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  1. Oregon

    Hell yes.
  2. Oregon

    Weren't you the guy who went to Moab with me a couple of years back and watched me on that EC250 going nowhere fast regardless of how I shifted? Never pushed so much in my life.
  3. Oregon

    I know any day on a bike is supposed to be a good day but when that day is spent in the snow with a trials tire I start to question that saying.
  4. Oregon

    I'd had mixed results with the tubliss kits. On the one hand I really like how they make tires feel, I might rate a tire a 7 out of 10 with an UHD tube in it but with a tubliss kit in there I would rate it an 8-8.5. Really a noticeable upgrade for me. On the other hand, I have had a fair bit of trouble with them. No more than with tubes, but no less either. I think I have had about three flats on tubes an about the same on tubeless in the past year. When they won't seal up it's maddening. A tube either works or it doesn't, tubeless can seem fine, then start to leak and drive you crazy trying to get it to seal up. I've tried new tires, no problems with my rims, I ran slime (which doesn't help the plugs when you end up needing them) and just had some tire/rim combos that refused to seal up. I ended up yanking them out last year but I have been planning on giving them another go this winter. It is awfully nice to be able to ride on a flat when it happens, and if you carry a spare tube like you do with a tube tire then it's easy enough to swap out in case of a flat you can't fix (bring some rags for the mess though if you run slime). There isn't much you can do without a tube if you tear a knob off like I did at Gifford last year (maybe patch the carcass with a really heavy duty patch?) but I think that is a pretty rare scenario overall, I have only done it once in my life so I'm not going to stay away from tubeless just for that situation. The leaks however..... Long story short, I like how they ride, but don't consider them a panacea and am still undecided if they are worth the effort.
  5. Oregon

    I think it's a fair request, he is just trying to find what others are paying so he can try to get the normal rate. For some reason when he called around and told all of the suspension guys that he wanted to have the most shredical suspension on the west coast they were telling him it would be a grand at least. In their defense, they had no clue exactly what it means to do shredical suspension work so they quoted high in case it ended up being harder than expected.
  6. Looking to ride Saturday but all of my normal riding buddies are busy or injured. Anyone planning a ride I can jump in on Saturday within a couple of hours of Portland? I'm up for whatever from fast and flowy to tight and technical. I'm not the fastest guy around but don't hold anyone up too much. I'm good for up to about 80 miles or so without making arrangements for a fuel stop but I'll take whatever I can find Saturday.
  7. Washington

    He's just giving me crap. The way I recall it as I was carrying my bike out of the rocks I said to him "This is way too easy"....wait, that's now it, I said this is easily the most fun I have ever had on a course. Coolest course, very well marked, nice go arounds where needed on the endurocross section but... It wouldn't have worked with 100-200 riders. The hill climbs were too technical for a few folks and long enough that if they got stuck with no way to get out of the way a bottleneck would quickly form behind them. Plus, due to the mx style start the first guys to the climbs would be the moto guys who may be the least equipped to make the actual hillclimbs (not always the case, but seemed to be how it worked out that day). I would love to see it nearly identical next year but with some go arounds on the tech climbs or maybe just leave them until a little later in the course somehow, something to let the woods riders have a clear shot at the climbs maybe. That said, how could anyone have guessed what the weather would be? It seems like they are stuck with a course designed for the dry that is too difficult in the wet, or a course designed for the wet that is too easy when it's dry. Not sure there is any way around it. Maybe there could be multiple lines thought out ahead of time so it could be easily rerouted on race day when you know what the weather will be? Might be too much work, it's not like these guys are getting rich doing this. As it was I thought it was just amazingly fun. One of the guys who got off to a good start and beat me through the moto section ended up not making the first real climb. Luckily I was able to sneak by him on the climb and not lose momentum but when I came around again next lap two guys were still there. They must have been stuck there for half an hour, if there were 40 riders in my class instead of 4 it would have been a cluster****. And if you asked those guys they may not have thought the course was as much fun as I did. You definitely can't please everyone but I appreciated that this course was a little different, there are a ton of other races around if I want more moto only or woods only, not a lot of all around tests of skill on two wheels like this.
  8. Washington

    I think you just need to slow down. That goes double for any events I may enter where I am in your class, I would recommend slowing way down in those events.
  9. Washington

    I wouldn't call it flaming, I just couldn't pass up giving you crap with the "My 9k bike" comment. I do the same things to guys who go to car forums and complain about the cost of cost of brake pads on their Ferrari. It may have been more accurate to say your bike would last a whole lot longer if you'd just stop riding it so damn fast but that's not nearly as fun and realistically just not going to happen any time soon. The endurocross section wasn't like what you'd see on tv. It wasn't any worse than stuff I've hit on the trail for the most part, I've definitely had tougher log sections out on the trail (but maybe I should stop trying to ride trails after they've been clearcut?) and have had rock sections about that difficulty at Foggy Dew and Moab. It didn't take superman commitment, I don't think it broke any bikes, and made for great photo ops and made it fun to watch for friends and family who might not usually get to see enough action to make it worth the trip. As a guy who doesn't race MX I thought it was great to be able to put on a little show and when it wasn't my race it was cool to be able to watch my friends ride without having to hike half an hour to see the good parts. You're not about to see me signing up for an Endurocross but I'm definitely coming back every time this event is put on. Felt more like a woods race with a special test section. This special test being more about skills than speed. I did dent my pipe, but that was just lowsiding in a flat corner. I had asked Trackmaster privately to please berm all corners next time but he refused so I'm left with no other choice but to buy a pipe guard.
  10. Washington

    I couldn't agree more. I also found cleanup afterwords was tough and the dirt wasn't doing my air filter any favors. Could you pave the main line. Some sort of cover wouldn't hurt either, I hate to run my brand new bike in the rain, I find the water, especially when mixed with dust just destroys bearings. On second thought, my $4000 bike managed to clean that section. Maybe you aren't getting your money's worth out of the 9 grand?
  11. Washington

    Who wasn't on a Husky? It was weird showing up and seeing half the bikes there be Huskys, that was a first for me. The little bikes were working well there. I tried to talk Brandon into running his 125 in Sportsman with me but he wanted to bring out the big guns and fired up the 300. That worked for a bit, he gapped me once, I caught back up, then he gapped me again and after that I figured I'd just let him wear himself out wrestling that beast around those trails. Sure enough a while later I found him and shortly there after he pulled over and let me by. I'm pretty sure I overheard him talking to his bike when I went by, "No mas...". Even better, when I completely blew my third attempt at the Endurocross and had to carry my bike out of the rock garden I appreciated the light weight
  12. I have no issue with your recommendation of Scotts. I own one myself. I was replying to your assertion that there is no reason someone could want damping back to center, both with an example of a situation where someone may want damping back to center, as well as quoting the part of your post related to that. I also own a Scotts myself, which I also posted earlier in this thread, so I would look pretty dumb if I said I didn't like their products. Did you even read my post before coming to the conclusion that I took issue with you liking Scotts dampers? I do agree with you though when you say "horses for courses" but that doesn't quite line up with your earlier statement which sounded more like "why would anyone possibly want to ride that breed of horse, on any course in existence". Or more specifically you asked "why would you want to restrict it from coming back to the straight ahead position" which I quoted and then replied to with an example of why I might want to restrict the bars coming back to the straight ahead position. Sometimes they are turned because I turned them and I would like them to stay where I pointed them. I'm not discounting your opinion, although in the post I quoted you did not say "IN MY OPINION" as you are now saying you did. You asked a question, I answered it. At most I'm discounting your reading comprehension skills. This is a place to share knowledge. If you posted 2+2 = 5 I would come back and And if you post that it's never useful to have two way damping I'll come back and say that I disagree. And if you ask "why would you want that" I'll certainly answer your question, because I'm super helpful like that. But whatever I do, I absolutely will not take the internet personally (or even seriously) so don't worry about that.
  13. Then why does Scotts make both one way and two way dampers? Or did you not realize you made two way dampers before making this comment? It comes down to feel, some people like one way damping, some like both, and some, like me, can't really feel much of a difference. As long as you are getting theoretical instead of actually talking about your experiences with both (have you even tried both before telling us which is best?) consider the situation when you are drifting around a corner with a good amount of counter steer dialed in and you hit a rock mid-corner deflecting your wheel back straight. Wouldn't you want that deflection damped? Again, it comes down to feel and personal preference as much as anything else but I don't think it's correct to state that there is no case when you would want to prevent the wheel getting knocked back straight. Usually when I point the front wheel in a certain direction, whether straight or turned, I don't want it to get knocked around anyplace other than where I have put it. Are you saying you don't want a wheel you have pointed straight getting deflected away from center, but you are fine with having a wheel you have turned for good reason knocked back straight? But that's all in theory, I know of more than one person besides myself who have actually ridden both and don't feel much difference so the one way vs two way damping argument may be more important on paper than on the trail. One of the techs at Scotts has also said that some customers feel a huge difference between one and two way damping, others don't notice it at all so I don't see how someone could make a recommendation based on feel without riding them both, but you could certainly get a great idea about fitment based on pictures.
  14. Interesting, so there is more than one Scotts damper mount that tells you to grind your welds down to make it fit. Great dampers, but that is really, really lame.
  15. I've ridden the GPR (hated it), the MotoSportz (liked it) and the Scotts (liked it). IMHO Scotts has mounts for more bikes which is a plus, but if MotoSportz has a mount for your bike they are always better thought out than the Scotts stuff. For example, on my Scotts on my Husky 125 I had to melt and dent the gas tank. The instructions actually tell you to grind the welds down on the frame to make room for their tower! Really uncool. The MotoSportz unit bolts right on, no grinding or reshaping of the gas tank. Feeling is a wash for me. I liked the idea of the high speed damping adjustment on the Scotts but if you read their manual they warn you to not adjust the high-speed damper in almost any situation. I played with mine a bit but it really felt horrible with the high-speed damper in any setting other than stock so I put it back. After that I was left with one adjustment that was useful (as well as could be made on the fly) which put it back to basically the same as the motosportz unit. I have a Scotts and it works just like I want a damper to work, the MotoSportz damper while having a nicer mounting setup doesn't feel like enough of an improvement for me to go sell my Scotts and buy a MotoSportz damper. However, if I were buying new today I would buy one of the MotoSports dampers. Hope that helps.