One of my new secret spots. It's really fun to ride to and it's a great place to cool off in the water. The "road" was torn up pretty bad last winter by logging equipment, so most vehicles can't make it out here, I'll have it all to myself. I'm going to take a page from @racinchase's playbook and bring a hammock and book to read next time and make a day of it.
Down in a hole. Getting unstuck from Louisiana super glue using the Best Rest motorcycle recovery kit. It's a Z-Drag system made from climbing rope, pulleys, and carabiners. It took me about an hour to get it out alone. This isn't a light 2-stroke, it's an under-powered, top-heavy, ADV'd out dual sport. It's an awkward little bike to get unstuck. I had to reposition my anchor point a few times, starting high in a tree to the side of the bike to get the front wheel unglued, then I could anchor to fence posts in front of the bike to get it moving forward. I had to wrap the rope around my waist and lean back while giving the bike throttle to move it forward a few inches, which is a bit awkward, then rewrap around my waist and do it over and over again. I probably could have just dragged it out on the ground sideways attached up high to the nearest tree, but my peg and rear brake lever were stuck deep in the mud and I didn't want to chance messing them up or ripping my Wolfman bags or ruining my new graphics just yet. I'll do a nicer time lapse with the DSLR next time and show more detailed photos and how it all works. This was just the first time I had ever used it and I was hot and ready to get moving and get some airflow. While this lightweight trail kit has a 3:1 ratio, it was still tough to get the bike moving in this sticky ass mud. The mud sort of creates a suction and doesn't want to give you much forgiveness. Since I'm usually alone, I'll probably either upgrade to double block pulleys and an extra length of rope on this kit to get a 5:1 ratio or get the Green Chili kit, made with webbing straps and roller cams at a 4:1 ratio for self-recovery.
@Regrann from @everide - Just because there haven't been a lot of pictures of the #drz400 "Black Widow" lately doesn't mean she hasn't seen an enormous amount of riding. This bike has been the absolute workhorse of the whole video business. 95% of my tours and videos are shot from this bike. I have no idea how many hours or miles are on her. It has been through so much abuse, and yet still manages to hang with the faster dirt bike groups. On the road she keeps up with anything at the speed limit. My business wouldn't be what it is today without this bike, and this bike wouldn't exist without @mrduhfactor and @mrrojoneck !
#everide - #regrann