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  2. Another one from Hing Yeung of HKStudios
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  4. Nishant Verma just posted this one from the stage four beach start. That's when I was praying my rear tire would hold.
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  6. at first my goal was to just get people aware of #xladv and now I do appreciate people using the tag. I'm less likely to repost someone who's not using that tag. Now I just think (and hope) that it's more a generic tag that simply means big adventure bike. Like #advrider doesn't necessarily belong to the forum as they're not even on IG; it just means adventure rider (generic).
  7. Oh my god that was epic!!!! One of the best set of lines I've read in quite some time!!!!!
  8. So I'm one of those that doesn't tag #xladv for the most part. I need to ask you, when do you like/want that tag? Only for a badass moto photo or just any moto related photo? I don't feel as though I post all that often but do post some other than moto. I completely agree. There are a few kayaking and other pages I follow as well. I wish everyone I followed would show up on the feed. I don't care for the logarithms that generate who shows and who doesn't.
  9. Holy crap you did fantastic and didn't appear to have any struggles! Well done
  10. Welcome! Been following your IG for a while. Glad to have you join the best hangout off the bike
  11. I don't get any notifications from IG. I see how that would be annoying.
    My favorite irons, period. They're lightweight and work well in breaking the bead, even on the big bike rear tires. Use of some kind of liquid often helps but they'll be coaxed off with some patience with these.
  12. one (new?) annoying feature on instagram. since recently and despite having disabled ALL notifications in IG, i am now getting a new type of notification, which apparently cannot be turned off anywhere. or i just can't find where to do this. say that at some point, i posted a comment on a photo - even months ago, i am now getting notifications every time the person who posted the photo comments it further. this is SO annoying. am now refraining from commenting. down to "likes" only.
  13. hey! welcome. nice to see you here
  14. Based on the mentioned final photo I'm guessing they mean the gully (caused by erosion) running accross the trail on which he hit the rearwheel. I do wonder if them mentioning Kellon jumping the GS has anything to do with it though.
  15. A chunk of safety wire coils up super small off the roll and is pretty darn durable. I highly recommend carrying some with you.
  16. A few other photos. Sorry for the delay but still working in Northern Nevada and wife wasn't happy with my 18 hour stop at home before leaving again for work. I had a great time and definitely met some awesome people. Changed more bib mooses than I imagined and hope Eric has a better go with tires/inflation next time out. The skill/stamina to muscle the big pigs is very impressive.
  17. I dont understand did the spokes corrode? What is erosion red?
  18. I was a bit stupid when I started Insta, was like a kid in a candy store, so many nice blogs I could not stop following them. Also pages outside of the Adv community. But I always tried to follow back the guys and girls who have nice pages and made and effort to post good quality stuff. But then Facebook got Insta and decided we have to be forced to see what their algorithms decide I want to see. It was a bugger up, as I would not see the ones I really wanted to see. This last few weeks I decided it was time to clean house, also, I had enough of repost pages that I tag and often they never respond to anything so I stop tagging them and I will eventually unfollow them, I see no need to look or follow them otherwise. Also unfollowed many who post one or two bike shots and the rest is kids and cats, I ain't wanna see all those photos. Not my thing There are some nice NASA space pages, photography, cars and bike site to follow I will post some i follow.
  19. Hello from the PNW! Long time lurker and sparse poster but now I finally have a XLADV machine and I am diving in.
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  21. Hey long time lurker here but I thought I would start a thread about the new KTM 1090 build that I am doing for KTM Twins. For reference this is the last bike that I built: KTM Twins Ultimate 690 Since taking delivery of the bike last month I have made these upgrades: -KTM Touring windscreen -KTM heated grips -KTM GPS mount -KTM Luggage Racks -Double Take Adventure Mirrors -FasstCo Impact foot pegs -Vanasche Motorsports side stand foot -Kriega OS panniers This stuff was basically just the tip of the iceberg to get me through the break in period, this winter she will be going through a full transformation: Suspension, Performance, Ergonomics and general "Adventurizing". I will update this thread as things progress and try to answer any questions/comments along the way.
  22. Crazy fun!
  23. LOL yep - we actually had safety wire with us - but I like the strips of Velcro more. It’s strong and you are able to fasten things and adjust them a lot easier than wire.
  24. Nice! Something else to add to my gear box, bailing wire.
  25. I know this doesn't quite qualify as "big bike", but I thought I'd share a ride report for those folks who are also riding smaller bikes - and some of this ride could easily be done on big bikes. Plus, it's a plug for the Crawdad Offroad Events folks for putting on an amazing ride. I just got back from a 1 1/2 week trip out west to do a little riding in Moab before heading out to Primm/Goodsprings to ride the desert outside Vegas/Red Rocks and the Grand Canyon (a ride put on by Crawdad Offroad Events). This is the second year I've made the trip - last year was a spur-of-the-moment thing - a buddy emailed me on a Thursday and said "hey, I'm heading out to ride the Grand Canyon on Monday, want to go?", and I went [emoji4]. This year was a little less last-minute, but was essentially the same schedule: Head out on Sunday From NY - drive all day Sunday, grab a hotel somewhere in Iowa, wake up early Monday, drive to Moab Ride Moab Tuesday and Wednesday (100+ miles each day) Drive down to Primm/jean Thursday Ride Desert/Red Rocks Friday (100+ miles), load up after, drive to Mesquite and grab a hotel Saturday ride out to Bar 10 (100 miles) and stay at ranch in the Grand Canyon Sunday ride in GC out to Toroweap (100+ miles), stay at ranch Monday ride back out to Mesquite (100+ miles), load up, start driving home and grab hotel around Glenwood Springs Co Tuesday drive to western Indiana area Wednesday drive back to NY The first comment I hear from most people is "OMG that's a lot of driving, you're crazy". It really isn't bad (as long as you don't look at it on a map) - it's two long days of driving and you're in-country. You could push and drive straight through, but I prefer to get some reasonable sleep each nite as it ends up being the same amount of time for travel and sleep if you bonzai out and then spend a day sleeping - it just depends on how you want to break it up. Tuesday: This year I had an extra day in the schedule, so we decided on two days in the Moab area (last year I left a day later and only had one) - so we did the first day in Moab proper riding Soverign Trail and Kane Creek. With a stop for lunch, this took up most of the day Tuesday. Sovereign has a good mix of slick rock and sandy rock trails with some challenging sections. It's a fun trail and gives you a good sense of what Moab is all about. Kane Creek is just a fun ride, starting with a super rocky 2-track section that then drops down and dances back and forth across a river/wash. In the last few miles, there's a split in the trail where you can either go up and over a rock quarry or down along the riverside. Last year I went over the top, so this year we dropped down to the river. Wednesday: On Tuesday nite we stayed in Green River, and Wednesday morning we headed down to White Wash Sand Dune Recreation Area (thanks to http://www.dirtbikeutah.net/ for the tracks and recommendations on the order of trails to follow). We did a 50 mile loop which took most of the day to complete. I was absolutely blown away by WWSDRA - it offers a bit of everything - slick rock, sand, rocks and desert trails, whoops, tubes, easy parts, challenging parts, scary ledges where you could easily fall to your death, you name it. Wednesday nite we loaded up and drove to Richfield - to reduce some of the drive on Thursday. Thursday we slept in a bit and took our time getting down to Primm - while down there, we crossed into California to take a peek at the Ivanpah Solar Facility Friday: Friday morning was our first day riding with the Crawdad Offroad Events (CORE) crew, who provided a GPS track of 100+ miles of singletrack riding out in the desert outside of Goodsprings. A mix of rocky trail, sand and washouts, it's a rip-snortin' good time of fast riding and deflecting off of everything. The ride winds it's way out to Red Rock, then over to Bonnie Springs for lunch (they make a great burger), then back out on singletrack to Goodsprings to load up and head out to Mesquite that night. Saturday: On Saturday morning there's a brief rider's meeting where you drop off a bag with the CORE crew (who brings them out to Bar 10 via truck), prep the bikes and head out to Bar 10. It's mostly 2-track rocky roads with some washouts, with a few steep rocky downhill sections of switchbacks to bring you down into the valley. It's quite beautiful. After you arrive at Bar 10, you top off your tanks and then head down a 9 mile rocky descent to an overlook about 1500 ft over the Colorado river. The views are absolutely incredible, the road is GNARLY as &%$#@!, and it's HOT. But amazing. It'd be a bit of a challenge to get a big bike down there - certainly doable, but it would be a challenge. Back at Bar 10, they provide a few types of lodging - you can stay inside in a room with 4 bunk beds (there are 5 or 6 rooms of 4 bunks each), outside in covered wagons, or on the deck on a cot with sleeping bags, etc. Bar 10 provides breakfast and dinner while at the ranch, and provide sandwiches and snacks to take during the Sunday ride out to Toroweap. Sunday: Sunday there are a few options out to Toroweap (all around 100 miles each) - an "easy way" of dirt roads and two track, an "intermediate way" with some slightly harder trails, or the "hard way", which runs up an 8 mile never-ending rockbed up and over Mt Logan. I took the hardway both trips, and it's all about enduring the bashing to your hands LOL. I have no photos of the trail because stopping is not recommended. Once you get to the top, it turns into a winding 2-track trail through the woods and it's absolutely beautiful up there. From there the trail runs out towards Toroweap, with a small section of singletrack cutting through the scrub before rejoining the road just before the Toroweap ranger station. That road then weaves its way out to the overlook, where you stop for lunch and to take in the views. Unlike a typical tourist-heavy Grand Canyon ecperience, at Toroweap there are no gates, fences, or obstructions of any kind - you can sit out on the rocks, with your feet hanging over the edge, munching on a delicious sandwich and take in the views about 3500ft above the river. It's incredible. Monday: On Monday you load your bags back into the truck, top off your tanks and head back out to Mesquite. There are two routes to choose from - back out on the 2-track roads you came in on, or an alternate route that runs out across open land, over rocky hills, down into washes, etc. It's my favorite part of the ride, because you're really just "out there riding". It's a faster-paced day with lots of wide open 2-track until you hit the last section, which heads over the Piute Wilderness Area over the mountain through some really rocky sections before a series of long very rocky downhill switchbacks to the floor. I ran into an interesting predicament this time around - I'm still not sure how it happened, but one handlebar clamp bolt snapped in the tree as were crossing the rockiest section on the way out. I didn't fall or shock the bars in any spectacular fashion, and I didn't even realize it had happened until we stopped to let a friend add some air to a leaking tube. I pulled everything apart, saw the bolt was snapped and the other bolt was bent a bit. I gingerly put it all back together, left one side unfastened (I didn't have a spare bolt of that size, and it was good and frozen in the clamp and well snug in the tree), wire-tied the bars on the broken side to the tree and wrapped it in a large strip of velcro. I then did the rest of the ride, down the switchbacks, holding on to the bars with my fingertips only and steadying myself with my knees against the seat. Yea, not fun LOL. I can't say enough good stuff about Chris/The CORE crew - they put on an amazing event that you should really do at least once. He's a true rider who "gets it", and puts a ton of love and effort into making the experience memorable. He puts on a few other events on the left coast, and if you are even remotely close to that side of the country (or not, if you don't mind the drive), it's worth doing one or more of them. http://www.crawdadoffroadevents.com/
  26. Dude you did great!
  27. Bikes parked, and walking around DC. #2wheeladv #explore #travel #photooftheday… https://t.co/FoZ0aPKKxq

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