A couple of days ago, I had the luck to ride my KTM 500 in 3 separate wooded trail areas. All of the trails are lightly used. All total, we probably rode 10 trails all within a few minutes of each other. This is where having a license plate is so nice. I have never has an issue with the police even back when a bunch of us rode KDX 200’s, but it is an extra piece of mind being street legal.
The KTM 500 I ride is crazy tall. The suspension travel is extraordinary. On my old KDX both feet were flat on the ground, on the KTM I can barely touch one toe in boots. I have been fortunate to be able to log quite a few hours seat time in the past 10 days. I am starting to really understand how to make this bike do the dance. Not there yet, but I feel my riding getting more and more fluid. The other half of that equation is getting back into riding shape.
If you are in the market for a street legal dirt bike, KTM is a good place to start. It is not a GS, DR, Vstrom etc. Those bikes can do dirt and gravel, but not much more. They are just too heavy, plus they don’t have a proper suspension. I personally decided not to get a compromise, so I have both my BMW K1200RS and the KTM. Some of the places we go or obstacles we must clear halt most riders before they begin. Funny thing, all the obstacles that caused a pause now are the area’s you look forward to hitting.
Youtube has a wealth of riders better than I will ever be who do a great job of explaining how to use advanced techniques that are not common sense to make obstacles stress free. Seat time is key, but if you learn proper habits from world class riders, you will find an enjoyment in nature that is pretty indescribable. Even after riding more than 40 years, I still find their are things I can improve as a rider.
Here are a few videos from the 20+ miles we rode. 72 degrees in January…amazing – high 30’s today… bummer. Click here to go to my Dirt Bike Video Page
Spring is here which means it is time to ride my new KTM 500 Exc.
Andy and KTM 500
This spring I purchased a friend’s 2012 KTM 500 Exc. Unfortunately, it has been an unnaturally wet spring. It has recently started to dry out so I was finally able to enjoy a few rides as I get myself back into riding shape. In preparation, today was day 69 of the P90x3 program I started back in February. I am stronger and leaner than I have been in too long to admit. I have by no means reached my goals, but I can honestly say this program has shown amazing results. I have shed 10% of my body weight since I began the program.
However… man handling a 510cc beast through the woods and in the mountains will take your fitness to an entirely new level. Off road motorcycle riding is an entire body workout. The cool part is getting strong and in shape is purely a natural by product of doing something fun and satisfying. No funky gym locker rooms for me.
Corvetteman.com is undergoing a major reconstruction
I have moved it over to a wordpress.org setup. This is a major departure from my previous site where it was built on Dreamweaver. I see some advantages and disadvantages of both formats. Being a photography site, working in PHP and SQL is a bit more difficult to manage large amounts of photos. However WP offers so many themes, plugins, and widgets that are so simple, I thought I would give it a try.
I have been shooting photos for over 40 years. I started with a Nikkormat 35mm and got my 1st darkroom setup when I was about 10 years old. I moved up to a Nikon FE with a motor drive and then later to a Nikon F3 with a motor drive. Wow what a camera. It was a work horse. It has dents and scuffs all over it, but it just works. It has climbed mountains, lived on the beach, and generally had a rough-but-loving life.