No front brakes? Chain dangling off? GOOD TIMES by the Malahat!

I’ll clean this vid up later, but at least it’s something to check out what the trails are like. Also note that the majority of the riding is on somewhat smooth logging roads, but I cut most of that out because it’s boring to watch. 😉

So we decided to go check out some “new” trails.  We never started from the other side of the Malahat (serious coffee and such) so we gave that a go. We parked just off the Malahat on the turn off to Bamberton (East side of the highway) and parked just down from a gate.

This is a great spot for a number of reasons. Although it’s massive it’s easy to keep track of where you are because you have the Ocean, then the highway, then an awesome abondoned road (Bamberton Trunk Rd?) and finally the powerlines all running parrallel to each other. You can go pretty much anywhere and see at least one of these, but usually all three.

The logging roads have lots of small jumps and many off-shooting cliff climbs along the way and typically end with an epic view. The single-tracks are plentiful and so well marked and colour-coded I would guess there must be competitions up there. At my riding level, these single-tracks are the best I’ve found and a joy to ride on the trials bike. I can’t wait to go back with brakes!

Holy shit is there a lot of fun to have there!  For some reason we never connected the South Shawnigan road gated logging road with the rest.  I think it connects on top of Baldie and there was always too much snow to cross. 

Despite the fact my CR250 is in pretty pathetic shape, whereas the UK dude at Duncan Motosport said he never saw a chain and sproket that bad, it was a wicked ride.  Dropping the bikes again in Duncan on Thursday, Ryan for his front brakes (he rode the whole day without front brakes!) and me for my drive train.  We should be all good to go next Saturday.

(based on an article by karl)

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6 thoughts on “No front brakes? Chain dangling off? GOOD TIMES by the Malahat!

  • May 17, 2011 at 4:51 pm
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    We were just out on those trails today. Rode up the power lines from the Deloume RD end. There seems to be a never ending riding. Might have to invest in a GPS so i can track and share where we end up out there. The Powerstoke didnt make it home under its own steam this trip but the bikes are still parked up on Deloume.

    • May 17, 2011 at 7:37 pm
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      Ha that awesome! Do you mean at Shawnigan Mill Bay Rd and Deloume? I was just looking on Google Maps and that seems possible. If so that is SO much closer to my house…

      So your truck died up there and your new bikes are still out on the Road? Unacceptable!

      • May 17, 2011 at 8:43 pm
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        yeah shawnigan mill bay rd and deloume, dad lives there.. left the bikes at the house and the truck took an ambulance ride into duncan.

          • May 18, 2011 at 5:13 pm
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            Nope tales to tell of an epic spill or wipeout. Truck lost communication with acouple injectors. Truck is back bikes will be loaded tomorrow. Ready for the weekend. Where we goin?

  • June 16, 2011 at 12:00 am
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    the color coding markers are posted for the ORCA run dualsport ride, funny enough i think you were out the day the event was held. Kinda recognize some of the ktm’s going the opposite direction. It was held on saturday may 14th this year. Tonnes of fun!

    Cheers,
    JP

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