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05-13-2007, 10:56 PM
This is my son and me.
This is my bike. 2007 XT225, just finished the break in.
Went out to the Wildhorse FSR saturday morning. Had to stop for a picture at the top of the hill before the bridge to Fort Steel. This is also the first day that it was warm with no wind at least while I've been riding. This thing is light and likes to blow around, keeps me on my toes to do 100k in a wind.
A few nice views on the FSR.
05-13-2007, 11:15 PM
I took a left after the switchbacks but before the Fisherville historic site.
I went up to the cleared area on the ridge behind the trees in the foreground and took a trail around the left of the mountain going up. This is probably about as far as you want to go if you have any question about your bike or your riding. The view is fantastic, pictures don't do it justice.
Between the last pic and these views the road isn't bad for dirt oriented bikes. It goes from a truck road to an old skidder trail pretty quick though. I hugged the mountain side and paddled a bit. I'm very happy to find that the bike will get down anything it can get up without to much drama.
This is the road on my way down. All you get is the best parts of the road, couldn't stop in the parts seemed hairy at this time eh?
It was a great morning for a ride. All done by 10am. Too bad sunday was crap.
05-13-2007, 11:22 PM
I got some pictures around the histiric site as well if anybody is interested.
05-14-2007, 07:26 AM
Ripple, Great ride report!!:clap: The trail looks fun and the scenery looks awesome! Doesn't look like you were hampered by snow. How high up did you get? Congrats on the new bike!!:hb:
05-14-2007, 08:16 AM
:hb:Ripple I have just ordered my knobblies from Blackfoot in Calgary. Hopefully I should have them during the week. I am not going to get the spoke wheels at that price so i will just change the tires on my stock cast wheels. I will find out if it is worthwile buying the spoke wheel later on. Then I'll go to Yamaha orCranbrook Motorsportsin town to have the wheels exchanged.
That road you took is the gravel road that goes left just after the Esso petrol station on the way to the Norbury Lake? I want to try that one this afternoon.:f:
05-14-2007, 11:04 AM
Looks like I got up around 1360meters. The entrance is right at the gas station after Ft.Steel and left before the bridge on the way to Norbury. I went left about where the 988m is above and to the right the 82G12 mark. The trail I went up is the switchbacks around the left of the mountain kinda between the two peaks. I did have to clear some little logs and scout out the trail before going up at one point. Had to ride over some small rockfalls that covered about half the trail. I stopped on a right hand turn right about where that 1360m mark is because it just kept getting steeper and I would have had to start ducking blowdowns. My big problem is that I'm a parent and my own advice echoes in my head! "Put the bike as close to the mountain as you can and lay it on it's side. Yep that's half or more across the trail to the cliff. Now where are you going to land, at the edge. Now what happens if you roll once? I though so."
You can keep going down the wildhorse but be prepared to turn around. At the end of last year there was a rockslide that covered the whole road right after climbing out of a rocky creek. There's really no way to know about what kind of maintenance has been done without going out there.
I also had a look at some of the tire threads. Guess those trailwings don't even cut it for the gravel roads eh?
Happy trail, Graeme
05-14-2007, 05:49 PM
Thanks for putting up a map! I'm thinking with my Big Trailie bike I would have had to turn around right about where the red line turns to dotted line at 988m. Even with my cool new TCK 80s! :TTT:
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