Monday, November 12, 2012

Smuggler's Notch

Sunday was a fun-day. Shooting clays and other targets with Hannah, Jay and Ben for a few hours. No good pictures came out of it, so you'll have to take my word for it, it was fun. The wrap-up for that was, we had some "exploding" targets to shoot at, but they weren't exploding when hit with shotguns unless you were too close for comfort. So we formed a firing line a little closer and agreed we'd all fire on the count of three. I got a little impatient and fired just after the count of two. Mayhem ensued.

Then Hannah and I took the bikes up to Smugglers Notch, I was pretty sure the notch road was closed, but it was a nice ride up to it. Sure enough, the road was closed, so we took a couple pics from parking lot #1, then took the back roads home through Underhill, arriving home just around nightfall.

Saturday, November 10, 2012


We're sort of between seasons now. The flattrack racing season is done. The supermoto season is finished, and the off-road season is barely hanging on. I haven't put the KTM away, but it's been too cold for the past 4 weeks for me to get motivated to ride it.

Anyway, I've got to clean up the garage a little bit, and sort out what stays and what goes down to the barn.

I have a rack of wheels and tires that get rotated through periodically. There's a rear 19" Goodyear, unmounted. A wrapped ice tire, XR100 front DOT supermoto, YZ125 rear supermoto, 18" ice tire, 21" ice tire, YZ125 front dirt, XR100 dirt front and rear.

Then there's some tires that refuse to be thrown out. Worn front and rear dirt tires, and this old Avon 17" dual sport tire that I had on the XL600 Streettracker. This tire actually got raced enough that the left side wore enough to create a noticeable profile. I tried cutting some grooves for better grip, but as I remember, the thing would just spin most of the way down the straight. I ultimately wound up putting a 19" rear with a proper Goodyear DT2 mounted on it, but I couldn't get rid of the Avon for some reason.