probably just leave it. I rode it through some stuff that isn't easy on my KTM, and while stiffer than the KTM, was just fine.

I wouldn't upgrade just because the guys on the innernets said you had to. Jay also had a vested interest in telling you that you needed it upgraded.

While I am a big fan of nice suspension, out of the the box, the suspension works for 95% of the people buying this bike. You don't need to upgrade suspension if this is a grocery hauler/commuter/minor dirt road bike. You can if you want to though.

My boss is a new rider so I don't think he has much feedback.

I can't compare the 250L to the WR as most of the time I"ve ridden on a WR is of my other boss and its all Super-Moto'd out with some stiffffff suspension and a hopped up engine.

Other input.... the stock headlight is very bright, even on low beam. It has a nice wide seat stock, compared to the 2x4 the WR has.
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