A few years ago I took my boys to an ORV park in South Carolina call Carolina Adventure World. We went to ride the MX track and also get some fast trail time on some of the miles of one way trails.
Close to the parking area was a hard packed clay oval track and some guys were on it trying to flat track with their bikes. I decided to enter the un-official race on my CRF450R which is a MX bike and has knobbies for intermediate dirt. After a few practice rounds I started to feel comfortable and was actually lapping some of these guys. The longer I rode the faster I went and the more I pushed it into the corners then...BAM! I was down and sliding on that hard pack.
I nursed an arm and elbow that look very similar to yours for weeks! (keep it lubed and don't let it dry. Burn cream worked for me).
Reflecting back on it I realized that I was a fool for trusting the knobbies on this type of surface. I see a lot of these agressive knobbies on some Vee's and Wee's and just cringe.
The last several years I see a lot of trials tires like the Dunlop D803 and the Pirelli MT43 being used in serious off road competition and in endurocross. They get great traction in the conditions that the Strom's see off road. I wonder if they wouldn't be a better choice for going back and forth from road to dirt?
2012 DL1000 Adventure (Tinkerbell)
PC-V, TRE, CR8EIX , ECM, K&N, RDL, PR4, PC-8, EB H4, WERKS, Madstad 22", 17/43 gearing, AdventureTech: Fork brace, shelf, mirror extenders, SpeedoDRD, wheel spacer, Head's-Up voltage monitor, Goldwing pegs, Sonic 1.1. Wolo Bad Boy.