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Old 03-21-2014, 06:03 PM   #1006
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Old 03-22-2014, 01:00 PM   #1007
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I made it back to Bradley Co, TN. TN3Sport was only a few miles from his home when we parted ways. I did find out that the WR250R will go about 137 miles before it sucks air. Luckily I had the extra gallon on the back of the bike and stopped to put it in about 4 miles from home. It actually lurched right after the turn when I split from TN3Sport.

Nice to meet everyone. I'm sure I'll be back out again. As soon as I got home my wife went to the doctor, so it's probably best I came back to watch the kid.
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Old 03-22-2014, 03:48 PM   #1008
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It was good to put some faces with names today. Next time I'll show up on a smaller bike. TN3Sport will be happy to know I found the missing master link clip that I lost on the side of the (Rocky Creek)trail last Saturday. Mission accomplished. The lower back, while still jacked up, does feel a little better after today's ride.
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Old 03-22-2014, 05:03 PM   #1009
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Props to Tracy for taking the KLR up Windy Gap. Didn't make it all the way without some serious battle scars but it made it. Twisty has pics.


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Old 03-22-2014, 05:54 PM   #1010
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Great riding w/ you guys today. Enjoyed every minute of it. Weather ended up being fantastic.

We were making quite a few stops throughout the ride. So, I decided I would play with the rear suspension settings. NOT knowing what the heck I was doing, I figured I would set the rebound dampening to each extreme setting, ride for a while, and see how it felt. This worked for the first hour or so. A couple of experienced riders cautioned me about that... I didn't really listen... As a result, the setting I had when going down Mulberry Gap had my rear end bouncing all over the place. At one point, I hit a pot hole and low sided the bike. Good news is I didn't panic and almost recovered it. In the end, only damage was a broken clutch lever. An $8 part... No biggy. Just ended the day for me. An hour later I was at home planting azaleas for the boss... the wife...

Lesson learned on screwing with the suspension and ignoring the advise of more experience riders.

That's the 3rd time I've broken a clutch lever on or near Windy Gap OHV. Its a curse...

Honda XRL clutch levers are notoriously long. Its the one part on that bike that has almost no aftermarket options. (No short levers avail that I've found.) You drop the bike, that lever is going to hit. Many times it snaps.

At any rate, somehow I've gotta find a new clutch lever before MMM on Thursday.

Monte, glad you found the masterlink clip. Go see the Chiropractor so that you're ready for MMM riding.
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Old 03-22-2014, 08:46 PM   #1011
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Sorry I missed you fellas. Had the kids solo with the wife out of town. Looking forward to MMM.

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Old 03-23-2014, 07:56 AM   #1012
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Had a great ride yesterday with a pretty good turn-out. We had TN3, wjfaw, Camper, Tracy (I don't know his screen name), Rush2112, myself, and a cameo appearance by fullmonte, who rode with us for a little while just to recover a master link he lost on the trail last time.

Here is TN3 hauling butt on Rosie up Rocky Creek:



...followed by Tracy



...followed by Rush2112



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MrBrokenClutchLever (aka TN3). At least he's still smiling. You can see it in his eyes.



Tracy joined a very small group of people who have been able ride a KLR up Windy Gap, but it wasn't without a couple mishaps. Here we had to stop to repair a bent shift lever.




Windy Gap certainly left it's mark on Tracy's KLR. The bike has a bit more character now.
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Old 03-23-2014, 03:07 PM   #1013
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Way to go on that hill climb Tracy. It's no mean feat on a piggy KLR.

I turned around here and went back down the hill so as not to re injure my back. Picking up a bike would have been a disaster.

Rode up towards Lake Conasauga and stopped at the overlook down on the other side. See some of y'all next weekend at MMM.
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Old 03-23-2014, 03:21 PM   #1014
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See some of y'all next weekend at MMM.

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Old 03-23-2014, 05:56 PM   #1015
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Here is wjfaw putting his first scratches on his shinny new WR250:



I almost got ran over by Rush2112:



Here is HappyCamper climbing the first hill past the "experienced motorcycle riders only" sign at Windy Gap. He did great, but decided to turn back soon after this. Probably a wise decision.



Tracy did a spectacular job muscling his KLR up Windy Gap. Here he is making a miraculous save coming down Tibbs. Check out the front wheel at 0:25.
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Old 03-23-2014, 07:32 PM   #1016
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I cut my balls off today.
Talked it over with the wife and she was fully supportive of the decision.

I will not be taking my balls with me on any future rides.

If you are the least bit squeamish, don't page down.
















Had to. They are indirectly responsible for ending a couple of recent rides prematurely. Only other option was short levers and I'm unable to find a source for XRL shorty levers. They just don't exist. Or, at least don't exist for a reasonable price. Cutting the balls (ends) off the existing levers was the only option...

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Old 03-23-2014, 08:03 PM   #1017
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I cut my balls off today.
Talked it over with the wife and she was fully supportive of the decision.

I will not be taking my balls with me on any future rides.
Will she at least let you borrow them every now and then?
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Old 03-23-2014, 08:17 PM   #1018
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I cut my balls off today.
Talked it over with the wife and she was fully supportive of the decision.

I will not be taking my balls with me on any future rides.

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Had to. They are indirectly responsible for ending a couple of recent rides prematurely. Only other option was short levers and I'm unable to find a source for XRL shorty levers. They just don't exist. Or, at least don't exist for a reasonable price. Cutting the balls (ends) off the existing levers was the only option...

A hacksaw always worked well for me, (for shortening the levers that is)
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Old 03-23-2014, 08:42 PM   #1019
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Nice vids Twisty!
Just goes to show, you're never to old to learn new tricks.
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Old 03-23-2014, 09:15 PM   #1020
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MrTwisty, I never heard your offer of help, and I thought you were suggesting starting out in 2nd. Ha ha ha. That's the only dump I had that day, because afterwards I decided I should slow down until I figured out what I was doing.

Thanks to everyone on the ride for being kind to a new dirt rider. I'll figure it out.
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