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post #1 of 26 Old 11-19-2014, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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I suck at riding off road!

Well, took the bike for a spin in the NV hills. Wanted to ride the dirt to VC but had to turn around once getting to a creek draw that I was not capable of riding up. After turning around I got on another trail and had to turn around there because I ran/drifted off the trail in a uphill turn. I could not make traction to get moving up the hill. Got turned around again almost losing my sh*t and my bike. Running OEM tires that are low on tread and the 16t sure these items do not help my cause. Time to find a dirt/off road class.

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post #2 of 26 Old 11-19-2014, 05:43 PM
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You get better with every new scratch.

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post #3 of 26 Old 11-19-2014, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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I do have my share of scratches and broken plastics. I like my bike I really do not like put more big scratches in it. Today I think was a success on that point. Did bang the frame on a rock though.
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post #4 of 26 Old 11-19-2014, 10:19 PM
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They are kind of heavy bikes for serious off roading... I used to have an old 250 enduro that was a lot more nimble off road, not nearly the workout that the heavier bikes are.

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post #5 of 26 Old 11-28-2014, 09:43 AM
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Yeah, same as above, it's a tank of a bike in the dirt. Lotta weight on the front wheel, and pretty top heavy with a full tank of gas. Consider mine a dirt road cruiser. But man it's not short on power off the pavement. I got a 16t on the front too for better highway riding, and would like to have the 15t sometimes off pavement, but it's a compromise as it's a long way to any dirt roads from where I live. Tires... The stock OEM tires are pretty nice on the pavement other than the fact they are el cheapos and wear out quickly. They suck in the dirt, esspecially at highway air pressures. Like riding on marbles. Airing them down would probably help. I've had my Shinko 705's down to 15 psi front and about 22 in the rear and the dirt handling was much better, esspeically for a smoother touring tire. That's as far as I was willing to go without rim locks and hoping not to pinch flat hitting rocks etc... Definately helped. I carry a small hand pump for flat repair and pumping the tires back up for highway.
Also, there's probably a lot of riding tip stuff on YouTube etc... but hands on instruction is hard to beat.
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post #6 of 26 Old 01-02-2015, 11:14 AM
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I live at the top of Geiger Grade. Were you on the Old Toll Road? I've taken my KLR on all the hills around VC. You are correct. Poor OEM/low tread tires will mostly spin in the loose rocky conditions up here. I used to run Dunlop 606's which were great off road, but not so good on the pavement. I'm using Kenda 270s which seem like a good balance. On the really steep stuff, the KLR is a big bike and as mentioned, not as nimble as a lighter bike.
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It's a great offroad adventure bike, but I have a terrible time in the whoops
and ruts. They are indeed elephants in the dirt and just as hard to steer. lol


I have a blast but avoid anything resembling motocrossing and mud. KLR's hate
mud over a few inches deep.

Worth a mention.....I run and love my Michelik T-63's. One less knobby and
they would be illegal. They are soft and only good for 3-5 thousand miles on pavement.
Makes for some killer lean angles tho. Ye hah. Can't break the back end loose when
they are grabbing good.

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post #8 of 26 Old 01-06-2015, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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I live at the top of Geiger Grade. Were you on the Old Toll Road? I've taken my KLR on all the hills around VC. You are correct. Poor OEM/low tread tires will mostly spin in the loose rocky conditions up here. I used to run Dunlop 606's which were great off road, but not so good on the pavement. I'm using Kenda 270s which seem like a good balance. On the really steep stuff, the KLR is a big bike and as mentioned, not as nimble as a lighter bike.
I was in the jumbo grade area east of Washoe lake. Sure you know of the area. I was aired down on the tires but still steep terrain and not knowing the area crept me from riding to VC via the dirt.

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Picture at the start of the jumbo grade area.

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post #10 of 26 Old 02-21-2015, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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Tried again!

Well, with the same crappy tires, more bike protection( sw motech bars and plate) I was able to make the trip. I did lay it down twice not fun at all. The first time where I turned around last time and on further up the trail. I did get some help from a group of riders that came upon me and my dilemma. They helped me to the top of the grade. Can't say thanks enough to them. They gave me the much needed help I needed. What a ride I still need more practice. This is a big pig to be out in the hills around here. I Just don't like steep and/or big rocks. Thanks again to the group on the KTMs, Hondas and a 4wheeler. Mind you one they say was 70 years old. He showed me what good health and great riding can do for you.

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