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post #1 of 12 Old 09-03-2009, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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So the last time I was off road with a bike was 26 years ago on a 80CC Suzuki

I took my brand new DL650 off road...

..well down a dirt road with pot holes...

I played a bit with a tiny bit of over acceleration to see how the back end would behave when the tire lost traction and it behaves rather well.

What doesn't behave well is my right wrist over the pot holes. On one particularly bad set of holes the porpoising of the bike led to my inadvertently accelerating, which lead to me being thrown back to which I countered by cutting the gas, which lead me to being thrown forward (and being still in the holes) lead me to inadvertently accelerating again....repeat and so on and so forth.

I'm sure anyone watching was treated to a bit of comedy. The only thing going through my mind was ah crap...i'm going to drop it or shoot off into the trees.:banghead:
I know that this is because I am an utter nOOb...what should I have been doing to avoid that from happening?

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post #2 of 12 Old 09-03-2009, 05:51 PM
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I am thinking you probably meant your "right wrist" but I know exactly what you mean. There is a picture on the internet of my KLR lying on its side after trying to chop down a large fir tree as a result of "inadvertent use of the throttle". Try relaxing your elbows so that any motion of your upper body doesn't transmit immediately to your lower arms/wrist. Your bent arms should absorb the back and forth motion. And practice throttle control in a controlled setting (field). There is a tendency when on rougher roads (or windy conditions) to grip the bars too tight. loosen up, it's way more fun! Just giver 'er!
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Stand up on the pegs, no more getting thrown around.

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led to my inadvertently accelerating, which lead to me being thrown back
I understand. Years ago when I taught my wife to ride on her first bike (Yam XT350) we were exiting a trail onto a road. The trail ended with a 3 foot tall dirt mound. I exited and waited for my wife. She got part way up the dirt mound, fell backwards and nailed the throttle. She went flying over a good part of the road, down the embankment and fortunately laid the bike down before the barbed wire fence. I got to buy some parts after that one.


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post #5 of 12 Old 09-03-2009, 10:34 PM
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You can try holding your hand partly onto the handlebar end-weight thing and partly on the throttle grip... this will steady your throttle hand when going through rough stuff.

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I think you should just go smoke a giant fatty...or do anything else you can do to relax. You're too tense man! ..you probably had hulkish green arm pump after that experience. If Chuck Norris were there to karate chop you in the neck, he would've broke his hand. Tense upper body is normal when you are uncomfortable in a situation, and will really screw with your balance and coordination on the bike, hence the spooked shetland pony ride.

Also, the wee was my first fuel injected bike, and I found that the throttle response can be a little abrubt compared to a carb bike at first. I would even say "snatchy" at low revs and gears.

Get some road time on the bike so that you're right wrist gets good at modulating the throttle. Then go hit the dirt.

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Thanks for the tips!

I think I will spend some more time on south eastern consessions which are mostly flat gravel before heading into the untamed wilds which are your standard forest road

For the standing on the pegs...in what situation do you guys do that. I see going through water and going slow picking a line through rocks and such...but more generally do you stand up on dirt roads?
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Standing on the pegs is a dirt riding technique. It allows the bike to move under you without throwing you with it. Keep your knees bent and weight back. Hang on just tight enough for control with your hand positioned so that if you hit a bump you don't get a whole bunch throttle. I started out riding in the dirt so for someone who's never done it it's hard to explain properly.
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I too am 2-1/2 decades from my dirt experience, only then it was on a real dirt bike (XR350R).

The Stroms, in capable hands can get a little dirty, but they are NOT dirt bikes. Given my skills, I won't be using mine off-road. Gravel roads, yes, single track, no.

I am hoping to add a 250cc dual sport to the stable to satisfy the dirty urges I feel, without the near-500 lbs and road tires of my Strom.
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Standing up on the wee is tougher than it needs to be when you do it with the bars where they usually are for riding on the road...it's a compromise bike after all.

I use some rox risers and move the bar forward and up before I go offroad. Readjust my levers a little. It's 3 minutes that are worth it, because I stand at least 50% of the time when off-road.

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