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My THE first dirt bike down experience to share.



Today, I went for a weekend day riding for Santa Ynez Mountains trails which is located just behind Santa Barbara, California.

This forest service road (5N12) has amazing sceneris around it.

All the types of bike could enjoy this road, Dirt, Street, Dual, or even with small cages.

Seeing south for the Pacific Ocean view.

Seeing north for the Los Padres National Forest mountains vista.



O.K. for my story.

When I was riding down paved road for an hour, I found a good/small dirt bike play ground by the road.

And couple of dirt bikers are playing at there.

As I was little bored at the pavement, I dare to get down the play ground for quick riding.

There were no gate to go down or up, just couple of small side dirt mound path for it.



Yes, I did some happy quick riding; however lost how/where to go up to the road back... ha ha ha

In 3 months of dirt life, I finally got a down; fortunately no damage at all.

None for the bike neither for me.



The other dirt rider helped me out of the trouble, and told me that I went to wrong path to go up.

Anyway, thanks for them who also from Los Angeles; sorry forgot your name. ^^;



Here is the stroy video clips.



[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZW-mCL2tBU[/media]





PS: Let me put full Santa Ynez Mountain trails riding report later on.





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Nice that you came out if that unscathed, thank you posting the vid of your unload. It happens, especially in the dirt. Looks like your bark busters did what they were supposed to do. I have those same ones on mine, money well spent there.
 

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One of the reasons I bought the TW was that the salesman said the gyroscopic action of those 'big' wheels made it almost imposible for the bikes to fall over (
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All brave men, fear not their folly.......



Neat little video Busyweb, the audio really made it unique. Those lever guards look really strong, must have cost as much as the bike (
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Here I was just minding my own business. Gerry



 

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I presume you revved up your engine when nobody was looking! ha ha
If the other riders happen along after the fact, you can always blame the kickstand. They probably won't believe this (kickstand) story, but hey, if they didn't see it, it didn't happen.



Its ok to (rev up the engine) if your not going to fast or otherwise cause yourself great bodily harm! At least it wasn't loose sand and your front tire gave way going 30 mph!



Glad you and the TW are not hurt, which allows us to continue to watch your video's!
 

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glad your okay. good thing you installed those hand guards a day prior.
 

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Thanks all for the comments.

I was lucky that I got no damage.

After this, I may go to much slower and more careful riding... ^^;



Here is the video clip which contains photos taken from the same road trip.

I added short riding video clips at the end of this photo-slideshow.





[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ef2dwYZGuBk[/media]





Part 3 - the Bike-Riding video clips are to be added soon after some editing...



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From one side of the 'Valley' to the other, you sure get around. That 360 pan was pretty FANCY. You continue to raise the bar on video presentation, Great Job!



Seems my 'high tech' stuff took a dump on me this weekend. Both my video camera and the new GPS would 'freeze-up' and then do nothing. I had to pull the batteries on both units to turn them off.



Spent some time online last night with Kodak tech. support and got the camera going again. The issue with it seemed to be 'a bad file' on the memory card. Not sure how things will go with the Garmin. Gerry













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I've fallen a couple times the year. Mostly trying some clever stuff. It makes you a better rider.



Owen


Thanks, Mr. Owen.

After this bike falling, I got relieved little worries over them when I was on the dirt.

But more concerning over better riding technique now ... ha ha ha

I hope that I could not do those same mistake next time. (more careful riding ^^
 

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From one side of the 'Valley' to the other, you sure get around. That 360 pan was pretty FANCY. You continue to raise the bar on video presentation, Great Job!



Seems my 'high tech' stuff took a dump on me this weekend. Both my video camera and the new GPS would 'freeze-up' and then do nothing. I had to pull the batteries on both units to turn them off.



Spent some time online last night with Kodak tech. support and got the camera going again. The issue with it seemed to be 'a bad file' on the memory card. Not sure how things will go with the Garmin. Gerry



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Thanks for info. on Kodak camera.

I've never had problem yet, but I may need someday if I got problem with camera.

Does do re-format memory card work??



And, 306 degree view is just many photos stitched presentaion.

I took about 8 photos around it; 45 degrees each.

Then, at the Corel Video Studio I put Slide Transition between the photos, and it workd well for me.

Other method could be, just put camera on the tri-pod and slowly turn the head while video is recording ???
 

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if I got problem with camera.

Does do re-format memory card work??



The tech said I could reformat my card, but he suggested that I should not use it again in the Kodak. Perhaps some other unit would not be sensitive to the glitch, but his statement suggests that the Kodak would be. Gerry
 

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I plan on riding up there soon. I have not been up there in a few years. I am a hour from there. There are a couple of other routs around there I have been on. Refugio Rd to West Camino Cielo to Hwy 154 or to Refugio beach. Happy Cyn Rd. to Forest Road 7N07 to Figueroa Mountain Road. Let me know next time you are riding in this area.
 

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I plan on riding up there soon. I have not been up there in a few years. I am a hour from there. There are a couple of other routs around there I have been on. Refugio Rd to West Camino Cielo to Hwy 154 or to Refugio beach. Happy Cyn Rd. to Forest Road 7N07 to Figueroa Mountain Road. Let me know next time you are riding in this area.




Oki Toki, Paul.

Wow, there are many other trails over there !!!

Let me research those trails if I could ride on without falling down again... ha ha ha

Thanks for the comments.
 

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That's a good one, BusyWeb! Nice editing, too. I saw myself doing EXACTLY the same thing. "How can I live with myself if I let a little gap in the rocks go by?"



My first down was much more ignoble. I was driving up a Nevada creekbed 2-track, which was gradually becoming more overgrown with sage and rabbit brush, when I decided my legs had enough scratches (confession - it was one of those, "5 minute evening putts" in flip flops, shorts, and t-shirt). So I decide to roll backward into a gap in the sage (they were ~7' tall in the sandy wash) - simple, just roll backward in a 45 degree arc, into the gap so I could drive out. Except as I straddled the road groove, no more foot-to-ground contact! I plunged backward into this sagebrush forest, and me and the TW and the sagebrush "trees" became so entangled that I could only slip my foot out of my flip flop (yeah, I know) and touch the kill switch with my big toe. It would have made a hilarious video, an object lesson in stupidity (and how not to dress for riding), and good blackmail material for my buddies, who thankfully saw none of it.



On a positive note, me and the T-Dub came back smelling so strongly of sagebrush that everyone in camp noticed it. I wish all my clothes smelled that way all the time.



I wish I could say that that was the last stupid thing I'll ever do (sigh).
 

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That's a good one, BusyWeb! Nice editing, too. I saw myself doing EXACTLY the same thing. "How can I live with myself if I let a little gap in the rocks go by?"



My first down was much more ignoble. I was driving up a Nevada creekbed 2-track, which was gradually becoming more overgrown with sage and rabbit brush, when I decided my legs had enough scratches (confession - it was one of those, "5 minute evening putts" in flip flops, shorts, and t-shirt). So I decide to roll backward into a gap in the sage (they were ~7' tall in the sandy wash) - simple, just roll backward in a 45 degree arc, into the gap so I could drive out. Except as I straddled the road groove, no more foot-to-ground contact! I plunged backward into this sagebrush forest, and me and the TW and the sagebrush "trees" became so entangled that I could only slip my foot out of my flip flop (yeah, I know) and touch the kill switch with my big toe. It would have made a hilarious video, an object lesson in stupidity (and how not to dress for riding), and good blackmail material for my buddies, who thankfully saw none of it.



On a positive note, me and the T-Dub came back smelling so strongly of sagebrush that everyone in camp noticed it. I wish all my clothes smelled that way all the time.



I wish I could say that that was the last stupid thing I'll ever do (sigh).


Thanks for the comments ^^

Ha ha ha, you are lucky that NO ONE SEE the happenning; as I got same situation.

If there were many watched, my ego might be hurt alot.. ^^;

Safe riding !!!
 
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