Well Sunday I decided to take a ride out the OHV park in Bridgeport with a few friends. Well the ride out there was great and I had a blast riding the BushPig on the highway. It handles extremely well and has plenty of throttle left after reaching highway speeds. Once we arrived we looked through the trails and after receiving some advice from the gate guard we decided to head out. The first part the trail ride was great the roads were gravel and sand. Unfortunately that did not last long. We came around a bend and ran into some mud. At this point I discovered that the BushPig factory tires just are not made for mud. We made it through this patch of mud thinking that this was the only bad spot. We continued on down the trail and ran into another bad patch of mud. After getting through it I decided it was time to turn around. My bike just isn’t outfitted for mud. The only way out was back the way we had come. I started back out and made a terrible decision to go around a mud hole by going up an incline on the right. When I started up the incline the back tire was so caked with mud that it slipped off the incline. I stopped the slip by using my left leg as brace. When I did that I felt something give in my leg and sure enough I had just severely pulled my thigh muscles. Needless to say I was in extreme pain and thanks to my fellow riders we eventually got my bike back to the main road. I did manage to walk out on my own but at a very slow and painful pace. Once we got back to the road the guys helped me get on my bike and road it back to the staging area. After accessing the bike, I called my stepson and son in-law hoping one of them would be available to come get me. Thankfully my son-in-law was able and willing to drive an hour to come get me and the bike. To make things worse he had to stop by my house and pickup my truck and motorcycle carrier. I am thankful to have such people in my life. When he arrived we loaded up the BushPig and headed home. This, off course, was over two weeks ago and I am just now getting around normally. What a hard way to learn a lesson.
Lessons learned that day:
- Need different tires for mud and extreme off road
- Never ride to a trail, take the truck and carry the bike
- Stay out of the mud at all costs
- I am not as young as I use to be
- I need more practice
Here are a few pictures….