2020 Fall JDH- "The Devil is in the Details"

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Re: 2020 Fall JDH- "The Devil is in the Details"

Post by Lokiboy » Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:19 am

Pulling my rig out of water and mud demonstrates the biggest reason why you want a Sidecar bumper. Ural HQ should use that as a selling point. :shock: :lol:
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Re: 2020 Fall JDH- "The Devil is in the Details"

Post by stagewex » Mon Sep 28, 2020 1:17 pm

Arrived Thursday and had enough time to set-up my tent before dark and then enjoy the campfire, friends and a few beverages.

Friday: After breakfast from the bagel place we did the first AM run into the woods. I'm on 2 wheels as my Patrol is lacking a certain appendage out-for-repair. My friend Chris also came for the Friday rides riding a small and light XT225. You don't need much to have fun in these woods. With 2 wheels we both like light-weights, easier to pick-up when you hit the sand. Chris lost it once as you'll see in the video, me once the next day. Just part of the fun and why ya gotta wear good gear. I do the same riding the Patrol in the woods too.

Excellent morning ride and then headed back to pick-up Fri. arriving riders. Tim (TRICH) a former CT owner arrived with his friend Scott on two identical Royal Enfield Himalayan bikes. I was very impressed with how those Adventure bikes did despite their weight (430ish+). All you need is the right tire and torque which these bike provide plenty of, CC's don't matter. They reminded my of my old TW200, no matter what it's going to get you there.
We picked up another sidecar or two as well. Back into the woods with the bigger group. With at this point 5 (or was it 6?) sidecars and 4 two-wheelers it was really like a Mixed Martial Arts of Woods Riding at this point.

I'll post Saturday's ride later on when I finish it.

Here's Friday's AM & PM ride(s) video, a little more than 3 minutes (from 4 hours of footage). No real explanation needed as to how much fun this off-road Camping and Riding Rally really is. Enjoy:



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2006 Honda "Big Ruckus" PS250 (Elec Start)
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Re: 2020 Fall JDH- "The Devil is in the Details"

Post by Lokiboy » Mon Sep 28, 2020 3:43 pm

Great video Stagewex.
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Re: 2020 Fall JDH- "The Devil is in the Details"

Post by cookiemech » Tue Sep 29, 2020 9:24 am

Video is great! I am pretty sure I lack the off-road skills to participate in such tomfoolery; I'd be the one holding everyone up and needing to be pulled out of some mudhole. Somewhere between 400K and 500K street miles on solo bikes, about 9K street miles on Ural rigs, and zero-point-zero off-road miles on anything.
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Re: 2020 Fall JDH- "The Devil is in the Details"

Post by stagewex » Tue Sep 29, 2020 4:04 pm

Here's the Day #2/Saturday Ride Video.

More folks showed up overnight, a really nice group of folks & bikes & rigs you couldn't ask for. I think we hit the road around 10-10:30am and were into the woods within 10 minutes. SAND was the magic word for this day as a lot of time was spent on the Jeep/4x4 roads to find and get to other specific trails/points-of-interest.

It was tough on the three of us riding 2-wheels, believe me. Like Chris did on his blue & white Yamaha the day before, the Devil bit me early in the ride. After viewing the video (always a good way to gauge how you ride) it appears I was going too slow in almost Talcum Powder Sand, forget Sugar Sand.
But git-up-&-go... powered on thru.

The Ural Sidecars... nothing, nothing could stop them and they advanced like Grant-took-Richmond. Other than a couple unanticipated stops and really basic obstacles along the way the ride flew-by at a good pace.

I bailed after 3 hours with Tim (on one of the R.E. Himalayan's) joining me on a pavement ride back to camp. I was shot and my jacket was soaked thru with sweat. We stopped at Hot Diggety Dog in Chester where I downed 3 big bottles of Gatorade. I was surprised how far we had gone and it was 24 miles back to camp.

I had placed a 3rd camera on Vadim's (Chumster) Ural and from his footage it looks like the ride continued about another 2+ hours.
You can see the camera vehicle difference in the video.

Have to mention Scott who rode the other Himalayan from beginning to end with the Sidecars. That's perseverance man!

Thanks Rich & Dave.

All craft accounted for and safe return to basecamp. A Great Day of Riding:


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1991 Honda XR250L (Kick Start Only) *NOT running amok, out for Bottom & Top-End Rebuild.
1986 Yamaha BW200ES (Elec & Kick Start)

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Re: 2020 Fall JDH- "The Devil is in the Details"

Post by mtrdrms » Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:25 pm

Great job Mike! Really appreciate you putting in the time on this. Good to see you again!
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Re: 2020 Fall JDH- "The Devil is in the Details"

Post by TRICH911 Pt2 » Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:50 pm

Great time and company as usual!! Awesome job on the videos Mike!!

Miss my CT but the Himalayan let's me have my fun in the dirt.

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Re: 2020 Fall JDH- "The Devil is in the Details"

Post by ReCycled » Wed Sep 30, 2020 11:57 am

Thanks for your work on the videos Mike.
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Re: 2020 Fall JDH- "The Devil is in the Details"

Post by stagewex » Wed Sep 30, 2020 12:44 pm

Your Welcome.

I was doing some on-line research about that fighter jet crash back in the 1970's where Rich took us up to, Bear Swamp Hill. I love history like that.

As Rich said The Air Force in the end refused to foot the bill for repair and rebuild of the fire tower but after poking around some documents I found out why.
The pilot of the jet was on weekend New Jersey Air National Guard duty. For his real job he was a regular full-time Delta Airlines pilot.
But because he was temporarily (for the weekend) an employee of the State this happened:

The U.S. Air Force is absolved from financial responsibility when an employee of a State where an accident occurs even if operating US Air Force equipment is driven or piloted by an actual employee of same State.
Kinda a crappy way to get around a tragic death and restoration of the firetower. There is/are no appeal processes for any State over these Federal rules.
Nice way to Thank folks for serving their Country.
Oh well, that's all just history now.


There is some of the landing gear still in there but it is hallowed ground now.

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2019 Honda CRF450L (Elec Start)
2008 Vespa 150S (Elec & Kick Start)
2007 Ural Patrol (2WD, Elec & Kick Start)
2006 Honda "Big Ruckus" PS250 (Elec Start)
1991 Honda XR250L (Kick Start Only) *NOT running amok, out for Bottom & Top-End Rebuild.
1986 Yamaha BW200ES (Elec & Kick Start)

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Re: 2020 Fall JDH- "The Devil is in the Details"

Post by BinDerSmokDat » Wed Sep 30, 2020 12:47 pm

Great video Mike, captures the day perfectly!

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Re: 2020 Fall JDH- "The Devil is in the Details"

Post by tgtrotter » Thu Oct 01, 2020 1:55 pm

Wow ! Beautiful Country. Love Mikes' videos.
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Re: 2020 Fall JDH- "The Devil is in the Details"

Post by stagewex » Thu Oct 01, 2020 2:54 pm

cookiemech wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 9:24 am
Video is great! I am pretty sure I lack the off-road skills to participate in such tomfoolery; I'd be the one holding everyone up and needing to be pulled out of some mudhole. Somewhere between 400K and 500K street miles on solo bikes, about 9K street miles on Ural rigs, and zero-point-zero off-road miles on anything.

You would do fine. You don't necessarily need 2WD, Knobbies (but good tires help), a bumper or even any experience off-road.
Just need friends to go into the woods with you. We all take care of each other in there whether we've known each other for years or just a few hours.

You Gear-Up is "screaming" to be let loose. Don't show it the video's :)

I don't know where you are located in PA. but at some point Rich will post a Post-Thanksgiving ride.
That's just a day ride. Keep an eye out and come join.

Ride Safe, Happy & Healthy
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Current Herd all running amok:
2019 Honda CRF450L (Elec Start)
2008 Vespa 150S (Elec & Kick Start)
2007 Ural Patrol (2WD, Elec & Kick Start)
2006 Honda "Big Ruckus" PS250 (Elec Start)
1991 Honda XR250L (Kick Start Only) *NOT running amok, out for Bottom & Top-End Rebuild.
1986 Yamaha BW200ES (Elec & Kick Start)

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Re: 2020 Fall JDH- "The Devil is in the Details"

Post by cookiemech » Thu Oct 01, 2020 3:26 pm

stagewex wrote:
Thu Oct 01, 2020 2:54 pm
I don't know where you are located in PA. but at some point Rich will post a Post-Thanksgiving ride.
That's just a day ride. Keep an eye out and come join.
I'm clear on the far side of the state, about 25 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. Not especially fond of the notion of trailering the Ural through Philadelphia.
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Re: 2020 Fall JDH- "The Devil is in the Details"

Post by jaybird » Thu Oct 01, 2020 4:27 pm

cookiemech wrote:
Thu Oct 01, 2020 3:26 pm
stagewex wrote:
Thu Oct 01, 2020 2:54 pm
I don't know where you are located in PA. but at some point Rich will post a Post-Thanksgiving ride.
That's just a day ride. Keep an eye out and come join.
I'm clear on the far side of the state, about 25 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. Not especially fond of the notion of trailering the Ural through Philadelphia.
No need to go through Philly. I take I276 into/out of New Jersey, a little longer but Less chance of "drama", plus I pass a couple of my favorite diners on that route, Tractor Supply and Harbor Freight too.
Driving through Philly on the interstate isn't that bad, just depends on when you go through.
Anyway, if you need a place to camp or advice on where to stay or go while over here, you're welcome to give me a call, just message me for my number.
I agree with Wex, no experience necessary :D :cheers:

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Re: 2020 Fall JDH- "The Devil is in the Details"

Post by cookiemech » Fri Oct 02, 2020 8:50 am

Thanks, Jay. That's encouraging.
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