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post #1 of 25 Old 08-29-2006, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
 
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Shenandoah 500 - Am I insane?

A buddy of mine has been trying to talk me into doing this ride ever since I got my V-Strom. Although I got this bike to do some off-road excursions and really like the idea, the truth is I have very limited gravel/fire road experience and Iím worried that it might be too much for my skill level. Has anyone done this ride on a V-Strom? Is this something that an off-road rookie can do? Also, what equipment/cloths would I need?

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post #2 of 25 Old 08-29-2006, 10:58 AM
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I do lots of dual sport rides on my XR. And to tell you the truth I would not try most of them on the V. I have seen guys try to muscle GS out there and 90% of the time they come out with damage. Its just not worth it.
I will take the V anywhere I can get my Dodge 4x4. But the XR goes places where an adventure bike just does not belong. At least not in my hands, I am sure that some of the guys that do the Dakar have the skill and muscle to get a big machine like the V anywhere with the right tires.
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I'd heed Cheef's advice on this one.

I wasn't Mtn Biking in the GW Forest last weekend - no way I'd take my Strom in there. There was no doubt in my mind that it would sustain damage.

Better left to the small light weight bikes.

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I'll take the other side - from what I've seen, you'll do fine unless you try the "hero" sections. Others have posted, "it can be done in a Subaru" - but in the end, it's your call.

Read about it here...

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=159557

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I'd heed Cheef's advice on this one.

I was Mtn Biking in the GW Forest last weekend - no way I'd take my Strom in there. There was no doubt in my mind that it would sustain damage.

Better left to the small light weight bikes.
I was on the N. end of Peter's Mill Trail on the Mtn. Bike - pretty narly. Loose sandy soil filled with basketball sized rocks on grade. I observed some guys go through with dirt bikes with a little difficulty. You'd better be damn good or have avacado sized do-dads or both. Again, expect to ding up your Strom [or Subaru for that matter] up on this section.

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Go for it if it gets too rough turn around no big deal, if you have crash bars and skid plate you won't do too much damage. I've dropped my 1000 a lot of times and no damage. If you don't try you will never know.I followed a big KTM and 1150 gsa for 2 days in baja, it was tiring but fun, the guy on the KTM (a lot better rider than me) said I couldn't believe it everytime I looked in my mirror you were right there.
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Loose sandy soil filled with basketball sized rocks on grade.
Well, from what I've heard and saw photos of this ride its not that bad at all just loose gravel roads not much more. Still, I've never ridden dirt bikes.

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Redbeard thanks for the link! I think I'll give it a try. Now, the more important question! What gear/accessories do I need? I already have Dan Vesel's skid plate. What else? Crash bars? Fender extender? Should I get body armor?

Oh, one more question for you dirt junkies, what pressure do I use in my tires?

Thanks again everyone,
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Loose sandy soil filled with basketball sized rocks on grade.
Well, from what I've heard and saw photos of this ride its not that bad at all just loose gravel roads not much more. Still, I've never ridden dirt bikes.

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Looking forward to a ride report from you on this one - hopefully w/lots of pics.

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Loose sandy soil filled with basketball sized rocks on grade.
Well, from what I've heard and saw photos of this ride its not that bad at all just loose gravel roads not much more. Still, I've never ridden dirt bikes.

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I was referring to the north end which I've mtn biked on - it's very narly indeed and as "I" observed would be too narly for the Strom especially with the OEM Trailwings.

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