An amazing day enjoying some of the best single track you will find anywhere. 2 x KTM 350, 2 x KTM 200, and a YZ250.
Spent the day exploring the Nahatlatch and Hanging Valleys. Situated north west of Boston Bar, BC.
We thought we’d search for some single track, but came up empty handed. Oh well, the views made the trip worth while.
Bikes are a KTM 350 XC-F and a GasGas trials bike.
Radiator cooling fans and KTM 4-strokes go hand in hand like peanut butter and jam. My 2014 350 XC-F is no different, especially when riding very tight technical single track.
There doesn’t seem to be a lot of options when it comes to cooling fans, so I ended up buying Trail Tech’s KTM Digital Fan Kit from Slavens Racing.
***IMPORTANT*** The fan draws 30 watts. This will likely become an issue with the SX-F and XC-F models. I recommend upgrading the stator on these bikes before running this type of fan.
The fan comes with a digital fan controller that allows Continue reading
Big Ups to the DSBC crew for putting on another great event. This video shows some of the A-Loop single track. It turns out we missed some of the trails due to the confusing arrowing methods (don’t get me started), but all in all it was still good fun.
The Everett stop in the 2013 EnduroCross schedule (Round 5) was my first experience with this up and coming sport, and I had no idea what to expect.
I am so glad I decided to go.
I highly recommend showing up early to watch the qualifying laps during the morning and afternoon. Qualifying sessions are free to spectators, and we some some awesome crashing and heat races during this time. The action at night seemed to fly by. Just as one heat had finished, another group of riders were already lined up at the starting gate ready to go.
The course was both fast and technical. I was afraid that the obstacles would be too difficult and keep the race pace to a crawl, but this was definitely not the case. Racing was furious, and “The Matrix” log section provided the most fun for the spectators because it sure got the best of many of the riders, especially the amateurs!
I have to tip my hat to the ladies. They were flying Continue reading
The Route Of All Evil (TROAE) fall 2013 event put on by the Blue Mountain Motorcycle Club is in the bag, and what a fantastic day it was. Close to one hundred riders showed up to tackle the trail system on Blue Mountain (a.k.a McNutt), in Maple Ridge, BC. Even the weather cooperated this year, with pretty much perfect crisp & cool riding conditions.
What can I say? New friendships were made, while old ones were renewed. Great food was eaten. BMMC memberships and BCORMA Trail Passes were sold. Swag was won. Stories were told. And best of all, world class pull-up-your-socks single track was ridden.
Spring 2014 can’t come soon enough.
Much like Pristine, Switchblade was only recently re-opened after the logging was completed on the lower southerly parts of Blue Mountain.
Once you’ve made your way to the end of Sandman you’ll find yourself at a T-Intersection; turn right, and you’re on Pristine. Turn left, it’s Switchblade.
Although Switchblade and Pristine both start at the same spot, and end near the same spot further up the mountain, they go about their business very differently. Unlike Pristine, Switchblade starts off with a long section of relatively flat trail before abruptly turning up into the mountain. The elevation gain is mostly insubstantial before spitting you out into the clear-cut and the split with Pristine.
The trail is relatively easy (on the McNutt scale), and is equally enjoyable taken in either direction. The video depicts travel down to the Switchblade/Pristine/Sandman T-Intersection.