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  Greetings SDAR members! My name is Mark Paradise aka SoCalMule. I'm currently 58yo and have ridden/raced dirt for 51 years. I started out riding in Borrego on a Honda Mini-Trail CT-70 and then jumped to a Yamaha CT-1 175 Enduro (the gold one). Did a 20 year career in the US Coast Guard in Helicopter Search and Rescue. I've raced many years in AMA sanctioned Enduro events (SERA) riding an array of KTM two stroke EXC's and MXC's. I currently ride a KTM 450 EXC (so I can "hop roads" to get to the next trail with out getting a ticket). ;) I live (full time) in Borrego Springs. I want to invite any riders (that are not squeamish of extreme heat) to take the occasional summer ride here in Borrego. A hot, but fun 1-2 hour ride (depending on OAT), which at the end we'll jump into my pool, cool off, and enjoy cold refreshments and lunch. 

  I'm looking forward to meeting you all at events, rides, and trail preparation. So, I'm glad to be a member!

Peace, Mark

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58?

 

Maybe you should just stay off bikes. They're only for young people.

 

Everyone here is under 30.

 

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12 minutes ago, Bagstr said:

Mule,

You only ride in the summer?

Bagstr

Oh boy, good question. :o

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58 minutes ago, dirt dame said:

Welcome to the forum.B)

 

1 hour ago, Wierdrider said:

Welcome Mark, that’s a nice invitation. I’m sure you’ll have some takers. 

See ya on the trail

Thanks!

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1 hour ago, Wierdrider said:

Welcome Mark, that’s a nice invitation. I’m sure you’ll have some takers. 

See ya on the trail

Thanks! Hope so; it extends the Borrego ride season a bit, even if it hurts a little! B)

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There are a few of us that ride every other week or so out there mid week. watch for the next ride, probably Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday this coming week.

 

CiD

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Hey Mark-glad you found this place (and thanks for the note about getting your blower!).  Welcome to the page!

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There is something wrong with people who ride in Borrego in the summer!

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26 minutes ago, alyeska said:

There is something wrong with people who ride in Borrego in the summer!

I have a feeling you guys will get along just fine! :heh:

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you guys finally got me on another ktm, how do they like the heat? I already got the lower temp thermo switch.

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3 hours ago, Covered in Dust said:

There are a few of us that ride every other week or so out there mid week. watch for the next ride, probably Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday this coming week.

 

CiD

Great! will keep an eye out.

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12 minutes ago, alyeska said:

Welcome socalmule, san felipe Friday?

Sounds fun, but Friday is out for me. Thanks for the invite!

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15 minutes ago, alyeska said:

you guys finally got me on another ktm, how do they like the heat? I already got the lower temp thermo switch.

My 450 exc is stock and it does well in the desert (yes even in summer ;). She likes to keep the air moving through the fins though, so don't let your bike idle in place too long. 

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1 hour ago, alyeska said:

There is something wrong with people who ride in Borrego in the summer!

There sure is! 

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1 hour ago, simicrintz said:

Hey Mark-glad you found this place (and thanks for the note about getting your blower!).  Welcome to the page!

Hey Bruce! got it installed same day and it's working just great! Thanks! You know... people are going to want to know how a blown KTM 450 exc works now! Man it's fast :P Let me know when your heading this way and we can ride. Take care, Mark

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I guess it will just have to be our secret, Mark :)   I have a couple of busy weeks coming up and a flat front tire currently, but I will keep you posted on my next trip out your way!

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4 hours ago, alyeska said:

you guys finally got me on another ktm, how do they like the heat? I already got the lower temp thermo switch.

If you run ice cubes in the radiator, you'll be fine.

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