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post #1 of 11 Old 11-02-2011, 01:39 AM Thread Starter
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75 mph on gravel

Is fun! I forgot how much fun one of these suckers are!!

It's amazing what steering head brgs, suspension adjustment & a new set of skinz will do.... Put on another 60 miles today.

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post #2 of 11 Old 11-02-2011, 08:02 AM
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Yeah, just watch out for the 20mph corners and 15 mph cars coming the other way. Odd how they act like no one else should be on their gravel road.

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O man …. I know how you feel… Some of you may think we are nuts (75 on dirt Rd).. We have what are called the “Golden Roads” hear on the upper east coast. These roads are used by the logging trucks. These are privet roads with NO weight limits and NO speed limits. These roads are just wide enough for two loaded log trucks, with the exception of random one lane bridges. The only problem is the trucks do 90 mph OVER LOADED and will not move for you.
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It's fun, ain't it? I had a good Summer of gravel-road riding because all the road graders and stuff they usually use to "maintain" these roads (that is, periodically scrape the loose gravel from the crown and shoulders back into the wheel ruts) got called away for other jobs.

So, the wheel ruts on all the gravel roads got packed down into kind of a limestone concrete and I could really haul ass on them. Those roads are the reason I bought the KLR in the first place: thousands of miles of them around here.



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living in the BC there is a LOT of logging.....everywhere. Which means there are limitless logging roads to explore in these magnificent Rocky Mountains. (Thanks loggers!).
I don't know about anyone else but I really think my '04 KLR 650 is MORE at home on the dirt and gravel roads than the pavement that sometimes takes me there. I feel it grips the dirt better than the pavement and love to rip our local forest service roads at 75 + !!! Long live the KLR!

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It's pretty easy to hit 70+\- here in AZ in the open desert. I have some vid of me somewhere doing around 70 sans roads. I have lots of vid not posted. Figured one was enough. There's a spot by my house that's just all open. I like to go "vent" out there after work sometimes. Nothing peels away layers of stress like a full throttle rear wheel drift while banked into a turn in 5th.
I just need to remember not to do that after I've put been in the back to sip on once I get home. . .

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Yeah, just watch out for the 20mph corners and 15 mph cars coming the other way. Odd how they act like no one else should be on their gravel road.
Absolutely! I ran into a couple of those tight corners, but not one other vehicle the whole time...

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Can't touch that yet. Only seen 55-60 on the gravel drive and some of the local roads. Still working up, but at 53, I don't mend as quick anymore.
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Can't touch that yet. Only seen 55-60 on the gravel drive and some of the local roads. Still working up, but at 53, I don't mend as quick anymore.
It's important to know YOUR gravel. Not all gravel roads are created equal. I've been on deep gravel in NC that was like ball bearings on ice and gravel here in Ohio that is like pavement. It's fun to test your top speed but the whole idea is to do it well, do it safe and do it right. At 41 I don't blame you, I learned last year how much slower I'm healing.

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It's important to know YOUR gravel. Not all gravel roads are created equal. I've been on deep gravel in NC that was like ball bearings on ice and gravel here in Ohio that is like pavement. It's fun to test your top speed but the whole idea is to do it well, do it safe and do it right. At 41 I don't blame you, I learned last year how much slower I'm healing.
Very good point. They're all different. Even the very same road can change with the addition of new rock or the moving around of the old by road graders since the last time you rode it.



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