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You just can't buy quality time like this! XL600R

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My Grandson and I spent the entire afternoon today chasing each other around at Carnegie, here in Northern California. Weather was gorgeous, bikes were excellent, some great bonding took place!

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right on bro! nice ol' xr's!

Yup! Mine's the '83 XL600R on the left, which I ride back and forth to work occasionally still, and my Grandson's '84 XR350 on the right, this was his first weekend in the saddle of this beast...what a fire-breathin' beast that one is!! I was totally impressed with the power to weight ratio of that son of a gun...and my Grandson only weighs about 135 lbs....greased lightning!:crazy:

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I get lost completely when riding, all cares and worries dissappear. It's the best medicine in the world for me to recharge my batteries with. As a kid I never got into the ball sports, baseball, football etc, not that I don't like them nor appreciate them, just does not strum the right tune for me. However when I first learned to release a clutch on a motorcyle and ride, that was it, I was smitten and have been for about 40 years. Dirt biking is kinda an alone sport, no one is on the sidelines (not normally) cheering you, it does not make the headlines in the paper nor is it even mentioned in the sports section, but to truly master the sport - it takes great skill, agiligity, endurance and most of all perseverance to keep trying to be better, smoother, faster. I don't think you ever truly master it, some do, as do professional ball players, but that is the gifted few. I love riding in the dirt. Street riding on a crusier is okay and fun in it's own way, but nothing beats a feet up slide on fresh loam or a long loft of the front end over gnarly terrain, or simply making it up that trail that scared the hell out of you by just looking at it. (oh crap I gotta go back down too?) what a wonderful thing, more wonderful is the passing of this passion from one generation to another.

Keep on riding.

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I get lost completely when riding, all cares and worries dissappear. It's the best medicine in the world for me to recharge my batteries with. As a kid I never got into the ball sports, baseball, football etc, not that I don't like them nor appreciate them, just does not strum the right tune for me. However when I first learned to release a clutch on a motorcyle and ride, that was it, I was smitten and have been for about 40 years. Dirt biking is kinda an alone sport, no one is on the sidelines (not normally) cheering you, it does not make the headlines in the paper nor is it even mentioned in the sports section, but to truly master the sport - it takes great skill, agiligity, endurance and most of all perseverance to keep trying to be better, smoother, faster. I don't think you ever truly master it, some do, as do professional ball players, but that is the gifted few. I love riding in the dirt. Street riding on a crusier is okay and fun in it's own way, but nothing beats a feet up slide on fresh loam or a long loft of the front end over gnarly terrain, or simply making it up that trail that scared the hell out of you by just looking at it. (oh crap I gotta go back down too?) what a wonderful thing, more wonderful is the passing of this passion from one generation to another.

Keep on riding.

Well put!

Timmerz....great post. :crazy:

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I get lost completely when riding, all cares and worries dissappear. It's the best medicine in the world for me to recharge my batteries with. As a kid I never got into the ball sports, baseball, football etc, not that I don't like them nor appreciate them, just does not strum the right tune for me. However when I first learned to release a clutch on a motorcyle and ride, that was it, I was smitten and have been for about 40 years. Dirt biking is kinda an alone sport, no one is on the sidelines (not normally) cheering you, it does not make the headlines in the paper nor is it even mentioned in the sports section, but to truly master the sport - it takes great skill, agiligity, endurance and most of all perseverance to keep trying to be better, smoother, faster. I don't think you ever truly master it, some do, as do professional ball players, but that is the gifted few. I love riding in the dirt. Street riding on a crusier is okay and fun in it's own way, but nothing beats a feet up slide on fresh loam or a long loft of the front end over gnarly terrain, or simply making it up that trail that scared the hell out of you by just looking at it. (oh crap I gotta go back down too?) what a wonderful thing, more wonderful is the passing of this passion from one generation to another.

Keep on riding.

:crazy: too bad we dont live closer, to go riding!

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I am truly fortunate in that right out of my shop and into the woods is about 200 acres of land that I ride on, gets old - but it is there, it is "land locked" if you will, inaccessible from highways and too expensive to bring in power water etc and no one wants to grant access via thier existing properties, so I make out. The owner does not care at all if I ride back there, and my riding buddy and I have made some great trails. C'mon out anytime!

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I am truly fortunate in that right out of my shop and into the woods is about 200 acres of land that I ride on, gets old - but it is there, it is "land locked" if you will, inaccessible from highways and too expensive to bring in power water etc and no one wants to grant access via thier existing properties, so I make out. The owner does not care at all if I ride back there, and my riding buddy and I have made some great trails. C'mon out anytime!

you live on an island near seattle?

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Sounds fun. I live on Bainbridge Island just west of Seattle. The opposite is true regarding riding here. Every open space is "protected", "designated", "under environmental interpretation", "managed" by a parks district, or otherwise frowned upon for riding.

I heading up to Whidbey right now, LOL. Where do I pull in?? Spark arrested and quiet my bike is.

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Great pic. So what you are saying is the grandson on the 350 spanked you on the 600?!?! Great to see it is still a family sport.

Have fun and keep riding.

RH

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Great pic. So what you are saying is the grandson on the 350 spanked you on the 600?!?! Great to see it is still a family sport.

Have fun and keep riding.

RH

Well....my street-oriented traction kept me from digging in as well as I would have liked, and the suspension is decidedly plush on the 600, so....I kept up with him, that's as far as I'll go towards admitting anything like what you're saying...:crazy:

We had an absolute blast!

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...but nothing beats ... simply making it up that trail that scared the hell out of you by just looking at it.

To me, that's what it's all about. Pushing the boundaries, getting mentally stronger, being amazed at doing something today that I never thought i could do...

Seems to me that us humans are designed to be challenged physically & mentally, to avoid challenge is to become weak.

Riding bikes offroad is just one damn good way of challenging yourself.

Like trying to pick up an XR650 lying the wrong way on the side of a big dune when your forearms are numb with tiredness...:crazy:

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Sounds fun. I live on Bainbridge Island just west of Seattle. The opposite is true regarding riding here. Every open space is "protected", "designated", "under environmental interpretation", "managed" by a parks district, or otherwise frowned upon for riding.

I heading up to Whidbey right now, LOL. Where do I pull in?? Spark arrested and quiet my bike is.

I also go down to Carbonado (south of Orting) to the Evans Creek ORV park, gnarly trails and open dirt roads and some ATV trails which are pretty ez, lotsa water crossings, mud, roots, rock and fun!~

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