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post #1 of 52 Old 06-21-2007, 08:35 AM Thread Starter
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How do you go off-road?

What drive tecnics do you use to go off-road?
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post #2 of 52 Old 06-21-2007, 09:35 AM
 
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Any information gained will just be the posters opinion based on how THEY ride and may get you hurt. Buy a small REAL dirt bike and the proper riding equipment find a dirt field and practice then progress up to more difficult terrain. NEVER ride alone #1 Rule then practice, practice, practice and what ever else you do if you have a Vee or Wee DON'T ATTEMPT ANY kind of dirt riding. Neither is a good dirt bike especially for a beginner and will get you hurt as well as hurt your pocket.
Now just being smart as some of the others most likely will be, just get into a corner a little to fast and you will find out real quick how to go off road.
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If it's loose sandy soil, I drop the tire pressure to about 20psi and go slow. Hard pack, gravel I still go slow. Just turned 60, been riding 40 years, but not much off road until I bought the Wee.

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Any information gained will just be the posters opinion based on how THEY ride and may get you hurt. Buy a small REAL dirt bike and the proper riding equipment find a dirt field and practice then progress up to more difficult terrain. NEVER ride alone #1 Rule then practice, practice, practice and what ever else you do if you have a Vee or Wee DON'T ATTEMPT ANY kind of dirt riding. Neither is a good dirt bike especially for a beginner and will get you hurt as well as hurt your pocket.
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I started riding dirt bikes 32 years ago, spent 10+ years racing off road. I have time and again heard that the Strom is not worthy of the Dirt. BS!!! Is it high performance 200 lbs MXer??? NO... But it does well on dirt rodes and rough country if you have basic off road skills! It is heavy and has a high center of gravity that works against you. I take my Strom off road daily!!! I live in the country and go to my farm which is in rocky hill country. I jump my Strom. I stock form the suspension was too soft so I replaced my front and rear springs with heavier progressive springs from Wilbers USA and went to a heavier oil for better dampening. Now i have it set up for me and have had my black beast catch 5' verticle air without bottoming! I do not advise this unless you feel you have the experience and competance to attempt. I leave for Colorado in the morning and will be riding my Strom over some rough mountain 4X4 passes in 13000 feet range. I would not attempt this if I did not feel it was capable.
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But it does well on dirt rodes and rough country if you have basic off road skills!
This is true...

But the term 'off road' does not mean 'dirt roads', to me at least.

The DLs SUCK for real off road riding. You can take them down some fairly rugged dirt tracks if needed, but there's not much joy in that.

I have a knobby-shod, deep-geared, DRZ400 for my trail riding adventures. My DL650 can never even come close to that bike, off road.


Don't be fooled into thinking that the V-Stroms are true dualsport bikes. They are not. They are really great adventure bikes, which can take you down dirtroads with confidence, and get you through even more rugged stuff if absolutley needed, and if you have the skills.


When I see photos of guys riding DLs down rugged trails, it's like watching someone hammer in a nail with the handle end of a screwdriver, in my opinion.

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Any information gained will just be the posters opinion based on how THEY ride and may get you hurt. Buy a small REAL dirt bike and the proper riding equipment find a dirt field and practice then progress up to more difficult terrain. NEVER ride alone #1 Rule then practice, practice, practice and what ever else you do if you have a Vee or Wee DON'T ATTEMPT ANY kind of dirt riding. Neither is a good dirt bike especially for a beginner and will get you hurt as well as hurt your pocket.
Now just being smart as some of the others most likely will be, just get into a corner a little to fast and you will find out real quick how to go off road.

So true. There is no reason to go hurt yourself. Find a nice dirt road, hard packed and see how the strom acts and try air pressure changes, this may be the key to making you more comfortable. Just take your time.
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Five feet vertical air is hard to find on "dirt roads". Sounds like ghostrider is doing a lot more than "dirt roads".
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Five feet vertical air is hard to find on "dirt roads". Sounds like ghostrider is doing a lot more than "dirt roads".
Yep love to see a photo of that. And then ask WHY?!


I get lots of pleasure from catching air on my DRZ, but I can't imgaine why I'd want to do the same on my DL650...



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What drive tecnics do you use to go off-road?
Reduce air pressure in the tires, and go slow. Avoid deep sand, deep mud, slick wet grass, and extremely steep terrain. Avoid extremely narrow trails. Wear specialized protective clothing, *expect* to fall - you won't be dissapointed. Read a book on off road dirt bike techniques.
I agree with all other posts. It's best not to "start" riding offroad on a DL. A DL can be used offroad in the hands of an experienced dirt rider, once they fully adjust to it. It has severe limitations in the situations mentioned above.
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