VT Dirty Weekend July 27-29 *Pics and video added*

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What days work best for this year's Dirty Weekend?

July 21-22
2
22%
July 28-29
5
56%
Aug 4-5
2
22%
 
Total votes: 9

MATPOC
The Unreasonable Ukranian
Location: Providence, RI

Post by MATPOC » Thu Jul 26, 2012 4:18 am

Weather forecast for Barnard VT is 80% chance of rain today, 40% chance of thunderstorms tomorrow, 50% Saturday and 30% Sunday, pretty much the same for the entire state of VT and parts of Mass that we will cross.



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Groove
El Monstro De La Noche
Location: Northern NY (The most North-ist part)

Post by Groove » Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:50 am

MATPOC wrote:Weather forecast for Barnard VT is 80% chance of rain today, 40% chance of thunderstorms tomorrow, 50% Saturday and 30% Sunday, pretty much the same for the entire state of VT and parts of Mass that we will cross.
Nonsense! It never rains at the Dirty Weekend.



At least it won't be cold like last year.
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03 SV650 (Crouchy Von Spine-Mangler)
02 KTM 640 (The Homewrecker)

SomeMook
Ayatollah of Mayhem
Location: Manassas, VA
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Post by SomeMook » Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:45 am

AZRider wrote:Undecided whether to roll after work Friday, arrive 10P-Midnight, or head up Sat AM, arrive noonish. I'll be on my Shadow, which is OK on dirt roads, not recommended for off road.
I would suggest you ride up fri after work, if you are up for it.
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Groove
El Monstro De La Noche
Location: Northern NY (The most North-ist part)

Post by Groove » Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:04 pm

We have an extra 8-person tent that we're setting up. Whoever get's in late and doesn't feel like pitching is welcome to it.
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"My new spleen came from a guy who liked the motorcycle" - Philip J. Frye

09 KLR (Gonzo)
03 SV650 (Crouchy Von Spine-Mangler)
02 KTM 640 (The Homewrecker)

Zim
Ayatollah of Mayhem
Location: Peyton Place

Post by Zim » Thu Jul 26, 2012 1:17 pm

Dirty Weekend has its own flophouse!
"Every time I start thinking the world is all bad, then I start seeing some people having a good time on motorcycles... it makes me take another look." --Steve McQueen

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Groove
El Monstro De La Noche
Location: Northern NY (The most North-ist part)

Post by Groove » Thu Jul 26, 2012 1:23 pm

Adam, come up friday and flop out in the flophouse.
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"My new spleen came from a guy who liked the motorcycle" - Philip J. Frye

09 KLR (Gonzo)
03 SV650 (Crouchy Von Spine-Mangler)
02 KTM 640 (The Homewrecker)

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Groove
El Monstro De La Noche
Location: Northern NY (The most North-ist part)

Post by Groove » Fri Jul 27, 2012 2:26 am

My phone doesn't work at the campsite, please call the park and reference sites 1 & 3 if you're stuck, or need help.

Silver Lake State Park
20 State Park Beach Rd.
Barnard, Vermont 05031

Park Phone: 802-234-9451

Check in is at 2pm, so I'm leaving a bit later than planned.
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"My new spleen came from a guy who liked the motorcycle" - Philip J. Frye

09 KLR (Gonzo)
03 SV650 (Crouchy Von Spine-Mangler)
02 KTM 640 (The Homewrecker)

EIF
Magnum Jihad
Location: in-transit

Post by EIF » Fri Jul 27, 2012 2:32 am

Tim is out due to vehicular and organizational issues and sends his apologies. I will be flopping in the flop-tent.
Don't mix your Viagra with your Boniva, you'll only end up with stiff knees

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AZRider
"I said THREE motorcycles worth of Fuck You!"
Location: Mianus, CT

Post by AZRider » Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:34 am

We will see when I actually escape work tonight. I'd prefer to get there tonight, but I'm riding a 25-year-old motorcycle with 120,000 miles on it. Probably in the rain. I might decide that daylight would be a good part of the plan.

Thanks for the park contact info. Let's hope I don't call.
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Groove
El Monstro De La Noche
Location: Northern NY (The most North-ist part)

Post by Groove » Fri Jul 27, 2012 5:15 am

Packing the Swedewagon is proving to be a challenge. DarkMistress is driving over to rescue us and take some food, gear, whatever's not fitting. Cindy has put together a bunch of food (tater salad, broccoli salad, baked french toast, ginormous parfait, choclatecoveredbacononastick, etc.)

Heading out a bit after noon.
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"My new spleen came from a guy who liked the motorcycle" - Philip J. Frye

09 KLR (Gonzo)
03 SV650 (Crouchy Von Spine-Mangler)
02 KTM 640 (The Homewrecker)

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SSCAM
Barista of Doom
Location: The Fifth Circle

Post by SSCAM » Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:07 am

I hate all of you.
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Jaeger
Baron von Scrapple
Location: NoVA
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Post by Jaeger » Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:28 am

SSCAM wrote:I hate all of you.
+1

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MATPOC
The Unreasonable Ukranian
Location: Providence, RI

Post by MATPOC » Sat Jul 28, 2012 1:46 pm

At the Long Trail having beer alone. Was told to be here @5 rain or shine (it's raining)

MATPOC
The Unreasonable Ukranian
Location: Providence, RI

Post by MATPOC » Sat Jul 28, 2012 2:16 pm

Should have stayed in Canada, was nice and sunny, forecast for Barnard rain, rain and more rain

Zim
Ayatollah of Mayhem
Location: Peyton Place

Post by Zim » Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:10 am

Moist.
"Every time I start thinking the world is all bad, then I start seeing some people having a good time on motorcycles... it makes me take another look." --Steve McQueen

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Groove
El Monstro De La Noche
Location: Northern NY (The most North-ist part)

Post by Groove » Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:28 pm

I just got home, pics coming soon. Thanks everyone for the great yet damp weekend! This year we made it half-way through before the rain! I think we're making progress!
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"My new spleen came from a guy who liked the motorcycle" - Philip J. Frye

09 KLR (Gonzo)
03 SV650 (Crouchy Von Spine-Mangler)
02 KTM 640 (The Homewrecker)

rc26
The Devil's Banana
Location: Va.

Post by rc26 » Sun Jul 29, 2012 1:31 pm

It didn't rain when I came up a couple of years ago. Perfect weather the whole weekend.
"I reject your reality and substitute my own" - Stole it.

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Groove
El Monstro De La Noche
Location: Northern NY (The most North-ist part)

Post by Groove » Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:17 pm

Hooray!

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This year was 50/50 wet-dry but it was still a blast. Pattio has video, I'm sure it'll take some time to edit so keep your pants on.

Highlights:

Mook crashed, Jews made bacon, we climbed trees in the rain like monkeys, Super-Sherpas are fun, Sam hates camping, the UTMC flop-house has a food-court and an escelator, there are pod-people amongst us, rain sucks, AZ Rider maked great improvised campfire breakfast.

I'm tired and I'm finding it hard to brain. Here's some pics.

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Mook and AZ consult the Amish GPS

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Zim checking the freshness date on his atlas

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MATPOC = Pod Person

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Random bike pic

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Mook's rack took a beating, had to stop and bodge it back together. Plus there was a fallen tree in our way.

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I hate fallen trees! Why isn't this a chainsaw!


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Random nature photo

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The top of Rt.17, super twisty mountain ride

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The back side of 17 where the descent begins

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Mook was so excited about 17 that he forgot he was riding on knobbies. No Ootmiks were harmed...bruised maybe.

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Way steeper than it looks

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Hooray for crashy-pants!

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Chocolate covered bacon is so good, it makes vegitarians forget.


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Pattio rigging a rain-fly.

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Pattio makes EIF look very small...I think it's an illusion

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DarkMistress having drunken fun with glow-sticks

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Two Jews making bacon
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Mrs. Groove and Groove Jr.

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Rock couldn't make it...so I took a picture of some rocks

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Zim's anti-grav chair is amazing

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Pattio and his tinfoil fez

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Abigale wishing she could reach the pedals


That's about it for now. Pattio should have some ride/crash video action soon. Thank all of you for a great weekend!
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"My new spleen came from a guy who liked the motorcycle" - Philip J. Frye

09 KLR (Gonzo)
03 SV650 (Crouchy Von Spine-Mangler)
02 KTM 640 (The Homewrecker)

EIF
Magnum Jihad
Location: in-transit

Post by EIF » Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:28 pm

Home intact @ 1500. I am Facebook deficient so I will post pics after they have been processed to protect the guilty. Had a great time in my usual socially inept way.

You don't flip bacon.
Don't mix your Viagra with your Boniva, you'll only end up with stiff knees

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Groove
El Monstro De La Noche
Location: Northern NY (The most North-ist part)

Post by Groove » Sun Jul 29, 2012 3:15 pm

You do too flip bacon! AZ and Matpoc flipped bacon just this morning. I saw it. It was delicious too.
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"My new spleen came from a guy who liked the motorcycle" - Philip J. Frye

09 KLR (Gonzo)
03 SV650 (Crouchy Von Spine-Mangler)
02 KTM 640 (The Homewrecker)

calamari kid
Ayatollah of Mayhem
Location: Lake Shitty

Post by calamari kid » Sun Jul 29, 2012 3:45 pm

Jinglepants!
"Go soothingly on the grease mud, as there lurks the skid demon." -Honda manual circa 1962

"Being shot out of a cannon will always be better than being squeezed out of a tube. That is why God made fast motorcycles, Bubba...." -Hunter S Thompson

"A psychotic is a guy who's just found out what's going on." -William S. Burroughs

EIF
Magnum Jihad
Location: in-transit

Post by EIF » Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:14 pm

The video of the skipping pyros, Mr. Bitey and Groove, will not load happily. I will get it to Groove for posting soon.


Shot down the gnarly road Mook found, twisties disappeared into the woods:
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App Gap photo-op:
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Mook's autographs in the App Gap, ATGATT prevented it from being signed in blood:
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Tent City
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Breffis
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Lincoln Gap - worth the ride up on the east side, easier on the west side
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Don't mix your Viagra with your Boniva, you'll only end up with stiff knees

Zim
Ayatollah of Mayhem
Location: Peyton Place

Post by Zim » Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:17 pm

:( I didn't get any parfait.

Thanks for the fun weekend and the great food! Damn you (insert rain god name here)!
"Every time I start thinking the world is all bad, then I start seeing some people having a good time on motorcycles... it makes me take another look." --Steve McQueen

SomeMook
Ayatollah of Mayhem
Location: Manassas, VA
Contact:

Post by SomeMook » Sun Jul 29, 2012 5:35 pm

It was an awesome weekend! It was great to see everybody. I'm ok. The bike is ok, except that my brake light doesn't work, and my turn signals are acting wonky. I'm pretty sure the brake light issue is not crash related. Though I fubared my rack. It's being held together with zip ties. I'm currently having dinner at a diner near the Deleware Water Gap. Got a motel room nearby. Meandering across PA tomorrow AM.

Awesome pics!
All the unhappiness in the world is caused by self-delusion. -E.H.

MATPOC
The Unreasonable Ukranian
Location: Providence, RI

Post by MATPOC » Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:04 pm

here's the first and only video from my new camera mount, it speaks for itself

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Pattio
Centrifugal Savant of Two Wheel Transportation
Location: the Olde Wheelery

Post by Pattio » Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:05 pm

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-Pattio-

SomeMook
Ayatollah of Mayhem
Location: Manassas, VA
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Post by SomeMook » Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:20 pm

Damn. :shock:
All the unhappiness in the world is caused by self-delusion. -E.H.

piccini9
Everybody dies. It's a love story.

Post by piccini9 » Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:52 pm

Stop crashing.
Adding pink and unicorns makes everything better.
-roadmissile

Treatment may include things like riding motorcycles and crocheting… whatever it takes to counteract the deleterious effects of existence. - Rolly

MATPOC
The Unreasonable Ukranian
Location: Providence, RI

Post by MATPOC » Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:57 pm

recording video with smart phone mounted to handlebars using Ram x-grip was a miserable failure, good thing I had a back up plan: helmet mounted Contour, problem is that it will take hours to look though all of the footage.


Started out Friday mid-day and right away the problem: bike starts running rough, after all the carb tuning to get the off-idle to part throttle transition sorted it suddenly developed 3/4 to WFO hesitation only few miles after I left home, decided to deal with it and have a look at it when we get to Silver Lake.

300 or so miles later we made it to camp, pulled in right behind the Sherpa Trooper. There was food, beer and bacon so none of the repairs were made.

Day 2 we all agreed to disagree and I headed up north while the rest of the crew decided to explore some local scenery and test the limits of traction.

My goal was Smugglers Notch and then if there was time left who knows where the road takes me

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it was a shortcut EIF pointed out to avoid the traffic in Stowe, place was mobbed with tourists, duh! Sunny summer weekend, should have known better.

Found some nice dirt and awesome views, not many pictures, mostly video and that may take a while to upload.

Bike was dirty so I decided to wash it, somehow ended up with even more mud on it when I was done

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Smugglers notch was pretty awesome, but not having all the fucking tourists there would have made it superb.

Did I mention that for this trip I mounted up some dirt wheels with knobbies? Not the best handling on pavement

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I made it pretty far north, only thing that sopped me going further were some guys in uniform demanding my passport

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That's when I noticed that the engine vibration, which seemed unusually harsh since the carb started acting up, was taking a toll on the bike, aside from my phone charger which was literally shaken to pieces my rear rack lost it's hardware and now I was looking for some metric threaded machine head screws and spacers, in a pinch I would have settled for anything just to get it back to camp, but this place had just what I was looking for

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with repairs complete it was time to head back south, we had a dinner date at 5 pm at Long Trail Brewery.

While it was sunny in Canada and still pretty nice most of the way back, some distance past Lincoln Gap the skies opened up. In a pouring rain I made it to the Long Trail and had my dinner alone, apparently the rest of the crew decided that it was too wet to pile in to 2 cars and drive 15 miles to the Brew House.

More dirt on the way to camp, more rain, more bacon, more fun....


It's over and I'm looking forward to next year.

Zim
Ayatollah of Mayhem
Location: Peyton Place

Post by Zim » Mon Jul 30, 2012 3:46 am

The Southbounders fueled up in Bridgewater Corners, where I then took leave of them to head next door to NH. I didn't have far to go, so I only put in a little over a gallon of gas. 80 miles added plus whatever was left sloshing around in the tank, plus a spare .25 gallons... no problem. I switched the petcock from RES to ON.

About a mile down the road, I had a burble and stutter. Felt like my petcock decision was wrong, so I switched back to RES. 'cept that didn't fix the problem. No throttle, popping, engine cutting out, and the dash (digital) was flickering on and off! Sherpa Derp.

It has happened to me before, twice in wet, once in dry. The bike just has a moment. It gets electrically wonky, sits for a little while, and then is fine for the rest of the trip.

Vermont conveniently placed a turnout on the highway that I was able to roll into, and then conveniently placed a state highway garage across the road which I walked the bike over to. Thumbed the starter, but that only produced the faintest (like buzzing mosquito faint) noise from the starter. The dash at least had a solid display now. Did my first ever bump start with this bike and the engine was running again. Seemed like more of a fast walk than a running bump start. Mount. Go. In all, about 4 minutes elapsed.

Next up: small village with a decreasing speed limit. Approaching from the opposite direction was a Sheriff's car with the authority's hand out the window in the 'I'm cool in this car because I'm the law' relaxed position. According to the GPS, I was 2 mph over the speed limit and dropping when he motioned downward with his index finger, telling me to slow down lest he use the powers vested in him to detain me for such a blatant disregard for public safety.

After barely escaping, I crossed a covered bridge and got dirty again. There is an old, partial version of the Puppy Dog Route on my GPS, which I tried to follow but got lost. The thing is though, it's still dirt roads even if you get off the route! I had a lovely time with limited traction, passing horses, driving through that which passed through horses (Hay! Poop!), and having fun.

The rest of the ride was uneventful. The extra weight and size of the bags made steep uphills a bit slower, with added shifting, but the bike still managed.
"Every time I start thinking the world is all bad, then I start seeing some people having a good time on motorcycles... it makes me take another look." --Steve McQueen

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