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post #1 of 19 Old 07-10-2012, 06:13 AM Thread Starter
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Who Has Vstrom Sand advice....

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I ride a KTM 450 excr on serious trail/beach work, and have little/no experience with the Weestrom on sand...

What tyre pressures can/should you run with soft sand??? (tubeless tyres)

and/or soft sand with a load...?

I am planning on fitting a Scotts dampener in future.

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post #2 of 19 Old 07-10-2012, 07:08 AM
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20 is the lowest I've dared to go. It helps a lot. If your going to be riding in real soft dry sand be prepared to get stuck and have to pick your bike up, more then once.


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I don't have much usefull to say (I wonder if anyone will read this now?) but...


I had a KTM 450exc as well...changed to a strom, found out the other day, that the stroms dual purpose tyres slip out from under you...also found out I couldn't pick it up on my own,

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TKC 80s @ 18-20 psi, weight back and don't lose momentum . Still not great in deep sand, but with a little practice you'll get use to hating it . Love my 4fiddy.

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Much the same as your 450, same principles apply. The big difference of course is all the weight is carried up heigh. In deep stuff I resorted to paddling as the onboard weight made it a handful for me. You'll learn on the job pretty quick :mrgreen: I ran in the 18-20 range but have read others had run as low as 15 p.s.i.
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I rode out from cams corner to innamincka through omicron and there was lots of sand.I was on my 1000 and dan had the 650. Standing on the pegs is mandatory[do yourself a favour and fit a set of cheap wide pegs] deflate tyres down to 20-22psi, and throttle wide. We travelled quick, and rarely went below 80 and often doing 120 to 140. It sounds silly.... and if we fell it would have been a disaster, but the bikes ate it up. All the riders are well seasoned and fast dirt riders. Lean back as usual, decelerating causes the front to plough, so dont do that.
Both stroms have fork braces, and I believe this to be one of the best suspension/steering modifications.
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I ride a KTM 450 excr on serious trail/beach work, and have little/no experience with the Weestrom on sand...

What tyre pressures can/should you run with soft sand??? (tubeless tyres)

and/or soft sand with a load...?

I am planning on fitting a Scotts dampener in future.

Cheers.




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Lean back as far as you can

I havent had my strom in the simpson

But I have had it up sandy creeks in the pilliga - running both k60's and E-10's chasing a 690 - sand about 2 feet deep.

and I found some nice sandy SHIT from menindee to poon last year that gave me the yips!


Its like a wiser older more skilled rider once said to me about riding in sand

Screw your right hand around as far as your confident to and dont let it back until you taste sand.

A bit like llwdewarts approach to the corner. I do find my strom is a little screwy compared to the dr650 once you back off in sand but if you maintain momentum they arent a bad thing.
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Storms have no rim locks to secure the tyre and have very soft rims. Anything less than 20psi is asking for trouble.
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Storms have no rim locks to secure the tyre and have very soft rims. Anything less than 20psi is asking for trouble.

Yes,

yes they do, like a dr 650 gearbox they are made of cheese




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Thanks for the advice chaps.....

I'm fitting my Scotts steering damper..
Ordered a fork brace...
Got some steel mx pegs comin...

And new Heidenaus not below 20 psi...



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