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Old 04-13-2015, 05:54 PM   #1
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New Riders in Northern Massachusetts

Hello All,

I was wondering if there are any rides for people who want to learn how to ride their bikes properly off-road in the northern Mass Southern New Hampshire area. I really want to take my GS out but I have no experience and am smart enough not to blaze out alone.

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Old 04-13-2015, 06:28 PM   #2
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You might give one of these a try.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1037537


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Old 04-13-2015, 06:30 PM   #3
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thanks ill take a look!
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Old 04-13-2015, 06:31 PM   #4
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i wish i could afford it.
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Old 04-13-2015, 06:35 PM   #5
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i wish i could afford it.
Ya, I thought you might say that................
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Old 04-13-2015, 07:57 PM   #6
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Welcome to the asylum! . Awesome you got a new scoot!

If you're crazy enough to follow me around and a few of the other locals, I'd be happy to get out and ride! What's you're weekdays look like usually? When you say no experience, do you mean with a GS or in general? Either way doesn't matter to me

Ya, some of those schools can be pretty pricey . But, depending on who you talk to, many would say it was worth it. YMMV. I had taken the Dirtwise Academy course from Shane Watts when I started out and man, it was worth it!

http://shanewatts.com

I'd suggest you just take it out and get yourself lost on some back roads, paved and gravel/dirt to start, just so you can get comfortable with how it feels underneath you. Once ya start to get accustomed to it, then you can start experimenting!

What GS did ya get?
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Old 04-14-2015, 06:33 AM   #7
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a GS 1100 or 1200 is kinda of a big bike for a newbie to learn to ride double track trails on with out attending one of those big money schools.
a better investment may be to buy a $1500-$2000 dollar small bike, like a 250 - 400, it does not really matter what, 2 stoke or 4 stoke, just be sure it has a button ( electric start ) and is plated.

are you in North East Mass ?

there some not so legal stuff around where I am, I some times go out for a blast after I work or do adjustment to one of the bikes.

the really fun stuff is north and west of me.

Craigslist has some deals some times

if that not possible try some Maintained dirt roads, take a ride on some of those, get a feel for how bike behaves, get use to the bike moving around under you,
leave your ABS on at 1st then turn if off , then use less front and more back brake. go slow at 1st , then do same road, that you now know what around the net bend and go A little faster each time.

there is one that is a mile or so long in my town, most towns that are a little away from urban cities have them.

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Welcome to the asylum! . Awesome you got a new scoot!

If you're crazy enough to follow me around and a few of the other locals, I'd be happy to get out and ride! What's you're weekdays look like usually? When you say no experience, do you mean with a GS or in general? Either way doesn't matter to me

Ya, some of those schools can be pretty pricey . But, depending on who you talk to, many would say it was worth it. YMMV. I had taken the Dirtwise Academy course from Shane Watts when I started out and man, it was worth it!

http://shanewatts.com

I'd suggest you just take it out and get yourself lost on some back roads, paved and gravel/dirt to start, just so you can get comfortable with how it feels underneath you. Once ya start to get accustomed to it, then you can start experimenting!

What GS did ya get?
Sounds good. I have no dirt experience. I have 4K plus miles of road on the GS since I bought it in August. I do a lot of riding to and from Bangor ME. Its a 2007 R1200GSA though it has Standard GS shocks from the previous owner. I am saving up to get some wider foot pegs and some TKC80s, though I am a bit worried they wont last the year with my usual paved mileage. My weekdays are 9-5 so kind of a bummer there but weekends are open when she lets me out. Alan
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Old 04-14-2015, 12:39 PM   #9
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where are you from? I'm on the North Shore in Glosta.
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Old 04-14-2015, 12:49 PM   #10
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Burlington, so not that far.
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Old 04-14-2015, 01:05 PM   #11
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STM,

I'm in Concord and have a few riding options, I bought a Versys last summer and have been exploring dirt rds in NH. Check out the Hampster ride and the Puppy Dog Ride up through VT.

I haven't found any single track close by so my DRZ gets very little use.

PM me if you want to get out and ride.
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Old 04-14-2015, 04:41 PM   #12
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sounds good
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Old 04-15-2015, 07:46 AM   #13
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I'll just throw it out that two colleagues and myself are going to be leaving west Brookfield ma. This Saturday at 7:00 stopping for breakfast and getting to greenfield about 9:30am to ride the puppy dog trail up into vt. It's all dirt and passable with a car, we hope to find some mud and what not but overall it should be a slower all dirt ride From greenfield ma to Windsor vt. Offer is open to all, we have gs bikes with tkc tires
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Old 04-15-2015, 11:18 AM   #14
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I found some gnarly ruts and mud on the early part of the Hampster ride last Sat. You should find some mud to play in .
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Old 04-15-2015, 04:33 PM   #15
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i am practicing riding standing up right now, i do have a bit of work to do skills wise. trying to get my ability up to my ambitions.
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