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Old 10-31-2008, 08:26 AM   #16
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What?!? Dont' the pics tell the story?
I HATE ROCKS!!! It was one of the funnest days of my life!
I will do it again on a motorcycles if i can get a trials bike. Too brutal on a MX bike.

It was a tremendous experience. With just a hint of danger.
Next time we'll take the crawler and you can experience it from the passenger seat.
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Old 10-31-2008, 02:24 PM   #17
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What?!? Dont' the pics tell the story?
I HATE ROCKS!!! It was one of the funnest days of my life!
I will do it again on a motorcycles if i can get a trials bike. Too brutal on a MX bike.

It was a tremendous experience. With just a hint of danger.
Sounds to me like you're ready to hit up the Dusy Ershim now
I just wanted to hear how it went in your own words.

Is your bike actually set up for the MX track or is it set up for trailriding? I've found that lowering the gearing and making sure your jetting is spot-on will make the rocks much easier to manage. Do you have an 18" rear wheel? If so, a trials tire will make you feel like the King of the Rubicon...no kidding!

I used to hate rocks, too, but the more I ride them the more I enjoy them. I think it's an acquired taste


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Old 10-31-2008, 05:41 PM   #18
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Sounds to me like you're ready to hit up the Dusy Ershim now
I just wanted to hear how it went in your own words.

Is your bike actually set up for the MX track or is it set up for trailriding? I've found that lowering the gearing and making sure your jetting is spot-on will make the rocks much easier to manage. Do you have an 18" rear wheel? If so, a trials tire will make you feel like the King of the Rubicon...no kidding!

I used to hate rocks, too, but the more I ride them the more I enjoy them. I think it's an acquired taste


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I need to gear the KTM down for this shit, and yes I have an 18" wheel, and I will prolly buy a trials tire next. The ATK is much better for going slow, but it is er, sick. I can stop and chug away on that puppy.

Dusy Ershim, yes. Sol would be up for it too.
You be the guide?
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Old 11-01-2008, 05:38 AM   #19
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Dusy Ershim, yes. Sol would be up for it too.
You be the guide?
Road trip! If Dusy hasn't been closed yet it probably will be closed soon as they have already had a small amount of snow. Dusy would be a blast on a bike. Just let me know when. I can probably get another buddy to join us as well.
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Road trip! If Dusy hasn't been closed yet it probably will be closed soon as they have already had a small amount of snow. Dusy would be a blast on a bike. Just let me know when. I can probably get another buddy to join us as well.
Dusy is closed already. I really wanted to do it again this summer but a broken ankle put the screws to that idea...quite literally. It's a total blast on a bike...I don't know about a 4-wheeled vehicle, though I think I'd be scared Have you done it on 4 wheels, Sol?



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Old 11-01-2008, 06:51 AM   #21
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I need to gear the KTM down for this shit, and yes I have an 18" wheel, and I will prolly buy a trials tire next. The ATK is much better for going slow, but it is er, sick. I can stop and chug away on that puppy.

Dusy Ershim, yes. Sol would be up for it too.
You be the guide?

I'd love to be the guide, but I'm guessing it'll be a long while until I'm ready for that sort of pounding. I just missed 4 months of work due to a mangled ankle. I'm just now putting around carefully on my 610, and the very thought of grinding my way through rocks kind of makes my stomach queasy. I'll get back to it as soon as I can, though.

A trials tire shines in the rocks, for sure. It's perfect for picking your way through the nasty. The uber-traction you get from a rear trials tire also helps to loft the front (along with the aforementioned lower gearing and spot-on jetting) over the big rocks, ledges and step-ups. You'll be transformed into the Rubicon Slayer

I had a boyfriend that had a plated ATK 406 back in the day. That thing was an astonishingly fun ride around Lake Merritt



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Old 11-01-2008, 08:44 AM   #22
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Dusy is closed already. I really wanted to do it again this summer but a broken ankle put the screws to that idea...quite literally. It's a total blast on a bike...I don't know about a 4-wheeled vehicle, though I think I'd be scared Have you done it on 4 wheels, Sol?
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Kind of thought it might be closed already. I have not had a chance to run it yet. I was supposed to run it about 4 weeks ago after we did the Hammers down in Johnson Valley, but my schedule did not work with the trip schedule. The trail is supposed to be a blast on 4 wheels, so I can only imagine it on 2 wheels. Based on pictures I've seen of Dusy, I assume Dusy is easier on 2 wheels then the Rubicon.
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Old 11-01-2008, 10:26 AM   #23
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Kind of thought it might be closed already. I have not had a chance to run it yet. I was supposed to run it about 4 weeks ago after we did the Hammers down in Johnson Valley, but my schedule did not work with the trip schedule. The trail is supposed to be a blast on 4 wheels, so I can only imagine it on 2 wheels. Based on pictures I've seen of Dusy, I assume Dusy is easier on 2 wheels then the Rubicon.
I'm not sure if it's easier than the Rubicon or not. I'm sure some parts of it are. What makes the Dusy difficult is that the whole 30+ miles of the trail are at high elevation, mostly between 9000' and 10000', with an elevation gain/loss of over 1700'. I think the Rubicon tops out at a little under 6800' with a gain/loss of about 700' or so? Huge difference, at least for this sea-level dweller There are no easy go-arounds for the obstacles, either. It's not as open as the Rubicon and there are no bail-out routes. You either forge ahead to the finish or you turn around and go out the way you came in, one entry and one exit. Of course, that's what makes it so scenic-it's surrounded by wilderness. A lot of the trail is easy, but there are a few tough spots that make up for it in short order

Here is a ride report I did a few months ago...
http://www.bayarearidersforum.com/fo...d.php?t=257985

There is a link in the first post to the first ride report I did on the Dusy. It has much prettier pictures, and more of them, and represents the trail much better, whereas the 2nd report I did has much better photos of Thompson Hill. No photos do any trail justice, though...



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Old 11-01-2008, 11:16 AM   #24
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Very cool ride report.. and nice pic's...

I could not help but chuckle thinking how Butch liked to take me thru the shit part of a ride to laugh at my struggles..

Man.. those are some rocks.. very cool.. the video was good to showing the constant out of balance challenge that Butch had to fight.. a lot of work on the bod for sure.

Welcome to barf in a big way..! Nice thread.

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Old 11-02-2008, 06:50 PM   #25
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Old 11-03-2008, 06:14 AM   #26
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sbechtold's post is almost worthy of a "best of barf", except too many pics of me. Not bad for a first post.

Dude didn't even introduce himself in the newbie section!
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Old 11-03-2008, 06:23 AM   #27
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Old 11-03-2008, 01:32 PM   #28
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Nice ride and pics, I am also impressed that there was no overheating on the rocks, not that I have ever been peeing coolant due to nasty rock sections. Impressive!
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