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Riley and Jason headed out for a little exploring. On the first try the Bitubo insert in Riley's forks fails and he heads home. On the second outing the two riders come across a small motocross track and after a few laps are chased away by an angry man in a housecoat riding a child's ATV.
We finally get to meet "JASON FROM THE WEB".
In the rarest of all occasions all the Players managed to get together for a full weekend ride. Henrik wears a beret, Joe gets Jello leg, Charles hits his head, Riley pulls out his rope and Chris tugs on it. Cuz'n Charles was in from Toronto on his new to him X- Challenge. This would be his first real dual sport ride. Henrik had recently replaced a pretty worn out DR nicknamed the Douche Bike with a much nicer one. Joe would suffer throught the event on his ageing 1150GS whose suspension was pretty much shot. Chris arrives late as usual on his beloved HP2 and would stunt double for Joe. Riley uses his pristine, never been dropped F800GS to carry his Wolfman saddle bags as well as his emotional baggage. Hampered only by their mediocre skills, obese bikes and severe hangovers the Players have some fun and get their fill of adventure during the day and booze at night.
We start off with a Friday rendezvous at MotoJoe's palatial estate where last minute oil, tire and gut checks are performed. We then head out to the Oureau forest near Montreal. After a great day of riding with a few crashes, replayed in Super Slow Mo and a lot of wasted time stuck on a muddy trail we arrive in St- Come for Friday night. A kindly waitress finishes her shift and shuttles us around on a tour off the local watering holes ending at 3:30 in the AM. The next morning sees our over-served quintet struggle on minor obstacles that a fresher group would breeze through. Using a 10 year old GPS track we ride a great hydro line trail. Joe discovers that having no ground clearance on a 500+ lb bike is not ideal. We end up in St-Donat Saturday night where we are once again preyed upon by the local wait staff and are severely over-served. Chris and Henrik have a booze fuelled competition involving running through a swamp and chugging beer....the winner is still being disputed. Sunday morning our sleep deprived crew does a quick damage assessment and then carts their distended livers home for a well deserved rest.
For this weekend we had 3 GoPro HDs rolling plus a Sony handheld. The first edit was over 7 hours long. We still managed to miss a lot of good footage since we were really more focused on the ride than the shoot.
Chris, Jason and Motoriley head out for a little on-road ride. Everyone is rusty after a long winter so we decide to take it easy. Of course we end up deep in the woods climbing icy, muddy trails. Jason does a little damage to his 800 and his face but everyone makes it home. We also see how the Awesome Players are doing in the news and around the world.
Bruno makes his first appearance on Jason's F800GS.
Three of the Players joined the BMW club of Ottawa on their 2012 ART School. (Advanced Rider Training.) The event took place at Calabogie Motorsports Park about an hour past Ottawa. We had to sort out our machines before getting them inspected. New tires, fluids, chains and sprockets and a general clean up were required. Chris and Riley trailered their bikes (wimps) from Montreal and Cuz'n Charles road from Toronto like a real man. Fantastic event and we all learned a lot. The event is not about lap time but more about proper cornering technique. The organization was fantastic and the instructors on the track and in the classroom were top notch.
Sometimes you have a ride that is full of crazy obstacles, mud, frustrating dead ends and no trespassing signs. You spend tons of time getting unstuck, fixing bike problems and looking for open trails. Then there are days like this one where you just ride. You keep finding trails that end and within short order another enticing entrance presents itself. On this day it was just Chris and Riley that were riding. We started from a friend's cottage and headed down a trail we had seen the entrance to but had never explored. This lead us on a multi-hour tour of great dirt tracks. No muck, no deep water, no breakdowns, not even a lot of talking... just a nice dual sport ride.
We were on our way to one of our of favourite Sunday morning riding spots when it all went wrong. The steering on my F800GS started to feel a little odd. Was it the weirdly worn knobby? The steering damper sticking? My headset bearings getting notchy? Nope just a run of the mill front flat at 110 km/hr. No footage of the actual crash and no horrible loss of limb or life so if you were looking for that this video won't deliver. We called our good buddy Henrik and he showed up wit his trailer to save the day. The bike has a few new scars, I destroyed quite a bit of protective gear and we all went for breakfast.
Henrik and Riley attempt to remove and re-install the rear wheel on the big Suzuki to replace a very badly worn tire. A few mistakes and a lot of profanity later and the job is done. This is probably more entertainment than how-to but there is still some good information in this clip. We also see what Dyna Beads do to a tire after 20,000 kms. This is one of the first times we use the Cycle Hill tire changer, made by No-Mar, and since this video was shot we have learned a lot and a tire swap goes much smoother. If you have any questions don't be afraid to drop us a line.
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After 3 seasons and some poor maintenance my original battery wasn't holding much of a charge. A jumpstart got the bike home from storage but a new battery was in the cards. This is a quick walkthrough of how to do it on a BMW F800GS.
If you ride your dualsport bike in the muck, water, snow and dirt. And if you occasional drop it in said muck, water, snow and dirt the you will have to eventually do some maintenance. After three season of abue we needed to catch up. So when the spring weather hit we found ourselves spinning wrenches instead of tires, Joe was getting his 1150GS ready for sale. He was putting back the stock tank and bodywork as well as the regular length shocks. Henrik was putting in a new clutch on the Mighty DR. Chris was pulling the HP2 out of storage. Riley was hosting the event and making the special coffee to fight the early morning chill. This would be the first of three such days to get ready for the season.