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post #1 of 18 Old 03-26-2012, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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How do you find mud?

My bike's been way too clean since I got it.. So I really want to try taking her off road, but I have no idea where I even CAN, how do you find areas to ride? I don't even know how to start... (I live in Buffalo NY)
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My bike's been way too clean since I got it.. So I really want to try taking her off road, but I have no idea where I even CAN, how do you find areas to ride? I don't even know how to start... (I live in Buffalo NY)


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For me, this is easy. Ride nearly 10 miles down a 10-mile dirt road. About 100 yards short of the intersecting road you want to turn onto and continue your travels, there will be a giant, rutted, 2-foot deep mud hole wallowed out by kids playing in their "mud trucks" (after heavy rains) that can only be negotiated by trying to ride straight through it. Your other choice is to turn around and ride back nearly 10 miles and find another route.

I used to like mud, but I don't any more. Call me a pansy if you will. I ride alone and a big mudhole can get you in a lot of trouble real fast. The KLR's not easy to right and get out of a mudhole if you can't make it through and stall in the middle and you're by yourself. I know this from experience. It's taken me up to three hours to extract myself from a mudhole when there was nobody else there to help.

I see what you're getting at, though, not specifically "mud," but offroad in general. I think Spec provided a valuable resource. When I was in the Army, a few times I was stationed where my only off-road option was a "motocross park." These usually entailed some guy who sat by the side of the entrance in a lawn chair drinking beer and demanding money and handing out some kind of waiver you had to sign saying he wasn't responsible if you were injured.

I rode them, anyway. My experiences in these "parks" consisted of wallowing down gnarly, muddy trails while kids on 2-stroke dirt bikes flew by and laughed at me. But, hey, it was better than nothing.

Do you ride alone or do you have somebody to ride with? Cell phone coverage in the area in the case of a breakdown, accident or emergency?

Not to be the Harbinger Of Doom here (possible you have more off-road experience on other bikes?) but it's something to consider if you're riding off-road by yourself, especially on a big, heavy KLR. I guess you have to kind of push yourself to develop your off-road skills, but heed the voice in your head that says, "Maybe I shouldn't continue." If you're green, stay close to the trailhead until you get some practice.

The fact that you're looking for a place to ride off-road kind of says you don't have any riding buddies there that already know where to go. Maybe you can find some? The enjoyment of riding off-road is increased tenfold if you've got some fellow riders along with you to share the experience and be there if you need help.

I hope you find a good place you can safely ride off-road, dude. Good luck to you in your quest! If you find one, show us some pictures of it!



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Mud

I just go ridin in Colorado and mud finds me everytime
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I just go ridin in Colorado and mud finds me everytime
I've ridden quite a bit in Colorado, and it's such a fitting environment that sometimes I think the KLR should be named the "CLR-ado." Most likely will probably never ride out there again, but loved it when I was able to.

You're a lucky guy!




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i took mine to the top of mt antero the first year i had it.

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Scariest place I've ever ridden in my life was a moutain named Red Cone that was somewhere Southwest of Colorado Springs. I remember my brother lived in COSPR and we pickuped the bikes to the trailhead then rode up it. He was on a XR250 and I was riding a XR650.

Everthing was good until we got the top the top of the mountain (on a one-way trail at 13K feet) and realized we had to go down the North side. This was in 1995. I've checked out some videos of Jeeps doing down it since, and they've done a lot of work on the trail. That trail's not shit compared to when we went down it back in the day.

I remember rolling up to that trail heading down the North Face and thinking, "Holy Shit, I'm gonna die." It was about a 45-degree incline with nothing but loose rock and boulders. To make one mistake or have your brakes fail would have resulted in catastrophe.

To this day, that mountainside is why I won't wear a nice helmet. I had a Shoei helmet back then and in the process of working our bikes down the face (we were too chickenshit ride and worked our bikes down with one of us on the handlebars and one hanging on to the rear wheel/rack) I dropped my Shoei and watched it ping-pong over the rocks until it finally came to a stop about 500 feet below us. I kept wearing it on the way home, but it was wasted, with big cracks and splits in it. Back then, it was comparable to a $500 helmet today.

Wouldn't trade the helmet or the experience for the world, though. It was one of those "defning moments" in dual-sporting where we knew we'd been to the edge and survived it.

Didn't seem like it at the moment, but it was a good time.

I've done Pike's Peak on 3 different thumpers (some more than once) and you can't consider that "off-roading" but it's still a hell of an experience.

Ride everywhere you can in Colorado. It's dual-sport Nirvana! You're a lucky guy!




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Lol, I run Gripsters so I avoid mud and sand at all costs... Maybe someday with 606's or Big Blocks

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i went to the top of pikes on mine as well. also the top of cottonwood pass 10k something. the old thumper loses a bit of power when your up that high. i wouldnt trade my mt antero experience for anything. however next time i would like to have a partner to go with and a nice rear tire, mine was pretty bald at the time. but i got to do some of my first offroading and my first river crossing. i suggest anyone in the area finds the road up there and tries it.

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For me, this is easy. Ride nearly 10 miles down a 10-mile dirt road. About 100 yards short of the intersecting road you want to turn onto and continue your travels, there will be a giant, rutted, 2-foot deep mud hole wallowed out by kids playing in their "mud trucks" (after heavy rains) that can only be negotiated by trying to ride straight through it. Your other choice is to turn around and ride back nearly 10 miles and find another route.

I used to like mud, but I don't any more. Call me a pansy if you will. I ride alone and a big mudhole can get you in a lot of trouble real fast. The KLR's not easy to right and get out of a mudhole if you can't make it through and stall in the middle and you're by yourself. I know this from experience. It's taken me up to three hours to extract myself from a mudhole when there was nobody else there to help.

I see what you're getting at, though, not specifically "mud," but offroad in general. I think Spec provided a valuable resource. When I was in the Army, a few times I was stationed where my only off-road option was a "motocross park." These usually entailed some guy who sat by the side of the entrance in a lawn chair drinking beer and demanding money and handing out some kind of waiver you had to sign saying he wasn't responsible if you were injured.

I rode them, anyway. My experiences in these "parks" consisted of wallowing down gnarly, muddy trails while kids on 2-stroke dirt bikes flew by and laughed at me. But, hey, it was better than nothing.

Do you ride alone or do you have somebody to ride with? Cell phone coverage in the area in the case of a breakdown, accident or emergency?

Not to be the Harbinger Of Doom here (possible you have more off-road experience on other bikes?) but it's something to consider if you're riding off-road by yourself, especially on a big, heavy KLR. I guess you have to kind of push yourself to develop your off-road skills, but heed the voice in your head that says, "Maybe I shouldn't continue." If you're green, stay close to the trailhead until you get some practice.

The fact that you're looking for a place to ride off-road kind of says you don't have any riding buddies there that already know where to go. Maybe you can find some? The enjoyment of riding off-road is increased tenfold if you've got some fellow riders along with you to share the experience and be there if you need help.

I hope you find a good place you can safely ride off-road, dude. Good luck to you in your quest! If you find one, show us some pictures of it!
Haha yeah, not so much mud, but something offroad, like dirt/rocks, I would love to ride an old dried out creek/river bed
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