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post #1 of 9 Old 01-30-2018, 02:21 AM Thread Starter
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Can I ride dirt with continental trail attack 2

I bought a used 2014 1000 and it has basically new Trail Attack tires.

What is the reality about taking these off road? I have read many reviews and they get great street reviews but I have not found a review about off road performance.

I have a DRZ400 for the single track stuff, just want to know if the Conti's have any ability in the dirt, or should I say dirt roads and some wider trails. I know about the low ground clearance and I do not plan to push any limits, but would like to be able and get out and ride with some friends in the Northern California Mendocino National Forest and such,

Any advice or suggestions appreciated,

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I bought a used 2014 1000 and it has basically new Trail Attack tires.

What is the reality about taking these off road? I have read many reviews and they get great street reviews but I have not found a review about off road performance.

I have a DRZ400 for the single track stuff, just want to know if the Conti's have any ability in the dirt, or should I say dirt roads and some wider trails. I know about the low ground clearance and I do not plan to push any limits, but would like to be able and get out and ride with some friends in the Northern California Mendocino National Forest and such,

Any advice or suggestions appreciated,

Mike
You should be fine to ride on dry hardpacked dirt or packed gravel at a careful pace.... Mud, sand, deep loose gravel & etc are gonna make you want to find some asphalt asap. Take your time.

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The main issue is going into corners too fast. If you can't stop or turn it gets ugly. Take it easy into the corners until you have some confidence and assume surprises. A DL 1000 can go stupid fast off road, much faster than a DRZ, what it can't do is turn or stop near as well. And really slippery stuff is bad, just the weight will make you kiss dirt where you could hold it up on a DRZ.

Not impossible, but it is different.
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The answer is dependent on a combo of skill level, track conditions and equipment. You know the old saying? "You gotta walk before you run". Practice the basic off road stuff with the extra weight before you get to far down the beaten path. You'll quickly notice you burn allot more energy chucking around a bike that size. When it gets away from you there is much less chance of wrestling it back so a smoother more reserved approach will keep the shiny stuff on top. Pick your lines carefully and remember what your riding and you'll most likely get where your going. Great bike.

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I rode over Ophir Pass in Colorado on my 650 with Michelin Pilot Road 3's.

So, yes, you can take them into a non paved off road type environment.

But, you have close to zero traction or steering in mud. Must stay away from that!

In loose material you just don't have much steering. Front tire will want to washout. Not good. So you want to avoid long stretches of that.

Hard packed dirt, gravel with some packed down areas are just fine.
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Thanks for the info, that makes sense.

At first I did not think I would want to ride it off road but now I see some forest areas that I would like to explore,

Nice to know I do not need to run out and drop $300+ on a new set of tires, but when I do change tires it will be to something more off road friendly,

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FWIW, I have a KLR and had a DL-650. I considered the DL to be the equivalent of a Subaru Outback sort of cage... capable of very limited off-road fun, but not a serious off-road machine, especially compared to the KLR (which some folks also argue is not a serious off-road machine!). But it will get you into and out of places like NF Campgrounds and such.

I pretty much agree with the comments above regarding any VStrom off-road. Can be done, but carefully, and may not be as fun as you might think.

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I bought a used 2014 1000 and it has basically new Trail Attack tires.

What is the reality about taking these off road? I have read many reviews and they get great street reviews but I have not found a review about off road performance.

I have a DRZ400 for the single track stuff, just want to know if the Conti's have any ability in the dirt, or should I say dirt roads and some wider trails. I know about the low ground clearance and I do not plan to push any limits, but would like to be able and get out and ride with some friends in the Northern California Mendocino National Forest and such,

Any advice or suggestions appreciated,

Mike
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