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post #1 of 46 Old 04-02-2014, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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Sand vs the v-strom

As I was flipping through a magazine the other day I came across a picture of what I believe to be a triumph tiger, cresting a sand dune. And of course it got me wondering weather or not my strom could do the same.

I was curious if anyone on here has had any experience riding their vstrom in the sand and how it handled it. I know that the next time I'm down near Pismo it will be hard to resist a ride down the beach.

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I was curious if anyone on here has had any experience riding their vstrom in the sand and how it handled it.
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Tried to get into Horseshoe Canyon, Utah. Bike fully gassed and loaded with gear (planned to stay there a couple nights). Sand was over a foot deep in places. It was a nightmare on fairly new Anakee 2s. Had to abort the mission But Goblin Valley was awesome and the backcountry nearby brought tears to my eyes at sunset

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Best day of riding I ever had (in some ways) was on a sandy beach with dunes on a Suzuki TM250. The harder you stay on the throttle the more the bike 'floats' on the sand.
It was one thing on a 250 MX bike, I figure the experience would not be quite as joyous on a near 500 pound 'adventure' bike. But I'd be willing to try it on somebody else's bike.

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One would have to be a pretty talented rider (some are, not me) to fly over the sand dunes on a 500 lb machine. It can be plenty of fun on the right bike though.
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Momentum. You slow, you sink, you stop. I had my old softail HD on a dry sand beach once. If you don't power up in a turn, you'll get pitched off

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Sand sucks on these big bikes. AFter having a DR350 for a while which never had a problem in sand the Strom just digs in and sinks sometimes. Tires have a big effect on this.
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tried it once, got into 6-12 inches of soft sand, 4 mi from the nearest anything...high sided twice...nasty bruise on my left ankle...rode 2 mi with both feet down, fighting it all the way...
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