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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As many of you might know, I had a broken Fibula not too long ago. I recovered fairly fast and couldn't wait to go riding again. After a couple of small attempts I was sure I was bullet proof again. For a little change I was riding the CRF250L of my friend. I must say I really start to like it engine-wise. 11 am we met in front of the reclining Buddha just in front of
Wat Doi Thaen Phra Pha Luang
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As we had a new rider with us we tried to take it easy. Not too far into the jungle after waterfall section with slippery rocks the KLX250 made a small back flip and the result was bent Disk Brake Rotor as we discovered later on
. This forced us to make plans about turning around. But then we decided to split, so two returned and two continued. "Ron's Loop" is a fairly new loop that we discovered recently. It is for sure a lot of fun riding on this track, but it also involves using up all your Energy. Half way into the Loop there was a steep climb over a rocky Platform. Half way up I was forced to turn around for another attempt. The engine stalled and after that, it made a crazy clanking sound from the engine. Not good at all! We decided to leave the bike in the jungle and I was forced to walk back. By the time it was almost 4 in the afternoon I had to hurry to get back in time. While walking I tried to think of a solution how to get the bike back. Before arriving at the Jungle Camp site I managed to loose my Smart Phone. Oh shit so back up the hill with my Buddy's phone, calling myself every other minute to find my phone again. To my surprise it worked out and I found my phone after 10 minutes. Now I still had half the way in front of me. My Buddy gave me his bike and said we could swap here and there. Around 5 we were able to get out of the Jungle. What a day. The next day the rescue started and this is what the Video is all about, hope you enjoy and get a little from our sweat and tears while trying to get this heavy bike out ther.
 

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As many of you might know, I had a broken Fibula not too long ago. I recovered fairly fast and couldn't wait to go riding again. After a couple of small attempts I was sure I was bullet proof again. For a little change I was riding the CRF250L of my friend. I must say I really start to like it engine-wise. 11 am we met in front of the reclining Buddha just in front of
Wat Doi Thaen Phra Pha Luang
วัดดอยแท่นพระผาหลวง
As we had a new rider with us we tried to take it easy. Not too far into the jungle after waterfall section with slippery rocks the KLX250 made a small back flip and the result was bent Disk Brake Rotor as we discovered later on
. This forced us to make plans about turning around. But then we decided to split, so two returned and two continued. "Ron's Loop" is a fairly new loop that we discovered recently. It is for sure a lot of fun riding on this track, but it also involves using up all your Energy. Half way into the Loop there was a steep climb over a rocky Platform. Half way up I was forced to turn around for another attempt. The engine stalled and after that, it made a crazy clanking sound from the engine. Not good at all! We decided to leave the bike in the jungle and I was forced to walk back. By the time it was almost 4 in the afternoon I had to hurry to get back in time. While walking I tried to think of a solution how to get the bike back. Before arriving at the Jungle Camp site I managed to loose my Smart Phone. Oh shit so back up the hill with my Buddy's phone, calling myself every other minute to find my phone again. To my surprise it worked out and I found my phone after 10 minutes. Now I still had half the way in front of me. My Buddy gave me his bike and said we could swap here and there. Around 5 we were able to get out of the Jungle. What a day. The next day the rescue started and this is what the Video is all about, hope you enjoy and get a little from our sweat and tears while trying to get this heavy bike out ther.
What do you do on the easy days Rudi, bloody I'm tired just looking at it and considering you are still under doctors orders, respect mate.
 

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it is not likeI seek this adventure, it is more like the adventure is seeking me, seems like we are all magnets, we get what we think...555, in this case I didn't expect anything like this would ever happen to me, the spirit of my mates and the brotherhood of my biker mates made this all happen at the end, I am not looking forward for another one. I am no more under Doctor orders, because I decided to let Nature do the healing, I am all good now, no pain
 

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So Oskar and Nong Ice are doing better every time, this time I took a long bamboo pole and tried to make a drone like effect with it, seems like it worked here and there.
 

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How good to ride a Honda XR250 ok, standard bore and the normal cartridge forks. Still a little wobbly in the front, but it feel so light compared to riding with the CRF250L. Pivot turns and technical exercises are so much more easy on this bike. Off-course the brakes suck and you need to modify the bike a little in order to be able to get the best out of it. My riding buddy is in great shape and his 62 years of age doesn't seem to be any hurdle for him. His riding skills are remarkable for his age. I probably have loose a few kilos before I can compete with his riding style.

Our Idea was to do the "Ron Loop" half way and then turn off towards Mae Khuang Dam. So far it's been only a lot of hiking but we are getting closer to yet again another ride-able loop. We are always looking for some gnarly tracks, that one still can ride. It is for sure a lot of times Technical Hard Enduro, but I honestly believe we are getting good at it. So half way into the loop and riding thru big bush fires I had a flat beyond repair. We tried to fix it but it held up only a couple of minutes. I wasn't too unhappy about turning around 'cause the thermometer was showing temperatures in the upper 30 region. The dry terrain and dust all added to this. Getting back with a flat was not too bad and I only encountered on obstacle that I didn't manage to get thru. Great day in the office it was. Next time we will be completing the loop and will report back. Hope you enjoy
 

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Nice video Rudi, know what you mean about the XR vs the CRF I have both and XR maybe be slower as mine is stock, but I go for it every time.
 

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Damn, what a ride!! This was too much fun in one day. As many of you know the Burning Season is in full bloom right now (dunno if that makes sense 555). The air is hot and the forest looks like the surface of some planet. After a couple of rides with the CRF I am now back on the good ol' XR. Lighter and overall maybe the better bike, for what I do. We took off direction Jungle at 10am and managed to find our way thru the mild traffic at Mae Jo in no time. We entered "Ron's Track" and as usual it begins to throw all kind of terrains at you from the very beginning. So no pause and keep going thru this Theater of Pain. About 30 minutes later we were half way into the loop, this is were the video starts and were it got really interesting riding-wise. Some may say we are nuts, but I think we consider this more as a compliment....555. After a few climbs thru some rock gardens, we faced a gnarly downhill that was littered with obstacles and rocks. One more time one can see how much beating this bikes and tires can take. After the downhill we entered the creek, which was a pleasant amusement to all the hard stuff before. We followed this creek until we found our way to our hidden Jungle Pool for a dip in the cool water. Really refreshing. Half an hour later we hit the track again and entered the Mae Khuang Reservoir from it's backside. A couple of kilometers along the lake side until another nasty hill-climb, that lead us the track in the forest, that would now carry us for some miles before reaching the beach, where we went for another swim in the water. I had forgotten to take my knee pad off, but Acerbis seems to be bullet proof in this matter...555.

After the swim we entered the last section of this track. On a steep hill climb some doggies jumped into my way and I had to stop. I rolled back a few meters and was able to continue the climb. On the other side of the climb another rock garden awaited us and riding down-hill was not much of an advantage here. Still cannot believe we once rode up there, maybe a year ago. So here we go....a new loop, a new day. Hope you guys enjoy the video. Cheers
 

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Great video Rudi

I am sure 11:30 onwards was far more tricky than it looked!
 

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Thanks Ally, the footage never does reflect the real thing. Nevertheless I enjoyed it a lot. This track is one cool loop but it needs some basic skills to get thru it. Not for everyone for sure
 
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