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post #1 of 9 Old 08-08-2006, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
 
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I'm contemplating riding the...

...Big Woods 200. :shock: :twisted:

From what I've read it is a great time and can have some very challenging sections, not counting the "hero" sections. It's also in an area I am quite familiar with and have a cabin close by just in case. :wink: A 1k Strom did it last year. I will see if I can get in contact with him for more infos.

What say you Stromers? Wanna give it a try? :P


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post #2 of 9 Old 08-08-2006, 02:04 PM
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I rode the first year of the BW200..
Truth be told, I was bored, but I rode it on my KDX200 that was set up for offroad competition, and I'd ridden a few enduros that year.. I wanted WAY more hero sections.. I was used to extreme off road riding and wanted more of it and less easy stuff.. Kinda stupid, now that I look back.. :lol:

Now, if I did it again, I'd ride my KLR650 and slap on some actual offroad tires... I think it'd be fun, and I'm fatter now, so there's that extra challenge..

The event is TOP NOTCH!!!! John puts on a hell of an event. Even the first year event was organized perfectly..

My only problem was that it rained before I got there, and it was pouring on Sunday morning, so almost everyone (including myself) headed home.

The single track was great.

I rode it on an offroad bike, not a dual sport bike. I think a dual sport bike would make for a great event, and someday I'll get off my butt and do it again, but this time on the KLR.. My Strom will soon be wearing Michelin Pilot Road tires, and I plan on keeping as a road bike, with occasional gravel duty..

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post #3 of 9 Old 08-08-2006, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
 
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Paper, thanks for the feedback and perspective. I've also spent time on a kdx200 and rmx250 playing and riding some enduros and xc's. I do miss the 200. A perfect woods bike.

Maybe I'll just throw on a new rear toe-rance and git-r-dirty. :P
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post #4 of 9 Old 08-08-2006, 02:13 PM
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The nasty parts of the hero sections have helpers stationed nearby... Take a good look at stuff before you run through it. With your experience, you'll do fine..

If someone tells you to run through the "Swamp Monster" with the Strom, kick em' in the sack.. I had a tough time getting through it with the KDX with Michelin S12 tires.. (or as my friends called them, shovels)

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oohhh I know swamp or mud is definately verboten. :lol:

I partialy burried it this past spring when I got on a path I was not aware I was on. Lost does'nt fit cuz I made it out. :P My bash plate actually helped to keep it somewhat afloat so it didn't get in too deep.
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This sound great, but is it for me...

I have been wanting to go off road, since before I bought my bike.

I wonder is this the not a good idea for an off-road beginner, or is it just the thing?

The information leads me to thnk that it is more fun then complicated or technical. As the Hero Sections are optional I guess these would be the parts to avoid.

Thoughts please...

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The first year of the event, a guy from Texas rode up and did the whole thing (minus the hero sections) on a BMW R100GS Dakar..

My only issue to a rookie is to be extra careful on the slippery stuff (grass, mostly) because the tires that came on our bikes are crap.. Crap for the road and off road.. I hate tires that I don't trust anywhere, and Deathwings are just that...

A Strom wouldn't be my choice for any off road ride, but that's me.. I know several here do ride them off road and have a great time doing so.. I'm spoiled, having ridden off road on off road bikes.. (all of which weighed around 200 pounds or less and had full knobbie tires)..

Can you do it?? Yup.. Would you have fun?? Yup.. Would I do it on my Strom?? Nope, but that's because I consider my KLR a fat pig, and it's a lot lighter than a Strom..

If I had only the Strom and really wanted to do this ride, I'd borrow someone's DRZ or XR400..

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If I had only the Strom and really wanted to do this ride, I'd borrow someone's DRZ or XR400..
Is that something people do, lend out these expensive machine?

I contacted the "ride Guru" and they have supplied several promising responces. The tires where mentioend umong them.

It do need to replace the rear on my bike soon, 9700 miles and the rear is alomost to the indicator.

I wil probally give this a try.....

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If I had only the Strom and really wanted to do this ride, I'd borrow someone's DRZ or XR400..
Is that something people do, lend out these expensive machine?

.....
Quite often, yeah.. I know of a really nice GAS GAS that I could borrow within minutes.. Of course, the guy's been a friend for 15 years, too..

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