Well, I have had my 06 Wee right at 2 months now and I finally managed to get the wheels in the dirt for the first time since. I rode about 280 miles today, probably only about 20 in the dirt, but it was great. The roads I encountered were all pretty well maintained as in there were no large rocks or big rits. There was plenty of loose dirt, small rocks, and washboard surfaces. These are the type of roads that I completely avoided on my FJR, not only because the bike is not built to handle them, but also it was sketchy on pure street tires and I hated the idea of that bike getting pelted with rocks from the front wheel.
I am running the stock Trailwings and was overall surprised how well they worked. I had no problem getting the back wheel to slide around when I asked it to, but the cornering and braking performance was admirable. I have always enjoy riding in loose soil on a dirt bike, so the loose layer of dirt on top of the road made for some entertaining riding. I just kept it loose and let the bike go where it needed without letting it be in control of me. For the most part, I cruised at 40-45 mph. I occassionally ran it up faster just to see what it was like. The bike was very stable at 65-70 mph I am pleased to say.
These roads are the entire reason I sold my FJR and got the Strom. I missed this riding so much and had a blast today. Here are some highlights of the ride:
These photos were all taken in Llano County, TX.
The first two were taken before I made it to the dirt. This is the Llano River just outside of Kingsland, also known as "the slab."
These next three are at the first creek crossing I encountered after I left the pavement. This is along Click Road.
This is the second creek crossing I encountered on Click Road. This usually has some water running across the road. We have been in an exceptional drought, so no water today. Just as well since there is typically a nice slimy layer of algae growing there. It is typically not too bad until you have to cross a big metal plate with bolt heads sticks out of it which you can see in the 2nd of the two photos here. The metal is like ice and the bolt heads tend to deflect your front tire to the side which can cause you to call. Most of the crossings are paved. There is one out there that is still a natural creek bottom. I didn't go there today since I was riding along. I wasn't sure I felt up for it on the Strom, at least not without a riding buddy.
Not much going on in Click, TX today. The cows seemed happy anyway.
Here we are at the end of my dirt road journey. I still had plenty of miles left to ride though.