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oldgrunt

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    Enduro riding, saving the sport of off-road riding and supporting our troops.

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  1. oldgrunt

    Open Invite: Wednesday Jan 16th @ Tahuya/Men's Day

    I put the sine wave controller on mine and have plenty of power with traction everywhere. It is impossible to stall it. The downhill MT bike suspension is pretty plush and it only weighs 110 pounds. If I do have to manhandle it over or around a downed tree it is no big deal. The drawback is limited range. I had to quit chasing Tiger today with only 10 miles on the odo. It read 21 miles with only 9% left on the battery when I got back to my start point.
  2. oldgrunt

    Open Invite: Wednesday Jan 16th @ Tahuya/Men's Day

    I will chase you for a while on my electric Sur Ron.
  3. oldgrunt

    Shelton Dirt Rider Update

    Another good turn out of workers today. A special thanks to Highmarker for bringing some experienced trail builders with him. The Tacoma M/C will have lot of new single track for their Wet Duck Poker Run this year.
  4. oldgrunt

    Shelton Dirt Rider Update

    Mostly middle aged workers today. But there were families riding with their kids in area 3 which we promote as the place to teach kids how to ride. We cleared about a mile of new trail there today and then burned it in in with our bikes. Went for a good ride afterward and will repeat tomorrow. Eric and I had 24 workers in our group. Over 30 workers went with Dave Hiatt to clear trail in another section of the SDR leased land. Dave said they got a lot done.
  5. oldgrunt

    Shelton Dirt Rider Update

    We had over 50 riders turn out for todays trail building work party. Got a lot done and put in a good ride afterward. I hope for a good turn out tomorrow also.
  6. oldgrunt

    Shelton Dirt Rider Update

    That is the number to text to.
  7. oldgrunt

    Shelton Dirt Rider Update

    Great. Are you planning to meet me at the Belfair McDonald's?
  8. oldgrunt

    Northwest TT riders that contribute to our sport

    Unfortunately our politicians already have their "get out of jail free" card. It is the Washington State Supreme Court. which OK'd a million dollar plus theft of our ORV funds just a couple of years ago. And they did that in spite of knowing that the taking of funds dedicated for a specific purpose and spending them for an unelated purpose is strictly forbidden by the Constitution of the State of Washington.
  9. oldgrunt

    Shelton Dirt Rider Update

    I am the mid week work party. Give me a call.
  10. oldgrunt

    Shelton Dirt Rider Update

    PM me your phone number and I will call to answer all your questions. Sunday is also a work day. Bring the bike.
  11. oldgrunt

    Shelton Dirt Rider Update

    It is our belief that the positive results Green Diamond has obtained by letting responsible dirt bike riders lease their land will be attractive to other logging companies nation wide and Canada should be no different. We have been very active in removing trash for them. Our first work party in 2016 collected over 100 cubic yards of trash, over 200 junk tires and close to a ton of scrap metal. We provided the labor and Green Diamond paid the dump fees. We also act as eyes and ears for them for fire watch and to discourage vandalism and theft from their properties. As a result Green Diamond has greatly expanded the area they will let us ride on. The key is simple. We all agree to be responsible for our own actions. We build trails to professional standards designed to eliminate erosion while protecting tree growth. We don't spin donuts in their logging roads and we ride safely with the intent to keep the area family friendly.
  12. oldgrunt

    Shelton Dirt Rider Update

    John will probably be prepared to renew memberships at the work party but I don't know for sure. Th best way to communicate with him is through text messages.
  13. oldgrunt

    Shelton Dirt Rider Update

    We are now entering the 3rd year of the relationship between Shelton Dirt Rider, LLC and the Green Dimond Resources Corporation, which I believe to be one of the biggest logging companies in the United States. The growing acreage John Eaton is opening up on private land for dirt riders through his interaction with GD keeps astonishing me. We are on our way to having more land open to us than what is available in the Tahuya Forest. 16 years or so ago GD made the decision to gate off this land and completely close it to motorized use by ORV's. Today GD is not only happy to have some us dirt riders on their property they have gone out of their way to help us succeed. For example: There were two large tracks of land that were privately owned within the first acreage GD opened up to SDR use. Both owners of those parcels did not want to hear dirt bikes anywhere near their property and let GD know it. GD made them an offer they could not refuse, bought the land and opened it up to SDR use. We used to try to stay a good distance from those parcels. Now we are going to clear dirt bike trails through those parcels. If anyone reading this would like to see what we are building and don't mind picking up sticks we have a work party going this coming weekend. We will be picking up slash (tree limbs) to clear new trails through recent clear cuts in the morning and riding them to burn them in in the afternoon. Rubber gloves advised. These new single track trails will be included in the course for the 2019 Wet Duck Poker Run. Non members are welcome to come along to see what we are like and what we have to offer. You will need to sign a waiver the same as you would for any organized motorcycle event. Snacks and bottled water is provided for all workers. Early birds only need to apply. I will be having breakfast at the Belfair McDonalds at 7:15 AM Saturday. I will be wearing a grey and red SDR jacket and red SDR hat. The gate we need to be at by 8:15 is a half hour away.
  14. oldgrunt

    Northwest TT riders that contribute to our sport

    Thank you Tod for pointing out the fact that John Eaton's efforts are making a difference. It is in fact a difference so big that most of the riders in the Pacific Northwest do not comprehend the scope of it. During the past two years the members of Shelton Dirt Riders, LLC (it is not a club) have made such a good impression on the management of the Green Diamond logging company that they are going out of their way to help us expand the SDR area of operation. For example: 1. There were two large tracts of acreage within the first 18,000 acres leased to SDR that were privately owned. Both owners of that land did not like us and let Green Diamond know it. Green Diamond made them an offer they could not refuse, bought them both out and turned the land over to SDR use. 2. They have informed John of their long term plans for Green Diamond Puget Sound holdings pointing out thousands of more acres they are willing to open up to exclusive SDR motorized access. We are presently somewhere around 25,000 acres, and growing. In the not too distant future we will have a bigger riding area that the ORV area of the Tahuya Forest. And there is more to come after that. 3. They have made building materials available to John free of charge to assist his efforts. Think about that. Here we have a logging company that has come to prefer off road riders over all others who want to use their private land for recreational purposes. And it happens to be one of the biggest logging companies in the United States. I could go on but this is not the thread to do so in. Our first work parties for 2019 are coming up and I will bump last years SDR thread to inform interested riders of what is going on.
  15. oldgrunt

    Tahuya Tuesday, New Year's Day Ride, Open Invitation

    I expect to make this one. Weather forecast is good this time.
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