Durty Dabbers - Wrist Twisters
 

Go Back   Wrist Twisters > Riders and Riding > Ride Reviews & Destinations

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 06-04-2008, 06:57 AM   #1
Stare into me...
 
GDJAM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Joisey
Posts: 1,926

Awards Showcase
Extraordinary Ride Donation Extraordinary Ride Donation 
Total Awards: 4

Durty Dabbers

A buddy of mine once told me that a good “Dual Sport” bike is really “the worst of both worlds…..Sucks in the dirt and sucks on the street man!” Imagine his disappointment when a few years ago, I bought one, a “roided up” XR650L with all kinds of ridiculous motor work. And, you know, despite enjoying the bike, for years I always gave his philosophy some credence. Until this past weekend, that is….
I recently decided that I might try and do a “Dual Sport” ride, maybe a 1 or 2 day affair, on June 14th and 15th. I was inspired by disdain for a recent bout of inactivity on my part, a recently renewed desire to ride dirt, and the fact that three of my WT buddies were about to embark on a huge “adventure trip” to Colorado on KLR650s. I figured if they could ride clear across the country on KLRs, I could at least ride two days just about friggin’ anywhere. For those of you who don’t know what a “Dual Sport” ride is, it is not racing, but instead a well organized/marked tour that might cover hundreds of miles of various terrain, mostly—but not exclusively—off-road. It is, essentially, “gentleman’s dirt-biking”. My favorite kind.
Of course if I was gonna do it the bike would need some prep. First and foremost, I’d have to mount up some knobbies. The Avon hybrids I had on the bike were okay for a short blast to the woods, but would be a real disadvantage anywhere else. I needed a bigger IMS gas tank, a fresh chain and sprockets (with maybe a few gearing options) and to perform some basic maintenance to the bike. I’d also need to give my self a tune-up, get back on the bicycle and maybe lay off the “booze” for a week or two. I need to drop 35 lbs. to get down to fighting weight but if I could drop 5 in the next two weeks I’d be ecstatic. I was finally gonna do it! I had a plan firmly in place……until the phone rang last Thursday.
My buddy Trent (gpzTurbo) had been trying to put together a NJ group ride for some time to no avail. This weekend he was going up to Lock Haven, PA for the “Durty Dabbers Great Adventure Dual Sport” ride. It was a huge event in the mountains of central PA, sanctioned by the AMA. He invited me to come up with him. I told him all my concerns about my bike, the tires, the tank etc. He told me “no problem”. I had my doubts, but after some hemming and hawing I decided to go for it…..I’d have little to no time for any of the preparations, save an oil change on the bike. All that stuff, including my “training”, would have to wait.
I scrambled around on Friday after a hot day at work. I got everything loaded up and blasted westward.



I didn’t make it to Lock Haven until after 11:00. I was too cheap to get a hotel and slept in my truck. Trent was hours behind me and didn’t roll in until about 3:00 AM. We would be two tired dudes in the AM!!
The first day was an educational one for me. There are three ways to navigate a 100 mile loop through woods, trails and mountain passes you’ve never seen before. The first is a “roll chart”, a primitive, but effective means of simply reading a little scroll and noting mileage. The second is to download a file of coordinates into your navigational system. Neither of us had a roll chart holder nor a GPS, so we would defer to the third method: Following the dude in front of you and hoping he’s right. The ride would consist of the main trail, alternate trails for more experienced (enduro) riders and an adventure bike (easy) loop for the hordes of BMW/Triumph etc. owners that showed up.
The ride started off with some pretty technical stuff and I soon realized that the regular trails were anything but. Mountains imply rocky surfaces and there were rocks aplenty up in those hills. For two “sugar-sand lubbers” like me and Trent it would require some adjustment to our typical techniques. Trent is a KTM guy but had recently procured an XR650L like mine, but newer. I was excited to be riding with a guy my age, who’d done this ride before, on a bike just like mine. Ever the competitive one, I’d now have a barometer. I soon realized that for the most part, I’d get by without knobbies, but have to watch my step in some of the roots and rocks. The trails had a great deal of character and were a great mix of rocky single track, rocky double, hard-pack and fast sweeping gravel roads. Although the big XR is really at home in the wide stuff, it was in the tighter stuff that I did my best riding. Now I know that this was supposed to be a pleasure ride but it didn’t take long before I started to really put the hammer down and pick some guys off. I also tried to gap Trent and there were a few times when I really got into a groove on my big old pig XR.



I did however take the time to stop at some of the better outlooks and soak it all in, reminding myself that this is what it’s all about.



The views from up in Bald Eagle and R.B. Winter Forests aren’t the “Eureka!”, “Shout from the hill-top!” views that I’ve seen in the Smokies and out West in the Rockies. But they are, nonetheless, quite beautiful, with the kind of vistas that make you feel good ‘n warm inside, with lush green over-tones and an element of soft symmetry to them. I could live here, die here and be quite happy. And if my accomplishments on Day One were any indication, I’d ride like a madman in the interim.
The last section of trail that day was one of the most challenging. We wanted to do one of the “alternate” trails so I went ahead and did some reconnaissance. I should have known when I almost dropped my bike at the foot of the trail to turn back but I’m stupid like that. I got a few hundred yards ahead and realized that I had no shot at making it up. This one had not rocks, but boulders. If the XR had knobs, I might have made it, but even then I was probably in over my head. I turned back and released my frustration on the last descent of the day back to base camp. Trent and I flew through a beautiful section with an atypical back-drop. I hadn’t seen anything like it all day but we were in a tall stand of pines growing out of a beautiful, ashen soil. The Pines were all the same caliper and height, and their purity was interrupted only by an amazing mono-stand of 2 foot tall ferns. Their lemony green color went on, quite literally, as far as the eye could see. I remember thinking to myself that I should stop and get a picture. But I was rollin’ and my Mo-jo wouldn’t let me. I now regret that decision.
We’d logged 98 miles of trail with no major mishaps. We stopped and celebrated our ride with a hearty “Durty Dabbers” meal and chased it with a generous serving of alcohol and a coupla hours of bench racing. Along for the weekend’s ride were Collie and Dave and a few of the original members of the now defunct “Celtic Racing” Team, as well as Dave Gallo and a few other Team Promotion warriors. We recanted the day’s events and re-hashed countless stories of mayhem from our Pro-Mo days. Trent had me all pumped up for the job I did. It was the perfect end to the perfect day.


I was Fat, Smug, and Happy!!! Who needs knobbies anyway?



The second day started a little earlier than Day One. Two nights sleeping in a truck and a mild hang-over had us both a little groggy, but we were both pretty jazzed. Our plan was to blast the day’s ride and get on the road early. Day Two was gonna be a piece of cake. The day started with the famous “Durty Dabbers Creek Crossing”. We’d crossed plenty of water the day before but nothing this deep or wide. I was worried about it but Trent told me to chill out. The “no knobs” thing had me concerned. If I couldn’t catch some traction in that creek I was going down. We waited in line and you could hear all the hooting and hollering every time someone struggled…..or worse. We couldn’t see exactly what was happening but it sure seemed like a lot of screaming. Eventually we watched a buncha guys cross then our number came up. I decided that Trent should go first because he got me into this mess. He went out and capsized almost immediately. He got about thirty feet in and quite honestly it was the worst effort I’d seen by anybody all day. He must have hit something square.

The rescue crews quickly up-righted his bike but not before the tail-pipe was completely submerged. He was embarrassed….and screwed, and now I was feeling less than confident. One never wants to fail at this type of thing but especially with an audience so big and raucous. The way it works is this. If you cross and make it, they pay you no mind, maybe even applaud if you look good. If you cross ugly they mock you. If you give up and push across, they chastise you. If you flop like Trent did, they freak out. I wanted to be ignored. I put her in 2nd and was lugging across the creek. I thought I was gonna make it when near the end I hit something that made me veer to the left. I stuck my lefty out to push off the embankment and the bike stalled about twenty feet from the end. So now I had like thirty guys standing over me yelling all kinds of sh*t like “Try another button a$$hole” and “get a real bike” and I got a little flustered. I pointed to my tires and asked for mercy. They soon grew bored with me and my stalled XR and some of them jumped in to push me out. I was bummed I didn’t make it but the cold water in my boots felt strangely good. I did not yet realize that Trent’s mishap would start an unfortunate chain of events………


Cool!



Not Cool!



I was OK but Trent had issues. His bike had sucked a lot of water. We had to stand it up on its back wheel and drain a quart or two of water out of the pipe. Then we took the air filter out and dried it out too. We lost some time but eventually we got her to kick over. It’s a Honda, after all. The next section was supposedly a “hill climb” so we took off with a head of steam. He went first and he pulled a gap on me. We got to a very steep, very loose, very rocky hill and when Trent got about ¾ of the way up, water in his float bowl caused an untimely stall. I didn’t realize until too late and stopped right behind him. Without knobs, I had no shot at making it the rest of the way up. We both needed to get back down the hill but there was no room to turn around. We had to muscle our bikes around and it was a difficult, treacherous endeavor. We got his bike to kick over
and he tried again. No dice. I tried again. I just about made it and lost it. Thank God Gallo came by and pushed my sorry ass back to the top. I kept going a good clip but Trent’s third try failed so I had to hike back down a bunch of trail, help him drain his bowl, and then hike back up. It really kicked my ass. Trent was getting discouraged and promised his XR would be on E-bay next week. We then proceeded to get lost in an ORV park, where the trails were really dusty and nasty. Trent’s XR continued to stall and we drained it 3 times. We got lost again, until some old timer bailed us out then we got lost AGAIN. We got more disheartened when a second old-timer happened upon us and offered a short cut to the lunch stop. He took us down West Renovo road, an amazing little piece of pavement. Suddenly all our hardship seemed worthwhile as we gleefully clicked through a 35 MPH road at 65 -75 MPH. We must have been a sight to see. And I have nothing but respect for some of the grizzly old veterans we saw out there. These guys could ride.
Trent was talking about leaving after lunch but I had all my buddies work him over and he decided to do the last thirty miles. I was glad we did. The last leg started out with an ascent to the top of RB Winter Forest.


I snapped this shot at about 2000’. My camera cost $6 BTW….



I raced a coupla Irishmen down the hill and then it was time for the home-stretch. The last part of the ride was a bone-jarring high-speed down-hill trail that, if negotiated incorrectly, would result in a bruised ego or much, much worse. We backed off the pace and made it back to camp unscathed. 108 additional miles on the clock. 3 hours late. Intact.



Before I go, a few observations about this past weekend: First, some of my buddies have been encouraging me to try an enduro, and perhaps I will, that scene is intriguing to me. But I am certain that Dual Sport rides are for me. I love the easy-going atmosphere, the camaraderie, and the riding. I love rolling hills and sleepy little towns with no cell service. These rides attract an additional element, the “adventure bike” element, whose bikes I think are so very cool. Here are a few pics of some “oldies-but-goodies”







Maybe someday I will ride one of these, but for now I’ve fallen back in love with my XR.

And my last observation would be: Holy Crap! I need to get back in shape.

Peace

GDJAM


__________________
GDJAM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2008, 07:20 AM   #2
libertine
 
jlux21's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Pittstown, NJ
Posts: 1,493

Awards Showcase
Wrist Twisters Event Attendance Wrist Twisters Event Attendance Donation Donation 
Total Awards: 5

nice write-up. sounds like you guys had a great time.

__________________
"When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to discover they are not it."
jlux21 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2008, 07:28 AM   #3
Site Founder
 
jetblast10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 9,698

Awards Showcase
Wrist Twisters Event Attendance Extraordinary Ride Trackday Recognition Extraordinary Ride 
Total Awards: 6

Excellent story Greg. Just excellent!
Wish you were going on the Colorado trip.
There's no way I can convey the story as well as you. Your gift with words helps me smell the forest, taste the sweaty dirt and feel cool water on my feet.
__________________
jetblast10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2008, 07:31 AM   #4
Shiraz
 
Simpson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Virginia Beach
Posts: 2,684

Awards Showcase
Wrist Twisters Event Attendance Outstanding Restoration Outstanding Restoration Donation 
Total Awards: 7

Thanks for sharing your story. I'm inspired to make a back woods run now. Looked like blast.
__________________
Simpson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2008, 07:33 AM   #5
The "Eagle" Has Landed
 
Aquila-RC51's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Bootiful Bay Area
Posts: 7,093

Awards Showcase
Donation Donation Wrist Twisters Event Attendance 
Total Awards: 3

Nice Story! I envy you guys - ALL OF YOU!!!!!!!

I hope I can get to ride again some day soon!
__________________
Aquila-RC51 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2008, 07:47 AM   #6
Power 2 the pedal
 
Ridge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: North Cackalacky
Posts: 10,082

Awards Showcase
Extraordinary Ride Donation Wrist Twisters Event Attendance Wrist Twisters Event Attendance 
Total Awards: 6

Man that looked like fun! You could always sit pillion on RC51's KLR and come along for the ride.
__________________
Ridge is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2008, 07:52 AM   #7
Official thread derailer
 
dadogs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Pocono Mts PA
Posts: 11,016

Awards Showcase
Donation BOTM Wrist Twisters Event Attendance Wrist Twisters Event Attendance 
Total Awards: 7

That was one of the best and funniest write ups in a long time! I'm glad you guys had such a great time and yes...I am truly jealous (should have never sold my WR...)

Also I would have paid anything to see Trent not blasting by on an old turbo bike!
__________________
Proud member of Wristtwisters, where we drill things the right way.
dadogs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2008, 07:56 AM   #8
The "Eagle" Has Landed
 
Aquila-RC51's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Bootiful Bay Area
Posts: 7,093

Awards Showcase
Donation Donation Wrist Twisters Event Attendance 
Total Awards: 3

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ridge View Post
Man that looked like fun! You could always sit pillion on RC51's KLR and come along for the ride.
Why you lil (#$)Q(&$)Q(&!!!!! I don't think even the might KLR can handle that. And.... being I am better rider, he would have to ride pillion.
__________________
Aquila-RC51 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2008, 08:15 AM   #9
Stare into me...
 
GDJAM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Joisey
Posts: 1,926

Awards Showcase
Extraordinary Ride Donation Extraordinary Ride Donation 
Total Awards: 4

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ridge View Post
Man that looked like fun! You could always sit pillion on RC51's KLR and come along for the ride.
If that was for me, then we'll need a spring for a 500 pounder. Then, you'd have to factor in RC51's weight............

Quote:
Originally Posted by jetblast10 View Post
Excellent story Greg. Just excellent!
Wish you were going on the Colorado trip.
There's no way I can convey the story as well as you. Your gift with words helps me smell the forest, taste the sweaty dirt and feel cool water on my feet.
Thanks bro. There's nothing I like more than sharing a good ride. I will very much be with you guys in spirit!!!
__________________
GDJAM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2008, 08:18 AM   #10
Stare into me...
 
GDJAM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Joisey
Posts: 1,926

Awards Showcase
Extraordinary Ride Donation Extraordinary Ride Donation 
Total Awards: 4

Quote:
Originally Posted by dadogs View Post
That was one of the best and funniest write ups in a long time! I'm glad you guys had such a great time and yes...I am truly jealous (should have never sold my WR...)

Also I would have paid anything to see Trent not blasting by on an old turbo bike!
He was very much missing his KTM. Adding insult to injury was the fact that I had no knobs but I still smoked him

There will be a "slightly used" XR in the classifieds shortly.........
__________________
GDJAM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2008, 08:22 AM   #11
Official thread derailer
 
dadogs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Pocono Mts PA
Posts: 11,016

Awards Showcase
Donation BOTM Wrist Twisters Event Attendance Wrist Twisters Event Attendance 
Total Awards: 7

Quote:
Originally Posted by GDJAM View Post
He was very much missing his KTM. Adding insult to injury was the fact that I had no knobs but I still smoked him

There will be a "slightly used" XR in the classifieds shortly.........

Now you're just teasing..... Wife would KILL me if I bought another bike right now!

Hmmmmm if I did though I wouldn't have an excuse NOT to school the two of you
__________________
Proud member of Wristtwisters, where we drill things the right way.
dadogs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2008, 08:35 AM   #12
Stare into me...
 
GDJAM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Joisey
Posts: 1,926

Awards Showcase
Extraordinary Ride Donation Extraordinary Ride Donation 
Total Awards: 4

Quote:
Originally Posted by dadogs View Post
Hmmmmm if I did though I wouldn't have an excuse NOT to school the two of you
Don't sing it.



Bring it.
__________________
GDJAM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2008, 08:55 AM   #13
Pilus Posterior
 
wisco919's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Posts: 2,119

Awards Showcase
Donation Veteran 
Total Awards: 2

Great write up! I felt like I was right there with you. It is great to hear about the challenges the untamed world can offer. Thanks so much for sharing. It makes me want to get a trail bike with a headlight.
__________________
wisco919 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2008, 09:02 AM   #14
Twisted Wrister
 
AMERAV's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Brooksville, Fl.
Posts: 985
Great write up. What a blast!
__________________
AMERAV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2008, 09:18 AM   #15
I am BATMAN!!!
 
justintyme73's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Ft. Collins CO
Posts: 4,660

Awards Showcase
Outstanding Restoration Donation Donation 
Total Awards: 3

Greg, Excellent pics, and another excellent write up, you need to get out on 2 wheels and take pics more often!!
__________________
"He was a wise man who invented Beer"--Plato
justintyme73 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2008, 09:29 AM   #16
orange
 
sbeau1960's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 9,194

Awards Showcase
Wrist Twisters Event Attendance Wrist Twisters Event Attendance Donation Community Service 
Total Awards: 6

Awesome story, great pics, thanks for sharing it with all of us! I'm getting that dual sport urge again...
__________________
sbeau1960 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2008, 10:22 AM   #17
Legatus Legionis
 
SV650s's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: The woods of CT
Posts: 9,681

Awards Showcase
Community Leadership Donation Donation Community Leadership 
Total Awards: 6

Nice report Greg - Your story telling is always #1. Have you ever thought of giving up your day job and turn to writing?
__________________
SV650s is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2008, 11:19 AM   #18
Stare into me...
 
GDJAM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Joisey
Posts: 1,926

Awards Showcase
Extraordinary Ride Donation Extraordinary Ride Donation 
Total Awards: 4

Quote:
Originally Posted by justintyme73 View Post
Greg, Excellent pics, and another excellent write up, you need to get out on 2 wheels and take pics more often!!
Dude it wasn't Colorado but it was a good time!! You need to add something like this to your garage with all that prime real estate in your neighborhood!!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by MisterMike View Post
Nice report Greg - Your story telling is always #1. Have you ever thought of giving up your day job and turn to writing?
I think about it all the time. Now if everyone here sent me three dollars.....
__________________
GDJAM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2008, 11:24 AM   #19
I am BATMAN!!!
 
justintyme73's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Ft. Collins CO
Posts: 4,660

Awards Showcase
Outstanding Restoration Donation Donation 
Total Awards: 3

Quote:
Originally Posted by GDJAM View Post
Dude it wasn't Colorado but it was a good time!! You need to add something like this to your garage with all that prime real estate in your neighborhood!!!



...

That was the original plan when I sold the 954 this spring, then we went a bought a forclosed house, Should be done fixing it up enough to move into it after this weekend, then we have to rent or sell the other house, at that pt I'll be able to start looking at bikes again!
__________________
"He was a wise man who invented Beer"--Plato
justintyme73 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2008, 12:22 PM   #20
red dirt girl
 
Kristen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Cakalaky
Posts: 2,515

Awards Showcase
Outstanding Restoration BOTM Donation Donation 
Total Awards: 4

Fantastic story and pictures!
Thanks.
__________________

Kristen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2008, 03:48 PM   #21
Heavy Metal
 
ratdog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: swamp in the wood
Posts: 4,287

Awards Showcase
Donation Extraordinary Ride Donation Wrist Twisters Event Attendance 
Total Awards: 5

<msmart>Missed it by "that much" </msmart>

Looks like all kinds of fun, thanks for sharing the details.

Appreciate the invite and did my best to get back down here but it wasn't meant to be this time. Looks like a great group of folks and looking forward to the next opportunity.
__________________
ratdog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2008, 03:53 PM   #22
Fool in the Rain
 
HondaJim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Posts: 9,963

Awards Showcase
Donation Wrist Twisters Event Attendance Extraordinary Ride Wrist Twisters Event Attendance 
Total Awards: 4

Missed this post first time around somehow. Excellent story and nice $6 camera pics. I like that kind of stuff.

Thanks for posting.
__________________
"Towards the end of the vid, it looks like she may have had a bafflectomy." - MarylandMike
HondaJim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2008, 04:18 PM   #23
Tribuni Angusticlavii
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: NJ
Posts: 3,690

Awards Showcase
Trackday Recognition Donation 
Total Awards: 2

Wow! What a great story! Reading that makes me feel as if I was there. Oh wait, I was. haha.
I always wanted to know what it'd be like to submerge a perfectly good bike in a creek. I can check that one off now.
I thought I had worked the water out of the bike until we were climbing a particularly long semi-steep rocky trail (a couple hundred yds?) and the engine quit halfway up! Gravity's a bitch dude.
Sunday, on the last leg, working our way down the winding rocks, I felt my leg being sprayed and remember thinking "Hmmm, there are no puddles here", look down and fuel is gushing onto my leg and more importantly the engine.
Needless to say, I killed the engine before I even got the bike to a halt. The gasoline running down the hot engine and onto the ground made a cool white steamy foam. I was happy not to become a one man flaming stunt show. Tightened both loose petcock screws and was good to go.
I couldn't get the orange bike to run due to some electrical or ignition issue. Refusing not to let the event pass me by, I scrambled last minute to find another bike, then rode it poorly. Oh well, it was still a great time.
If anybody ever gets a chance to ride with GDJAM don't miss it. Aside from the seemingly endless sharp wit & free beer, you get parting gifts too like hand tools and beef jerky which he was kind enough to leave in my backpack.
Good weather, fun terrain, no injuries. Yippee!
__________________
gpzTurbo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2008, 07:01 AM   #24
I am BATMAN!!!
 
justintyme73's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Ft. Collins CO
Posts: 4,660

Awards Showcase
Outstanding Restoration Donation Donation 
Total Awards: 3

Quote:
Originally Posted by gpzTurbo View Post
If anybody ever gets a chance to ride with GDJAM don't miss it. Aside from the seemingly endless sharp wit & free beer, you get parting gifts too like hand tools and beef jerky which he was kind enough to leave in my backpack.
!
I totally agree, a great guy and a class act!
__________________
"He was a wise man who invented Beer"--Plato
justintyme73 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2008, 09:26 AM   #25
Chuck Norris has lost in battle with this Member
 
RC51_CBRXX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 10,500

Awards Showcase
Extraordinary Ride Donation Community Leadership Wrist Twisters Event Attendance 
Total Awards: 6

Greg, you do have the gift for telling the story!
__________________
It's better to have loved and lost than live with the psycho for life!
RC51_CBRXX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2008, 09:26 AM   #26
NC Sasquatch
 
tarheelguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Union Ridge, NC
Posts: 795

Awards Showcase
Trackday Recognition Veteran 
Total Awards: 2

Great post. Thanks for sharing the pics.
__________________
tarheelguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2008, 12:27 PM   #27
Stare into me...
 
GDJAM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Joisey
Posts: 1,926

Awards Showcase
Extraordinary Ride Donation Extraordinary Ride Donation 
Total Awards: 4

Quote:
Originally Posted by gpzTurbo View Post
Wow! What a great story! Reading that makes me feel as if I was there. Oh wait, I was. haha.
I always wanted to know what it'd be like to submerge a perfectly good bike in a creek. I can check that one off now.
I thought I had worked the water out of the bike until we were climbing a particularly long semi-steep rocky trail (a couple hundred yds?) and the engine quit halfway up! Gravity's a bitch dude.
Sunday, on the last leg, working our way down the winding rocks, I felt my leg being sprayed and remember thinking "Hmmm, there are no puddles here", look down and fuel is gushing onto my leg and more importantly the engine.
Needless to say, I killed the engine before I even got the bike to a halt. The gasoline running down the hot engine and onto the ground made a cool white steamy foam. I was happy not to become a one man flaming stunt show. Tightened both loose petcock screws and was good to go.
I couldn't get the orange bike to run due to some electrical or ignition issue. Refusing not to let the event pass me by, I scrambled last minute to find another bike, then rode it poorly. Oh well, it was still a great time.
If anybody ever gets a chance to ride with GDJAM don't miss it. Aside from the seemingly endless sharp wit & free beer, you get parting gifts too like hand tools and beef jerky which he was kind enough to leave in my backpack.
Good weather, fun terrain, no injuries. Yippee!
Dude I totally forgot to include the part about your fuel leak.

You catching on fire.

Now that would have been funny.....

BTW I still want my screwdriver back
__________________
GDJAM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2008, 12:28 PM   #28
Stare into me...
 
GDJAM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Joisey
Posts: 1,926

Awards Showcase
Extraordinary Ride Donation Extraordinary Ride Donation 
Total Awards: 4

Quote:
Originally Posted by justintyme73 View Post
I totally agree, a great guy and a class act!
Quote:
Originally Posted by RC51_CBRXX View Post
Greg, you do have the gift for telling the story!
Quote:
Originally Posted by tarheelguy View Post
Great post. Thanks for sharing the pics.
__________________
GDJAM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2008, 07:08 AM   #29
Pilus Posterior
 
tbone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: havertown,pa
Posts: 2,197

Awards Showcase
Veteran 
Total Awards: 1

Awesome writing, You should definitely consider doing some writing in a professional capacity. My girl is going to hate you guys , all of these dual sport stories has me scheming so hard to get one.
__________________
Anybody don`t wanna get killed better clear on out the back.
tbone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2008, 12:46 PM   #30
Ken
Community Admin
 
Ken's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: New York
Posts: 4,396

Awards Showcase
Extraordinary Ride Donation Extraordinary Ride Donation 
Total Awards: 4

Fantastic story. Great pics. Thanks for posting!
__________________
2009 Honda Goldwing
Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul.
Ken is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2008, 01:29 AM   #31
Discen
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: California
Posts: 292
Nice write up!
I did not plan on selling 919 when I bought XR650L, but I did.
I love this bike. Most fun you could have with pants on, IMHO. I do not have a truck and you can not plate dirt bikes in CA anymore..
__________________
serge is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2008, 05:24 AM   #32
Tribuni Angusticlavii
 
McCrimmon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Virginia Beach
Posts: 3,727
Blog Entries: 1

Awards Showcase
Wrist Twisters Event Attendance Donation Donation 
Total Awards: 3

Great write up and story. I enjoyed reading...Makes me want to do some off road rding in the future...I haven't ridden dirt in years, Miss it. Thanks for sharing the story!
__________________

2008 Yamaha FZ1-Street
2005 Honda CBR 600rr-Track
McCrimmon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2009, 08:34 AM   #33
Tirone
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Florida
Posts: 13
Dual Sport Rides

I 'discovered' dual sport rides about 7 years ago when a friend had an extra bike and invited me to go on one in the Ocala National Forest with Dixie Dual Sport Club. I was hooked and bought one of the other guys XR400 in the truck on the way home. I still have the 400 but traded a KLR650 even up for an XR600R and am now in BigRedPig heaven.

Try the Hooch ride in June in North Georgia with GARTRA some year and you will have a great time. Last summer the oldest rider finishing the whole two day ride was 92 years young and not at the end of the pack either. He rode his new XR230L with KICK STARTER no less!

Every organized dual sport ride I've been on has been a total blast even including total immersion in a creek with the XR400 and having to tip and wring it out. It started right up and never missed a beat for the rest of the two day ride. The 600 is an effortless ride as it has the low end grunt to chug up any hill even behind a slower rider who might be playing it safe.

Warning!!! Once you try it you'll be hooked for life!

__________________
129CBRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:45 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright © 2006 - 2010 Wrist Twisters. All rights reserved.

Motorcycle News Delivered to your Email!

Stay up-to-date with Motorcycle news right in your inbox!

unsusbcribe at anytime with one click

Close [X]