Sunday, March 18, 2012

First ride, first video

We’ve enjoyed an unseasonably early spring here, and with temperatures in the mid-50s I’ve been itching to get out for that first ride. Unfortunately, our laneway is still covered in spots with quite a bit of snow, ice, and greasy mud on which I have no intention of trying to keep the HD upright. But the XL? No problem.
Since the XL is currently unlicensed and uninsured (shhh, don’t tell anyone) I’m limited in where I can ride but fortunately, right at the end of our driveway, is California Road.
California Road has nothing to do with California, and little to do with being a “real” road. 10 kilometres (6 miles) long it’s a seasonal shortcut, barely maintained by the township in summer and used as a snowmobile trail in winter. At this time of year it’s still partly snow covered with the rest of it being large puddles, potholes, and greasy mud; in other words, a perfect road for thrashing around on a dirt bike.
And so I decided to go and get muddy, a mission I accomplished admirably even though I only got about half way to the end of the road before coming across a washout that stopped any further progress. I considered trying to ride across on the logs, then considered what the summer would be like with various body parts in casts, then I turned around (insert chicken sounds here).
I also took the GoPro and used the resulting video as an opportunity to play with video editing, posting to YouTube, etc. So here’s an abbreviated 3-minute video of my ride.

9 comments:

  1. Neat video :)

    Dirt bikes - every home should have one.

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  2. Thanks Richard. I agree. Unfortunately it doesn't get used much.

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  3. @3:00 GO FOR IT

    Cool video. I'm having a blast with my GoPro. You can see some vids at my site or at

    http://www.youtube.com/user/edzeppelin91/videos

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  4. Thanks NoName. I did think about it but.....

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  5. brrrrrrrrrrrrrr! and be careful, no broken bones for you! but wow very cool end of the road!

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  6. I was going to go with mister no name, but the close up scared the crap out of me. I'd give it a whirl in a video game, but in the real world I would probably wind up with a severed spine. Smart man, live to ride another day.

    Looks like a hell of a lot of fun. I'm going to need to get the dual sport out and used this year.

    Brady
    Behind Bars

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  7. MsM, you say brrrrrr, but it was warmer here yesterday (75) than California. Doesn't happen often so we get to gloat when it does. :)

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  8. Brady - I'm actually thinking about licensing it this year so I can go a bit further afield. There are lots of dirt roads in this area to be explored.

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  9. Canajun,

    I've got to say, I've got a F650GS that has really only seen road use until this last year. It's my goal to get 50/50s put on it and find a nice destination. This 'adventure' riding scene looks like a hell of a lot of fun. My vote is license your machine and tear it up.

    Brady
    Behind Bars

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