Danskin on the New KTM

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April 17, 2013

After a couple months parked in pieces in the garage, I finally get the new KTM out for a first dirt ride on the Danskin trails under patches of blue and between sheets of rain. The whoops are more pleasant than on the GS and the singletrack more inviting.

Entering Danskin
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Entering Danskin
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Months planning the build and a month to acquire the bits and bolt them together culminated in this first, quick ride around Danskin slipped under the wire before our family heads to Washington this week for Jeremy and Julie’s wedding.¹

  1. So cute: jeremylovesjuliane.com/www.jeremylovesjuliane
Pretty princess
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Pretty princess
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Pretty princess

Apologies for so much “motorcycle porn” but this little ride was all about testing the new bike. It looked rather different a few weeks ago.¹

  1. KTM: ktm.com/…/highlights
Trail 500
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Trail 500
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Britannia Composites
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Britannia Composites
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The headlight setup is from Ian at Britannia Composites.¹ He doesn’t have pictures yet of this new design in the wild so I took care to get some poses for him.

  1. Britannia Composites: britanniacomposites.com/www.britanniacomposites
Single track!
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Single track!
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Flair
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Flair
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Go north
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Go north
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I had fun riding with no real plan except to cover as much single track as possible.

Dragon head
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Dragon head
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… if you squint just right.

Where’s Clint?
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Where’s Clint?
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Stubble
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Stubble
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Ways to go
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Ways to go
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Don’t break, I didn’t bring tools
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Don’t break, I didn’t bring tools
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Snowy mountains
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Snowy mountains
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Rest in the shade
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Rest in the shade
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Heading home time
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Heading home time
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I enjoyed this trail a lot
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I enjoyed this trail a lot
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Not all desert
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Not all desert
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I enjoy Danskin in the spring. It was fun to follow little trails with the little bike. I noted a few adjustments to make but all-in-all, it’s ready for adventure.