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Totally Awesome! Love it! :)

Those are some pretty sweet trail you have there. I'm jealous....

So you're a rebel. I wasn't seeing a lot of riding gear. I generally don't wear gear on casual trails except for gloves. (Delicate hands).. LOL :rolleyes:
 

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Cool trail looks like a lot of fun. Definitely singletrackers type of trail.
 

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Totally Awesome! Love it! :)

Those are some pretty sweet trail you have there. I'm jealous....

So you're a rebel. I wasn't seeing a lot of riding gear. I generally don't wear gear on casual trails except for gloves. (Delicate hands).. LOL :rolleyes:
Thanks. Glad you enjoyed a peak of some of the trail network here. Single track is my favorite riding as it keeps you alert and reactive. Highway driving is not for me. If you could see it from above it would look like a scoop of spaghetti noodles sprawling across the plate.

I should wear gloves more as I have a callous on my left thumb. I just can't justify spending the money to buy proper gear. This was relatively tame riding for me. Much more difficult then it looks on cam but it's so close to home I drive it a lot. Plus I feel like if I can't bend my ankle, I might sprain my knee..as an example. I do wear a helmet most of the time and I should really stop doing wheelies without one on...lol. But I usually dress somewhat appropriate according to how I plan to ride...I do go cruising the forestry roads in shorts and a tank top but I usually don't take risks when I'm not prepared for them.
 

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Now that's you have a camera we are in for some great video. I'm sure of it ! :)

Up until recently I never wore gear but I'm trying to do it more when riding with others, it always seems to become competitive. In fact tomorrow will be a full adv gear over motorcross gear day, this whole gear thing is breaking the bank lately though. Riding with the singe track guys I just met requires gear. They don't seem to want to do less than the fastest possible on any given trail, it's only a matter of time till I get a bigger head than my body can pull off trying to keep with them. So far they can't lose me though :) They truly are fast, all ride 400 cc plus, most 650's but they ride them like they're riding 250's. Here's the kicker, they are all generally 50 years old plus and smoke the young ins most days. Ex-moto cross riders the lot of them. I haven't had this much fun in years. Every time I ride with them it's like going to motocross school. Well anyway you should have gear because you never know when you're going to need it. I rode the first few times with them in jeans and a t-shirt. It was stupid and dangerous, but... you know how it is. End of day heaving gear ready to throw on (when needed and justified) makes all the difference. Having it handy turns into actually wearing it.
 

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Now that's you have a camera we are in for some great video. I'm sure of it ! :)

Up until recently I never wore gear but I'm trying to do it more when riding with others, it always seems to become competitive. In fact tomorrow will be a full adv gear over motorcross gear day, this whole gear thing is breaking the bank lately though. Riding with the singe track guys I just met requires gear. They don't seem to want to do less than the fastest possible on any given trail, it's only a matter of time till I get a bigger head than my body can pull off trying to keep with them. So far they can't lose me though :) They truly are fast, all ride 400 cc plus, most 650's but they ride them like they're riding 250's. Here's the kicker, they are all generally 50 years old plus and smoke the young ins most days. Ex-moto cross riders the lot of them. I haven't had this much fun in years. Every time I ride with them it's like going to motocross school. Well anyway you should have gear because you never know when you're going to need it. I rode the first few times with them in jeans and a t-shirt. It was stupid and dangerous, but... you know how it is. End of day heaving gear ready to throw on (when needed and justified) makes all the difference. Having it handy turns into actually wearing it.
I started off treating my new TW like I wanted her to look all purdy on the road but since she's purely off road now I've been getting better at riding rough terrain. Slow first and getting fast later. Sometimes I slow right down to a crawl and which helps to build control for when I feel up to going really fast. It helps if you're familiar with the trails you're in too. Over 2500km off road and I only dropped my bike about 5 times. Once from the stock front tire on gravel, once picking up my sunglasses and once with a hard rubber 244 front tire on frost..etc. Just stupid beginner mistakes. I imagine motocrossers laughing at the TW but follow me through the swamp over technical terrain and see who's laughing then. I've had to keep up with 250s and I know it takes some effort to push a TW like that but I've done pretty good myself. They don't get too far ahead on the open dirt but they tend to have trouble in the technical trails. I bet it takes a lot more skill to run a motocross bike though my trails. The TW is made for this.

I will surely be taking my protection more seriously in the future. One thing that's kept me from biting off more then I could chew is not wanting to spend money replacing broken bike parts, and not being able to afford time off for injury. But as my skills improve enough that my swollen ego begins to impair my risk assessment, I will surely be better prepared.
 

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When we went to Green Ridge on the TW's we were passing quite a few other bikes. Some pretty nice ones too. What I noticed was a lot of people were riding new bikes. Had new gear and were pretty darn slow, as in the way slow and I was on the TW!. I hear you on treating your bike how you want it to look. It takes me a while to want to really use a new bike. Just yesterday I noticed how much paint my boots are wearing off the engine case covers on the 701.. so tomorrow, it's anything goes! LOL.. I have a big ride tomorrow, leaving early.. can't wait for your next video! :)
 

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Nice trails.I get on some very rocky ones up here that demand your full attention but we have a good mix of old logging roads too.My wife and I are planning to head to Nova Scotia this summer and I am trying to decide if I will bring the TW along.We will be camping along the way so I may just have to make room for it.
 

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Yeah those damn rocks really demand your attention. All it takes is a 6" rock and your suspension compressing at the wrong timing. Some times they're fun and sometimes they bend your foot levers and grind your kickstand. After bending my levers 5 times (at one point my shifter looked like a fiddle head) I want to raise my bike up an inch or two.
 

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Great riding video!! I just bought a Sony FDR-X3000 and only have a couple of lame trail videos displaying my slow speed approach to not getting hurt LOL... Still playing with the camera trying to figure out the right mount position and video settings. I need a foam strip to cover the mic for sure!! Wind noise can ruin a video. Or I can learn to use music somehow (early learning still).


As far as safety goes, I know it's expensive ( I've spent over $1000 on correct riding gear) but that money is FAR better spent in advance rather than insurance deductibles and being laid up from an injury.

Helmet, neck brace, torso protection (spine back flank and chest protector), elbow/forearm pads, knee pads or guards, real off road boots. I found out that the soft comfy Forma boots offer sub optimal toe and foot protection - ouch. REAL riding pants, loose enough to wear armor underneath, loose fitting comfortable jersey, armored glove. Bark Buster style hand guards wortht heir eight in gold riding through trees!! Skid plate too.

Even the right tires for the terrain, I consider cheap insurance. GPS if heading out to unfamiliar area (learning how to use that too).

Unbelievable how expensive it gets. I hunted for used items on classifieds on many forums, but as far as clothing goes, my short stature meant that pants were a serious issue. I bought some new ones with the right waist size (middle age) , and got them hemmed 2 inches shorter at a tailors. Worth it.
 

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This was my first riding video but I did film editing in college which is slowly coming back to me. Once I get a better understanding of the software I'm using now the vids will be better. Unfortunately I'm on limited use rural internet so I have to drop my resolution as to not use all my net usage for the month.
 

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This was my first riding video but I did film editing in college which is slowly coming back to me. Once I get a better understanding of the software I'm using now the vids will be better. Unfortunately I'm on limited use rural internet so I have to drop my resolution as to not use all my net usage for the month.
What software are you currently using? I am trying to figure out the free Sony Action Cam Movie Creator software, and it's got bugs for sure. Audio and video are choppy while using the software, makes me nauseous, but finished video (1080P 60FPS MP4) is amazing on the computer. I want to be able to burn DVD or load to USB flash drive to play on modern TV with USB ports.
 

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I've been using Shotcut. It runs smooth previews while editing. It free, easy to use, and while limited in features, is still very capable of creative editing. It too has a few bugs but are easy to work around. There are also lots of tutorials on how to use it on youtube. It offers a ridiculous amount of file formats and resolution settings.
 

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I suggest a few tests of different camera mounting positions such as head, chest or bike. I think mounted somewhere on the body makes for a smoother picture due to the shock absorption of the rider.
 

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I suggest a few tests of different camera mounting positions such as head, chest or bike. I think mounted somewhere on the body makes for a smoother picture due to the shock absorption of the rider.
Thats true but Stagewex mounts one to the passenger peg hoop on the right side. It adds awesome to videos when edited in. For some reason it's not a bad spot to mount, I would have never believed it. It's a hero 4, so no stabilization either.
 

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I think chin or forehead is the best but if you don't have image stabilization in your camera software (mine doesn't) you're going to get a little shaking. My trails are very bumpy so what you see is the worst you'll get. Switching the angle or to handheld or tripod and back to rider POV can make it less disorienting too.

But if you're referring to Toolman John's post then I think he's referring to choppy video preview in his editing software.
 
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