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23 August 2013 - 08:55 PMAfter getting the Husaberg the other week I have been itching to get some experience off road riding (just riding on anything other than tarmac) to give me some practice before going on the hunt for some green lanes. So as it was my birthday this week my mate booked us a day at an off-road play centre called Cowm Leisure..... WOW...... what a place!! 150 acres of disused quarry which is now turned in to a private off-road centre for enduros, trials bikes, pit bikes, and 4x4's, incorporating loads of different inclines, surfaces, styles of track, 2 or 3 motocross tracks (predominantly for pit bikes but we were allowed to use them as long as no pit bikes turned up), obstacle sections for trials inlcuding tyres, logs, concrete, stone etc, and a full on extreme enduro track........ the place is mind bogglingly big.
Anyway..... for a first time riding off-road this was great. We paid an extra £10 each to be able to use and abuse a guide / marshall as long as we wanted for the day, to show us round and point out some easier and harder routes etc. After about an hour of following him though we decided to just tootle about on our own, going where we fancied and at whatever pace we fancied. As the day progressed confidence grew and we rode harder and faster over the terrain, getting more and more used to the bike shuffling around underneath you, and got more confidence to take on more challenging slopes and terrain.
One thing's for certain that it is great fun. We stayed for about 4 hours probably and didn't feel at any point like we were just riding over the same old same old trails. Although I got a basic jist of where some parts of the place were I by no means knew my way around even after 4 hours.
We had done some motoscross track riding. Some muddy bogs. Steep inclines and declines. Rock. Sand. Streams. And even riding through disused trailer.......... all for the normal day entry price of £20 each
I would definitely recommend this place.... and the off road riding experience. We had a great laugh and for £20 each for the day it was a bargain too. We just used our road legal enduro style bikes but just took the plates off before we got there in case we dropped the bikes and the number plate snapped, but you dont need to remove them if you dont want.
Can't wait to go again some time soon.
They even have a pressure washer for you to use for free when finished:
11 August 2013 - 09:35 PMWell after a few months without a bike whilst starting the build of my turbo bike engined kit car, I have got myself a new 2 wheel machine to play about on for a bit. After watching a few of GeoDudes green laning adventures, and as its something I've not tried before, and due to me having space to store it elsewhere whilst the kitcar is being built in the garage, and a million other reasons....... I got myself this:
Its a 2002 Husaberg FE 501. Basically a big 500cc single thumper motocross/enduro bike which is road legal. Just put it through its MOT this week and after the fitting of new swingarm bearings and new fork seals it passed its test.
Rode it about 20 mile on the road on Saturday and it definitely is not where it is at its most comfortable. Hoping to get it on to its prefered surfaces in the next week or two when I take it to an off-road pay-and-play centre, and then on to some green lanes up in North Yorkshire in the next week or two.
04 April 2013 - 07:42 PMHey you crazy guys and gals :yahoo:
Not been on in a long time but reckoned its about time I popped my head round the door to say howdy-doody and to see how you are all doing B)
I had been busy with the kit car build over Christmas and in to the new year, but have been held up these last couple of months waiting for bodywork to be produced. So far though it is coming on really well and I am happy with how its progressing. I did make things a little more difficult for myself though quite early on by getting lured (didn't take much :pardon: ) in to buying a ZX10R turbo engine (well I bought a ZX10R turbo bike and stripped it for the engine) which is going to make the build more complicated as there has only ever been one other ZX10R turbo'd version of one of these cars built before..... but bugger me it's going to make it chicken oriental!! :unsure:
So here are a couple of the latest pictures of the car: