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Old 04-01-2014, 05:33 PM   #31
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Muddy ruts on a Tenere with a full tank of fuel .. not easy.

High air pressure, type of tire and a heavy bike in muddy ruts can challenge any including those that are highly skilled.

Somewhat tough to diagnose the reason for the dirt nap without knowing all the particulars about the type of dirt (clay?), approach to the rut and rut depth.

What air pressure were you running in the front tire?

Would you have had a problem on the 125 in the same situation?
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Old 04-01-2014, 07:07 PM   #32
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The OP mentioned that he was gaining comfort on the new tires before the drop. Comfort usually raise confidence, which raises courage. It sounds like the OP found the high point of available skill. Good job. Go practice riding in ruts (and everything else, for that matter) with the opinions given here; find out what works and what does not. Maybe keep it at 60% pace to begin, just in case something doesn't work. Build the skills, build the comfort.
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Old 04-02-2014, 07:52 AM   #33
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Pure conditions mandate what to do.

When in doubt:
  • slow down to a crawl
  • butt on seat
  • feet ready to paddle as needed
The fact is if your front wheel hits the side of the rut it will try to steer into the wall and climb the rut causing you to most likely crash.

Otherwise virtually every post in this thread is good advice - depending on the circumstances you encounter like:
  • how deep is the rut
  • how wide is the rut
  • is the rut full of water obscuring whatever might be under the water
  • how muddy is the rut
  • how deep is the mud
As you see, there is no one way that works in all conditions, even the "when in doubt", because if you encounter deep mud you might stick the rear wheel... but still it is likely the best advice since falling or sticking in mud doesn't hurt near as bad as crashing at speed.

More riders of any level - including pro motocrossers and off road racers - get hurt more often when hooking a peg or washing out the front wheel in ruts. So as you crash you can think, "Geez, just like the pros!"
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Old 04-02-2014, 02:39 PM   #34
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