Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Northeast Connecticut
First real offroad adventure today
So today I took the KLR on what is known locally as the Pachaug Loop. It's basically one of two legal areas on state land that you can ride motorcycles offroad and it makes a huge loop, some offroad some onroad. It's around 58 miles I believe.
I used my road gps to get to the parking area where you can park your vehicle if you trailer you bike. After marking the trailhead on the gps, I started out down the trail and it didn't look too bad. I have seen videos on youtube where there was alot of standing water on this trail. I could see where there had been standing water so I was lucky it was fairly dry, even though there were some deep puddles left but I mananged to go around most of them. After I rode for about 100 yards or so the trail started getting really steep and I was mostly sliding downhill trying not to fall over. The trails here are mostly covered in baby head boulders, which makes for a fairly tough ride. You have to be on your toes or you'll go right over. The KLR is particularly hard to ride on this terrain due to the fact that it's a heavy bike. It did okay though. I was suprised by now well it slid, rolled, and bounced over all the rocks..lol.
After I rode for a little while I was following the arrows that tell you which way the trail goes and I came upon some private property signs. I must have missed a turn or something so I turned around and headed back. I got kinda lost after that and started up a steep hill with lots of baby head boulders and just as I was about 3/4 of the way up I don't know what happened but all of a sudden I was on my side..lol. The bike hit hard. My gps flew off and so did I. Luckily I was unhurt except for a slight pain in my ankle. I think I hit the footpeg with it or something. No big deal though.
Much more to this story but for some reason I typed alot here and it got deleted and the message posted without alot of what I typed. Too tired to re type it al right now.
Last edited by Sheddster; 09-03-2012 at 07:30 PM.