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Old 09-04-2012, 04:22 AM   #676
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That looked like fun! Man, I'm way overdue for a good trail ride!



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Dropped the bike umpteen times, bent the shifter and foot brake levers, ran the battery down from trying to re-start so many times (it floods every time it lays on its side), layed it over and dragged it under a forest road gate, and nearly died from heat exhaustion.

A pretty good day

Thanks to Shane and Silke for ya'lls patience.
Has the "T-Mod" been done to that bike's carb vent? If not, adding a "T" fitting so it can vent both up and down will help a lot with flooding issues.
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:32 AM   #677
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Dropped the bike umpteen times, bent the shifter and foot brake levers, ran the battery down from trying to re-start so many times (it floods every time it lays on its side), layed it over and dragged it under a forest road gate, and nearly died from heat exhaustion.

A pretty good day

Thanks to Shane and Silke for ya'lls patience.
It was a good day! An a good pace for me. Not to sore this mornin', how 'bout y'all?
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:41 AM   #678
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Has the "T-Mod" been done to that bike's carb vent? If not, adding a "T" fitting so it can vent both up and down will help a lot with flooding issues.
??? We must speak further of this thing of which mention, as it seems to be a very important thing for me to have

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It was a good day! An a good pace for me. Not to sore this mornin', how 'bout y'all?
Hamstrings from so much pushing and glutes from clenching my butthole so much
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:47 AM   #679
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TMI!!!



I think the 't-mod' has been done on Silke's DRZ, or it's stock that way. Maybe she can post a pic.

edit: duh, forgot kny's got the same bike, nevermind.
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Old 09-04-2012, 05:06 AM   #680
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If the "T-Mod" has been done...check the hose that vents down behind the engine to make sure it's not clogged with crud...mud, bugs, etc.
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Old 09-04-2012, 05:29 AM   #681
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It got hot between my legs, Shane made me swallow and I ended up with a wet crutch....

Today's plan was to ride a certain road near Hot Springs, but it is known for bike-swallowing mud pits (just ask FancyIndigo ). So, because of the rain, we decided to try Buffalo Mountain ATV trail instead.

small group: _anatic and HalcyonDaze (Kenny, Jonathan and Rob: you missed a great ride )



trail-head:




heads off to Dave riding my err his DR up this trail in this slick conditions



oops





the "rock face"



second try - Shane was the only one that got up unassisted



made it! (with help - thanks guys! )



waiting to give Dave a hand









oops



- only me....





that's were it started to get "hot between my legs".... somehow the engine kept revving up like the joke is full on . Gotta look into that (maybe the throttle cable, maybe something whit the joke, maybe...).

And I ran out of water... thanks Shane for sharing! (I just need to learn how to swallow... )





only half of the trail is open right now due to storm damage, and since it was very slick we decided to take the gravel road down (and to be honest we were kinda pooped anyway)

they didn't expect us... and the road was slick like snot



turns out the gravel road was closed for repairs:



glad we "bailed": the rain got really heavy - and that's how I got my "wet crotch"

And I have to say: the DRZ is great - so much easier to ride!

a few more pics here.
Silke,

It does look like you guys had fun with the exception of Dave . Based on your photos Buffalo looks much improved compared to the last time I rode my KDX on the trail @ 10+ years ago. I thought of you guys yesterday when we were getting a heavy downpour here in Greeneville
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:36 AM   #682
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That looked like fun! Man, I'm way overdue for a good trail ride!


Has the "T-Mod" been done to that bike's carb vent? If not, adding a "T" fitting so it can vent both up and down will help a lot with flooding issues.
I was way overdue myself... and the DRZ is much more forgiving than the DR: there were many "oh shit" moments that turned out to be nothing - the little bike motored right through

I think he was talking about the T-mod on my old/Daves new DR. No it's not done (as far as I know it)... hence the flooding


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Silke,

It does look like you guys had fun with the exception of Dave . Based on your photos Buffalo looks much improved compared to the last time I rode my KDX on the trail @ 10+ years ago. I thought of you guys yesterday when we were getting a heavy downpour here in Greeneville
Dave is a trooper! He still smiled even with the "extra workout"

There were some rough spots here and there, but overall it's doable on a 650 when it's dry and with decent tires. I think the lower part (below the rock) was actually harder then the top part. But I'm not sure how it is past the tower.

I'll be back there (when it's less slick)
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:33 AM   #683
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Should you have stayed on the Nighthawk?
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Old 09-04-2012, 10:07 AM   #684
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HD -

Should you have stayed on the Nighthawk?
It has become crystal clear that dual sporting the 'hawk would have been a disaster- at least for this kind of thing. Silke and Shane both expressed a little amazement that I was able to wrestle the bike up that muddy trail. And the whole time I was amazed at how light it felt, compared to anything else I've been on.

You gotta get you one of these Dale, it's a hoot!
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:28 AM   #685
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It has become crystal clear that dual sporting the 'hawk would have been a disaster- at least for this kind of thing. Silke and Shane both expressed a little amazement that I was able to wrestle the bike up that muddy trail. And the whole time I was amazed at how light it felt, compared to anything else I've been on.

You gotta get you one of these Dale, it's a hoot!
I've just about got my old SL350 ready. Might have to trailer it up there some weekend.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:05 PM   #686
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went over Saturday afternoon to the WhaDaHala DS Rally - a day late but it turned out to be a great ride anyway.

No pics from Saturday - it poured like hell and I just slabbed it down to the Cabins at the Natahala.

It is starting to get chilly at night. Sunday morning at our camp spot:





Unlike Saturday, Sunday was an absolutely gorgeous day.

Not sure if _anatic want's to tell me something



that will be today's theme



I seem to recall that I got a different bike for stuff like this (especially when loaded with camping gear)










"woopsy road" - Shane shoud have some better pics me trying to catch air over the culverts (I did manage to do it a little bit, but not when he took pics )



well, that was the end of gravel for _anatic - maybe a bit to much "woops"





figuring out the quickest and smoothest way back to camp



while I headed back home - NC209







Baltimore Branch



Big Pine



don't forget!





Walnut



great times!
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:38 AM   #687
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Great pics!!! (As always!) Sorry about Shane's cracked um, yep gonna sound like a girl here, chain adjuster thingy. But it looks like he had to do a lot of this --> to make that happen.
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:42 AM   #688
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Wow! your pics just keep getting better and better!











(I'm going to be embarrassed to keep posting my crap)
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Old 09-10-2012, 05:51 PM   #689
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Silke,

Just a quick note to tell you I really enjoy this thread and appreciate the effort it takes to keep it going. I look forward to meeting & riding with you one day. (Shhhhh, Carmen, don't tell her how slow I am!)

HalcyonDaze, +1 to what the others have told you about the T-vent mod. My DR's also respond well after being flooded to this: with the gas cut off, hold the throttle wide open, press the starter and don't let up until it cranks, cut gas on. That assumes a non-vacuum petcock, which should've been one of the first mods anyway. I think that gets some air past the wet plug or some such bit of 4-stroke mechanical mystery. If that fails, I whup out some polish and paint my nails and by the time they're dry, the bike will fire right up. Not sure if you'd want to try that last trick.
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Old 09-11-2012, 05:04 AM   #690
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Looks like your getting comfortable of the red bike..
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