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post #1 of 27 Old 09-15-2012, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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1st offroad adventures!

Well, here we go! I've ridden for 20 years, but never in the dirt. So me, ghostdog, and his kin are going riding and scouting for next months bow season. After seeing some of the pictures on this site, there is one thought that keeps blazing through my so called mind: "Its not if you'll fall, it's when you'll fall!"

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post #2 of 27 Old 09-15-2012, 11:58 AM
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Just make sure you have somebody with you to help you pick it up.

Here I'm about to help a guy pickup his Strom.


If you are in the mud you might need a lot of help like this guy did.


My First offroad spill.


and my most recent..


It helps to have some good riding gear so it doesn't hurt so much..

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Well, let me say, it was an experience! An experience in falling down! And maybe a cracked rib, but I'm to cheap to go to the ER...
Huge difference between driving on solid ground and loose sand.
I think I'm more of a pavement kind of guy....

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I've got alot of offroad experience but I don't purposely take my KLR in mud or sand. Don't feel bad if you're a newb and laid it down in sand. In sand you have to ride like you think you shouldn't. Ride fast, stand up, with weight to the rear, good tires, aired down.

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Well, let me say, it was an experience! An experience in falling down! And maybe a cracked rib, but I'm to cheap to go to the ER...
Huge difference between driving on solid ground and loose sand.
I think I'm more of a pavement kind of guy....

Well, as I was told that going to the doctor with cracked ribs results in the following: Yep, you have cracked ribs. Now pay me..

Anyway, don't give up on the entire dirt thing.. It takes practice and technique that is learned.. I know I'm no super dirtbike rider, but I get better and better every time I get out in the soft stuff.. Each time you get more and more comfortable..

And the one big reason I'm kinda pushing you is that dirt riding makes you a MUCH better street rider..

Hit a patch of gravel, or diesel fuel while cranked over in a curve, and dirt riding will keep you from panicking when the bike slides a foot until catching traction again..

Slick conditions found in dirt riding will get you ready for the unexpected on the street..
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Thanks paper and savage, I hadn't thought of that.
Fortunately the Bushmills is helping!
We'll see how things are in the morning,
But I'm not paying $150 for an ER visit!

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As an FYI, my good buddy ghostdog 524 says : "I didn't fall today..."
Smart ass!

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Yea but I bit it twice on Sunday ... fricken sand! I HATE SAND! I am only guessing that these KLR tanks are to heavy for serious mud or sand. Gonna do some research cause it ain't gonna top me.

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Ok .. and another lesson learned ... even though the GPS and DNR map says there is a trail ...don't follow it if you don't physically see the trail with your own eyes. Me and the boy got way lost in a place they woulda had to airlift our bikes out with us if something malfunctioned! LOL Oh yea and maybe bring along a compression wrap for your old friends when they get a boo boo on their rib

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Great news, the doctor said only 1 broke rib!

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