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  1. Hello everyone, I'm going up to Hat Creek rim this weekend, primarily for activities unrelated to riding, but I would hate to miss an opportunity to explore a trail if the opportunity presents itself. I didn't see much in the forums about riding in the area, so I was wondering if anyone is familiar with the area or has some info. I am not plated and will be staying at a campground just below the rim. Any info would be much appreciated. Thanks!
  2. Hi, M: Of the two, I would strongly urge you to go with the KLX140. As a beginner, you really, really want a bike that is easier to handle. You don't need gobs of power, and you don't want a bike that you can "grow into." At this stage, you want a bike you can learn on. Somewhere on this site, I explained my experience with my girlfriend. I got her an XR200 and she rode it for about a month. Riding the 200 simply was not pleasurable for her -- it involved too much work, uncertainty and instability. I traded the 200 for a KLX125 (everyone thought I was crazy) and the transformation was instantaneous. Suddenly SHE was in control of the bike rather than the other way around. She was able to maneuver it, lean it, pick it up if necessary, etc. She was MUCH happier on the smaller bike. (She's 5'5" and about 130). In fact, what I would recommend is that you pick up a used XR100 (Honda) a TT-R125LE (Yamaha, with electric start), a Dr-Z125(Suzuki) or a KLX125 (Kawasaki). You should easily be able to pick up a 2004 model for a very reasonable amount. You can ride it for a season, then get a new bike after you have a better idea of your skill level, riding preferences, etc. I would also urge you to ignore any advice of the "go big or go home" nature. You're not an adolescent boy and you have nothing to prove to your peers. You just want to have a good time in the woods with your husband. (hmm, I had better leave that one alone . . .) I can also tell you that the old TTR230's had a reputation for being heavy and handling poorly. Definitely not what you want. Perhaps they have fixed that problem, but I wouldn't take the chance. Good luck, and happy trails.
  3. Hi guys (gals, etc.) A friend of mine is looking for a ride for his kid, who just got bitten by the bike bug. The kid is a newbie, having ridden just a couple of times on a recent vacation. The bike he was on had a clutch, so my friend wants to keep him on a clutch bike. Here's the thing, though -- the kid is fairly small: 4'7" and 75 lbs., even though he's 12 years old. We live in California, so red sticker is an issue. They will be strictly trail riders, not burning up a track. I put the kid on my godson's crf80 and he's half up on tip toes. He can pick up the 80 from a fallen position with some difficulty. Any ideas other than the 80? I tend to be fairly conservative on first bikes for kids, wives and girlfriends, preferring something undersized for them to learn on. Finally, they're not looking to buy anything new, since there are three of them. Any suggestions would be most appreciated, thanks!
  4. Thanks for clarifying. That's the certainly the impression I got from the Order and the meeting. It's just that I've heard a lot of people weigh in with the opinion that the FS should "keep everything open." I don't think that position is going to have much effect since the only alternative that does that is A, and as written, it's a dead-end. I've also received emails from a couple people who say, "go with A. Leave everything open." My question, then, is this: would it be better for us to support Alternative B with modifications (e.g., additional trails; seasonal closures based on conditions not calendar) or Alternative A with modifications that bring it into compliance with the Order and Standards and Guidelines? I think the more we can form a consensus, the more they might consider our position. And that brings me to: It seems that if we go with Alt B, then we're already conceding the missing trails inherent in the "no-action" alternative, PLUS the reductions from A to B. How do we address their failure to account for all of the trails to begin with? My inclination is still to go with Alt B, (with our suggested changes) since their throwaway Alternative (A) probably won't be considered even with modifications. Only 11 more letter-writing days 'till deadine!
  5. Excellent suggestions and recommendations. I attended the Pleasant Hill meeting and have been reading the threads dealing with this issue, all the time trying to develop a letter to send before the Sept. 4th deadline. It's my impression that there are a handful of very informed people here who are doing excellent in-depth work and analysis. For most of us, though, the task of wading through the DEIS and the standards and guidelines is pretty daunting, so there's a temptation to leave it to those guys who know what they're doing. But that's not going to help. We all need to speak up and let the FS know how we feel about the closures. A general letter or a letter hitting a few specific points is better than no letter at all. That's why these suggestions are so helpful. They provide a framework for the "silent majority" who know they oppose the trail reduction but are unsure as to how to voice their opinion. To the suggestions already made, I would add the following for consideration: Sustainability: I would bring up the fact that what we seek is a sustainable network of trails to be enjoyed by us, our children and for generations to come. Despite our image in the public eye, we do not wish to destroy the land on which we ride, and will form alliances with the FS to promote and ensure protection of the trails. This alliance would include helping with education, signage, enforcement and maintenance. Cross-country riding: Alternative A permits cross-country riding (i.e., riding off the designated trails). To me, this is a poison pill that kills Alt A right out of the chute. I may well be wrong on this, but where I've ridden, there is no real need for cross-country riding. Although I don't think the FS will seriously consider Alt A in any case, if you are going to promote that Alternative, I would think that you should promote it with the modification that cross-country riding be eliminated. Again, it may be that cross-country riding is important to some of us, so let me know if I'm wrong here. Volunteering: Your brought this up already. I'm just concerned that the FS will take this to mean that they can close trails AND count on us to maintain the remaining trails. The FS service response to this issue at the Pleasant Hill meeting went along these lines: Q: Have you considered utilizing the wealth of manpower that we offer to help you maintain the trails? A: Well, sure, we'd welcome your help in implementing our plan. Not exactly what we were getting at .. . . Anyway, I'm going to try to make it clear that they should consider using adopt-a-trail programs as an alternative to closing trails. One last thing: I'm probably in the majority when I say that I know I don't want trails closed, but I can't give you specific numbers or routes. If anyone can give us examples of trails that are on the chopping block, then help the rest of us out. I will look at the maps, but how many have the time to sit down and analyze before-and-after renditions? (Actually, I suspect the requirement that we limit our comments to specific routes is a tactic designed to further narrow our responses, but that's another story.) That's it for now. But keep it up. Excellent post, and it should be used by everyone (including me) as a starting point for writing a letter. And thanks for defining the terms, it was helpful. Perhaps you could put together a user-friendly template for people to utilize in forming their own letters. We sort of have to walk the line here. On the one hand, we want to make it as easy as possible for others to write their letters. On the other hand, we don't want to put words into their mouths (or onto their screens) and we don't want to send form letters to the FS.
  6. 25,247 -- over the hump.
  7. Good god, a voice of reason among all the me-2ers chiming in. Quick, somebody flame this guy and drive him outta here before we get into a real discussion!! It's easy -- too easy -- to sit back and bemoan the closures and restrictions and blame the evil Sierra Club and its odious "greenie" members who indoctrinate their children. But Live2Offroad is exactly right (and he had the stones to speak up): they are no more passionate about their cause than we are about riding. Do they "indoctrinate" their children? Of course they do. They instill the values that they believe are worthwhile in the same way that I bought my godson a CRF50 as soon as he was big enough to crash into the nearest tree. Every member of every group, from the NRA to NASCAR to Christians to sailors to . . . . quad riders (shudder) shares his values with his children. And really, are those values so horrible that we need to demonize the Sierra Club and all its supporters? Yeah, I know, them's fighting words in these parts, but hang on a sec, because I don't think our values are necessarily mutually exclusive. I'm a trail rider, and one of the reasons I like riding so much is that it gives me access to some pretty stunning areas and allows me to experience the forest and mountains and trails and woods and streams from the vantage point of my old thumper. If it were just about the bike, (and if I were skilled enough) I could be happy sticking to the track. But there's more to riding than that. I'm not so sure that conservation of our forested lands is such an evil goal. (Ok, ok, I confess: I've been backpacking in them hills. And fishing. I suppose that makes me the enemy.) I agree that anybody can go overboard, and certainly there are many in the Sierra Club who would like to see all OHV use eliminated. No doubt they go too far in that regard. But some might argue that the reason there are trails to fight over in the first place is that the SC has been a force in preserving public lands. That brings me to the point, finally. If we don't do something, well-organized (and, yes, well- intentioned) outfits like the Sierra Club will convince legislators that OHV use should be severely restricted or eliminated entirely. I believe the goal should be balanced use of our public lands, and that balance should include OHV use. I don't believe that dirt bikes do any more damage to the trails, or cause any more erosion than, say, equestrians. Still, we're easy targets and will take the hit unless we speak up. We have to learn to coexist with others and show lawmakers that there are alternatives. I, for one, would happily pay for a "forest sticker" with the fees going to trail maintenance rather than get shut out entirely. There are public meetings going on right now concerning trail closures and Draft Environment Impact Statements regarding OHV use in the national forests. I am only aware of the next one in Pleasant Hill on August 2. We could sit back, let it happen, and blame the "greenies" for taking away our god-given right to ride in the woods, or we could go and be heard. I'm opting for the latter. If more of us did so, perhaps our collective voice could make a difference. Find out where the meeting will be held in your area and go. Ok, that's it. Fire up the flamethrowers. By the way, anybody HERE want to donate to send a kid to camp? I'll be happy to take up a collection and see that it gets applied appropriately.
  8. Yeah, what a dumb question. Except that I had the exact same question regarding a 1993 XR. Seems like the only XR graphics available are for 1996 and newer bikes, and I wanted to know if the minor difference in tanks would preclude the use of the newer graphcs. So thanks for asking the "dumb" question so that I didn't have to. . .
  9. Can anyone tell me if there's any riding near Spicer Meadow Reservoir off Highway 4? Or near Union/Utica reservoirs in the same areas? Any info would be most appreciated. Thanks
  10. Ok, sure, I'm a noob, but I know a great story when I read one, and this is an instant classic, not only because of the events themselves, but also because of how it was presented in the first post. Just great. Seems like someone should come up with an Ode to SS. Anyone got a banjo??? (apologies to Jed Clampett and all his kin) Come and listen to a story about a guy named Sly He was chugging on his punkin', but didn't keep his weight high. Started tipping over and he launched it off a ledge down into a bramblin' hedge. (Oak, that is.) (The poison kind.) (Mucho scratcho.) So now SuperSplat, well he's gotta face the fact, he's gone off the trail and he has to make it back. "Since I fell from up there before landing the ground," "Looks like I better go down." (Farther, that is.) (Into the bush.) (Hit his head, I think) Sly's riding buddies, they're getting worried now. Completely lost their friend, and they can't quite figure how. Called for a chopper so's to give the lad a ride. What an excellent time to hide! (Budgetary concerns) (Priority shift) That's how a morning ride became a hike from hell Sly in his shorts traversed the mountain well. His friends are now all going, to pull his bike free So that SuperHiko's story, can live in infamy. Y'all come back for a ride, now, ya hear? Good luck on the extraction. Use lotsa novacaine.
  11. I cannot emphasize enough that you should start off slowly on this. You have a GREAT opportunity here, for all the reasons you mentioned. The absolute last thing you want to do is turn her off to the sport because it ends up being more work than fun, and because everyone tells you she should be able to handle a 230 or 250 right out of the gate. Remember -- you KNOW how to ride, how to balance, when to shift your weight, etc. She needs to learn these skills, and until she does, she needs a bike that will not be a burden. A cautionary tale: I was in the same boat. My girlfriend is about 5'6", around 115, and quite capable, coordinated and athletic. I was able to find an XR200 for a great price and grabbed it, figuring it would be a good bike for her. Of course, I sought and received input from other people on the issue, all of whom confirmed that the XR200 would be a good choice. When we went out to ride, she enjoyed it enough on the flats, but when did anything that required her to maneuver the bike, she was tentative, and the weight (of the bike) often got in the way. Plus, she got to learn the joys of kickstarting on a hill or trail. I could see that her initial enthusiasm for riding had cooled considerably. I traded the XR200 straight up for a (somewhat newer) KLX125. My friends thought I was out of my mind -- "the XR is SO much more of a bike," they told me, "more versatile, more reliable, more power, more on the resale market, more, more more. She'll grow into it." Ultimately, the only "more" that made a difference to me was how much MORE my girlfriend was smiling after getting on the 125. The difference was immediate and lasting. Now, SHE is in control of the bike, rather than the other way around, and goes everywhere with confidence. Your goal right now should be to let her have the most fun with the least amount of frustration. She doesn't need gobs of power or long suspension. Give her just enough to entice her, so that SHE ends up asking for more. (Gee, what kind of forum IS this??) I would suggest a TT-R 125 with electric start. You can always move up to a larger bike once it becomes clear that the 125 is not enough for her. (CRF150 might also be a good choice). Sorry about the long-winded reply, but I'd hate to see this opportunity lost because you forgot what it's like to be a beginner. Good luck.
  12. Great, we have the photo -- now all we have to do is get a couple of those intelligence guys who analyzed the Osama bin Laden video tapes to find out where he was hiding, by identifying the soil, vegetation, sun angle, etc. Oh wait, that didn't work, did it? Ok, it's back to bribery . . . I'll go a case of Bass Ale or a six pack of synthetic oil.
  13. If I recall correctly (an occurrence that gets rarer and rarer with my advancing age . . .) the topic was raised in the classic movie "On Any Sunday." I think they said that motocross was the second-most physically demanding sport, next to soccer. Nonetheless, it's probably best not to get into the dead-end trap of arguing with your buddy on this one. You probably won't change his mind. I don't think that golf is a sport, an opinion that pisses off a whole lot of people. (Oh, it's DIFFICULT, I'll grant you that, but so is knitting a sweater, and I don't consider my grandmother to be a world class athelete.) Better just to invite your friend out for a ride and take him through the paces. Guaranteed he will have a different view the following day when those long-dormant muscles are complaining. That is, of course, if he survives the ride in the first place . . .