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  • Birthday 08/15/1953

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    '21 Switchback 850 Pro S '06 Fuse 600

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  1. Since several folks do not or cannot frequent the "other" forum, I thought it prudent to include others who might not already know about this ride. Taken from HCS: Inquiring minds want to know... The official/unofficial Brisk pace ride is gonna be held Saturday, February 4th. Starting in Silver Bay, we will go up to the Skyport Lounge on Devil Track for lunch, and then back. As always, be ready to leave the trailhead @ 9:00. Not 9:10. You know who you are... That means it would be good to be ready to leave well before then, as it's nice to catch up with old friends,
  2. Tow strap, Baby wipes, we use Wolfsnout dust masks, bandanas are marginal. Good goggles. When following in dusty conditions being able to breath and see are pretty essential. Slime. Gorilla and electrical tape. Power bank for phone. rags. Headlamp.
  3. Yep. So much snow, it's not even gonna be an issue riding in May this year.
  4. We've gone up maybe another mile or so from where the river was open this year. We usually take a spin up as far as we feel safe, but a month ago for the poker run, there was a good foot and a half of snow, and maybe a foot of slush underneath the snow.We got off it right away. It had since melted down, and froze up good, then had about eight inches of fresh stuff. It changes from year to year. We always find open water when we go up. There is a shortcut thru the woods we found a couple years ago that runs over to the main (Otter Lake) road in, but we didn't go over it this time, we knew the m
  5. Have been debating if we should bump the start time to ten am to allow for guys to use the dining room for breakfast. Snow up north is really abundant, and more is forecast the middle of the week. I anticipate a good group of riders. Meet in the Casino lot. 218-391-8507 if you need to call me.
  6. Copied from HCS for those who don't get on there... This is a great time to see much of what the Grand Portage has to offer for riding opportunities. The area is one of the last places with snow in most typical years. Staying at the Lodge which is part of the Casino. Hot tub, pool, and often the sauna is working. Dining room and drinks for after the rides are available, and each occupant gets five free dollars to try winning more in the Casino. Fuel is right there, or at Ryden's next to the border. This has a great variety of riding types. This has been a well attended event. Feel
  7. In case anybody is running a little late..call or text me and let me know if we need to wait for you, or maybe plan on looking for you up the trail. 218-391-8507.
  8. Cut and pasted from HCS. In order to include any who might not be on there any more, feel free to join us!! Who woulda thought.. Yes, In an effort to keep up with the traditional crew, and maybe have other guys/gals (what.. ? We have gals who ride these..?) join in the frivolities. Here's the particulars, in no particular order. Silver Bay lot, about 5/8 of a mile past the only stop sign along the main drag coming offa highway 61 (stoplights by the Cliffs Taconite plant). 9 am start. That means full tanks, and if you show up at five after, you are playing catch up. Be early en
  9. I wrestled with this silly cfi-4 for some weeks on end trying to map out a 660. I brought a used 800 ecu to a dealer and for $35, they reprogrammed it to fit a 600, then I had to fiddle fuck around with a power commander to try and dial it in. Nobody had the right calibrations for a 660. I'd say, if it's stock, just run it as is, with a 600 calibration. It is a LOT of screwing around with the power commander for the end results. I used an AF gauge, dozens of different maps, brought my laptop with me to the long starightaways to change settings, and talked with several dyno guys about these.
  10. This powder riding lacks the intensity of speed, acceleration, taking turns and instant response. Powder is like riding in slow motion to me.
  11. Again, a day after. I posted this in HCS, and I know some don't get on there, so here's what I said. Sunday ride, we had about 6" in town, but up north, it's a whole 'nuther world. Got a late start to the day. Finished up a couple snowblowers, and delivered so townspeople could wrestle with a machine instead of a shovel. In town, only showed maybe a scant 6" of fresh snow. I saw radar patches during this storm, and deduced the snowfall would be more up and away from the Lake. I bundled up my supplies, and took the harrowing journey north. Highway 61 had a few bozos
  12. D-rail

    End of an Era?

    As a track worker for the event for over a dozen years, we were dissed many times, as the management(s) tended to claim that the ski hill did just fine without the snowmobilers. We were treated like we were second class citizens, except when the guys who started the event were running the show. The greenies frowned upon other events that involved snowmobiles, too. "Visit Duluth" was kicked out of the promotional programs, the city said they weren't needed. Anything to cut the costs. The venue grew exponentially, especially the last four years or so. There's no way the event caused the ski hill
  13. This is a thread I put on HCS a couple days ago. I know some guys can still access that site, but for those who don't get on there... This is pretty much a copy and paste. Had to go look today. In the past 25 plus years, the Snocross circuit began here in Duluth. A lone gun sits on top of the hill,, awaiting orders to broadcast white gold. I walked to the main ski hill areas, and yes, the two foot thick snow is groomed and other guns have been busy. The skiers got their wish.
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