first long day/trail ride
got up early today and got on the bike, ran up the highway into the lower adirondacks and explored some dirt/gravel/season roads in my hometown.
bike is fantastic on gravel roads. i get a bit of shudder on washboard stuff, less than i expected, and hope to alleviate it with suspension upgrades. handles well, predictable and controllable, even when the rear end brakes loose a bit under harder acceleration, the pucker factor was never there. very relieving.
one dirt road turned into a muddy/rutty/rocky 4x4 path, which i did well with, then it climbed out of the valley steadily and as it dried up it was only steep rock garden. i was slipping the clutch a bit and creeping through the rocks, bouncing back and forth when i let the rpm's drop a bit far and stalled, and dropped. engine gaurds were installed last night and did their job, partially broke right side peg, only damage. no pics because i questioned whether i was sposed to be there and was running solo. got the bike back up and followed the trail as far as i could before DEC sign stated "snowmobiles only". next time i'll take a map.
i'm coming from a zg1000 kawasaki concours (for sale), so this bike naturally feels light and nimble to me. i may be wrong, but i believe the lack of rotating mass when compared to the concours has something to do with it's ability to lay over into corners on the road... it's a real hoot!
i have a progressive 465 rear shock, and .95 racetech springs/ricor valves coming to address the suspension. we'll see...