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post #1 of 8 Old 04-15-2014, 01:39 AM Thread Starter
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Doc Wong's Dual Sport Clinic

Thanks to Tydive, I spent yesterday learning to handle my Wee better in the dirt at Doc Wong's Dual Sport Clinic. Forty-ish riders met up south of Hollister, CA, then headed out into the wilderness south of New Idria. We practiced dirt riding techniques in a small open area for a couple of hours, then put our skills to use riding the unmaintained roads through the hills of Clear Creek.

Technical notes:
- reducing tire pressures to 25psi does provide some better grip and bounce, but not enough (for me) to wheelie on the stock tires in dry, fine dirt
- pulling the 25A pump fuse does a perfect job of disabling the ABS
- the SW-Motech skid plate successfully deflected multiple large rock impacts, and survived at least one bottoming-out

I met two other V-stroms there. Someone new to the bike, and someone not new. Hopefully they'll pop in to say hello.

Attached picture is my Wee with some of the other bikes at a high point along our path.

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This sounds like an awesome event. I will have to get some more info and try to make it out to one of the clinics.

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That sounds amazing are those stock tires? no issues there? I'm apprehensive about getting into serious dirt with just the stock tires.
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That sounds amazing are those stock tires? no issues there? I'm apprehensive about getting into serious dirt with just the stock tires.
Indeed, they are Trailwings. The definitely slid around a bit in the dust and boulders, but I never lost it or got stuck or anything. I was probably more careful in the downhill hairpins than I needed to be, if I would have been more comfortable with leaning the bike underneath me.

I did not do the mud section. The Doc insisted that anyone who wanted to attempt it have knobbies. Remembering what wet clay roads felt like in the Adirondacks at the NEVA13 camp out last year, I think that was wise.

We did get to do a few small water crossings (a few inches deep by a few feet to a couple yards wide), but they had hard (rock or cement) bottoms. Absolutely no trouble with traction I found.

If I were going to regularly do roads like what we saw or worse, I'd definitely look for more aggressive tires. But, for everything else, or for this sort of occasional ride with help at hand, the stock tires seem fine.
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Awesome. Thanks for the insight
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I'm happy to see you made the clinic.

I was scheduled to attend, but had a last minute change in plans. My Dad was there on his DRZ400 and really enjoyed the class.

We're going to be playing at Metcalf during the week. I got some K60 scouts put on last week and am looking forward to having decent dirt traction.

Hopefully I'll make the next Doc Wong dual sport clinic.

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Hello Hobbyist,

That was a good experience in the clinic. To actually learn to lock up either tire (on purpose) and be ok with it. I definitely need more practice on the loose stuff to be more proficient.
Also need to upgrade with a skid plate that is compatible with the Hepco & Becker center stand and GIVI TN532 crash bars.
Interested in checking out some potential trails? We should do some planning.
The one thing I learned in the group clinic was to leave plenty of room for other riders ahead, to not get caught on a hill, behind a stalled rider(s).
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Also need to upgrade with a skid plate that is compatible with the Hepco & Becker center stand and GIVI TN532 crash bars.
I finally did my first oil change with the skid plate attached a couple of weeks ago. I undid the rear attachment bolts and swung the plate down, as suggested. With the bike on the side stand, I was able to slide my oil pan in just far enough that it caught everything from the drain plug. When removing the filter, I had to prop the pan up on the skid plate a bit to get underneath. So, no actual spills, but I was glad to have a pan that was over 2x larger in capacity than what I needed, to allow for some tipping.

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The one thing I learned in the group clinic was to leave plenty of room for other riders ahead, to not get caught on a hill, behind a stalled rider(s).
Same here. It was easier to keep moving slowly than to find a place where I could stop and put my foot down suddenly, and not become stuck myself.
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