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Old 07-15-2013, 09:10 AM   #61
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Wow...So this is what can be done on big bikes! Still a noob on my 2 so I will ....
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:04 AM   #62
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I'm not one to be ga-ga about any particular bike or blindly swear by a brand. Seems like all bikes involve some kind of compromise regarding their combination of attributes. I have had a Super Tenere for about a year. This is the first significant off-highway work out I have experienced on the bike and I learned a lot from it.
Great ride report so far and nice pictures guys.

There have been countless rider opinions/review on the big KTM's and the Tenere too...but the REAL shocker is that more and more riders are putting TKC's on that NC700

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Old 07-15-2013, 10:09 AM   #63
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Some were jumping some of the water bars (we'll have to see how that works out) but after a couple I opted to roll them as I didn't want to stress the shock with a heavy load on the back of the bike.
Hey Cannon, I was right there with you until this last paragraph. Can you explain this a little more when you have a chance?
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:18 AM   #64
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Another fabulous write-up by Professor Cannonshot!

How about a quick list of the bike each of you is riding?
Thanks Bob! The riders will be along to share more about their bikes as we go.


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Wow...So this is what can be done on big bikes! Still a noob on my 2 so I will ....
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Great ride report so far and nice pictures guys.

There have been countless rider opinions/review on the big KTM's and the Tenere too...but the REAL shocker is that more and more riders are putting TKC's on that NC700
Zed will be happy to share his experiences with the Honda. Great bike.

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Hey Cannon, I was right there with you until this last paragraph. Can you explain this a little more when you have a chance?
Water bars are sometimes called interceptor dikes. On sloping roads or trails water picks up velocity as it runs down the trail and causes erosion. To slow down the water and direct it off the path, angled dikes are installed on the path. Depending on the slope, the dikes have to be pretty substantial sometimes (as in tall). The dikes are shaped so that high clearance vehicles can roll them.

Usually the dikes are nicely shaped for jumping (if you can see what is on the other side). Many riders enjoy hopping off of these barriers as they travel a path.

However, if you have a heavy load on a heavy bike or don't have sufficient suspension travel to absorb the shock when you hit, you can stress the shock and the sub-frame on your bike by the repeated hammering of making these jumps.

Small bike + water bar = fun. Big bike + load + water bar might equal more stress than you want.

We'll see more on this further down the trail. I'll get some pictures up as well.
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:35 AM   #65
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Now I see why you guys rode big bikes out to Colorado, wow Mach 2
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:10 AM   #66
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:15 AM   #67
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Now I see why you guys rode big bikes out to Colorado, wow Mach 2

I totally missed that
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:29 AM   #68
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Small bike + water bar = fun. Big bike + load + water bar might equal more stress than you want.

We'll see more on this further down the trail. I'll get some pictures up as well.
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:52 AM   #69
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in always loved the way you told your stories. big bikes in the big rocks makes it even better!
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:07 PM   #70
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:40 PM   #71
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Water bars are sometimes called interceptor dikes. On sloping roads or trails water picks up velocity as it runs down the trail and causes erosion. To slow down the water and direct it off the path, angled dikes are installed on the path. Depending on the slope, the dikes have to be pretty substantial sometimes (as in tall). The dikes are shaped so that high clearance vehicles can roll them.

Usually the dikes are nicely shaped for jumping (if you can see what is on the other side). Many riders enjoy hopping off of these barriers as they travel a path.

However, if you have a heavy load on a heavy bike or don't have sufficient suspension travel to absorb the shock when you hit, you can stress the shock and the sub-frame on your bike by the repeated hammering of making these jumps.

Small bike + water bar = fun. Big bike + load + water bar might equal more stress than you want.

We'll see more on this further down the trail. I'll get some pictures up as well.
I have a lot of fun on these coming down Corkscew into Ironton...on a KTM 350.

I missed you guys by a few days, super jealous of the gents on this trip!
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:43 PM   #72
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I have a lot of fun on these coming down Corkscew into Ironton...on a KTM 350.

I missed you guys by a few days, super jealous of the gents on this trip!

you shoulda rescheduled for beer in Ouray
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Old 07-15-2013, 02:07 PM   #73
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After Ben and Zed headed off on the highway to get parts, we continued on.


A very scenic and entertaining road.






I routed onto a side road that showed varying effects of erosion. The downhill sections were fun on big bikes. This part was mild but fun.




I don't usually include long out and back runs when I put together a path, but in this case the exception was well worth it.


The path was scenic, rolling, twisty, and had some sporty waterbars on it.


Once you get to the end, you are treated to some nice vistas looking out from the front range to the east.


I couldn't pick it out from the distance, but the Black Forest Fire burned down there this year taking out hundreds of homes. (By the way, I had to keep an eye on the fire maps when finalizing our route.)


We also got a nice view of the Air Force Academy. This is the youngest service academy graduating their first class in 1959. Four years here can get you a Bachelor of Science Degree and a commission as a Second Lieutenant. It is also one of Colorado's biggest tourist attractions drawing over a million people a year.


Firing ranges.


To get the best view, you have to hike down the mountain a tad. Coming back up takes a little extra breath for those of us that live at less than 1,000 feet elevation.


Nice campsite under a rock.








Part of the path cuts across academy grounds.




My original route ran down the Ramparts to Manitou Springs. This part of the forest was gated closed due to last year's devastating Waldo Canyon Fire which took out a few hundred homes as well.




Pikes Peak




Since we were blocked from the original route, we took a sporty alternative through Woodland Park on our way to Pike's Peak.
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Old 07-15-2013, 02:11 PM   #74
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Hi Tom! Glad to have you along.

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in always loved the way you told your stories. big bikes in the big rocks makes it even better!
Thanks. I hope you enjoy this one like the others.

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I missed you guys by a few days, super jealous of the gents on this trip!
I heard you were on your way there while we were out there. Would have been fun to meet up.
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Old 07-15-2013, 02:24 PM   #75
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OK Cannon you've got me hooked..... But damn it did my friend 4-s-hsky survive? Do we need to go rescue him? In other words, start out telling us everyone is home and [I hope] healthy.
Rant over carry on, I'll just call him.

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