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Old 03-11-2012, 07:35 PM   #76
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You need a better set of tires! That DRZ can handle the muddy areas much better partially because of the knobby tires. Get yourself a set of DOT knobbies and the trails will be easier for you with probably fewer crashes. The trails your photos show looks like fun, though. You've done good being able to successfully navigate them.

BTW, spraying the under sides of the fenders and other areas where mud tends to collect with Pam cooking spray or something similar just before you head out will help cleanup a bunch when you get back. Keep a close eye on brake pad wear, particularly in the rear when you're riding in muddy conditions. The grit will eat up pads.
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Old 03-11-2012, 07:53 PM   #77
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You need a better set of tires! That DRZ can handle the muddy areas much better partially because of the knobby tires. Get yourself a set of DOT knobbies and the trails will be easier for you with probably fewer crashes. The trails your photos show looks like fun, though. You've done good being able to successfully navigate them.

BTW, spraying the under sides of the fenders and other areas where mud tends to collect with Pam cooking spray or something similar just before you head out will help cleanup a bunch when you get back. Keep a close eye on brake pad wear, particularly in the rear when you're riding in muddy conditions. The grit will eat up pads.
My tires are about 1/2 worn (Michelin T63 on the rear and a wing on the front) and they caked up pretty bad as you can see. I was slipping all over the place. Good tip on the Pam and I'll be sure to keep an eye on the pads, they're brand new.
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:38 AM   #78
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I cant believe I just found this this thread, its great. I grew up few miles from Scranton, miles and miles of trails to ride in the Mountains in that area. You should look into it, West Mtn, Bald Mtn, Cambells ledge-Old Forge/Newton Mtn, Montage Mtn. I recognize some of the landscapes in the pictures posted. I currently live a few miles from the Delaware Water Gap on the PA side, and I believe from your one ride report you were on the Dirt road on the Jersey side, Old Mine road I think it is called.

Anyway the Pocono's/NEPA is like a mecca for motorcycle riders, countless interesting roads. Looking forward to some more reports. Btw do you like your Suzuki, how reliable has it been for you?

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Old 03-12-2012, 07:08 AM   #79
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I cant believe I just found this this thread, its great. I grew up few miles from Scranton, miles and miles of trails to ride in the Mountains in that area. You should look into it, West Mtn, Bald Mtn, Cambells ledge-Old Forge/Newton Mtn, Montage Mtn. I recognize some of the landscapes in the pictures posted. I currently live a few miles from the Delaware Water Gap on the PA side, and I believe from your one ride report you were on the Dirt road on the Jersey side, Old Mine road I think it is called.

Anyway the Pocono's/NEPA is like a mecca for motorcycle riders, countless interesting roads. Looking forward to some more reports. Btw do you like your Suzuki, how reliable has it been for you?

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Yep, those pics were on the NJ side of the Delaware. Couldn't ride it all though as it was and probably still is washed out.
I'm loving the DR, it's been trouble free with the exception of regular maintenance. It's set up now for a 2 week trip this spring so I'll find out just how reliable it is then. I have complete confidence in the bike though and don't expect any issues.
I need to go find some of those trails in the Scranton area.
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:09 AM   #80
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I agree, get some knobbies, I just put on some Dunlop 606's and loving it.

I also have the IMS tank, which will give you peace of mind when you're off on the trails. Stock tank just doesn't cut it.
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:06 AM   #81
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Is there that much difference between the 606 and the T63's? They look about the same. I know both of my tires need changing for this sort of riding but I also commute on the bike and it's all pavement. I doubt I'll be in the muddy stuff all that much really so I kinda want tires that do well on the road.
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:03 AM   #82
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You just made up my mind that I need to get away from the computer for an hour or two and visit the dirt near here.
Thanks for being bad influences.
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:43 AM   #83
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:49 AM   #84
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absolutely will
as long as my phone stops ringing with people bugging me, I should be out the door at 3pm
then I'll add to the little video library of roads I've been making
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absolutely will
as long as my phone stops ringing with people bugging me, I should be out the door at 3pm
then I'll add to the little video library of roads I've been making
If you post it up stick a link on here so I can view it. I'd be interested to see what I missed while I was down in that area so much the last 8 months.
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If you post it up stick a link on here so I can view it. I'd be interested to see what I missed while I was down in that area so much the last 8 months.
just go on youtube and look up the user wingnutthecat
I've been throwing them up there (wingnut is our 21 year old cat's name)

the first one from today is going up now, they take hours to upload unfortunately
today I mainly stayed on pavement as my rear tire is just about gone
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Damn, what happened? Did the bike just slip out from under you Lethe? Had to laugh when you got up and said "OK, time to go home".
Now why couldn't I find roads like that down there when I was out scouting? I knew they existed, just couldn't find much.
Thanks for sharing the vids. Hope you were ok after the fall.
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Old 03-13-2012, 12:55 AM   #88
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Damn, what happened? Did the bike just slip out from under you Lethe? Had to laugh when you got up and said "OK, time to go home".
Now why couldn't I find roads like that down there when I was out scouting? I knew they existed, just couldn't find much.
Thanks for sharing the vids. Hope you were ok after the fall.
It was a 50 degree day but it was single digits just a few days before so there was still ice around
I was fine, the bike broke the shift lever though, no big deal.
I rushed home, cut that video down to just the wreck and threw it right up on youtube

That's Upper Woods Road north of 371, it turns into dirt about a mile north of 371 with a lot of offshoots that I need to go back and check out.
Yesterday I did the south part http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyTWi...ature=youtu.be

Weekends are usually pretty open for me (I do know the upcoming one isn't though), I'd be happy to meet up somewhere and show you some of this. I'm still finding some as prior to getting the KTM I mostly avoided the dirt roads
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It was a 50 degree day but it was single digits just a few days before so there was still ice around
I was fine, the bike broke the shift lever though, no big deal.
I rushed home, cut that video down to just the wreck and threw it right up on youtube

That's Upper Woods Road north of 371, it turns into dirt about a mile north of 371 with a lot of offshoots that I need to go back and check out.
Yesterday I did the south part http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyTWi...ature=youtu.be

Weekends are usually pretty open for me (I do know the upcoming one isn't though), I'd be happy to meet up somewhere and show you some of this. I'm still finding some as prior to getting the KTM I mostly avoided the dirt roads
I don't get down that way anymore. I was dating a woman down that way but that's over. I loved riding down there though and I imagine I'll be heading down periodically to do weekend rides once the weather breaks and I can do some camping. There's a lot I didn't have a chance to explore down there.
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Old 03-13-2012, 04:55 AM   #90
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Great pics and great thread. I live just south of Tannersville off of PA715. I just started riding last year, and only got about 2500 miles on my new/old airhead. This season it will see many more miles, both paved and not so much.

I'll have to come back to this thread and post up some pics of some dirt/gravel a few minutes from my house.

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