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post #11 of 46 Old 05-14-2019, 12:43 PM
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Ok, when I posted I had not watched the whole video. Those earlier trails were wet but not boggy, as you progressed further the conditions got a lot worse. We all ride off pavement for 'fun' and I would not even have had 'fun' on a 250 race bike in that same muddy mess. Now, if that trail was dry, it would be a blast on the DL. You had the balls to try it and the common sense to turn around...win win

I live on 100 ac and the terrain here is mostly steep. Before I bought my first DL I was on a DR350, then a DRZ. When it was wet I stayed off my own trails and even centered a tree with the DRZ when sliding on leaves that were dry on top, but wet underneath. There are really only two conditions that limit the DL off road with proper knobbs and that is wet/mud and deep sand(no.... I am not a good in sand or should I say sand kicks my ass?).

Some are thinking "ground clearance" as a DL handicap but I have never had many real serious clearance issues. If I can get the skid plate up on the object then momentum gets me over and off with a little bit of "frying pan over river rock" noise.

You would really enjoy Moab, especially Moab in Sept(driest month). You can ride challenging trails all day long for a week and never do the same trail twice. On a DL it is an absolute blast. When doing the White Rim Trail we noticed miles of hard sun baked mud ruts and my buddy and I were thankful they were not wet because it would have forced us to turn around. Maybe you canucks will want to head to the SW in Sept?? I plan on being out there someplace....CO, AZ,NM, UT.
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Ok, when I posted I had not watched the whole video. Those earlier trails were wet but not boggy, as you progressed further the conditions got a lot worse. We all ride off pavement for 'fun' and I would not even have had 'fun' on a 250 race bike in that same muddy mess. Now, if that trail was dry, it would be a blast on the DL. You had the balls to try it and the common sense to turn around...win win

I live on 100 ac and the terrain here is mostly steep. Before I bought my first DL I was on a DR350, then a DRZ. When it was wet I stayed off my own trails and even centered a tree with the DRZ when sliding on leaves that were dry on top, but wet underneath. There are really only two conditions that limit the DL off road with proper knobbs and that is wet/mud and deep sand(no.... I am not a good in sand or should I say sand kicks my ass?).

Some are thinking "ground clearance" as a DL handicap but I have never had many real serious clearance issues. If I can get the skid plate up on the object then momentum gets me over and off with a little bit of "frying pan over river rock" noise.

You would really enjoy Moab, especially Moab in Sept(driest month). You can ride challenging trails all day long for a week and never do the same trail twice. On a DL it is an absolute blast. When doing the White Rim Trail we noticed miles of hard sun baked mud ruts and my buddy and I were thankful they were not wet because it would have forced us to turn around. Maybe you canucks will want to head to the SW in Sept?? I plan on being out there someplace....CO, AZ,NM, UT.
I've got to say, as a guy who's 5ft 10in, I very much enjoy the lower height of the bike. It allows me to paddle walk when in the really deep gross stuff (or when I'm lazy lol). I 100% agree with you on the wet mud/deep sand! I also agree with you on ground clearance; I don't find it to be much of an issue.... until I lose momentum like you saw in the video haha.

God I would love to go down to Moab! This year is definitely not going to happen because I'm going back to school for nine months starting in September. However, I'm taking a 12 month LOA and it should only take about 9 months to complete my program if I bury my head....... What would things be looking like in June/July/August of 2020?

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TSM, I have not been West during those months - june/July/Aug . It's peak touris season and the kids are out of school. So this means the national parks and campgrounds are generally full and bumper to bumper traffic at some. This would force me to BLM camp when available which is free but zero amenities which means water rationing. Next is the heat and again it's peak heat months.

Last is my selfishness of bailing out of peak Giant Ragweed season at home. For 30ish days these plants seriously kick my ass. It works out though because I avoid the crowds and catch dry weather to hit the trails.

As you can see by my map I need to go the NE, I hear Maine is amazing in the summer so that's on my short list this year, along with 3 weeks West in Sept.

Aug is out, we will be in Minnedosa Manitoba visiting family and attending Rockin the Fields concert:
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TSM, I have not been West during those months - june/July/Aug . It's peak touris season and the kids are out of school. So this means the national parks and campgrounds are generally full and bumper to bumper traffic at some. This would force me to BLM camp when available which is free but zero amenities which means water rationing. Next is the heat and again it's peak heat months.

Last is my selfishness of bailing out of peak Giant Ragweed season at home. For 30ish days these plants seriously kick my ass. It works out though because I avoid the crowds and catch dry weather to hit the trails.

As you can see by my map I need to go the NE, I hear Maine is amazing in the summer so that's on my short list this year, along with 3 weeks West in Sept.

Aug is out, we will be in Minnedosa Manitoba visiting family and attending Rockin the Fields concert:
Rockinthefields.ca
Yes....Maine, VT and NH are amazing in the Summer.
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