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post #1 of 7 Old 10-15-2015, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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Where to ride a DL1k offroad

I live up in jax and just got a DL1000. Are there any places in the state where i can ride it "off road"? Its a big bike so maybe just fire roads and stuff?

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National or State Forest have dirt roads. But a DL1000 is no fun in sand, mild tires suck. Riding through Ocala NF with TKC-80 tires was a work out, not much fun on my DR650 either, but I'm not a fan of loose sand.
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Too much loose sand in Florida. Rode dirt bikes in New England all my life, but only tried a few times in the sand here. Not good !!!
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Have fun with that, be prepared to drop it.

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I am taking it up from Jacksonville to Alaska in May and want to have a little bit of experience off road with such a big beast. You all make it sound like its practically impossible. Aren't these bikes suppose ot be able to handle some offroad work???

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I am taking it up from Jacksonville to Alaska in May and want to have a little bit of experience off road with such a big beast. You all make it sound like its practically impossible. Aren't these bikes suppose ot be able to handle some offroad work???
Heading to Alaska in May is probably pushing it for being too early, you might switch to July or August instead. Alaska is still thawing out in May and the weather is still unpredictable, most trips I see people take are later in the Summer. As for the Strom's off road capabilities that is up for debate, and what you consider "off road"? Rider skill trumps anything else, but the Stroms are tailor made for gravel and hard pack roads. Practice on lots of gravel and forest roads, but with all the sand in Florida.......look out. These are big heavy pigs to pick up from a drop and depending on your crash protection mounted, can also sustain some damage. Good luck!!!

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Heading to Alaska in May is probably pushing it for being too early, you might switch to July or August instead. Alaska is still thawing out in May and the weather is still unpredictable, most trips I see people take are later in the Summer. As for the Strom's off road capabilities that is up for debate, and what you consider "off road"? Rider skill trumps anything else, but the Stroms are tailor made for gravel and hard pack roads. Practice on lots of gravel and forest roads, but with all the sand in Florida.......look out. These are big heavy pigs to pick up from a drop and depending on your crash protection mounted, can also sustain some damage. Good luck!!!
Ya may is a just out of season month. I turn 30 may 14th and thats my plan to celebrate. I've picked up some books and they all mention its a good time to go since its just out of season

I know soft sand will be an issue. Up here we have sand but being so close to GA, we have a lot of clay. I talked to the dealer and they recommened the Ocala national forest fire roads.

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