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About SoCalMule

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    Having Fun Exploring the Dez
  • Birthday 04/29/1959

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    Borrego Springs, CA
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    Family, Desert Dirt Riding

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  1. Hey Bags, It's an interesting point that this letter brings up! Most people don't need the "extra ponies" that the extra dollars can get from these new CARB approved engines provide. Personally, I'm one of those riders that short shifts and limits wheel spin (most of the time) so that I'm smother and yes... a little faster due to traction. A stock 2019 500 exc would have plenty of power for the style of riding that I do...but... that being said, having the ability (A Choice) to add a few high performance engine mods would be better! All to experience having my eyes pushed way back into my skull at speed... keeping my geriatric soul very young and very happy! Cheers! SCM
  2. Yep, so true Robert! I might be in the minority here...I enjoy the 450-500cc 4T's for the (primarily) desert riding that I do. I like the idea of having a "great dirtbike" that can be legally ridden on the street, only if to do so means that I don't have to dismount to push it across a road to continue on to the trail on the other side. I know that this is an extreme example; but if I wanted to ride 50% trail 50% road (true dual sporting), I would purchase a KTM 780 Adventure bike to do that... and it would be comfy smooth on the slab sections, but a real challenge in the tight technical stuff! That is why I like the small bikes best. I feel our sport can have it both ways with out searching for that elusive unicorn machine. Just depends where the ride will take us, and what bike will work best. I heard yesterday from my KTM Mechanic, that the CARB emissions folks along with the manufacturers plan (in the very near future) to "lock" the engine mapping on street legal trail bikes in a way that nobody (aftermarket) can adjust it from the stock factory settings. All this when bikes like the new WR can be map adjusted "on the trail" with a cell phone! Crazy dumb rules for the plated bikes IMHO. Here's to keeping your old bike in top mechanical condition! But hey, I road 400 plus hard miles in Baja this year on my 07 450 exc with a 50% plug of muffler packing at the end of the spark arrester and lived to tell about it, even smile about it 😎 Cheers, The Uncorked Mule
  3. https://dirtbikemagazine.com/first-ride-2019-yamaha-wr450f-the-wrap/?utm_source=onesignal&utm_medium=push&utm_campaign=growth This bike might be a bunch of fun with an AZ plate installed!!! Any comments? Cheers, The Curious Japanese Mule
  4. SoCalMule

    RIP Schwinn

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    RIP Schwinn

    Schwinn, you have left your mark in the hearts of so many! The true measure of a great life had. Play in Peace Brother. 😇
  6. Such a fun day out with the Breakfast Klub! You guys are the best! Thanks Jim for the time and effort taken to document our journeys. Thanks Governor for leading us on the primrose path. Thanks Paul for your professional photographic tallents catching the spirit of the moment. Thanks Van for your peaceful, happy, demeanor and your awesome ability to draw control from some of the most uncontrollable dirtbike situations! Cheers, SCM
  7. SoCalMule

    HBD KKug - No Way, another Birthday

    Cheers Kug!🍻
  8. Absolutely Wonderful! Awesome!
  9. SoCalMule

    Speeding ticket

    In an alternate universe, the patrolman was pulling over a different car from your high-speed group. 😅
  10. SoCalMule

    Seat Concepts question?

    Carbon fiber / gripper material combination works very well for me!
  11. SoCalMule

    Speeding ticket

    The odometers in all of my vehicles have amazingly lowered their readings since this post came to light! Thank you Bruce! The Safer Mule
  12. What a treat! Riding with two of my favorite friends! So nice to ramble aimlessly in the glory of our desert! The "Rorschach Beings" came through to us at one of our stops! Thank you Dave! Thank you Jim! The Peaceful Mule
  13. I'm in... see you guys in the morning!
  14. I'm still waiting to hear that my bike is ready to retrieve at 2:12 pm Tuesday...