Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Duluth, Minnesota
First time down on the Glee...
I rode out today to drop some corn where I will be hunting in a couple weeks. Knowing the road conditions would be questionable I went anyway, always up for a challenge. 40 F mostly tarmac up to the sand road I turn on, from there only 3 miles. First part of the sand road was light snow and ice, no problem. Knew I could ride through that. Some soft sand spots along the way but just stood on the pegs and followed the bikes lead. Where I turned at the end onto a T is where I went down. Noted deep sand (car tire ruts up to 2 inches) through so I knew there would be trouble. In my mind the rule is displace my weight back and float the front by powering through.
Not on this bike.
The front tire just starts plowing. I was able to keep it up through part of it, grabbed second, then the sand got deeper and started loosing the front. Went down slow on the left side of bike. Luckily no damage (thanks to the crash bar/highway peg and rear pannier). Lifted easily with my back against the bike in a squat position. Finished out going down a sandy ATV trail, slowly with my feet keeping the bike up. Didn't realize how difficult the deep sand was going to be. I'm used to lightweight dirt bikes that you can just lean back on the pegs, float the front end and power through.
Looking for recommendations on how to avoid losing the bike in sand. I have had no problem driving through semi compressed sand but this stuff was ridiculous. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. I plan to ride through this again so I'm not wanting to avoid such conditions, just want to work out the best way to manage the bike. Thanks. :mrgreen:
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L2 Glee White- birthday 17 JAN 13
Farkles last to first: MFW Hwy pegs, Russell Daylong, Givi 3D604 tank bag, Motech Pegs, Madstad bracket&adv windshield, Tuono mirrors, Uclear HBC200 headset, E45 topcase, Cree driving lights w/Motech brackets,14T Sprocket, bar riser, E21 panniers, Stich heated grips/outlet, EB PC8, RR Fork Brace, Kouba link, Barkbusters, SW-Motech Centerstand/Skidplate/Crash Bars.