Bear Rider

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  1. In reality, a cowboy's bedroll was carried in a wagon on the trail drive, because it was a canvas tarp around several wool blankets, made a roll at least two feet in diameter, and weighed a young ton!
  2. If you're interested in hammocks, this is probably the best information source out there: Careful though, you might find yourself looking at yardage and wondering how you are going to sew it up.
  3. A forum focused on camping techniques and equipment geared to motorcycle or ATV travel would be appropriate for this site. It might even include recipes.
  4. That's about how quick mine is. Most of my riding is highway, with short stretches of gravel and sand too bad for a street bike, so it usually runs out at about 70 mph in light traffic. I realise that part of the difficulty is simply finding and turning the valve with winter gloves on. It's further foward and closer to the bottom of the tank than on any of my other bikes, so I have trouble. By the time I get it sorted out, it's time to hit the shoulder before I end up as a hood ornament on vehicle behind me.
  5. Your point of view would be valid if you were speaking of a natural forest that had been periodically burnt over. However there are no such forests left in this country. A century of fire suppression has left us with solid tracts of forests rich with fuel, not the mixed meadows and forests that occur naturally. A fire left completely unsuppressed in such an environment might burn for months and cover hundreds or even thousands of square miles.
  6. Thanks for the responses, guys. I guess that I'll have to modify my riding habits a little and go to reserve earlier. Given that this is a 97 that spent most of its life sitting, I'd probably better pull the tank and check the fuel tank and lines just a matter of course. I'll do that this winter when it's too cold to be riding.
  7. This is the only bike that I've had that I couldn't switch to reserve on the fly. With the other bikes, the motor would stumble a bit, and then run normally after a few seconds. This thing just QUITS. Is this normal for the DR?
  8. Thus far I've put about 1000 miles on my '97 DR-650, almost as much as the original owner put on it. The only problem that I've run across thus far is that if I fail to switch to reserve before running out of fuel, the engine is very difficult to restart. All three times, the engine would not restart without a great deal of coaxing. I've tried various combinations of choke, sloshing the tank over, and switching the valve between reserve, run, and prime. Eventually the bike restarts, but I have yet to figure out the combination that does it. Any comments or thoughts would be appreciated.
  9. There are quite a few areas in the southwest that are not covered by cellular service, and there will be blind spots even in the areas that are covered. Unless that GPS unit has a satellite-band TRANSMITTER, it won't do you any more good than the cell phone, other than to tell you at least the approximate area where you are down.
  10. 1997 650 -- 2000 miles, no leaks. I also have a 2002 Savage, which has the same situation -- 14000 miles, no leaks.
  11. Re: United Way. No thanks. I like to make my contributions directly, not finance some crooked director's mansion.
  12. You have three increasingly unpleasant truths that you're going to have to face here. First, you've warned your friend numerous times. You've fulfilled any obligation that you have to him. Second, you can't save people from themselves. Third, this self-centered ass is likely to get YOU hurt if you stay around him. Hopefully, he will have an accident painful enough to get his attention, but not too serious. If he doesn't learn in time, it's just another proof of John Wayne's maxim: "Life is tough. It's really tough if you're stupid!"
  13. I saw this bike during testing several years back. I wasn't really all that impressed with it -- certainly not enough to pay a five figure price for one. Given the high compression ratios required by diesels, I question the longetivity of the engine and starter mechanisms.
  14. Booze is a bad idea when you're cold. It actually aids the onset of hypothermia by increasing the flow of blood to the skin and extremities, thus robbing your body core of heat. Oh well, at least you'll be happy as you turn into an ice cube
  15. Pretty good list, ThreeJane. Since you ride alone, you might think about adding a few ounces more for the situtation where you end up waiting (possibly even overnight) because the bike died in an area with no cell phone coverage, you sprained the bejesus out of an ankle or knee, and it's five miles out. I'd suggest a light stove, possibly an esbit. It's about the size of a deck of cards, and will hold six fuel tables, each enough to heat up soup or broth. Couple that with a metal cup stuffed with bouillion cubes and dry soup and you can have something HOT in a matter of minutes. Add a space blanket to keep the wind/rain off, and you're a lot better off than before. I've noticed that very few of the emergency kits include a light source. Either everyone thinks that they'll be home by dark or a flashlight is so normal that everyone forgets to mention it. I carry a little LED headlamp from Wallmart. It's nice for working after dark because both hands are free.