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  1. I see what you mean Marty about the off-roading.. in the beginning its all pavement so i thought it was like that the whole way. Cool ride!
  2. Yeah that place is awesome, the trails and FS roads also interconnect with another OHV place over on the I-90 side, Taneum Junction, a little past Cle Elum (Taneum Junction Campground Cle Elum, WA 98922 https://maps.app.goo.gl/ZobuQL98sHv35A28A) most of the OHV trails once you get away from camp are probably too intense for a EUC, but there's hundreds of miles of forest service roads all around that entire area between SR410 and I-90. I live off of SR410, so its much faster for us just keep going up over Chinook Pass to get to Little Naches OHV area. I have been wondering about Des Moines Creek trail too. There were lots of smoother dirt trails great for mountain biking there that shoot off the paved trail in the middle, which starts just south of the seatac runway- probably perfect for riding EUCs on too. I took my mountain bike there years ago when i lived in Federal Way. I think that might be in @kasenutty's neck of the woods too
  3. Cool video... i should have took some video on the trail i rode, but there is no way i could have held a camera, my arms were all over the place. I do have a gopro with a helmet mount, but that isn't the most exciting angle.
  4. Yeah the trails i was on by camp are very easy by dirt bike standards. There are trails at this place that will make the backside of even very experienced dirt bikers pucker- sidehill single track with a long fall inches away, huge steep rocky uphills, cliffs etc. I think those would be impossible for EUCing, but many others and the service roads would be though. Its my favorite place to dirt bike due to the scenery and mountains. I had been wondering a lot if a 16x or 18xl would be better.. fat tires help, but so does diameter over rough stuff, at the expense of torque and maneuverability. I have been thinking the 16x is what i will end up wanting. Anxious to see those first batch reviews when it comes out!
  5. Last weekend we decided to go camping and dirt bike riding over on the east side of the Cascade mountain range in Washington state. The EUC is so small and stashable, I threw it in too. I tried taking it on the OHV trails and the gravel forest service roads in and around camp. It was very challenging, i wasn't sure if I liked it or not at first because it seemed very unstable... uneven ground, roots, rocks, ruts, soft/loose soil/gravel, etc., i felt borderline out of control the entire time. After 2 or 3 attempts though and i started to really like it- it was getting a lot easier but still very challenging, but in a fun kind of way. It demands the utmost attention and planning, soon you find you aren't thinking about anything else except riding and what to do about the many challenges approaching. I think it really helped me be more trusting of the wheel, to relax more, and sharpened my skills significantly. I was hooked! I was definitely the only guy around riding a EUC around through the forest, got a lot of weird looks etc, LOL. I used about 20% of my 480wh battery riding about 3 trail/gravel miles, sucks the juice pretty quickly. Now i find myself daydreaming about getting a more powerful and capable EUC like a KS16X or some such and riding much further on trails and the gravel/dirt forest service roads. Sort of adventure EUCing. There are many cool things to be found up those roads- mountain tops, waterfalls etc. There is something magical about silently gliding along out in the forest too. Anyone else do this kind of riding? Not sure if EUCS are up to this type of task though, especially with a ~230 lb (105 kg) rider like myself. One of the better but not too long routes for example is about a 13mi (20km) long climb up a gravel forest service road that climbs a little over 3000 vertical feet (~1000m) to a beautiful mountain top view. That's not many miles, for a purported ~70 mi range for a 1600wh euc like an msx/18xl/nikola/16x , but i am heavy, and it's almost all uphill, on gravel, and out miles away from civilization where there's no place to recharge. On the plus side, its almost all back downhill, 13 mi back to camp, so probably a lot of regen opportunity on the return trip if you can make it up without running the battery too low or overheating. Here's an example of the type of trip I was thinking of: https://maps.app.goo.gl/yBEAEvdhBYFG9oyD8 Doable, you think?
  6. Can you share more details about your cutouts? (Speed, hill, etc?) (I'm a bigger (~230lb) guy riding g3/v8 and have been worried about that. Ss i result, I kept max speed set to 15.5 mph instead of max 18.6, only ride it above 50-60% charge, try to keep accelleration "reasonable", and wear gear--- no issues, yet... it would be nice to not constantly worry about pushing too hard (and to go faster!). Drooling over people's 18XL, nikola, and 16x stories :-)...
  7. Noob with very little chance to ride due to serious family health issues last 5 months. 52 mi total in 6 months (sad) Longest ride ~3mi (also sad) 0 crashes 1 drop of euc while learning, trying to stop- had to step off and couldn't catch it, got minor scuffs on my beautiful shiny new (expensive) v8. Bought that cover afterwards! I thought i heard a tire will last maybe 2000 mi before needing replacement.
  8. I think just one beer kind of helps, maybe relax the nerves a bit, at least for a new rider (still don't have many miles under my belt...40?, family health issues last several months, not much opportunity to ride). Also tried after 2 (or so πŸ€” ) and then that seems like its starting to affect balance, but no mishaps for me. That was just in/around the house not really near anyone though, minimal risk to property/others). Alcohol and balancing on one wheel (or two wheels for that matter) in general doesn't seem like a real wise combo!
  9. Sounds awesome, and... +1 on the Canadian geese! I was approaching a group of 4 of them once on a bicycle--they were crossing the path in front of me to enter a lake nearby. I thought I'd swerve towards them to scare them into the water faster than they were planning. When they saw me, they all turned around started hissing, flapping their wings and charged towards me, and instead they scared me off my path as I now swerved to avoid them! Those are NOT your run of the mill birds!
  10. Looks like a fun time. Hopefully some day i will get a chance to join in on one of those. Very hard to get out much these days for me with my son's health issues, etc. BTW, April is Autism awareness month, and I'll say it, Autism sucks! Hopefully they figure out why it is increasing so much in recent years, and or effective ways to treat/prevent it!
  11. Blueblade

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    I wonder often how much extra safety margin just having the 3rd row of batteries, 20S 3P, ~640-720wh, would afford in the G3. I saw some folks on here have made their own packs like this. Looking at the top of the line models, with ~1600wh batt / 2000w motor combo, the battery is about 80% of motor rating. A 640Wh batt for the G3's 800w motor would be at that same ratio, 720 would be just over it, not to mention the extra ~50% range over the stock 480wh battery would be awesome!
  12. Your concerns were about the same as mine see my similar topic below. I'm about 245 lbs all suited up right now although I have been slowly losing weight, maybe more like 240 now. I bought the Glide 3 but I wish I had gotten a more powerful one maybe the 16s actually would be just enough without being too much more expensive. My Glide 3 has not let me down so far but I am far from experienced and I have been riding it very conservatively after seeing the same things you have and some of the comments from more experienced Riders around here, like @The Fat Unicyclist. I really want a 16x or 18 XL now with that 1600 wh battery!
  13. Blueblade

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    I wish I would have made that my first wheel instead honestly. I've got the Glide 3 but I am a little heavy for it I think the 16s would have been just enough for the learning Etc
  14. I think you're more or less legally right, tooπŸ‘ "Except for the limitations of this subsection, persons operating an EPAMD have all the rights and duties of a pedestrian." https://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=46.61.710
  15. Yes, I used to ride my dirt bike over there too. Used to be able to park at the Christmas tree farm during off season. Then they stopped that, and instead I used to head out from a buddy's place in Prairie Ridge. Then mostly it started getting posted with no trespassing signs, and the forest clearcut for Cascadia (now Tehaleh) and I stopped riding there :-( That wooded trail behind Fred Meyer often seemed kinda iffy, often questionable looking people seemed to frequent it when we parked there for groceries, we'd see abandoned grocery carts etc., but admittedly I haven't gone back there myself... It's a bummer there aren't more sidewalks around here, lots of "rural" type roads not really well suited for EUCing. It is a nice and scenic area though! Tehaleh..I haven't been back there really since they builtit up, hopefully they were liberal with sidewalk creation, being a newer development. I live less than a mile from Allen York btw. The Orting Foothills trail is beautiful leaving downtown Orting towards South Prairie BTW, long portion right next to the river. Nice place to run or cycle too. Not sure the rule on EUCs there though.
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