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    Speed! Mountain bikes, Mopars, Snowboards, Moto, F1. Friends and even some solitude. Hiking, Snowshoeing, Trail building. My dog and lazy days at the homestead. Beer!

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  1. Beautiful dog! Sorry for your loss. A well traveled dog is a happy one. Good for you to take him along.
  2. These are what my local dealer had. They've held up great for about 4 years of weekly rides. No brand loyalty. Just wanted quality and a biner to keep it hooked while loading. Ratchet straps are a pain.
  3. If you do decide to quit, it's better that you decide, rather than the wife telling you to quit. Harmony?? I got a sweet deal on a barely used bike a couple of years ago when the guy twisted his ankle and "the boss" told him to sell. I'm pretty sure that guy still regrets "their" decision.
  4. Sonora pass, Ca. Too much snow for an extended ride, but a good one anyway. Rode thru or around many snow drifts.
  5. Lots of good advice posted. I ride mostly solo. Small groups are best, especially when everyone is on board with the ride plan and don't ruin things for everyone by riding ahead and getting separated from the group at junctions or "checking out a trail". Extroverts can be annoying at breaks/junctions as conversation interrupts the ride. That being said, it can morph into a learning experience. Don't be too wary of solo rides. Just dial it back to a reasonable pace. You will eventually meet others of like mind and create lasting friendship.
  6. Troll fest!! Who started this?
  7. I don't remember where I bought this, but it's some kind of hunting rain shell. Double thick on the shoulders and sleeves. Resists snagging from branches/brush. Blocks wind chill fairly well even when wet. Unzip it for tight trails or pack it up or you will get hot. The hood can buffet around a bit at higher speeds during desert or dual sport/ street use. Around $50. I got it a couple years ago for a trip in Southern Oregon where it rained almost every day the whole week we were there. Always in my gear bag. Used it today in fact. Just hose it off when muddy.
  8. Check out the comments for this "event" on the Fox news feed for a perspective on the general public's thought process. Weird.
  9. +1 on the Q4. My E had a Yoshimura pipe when I got it. I used their insert for a while to quiet it down, but didn't like the sound of it. I installed a Q4 and power bomb header from my previous bike. Power seems the same, but a quieter, deeper note. Too loud for me without the spark arrestor in.
  10. Thanks, Wayne! I wish I had stayed longer. Its a huge National park!
  11. Thanks! Some food for thought. When I was in Death Valley, I met a guy that flew in to Vegas from Connecticut. He then rented a KLR 650 in Vegas and rode in and around D.V. for a week. The bike was setup well with guards and Mosko bags.
  12. OK. Not all with the DRZ, but arguably some good landscape. One from when I cut a rear tire on the DRZ. Some from last week in Death Valley. A couple from today. Tire testing on the DR650.
  13. I did go the gold valve route on my 650. Well worth the time/cost. At first it seemed a bit stiff in compression, but it controls the rear wheel thru washboard nicely. Soaks up big hits and isnt harsh. No guesswork for the shim stack. Be honest about your ability/weight and requirements when getting valving setups from RaceTech. I would also recommend an upgrade for the forks as well, if not done already. Options abound. I went with R.T. cartridge emulators and stiffer springs. Takes a bit of fiddling around with oil weights and settings with emulators, but again, worth the time and effort.
  14. That is very weak of Just Gas tanks and Clarke to even ship that tank to anyone without being forthcoming AND offering an equitable discount. I'd be pissed too. We appreciate your posting this. Good luck rectifying your issue.
  15. Sure, a floodlight pattern would be great for off road and being visible to others during the day, but something to consider is an upper cutoff zone, so as to not blind oncoming trafffic. But then again I see these lifted trucks with light bars on the roof in use on the street, so why should I care?