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  1. CRSpeedy

    RIP Rich

    I can't even begin to express how sorry I am, Shane. If there's any way myself or any of us can help, please don't hesitate to ask. As you said, your dad was a truly great man and there are countless of us who would jump at any opportunity to help re-pay him and your family for all he's done for us, in any way, shape or form.
  2. CRSpeedy

    RIP Rich

    This is absolutely devastating... I'm still in shock and disbelief. Rich was the best riding partner you could ask for and an even better friend. He was always itching to ride and the harder a trail got, the bigger his smile became and the louder his laugh grew. Those who knew him know what a generous heart he had and I'll always admire his eagerness to help others, including myself. Looking back through my pictures with Rich, half of them show him pushing me up a hill I couldn't quite make. That's just the type of guy he was. I'm so thankful for all the trails we've ridden, the road trips we've taken, the beers we've drank, the laughs we've shared and the enduro war stories we've exaggerated together. Rich was a class act and he will be sincerely missed by myself, my family, the riding community and countless others. My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. RIP, Rich. You will never be forgotten.
  3. CRSpeedy

    Dirt Rider Magazine decline

    Chris Denison is a hardworking, class act guy and I'm stoked that he has this opportunity. Not only is he an exceptional writer, but the guy can ride! I wish him the best for the future.
  4. When the OP mentioned woods riding, I had just assumed singletrack. If it's on a trail wide enough for ATVs, UTVs, jeeps and trucks, then I definitely agree—push it out of sight.
  5. I wouldn't worry about carrying a chain to lock it to a tree. Chances are if the bike is too broken for you to ride or push it out, it's also too broken for anyone else to ride or push it out. My advice is to always prepare for the worst. It doesn't matter how safe you ride or how well you maintain your bike, it's always possible to get into trouble when you least expect it. Always carry enough tools to fix any common problems... flat tires, broken levers, case punctures, electrical issues, etc. SnowMule's idea is right on... work on your bike at home using only your riding toolkit and you'll quickly remember things you had forgotten to include. I also carry enough gear to survive a night or two out on the trail in case I'm not able to fix my bike or if I'm injured too badly to ride or walk out. The ten essentials are a good place to start, along with a cell phone and a SPOT device. If you're interested, I'd be happy to send over my backpack checklist that I run through before riding. Might give you an idea or two.
  6. I have a 4x8 trailer and can fit three 450s no problem. However, I do have to put the middle bike on backwards in order to do so, otherwise the handlebars make it impossible. I also fabricated some extensions to the front of the trailer that allow the tie-down points to be extended by 8 inches on each side when carrying 3 bikes. So to answer your question, the width shouldn't be an issue if you're willing to do a little fabricating, but the 6 foot length is likely to pose the problem.
  7. If you're up for camping, there's endless opportunities around Moab. You can camp in the designated campgrounds like Sand Flats or go find your own campsite at a trailhead or out in the backcountry. There's certain areas you can't camp in, but it's not hard to find spots where you can camp. If you're credit card camping, then you would either need to be plated or trailer from town to one of the dozens of trailheads (most of which are very close to town). The town is a pretty cool town, so even if you do camp in a tent, I always recommend at least one or two nights of going into town and grabbing dinner / beer.
  8. Honestly, I think you will be so blown away by the Moab area that it would be worth spending the majority of your week there. I took my buddy (who's originally from Cape Cod) out to Moab this spring and despite having seen pictures and videos of it in the past, his jaw never left the ground the entire time we were there—he's been bugging me to go back ever since we got back. I go out there several times a year and have hardly made a dent in the thousands of trails. One possible idea would be to hit Grand Junction on your way out west, spend one day riding the huge hills and intense ridges, followed by 3-4 days in Moab and one last day in the infamously technical San Rafael Swell. That would give you a great taste for desert riding out west, and I guarantee you won't get bored of it in one week. There will also be plenty of challenges, even for the best A riders in the group. The problem with any woods riding is that in winter / spring, it's all under several feet of snow. Even the New Mexico mountains are covered in snow that early in the year. I'd recommend a desert trip this year, and plan a totally separate trip to come out here in August one year and ride the truly epic trails of Colorado. I'm biased of course, but I really think they're some of the best in the world, and they're only open for a couple short months each year.
  9. If you go to Walmart and check out their camping section, they have a Pelican knockoff case that's only $5. It's a hard shell, comes in blue or orange, and has a rubber gasket to seal out water (though they say it's not 100% waterproof). I bought a couple of them and use them inside my backpacks / camelbaks when hiking, riding, racing enduros, etc. Pelican cases are bulletproof, and I have no doubt theirs is a much higher quality than the Walmart version, but for my needs, the $5 version was more than enough and has stood up to pouring rain and several crashes.
  10. Honestly, I think you could ask about any tire out there and get replies ranging from being terrible to being the best tire on the planet. For $62, I'd say it's worth a shot to see if you like it. I've tried a couple Sedona rear tires on my YZ450, and thought they were a pretty good tire for the price. They eventually started chunking, but not as bad as all of the Dunlops I've ridden with. On a bike with smoother, more controlled power (such as your KTM 505), I suspect chunking wouldn't be much of an issue. I've personally had the best luck with wear from Michelin and Bridgestone, but then again, you could buy two Sedonas for the price of one of those.
  11. CRSpeedy

    Can this be done on a bike?

    Not sure that's what I'd consider an easy hill—especially if the ledges are undercut. Looks like a challenge in the video, and we all know photos and videos never do any hill justice. Having said that, the only way to get better in technical terrain is to push yourself, and there are few things more gratifying than making it to the top of a gnarly hill. As for the jeeps, I've learned to never underestimate those guys. I've seen them climb obstacles and hills that I could never dream of riding on my motorcycle.
  12. CRSpeedy

    Rmec Venue change Woodland To Kimball

    Definitely a huge bummer to hear. The last time I was there I was cruising around on a JR50 watching my dad race it, so I was looking forward to having a chance to ride it myself. Hopefully the pieces will fall together next year--I know the permits for an enduro like Woodland Park must be daunting and next to impossible to get. In the meantime, huge props to MotoAdventure for stepping up to pull off Kimball! That was my favorite race last year and I was hoping to see it on this year's schedule. Can't wait to ride it again!
  13. This would make for a good bucket list of tough offroad races to do in North America: AMA EnduroCross Big Sky XC (Montana) Snowshoe GNCC (West Virginia) Tennessee Knockout Vegas to Reno Baja 1000 Xtinction Extreme Hard Enduro (Alberta, Canada) If you're looking for something similar to Erzberg, I'd say Xtinction would probably be the closest. Not sure how the Tennessee Knockout will turn out, but it looks cool and should be interesting!
  14. CRSpeedy

    Engine oil...With pics.

    As you probably gathered, there's always different strokes for different folks. On my 2007 Yamaha YZ450F, I always ran Rotella T 15W-40 (the exact oil / weight you took a picture of). I raced motocross nearly every weekend for several years, then got into the offroad scene and started racing 3-4 hour enduros--never had a single issue with it. I sold it a few months ago with over 180 hours on it, and it felt as strong as it did when I bought it. The only reason I sold it was to get a offroad-oriented KTM. As for frequency, some people swear by (insert number here) hour intervals on changing the oil. In my opinion, it comes down to what makes you sleep better at night and the intensity of riding you've been doing. For me, I ride for longer than 3 hours at a time, and changing the oil on the side of a trail isn't exactly convenient, so I usually change the oil at 8-10 hour intervals. Having said that, if I just raced a tough, muddy enduro that only lasted 3 hours, I may change it after that before the next race. Good luck either way.
  15. If you decide to go with AFX, be sure you try it on at a dealership first. Some of their models tend to fit a little different than most brands. Personally, I wasn't able to find any AFX models that fit me comfortably, but that's just me. For your purposes, it may not be a bad idea to consider the Fly Trekker. It has a shield that also allows for goggles to be worn underneath if you're going to be riding a lot of dirt, but you also get the benefits of a shield for any road riding. The AFX FX-39 is very similar to the Fly Trekker, but the Fly padding fit me much better than AFX. Just an option to consider. If you want to stick with a strictly dirt helmet, several brands make similar quality, low budget options. Fly, Shift, Fox, HJC, MSR, Answer, O'Neal, One Industries. Many of them have the same manufacturers, with their own padding and graphics to differentiate themselves. If you can make it to a dealership, it would definitely be worth it. Otherwise it's a bit of a guessing game when it comes to a helmet that fits your head size / shape. Good luck!