Get a dual-sport! Went for a "little spin" - came home 3lb lighter (and that's with a meal & drinks during the day)!
Got up nice and early today to go for dualsportbc.com's "Fall Newbie Ride." Met up with Greenboy, Scorpion71, and a bunch of other riders in Langley (at 7:20am) and proceeded to the "meet spot" near Chilliwack lake. Couldn't feel my fingers by the time we got there. Looking around the breakfast table, there were people all around with their hands visibly shaking from the cold! Time to move my heated grips over from the R6!
Went out on the easy "C" route with a few "C+" detours and had a blast. Ended up getting separated & lost though. Went down a huge rocky hill...
... and that's when the fun started. I figured there was no way I could get back up it, so I'd have to find another way out. Some ATV riders gave me directions, which led me to a creek where I managed to get stuck for a good 20 minutes. Non-waterproof street boots? Getting wet in 3... 2... 1... SOAKED!
Eventually got out of there (just barely!) and headed the other way. Came to a stuck Ford Ranger and thought I'd squeeze by past him. Well, that didn't happen either. Got stuck, and whenever I tried to get out of there the bike would just slide down the hill towards the truck, eventually with the rear wheel going under it!
Someone conveniently left a tie-down right next to where I had dumped the bike, so I ended up using that as a "winch" to get the bike up the hill a bit (away from the truck). I was absolutely exhausted by this point so I just kicked back for a half hour, when the truck's owner showed up with a proper winch. And his buddy was carrying another one - his own truck was stuck just a few hundred feet ahead... both from the night before!
The guys helped me get the bike out away from the truck and then set to work on getting their own rides out. That didn't go anywhere, so I took off to find a way back - according to them, the easiest way was the way I came down!
On the way back I had to pass through a few mud puddles - one was especially big. Got through them just fine on the way in, but going back I must have picked some different line, because I managed to get stuck (and dump the bike) in knee deep slush. That was fun. Luckily it was only that deep where the bike was, and I could stand in relatively "shallow" water/mud and attempt to push the bike out. Struggled for a good 10 minutes there.
Continuing back I passed by a side trail which seemed to go in the "right" direction, and was marked as an "easy ATV trail;" it was called "Muddy Trail 94" and I figured it would be easier than the rocky hill climb. Well, they didn't call it Muddy just for the hell of it. Couldn't get more than 10 feet into it.
So, back to original hill I go.
Have I mentioned I had dropped the bike about 20-30 times by now? The first couple times it was hard to get the bike up. Then I figured out the best way to grab it and it went up fairly easily. Unfortunately, after 20 or so times it begins to wear you down, and the frequency of these tip-overs only goes up!
Well... up the original hill I go. The dirt part was easy, then the rocks appeared. At one point my progress was about 30-40 feet in 30 minutes... got out of that hell hole about 1.5-2 hours later (after at least another 20 drops!). And yes, I know about the "grab the throttle and hold on for dear life" approach - some times it worked, other times I couldn't get it up to speed.
Best part, I had no water during all this time. Was planning to pick some up on the way... but you know how those things go!
Anyways, the KLR held up wonderfully, with the only visible "side effect" being a now "pazzo-shortyfied" clutch lever (hand guards in the mail). My license plate also appeared to have gotten caught on the rear tire (bottomed out the suspension?), as it got bent about 20 times over.
Met up with the guys (alternateimpact had now joined us) as they were coming to rescue me (thank you! ), loaded up on gatorade & redbull, and slabbed it home!
Here's the dirty biatch after her first real ride:
That's all for now, kids! Until the next stupid thing I do!