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Rode up to Tollhouse to watch a couple of friends fly their hang gliders. It's a fun twisty mountain road most of the way with about 2 miles of dirt road to get to the launch.

It's the first dirt challenge so far on the bike. About 2 miles in length with some steep climbs, powdery silt, and rocks to contend with.

After riding some really nice dirt bikes over the years I must say the KLR is not my favorite on the dirt. It's a PHP... Pretty Heavy Pig. The stock tires probably contribute to it's bad manners. Almost lost the front end a couple of times in the really loose stuff. Bike likes to plow in the silty areas. Thought I might do down one time, but thankfully a blast of throttle got it on the strait and narrow once again.

I shot a couple of short videos of my friends blasting off in their gliders. I used to fly there about a hundred years ago when I was a young whipper snapper. I hope you enjoy the videos.



The bottom pic is me launching my Easy Riser at the same spot bout a hundred years ago:cool:

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I’m too scared of heights :ROFLMAO:
You fellas got some guts!
 

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If we were adrenaline junkies, a KLR wouldn't be too high on the list of bikes to induce said adrenaline discharge. Unless you ride a klr in deep mud or sugar sand, which will induce some discharge. It may not be adrenaline though...ha
Looks like fun hang gliding.
 

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If we were adrenaline junkies, a KLR wouldn't be too high on the list of bikes to induce said adrenaline discharge.
Yes, I lost my appetite for high performance street bikes when I got highsided off a Ducati, bucking bronco style, and thrown into the oncoming traffic lane. The KLR is more like a docile mule that likes to putter along at a leisurely pace.

I've always been interested in hang gliding/parasailing. But I also know how the peacefully gliding around can turn to sh*t in an instant. And the human body is pretty dang fragile, especially when falling from any considerable height.
 

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Yes, I lost my appetite for high performance street bikes when I got highsided off a Ducati, bucking bronco style, and thrown into the oncoming traffic lane. The KLR is more like a docile mule that likes to putter along at a leisurely pace.
Your comment is exactly why I sold my KTM 790 Duke (hot rod) and bought an OMB...Old Man Bike aka KLR.

I am loving this bike on the mountain roads where I mostly ride. Not a ball of fire on big on torque and HP but it tools along just fine at a decent clip or should I say a more sane speed.

The handling on the pavement is surprisingly good, even on the stock tires, making the ride even more enjoyable. The dirt however is a very different story... but I did not get it to spend much time in the dirt. The occasional dirt road is mostly just to connect a couple of stretches of pavement.

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Hopefully the landings take a few more steps than the lift-offs!

How much did your old bi-plane Easy Riser weigh? How light are the newer kites?
 

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Hopefully the landings take a few more steps than the lift-offs!

How much did your old bi-plane Easy Riser weigh? How light are the newer kites?
My Easy weighed 50 pounds. Modern gliders generally fall into the 55 to 75 pound range.

Modern high performance gliders land much faster than the gliders I flew back in the 70's.
 

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The thing that scares me in the easy launch photo is that it appears you are not strapped in but just sit on a timber swing? Have done some paragliding myself but haven’t flown for about 4years. I still have my wing though and hope to fly again at some stage. Most of my flying was done in New Zealand, but have flown from Mt Tamborine, and Beechmont.
 

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Did some hang-gliding about 30 years ago when group of us were at Cape Hatteras for windsurfing, but the wind didn’t blow for a couple of days. So we went to Kitty Hawk, nearby, where the Wright brothers first flew, where there was a hang-gliding school.
Turns out this is a near-perfect place to learn, because the sand dunes are about the same slope angle as a beginning hang glider flies, so you are seldom more than 5 to 10 feet off the ground.
We had a ball, learned a few things as well as the following factoid: that windsurfers are easier to teach than small plane pilots. Reason being, in a small airplane with a stick, you push the stick forward to descend, whereas in hang gliders you push the bar forward to climb, totally backwards! And when one windsurfs aggressively with the sail pulled back over one’s head, the movements are similar to hang gliding. 😳
 

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Wow no replies. Guess there aren't any old hang diver pilots in our group. Kinda surprising as motorcycle guys tend to be adrenalin junkies and have an affinity for other dangerous sports.
I didn't see your post until tonight, otherwise I would have commented. I have always loved motorcycles and aviation. Back in the 80s I used to ride my Honda XL250 to a glider hill to watch guys practice. Now I ride my KLR over to Camarillo Airport somedays to watch the ultralights fly around. One of the pilots used to work behind the parts counter at the Honda shop.

One of my favorite rides is to the Mojave Air and Space Port.

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I didn't see your post until tonight, otherwise I would have commented. I have always loved motorcycles and aviation. Back in the 80s I used to ride my Honda XL250 to a glider hill to watch guys practice. Now I ride my KLR over to Camarillo Airport somedays to watch the ultralights fly around. One of the pilots used to work behind the parts counter at the Honda shop.

One of my favorite rides is to the Mojave Air and Space Port.

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Mojave is a cool place for sure. A good friend has a hanger on the ultralight field at Camarillo. Chris used to own Santa Barbra Motorsports where I bought my 790 Duke a couple of years ago. He had a real nice ultralight but now has this experimental category hot rod bird. Where are you located?

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