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On this ride we trailer the bikes a few hours to the Limerick Forest. My F800GS is shod with a new Pirelli MT21 in front and a D606 out back. Chris has the HP2 ready roll as well. We both have our GoPro HDs on our helmets to document the event. We are surprised to find that the OFTR and the BMA have an organized event running so we are the first to sign up and get stickers numbers 001 and 002. We get a few quizzical looks as we are the only entrants on big bikes. We quickly find out why as the trails are for the most part ver tight single track. The narrow tracks tire us of pretty quick and we each have a few falls. One of the OFTR fellows is nice enough to let us each try out his KTM 350. Beautiful bike, perfect for single track but a little small for our normal rides. It is also setup for a short rider but we enjoy the chance to ride a real dirt bike nonetheless. I also get slightly preachy about noise and respect to other trail user as well as how we all need to support organizations that are working for motorcyclist's rights.
This is not one of our typical videos. Yes there are a few spills and we do visit a sandpit but this clip is about the risks of motorcycling. How do you deal with the serious injury of someone you know? We all have to face the reality that if you ride long enough eventually you will have a crash. Some people will walk away from their bent bike, some will limp away and some will never walk again. Be safe.
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.
Bruno makes his first appearance on Jason's F800GS.
Chris and Riley decide to head down to Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania for the 2011 BMW MOA Rally. We were in the midst of a crazy heatwave, temperatures of 39'C or over 100'F made the ride down a little sweaty. We arrived Friday just in time to catch some of the "GS Giants" on the purpose built off-road track. Saturday the track will be open to the public. We do a little shopping since Chris needs tires and a rear brake disc. Yes he did the 700 plus kms sans rear brake. We remove the HP2's wheels and leave it sitting on it's belly with one boot strategically wedged under a cylinder to prop it up. We should have charged admission as it was a popular gawking spot for the other attendees. Ambulances were coming and going all day hauling away over cooked bikers. Saturday we hit the GS track and are too hot and lazy to unload our bikes so we do the course fully loaded with tents and chairs. Riley's first lap goes well but on the second go around he has a nice spill and is left with some lingering injuries. Chris also takes a tumble in the sand. We decide to head up through NY state and Adirondack park after spending 45$ enjoying the night in air conditioned comfort at a strange marina/motel.
Check out the MOA at http://www.bmwmoa.org/
It is a hot day in the middle of July. We go back to the rocky Hydro line near St-Donat, Quebec, that we had tackled in June. This time only one of us is hung over and even then only slightly. Things go a lot faster with only three bikes. Jason and Riley each dump their F800s a few times and Jason's bike sustains minor damage when someone clips his rear fender during a hill climb. After the Hydro line we hit some high speed gravel roads and then do a little exploring on some ATV trails. Finally we end up in a huge sandpit only to find out that the rear rotor on Chris's HP2 was bent from an earlier spill. With our meager tools we remove the rear wheel and eventually the disc itself and limp home. Video was mostly shot on our trusty fleet of GoPro Hero HD cameras.
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.
APORMC Dutch chapter:
In this edition we head for the sandpit with Sebastian, a man with very little riding experience but enough spirit to enter the pit. After a couple of attempts...First time with a very amateuristic voice over LOL