Many years ago I rode on California fire roads. I would do things on those roads that I would love to do locally, but all the dirt roads I ride on now are regular roads that have traffic. The traffic is sparse but it is there and there are plenty of driveways to worry about also. On the fire roads most places you could see quite a ways and know if someone is coming along in the other direction. When you knew it was clear you could really hang it out.
I am quite comfortable on the Vee on the dirt roads around here (NH), but I don't push it. I don't try to do any foot down sliding. I don't mind spinning the tire here and there though. I have to temper my speed so that I am certain I don't cross over to the other side of the road at all in a turn.
I am not confident with the Vee's front end on tight downhill gravelly turns, and if they are off camber at all then I really slow it down. I don't feel that I can use the throttle to assist with the turn. I do on exit, but not on entry or apex. I still have the stock tires on it. I like the stock tires enough that I will probably replace mine with the same thing. I think favoring the dirt anymore will detract from the road and vice versa. I've been quite comfortable with these tires in everything that I ride on (and I will stay a million miles away from mud).
I have a KLR 650 which I feel more comfortable on, but it pushes more than the Vee and has less power to help with the turn. The rear brake is far superior in feel on the KLR than the rear brake on the Vee.
I agree with the above advice, given by others, including don't be afraid to crash. I would also say don't be comfortable with crashing. Try to ride within your limits. That means get comfortable first and then gently explore the edge of your limits and not crash through them. You want to stay on the road, not fall over, and definitely not high side.
As I get older my limits are decreasing and I probably should be decreasing them even more.
2014 DL1000 Adventure - (best bike I've owned until the dirt road ends)
2006 KLR 650
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Last edited by bruceatk; 05-19-2015 at 04:43 PM.