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I hear you PaiN - I've been having the same struggles for a long time and it took a lot of research and compromising before settling on this particular solution which will end up costing under $6k by the time I finish building a loft and adding some lighting. I finished the ramp yesterday and the pavers only cost $34...if you're willing to do some of the sweat it really helps with the cost. And maybe you don't need as large as mine is (12x20) or the gambrel roof, which also cost more, so yours could be significantly less. For anyone interested, the name of my contractor, based out of NJ, who stick-built the job on-site in 3 days, is Hammerhead Construction LLC. https://www.facebook.com/shedsandmore/ The owner Keith was very responsive to all my inquiries and had the best prices and the best direct-rapport. When I finally got to meet him in person he turned out to be a very cool, knowledgeable, honorable, friendly and HARD WORKING professional and family man. I was glad to be able to support him and if anyone here is considering a shed I highly suggest looking him up. He'll build as plain or as fancy as you want and tell you honestly what is possible within your budget. I'll post more about the shed on a VicWraps thread as it gets developed...hope to finish the loft this week and paint the interior to a fresh clean white. We now return to our regular program PaiN's Rides!

 

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The Thomaston Dam is one of the two "legal" off-road riding areas we have in CT (and the only one open to OHVs). Yesterday as I plan to do most Wednesdays I took the XTR to the Dam for a rip. Up until this point I've been riding with a guy I know from work with who's been enduro racing all his life and a group of his racer buddies or alone. The racers pushed me too hard and got my novice ass into some sticky situations, frankly they were making my riding miserable. Luckily I took the initiative and started going out alone, which gave me the opportunity to get to learn the XTR and practice off-road riding without being in "survival mode". I've also been working to get the suspension dialed-in. Before yesterday's ride, I had set the sag properly(I needed a lot more pre-load) and adjusted the bars forward, turns out both of these adjustments made a huge performance difference.
So when I met Jeff my bike's was setup good to go.... While unloading in the lot, a man around my age pulled up and we started BS'ing and found out we were pretty much on the same page about trail riding. Jeff invited me to ride with him and he'd show me the good stuff in the Dam's trail system. So we hit the dirt, Jeff on his KTM 300 6Days and me on the XTR250 ;) within 5mins I knew this guy was my type of rider. We were definitely on the same page and ended up spinning around the Dam's trails for a solid 3 hours together having a blast :D Since I was the newbie there, so I followed and have to say the Pitster handled everything well, I had no issues going were the KTM went or keeping us together. I feel like I got to find another level of the XTR's capability. I guess like road riding, its okay to go it alone but so damn much more fun when shared ;)
 

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