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post #1 of 33 Old 05-04-2008, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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You guys can keep the mud

I can't believe some of you guys really ride these things offroad! I took mine on a gravel road that was somewhat soupy in places and I am just thankful it stayed upright and I didn't break anything! A few close calls... I will stick to dry gravel and pavement from now on!

What possesses you guys to want to ride in the mud with this nice (and heavy) of a bike?
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Cause they can and it helps their feel good to say they did it. This bike is not a off road bike, graded dry dirt or gravel fine you can get by but mud find a way around it.
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I can't believe some of you guys really ride these things offroad! I took mine on a gravel road that was somewhat soupy in places and I am just thankful it stayed upright and I didn't break anything! A few close calls... I will stick to dry gravel and pavement from now on!

What possesses you guys to want to ride in the mud with this nice (and heavy) of a bike?
I don't know how much off road experience you have and so I hope I don't offend you. But what seemed tough today will seem easy the next time out in the same conditions. It's all about pushing your limits a little bit further each time out. Before you know it you will be wondering what all the fuss was about.



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I have to admit, I don't like mud much either, I slog my way thru it when it's there, on the other hand , 2 or 3 inches of snow with Karoo Ts, I have become fairly profficient at.

I just replaced the worn Karoos with Pressa detours for the summer, right at the transition from winter to mud season, no where near the confidence on snow & ice or mud that I had with the Karoos

tires can make a big difference



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Cause they can and it helps their feel good to say they did it. This bike is not a off road bike, graded dry dirt or gravel fine you can get by but mud find a way around it.
some places we have what is called mud season, the only way around is to not go

I don't think anybody is talking about riding off road here



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I thought the same thing the first time I took mine offroad. What the hell am i doing this is not a dirt bike. Then I aired down the tires and it stuck to the dirt quite well. Make sure to get a small air compressor, Slime makes one that will fit under the seat. Try this next time and it will be a whole new feeling. You'll be much more comfortable in the dirt with lower tire pressure. Happy trails!

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OK, this is a new bike to me, bought in february, 3300 miles so far, 99.99 % paved and I love it. I've been on three gravel / dirt roads here, one today with my wife on the back, was beautiful, Southern Oregon woodrat mountain, single lane dirt path/road up the side of the mountain, very popular hang glider launch around here. Couple good old boys up top in their 4x4 pickup kept sayin' "caint believe you rode that bike up here... " It handled great at low speeds going up, and down, 30 - 35 mph,,, this is going to be fun.. How much tire pressure do you run on dirt roads, ... how low do you go?
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I wasn't tryin to hurt nobody's feelings I had normal pressure in the tires (might be the reason it felt sketchy) and I'm still running the trailwings... I'm trying to finish them off so I can get something better. The roads up here in AK are not what you would call smooth, so I was hoping to get something that would help me with those gravel on paved road type situations a little

I may try again at some point but I don't have anything but frame sliders to protect my bike so until then I don't think I will if I can help it.

It feels so good to be back riding again! I miss NC where you can ride in the winter w/ no problems! April is pushing it up here!
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I don't know how much off road experience you have and so I hope I don't offend you. But what seemed tough today will seem easy the next time out in the same conditions. It's all about pushing your limits a little bit further each time out. Before you know it you will be wondering what all the fuss was about.
I couldn't agree more -- part of the fun with these bikes is pushing the limit. The first time I had her in mud I lost the front end and down she went. Now that I have the first drop out of the way I can hardly wait to tackle that same section of dirt road again.

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Use it off road if you want...or not

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Cause they can and it helps their feel good to say they did it. This bike is not a off road bike, graded dry dirt or gravel fine you can get by but mud find a way around it.


Actually it can be an off road bike if you have the skills to ride off road and set it up for harsh duty. Just take your time. Learn how it handles off road and continue to play in the dirt, mud, snow whatever. Don't listen to naysayers... Do what you want with your bike.

I don't now about feeling good about saying I did it... But it sure is fun actually doing it! That's what bikes are about right Mortaine? Having fun. You know... fun. You do know how to have fun right?:mod_biggrin: :mod2_punk:

I dumped mine a bunch of times with stock tires due to encounters with heavy clay/mud. Not anymore though...



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