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How do you like those Conti's? I'm thinking about picking up a pair for the DRZ.

It looks like they handle the trails pretty good.
They are Shinko 805/804 Big Blocks, not the Conti's, very similar tread.\Love em so far. Just ordered a new rear, as this ones about gone at 4300 miles.
Figured another will get me by until May, when I'll run a new set of Mitas E-07's (am riding this bike from Ohio down to the SV Rally in June)
 

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I saw something on the tire that looked like the Conti logo :facepalm:

But cool, the Shinko were another set I was looking at as well. I may have to try them out.

Sweet bike man, I'm still up in the air if I'll be able to make the rally this year. If I can hopefully I'll see you there!
 

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Very cool and interesting thread!! I just went through the whole thing, lol! The new bike looks like and sounds like a lot of fun for you; do you still have your SV as well? Thanks for sharing your adventures!
 

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Very cool and interesting thread!! I just went through the whole thing, lol! The new bike looks like and sounds like a lot of fun for you; do you still have your SV as well? Thanks for sharing your adventures!
Yeah, still have the SV and she's in top shape right now, ready to travel.
Thing is I'm having a lot of fun riding the new bike. Outside of a health issue I am working through, am looking forward to doing to serious travelling on the 250 this season. SV can take a rest for a while. Maybe take the racks and bags off of her, lower the clipons down a notch and put her back to sport duties.
From earlier
Cuyahoga Valley today





 

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Here’s brief ride report on my first weekend trip on the RX3. My Son’s College baseball team was scheduled to play double headers both Saturday and Sunday against a Conference foe. Spencer told me he was slated to start one of Sunday’s games, so I reserved a room at a local Motel for Saturday night.
Plan was to leave after work on Friday, ride towards the Wayne National Forest in deep S Central Ohio. There are plenty of dirt and gravel roads all over that area, as well as OHV trails throughout the forest. I ended up sticking to roads pretty much (outside of a few exploratory missions on spots that looked untraveled) because this was the opening weekend at Wayne for OHV traffic, and quads and dirt bikes were everywhere. Which, to me, upped the chances of getting stopped and asked for my OHV permit (which I do not have, nor want really)
Before I left, I did something to the RX3 that I haven’t done since I got it last October…I washed it lol. Did so to make going over nuts and bolts a bit easier.
Here are a few pics from along the way
Friday evening, along the Mohican River
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Saturday morning, heading South. Nice spot for a picture
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Later that afternoon, in the Wayne Forest. Saw an unmarked set of knobby trails heading down into a ravine. Followed it several miles and found a great spot for camping in the future.
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Somewhere else in the Wayne Forest. Found a great spot to try out my new Primus stove and make lunch.

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Mmmmm…stewed carrots and chicken breast meat in chicken broth
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FFwd to Sunday. Spencer on the mound
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Double header ended at 5, so decided to wander backroads all the way home as well (about a 4-1/2 hr ride)
Random stream somewhere.
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More pine ridges
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To Alan or anyone who knows the area reading: I found a road on the way from Mt. Vernon towards Danville that is CRAZY HAIRY. Called Bat Nest Road. Marked it on my GPS after clearing it (nearly dropped so many times I lost count)
Suggest running it South to North, as this is uphill crazy rutted switchbacks. Going down would be nuts. Was too busy to take pictures but will do so next time I ride it.
The RX3 travelled 447 miles over the weekend. No issues whatsoever. Did maybe 50 miles of Interstate. Dropped twice. Rear luggage protected bike both times. Just a few dents.
As I estimated last Fall that I would put perhaps 20K on the RX3 this year, that now needs to be downgraded a bit.
You see, my estimates were based upon time spent in the saddle, and past year’s results of same. Difference is, in the past it was on a fast ST bike, hauling ass around the country looking for prime twisties.
You can ride the **** out of the RX3 for two days straight and barely go 400 miles. My guess is not more in the 10-15K range for the year’s goal.
 

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Just got home from my weekend travels on the RX3.
Left early Saturday and hit the backroads heading SW, to see my Son on Senior Day . Big party for the Senior players with awards, etc and then got a room near the college. Then take a nice ride Sunday heading home.

On the the way down

So he pitched 2-2/3 scoreless innings in relief and got them out of a big jam.



Tony (Wanderer) met me at my motel early Sunday and off we went


Bat**** crazy road wasn't so crazy this time. The river flowing down the chute was gone, leaving great traction and multiple lines. You could even mush about and drive up the chute.




Tony










here he comes


easier than kickstand


he's down. Being on coms is awesome and really gives you an edge in getting to a down bike sooner.




getting turned around to take a break and inspect for damage. Not too surprisingly there was little.


Then Tony had to split, and I took the rest of the day doing a 400 mile loop to home, trying to stay in the boonies














Was a great weekend. No real issues with the RX3 other than a weeping radiator hose. Easy fix.
 

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Thanks Guys. Glad you enjoyed the pics.

Last weekend I attended my Son's Commencement at Kenyon College and rode a bit too. Lotsa fun carrying nice clothing on a bike without ruining it lol.

He graduated with two degrees (Neuroscience and Microbiology) and has already landed a good job in Baltimore that starts in a few weeks. Once he gets going, I no longer have to pay for his cell bill, car insurance, health insurance, etc etc etc.....should mean more time and money available to me for riding.:worship:

Baccalaureate Procession down Middle Path at Kenyon








Senior Sing Out (they sang Fare Thee Well Old Kenyon...was actually very well done and touching)


My Son and some friends






Son and his favorite Professor (Of Neuroscience)


Son and President of Kenyon College


Son, his girlfriend, her family and me


getting the diploma!


Commencement


Out on the bike, stopping to brew coffee and make breakfast




some areas were slick


Ran into a few closed fences...


Stopped to make lunch and found a beautiful spot to set up my chair


Stopped at a park for water


It's that time....every 17 years




rained on way home




That's it for now. Leaving next Friday for the Smokys on the RX3. Hope to see a few of you at Fontana
 

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Hey SVers.
Left yesterday on a two week trip on Chinabike to the Smoky Mountains, to explore backroads.
Am in SW West VA right now, riding in expected heavy raid southward tomorrow. Will end up in Robbinsville and then take 4 days to do the off road loop the Smoky Mtn 500 around NC and GA. WIll then end up at Fontana Village for the Ohio Riders annual get together, which is the same time as the (now defunct?) SV Rally.
So...long story short, taking a big trip on a little 250. Camping most nights in stealthy fashion. If you're at Fontana for the Rally, look for a blue bike that kinda looks like a BMW GS800 all loaded up lol. If I see a SV, I will seek it out and say hey.
Ride safe folks.
 

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With China in the shop (faulty valve guide, stuck valve, new motor) I went for a little tour last holiday weekend on the SV (first tour since going to dirt bike handlebars)

Went to ACE Resort on the New River in WV to attend "Party in the Holler", a large Bluegrass music festival.
Left after work Friday and camped in SE Ohio just outside Wayne Nat'l Forest. Sat rode to the Festival on awesome twisties and camped at the festival in the middle of a bunch of Hippies lol. Sunday wandered around SE WV more, and camped Sunday night in the Menongehala Forest at a perfect spot on the river.
All in all 1200 miles in 3.25 days riding. The SV, at 232,000 miles now still running like a top!

On to some pictures:
near camp spot in SE Ohio


Still looking good after all these years and miles. Now in camp mode










makes one think of Terrence McKenna, no?


Overlook in WV




At the Bluegrass Festival Sat night


Camp spot at the festival, surrounded by Deadheads


backroads, somewhere in WV






New River WV




It WAS Scenic


Spot for a break








Where they spend their time listening for signals from alien civilizations....(maybe they should just believe UFO witnesses?)




Sunday night's camp spot




Scenery from long day Monday getting home






Hope you enjoyed a few!
 

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Nice. Keep them coming.

The places you take an sv though... :headscratch: :)
Trust me there's plenty of hammer down on pavement in between those dirt shots. And besides, the best camp spots are off the beaten trail.
Also should mention, yesterday was on Rt72 in WV, hammer down and passed a Trooper going the other way (I was doing just over 80 in a 45 gulp)
He hit his lights, blipped his siren and pointed at me as he passed going the other way.
I completed the two big bends in that sweeper, and when I didn't see him in the mirror upon exit, dropped the SV's little hammer again and left the next sweeper close to 100
Short distance later I seez a gravel road, with a "private drive" sign.
Locked em up, pointed Blue down that path and squirted just around the bend. Shut her down, got off and peeked around the trees. A minute later he comes SCREAMING down 72 lights and siren on.
Decided to pull out my camp chair, and brewed some coffee. Sat there over 1/2 hr sipping fresh joe, and then left and back-tracked going the other way on 72.
THAT was close!:lmao:
 

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Trust me there's plenty of hammer down on pavement in between those dirt shots. And besides, the best camp spots are off the beaten trail.
Also should mention, yesterday was on Rt72 in WV, hammer down and passed a Trooper going the other way (I was doing just over 80 in a 45 gulp)
He hit his lights, blipped his siren and pointed at me as he passed going the other way.
I completed the two big bends in that sweeper, and when I didn't see him in the mirror upon exit, dropped the SV's little hammer again and left the next sweeper close to 100
Short distance later I seez a gravel road, with a "private drive" sign.
Locked em up, pointed Blue down that path and squirted just around the bend. Shut her down, got off and peeked around the trees. A minute later he comes SCREAMING down 72 lights and siren on.
Decided to pull out my camp chair, and brewed some coffee. Sat there over 1/2 hr sipping fresh joe, and then left and back-tracked going the other way on 72.
THAT was close!:lmao:
LOL. If he had back-tracked to that drive... THAT would be a court case I would pay money to watch.

"You were speeding and evaded!"

"That was someone else, as you saw (and your dash cam recorded), I was busy camping at the time of the incident. :D "
 
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