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Roscoe

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  1. As I've said a few times, I haven't done many lvl3's but I believe some decent sized logs (no not ROMANIACS stuff) would have to be a part of any level three ride if they're in the area. Some of the ones on Sunday were intimidating but after hanging back sometimes I'd just think "Try your best and set up as cleanly as you can". Some came off clean, front wheel up sailing. Some were a bit "get your arse over the rear guard or you're gunna head-plant it". Some were see-saw on top on the bash plate and get off best you can. I figured as long as I could get a good enough squirt to carry the front somewhere near the top, carry enough speed and unload the rear as it hits, I should survive... I can only remember one that I went around as that's the way the line took me. All were a buzz and a big shot of confidence.
  2. It turns out that was my problem all along. Trying to be all fancy with the clutch and revs when all along it just needed to be idled up with the clutch out.... Yes we're quick to condemn the old type 4 bangers when it was only a couple of decades ago that they XR 350/400s were the mountain goats. Great to see you on big girl!
  3. It turns out that was my problem all along. Trying to be all fancy with the clutch and revs when all along it just needed to be idled up with the clutch out.... Yes we're quick to condemn the old type 4 bangers when it was only a couple of decades ago that they XR 350/400s were the mountain goats. Great to see you on big girl!
  4. I arrived on the Sunday and met PeteV for the first time and another happy face who I recognized as Cruiser who led the only other Lvl3 ride that I've done (Grand Final Eve). Dave and Lance (Sorry I don't know their forum names) and when I spotted that Lance was on a DRZ, I assumed that he was in for for a bad day on such a beast (How wrong could I BE!?) The young blokes from Maryborough rocked up (apologies for not remembering names) and after a sensible rider briefing, we were off......straight into a hill, in literally walking distance from the car park! A hill that saw a couple of riders (including self), work their bikes around, roll down and have to have another crack. I'd been a bit nervous the week leading up to the ride as I'd only ever done the one lvl3 and now seeing myself cross-rutted and stuck on the first hill, I thought I'd bitten off more than I could chew. I'd like to point out at this stage that most of my bike life has been spent on MX tracks. I'm usually game to have a go at most things but by this stage I was thinking I just may not be skilled up enough. Onward we pressed and all seemed well until a rutted mongrel of a hill (Huff 'n' puff I believe) which seemed to on and on forever! I'd dropped, flipped, head-planted the little 150 to the point of exhaustion. My bike was overheating and all I could picture was us dragging it back and an expensive fix. Cruiser came to the rescue in more ways than one. He not only got my bike to the top but suggested instead of slipping the clutch and revving the thing so much, the little dinger would be happier if it just idled up hills under it's own steam (No pun intented). I'm not too proud to take sound advice especially off someone who wasn't even raising a sweat so I thought I'd try that for the rest of the ride WALLAH!!! The rest of my day was like a switch had been thrown and the hills which I'd been so terrified of were now manageable (still with some thought, hard work and sometimes some help) and even bloody well enjoyable. I can't describe the whole ride as it was a bit of a blur for most. I REALLY enjoyed the logs. I mean the weren't ROMANIACS type stuff but the bigger ones certainly weren't push-overs. There were some decent rocks too. Big buggers just where you didn't want them but to get over some of them was a big win in the sweat soaked 6D helmet that my brain was squished into. On that subject, if Pete V says take 3 litres of water with you, he's not joking. Guys were running out long before the end and that's not healthy... I'm trying to find fault with the ride but I honestly can't. It had everything including a great bunch of guys along the way. Cruiser is the perfect sweep. His friendly, helpful attitude is invaluable and it's almost like he likes pulling bikes up hills as a hobby... Pete V led us on a well planned, well executed ride and after my initial self doubt, a was literally busting to know what was next. Rider of the day for me was Lance. He kept the big DR going everywhere the (Enduro) bikes went and whenever I'd see him wrestling the big yellow ship up a hill I'd smile. Tonight every muscle in my body is aching and I mashed a hand on a rock somewhere but I'd fill the 150 to the top and do it all again tomorrow! It was nice to meet you Pete V and I hope I can do another of your rides soon. Roscoe
  5. My first bush ride in some time and first stab at a lvl3. Thanks to the location finder on Google, it was easy peasy finding the place and I had a good night's sleep (a little away from the boys who were conducting some serious fire side riding). I struggled to get into a rhythm for the first hour and when totally stuck on one hill and then unceremoniously getting someone to get my bike to the top, I thought I'd bitten off more than I could chew. But it all started coming together after that and I really started enjoying myself! The little Husky 150 was the only thing getting me up the hills when fitness and skill had been all used up. It sure made me realize that some big changes need to be made to my bike for future lvl3 rides. (Lower gearing, lower seat height and radiator braces.) The memory of drifting all the way down Swamp Hill will be something I will always treasure! Great bunch of guys and for such a large group, it went pretty smoothly. Thanks very much to Cruiser for taking us on a great adventure and thanks to all the sweeps who kept us going. My bike is absolutely trashed! Big thanks of course to Gypsy for making the whole thing happen. Cheers Roscoe.
  6. Hi. Been around bikes 40 years now and started getting out the bush again. In the Ballarat area and have a loop that is suited more to my 150. Fairly flowing, a decent pace and lots of fun probably suited to a 2+ rider or 3 but without any killer hills. It's a good 'fitness' ride. Usually 2-2.5 hours total, about 50 km in total, minimum stops, you'd want a quiet bike and respectfull use of other users a must. 3-5 bikes most. Happy just to do that most weekends or grab some air down at Ride Park on an MXer. Message me if you're interested. May take a while to answer due to work constraints. Cheers Ross.
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