Matt, Most of my experience is about 70/30 offroad/onroad. Everything I say here will be directed towards offroad/ dirt:
Typically if you EXTEND the front forks, the front end will not stick as well in the loose gravel.
Its resembles placing more weight on the rear versus the front, and has almost the same handling characterisics.
Although there are some things you can do to the suspension to reign in some of these issues, the strom is very limited with adjustment lattitude.
The one thing you may try that I have always resorted to doing, particularly in very loose conditions (Fresh grading/sand/snow/ heavy mud) is to stand on the pegs, back slighly arched, ass off the seat, (risers help a lot on stroms) place the balls of your feet on the pegs, not your arches, raise your elbows, and keep your weight slightly forward. (Known as attack stance).
The other part that needs consideration is to keep the bike in the midrange, not too low nor high on the RPM's and do not grip the bars tightly. You want the machine to feel loose in your hands, don't force the bike, use your lower body and weighting the pegs (left/right) as needed to control side to side balance, combined with throttle control (this is why you want the midrange, so power is on tap, turn with the rear wheel)turning the bars is mostly useless in very loose conditions, so weight and throttle control will contol direction, keep your feet on the pegs!
Realizing many times tires will be a servere limitation such as Graded gravel vs heavy mud.
I have always found when I get that little twitch in me ass due to changing conditions, I tend to be a tad more on the aggessive side that submissive...at least in the dirt.
I realize this sounds a little different to many, and have been critisized over this before, and granted the strom is no light machine, but give it a shot sometime.
Hope it helps
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Last edited by Tollster; 04-22-2010 at 04:36 PM.
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