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post #1 of 38 Old 05-13-2019, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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Question Your Bike IS Off-Road Capable

Hey guys,
I'm starting to get into some content creation on YouTube. The majority of the videos I'll be posting will involve working on, riding on, or talking on my 2017 Vstrom. I don't get paid to make these, I simply do it for fun. If you guys enjoy being informed about the new videos I'll be putting out, you can either subscribe to the YouTube channel or let me know about it here and I'll make a new post when a video is up. I don't want to be spamming the Stormtrooper forum if nobody wants to know ;P

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Cool, let 'er rip

I agree that our bikes are more capable off pavement than many think. I will ride 1800 miles of pavement to motorcamp and ride 500 miles of trails.

I do have some suggestions since I have done some gopro's and drone videos( I am by no means an expert). 19 min is a long time to watch a video of any bike on a trail. Consider under 5 min editing out the average stuff, focus on more technical stuff.

Fire the music editor, and go with what I call "driving music". In other words something a bit more aggressive ( rock, honky tonk, hard blues, even trucker bands, metal and some punk). The music should complement the ride, not distract the viewer.

Following anything that is going slower than your normal pace will throw of your timing which will also effect the viewers.

I applaud you for getting out there and "doing it" and look forward to more vids from you.
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I did the fast forward and you courageously rowed the handle bars well. Yes the bike can do horrible conditions in the right hands.
Good on you. OOfDa!
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Good on you 'Medic, I'm all for videos on the Strom offroad. I personally feel quite comfortable on my Vee offroad, now I've set it up to cope. You do need confidence too - it's all about forward momentum.

Love maintenance vids too.

Love the bike overall. Always the same - can't wait till next ride on it.
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I just bought a 2018 650xt, it will end up being mostly off-road. Looking forward to seeing the videos.
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Thank you guys so much for the support and constructive criticism.
Most of it will be immediately implemented haha.
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Congratulations. That is a great video (and BTW the audio is awesome).
Your only error was going riding with a bunch of quads. That is sort of like waterskiing behind your local ferry - you CAN do it, but is it a good idea?
Quads travel much slower than the speed you need to easily stay upright. That you ended up exhausted was no surprise. As you found out quads are great at trudging through mud but you needed more speed. Their slow rate of progress just wore you out.

I've been trail riding where quads were also invited. They are a PITA.

Next time, some firmer and drier single track please.
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Ah, come on, Brockie, Quads can be fun! But if you are hindering the solo bike rider when riding together, helping to uptight the stalled, sleeping bike is the polite thing to do.
Or let the solo bike proceed and they can wait at a comfortable place for the 4 wheelers to catch up.
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Yup. Your video shows the biggest drawback to off-roading with the Strom....it's a heavy pig that carries it's weight up high...oh, and the lack of ground clearance....wait, there's the cheap bargain basement suspension with lack of travel and compliance. Lessee, did I forget anything?

Boy, I admire your git-r-done attitude and willingness to destroy your nice bike, but I think I'll continue to use my Wee on reasonably non-technical dirt/gravel two-track and bring another more appropriate tool for the woods riding you were doing.
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19 min is a long time to watch a video of any bike on a trail. Consider under 5 min
I agree with this.

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Fire the music editor, and go with what I call "driving music".
I agree with this.

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In other words something a bit more aggressive ( rock, honky tonk, hard blues, even trucker bands, metal and some punk).
I disagree with this. Loud and aggressive music, even music I like, will cause me to terminate a video immediately. It's way too distracting.

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I applaud you for getting out there and "doing it" and look forward to more vids from you.
I agree, on both counts.
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