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A Weekend to remember

Had a fantastic weekend in Indy over the past few days. Toured around Indy Friday morning taking pics and wandering the city I used to live in and still enjoy. I met up with Sbeau at his shop and after a grand tour and some picture snapping, we headed out for a hot afternoon of trespassing, hobo-camp crashing, brewery touring, and visiting some old abandoned places in Indy. It was a freakin hot day, one of those that makes you seriously contemplate wearing gear, and after a few hours in the 90+ degree heat, we headed back for home to end the night drinking and eating some great grub!

The following morning, we met up with some friends for a full day of dual sport riding. Me riding Scott's decked out and fully off-road capable XR 650, he on a 1200GS, and our friends Keith and Dustin on a KLR 650 and Ural respectively.
Saturday was a blast and I was quickly introduced to the world of off-road motorcycling and trail riding. We made our way south of Indy to Brown county and picked up on the innocent trespassing scene where Scott and I left off the previous day, with a romp through the fields and some construction zones. Such a blast and though I've never done it before, I quickly became comfortable with the squirm and jocky-ing of a motorcycle reacting to rough terrain. After nearly being thrown from the bike after a few deep ruts, I quickly adapted the stand-up riding position, and though a good upper body workout, it was much easier to manipulate and muscle the bike through the terrain.

We made our way to Keith's parents house and continued riding trails. Just out their back door was a great little cut-out through the woods into a clearing of mud and mulch falling and rising in elevation with a tricky ravine in the middle that caught more than one of us off-guard. Scott nearly killed me as I sat in the Ural's sidecar, white-knuckled grip with one hand and camera in the other. It was fantastic!

Here are a bunch of pics from an absolute blast of a weekend!

Cruising around downtown


Monument Circle




IMS


RHCP under the bridge anyone?






A little trespassing never hurt no one.

Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.
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At Sbeau's shop




Ooo la la, what do we have here? Another Italian beauty?
















Sun-King Brewery




The pink Fermenter that could.


It was an Austro-Italian afternoon

Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.
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Sexy Super Duke


Chillin' like a villain.


The Lineup; GS1200, KLR 650, XR650, Ural




Fantastically capable ride in the rough stuff, even for a first timer!


Just plain gnarly.




Just a little weekend romp through someone's field.





Gettin' some


My life is in your hands Scott.


Moments before near-death and tipping


Stickity Stuck

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Damn man it looks like you had a blast! Great pics!!!

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Haven't had that much fun on two wheels for a long time! Great pics Nathan!

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Awesome pics! Thanks for sharing!

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It was great fun exploring the hidden side of Indy on Friday afternoon, Nathan has an eye for capturing beauty where others see decay. My buddy Dustin gave us a great tour of Sun King brewery, including several tastings of their wonderful product. That's his Ural in the pics, was a blast to ride that thing in the dirt, even if Nathan and I almost capsized a couple of times!

The big GS is a handful off road, it's just really too big and heavy for anything too serious, especially the rut filled field we rode around. It's really in its element on rough pavement, or hardpacked gravel or dirt though, and of course smooth as glass on the highway. I hadn't ridden my XR650L for awhile, traded with Nathan for our trip back to Indy, it's really much more comfortable off road, rather buzzy on the highway, especially with knobby tires. Those two bikes are at the opposite end of the dual sport spectrum, the GS is really a touring bike that has the ability to do mild off road duty, the XRL is a dirt bike that can be ridden on the road but not all that well suited for long distance travel.

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Missed this the first time. That is a great little pic sequence, and some sweet machines.

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Great pics!

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Riding bietch in a sidecar means that he now owns you!
Riding in a sidecar is not as scary as riding as a passenger on a regular motorcycle, but it was loads of fun!

Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.
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That's how you spend a weekend! Great black and white shot with the bikes.
Who's the freak with the Ural ? Is he one of us? How'd it do off road? Why is the sky blue?

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That's how you spend a weekend! Great black and white shot with the bikes.
Who's the freak with the Ural ? Is he one of us? How'd it do off road? Why is the sky blue?
Dustin is the ex manager from my old bar, he works at Sun King brewery now. The Ural did surprisingly well off road, it has a two wheel drive mode where the sidecar wheel can be engaged, so it can pretty much go anywhere that the path is wide enough to fit. Not much power and a really crude suspension, but plenty of traction!

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