Went for a ride today...never ending hi-jack thread

Discussion in 'Ride Reports & Photos' started by murph, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. HunterSon

    HunterSon Active Member

    I only managed about 7K this year. Mostly short rides, no commuting this year so that was a loss of about 4K.
  2. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    I on the other hand had the best year of multiple spins than I've had in a few years despite np long runs. I hope to get out for one or two more but it's tough with only weekends home.
  3. EmmBeeDee

    EmmBeeDee Active Member

    Stephanie and I have been riding often in the warm spell we had up until today. Still managed to put 135k on today, riding down to the Seaway to see a ship which was launched the year I was born, 1952. The Ojibway is still working hard, unlike me.

    Bikes ran well, and the heated gear was handy as the high was 6°C.



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  4. HunterSon

    HunterSon Active Member

    I am curious about the seat height on the DR650?
  5. EmmBeeDee

    EmmBeeDee Active Member

    The bike is lowered for Stephanie who is 5'6" tall with a 32' inseam and likes to get both feet firmly on the ground when stopped. Fork tubes down 3/4" in front and we used the upper hole in the rear shock. I could measure the seat height if you want to know exactly.
  6. dresda

    dresda Active Member

    The bike comes from the factory with two mounting places for the rear shock, making it really easy to have it set high or low. In the high setting its slightly too low for Mike and our son Charlie, who are both 6'5" but is way too high for me. It takes Mike only about 15 minutes to reset it to the position needed for whoever is going to ride it making it an ideal family motorcycle :)
  7. EmmBeeDee

    EmmBeeDee Active Member

    32” at the low position. I measured it.
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  8. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    I'm guessing Mike's was in the high position when I rode it.
  9. EmmBeeDee

    EmmBeeDee Active Member

    High/Normal, it was.
  10. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    I figured from what I can remember. It was a fun weekend, I'm sorry I haven't managed to get back to that rally.
  11. EmmBeeDee

    EmmBeeDee Active Member

    Didn't happen last year, but it has been getting bigger and bigger each year.
  12. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I still check in on the ADV threads. I've paid for a few I've never made it to and Ted tells me I'll be covered when and if I do get back to one.
  13. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Possibly the last ride of the year. Almost 450 km in a loop from Fredericton through Sussex to Fundy National Park and back via Moncton. Mostly off the main highways.
    Forecast was for temperatures up to 12° or so but never made it that high. Back just after sunset and temperature around 4°C when I got home (between 4 and 7° for the last 2.5 hours). Was supposed to be warmer so didn't have my heated gear!
    Still, any decently long ride you can do on November 21 is a bonus!



    A Google Maps oddity. When you open the link I provided on your desktop computer, you get the same as the "snip" I uploaded. When you open it on your phone, you get a short segment representing the start and endpoints with a line between them - a few hundred meters apart. No idea why this happens.
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  14. Trash

    Trash Well-Known Member

    Well Done!
    It can be a long Winter, after all!
  15. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    Saturday is calling for half warm, I might try to get out for a spin.
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  16. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    If you can believe it, Environment Canada is calling for 12°C and only 30% chance of showers on Friday in NB. Four days away but stay tuned...
  17. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    Sooo...I was just about to drive to work on Tuesday when the missus called to say the cat wasn't well and had to go to the vet. Vroom off I went and we went to the vet. Lots of driving as a 2 hour run home then and hour down the road to the vet and back.

    When we were headed home I looked at the thermometer and saw 12 degrees and it had stopped raining so I told the missus I wanted to get out for a ride. I hadn't even thought of the Daniels Cove back way to Grates Cove in ages so I figured that's where I go for a quick mini adventure on the 640. It is still wearing the knobbies from the failed Tuktoyaktuk trip 2 summers ago.

    Pretty country, Daniels Cove is the second inlet.

    The road to Daniels Cove is in pretty good shape despite potholes and surface water running. There are a number of little houses still there that are all summer residences. There was an old lady who was the only resident there for years, I think she was in her 90's when she passed away.

    The road is not maintained at all past Daniels Cove, I'd driven it in the Element a number of times back a bunch of years ago but I doubt I'd try it now. The road is washed away to mostly just rock on any hill sections.

    I knew there were a number of big puddles on the route and after the heavy rain we just had I knew they'd be big. Here are the first couple of good ones.

    No sweat these weren't too deep and it's solid underneath.

    Then the big ne I was waiting for turned up. A couple of years ago a traveller was headed to my place and he was coming down from Grates Cove on this route. He saw this monster puddle and was worried. He saw some pallets on the side from the ATV crowd and thought that it would be the better way to go. He buried his 950 and it took him 2 hours to get it out. Obviously he made the wrong decision there.

    Look at the berms on either end that help to hold the water in.

    It's not small but to me looking at the road I was on and the road on the other side I'd make the guess that the road under the water is probably going to be pretty good. Having been through this one before I wasn't too worried. I could feel the back tire spinning on the slippery rocks but I stayed on the gas and was a little surprised at how deep it was. I'd say the water was almost up to my seat! It was trying to drive me off to the right but I managed to pull it backed I came out the other side without even getting my feet wet! Water crossings: relax, keep your hands loose and don't let off the throttle!

    One more good rocky section on the way out the other end. I had a couple of moments when the bike took a big bounce and I felt the rear end do a wide swing but I was able to hang on and keep it upright.

    I popped out in Grates Cove and with the wind still up it made for a few nice gusts that tried to blow me into the other lane. The headwind on the spin home was pretty good, that little fairing doesn't do much for that. I made it home before dark.

    All in all it was a good little bit of fun for a mini adventure in the neighbourhood. Weather is looking up for tomorrow so planning another little ride. If I get the battery I might be on the 1100 for the week at work, maybe I'll be able to get it home.
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  18. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    Thanks for that Mike. Reminds me of the pre crash ride reports:)
  19. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    Sorry, no crashes for you.:p
  20. Backdraft

    Backdraft Active Member

    Was up to Old Perlican last year, but time didn't permit the Grates Cove run... excuse to go back again...

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