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    I travel for work all over and stay in one place for months at a time. I like to sample the local offroad riding wherever I stay and meet up with local TT'ers.
  1. Yes. Devils Peak, Larch Mt. (I think that was the name). It was a LONG, loose climb. Also did Ermine Ridge (up only), Dixie Queen, & Kickbush amongst others. Someone previously insinuated that chunking knobs might be because I'm a wheel spinner. I understand where that assumption might come from. But, just for clarification, that couldn't be further from the truth for me. I prefer tractable power. There's no traction with spinning. I am a big boy though (260 lbs. neckid) , and that's probably why I tear up tires with smaller lugs and more space between the lugs. Bigger lugs or closer spaces between lugs mean less torsional stress per sq. in. on the knobs, and less chunking for me. For longevity and less trail damage I actually prefer the MotoZ extreme hybrid gummy when I'm just trail riding. They're more expensive, but have a very stiff sidewall allowing me to run my Tubliss system really low (4 psi), which helps me get great straight-line traction over difficult terrain, and they last FOREVER. If you're not a member of PANTRA, you should hook up with them. Great people! I've ridden with members every time I've been up in the area.
  2. I'm in Alabama for work right now and that 525 hooks up really well down here in the sand, mud, and small roots. I would never use it in the Idaho mountains though. With the soft gummy compound those rocks will tear it up quick (chunking). There is so little mud and deep sand to deal with up there comparitively that the 505 would be the go to choice for me on the Shinko's. To me it's a decision between the Sedona and the 505. My experience is that the 505 will hook up slightly better, but the Sedona will last longer. I would base my decision on those two factors. I've been happy with both tires. I've spent some time riding the Independence Creek system, Canfield, and some time in the Silver Valley. I have also ridden in NE Oregon, Naches, and Gifford Pinchot in Washington. My remarks would apply to all of the above when discussing these 3 tires.
  3. I ran a Sedona MX907HP when I was at Gold Creek Lodge last 4th of July weekend. Hard terrain tire that is good in the hard pack, but the lugs have good separation so I got good grip going up and over what I think was Larch Mt. trail if I remember right (loose, gravely, steep climb). There are other tires that have a "gummy" tread that give really good traction like the 505 Cheater, but won't last nearly as long in the north Idaho stuff. So if budget is a concern, I've had good luck with that tire. Another tire that I have liked in that type of riding is the MotoZ extreme hybrid. A bit more pricey, but wears like iron (haven't tried the "gummy" version yet). For trail riding and trying not to tear things up, it gives good traction without the trail damage of a traditional knobby. Many good choices to go with. With all the variables of bikes, riders, and purposes, you just have to see what works best for you.
  4. Wish I could give you a comparison of both bikes but I can't. I do however have the 430 and will try to fill in some of the blanks for you on it. For open terrain the 430 is a fun bike to ride. Mine is street legal and runs nicely down the road when I've needed it too. I weigh 260 w/o gear and when I ride more technical terrain it can get away from me with a little more hit than I want for a difficult situation. This is most likely contributed to it's nature to rev quicker. I spent years on an XR400, so I do like to tractor in technical terrain. The easy fix for me on that situation was to buy the G2 throttle cam system. I can take the quicker revving nature out of it with the change of a cam when I'm riding technical mountain terrain. It's not quite XR tractor level, but it will lug through things pretty well for me. I can then go back to the standard cam for hare scrambles, fire roads, or more open trail. The change out takes 5-10 minutes and the cam system gives you 3 choices to play with. In a winter race series that I do in the Ozarks, there is a local pro that runs the 390 and loves it. He's tried other model Betas, but the 390 is his bike of choice. He's right around the 200 lb. mark, so it seems to me that if a local pro thinks the 390 has enough power in a race situation, it should have enough for those of us a little lower on the skill ladder. Maintenance on my 430 has been pretty simple. One valve adjustment at the regular interval. Minimal adjustment made ( my mechanic said it was borderline of still being within spec), and changed the oil pump gears to steel gears at that time. Other than that it's just been, clean the air filter and change the oil and filter regularly. Most of my maintenance has been to fix the result of the nut connecting the handlebar to the seat coming loose.
  5. This is the dealer I work with in Missouri. Their main business has been auto body work for years. They still do that work. If you go to their online store they have touch up paint that they have color matched themselves. It's under the bling category on the 2nd page.
  6. Out in the Pacific NW in the National Forests, there are some single track trails that are very technical and include steep declines into sharp right hand turns. A front brake only will want to make the bike push in the turns and cause you to go over the opposite edge. In some cases missing those turns are risky to life and health. To negotiate the turn, application of the rear brake is necessary. No issues on a left hand turn, but the right hand turns present a problem. because of the steepness of the trail, dabbing, or planting the right foot is necessary and you then loose the rear brake, creating a potentially dangerous situation. LHRB takes a significant amount of risk out of those maneuvers. Others have mentioned other valid reasons for the LHRB, but this was my purpose for getting one. If I end up back out in the Pacific NW for work, I will put one back on.
  7. Yeah, it's between the SLR and the Clake 2 for me. If I go SLR I plan to swap functions on the two levers like you suggested. If I do it, I most likely will loose the foot pedal completely though.
  8. I had the Rekluse LHRB. Not enough braking power for me. It was like using a bicycle brake. Now, to be fair to Rekluse, I ride a 430 that is armored up. I am 260lbs. w/o riding gear (probably 280 when fully geared up for a remote mountain ride). So that poor little brake may not have ever had a fighting chance. I took it off. I’ve been in Alabama for about a year for work, so I haven’t had a need for a LHRB as there isn’t any riding technical enough to necessitate one here. If I find myself back in technical western terrain, I may give the Clake a try. I’m just having a difficult time figuring out which set up to go with.
  9. Thanks. I kept rewatching my helmet cam footage and wondering why I wasn't getting the power to the ground any quicker coming out of those turns. I forgot that I had a throttle tamer on with the mellowest cam available for my usual rock riding. I just changed back to the stock cam to get the power to the ground quicker in this sand. Hopefully that helps.
  10. Agreed. I have a theory on their numbers. SERA is run "old school". Before the internet, enduro and hare scramble series were run by and attended by dedicated dirt bike enthusiasts mostly through word of mouth and local bike shops with a focus on dirt riding. #1 - So many bike shops now are "megastores" with people that unfortunately don't really know much about the product that they are selling. This cuts down on a lot of people even learning about what we as enduro and harescramble racers do. The only thing anyone seems to know about in these bike shops is Supercross. #2 - While SERA has a website, Twitter account, and Facebook page, they don't update any of it much. In todays "social media" culture, if you're not promoting yourself constantly, most people loose interest quickly. It's an unfortunate result of our pop culture that has developed over the last 10-15 years. I travel all over the country for work and have participated in racing series from the northwest to the Rocky Mountains to the midwest, to the east coast and now the deep south. I have to admit for as long standing and nationally recognized as SERA is (I knew about it when I lived full time in Wyoming) they do less to promote themselves of any series I've participated in. There is also not much of a presence of SERA races on YouTube. I personally use YouTube a ton to research racing series when I come into an area. I think SERA has a very good organization as evidenced by how many of their races end up on the National Enduro circuit. The races I have been to have been well run. The only issues I have experienced have been computer problems, and those have been sorted out within a day or two. But, in my opinion, the reasons stated above contribute heavily to why their numbers are fairly low.
  11. mississippi

    Work schedule has ramped up considerably. I'm looking at 6 & 7 day work weeks until mid July, so it's looking like I may not be on the bike again until racing picks back up in September. By the way, I think I figured out that we camped next to each other at the Florida race. So, I haven't blown you off for riding at Rattlesnake Bay, work just got crazy.
  12. For trail riding Moab and the mountainous riding in Washington and Idaho, I really liked the Motoz mountain hybrid (the gummy wasn't out then). I didn't like it near as much at Chadwick though (Ozarks) because of the loose gravelly surfaces they tend to have. The 505 cheater and the Sedona MX907HP seem to be the rear tires of choice in that area. I have run the Sedona and liked it a lot, and I have a 505 ready to mount up for when I get back there. I am currently running the 525 cheater down in the south right now and though I don't do much sand and deep mud riding, I think it has performed quite well in those conditions. When it comes down to it, tires are a relative thing where a lot of variables play into it. Bike (2t, 4t), riding style, terrain, size of rider, etc. Just thought I'd throw my 2 cents in from a 53 year old, 260 lb., high C level, rider on a 430 4t.
  13. Doing something different recently. Working in the south and trying to figure out this sand and mud riding thing. Honestly, I'm missing the rocks I'm used to, but I'm learning. Currently I'm in 3rd overall in 40+ C in the SERA enduro series for the year. So I'm pretty pleased with that considering I'm racing with all those young 40 year olds out there. This is from my last race which was a Sprint Enduro format. I see a lot more of this format coming around as we lose more and more land to ride and race on.
  14. I really enjoy my 430. I travel all over the country and do a variety of riding. I put a throttle tamer on it when I'm in the Pacific NW technical. I like the larger displacement than the 350 for when I'm in the Rocky Mt.'s and riding at around 10K ft. It keeps the power up where I need it to lug my 260lb. carcass around. I'm down south right now and trying to figure out the sand and mud riding, so I'm not sure how a different displacement would work in this crap. So, I'm just going to go with "the 430 is the best for it too!" I manage to do some hare scrambles and enduros wherever I go and even though I'm a 50+ C rider, I think the 430 delivers best for the all around different types of riding that I do. With gearing changes, throttle tamer, and tires being the only thing I ever change, I'm happy with my 430. Except for sand and mud. That crap just sucks! Can't wait to get back farther north into the rocks again.
  15. Looks like Chadwick. I'll be glad to get off this job I'm on in the deep south and be back up there for some good riding.