Handling on a gravel road
I bought a DL1000 K7 a few weeks ago and this week I experienced my first off-road ride.
After 15 years since my last dirt bike (Suzuki DL600) I'm somewhat a bit rusty so I took it cautiously on the gravel road ... not enough apparently.
I was extremely disappointed to realize how much work was required to keep the bike inline when there was more than 1/2 inch of gravel. The bike keeps swaying from left to right.
While riding at about 20mph on a section of the road with about 1 1/2 inch of gravel, the bike front wheel started to escape left and right in an increasing wider arc to the point where I lost control in the curve and ended up in the ditch ... scratched front wheel fender, windshield, thank plastic fender, bend foot break. Luckily, the Givi engine guard took the brunt of the shock and now it need a unbending job.
My buddy with his BMW R1200GS had no problem at all on the gravel.
I would like to know what is your experience with the V-Strom on gravel roads ... any special hints to ride in such roads? better to lighten up the front wheel or apply more weight?