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post #1 of 19 Old 07-18-2012, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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I got my we to explore the back roads of Oregon, boy was I in for a suprise. The roads in Oregon are made with crushed rocks, about 2" deep. A stock bike is not rideable on this type of surface. Any suggestions out there? Otherwise I might have a perfect 09 for sale. Help.
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Loaded question. Tell us more or else you're going to get a wild variety of answers.

How experienced are you on this type of road with other motorcycles?
What makes the stock bike unrideable in your opinion?
If you have an 09, why are you posting in the 2012+ section?

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According to many who ride offroad (I never have, but I read and search like wild when I buy a new bike), off-roading you should lower your air pressure in your tires. I've seen 20 front and 25 rear recommended by a few. Have you tried that? I used to mountain bike and the low air pressure does help a WHOLE lot with any loose surfaces.

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If I may cut to the chase-

-Lose the Suzuki.
-Get on a KTM 690 Enduro R.
-Enjoy.


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I want one of those KTM's too!

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The wee is a perfectly capable bike for all but the nastiest roads or deep ruts. Real deep gravel or loose rock is sometimes a struggle, I have not found those types of roads very frequently. What part of Oregon were you riding? I have done a lot back/off road riding in Eastern Oregon, and I think the wee handles is great.

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I tried to ride the roads around the Ice Cave to China Hat then tried to get over to Hwy 31. Everything is fine untill the serface gets a little soft, then oh crap! It's not like I don't know how to ride in the dirt, I used to be a pretty good MX racer. Yea, like TwoShots said the KTM would have been nice, but they are a little more than the seven grand I paid for the We.
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If I may cut to the chase-

-Lose the Suzuki.
-Get on a KTM 690 Enduro R.
-Enjoy.


Yeah, and if you're going to ride the twisties, lose the strom & get an r1.
and
If your going you're ride the super slab, lose the Strom & get a gold wing.
and
If your going you're ride on urban commutes, lose the Strom & get a SM.
and
If your going you're ride [insert terrain type here], lose the Strom.

I find this to be this is a kind of a silly answer. People buy stroms not because they are the best at one thing, but because you can get them to handle a lot of different things.


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I got my we to explore the back roads of Oregon, boy was I in for a suprise. The roads in Oregon are made with crushed rocks, about 2" deep. A stock bike is not rideable on this type of surface. Any suggestions out there? Otherwise I might have a perfect 09 for sale. Help.
Deep gravel on a heavy bike can (as can any bike) be very disconcerting. Keep your weight back, speed down, stay loose on the bars and let the front just swim in the general direction that you want to go. Obviously, if you can find harder ground in the channels between the deepest gravel ride there.

The strom can handle deep gravel OKish, it won't be like a KTM 450 exc, but it can be made to do OK. More aggressive tire will help a fair bit, as will a fork brace and a steering stabilizer. If you only want to do deep gravel consider a DR 650 a dr-z 400 (or many other true enduros), both are cheaper than your strom.

If you want a decent paved road carver, that is decently comfortable for super slab, that is a good commuter, that is good on gravel roads, that can handle deep gravel & the occasion 4wd road, stick with the strom.

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Deep gravel on a heavy bike can (as can any bike) be very disconcerting.
Thanks, Dr. Phil. I'm pretty sure the OP discovered that. Or more to point: He discovered 2 inches of crushed rock.

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The strom can handle deep gravel OKish, it won't be like a KTM 450 exc, but it can be made to do OK.
Thanks again. I'm guessing the OP knows that given his MX experience.
A strom can be OKish for regular rides through 2" of crushed rock?

Now that is silly.

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Thanks, Dr. Phil. I'm pretty sure the OP discovered that. Or more to point: He discovered 2 inches of crushed rock.



Thanks again. I'm guessing the OP knows that given his MX experience.
A strom can be OKish for regular rides through 2" of crushed rock?

Now that is silly.
There are some unsealed roads around here that get heavy truck traffic, maintenance is dumping 4-6" of coarse sand on top, levelling it, and packing it down. Works for cars and trucks, but a DL's tyres cut right through it - so, soft surface with ruts you can't see under it.

A forkbrace and steering damper works wonders on that surface, I can only guess, but it'll probably make a big difference on the crushed rock as well.

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