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post #1 of 22 Old 08-05-2017, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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First good off road experience on the Vee

Before today, I'd taken my bike off road 2 times. Both went terribly. The first time I rode motorcycle trails at a state forest and had junk tires and I would just crash in the mud... repeatedly. The second time I had equipped my bike with Shinko Big Blocks and rode some trails that were sugar sand. I only crashed once going through water but once was enough. The bike wouldnt start, acting like the battery was dead. It took hours in Florida mid day heat for help to arrive.

After that, I was pretty hesitant on the big adventure bike thing. It's big, a bitch to pick up, and tends to get banged up. I thought maybe I should just stick to touring on the street.

However today I found an open area behind a baseball field. Not big but just enough to get my hooligan on. One side was soaked/boggy the other was dry. I took the bike out there and had a :|:|:|:|ing blast! I had it pitched sideways, back tire sliding kicking up grass and mud. It felt so good having that big bike tearing up the field!

May, just maybe, there is something to the dirt side of ADV...

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FYI, the sugar sand in Florida is epic. Supercross riders worldwide come to FL to train. If you really want to learn, you will have to go to the area of Gainesville and south to Dade City(aka Croom recreational area). There is a steep learning curve to riding in sand, The DL650 is not the best choice to learn, hell a Road King does better in sugar sand. If you really want to learn, pick a 250 and go have a blast. Those skills will overlap off road on the DL.

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I'd like to get the basics down first before I tackle sugar sand. Unfortunately that's all I can find lol

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I hadn't ridden dirt in a long time and with the Wee on a dirt road on the way to a camp out, Pozo Road in central Cal, I tried roosting on the corners and such.
My Shinko 705's didn't really get loose but I had a nice time pretending.
Sand and I always have the same result. I hit the deck.
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As noted by Motor7, many of us learned early in our careers on smaller / lighter / easier to pick up bikes where you can easily put your foot down before you do. But periodically I do ride with a guy on a Harley Dresser who runs it up mountains and through streams (the low seat height allows him to walk it through almost anything).

Anyway, a bike like a V-Strom is a big step up on a dirt-biker learner's permit. The 650XT scares me at times in the dirt versus just following my intuition while on the KLR. Some of my buddies like the 400 Husqvarna and the Yamaha WR250R. The Yamaha TW200 is too small and tires are too balloon-like to run with others.

Take it easy and remember you can always go faster than you can stop. That's when it hurts.
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You airing down I assume?

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You airing down I assume?
I have not but I know for the sand I should be.

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I'm not a fan of airing down. I just pinched my front tube on the KLR at 18 psi. Pushed / pulled bike for a 1 mile to the hard road for pick up (forgot spare tubes). I guess I wouldn't have the same problem with tubeless V-Strom tires except for possible rim damage. I want to keep my tires at recommended psi under all riding conditions.
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I hadn't ridden dirt in a long time and with the Wee on a dirt road on the way to a camp out, Pozo Road in central Cal, I tried roosting on the corners and such.
My Shinko 705's didn't really get loose but I had a nice time pretending.
Sand and I always have the same result. I hit the deck.
For those whose bike is so equipped... turn the traction control off, it cuts the power when you need it. But outside of the sand and soft dirt, keep in mind that your traction control is off and don't get over zealous with the throttle while cornering/leaning.
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Traction control on the early Wee's is the 66.6 horsepower. A devilishly moderate amount of energy!
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