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post #1 of 27 Old 06-09-2016, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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Dumped my bike today....

I decided to take my bike down a trail today and let's just say that once I started down that trail I was COMMITTED! There was absolutely no way that I could turn around. I need more than one mistake on this adventure and the first thing that comes to mind is trying to do it on the stock tires that come with the vstrom. I will be ordering a set of Shinko's today.
I will say this however; my Givi crash bars & trekker bags saved me hundreds in repairs! I was amazed that the bags held up so well to the crash just some scratches and a slight dent! The crash bars bent in a bit and I'm going to order a new set as I like to keep my bike in decent shape.
Going down the trail I ended up getting a rut and my front end just slid out from under me. I got off easy with a sprained foot and some bumps and bruises.
In all honesty I am a completely new to all of this and could have made much better choices. Better tires more proper riding gear and definitely should have brought tools!!! My brake lever was twisted around and completely back. I managed to bend it to where it was somewhat usable to get home.
More than anything I want to let you guys know that Givi products is money well spent!
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Hmmm.... I would say get a used dirt bike for stuff like that and learn on that first. You won't care if you dump it... The wee can do some trail work but you really need more experience before taking what essentially is a 500lbs "street" bike off road... I am going to say that buying shinkos won't help you stop from dumping the bike very much. Experience will, however....
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Glad to hear the Trekker bags held up and that you weren't seriously injured.
Yes, protective gear and for sure some kind of boots in this case, would be a good idea.
As mentioned above, these are heavy bikes. Try riding some easier dirt roads first to get a feel of how the bike reacts. Maybe get some bark buster hand guards if you don't have them. They will save a lot of damage to brake and clutch levers.
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I had the same experience a few weeks ago, don't worry about dumping it. Just brush it off and enjoy the experience of going off-road.

Definitely get the right gear and tools. Boots are 100% must, riding pants are a high suggestion, and I highly recommend a jacket with nice elbow pads. This all let me feel safe diving off the bike. I dumped it maybe 20 times in total and I don't feel like I came even close to trapping my ankle under the bike. When you realize it's going over, just dump it and get off.
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maybe next time you'll think twice before getting shiftfaced before going for a ride!
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I found a great gear supplier here in Bend, Oregon (Brian at Atomic Moto) and found that all boots are not created equal! Get some good protective boots using a rider/gear specialist. Don't buy them on your own and get the ones that are most comfortable to walk in or look the coolest. The other suggestion about experience is valid, but only if you are practicing proper technique. Experience with poor technique gets you more misery...get some training if you are serious! How far off the pavement were you and how would you have managed a compound fracture of the tibia?

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Did you have a riding partner? Unless there are others in the area, ride with someone. Had a friend ride trails by himself, broke his collarbone and could not even get out from the bike. Hours later he was lucky that a couple kids came along to get him up. He is a good rider (maybe going to fast?), just one of those things.
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I found a great gear supplier here in Bend, Oregon (Brian at Atomic Moto) and found that all boots are not created equal! Get some good protective boots using a rider/gear specialist. Don't buy them on your own and get the ones that are most comfortable to walk in or look the coolest. The other suggestion about experience is valid, but only if you are practicing proper technique. Experience with poor technique gets you more misery...get some training if you are serious! How far off the pavement were you and how would you have managed a compound fracture of the tibia?

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Front tires slid into a rut on the trail. And as others have mentioned I plan to go with someone else next time. In the meantime I will also spend some time watching videos and seeing if I can pick up a book on the subject. I don't know is that there's any training in the area that I live in .Although I am have exceptional experience on the road (around 400,000 miles in this lifetime) I am learning that this is a completely different animal! I was out there far enough to where I'm guessing that I would have been found by the weekend!!! It's a little bit embarrassing but I will learn by these mistakes.
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Well good luck with that approach...I tend to be a tell-show-do learner. I have found (after being an accomplished road rider due to professional, repeated cornering instruction at a race track, and thousands of miles of Ozark Mtn twisty roads) that I didn't know squat about dirt and gravel and still know only a little. One half day of hands on instruction in dirt technique showed me how much I didn't know and how almost everything I knew about street riding did not apply...

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That's the reason I tell wannabe road riders to get some dirt experience and ALL riders to at least know how their bike handles on different surfaces before a construction zone takes them by surprise.

The Wee is a very competent off pavement bike ( not off road ) with the correct tires. I'd tend to recommend K60 Scouts - long wearing and very stable off pavement.

Sounds like you were actually on a single track and the Wee is horrid for that...top heavy ...the list goes on. Glad you came out with few problems bike or you.
I don't even like the Wee on gravel roads with street tires ....too squirmy - K60s tho ....rock solid.

You need BarkBusters or Tusks to avoid the lever breaks.
Bash plate for sure as the Strom is vulnerable.

Careful with boots as you need to get your toe under the shift and full off road boots may be too thick.
I use Gaerne Trials as they look good, are waterproof, thin enough to shift and great protection.

Knee armor is cheap if you are not getting armored pants. Something around $50 for Thor or Fox.


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