Monday, 22 September 2014

Limerick Forest ride

when it runs, it runs amazing
We hit Limerick Forest in the late afternoon one day last week. We never seem to get a full day riding because we are consistently dealing with engine gremlins on Derek's bike. When the thing runs, it produces nice shots like these. Fresh sand is a lot like fresh powder at a ski hill. And getting the shots early in the session is key. These are all slightly touched up, mostly washed out colours and some sharpened. My old Tamron 18-280 is no longer as sharp as it once was, which causes it's focus to slow down too. We did pretty ok snapping shots of each other regardless. And Derek even got some air on a drop off. Make sure to check these out full screen to see the beauty of the fresh sand. Hope you are all getting in your final summer plans as fall is upon us in a hurry.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

first race ever

warmup first corner


 This was a fun experience. I raced in the Vet Junior class at MX101 (Sadn Del Lee) in Richmond, Ontario. A lot went wrong that day for me, namely missing the practice. I only got one race due to weather complications. So I had one single practice lap before my race. That really stressed me out. I knew my arms wouldn't last with no practice or warmup. And I was right. I had a really good first lap, and then the arm pump came. Not too many photos with other riders in them, because I was at the back of the pack within 2 laps. I did have a blast though. I felt really out of place, like first day of high school. But at the end I felt like a cool kid. Thanks to everyone coming out to watch and Ginger for snapping these photos of me. And an extra thanks to my un-named race crew that took care of me all day and put my mind at ease. I always said I wanted to try it, so I am really proud of myself for getting it done at 32, finally. Hopefully next year I am better prepared though. Thanks again for everyone's support.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

gopro pov

fresh sand is the equivalent of fresh powder


 I will have to stop borrowing Chris and Jay's go pro and just buy one of my own. Here are some random photos from the last few weeks. These are from the "chesty" mounted angled. Also borrowed from Steve haha. This really gives the best perspective from behind the bars. Like a first person video game. These go pro 3 models are really great and come through quite well even in poorly lit situations. Thanks again guys.

Sudbury dirt bike trip 2014

Jeff gets the cover shot on his XR400

I trailered my bike down to the big nickel on a Thursday night. Met up with Jeff, Kyle, and Zach and stayed up late usual, listening to Slater and downing my ciders. Friday was great weather and we had a sweet day exploring about 11 pits. I felt like I was in heaven. So much stuff good stuff to ride. Bigger and better than anything I have ever ridden. I have ridden some great places before, but always either undocumented or only a few times at best because spots get shut down easily. Knowing I had more days to ride the same stuff put my mind at ease. It's comparable to going to 11 skateparks in one day. It never happens, so it's hard to imagine. Kyle had a good and proper party that night and we were up until sundown catching up, shooting the shit, and laughing it up.

We dilly dallied the next as per the norm, but then got screwed with rain in the afternoon. We hit up Royal Distributing to kill some time and Jeff found a beauty new helmet for his noggin. The rain never broke, but we said screw it once it slowed down around 6pm. We headed out with Kyle on the big quad going through all the insane water holes that had come to be from the rain on the trails. The rain actually stopped and we rode into dark and then b-lined it home. We a great sessions despite the conditions, and Kyle rode his first dirtbike. He did really well in the limited time and light. We partied again Sat night, but I couldn't hang with the big boys and had to sleep around 3am haha. 

Sunday appeared as though it was going to be a bust as it was pissing rain again, and Saturday night was a total storm. As I packed up, it started to clear. Jeff packed his bike and follow me out in case it looked good enough to ride. We caught a break and decided to take a ride. So glad we did, because we found so much more. So many more pits and amazing spots. Each spot had something unique. One would be hills, another would be jumps and humps. We found tracks, trails, washed out canyons, and everything in between. Hell, we even found a bowl berm, basically a curved wall ride. We went super far and just hit so much stuff, having the time of my life at least. Soaking it all up. The SLR camera went dead right away, the video camera went dead right after, and I didn't bring the go pro because I didn't think I would need. I also left all the charged batteries in the car. Bah, won't need those. We said screw it and just kept riding, relying on our memory to document the thrills and scenery. Jeff did a huge hill climb and caught air out of the top. He had no idea how much air he would get but randomly threw a no footer and landed perfectly. This caused a ton of laughs. Just think about all the variables. Jeff is a natural. We were super far away and I ran out of gas. We got creative and I made Jeff got to higher ground and lean his bike over to dump fuel into mine. We disconnected his carb line, then used his gas cap breather hose to make an extension. It was wacky, but it worked. I used the google map app, and found the fastest way out. Typically we went around every water hole and tried to stay dry, but time was of the essence, and daylight was fading fast. We went down a trail that was basically a total enduro style of water and rocks. We plower through it all with some luck, and yeah I do call this lucky still, I ran out of gas only half a km from our vehicles. I walked my bike back and enjoyed every step, because I knew I just finished the best riding of my life with my buddy.

Thanks to Jeff and his family for the hospitality, and Kyle for hosting us and driving us around too. Both guys got behind the camera for me which I never take for granted. Thanks guys. Can't wait to go back. Click the title to see some more photos of us. More updates to come, some go pro footage too.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

out for a rip


I felt like a magazine hero when I saw this photo

Just out for a rip, Bug thanks to my better half for the awesome camera work. I have been prepping for a month end motocross trip to Sudbury with the master of caulking. Can't wait. And it would appear I need to do more right turns here.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Motocross Action

such a good feeling

That was the name of a magazine my neighbour had when I was a kid. He seemed to have a million copies. We used to go through the magazine and drool at the bikes, riders, and their cool gear. At school I could never wait until he brought a new one so we could examine every single photograph. This summer has been great. My lovely came and took some photos just before dark. All on the T3i with Tamron 18-270 lens. The light was crap but she did a great job. More updates soon I am sure. When it rains, it pours.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Lake Placid motorcycle trip 2014 update #3

another amazing lake up in the mountains


The final update of photos. Damn was it ever good. Adventure at every corner. Animals everywhere, amazing scenery, and the best roads I have ever seen.

Lake Placid motorcycle trip 2014 update #2


best breakfast around, especially the french toast. Out of this world amazing. Country Bear in Wilmington


Still so pumped about this trip. Next year's will only be better. Check back for more soon.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Lake Placid motorcycle trip 2014 update #1

we camped on our own island

The trip has come and gone. It was a blur. It was awesome. We hit up Lake Placid and Lake George. We lost a day to rain, got drenched, but also made the best of that too. What a great time. Can't wait for the next one. Check back soon for more updates, with actual motorcycles in them.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

itch scratched


'09 yz250f first ride from Dirty Lens Productions on Vimeo.

The night Jeff left, I put the Warrior up for sale. I couldnt resist any longer.  After having the motocross itch really bad from riding with Jeff, I helped Derek get his yz250f running. And then that made it so much more worse. The Brose Jam happened (no photos). It was a totally awesome event. I can't relate to the motocross community, especially the freestyle culture, but what a great show. Those guys are absolutely insane. I won't ever do that stuff, but it's amazing to watch. And just hearing the engines go, makes you want to ride and listen to heavy metal. I got on kijiji and found an awesome ride. Itch finally scratched. Relief. Ray lent me his truck for a few days. I grabbed the bike and slapped together this small edit from random pit riding in two days with a tripod. Back in the saddle after 4 years off, I felt relatively comfortable at home. Enjoy.