TW200 Forum banner

1 - 17 of 17 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,132 Posts
Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
I haven't had much time lately to get out, but found some time yesterday to go for a short ride. The day dawned cold, but calm after several days of strong winds. By the time the sun had been up a few hours and warmed things up somewhat the wind came up again. I was determined to go anyway, so picked a destination not too far away. There's not a lot of water in these parts, so a waterfall is kind of unique unless it's raining hard. So, I thought I would visit Toquerville Falls, named after Chief Toquer. The first 6 miles were pavement, and right into a strong, cold headwind. After I got into the dirt and headed east it was a little better, but still cold.



I believe this was a flume to carry irrigation water from one side of the creek to the other.






Keep in mind this is one of my first attempts at video, you might have to turn the sound down a bit since there is a lot of noise.






The road was quite rocky.



 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,132 Posts
Discussion Starter #2 (Edited)
There's the falls.






Arrival at the falls.




Yes, that is ice!














Upstream






Downstream






I had hoped to cross the creek and and make a loop of it, but considering how cold it was and the good chance of getting wet I decided to save it for later. On the way back I decided I would swing by the antenna site on the hill north of Toquerville. The antennas are easily seen from I-15 about 20 miles north of St. George.






There''s quite a view from up there.






That's I-15 down below.






That's all for now, you guys and gals have a good Christmas.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
13,801 Posts
Thanks so much for the trail ride fix. I needed that. Been laid up sick for the past couple weeks and with Christmas tomorrow, in-laws and outlaws hanging about, I won't get much riding in the next few days either.



That looks like a really cool area to ride in. Those Falls are very pretty looking. Do they get much traffic in the summer when people want to cool off in the water?



And your new camera mount looks awesome! Until I can afford a Contour or GoPro like you, (leaning toward Contour), I'll continue to use my regular camera. So, come next week I'm off to Home Depot for some rubber sewer pipe stuff! I really not in love with the helmet or chest mount, especially with a regular camera. I'm thinking that even if I get a Contour or the like, I'll still try to adapt it to the "Sewer Mount".



Thanks for sharing your video and your new camera mount idea, I hope your idea will inspire others to get out there and video some of their rides.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,132 Posts
Discussion Starter #4
Thanks so much for the trail ride fix. I needed that. Been laid up sick for the past couple weeks and with Christmas tomorrow, in-laws and outlaws hanging about, I won't get much riding in the next few days either.



That looks like a really cool area to ride in. Those Falls are very pretty looking. Do they get much traffic in the summer when people want to cool off in the water?



And your new camera mount looks awesome! Until I can afford a Contour or GoPro like you, (leaning toward Contour), I'll continue to use my regular camera. So, come next week I'm off to Home Depot for some rubber sewer pipe stuff! I really not in love with the helmet or chest mount, especially with a regular camera. I'm thinking that even if I get a Contour or the like, I'll still try to adapt it to the "Sewer Mount".



Thanks for sharing your video and your new camera mount idea, I hope your idea will inspire others to get out there and video some of their rides.




Hey, I hope you get to feeling better soon! If it's a cold, rest and Vitamin C do wonders for me.



You know what they say, what goes around comes around. I've enjoyed the videos and ride reports you've shared. I hope to get in at least one more ride before I go back to work. I've been planning/hoping to do the northern half of the Honeymoon Trail. I would also like to visit the Grand Gulch and Savannic mines southeast of Mesquite, Nevada.



Yes, Toquerville Falls is a very popular swimming hole during the summer. When it warms up I'll have to go back and complete the loop I planned.



I've pretty much ran out of ideas for the mount, and I'm pretty satisfied with it. I am looking at some other options for cameras, though. Did you know that GoPro sells replacement lenses for their cameras, at a reasonable cost? Seems like they could be adapted to a regular camera without too much difficulty. I'll have to give that some thought. If you hadn't guessed, I like tinkering with this kind of stuff.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,076 Posts
Great pics! Thanks for sharing. I believe the replacement lense is just for the outer shell.



Still a little shaky..keep trying!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
566 Posts
... I would also like to visit the Grand Gulch and Savannic mines southeast of Mesquite, Nevada...


Should you find yourself in need of a riding partner for this trip, I may be up for it. I'm at the kid's in Vegas for a bit.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,521 Posts
Great photos and video Bdub. Don't want to start any sort of argument or create discord. We had a couple of threads dealing with cameras and making videos. Lots of concern with picture quality and image stabilization. Certainly it makes sense to present something (video) that can be easily enjoyed by the viewer. What I guess has confused me a bit is trying to present a 'vibration free' off-road adventure on a bike that has a pogo-stick suspension. I am not suggesting that anyone is stupid or misguided.



While watching Bdubs video, I 'felt' the bumps and knew I was 'on' a TW. I could almost hear his teeth chatter. A vibration free video is fine, but more an intellectual, rather than a viseral experience.



On a side note; I was able to tone down the wind and engine chatter (I know, I know) by putting a piece of foam over the camera mic. Gerry
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,076 Posts
If its jittery..what psi are you running in your tires? Let them absorb some of the bumps. I run 10 in the front and when i had the stock rear tire i ran 10 aswell..
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,369 Posts
Can you get there directly from your side without pavement? Always wunnered.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,132 Posts
Discussion Starter #12
Great pics! Thanks for sharing. I believe the replacement lense is just for the outer shell.



Still a little shaky..keep trying!


Thanks! Yeah, I thought it was a long shot the lens would work, just doing some brainstorming out loud.



Should you find yourself in need of a riding partner for this trip, I may be up for it. I'm at the kid's in Vegas for a bit.


PM sent



Great trip report, Thanks.


Glad you enjoyed it! It was fun to make the ride, of course, but also fun to share it.



Great photos and video Bdub. Don't want to start any sort of argument or create discord. We had a couple of threads dealing with cameras and making videos. Lots of concern with picture quality and image stabilization. Certainly it makes sense to present something (video) that can be easily enjoyed by the viewer. What I guess has confused me a bit is trying to present a 'vibration free' off-road adventure on a bike that has a pogo-stick suspension. I am not suggesting that anyone is stupid or misguided.



While watching Bdubs video, I 'felt' the bumps and knew I was 'on' a TW. I could almost hear his teeth chatter. A vibration free video is fine, but more an intellectual, rather than a viseral experience.



On a side note; I was able to tone down the wind and engine chatter (I know, I know) by putting a piece of foam over the camera mic. Gerry


Thanks, Gerry. Like you, I enjoy the challenge of solving a problem so improving the mount is as much about that as it is about getting a better quality video. I do agree that video shot with a regular camera may not be quite as enjoyable, but is certainly more technically accurate, more like actually riding a TW instead of a flying carpet. I think it's just a matter of personal preference, to some people it's important to not have the shake/bumps in the recorded video. Such is life. Nonetheless, now that the video is reasonably good my next step is the audio. Thanks for your suggestion to help with that.



If its jittery..what psi are you running in your tires? Let them absorb some of the bumps. I run 10 in the front and when i had the stock rear tire i ran 10 aswell..


Good point. That's certainly a cheap and easy way to improve my camera mount. Thanks for the reminder.



Can you get there directly from your side without pavement? Always wunnered.


Yes, once I leave city limits I can get to the Grand Gulch, and a lot of other places on the Arizona strip by riding on dirt only. If you didn't know already, there's a narrow strip of Arizona separated from the rest of the state by the Grand Canyon. The strip is relatively undeveloped and contains a lot of good riding. So much to see, so little time. Sigh....
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,132 Posts
Discussion Starter #13
Good job! I really enjoyed the ride,.


Thanks. I was talking to my Father-in-law last evening. He knows this country very well, and gave me some good ideas for rides to go on. My list just keeps getting longer. Hopefully I'll be able to share another report soon.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,126 Posts
Looks like a fun and scenic ride. Thanks for sharing.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,826 Posts
Looks like a fun and scenic ride. Thanks for sharing.
Great stuff..... My wife and I were riding in the badlands this summer....Some of the rock formations and colors remind me of being there again.. By the way.. It looks like you have better luck riding without guardrails. I was freaked out all week.. OMM.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
13,801 Posts
I haven't had much time lately to get out, but found some time yesterday to go for a short ride. The day dawned cold...









The road was quite rocky.


The true adventurer award.





Mrgizmow gives the missing link award for those that contribute a maintenance/performance/technical related post which usually inspires and helps other forum members.



I'm trying to copy that intent, but more in the riding adventure category (Off-Road or Street), which inspires and entertains others. I'm pretty certain your trail adventures have inspired others, as I know they have inspired me.



I sincerely hope you continue to contribute, as I really appreciate your efforts. Thanks



 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,132 Posts
Discussion Starter #17
The true adventurer award.





Mrgizmow gives the missing link award for those that contribute a maintenance/performance/technical related post which usually inspires and helps other forum members.



I'm trying to copy that intent, but more in the riding adventure category (Off-Road or Street), which inspires and entertains others. I'm pretty certain your trail adventures have inspired others, as I know they have inspired me.



I sincerely hope you continue to contribute, as I really appreciate your efforts. Thanks




Hey, thanks! What a great idea! Actually your great ride reports have been a big influence on me getting out, and sharing my adventures. So, you should be the first recipient of the True Adventurer Award. At the very least give yourself a pat on the back until you're better paid




I just got home from attending a funeral for a 19 year old cousin of my wife's who died in an accidental shooting. He was a good kid so it was sad, but among other things this served as a reminder that life is precious, and that we should enjoy it as we go along.



It doesn't look like my plans for a long range adventure are going to happen this week, but I did get out for another ride the other day. It turned out to be quite the adventure, all right! Unfortunately, there were some minor issues with some of the pictures and video. I don't know if I bumped a setting on the camera, or what. I've been debating whether to go ahead and post it up as I'm sure there is still some entertainment benefit, or wait and do it again when I get my wide-angle lens. Anyway, thanks for the encouragement.
 
1 - 17 of 17 Posts
Top