Can I take my stock 07 DL650 up this forest road? - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
Northwest AK, WA, OR, ID, Montana, WY

 13Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 17 Old 05-02-2019, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
talonstrom72's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Kennewick, WA
Posts: 136
Can I take my stock 07 DL650 up this forest road?

Hey people! I want to go on a tour to the forest and back safely, I was wondering if I can go with no skid plate etc no engine guards, if I stay on the forest roads that are in good shape? HEre is a link to the area I was thinking of:

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/umat...a/?recid=56531
talonstrom72 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 17 Old 05-02-2019, 06:21 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Puget Sound, and Allegheny County (PA)
Posts: 788
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by talonstrom72 View Post
Hey people! I want to go on a tour to the forest and back safely, I was wondering if I can go with no skid plate etc no engine guards, if I stay on the forest roads that are in good shape? HEre is a link to the area I was thinking of:

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/umat...a/?recid=56531
If you can restrain yourself while testing pot-holes, there should no reason to even bottom out the suspension, let alone smack the engine against the ground. I've been on a number of crappy forest service roads with my unarmored Wee without any issue or particular concern. That said, it's not too hard to get into trouble with deep gravel and lose verticality. So some frame bars or sliders can be good insurance against scraping the bike badly or bruising a leg caught underneath it.

I've been in that forest land you linked, although not on my Wee. Nothing I've seen there would sway me from taking my unarmored Wee there.
talonstrom72 likes this.
Trepidator is offline  
post #3 of 17 Old 05-02-2019, 06:27 PM
$tromtrooper
 
Macdoc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Ontario Canada/Cairns Aus
Posts: 4,553
https://www.google.com.au/maps/@45.1...2!8i6656?hl=en

Your problem might arise in dumping it in mud or sand and getting it upright if riding alone



You might try and find local riders

Tires will make a huge difference
talonstrom72 likes this.


Ontario Canada rider staying in Cairns Australian Feb to May & Aug-Oct each year
Canada 2018 CB500x >2009 CBF1000 sold 10 Wee ABS sold 09 Burgman Exec sold 10 NT700v sold
Australia> 04 KLR650 93 ST1100 sold
Travel photos> https://500px.com/macdoc/galleries Oz riding >https://tinyurl.com/y4c7lm87
Macdoc is offline  
 
post #4 of 17 Old 05-03-2019, 01:09 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Puget Sound, and Allegheny County (PA)
Posts: 788
Garage
(Adding to Macdoc's point about riding alone.)

If you are going into the forest lands without a companion, you should be prepared to walk out and spend a few days at it. It can be tempting, (as I know from personal experience), to force passage through places the bike/rider combination is not quite certain to handle without incident. For example, a simple lay-down which is otherwise harmless (neglecting ego effects) can tear a coolant hose when the landing is on an irregular surface. On the few occasions I have done such ventures alone, I always carry enough water, food and clothing that hiking out is a viable option should the bike not remain operational. And in such situations, carrying an emergency beacon is prudent unless you are willing to assiduously avoid breaking any critical parts of yourself.

Apologies in advance if this is too obvious for you (or other readers.)
Trepidator is offline  
post #5 of 17 Old 05-03-2019, 01:44 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Monmouth, OR
Posts: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by Trepidator View Post
(Adding to Macdoc's point about riding alone.)

If you are going into the forest lands without a companion, you should be prepared to walk out and spend a few days at it. It can be tempting, (as I know from personal experience), to force passage through places the bike/rider combination is not quite certain to handle without incident. For example, a simple lay-down which is otherwise harmless (neglecting ego effects) can tear a coolant hose when the landing is on an irregular surface. On the few occasions I have done such ventures alone, I always carry enough water, food and clothing that hiking out is a viable option should the bike not remain operational. And in such situations, carrying an emergency beacon is prudent unless you are willing to assiduously avoid breaking any critical parts of yourself.

Apologies in advance if this is too obvious for you (or other readers.)
I don't think you can mention this too often especially at the beginning of riding season...we all might think it won't happen to US.

Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
troyv likes this.

2015 DL1000 ADV
2thDr is offline  
post #6 of 17 Old 05-03-2019, 02:07 AM
Stromthusiast!
Super Trooper!
 
jgendr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Southern Mississippi
Posts: 97
Garage
Prime example, I went primitive camping this weekend in the national forest down here. I'm a very experienced rider and even pre checked out our intended access roads. one spot was fairly flooded (2 to 2 1/2 foot deep) with all the rain we have been getting and on the pre check out ride I just drove through it, however Dumb Ass me not wanting to get all my gear wet on the camp day in decided to try and skirt the flooded section by going through the weeds. Stupid me didn't realise that happened to be the side most of flood water was coming from and there were hidden ruts in there too. you guessed it, more or less High Centered the Wee. If it wasn't for the help of a camping friend the Wee probably would still be stuck in the mud. I couldn't have got it unstuck by my self.

Just saying be prepared and not sorry.. by the way I do have engine guards, radiator guard and skid plate.

JG

2014 DL650 VStorm

Last edited by jgendr; 05-03-2019 at 02:38 AM.
jgendr is offline  
post #7 of 17 Old 05-03-2019, 02:23 AM
Stromthusiast!
Super Trooper!
 
BC Rider's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Posts: 425
A skid plate also protects the oil filter from rocks thrown by the front wheel. A suitably sized tin can spray painted black works as a temporary guard. The 07 has an oil cooler down there also I believe.

13 DL650 Current ride
80 CX500D
77 XS360
78 XS750
76 CB360T
BC Rider is offline  
post #8 of 17 Old 05-03-2019, 03:18 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Posts: 59
Those trails look OK for the Wee but I would recommend something with bigger knobs than the standard tyres to make life easier and safer. With 50/50 tyres if it looks even a bit like a road the Wee will get you there. Just take it easy and remember disgression is the better part of valour - don't go ahead unless you are confident you can handle it. My 2012 650 has been places I suspect Mr Suzuki never intended. The only time the underside of the exhaust collector has been scratched (no skid plate) was crossing a big log. The only time the crash bars have been tested was entirely due to lack of rider skill (plus bottomless beach sand).
Chipwidget is offline  
post #9 of 17 Old 05-03-2019, 03:25 AM
Stromthusiast!
Super Trooper!
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Posts: 3,764
Stock bike yes, stock tires probably not.

My DL's have seen far worse than that seems to be, problem areas are where you have to stop or stop and turn. That's tough on a DL if it's steep uphill or downhill or very narrow.

Be prepared to stop where it's flat/there's room to turn and walk the bits you can't see clearly the first time.
If it gets scary TURN AROUND at that point. You got that far, you can probably get back - ahead may be far far worse.

Last edited by PeteW; 05-03-2019 at 03:28 AM. Reason: Detail
PeteW is online now  
post #10 of 17 Old 05-03-2019, 07:13 AM
Stromthusiast!
Super Trooper!
 
PerazziMx14's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 1,730
The answer is you can do anything you want its your bike. If you want to enter a local MX race on the DL go for it.

The risk is damaging the bike. If you stay on groomed fire roads or even a little less maintained two track the bike will be fine.

Do you have an aversion to skid plates. They really aren't that expensive and if you keep you eyes open can find them used for an even greater savings. They are cheap insurance.
PerazziMx14 is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Misc. DL650 Parts dmfdmf For Sale 2 05-19-2019 10:26 PM
NSW - near Wellington - a fine Friday and a ride to be had gcoliver1967 Australia-New Zealand 4 09-20-2018 01:04 AM
Making the most of holidays as they come to an end gcoliver1967 Australia-New Zealand 8 10-15-2016 10:55 PM
2012 DL650 Akrapovic Exhausts In Stock and Shipping Today SV Racing Parts SV Racing Parts 40 03-11-2014 05:12 PM
First experience on a forest service road... Mr_McBride DL650A - 2012-2016 30 06-18-2013 05:23 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome