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Offline Acadian Rider

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Mud is Evil
« on: July 01, 2017, 09:05:31 AM »
This year I bought a Super Ténéré to ride on dirt roads as well as paved roads.  I haven’t had a chance to ride many dirt roads yet but on the few occasions that I did, nothing went wrong. However, Thursday (June 29) I got in over my head on one that had mud and deep ruts. In case you didn’t know, mud and deep ruts are evil, especially if you are riding a heavy bike. 

The day started quite nicely for Paul, Dave and I. They were riding their Wee Stroms. We did some paved roads, had lunch in Sussex NB and then decided to revisit a dirt road that Paul and I had started to do earlier this spring but turned away because it was still too early in the year. This time it looked a lot better and we were progressing very well in 2nd and 3rd gear when all of a sudden we started to have to use 1st gear. That went fairly well for a bit until the ruts started to get worst and then the mud got mixed in.

On my 1st get off, I laughed it off, took some pictures and then took off again after getting help from Paul and Dave to right the heavy S10 and making sure there was no damage to the bike.

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Down for the 1st time

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Notice that I am still smiling


I had to stop for this turtle that was crossing the road.

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Now I am getting a little bit nervous as the road is not getting any better and not too long after that I go down for the 2nd time. Again, after getting up and making sure there was no damage to the bike we took off but all 3 of us are now tired of the workout. Nevertheless, we all agreed that the best way to get out of it was to keep going. We knew that eventually we would hit pavement according to the maps we had but we didn’t really know how far it would be. 

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Down for the 2nd time


So, off we go again and it is definitely not getting any better. For the 3rd time I go down but this time I got hurt a bit when my left shin got the worst of it but only above the riding boot. Nothing broken. For the 3rd time we got the bike up and after examining everything, there did not appear to be any damage to it. 

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Down for the 3rd time

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Colleen, is this the right pose?


When we finally hit pavement we decided to head to Bouctouche where I grew up and as a reward I had a lobster roll.  Yummy! 

As I am writing this, I haven’t cleaned the bike yet. Maybe this afternoon. 

     



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Re: Mud is Evil
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2017, 09:28:42 AM »
Totally wrong tires for that terrain.  DAMHIKIJD.  K? 
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Re: Mud is Evil
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2017, 09:37:30 AM »
Totally wrong tires for that terrain.  DAMHIKIJD.  K?

I know. The tires came with the bike. I'm looking at buying 50/50 tires as my next tires. 

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Re: Mud is Evil
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2017, 10:41:11 AM »
Agree with Sleazy. But I think you're pretty darn close with the pose.
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Re: Mud is Evil
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2017, 03:04:56 PM »
Ok I lollered. Now we have nappin' Tennies.

Great pictures; glad you kept your sense of humor.
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Re: Mud is Evil
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2017, 09:21:44 AM »
glad you kept your sense of humor.

It helped that I wasn't breaking anything.

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Re: Mud is Evil
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2017, 10:27:19 AM »
 :lol:
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Re: Mud is Evil
« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2017, 11:58:40 AM »
glad you kept your sense of humor.

It helped that I wasn't breaking anything.


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Re: Mud is Evil
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2017, 10:29:36 PM »
LOL!  Been there, done that.

And I was going to link something but damn you Photobucket!  No more linkage there.  :(
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Re: Mud is Evil
« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2017, 09:00:00 AM »
you must be one with the mud grasshopper.
the above are merely the ramblings of a hamfisted fuckwit who has broken too many helmets.

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Re: Mud is Evil
« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2017, 02:23:23 PM »
Tires will help.  An offload school would be better.  I've learned so much taking off road classes (on other people's bikes).  :)

At least you got the "Cap't Morgan" picture! 

I once did the same as you on some remote piece of crap sand road in the middle of South Carolina.  Now that I've been better trained and with better tires, I want to go back!
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Re: Mud is Evil
« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2017, 05:29:18 PM »
Tires will help.  An offload school would be better.  I've learned so much taking off road classes (on other people's bikes).  :)


The Canadian qualifier for the GS Trophy is less than one hour away from my house this year (Aug 17-20). There will be some BMW rider training available that would definitely help.   

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Re: Mud is Evil
« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2017, 07:29:59 PM »
Tires will help.  An offload school would be better.  I've learned so much taking off road classes (on other people's bikes).  :)


The Canadian qualifier for the GS Trophy is less than one hour away from my house this year (Aug 17-20). There will be some BMW rider training available that would definitely help.   

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Re: Mud is Evil
« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2017, 09:12:30 AM »
Do you have Newfie blood?
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Re: Mud is Evil
« Reply #14 on: July 19, 2017, 06:56:15 AM »
Do you have Newfie blood?

Negative. 

As I am writing this, Heideneau K60 tires are being installed on my bike. Starting tomorrow and for the next three days I am going on a lighthouse hunt. Some of them are on short dirt roads. We'll see how the new tires perform.     

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Re: Mud is Evil
« Reply #15 on: July 19, 2017, 08:22:42 AM »
they are great unless it is wet. depending on the size the rear may or may not have a solid center. if it has a solid center it sucks in the wet. the 1190 will spin it in 6th gear on wet pavement and it does absolutely nothing in the mud. Vulcanbill can testify to its lack of wet weather ability..
the above are merely the ramblings of a hamfisted fuckwit who has broken too many helmets.