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Old 05-25-2015, 12:14 PM   #1
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A Wet Plumas / Lassen Forest Dual Sport May 2015

We drove up to Oroville to stage a 2 day ride. The riding was great, however on day 2 it opened up with rain and sleet. At least there was no dust..

Paul, Cain, Mike, and me..




Canadians wear Hockey all the time....


Started east of Lake Oroville. Ended up at Lake Almador. 160 miles on Day 1. The KTM 500 Ran out of gas around 140 miles. Could have gone another 10 on the splash over, but Mike has a super tanker on his 530 so I got 2 pints to finish out.





Some cool little spots


Trailjammer


Tree Jumping practice...




Piggy


Already time for rain gear




Frogg Togg worked even over the backpack which was nice.


Lots of rain coming from the north east according to the weather.


Unloaded on us 10 mins from the motel






Didn't get a ton of photos, but got some vids on this day 1.

Two Track along a nice cliff:


Pigs showing us the way



Got to a few areas where Log jumping, or for me high siding...was required.


Here is some nice lush forest route with a small creek crossing. Traction was really good due to the wetness..


Got into some nice single track too.


This section was super cool - - as I was following Cain through some mud holes.


The end of this clip shows were we came across a huge dirt berm and it was unwise to jump it due to the landing area...you'll see.



In this one I was following Mike to give him some action shots. He an I are using the Sena 20s system, so sorry it seems like I am talking to my crazy self, but I am actually talking to Mike. This trail started out mild then went to medium rocky single track with overgrowth smacking me consistently.


Last clip for Day 1 - was on a fire road that turned into a rocky hill climb with a lot or ruts. Of course, the video makes it seem much flatter than actual.


Day 2: Wet and wild
Started out from Chester on an old abandoned paved chunky section.


Then became a super fast long fire road as I followed Cain




I really wish you could change from photo to video on the fly with the Contour, but it isn't that easy with gloves on..


Surface was wet which gave great traction when not in muddy spots


We were moving ultra fast




Part of the route was blocked by huge trees, so we had to improvise. And it was starting to rain again.


I am using the new Leatt Pro HD 5.5 Chest Protector which was pretty beefy. My only complaint is that the notches for the neck brace on the chest sort of DIG into your collar bones if you wear a load, i.e. backpack full of gear and water. I had to put some weather stripping on the areas for that.


Miles of pretty forest out here


Some of these mud holes are quite deep if you are not careful.


Sun came out....just for a bit.




Today's route is a bit faster, and around 160 miles too.


Following is great when there is no dust..


Big Mud






Hey the sun is so awesome when it comes out...




We went up and down, up and down in elevation which makes the ride fun


Can't say how much I love the KTM 500 and it's suspension...




OK, I over did it on this sliding turn and came close to bye bye...if this was on video I would have had to edit out the language..


Started to rain as we got more in the bush..




wet goggles, wet gloves, low visibility..


Where the hell is this going?






End...oh well so much for that track.


No time to get lost or stuck out here with the degrading weather.


It's time to wear the trash bag..


Snuck up an bit ya...


More and more rain


Don't forget sleet


Follow that trash bag


It's POURING


sleeting too


We popped out on 70 and had to call it quits back down to Oroville. Quincy was out of the picture due to the crazy weather.


I guess if you have to ride 50 miles of Pave, might as well be scenic.


Made it






Now we need to go back up there and finish the second half of the route!
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Old 05-25-2015, 01:46 PM   #2
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Old 05-25-2015, 01:56 PM   #3
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nice riding

envious here....


plumas is a beautiful forest! never been to lassen and i should start planning.
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Old 05-25-2015, 11:41 PM   #4
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Awesome Plumas Weekend

Thanks Chris for the cool ride report.

It was a fun time in Plumas.

Go Sharks!



I also wear hockey shin pads - much better impact protection and more comfortable than most motorcycle shin pads.

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The Bambi Inn was super cool..thanks Mike.










Hell of a good Burger too...




OK there was ...some...dust.






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Old 05-26-2015, 09:37 AM   #6
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Thanks Chris for the cool ride report.

It was a fun time in Plumas.

Go Sharks!



I also wear hockey shin pads - much better impact protection and more comfortable than most motorcycle shin pads.

Mike Z
Yup you are taking this whole thing quite serious, but I question if you can draw the line between Riding and Skating. You clearly have the advantage here...

Don't want to ever get you upset man!!!

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Old 05-26-2015, 04:18 PM   #8
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Old 05-26-2015, 09:50 PM   #9
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Old 05-28-2015, 10:27 AM   #10
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Great stuff, thanks for sharing...

Were you guys riding the Plumas NF Backcountry Discovery Trail?
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Great stuff, thanks for sharing...

Were you guys riding the Plumas NF Backcountry Discovery Trail?
Not sure, as we were on a variety of trails from fire roads to single track. Seemed like hundreds of choices in all directions. Some sections were impassable, so we'd have to re-route.
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