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General V-Strom Discussion Talk about all things V-Strom not limited to just one of the above models

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post #1 of 10 Old 10-28-2016, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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I've been riding with my local STAR chapter for about 10 years. It's great when I'm on my Goldwing or Raider but my new 650 is really making me want some more adventure. The problem is I don't know anyone with an adventure bike. I'm fairly new to the forum but I'm curious if there are any local group runs or suggestions as to where I can find some info. I'm in the high desert. I want to get off the pavement with some comparable bikes. I usually ride with my wife on bike but I'm sure I could get away on my own if needed.


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No Strom groups that I know of in So Cal.
A group of friends go camping but we aren't much into dirt roading to locations although several riders have dirt bikes or ADV types, GS and Stroms, KTM.
We just a camp out at Anza Borrego. 'Bout 15 of us showed up.
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No Strom groups that I know of in So Cal.
A group of friends go camping but we aren't much into dirt roading to locations although several riders have dirt bikes or ADV types, GS and Stroms, KTM.
We just a camp out at Anza Borrego. 'Bout 15 of us showed up.
Sounds like fun. I definitely want to get off the pavement more that I can on my other bikes. Since I haven't ridden with other Stroms, I'm not sure what these bikes are fully capable of. My idea of off-roading may be mild to some but extreme to others. I have no point of reference.
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No Strom groups that I know of in So Cal.
A group of friends go camping but we aren't much into dirt roading to locations although several riders have dirt bikes or ADV types, GS and Stroms, KTM.
We just a camp out at Anza Borrego. 'Bout 15 of us showed up.
That's a problem. Pirates got their hard to get in clubs, bars, group rides and bike week bikini sluts; what do we have? Broken bones, a few tall tales and muddy pics? It is just not fair!

And no I won't be switching sides any time soon. I like the adventure to define bike, not the bike define adventure.

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I've bounded up many miles of back roads and places one wouldn't normally ride a street bike. But as I get older and less capable, the dirt seems to be my undoing.
One fall down and completely fugged up leg is enough for me.
So I'm more careful now. But I wouldn't deny anyone of a trek to the unknown.
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Camping in Borrego sounds great. I'm down for an occasional club type ride. My next time off-road will be my first. Probably needed new tires for that. I'm in San Diego, btw.

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post #7 of 10 Old 10-29-2016, 10:25 AM
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Hola, Brad.
Only problem with a blanket invitation for riders to join a camp out is camp space logistics. I reserve a spot and depending on local regs, the site can contain up to 8 indviduals.
Depending on participation more sites would need to be gotten if available. Sometimes a problem.
One spot we really like in Sequoia NP was rudely taken by a couple ugly old guys and their trailers.
Dang. We coulda gotten all of us, 12, in those two spots and be on flat ground but no, Mr Selfish and their caravan ruined the whole thing. We ended up in a lumpier area.
Caravans park on the paved pads too. Of all the Nerve!
But the place is first come first serve.
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If your going to the Sequoias or Southern Sierras, message me. I'll join for a ride and camp.
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I'll likely hit some of Death Valley NP on Veterans Day weekend. I prefer to camp at established campgrounds but I can bivy out just fine too.

I did Sherman Pass two weeks ago and the ground was dry (no snow). I got a couple sprinkles of rain from Panamint City to Trona but the weather was great otherwise. I would go that way again. I would like to get out to Badwater this trip. I think the worst road would be graded pretty well and for the weekend more than 95% blacktop. I'm pretty inexperienced so I limit myself to the bunny slope.

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I'll likely hit some of Death Valley NP on Veterans Day weekend.
I did Sherman Pass two weeks ago and the ground was dry (no snow). I got a couple sprinkles of rain from Panamint City to Trona but the weather was great otherwise. I would go that way again. I would like to get out to Badwater this trip.

Those are great areas. I've always enjoyed the "Trona loop" from my house to Olancha but it got rough on my Goldwing after the pavement got washed out. I'm much more comfortable now on my strom.



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