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  1. https://enduro21.com/index.php/40-general/4517-video-daniel-sanders-flogging-a-standard-2020-husqvarna-fe-501-at-adam-riemann-s-dirt-kitchen#mm-sidebar
  2. Are you meeting for breakfast or just to stage up at that restaurant?
  3. So Robert, how was the event. You're last bit of info showed only trials bikes allowed, so I was kinda bummed I couldn't just try it for fun on the beginner stuff.
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    Another new ride Beta 500rr-s

    Looks like an aftermarket tank already? How's the power compare to the KTM?
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    Another new ride Beta 500rr-s

    Looks like a sweet ride! Why two 500's?
  6. Appreciate you and Bagster watching out for us on those rides. Happy day!
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    New SDAR shirt - Looking for quick input

    If you have any XL left, let me know.
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    My second Colorado trip

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    Exiting dirt riding.

    Sorry to see anyone stop riding, but you know your body's limits. I'm sure there are other ways to enjoy life .
  10. So, just got back from my second trip out to Colorado where the wife and I went to visit our son and see the grandkids. They live in Pine Junction which is up the mountains from Denver at about 8500 feet. While there, my good friend Pearson (also from Ramona - he moved there 5 years ago ) agreed to be our trail guide. My first day there be took my son and I on a 65 mile ride. The first 40 miles were all technical singletrack ; lots of loose, shale rocks and roots. Some of these sections were just relentless, going up or down for hundreds of yards. If you screwed up on the accents it was a bear to get going again. I'll tell you: if I could ride this kind of stuff all the time, the Tecate enduro would be no problem! I ended up taking my 500 Exc and a 350 XC-f. My son rode the 500. For the 350 I was concerned about stalling so I added a weight to the clutch and also adjusted the tpi setting. Looking online I was told that stock should be somewhere around 5.6 - 5.8 ( you can't find any info in the manual about this). This one was set at 5.2 so I richened it up to 6.2. Well, even with that this bike would unexpectedly stall when you closed the throttle. It happened ALOT. Probably 15 times during our ride. We had multiple water crossings during the ride, three of them quite deep, fast-flowing and rocky. One of them you had to get off, soak your boots and pick your way across. One of the above mentioned flame-outs caused me to take a bath, completely soaking my back and pants. I will say though, that 350 was so light and nimble that if I could figure out a way to prevent the stalls, this would be a great bike for this kind of stuff. Maybe a Rekluse would cure it but that would be an expensive solution. The suspension was stiff for this kind of terrain, even with setting the air forks 10psi lower then stock. If you pushed hard though, it could really soak it up. It IS a racebike after all. At the end of our trip my friend Pearson and I did another 80 miles of narrow, twisty two-track through the mountains. The trail was only wide enough for a quad - a Razor or a Jeep couldn't fit. It was smooth and flowey with a lot of bermed turns. I rode the 50o for this ride and it was perfect for this. I rode this bike last year and I gotta say this time, with the suspension redone by George at 101, the bike was amazing. In between these two days I did a mountain bike ride with my son. I'm sure he was disappointed. Within the first mile I was gasping for air big-time and had to stop and get off and walk. We didn't do anywhere near the ride he was planning but I still managed a 4 1/2 mile climb with a really fun downhill return. Ostensibly this trip was about the grandkids and we did have lots of fun with picnics by the river and walks around the lake. Even took in the new Toy story 4 movie. All in all, those rides were the epitome of what I hoped to experience in Colorado. Had a blast.
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    BBTR Big Bear Run

    I'm with Kenny. With the trailtech fan you're temps are being monitored and what I really like is how that waterless coolant doesn't cause any kind of corrosion.
  12. Yep. I ruined a perfectly good Belstaff jacket back in the day doing that. I want to try one of these rides on my 500 using a backpack. See if this could work or would it be too much weight on the shoulders /top heavy, etc......