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Old 01-07-2013, 12:19 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by Ladukebob View Post
Me and my bike got to do some things on that "troad" we had never done before. Like getting over a few downed trees on the fully loaded Adventure that were way bigger then the clearance on the bike. I found myself in a place I'd never been and was excited and nervous at the same time. With the gentle slap on the back by others and a little motivational encouragement I got over those obstacles with little problem. I now know I can do that

You can ride and play it safe and never push the limits or you can ride with guys/galls that will push you just that little bit that turns you into a better rider.

Had a blast on that ride
I searched very hard to find the roads & troads that were very much like the best sections of the OBCDR (Oregon BackCountry Discovery Route),
and to skip it's sometimes longish pavement connectors and replace them with more dirty & fun roads.
I'm thinking that is the reason most of you are looking at this thread,...TO BE CHALLENGED !!

I also wanted ALL types/sizes of bikes to have FUN.
I was a bit apprehensive about sending SIXTEEN riders on KTM 950/990 Adventures (and one on a 690) through the original sections of some of these old roads.

I knew we would have riders of all different abilities, and all on loaded-for-camping fully laden bikes.
NOT ONE of these KTMs fell down in this section of the Old Grasshopper Road pictured above.
I rode Sweep, at the end to collect any mishaps, and there were NONE!!!
(excepting the one pannier knocked off by a downed tree )

I know there was at least a couple of those riders that admitted being new to Big Bike ADV-Type riding,....
....and they all MADE IT, and they all had FUN!!
"got no problem with keeping truly roadless areas as wild....
On the other hand, if it has been logged or mined and roads already exist,,
...then that land should be open for public use" (peterman)
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