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Been a while since I've posted anything in here. Hope everyone is doin' okay.

I recently took part in my first organized dual sport ride. Most of it was a blast. Lots of slow back roads and gravel, the speed limit was 35-45 for most of it, and I think we maybe saw 5 or 6 cars the entire route. The last off-road section we did tapdanced a little on the limits of my abilities as a rider (I crashed a bunch). I don't know if he posts much here anymore, but Grimmtastic was with me on his TW and helped me out a ton. Anyway, I made a fail reel from the footage. Thought I'd share it here with you folks.


A couple of notes:
1.) I installed Moose Racing handguards the night before the event. They didn't quite fit correctly, but I thought 'what the hell' as long as they keep my levers from getting busted, no worries. WRONG! Every time I laid it down on the right side, the handguard hit the banjo fitting on the front brake line just hard enough to loosen it and kill my front brakes.
2.) I doubt any of you remember, but my Jimbo shield suffered a mishap just after I installed it. I left the bike on a 5-gallon bucket to go get the front tire swapped, when I returned, the bike was on the garage floor and the shield was in about 20 pieces. I considered removing it for this DS ride, but I didn't. Well, as many times as I dumped it, the shield and the glue holding it together survived.

We also ran into a crazy lady on the trail who accused us of trespassing and taking her shit and kept trying to get us to come to her house and "talk" to her husband. Jim was incredibly calm through the whole thing. I was terrified. LOL, my wife laughed through the whole video and kept asking "why are you just sitting there???" Haha

 

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Those were both frigging hilarious!!! Your video editing skills far surpass your off-road riding skills my friend! ;). Great videos!

Remember to NEVER get into a bar fight with a large stranger if you have that buddy with you. You KNOW he is going to bail out on you if he runs from the crazy lady!
 

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Good Stuff. Very entertaining! I love the video's!

Heck, instead of Fred Flintstoning it out of the area, you should have just started up and took off. Puts more distance between you and crazy woman way quicker. What's with your buddy ditching you? Left you all alone!:D I see the red trail markers and it looks like you guys were in the right unless the trail wasn't marked properly. So were you guys on the correct trail?

Anyway, very captivating video's and the grandkids will love watching grandpa's video's in the future! Also, makes for good camp story tales to be told! Thanks for sharing.

Oh, and awesome & appropriate soundtrack in both video's.

P.S. and is that you playing guitar on the other video's? If so, very talented.
 

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Loved it, thanks for sharing. Reminds me my time in the mountains of north Georgia.
At least she didn't say you had a pretty mouth...
 

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Heck, instead of Fred Flintstoning it out of the area, you should have just started up and took off. Puts more distance between you and crazy woman way quicker. What's with your buddy ditching you? Left you all alone!:D I see the red trail markers and it looks like you guys were in the right unless the trail wasn't marked properly. So were you guys on the correct trail?
Haha, he wasn't bailing on me. He told me to follow him, but when I looked out in the direction he went, all I saw was a steep decline and thick woods and I thought I'd better take my chances with crazy lady. All of the fail footage had happened just before this, so I was totally drained and any confidence I had as a woods rider at the beginning of the day was completely destroyed. As for the silent escape, I don't know, I guess I thought if she couldn't hear me, she couldn't chase me or something. I was scared, man. I make no excuses. I can tell you this, once I did start it back up, all I could think about was her or her husband being right on my tail. Then I was even more scared when I saw where the trail lead out to! I thought, "WTF kinda place is this???"

We brought it to the attention of the organizers and it turns out she was the one trespassing. We were totally in the clear. It sounded like there was some kind of family land dispute going on or something.

P.S. and is that you playing guitar on the other video's? If so, very talented.
Yep, that's me. Thanks! I'm not quite as novice a musician/singer as I am a rider.
 

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Those are the best videos I have seen in quite a while! I'ld say you did pretty darn good considering the circumstances. Excellently edited videos, looks like fun trails if one can avoid the occasional crazy lady.
Too bad these action cameras don't have a read-out on just how steep some of these trails are. It's darn steep and sliperry when the TW slides backwards.
 

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Haha, he wasn't bailing on me. He told me to follow him, but when I looked out in the direction he went, all I saw was a steep decline and thick woods and I thought I'd better take my chances with crazy lady. All of the fail footage had happened just before this, so I was totally drained and any confidence I had as a woods rider at the beginning of the day was completely destroyed. As for the silent escape, I don't know, I guess I thought if she couldn't hear me, she couldn't chase me or something. I was scared, man. I make no excuses. I can tell you this, once I did start it back up, all I could think about was her or her husband being right on my tail. Then I was even more scared when I saw where the trail lead out to! I thought, "WTF kinda place is this???"

We brought it to the attention of the organizers and it turns out she was the one trespassing. We were totally in the clear. It sounded like there was some kind of family land dispute going on or something.



Yep, that's me. Thanks! I'm not quite as novice a musician/singer as I am a rider.

I understand where you're coming from! And when it comes to a land conflict, even when in the right, sometimes the other party doesn't see it that way. I'm kidding here, but next time take your guitar. If the crazy woman comes out again, just start playing. Dueling Banjo's is probably not the right choice, but maybe some Jesus loves us all type song. Crazy woman can't call you a heathen then eh!:p
 
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So is this you ?
 

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Too bad these action cameras don't have a read-out on just how steep some of these trails are. It's darn steep and sliperry when the TW slides backwards.
You're right! Especially when there's a T63 on the front. I haven't missed a meal in a while though. At 240, once gravity starts winning, pretty much anything I'm holdin' on to is goin' down with me.

You think lowering the air pressure would've helped? I think I was running 16 Front and 18 rear for this. I wondered if it was too much after losing traction on that hill and washing out trying to dodge that little tree at the end.
 

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That was just hilarious. And she was scary. :laughing4:

Great job with the videos. Thanks for posting.
 

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You did fine Action Death. (Is that like a movie directors call, Action, Death).

If you're not falling, you're not trying hard enough, ... or had enough beers.
 

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I would find a new riding buddy someone with the same riding skills and start out slower on easier trails.
Maybe get the blond with a cigarette hanging out the side of her mouth a TW.
 
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You did fine Action Death. (Is that like a movie directors call, Action, Death).
ActionDeath is a very old inside joke. I used to work in a call center with a guy who I'm pretty sure was completely deaf. He would always transfer calls and get the names wrong. For instance, a dentist's office called in one time and the dentist's name was Roy C. Jenkins. Bill transferred the call and said it was the voice of Jesus. Anyway, a company called "Action Gas" called and he transferred it as "ActionDeath" and we joked about it being the most metal screen name ever. I've been using it ever since. My real name is Kurt.
 

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You think lowering the air pressure would've helped? I think I was running 16 Front and 18 rear for this. I wondered if it was too much after losing traction on that hill and washing out trying to dodge that little tree at the end.

Lower tire pressures off road will help. Experiment with different pressures and see what feels comfortable for your riding style and trails.

I usually ride with 10-12 psi on trails, but I have lots of rocks and tires with more air bounce or slide off the rocks. This isn't very confidence inspiring when this happens.

If you ride both pavement and trails on the same trip, you will have to compromise in tire pressures or carry and air pump. I carry a air pump when I'm doing a combo ride and gonna ride pavement for a good portion of it. Short stretches of pavement I don't bother airing back up.
 
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Less air might help a little. One can't see your riding position on the bike in your videos but the one single move that anyone can take that will turn a person from a mediocre rider to a decent rider is to get your arse off the seat. Stand up on the foot pegs and let your legs help absorb the bumps and logs. Hop up over these small obstacles. In down hill skiing it's called a pre-jump. Weight forward on firm ground, weight back in deep sand.

Why do you think trials bikes have no seat?
 
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