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Tumbling Creek 11/10/2018

  • November 12, 2018 9:54 AM
    Message # 6900744

    Dirt was perfect!   About 6 miles of trails.       The club as always does a great job and I surely appreciate it!  This is a great ride for all skill levels.   First 2 mile intermediate section was fun.  The more challenging long section had three big challenges that stick out in my mind. 

    First was a hill after running up an off camber creek bed then having to make a sharp left up a deep rutted (footpeg scraper) steep hill.  I managed to stay out of rut, a friend did not.  We both made it, my buddy doing a glorious wheelie up the rutted section!    Was it on purpose and for show or by mistake and just worked out for him?

    Second was a steep winding descent  into a narrow valley then up a steep rutted hill with plenty of roots to dash your hopes of making it.  I got about 2/3 up and rear tire got stuck in a v shaped root.  Quickly jumped off bike and pushed bike around and over it then I made it up rest of hill.  Friend tried an alternate route which ended up being almost as bad with rocks and bad ruts  The key to this challenge is having momentum coming out of descent.  We didn't have enough first time around and easy outed.    Second time we got it.   

    Third was shortly after second and was a steep hill climb with roots.   Moderate ruts on each side.   The key to this one was to stay to right although something seemed to want to nudge you to left where there was a cluster of roots in a hump that would near certainly end your trip up the hill.   

    The wide open moderate hill climbs in fields were awesome.  

    I finally got to take my 85 ATC250R for a blast around MX track.  Fun but beats the heck out of you.  I was 25 years younger when I last had one and could shake it off.  This time around not so fun :)

    Thanks Again Guys!  Great Fun!

    Last modified: November 12, 2018 10:50 AM | Anonymous member
  • November 12, 2018 2:58 PM
    Reply # 6901376 on 6900744

    Absolutely fantastic ride. It was a great day, a little cool, and the dirt was perfect.

    Thanks to all who helped make it happen.

    Last modified: November 12, 2018 3:00 PM | Anonymous member
  • November 21, 2018 6:38 PM
    Reply # 6928179 on 6900744

    Looked to meet the 250r rider at the Tumbling Creek ride but you were out riding on two wheels when I stopped by your truck. 

    I used to race three wheelers back in the 80's and vividly remember Team Honda rider 250Rs on a single rear wheel at 60mph coming out of a corner and then hitting a set of doubles.  So seeing you machine brought back a few of those memories- great looking machine.

  • November 26, 2018 10:20 AM
    Reply # 6933080 on 6900744

    I had my first ATC250R in 1991-93 time-frame.    Used to ride it in a big quarry in NJ with sand pits .   I used to drift the back end around curves in upper gears whatever speeds that was.  One time the inner rear wheel grabbed a rock or ditch while drifting and I got catapulted then tumbled about 25 foot with atc tumbling and following me. Somehow I walked away from that incident uninjured (just wind  knocked out) and sold the atc shortly after that.

    It's something I had to relive again.  Now that I have, I will either sell it or keep it and totally restore it and just look at it (which goes against my scruples).  I will stick with 2 wheels either way for riding.

  • November 26, 2018 11:18 AM
    Reply # 6933157 on 6933080
    Anonymous wrote:

    I had my first ATC250R in 1991-93 time-frame.    Used to ride it in a big quarry in NJ with sand pits .   I used to drift the back end around curves in upper gears whatever speeds that was.  One time the inner rear wheel grabbed a rock or ditch while drifting and I got catapulted then tumbled about 25 foot with atc tumbling and following me. Somehow I walked away from that incident uninjured (just wind  knocked out) and sold the atc shortly after that.

    It's something I had to relive again.  Now that I have, I will either sell it or keep it and totally restore it and just look at it (which goes against my scruples).  I will stick with 2 wheels either way for riding.

    I met a guy with some acerage around here that has a Kawasaki version of it that he has and still uses around his farm.


      

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