Video Collection from Rudi's Off-road trips

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Thanks Rudi, good info on the forks bit surprised about the quick have always found them to be the best bang for the buck, but red snot always wins.

Be interested how the rear Ohlins works out, keep us posted.
 

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Thanks Rudi, good info on the forks bit surprised about the quick have always found them to be the best bang for the buck, but red snot always wins.

Be interested how the rear Ohlins works out, keep us posted.
Bob, there's nothing wrong with the Quick's just need to get the GR instead of the DM, the DM's are a little too hard, more suited for Motocross, I didn't pay attention, when I changed them. Normally I allways put the GR's on, they are indeed great tires
 

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Bob, there's nothing wrong with the Quick's just need to get the GR instead of the DM, the DM's are a little too hard, more suited for Motocross, I didn't pay attention, when I changed them. Normally I allways put the GR's on, they are indeed great tires
I guess it's all about compromise, the DM's are great for stretches of tarmac in between dirt, with good grip and last well, even run them flat when you have a puncture in those awkward situations too :dirtbike:

Been trying Duro for a while (made by Quick) again its available in different configurations but worth trying.
 

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Oh man, what a ride :p . Showed up 9:30 at the Mini Mart just at the entrance of HTT. Was happily received by about 12 riders. Many brand new KTM's and Husqvarnas showed up, but also KDX and SL and two XR's. What a new nice mix of bikes and riders. Wood was the leader and showed us some new sections, that would bring us close to the notorious Erzberg section. I tried to follow two Huskies and must have taken the wrong route at some point. At the Helicoper Platform I had a call from A., who told me to turn around and get back to the bottom of the track. Damn just that section up here was already overkill and now turning around. Some 10 minutes later I rejoined the group. After some pretty cool irrigation channel passages we slowly worked our way into the mountain. It became steeper and steeper and at some point the first rider was not able to go any further, shortly after that I found myself stuck as well. So we tried getting up Zig Zag but the undergound was to loose to get proper grip.
After some time struggling, a guys returned and helped us getting the bikes up. It was insane. As we reached the top it was very clear, that we were just underneath the helicopter platform, from where I left earlier. A few riders split at the bottom and went another route to the heli platform, there they were greeted by Patrols and kindly asked to return. So after this little disappointment we worked our way to Mae Rim, had some food and drinks and went into the rocky waterfall section. As everyone was tired I didn't want to do the last part with another insane hill climb.

To my surprise a few of our guys absolutely wanted to have a go on that section and so we went back into the dried out riverbed and continued to the hill-climb. A big tree was barring the way of the easy section, so it was straight up all the way. Loose rocks and very slippy humus like surface add a lot to the fun. Not one of us was able to make it in one go. We all needed the rope and the help of the others to make it to the top.

Everyone was so happy to be up there. Two more guys had to turn around due to clutch problems. But now there was the next hill climb, that what be peanuts in the dry season, but all overgrown and a little wet, made it all so more difficult. Everyone made several attempts to get up.

It must have been around 5:30 until we came out of the jungle. Totally wasted:ROFLMAO:
 

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I guess it's all about compromise, the DM's are great for stretches of tarmac in between dirt, with good grip and last well, even run them flat when you have a puncture in those awkward situations too :dirtbike:

Been trying Duro for a while (made by Quick) again its available in different configurations but worth trying.
Oh damn Bob, just saw this post, forgot to reply to it. Yes the DM are kind of ok, but I still like the GR's better, I had Duro and Camel and wasn't to happy over the gnarly stuff I ride, off course some of the Mitas would be the best, but they wear quick and are very slippery over tarmac and have a huge price tag
 

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Oh man, what a ride :p . Showed up 9:30 at the Mini Mart just at the entrance of HTT. Was happily received by about 12 riders. Many brand new KTM's and Husqvarnas showed up, but also KDX and SL and two XR's. What a new nice mix of bikes and riders. Wood was the leader and showed us some new sections, that would bring us close to the notorious Erzberg section. I tried to follow two Huskies and must have taken the wrong route at some point. At the Helicoper Platform I had a call from A., who told me to turn around and get back to the bottom of the track. Damn just that section up here was already overkill and now turning around. Some 10 minutes later I rejoined the group. After some pretty cool irrigation channel passages we slowly worked our way into the mountain. It became steeper and steeper and at some point the first rider was not able to go any further, shortly after that I found myself stuck as well. So we tried getting up Zig Zag but the undergound was to loose to get proper grip.
After some time struggling, a guys returned and helped us getting the bikes up. It was insane. As we reached the top it was very clear, that we were just underneath the helicopter platform, from where I left earlier. A few riders split at the bottom and went another route to the heli platform, there they were greeted by Patrols and kindly asked to return. So after this little disappointment we worked our way to Mae Rim, had some food and drinks and went into the rocky waterfall section. As everyone was tired I didn't want to do the last part with another insane hill climb.

To my surprise a few of our guys absolutely wanted to have a go on that section and so we went back into the dried out riverbed and continued to the hill-climb. A big tree was barring the way of the easy section, so it was straight up all the way. Loose rocks and very slippy humus like surface add a lot to the fun. Not one of us was able to make it in one go. We all needed the rope and the help of the others to make it to the top.

Everyone was so happy to be up there. Two more guys had to turn around due to clutch problems. But now there was the next hill climb, that what be peanuts in the dry season, but all overgrown and a little wet, made it all so more difficult. Everyone made several attempts to get up.

It must have been around 5:30 until we came out of the jungle. Totally wasted:ROFLMAO:
What a ride, make the most of the extended dry season Rudi.
 

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So now just a quick update on my suspension. The Öhlins rear shock works nice with the CRF 250 Rally forks in front. I have the rebound and compression fully open. So it is super soft but still keeps good traction. The front cannot be adjusted I might still play around with the fork oil level to get it just right. But for now I am pretty happy like that. So now the big question, is the Ohlins really that much better than the stock.
In my honest opinion I would not spend that amount of money again on that shock. The OEM shock is just fine and with a little tweaking it can be almost as good as the Ohlins. I spend a lot of money on supension upgrades over the years, but at the end it was a lot money gone down the river for some experience nothing more than that. What I do like about the Ohlins is that it track really nice, it always feels very planted when riding over rough terrain. Don't know if "planted" is the right words to express what I mean, I hope you do understand. What I didn't like about the Ohlins is, that I had to tilt the carb about 15% and make an angled boot so it wouldn't scratch the shock. The clearance on the other side was also not so perfect. The lid of the air filter compartment was hitting the compression dial wheel...not ideal. So actually you have to grind off some of the lid to make it fit perfect. I will report back when I do further adjustments to the suspension.
 

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Interesting comments Rudi, your a far more experienced dirt rider then I, but I have found the Showa suspension on my XR and the CRM to be light years ahead of my CRF. I have gone for a lighter fork oil in all of them and it's worked wonders.

Suspension is an individual thing what's good for one is horrendous for another.

Keep us posted.

:jumper:
 

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Interesting comments Rudi, your a far more experienced dirt rider then I, but I have found the Showa suspension on my XR and the CRM to be light years ahead of my CRF. I have gone for a lighter fork oil in all of them and it's worked wonders.

Suspension is an individual thing what's good for one is horrendous for another.

Keep us posted.

:jumper:
Very true Bob the Showa suspension on the XR is great, I believe that is the normal cartridge fork and not the Upside Down forks like I used to have. The Kayaba Shock is good to with some tweaks and maybe Racetech Gold Valves it can be made into something pretty close to an Ohlins I think. The CRF shock sucks big time, but the front is not to bad, with the right oil level and viscosity
 

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Since Oskar has taken over the camera my job is a lot easier. He is doing great with the camera and the bike. Still having some issues with the KLX 125. Still stalling a lot, which makes it difficult for him to keep the passion going. This trip was already Hard Enduro. We didn't go for very long but I am amazed at how good he get's along. Now we need to sort his bike before we further advance.
 

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