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Old 06-22-2011, 07:42 PM   #1
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So, I bought a Dual Sport. Now What?

For most all my riding years (30), I've been a highway carver and long distance tourer.

While riding around the Carolinas last year, I found myself longing to explore some of the roads that I dared not take my sport tourer on.

I imagined traveling on roads less traveled, less impacted by the day traveler. My imagination was so vivid, the last thing I remember was writing the check for my dual sport.

Now, here it sits, in my garage looking pretty but longing for action.

Where do I go? How do I find these navigable roads? Am I going to kill myself?

Truth is, I don't fall as well as I used to when I was 20.

Mind you, I have no interest in riding over logs or in mud and sand. Hard packed dirt would suit me fine. I did find a "fire road", riding in Kentucky last week.

That's what they called it. I called it the "gravel slop that makes your a$$hole pucker up" . ...from Hell.. road.

The, " 5.3 mph hour because you know you're going fall and break your leg" .....from Hell...road. Yep..... I'm dual sportin' now.

Where was I.

Oh yes, so.... for all you expert off road guys, how about some travel trips!

Where, in the Southeast, are the nicest (forgiving) "off" roads?

How do you identify them on, say, Mapsource?

Any good riding tips? Any warnings I should heed?

Other than telling me to sell the bike, what say you?

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Old 06-22-2011, 07:48 PM   #2
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You need to go one step further and get an mx bike to practice on - maybe a yz125 for about 1k - get used to the bike sliding around .

Or get an XR100 / CRF100F or small bike to practice on - you fall closer to the ground.
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Old 06-23-2011, 01:22 AM   #3
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Check out this site http://www.dixiedualsport.com/ lots of info on dual sporting events and places to ride in your neck of the woods. I have attended several of their rides, lotsa fun.
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:36 PM   #4
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I seems to me the problem is not one of finding suitable roads, but becoming accustomed to riding the roads that bike was meant to. It's not surprising that after 30yrs of street riding you are uncomfortable riding on gravel and dirt. The bike just does not behave the same as you are used to, I clearly remember the first time I rode a dirtbike on loose gravel, felt like the bike was going to slide out and fall over at any time. The technique to riding a dualsport is, at times, very different than that of a street machine.

I would suggest you try to link up with some local ADVer's, they should be able to show you some easier roads to get some practice, then you may find its not that difficult after all.

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Old 06-23-2011, 12:50 PM   #5
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Or get an XR100 / CRF100F or small bike to practice on - you fall closer to the ground.
Thanks for that advice !
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Old 06-23-2011, 03:23 PM   #6
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Pick up the Delorme Atlas for the Staes of interest and start planning a route. Roads shown as dashed lines are often the best but some times can be quite difficult or private property. You won't know until you go have a look but thats part of the fun. Each ride I try to check out a couple new roads and over time you can develop quite a portfolio of interesting routes.

Hook up with other riders via clubs, advertised group rides or simply stop and chat with other Adventure riders ( the ones with a little dirt on their worn looking bikes ).

When out riding be cautious with mud holes, swamps, and steep rocky down hills and make sure you can ride through. Sometimes it's worth stopping and giving it a good look before proceeding. Getting stuck by yourself out in the middle of no where is not fun. Don't ask me how I know this.

Make sure your sag is properly set and run your tires at 24 front, 20 rear.

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Old 06-23-2011, 05:07 PM   #7
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Pick up the Delorme Atlas for the Staes of interest and start planning a route....
Good advice.
Larry, you don't need another bike. You already have one.
Just get some maps, like Forest Service maps, and what blues suggested, and just start farting around.
You'll get a feel for it fairly quick.

It's called exploring.
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Old 06-23-2011, 05:27 PM   #8
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Take an MSF Dirtbike Course. They supply the bike, teach you some basic dirt skill and then go have fun.
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Old 06-24-2011, 04:21 AM   #9
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Check out this site http://www.dixiedualsport.com/ lots of info on dual sporting events and places to ride in your neck of the woods. I have attended several of their rides, lotsa fun.
This turned out to be excellent advice ( as was the Delorme and maps suggestion). They seem to be geared in, no pun intended, to the off road experience as well.

Regarding the MSF dirt rider course., That's an awesome idea. I didn't realize they offered such a class. Will check it out as well.

Thanks so much for the feedback !
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:27 AM   #10
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Ditto getting out to ADV gatherings! Find some folks to ride with that know you're a noob to ride with, then watch and listen to what they say. (especially when they say things like 'momentum is your friend' )

This was my first longish off-pavement ride last weekend at the Hell's Canyon gathering:


Get out there and HAVE FUN!
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Old 06-24-2011, 06:33 PM   #11
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Delorme Atlas for FL, GA and NC purchased.

Moose roll up thing purchased ( some one else's advice ).

What do you guys use to re inflate your tires to "street" riding pressure after riding off road. I won't be trailering and the GS doesn't have bags so I can't carry 12v pumps or things like that.

Regular old bicycle pump do?
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Old 06-24-2011, 08:07 PM   #12
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Delorme Atlas for FL, GA and NC purchased.

Moose roll up thing purchased ( some one else's advice ).

What do you guys use to re inflate your tires to "street" riding pressure after riding off road. I won't be trailering and the GS doesn't have bags so I can't carry 12v pumps or things like that.

Regular old bicycle pump do?
Slime comp. is no bigger than two packs of cigs. Surely you can make room under the seat or in a tank bag for it. Imop, the compressors beat the bicycle pumps hands down.
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Old 06-25-2011, 09:18 AM   #13
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I ride about 80% dirt road so I leave the tires at 24 and 20. Feels ok on the road. If you have a long ride to get to the good stuff maybe air them down when you get there and hit a gas station for some air on the way home.

FWIW the less stuff you add to your bike the more fun it will be to ride.
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Old 06-26-2011, 11:39 AM   #14
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Relax and enjoy the experience. Sometimes over-analyzing is not he best way. Experience will dictate the best way.
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Old 06-28-2011, 03:40 PM   #15
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Did you say what bike you got or did I miss it? Because advice for a TW200 might be different from advice for a DR650 might be different from a 990 KTM.
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