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post #1 of 19 Old 07-03-2017, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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Off road WEEEEEEE!

Took my Wee off road. Dropped my Wee off road. Put my Wee back on the road...

Decided I was going to go to a local private trail site. Unfortunately it rained fairly heavy the night before. Didn't stop me, i'm too stupid...

The owner tried to warn me, "With the rain last night it will be pretty slick!"
I didn't listen.

The ride across the property to the trail opening tried to warn me. "Hey dummy they weren't lying. It's slippery out here!"
I didn't listen.

The 2' deep by 30' long mud puddle tried to warn me, "Hey little fella you don't need to be mucking about!"
I didn't listen.

9 steps at 13" height going down from the plateau tried to stop me. "Hey you don't fit here!"
OK, well you are just being rude.

The 200 yards of slushy silt and clay tried to change my mind. "Taste my power buddy!"
With a face full of mud and an inability to go more than 8mph I started to get the hint. Slipping onto the side

Now to go back the way I came, where did I come from? I can't get back up that hill! I guess this way...


All in all I proved to myself the Wee is capable of traversing some pretty messy off road. What it doesn't do is zip around rough wet, slippery ATV/Dirtbike trails with grace and speed! (At least with me driving)

Other than handlebar risers, my bike is stock. For hardcore off road I need
New tires
Skid plate
A lighter bike.

I think dry trails would be fun, but this slick, sloppy, crap I was trying to run in was no fun. 45 minutes of hell just getting in and back out.

Don't get me wrong, I still love my Wee and I will go back when the trails dry out. IF my adventures take me to this kind of trail I won't back down, but you won't find me planning on riding muddy trails any time soon.
( I may be stupeed enough to try again once I get more aggressive tires...)
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Forgot the pictures.

Some of the not so dirty aftermath pictures. Didn't get as muddy as I thought it was going to get. Maybe it was all the standing water I had to go through. Maybe it was the fact I couldn't go more than 8mph anywhere.
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Mud and street tires are a bad combination, and mud and knobbies, while better, are still not ideal with a big heavy bike. Stay clear of mud IMO.
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No doubt they don't mix well. My original plan did not include mud. The day before the ground was dry. At home it sprinkled, but at the trails it apparently rained pretty hard. My schedule was to hit the trails so I did.

I knew it wasn't going to be much fun, but I wanted to see how far I could push it.
In all honesty that was the toughest 45 minutes of riding I've ever done.
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It's not a dirt bike... It's a street bike that can handle the odd dirt /gravel road. Where are your engine guards? Engine guards and side panier racks offer a lot of protection.

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In my DL, iF it's dry, I'll tackle it, wet.........I run away with my tail between my legs.
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I would love to find someplace to learn to ride my bike off road. I get really nervous on anything unpaved. The way I see it is the only way to expand my comfort zone is to go out of it.
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I would love to find someplace to learn to ride my bike off road. I get really nervous on anything unpaved. The way I see it is the only way to expand my comfort zone is to go out of it.
Have you heard of Raw Hyde Adventures? Their 2 day classes might be just what you're looking for. http://www.rawhyde-offroad.com (I'm in no way affiliated with them)

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How many times did you go down? It doesn't like like the bike is worse for wear.

Are those the stock hand guards?

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