Hey Fester,What suzy said, is good advice . I also think standing on the pegs makes the bike more stable[to that end I would add wider steel -rat trap- footpegs].
But you cannot escape that skatey feeling. That's how they feel.[ That's how my Gasgas enduro bike feels as well]. You just need to get comfortable with that
Maintaining speed is the key, but it is also the key to higher speed crashes[very bad].
If you have the nutz.... the front end bad feeling can be helped by throttle application. This does weight transfer to the rear[can be further helped by leaning back] and will in the right[most] instances make the front end go from tucking to either tracking or sliding. But up goes the speed!!![I call the tucking -front rudder]
The best advice is to get skilled on other lighter purpose made dirt bikes, then transfer the techniques the the big girl.
Get comfortable with the bike skating and sliding, and steer it from the rear[by gentle, controlled, power sliding].
If possible ride with others who are skilled already in this riding, and you will learn from watching/copying.
This is just my opinion, and it works for me.........
Ive had my 650 for a couple of years now. It had intermediate tyres on it when I bought it and at the first replacement the mechanic put the same ones on.
I do about 98% of my riding on the road. Just a couple of times have I been off the tar. On good dirt roads I find it ok. But if there is any loose stuff, sandy covering or stones it seems very, very skaty and it always feels like the front is going to go out from under me.
Last week in the mountains west of Canberra, the dirt/rock road felt like riding on marbles. And eventually I had a very big stack - despite going slow and careful.
So my question is this - is the V Strom not really good off road at the best of times, is it the tyres, or am I just a crap rider (if you think I am, you can tell me, I've got the stones).
I so want to be able to hit the mountain roads, but not like I did last week.
Also I'd like to replace the plastic fairings which were damaged in the stack. Anyone know some good websites where I may get them cheaper than the outrageous prices quoted by my dealer?