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  1. michdave

    Videos of Big Bikes Being Ridden Well!

    The KTM Rally down under looks sick!!!
  2. Awesome looking trip! Made me a little envious! I did a trip last year through Colorado and Utah but I was solo. I met some awesome folks and had a great time, but I would love to do another with a riding partner to help keep the competitive spirit alive! Ha-ha Great video and thanks for sharing!
  3. michdave

    Videos of Big Bikes Being Ridden Well!

    A. Reimann has another one of him on his 1190. A lot of the video is "meh" because it's all helmet cam footage. ( I just think that watching a video that way gets a little boring). But at the end, he putting it through it's paces in some sand.
  4. Good morning Alain, I don't have any exact dates set yet, but as things warm up a bit, I will start planning some! I've been speaking with another fellow via XLadv who is interested in riding together as well. He's on a smaller bike, so him and I (because we live close) have discussed us actually trailering there, and setting camp up on the outside edge (near Harrisonburg, VA). To do that, I would have to get register for a camp site, but as far as riding in the GW & J NF, all of the fire and access roads are opened to plated and registered street vehicles. So if you have a plate and your bike is registered for street use, you are good to go! No more permits required. I've ridden and camped out there numerous times and have never had an issue. Normally I'll run into some hunters here and there, who almost always smile and wave. Locals who have always been really nice, and occasionally a few Jeeps or other off roaders playing around on the roads. All of them have been pretty good about letting bikes pass by and saying hi. As far as camping off the bike goes, I've learned to go a bit deeper into the woods just because local kids tend to wander out and about at night; kids being kids. I've never had an issue but you'll hear them sometimes hooting and hollering in the distance. My motto just has been, "out-of-site, out-of-mid" and I leave no traces of where I've been. I'm pretty adamant about taking out what I brought in and not trying to destroy or trash anything. Sort of the same goes for riding, I love riding off road and exploring. I twist the wrist when it needs to be or occasional for fun, but I try not to ride like a butt-head around other drivers/vehicles, hunters, or horse riders. I guess I have the mindset that we are all ambassadors for our sport. If you're nice and courteous, folks will see you in a better light as opposed to the guys tearing stuff up and making a bunch of noise. Unfortunately I have seen a bunch on groups trying to shut down road/trail use for motored vehicles so I try to convince anyone I don't know that most of us are good folks who care about conserving our forest as much as the next guy. But, that got long winded! Thanks for reading and responding! As soon as I have a good weekend I can get out and the weather looks as if it's going to play along, I will post it here and try to get some folks out there! With the limited responses and audience, I don't think we'll run into an issue of having "too many" people. If you have a date that you would like to come down, post it here as well and I'll see what I can do about making it happen on my end! Thanks Dakrider
  5. I hope this is the right area of the forum. My intent is to create a thread where like minded adventure and dual sport riders who enjoy riding in the George Washington & Jefferson National Forest can plan and organize riding together or even sharing a camp. These forest offer 1.8 million acres of public land that include lakes, ponds, swamps, rivers, creeks and more. 1.02 million acres of that is undeveloped, granting us a lot to explore! Included in that is 3000 miles of forest roads. Win! If you haven't ridden there, it really is a beautiful place to ride, and I recommend giving it a shot. Many of the forest roads are graded pretty well and would be easy for a novice rider. I have explored and found a few roads that get rougher and are considered "jeep trails", but I navigated them on a fully loaded, street tire wearing R1200GS Adventure; so they're definitely "doable" on smaller machines. If you'd like to learn some more about the forest, check out the Forest Service's page at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/gwj So, maybe start it with an introduction, and folks can make some new riding buddies. A few things to include may be: 1) What you ride 2) Age/Location/Distance from GW & JNF entry 3) Camper or day rider Guess I'll start. I live in southern Maryland were the riding, in my opinion, isn't always ideal. I hardly ride to base because of how aggressive and fast folks drive up MD5/301. (I work at Andrews AFB ) There are very few areas to ride of pavement, so I often find myself heading south to cross in to Virginia and then riding west to enjoy the mountain air and less aggressive drivers! Because it's a 3 1/2-4 hour ride out there, I often camp at least one night. Last year I left work a few times Friday afternoon to ride out there and camp just inside the forest, ride all day Saturday exploring and return home that evening. They usually allowed me to log a solid day of 250-350 miles depending on my pace. I started building a new camping set-up this year that involves hammocks (all those hammock campers finally convinced me that I need to give it a shot). I ride a KTM 1190 Adventure R, but grew up riding on dirt so I'm pretty comfortable off road. Actually, I prefer the gravel to the tarmac when I ride. We're experiencing a freak snow storm now, so I can't tell exactly when I'll be riding next but I will post on here every time I plan on heading out there and anyone is welcome to join. Thanks and ride safe! Dave
  6. michdave

    Good morning from Maryland, USA

    Maxxis makes some M6024 scooter tires that are pretty awesome for $45 a piece. I told the wife that I would like to get a set for us to wander fire roads. If you get a minute, check out their promotional video, it's pretty entertaining.
  7. michdave

    Good morning from Maryland, USA

    Thank you! Nice looking collection. I was trying to find some nice Trail 70/90's prior to getting the Grom's but those things are selling for more than what they were brand new! Ha-ha We even looked at getting into some KLX110's but with the Grom's being street legal, it makes it easy to cruise and around down town La Plata, or the back roads around here. They are a riot. Also, nice Monster! I had an S2R 800 Monster way back when, and I loved that bike. There's just something about those Ducatis...Love'em! And I would defiantly be up for some riding! I'll respond to the PM.
  8. michdave

    Hi from Georgia

    Oh man! That had to be pain in the a$$. He's lucky he was riding with someone! I know with my GSA, you would be clipping along at a decent rate thinking every thing was going good...but that damn tele lever front suspension would creep out of no where and bite you in the ass off road. On road it handled great, but off road it just didn't have the "feel" that a standard fork has. Mix that with a 19" front wheel and there were more than a few times it bit me and I ended up with my coming out from underneath me. Luckily most of them were in the Utah sand and it's pretty forgiven to crash in that soft stuff. Well keep in touch and if you ever venture up to see your dad in MD and bring the bike, pack your gear and we'll go for a ride!
  9. michdave

    Hi from Georgia

    Justin, nice set up! I'm sort of building something very similar. I picked up a 1190R in October down in Asheville, NC (not sure how close you are to them). After having a big heavy GSA with heavy bags that led me to pack way too much on my last Colorado trip, I decided I needed something lighter and faster. (The old sport biker in me was craving a few more ponies). But the dealer through in a Giant Loop Great Basin, and I picked up a tank bag to match an started building my light weight camp set-up. I laughed when I saw your picture because I just picked up my hammock and tarp set-up, and have slowly been working on the rest. I mounted the bag for the first time today on the bike to see how it felt. It's still a bit cold up here in Southern MD, so I have yet to try all of this stuff out. I ride the Ap's as well, just a touch north of you. ha-ha
  10. michdave

    Good morning from Maryland, USA

    Hey Bryan, Thanks for the welcome. Those Grom's are a riot! I dare someone to ride one and not smile...I think it would be impossible. Ha-ha My brother recently came to visit after we bought them, and we bundled up and took about a 20 mile ride and he got back an said that he enjoyed riding it more than his VTX1300. That cracked me up. But with the MSF thing, it is only a part-time gig for me. I have really only conducted my training and while doing that I stepped in a assisted some other instructors with their class and ran a few exercises. This next year I should start instructing for a local community college as well as on the Air Force base here and there. The way I got into it is that I called the MSF directly who put me in contact with Maryland's DMV and a gentlemen in charge or motorcycle training and licensing. He explained to me that in Maryland, most of the MSF classes are conducted for the state, but by local colleges. To apply to become an instructor, I had to contact a college (luckily I live about 5 miles from a community college that conducts the training), and apply for them to "sponsor" me. If they accepted, they cover the cost of the training with a agreement that I will instruct for them a few years. In my case, it'll be about 2 1/2-3 years before the USAF lets me move. Surprisingly, it was quite the application process and included not only their application forms, but a written letter about why I want to instruct, why I would be a good instructor, how do I feel about ATGATT, etc. I was selected, and then I started attending a class that was put on by the MSF/DMV in conjunction together. It was cool,...most of the time. Ha-ha I will explain. First off, it is a loooong class. It was nearly every weekend and an occasional Thursday or Friday for 3 months. Once they provide you the materials for the class, you are expected to know the material prior to starting. A few folks didn't and it slowed the process up quite a bit. With that, regardless of your riding experience, you are expected to teach EXACTLY according to MSF rules, regulations and provided instructions; including verbiage and terminology. It doesn't sound like much, but try breaking life-long habits of silly things like saying "hit the kill switch" (Engine Cut-off switch), "grab the clutch" (squeeze the clutch level), and others. So, it was a very involved and time consuming process. Originally we had about 20 applicants, and only 4 of us made it all the way through. Many applicants refused to believe the curriculum and instruct by it, many failed to memorize the exercises, and you wouldn't believe the amount of folks who simply couldn't navigate the Basic RiderCourse time after time. It was sort of interesting and hard not to notice that a majority of the applicants who did not make it through were all mature riders who had been riding for years, and mostly came from the HD crowd. (Actually the HD stores sponsored applicants as well for their dealership lead classes). That's not to deter anyone from applying, but I just found it interesting. Often I heard, "well if I was on my Electra-Glide I could navigate this", or such other like terms. Many had issues with the figure eight and said it couldn't be done on a bigger bike, so I loaded the GSA up one day with a full load and had to prove them wrong. I will actually get paid by the college when I start instructing this year, but it isn't something to live off of because most schools have about 8-10 instructors who all work part time to cover the classes. They are held normally on Wed, Thur, or Friday evening for the first classroom stuff, and then the two days of range work on Sat and Sun. Most folks simply couldn't cover every single weekend, so what my school does is send out a schedule with all the classes and instructor requirements and we send back which days we can cover and they build a schedule. So, you do get paid, but it is full-time. From my understanding, wages vary on location. If you can commit to the instructional time and you're willing to change a few bad habits to instruct others, I'd say go for it! My compensation is actually quite well and I like that it keeps involved in the motorcycling community.
  11. (I cheated and copied this from my profile page) Hello! My name is David, and I'm originally a Michigan resident (if my user name didn't give it away). About 10 years ago though I joined the Air Force and that has moved me all over the place. I'm 33 years old and I've been riding since the age of 6 or 7. I started out on ATVs, then when I started working at a dealership my friends told me that the cool kids can't ride those, and they got me on a dirt bike. I was hooked. I worked at the dealer for about 7-8 years before joining the military, and even since joining I've worked part time at a few shops, and most recently became a MSF Ridercoach and I instruct at a local college. As much as I love motorcycles, I love the motorcycling community and pretty much all aspects of the sport. I've owned (way too many) about 25 different motorcycles ranging from CRF50's, to 250 & 450cc motocross bikes, a KTM 560SMR, Ducati Monster and Hyperstrada, a beautiful Aprilia RSV1000 Mille, BMW R1200GSA, and the most current rides....my KTM 1190 Adventure R and my wives and mine matching Honda Grom MSX125s. I currently live in Maryland, and as many motorcyclist as there are around here, I've had a hard time finding folks near my age group who ride in the Adventure genre. Although there seems to be some folks that have this style of bike, not many are keen on off-roading, and being an old dirt biker, the off-pavement stuff feels most at home. I'm sure many can relate to this feeling. So I normally find myself riding solo and I have built my current bike and camping setup accordingly. As far as actual "Adventure riding" trips, since getting into it last year with the GSA, I took two weeks to ride some of the COBDR and out in Moab. Most of my riding is weekend trips out to the George Washington National Forest to enjoy nature and the forest roads/trails out there. Phew...that was long winded. Thanks for reading and ride safe! Dave
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