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Old 05-15-2017, 09:43 AM   #1
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Default Dual Sport trail riding in Baldwin, MI 2017

Decided to test out my new camping gear and get some good trail riding in this past weekend. Went up to Baldwin, MI. They have multiple 40+ mile trail loops around the area. Most of which is National Forest.

Got up there early Friday afternoon. Stopped at the local Ace and acquired my DNR license and trail permit. Around $37 all together and good for 2017.

Setup camp at a small campground in Baldwin. Quiet place and the owner was a great guy. They have a small store onsite along with free wifi. Also have small cabins you can rent. Nice place.

I set out and tackled the Little O trail first. About 47 miles long. Mixed hard pack with some sandy areas. Deep sandy areas. Sand is now my nemesis. It was the cause of every time I went down. Which was a few times.....lol

I would say these are intermediate trails. Lots of whoops, loose sand, trees......ect. Pretty challenging and I was not riding real hard. I didn't know the trails and was by myself. I had one bad fall that my leg got twisted up under the bike. Luckily I was able to walk it off though my knee and ankle are a bit sore. Riding gear is essential and my boots and armor saved my ass on a few occasions.


Saturday I set out to do the Big O trail. A 57 mile loop with tons of whoops and some deep sand. After each loop I was beat and called it a day. Enjoyed the evening relaxing by the fire.

Here are some pics and gopro footage I got while riding. Overall it was an awesome weekend. Weather was perfect. They have tons of trails for SXS and ATV's as well.


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looks fun. See any DNA up there?
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DNA??? You mean DNR? Not one.
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DNA??? You mean DNR? Not one.
Haha, sorry! I didn't have my morning coffee yet.

I love MI, no DNR at all. You gotta get up to the UP!
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Haha, sorry! I didn't have my morning coffee yet.

I love MI, no DNR at all. You gotta get up to the UP!
What are some of your favorite spots up there?
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Haha, sorry! I didn't have my morning coffee yet.

I love MI, no DNR at all. You gotta get up to the UP!
We tried to get him up there on sleds.

Old man doesn't like the cold.
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We tried to get him up there on sleds.

Old man doesn't like the cold.
Not a fan of the cold and have to many hobbies as is. You need a dual sport though.
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Our hot spot is Amasa, MI.
Covington, MI
Sidnaw, MI
Iron River, MI
Gwinn, MI. which more East
L'Anse, MI
Florence, WI, which is on the boarder of WI/MI
I really need to get to Houghton, it's just a long drive.
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Looks like a lot of fun very cool Mike!
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Looks like a lot of fun very cool Mike!
Thanks! It was a blast. Would be more fun to go with a group. But I just wanted to get out and the weather was perfect up there this weekend. Really glad I went.
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Not a fan of the cold and have to many hobbies as is. You need a dual sport though.
When I find a cheap TW200 I'll have that for the lulz.
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Awesome man, this kinda stuff is definitely my style. I'll have to check out the videos later
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I fucking hate sand on bikes. Having that TTR125L up in Hayward on my maiden trip with the rocks and sand was fucking brutal. No thanks.
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I fucking hate sand on bikes. Having that TTR125L up in Hayward on my maiden trip with the rocks and sand was fucking brutal. No thanks.

LOL..........it was mainly the sections of deep sand. Loose sand, rocks, roots, ect are fine with me.
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I want to get a Big Wheel 350 for the UP. It would be better with some of the sand and rocky terrain.
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Looks like a good time, Mike. Pace looks slowish, but I can respect that on a bike.

Your exhaust sounds a bit loud for riding all day.... does it ever bother you?
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Looks like a good time, Mike. Pace looks slowish, but I can respect that on a bike.

Your exhaust sounds a bit loud for riding all day.... does it ever bother you?
Riding by myself is the main reason I was not going all out. No one to help me if I get hurt.

That is with the silencer/spark arrestor in...........lol I usually have headphones in listening to music. So doesn't bother me one bit.
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I watched the fall clip at least 45 times. I am the reason it has so many views
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Watched these again for motivation......
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It's straight karma I made fun when you posted this video because we are in a cabin right now in Baldwin MI, and I fell twice in the sand today .
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