I think allot of the problem is the Bazillion promotional videos of "professional" riders taking big bikes and wringing their necks in the dirt. Lots of slow mo photography, dirt flying, bikes hanging in the air and power slides. People watch that and think it's real. The rider has more experience than 99% of us and given the choice it would be the last bike he'd do it with. The bike's been modified to the hilt to survive the beating and if it doesn't so what the manufacturer throws new stuff on it for free. To top it off there's mechanics and medical staff standing right behind the camera man.skill level has nothing to do with it. You simply cannot sensibly take the V-Strom offroad at all. Gravel roads are still roads, forest access roads, they are fine too. The Strom is great on those roads.
It makes no sense to take it offroad, NONE. It's not safe, it's expensive to fix, etc. Sure it will do offroad, but not sensibly. It's not the right tool for the job. I can walk through snow in my bare feet, socks, boots, snow shoes are not required... but a sensible person would have them.
With some decent tyres and a few accessories how far off-road would you go?
Cheers for any advice.
There's my man.....most here would be flabbergasted with where/how you ride that 1000!!! :wink2:I find the V-Strom to be a super fun, comfortable all around big "adventure" bike that can handle much more "Off-Pavement" or "Fast on Pavement" than most care to explore.
I know we have video's and reports somewhere on this site that can help you with your
practical dilemma. Good Luck and remember ride everything like you stole it and when in doubt, gas it.
Agreed. Tires and skill will determine where you can go.A LOT depends on how good a dirt rider you are. Also on how the bike is setup, and how much you care about it getting dinged up in a drop.
Personally, I don't consider the Stroms to be any sort of dirt bike. Yes, there are guys who can get one through some pretty gnarly bits, but I'm not one of them.
I've got a DR-Z400S for true dual-sport type riding.