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Old 11-23-2014, 03:08 PM   #1
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How fast do you ride off road?

in just about every "what bike" thread. People talk about the amazing offroad suspension. I ride fire roads mostly, I just can't see doing high speeds on them. 30-40 seems fast with all the twists and turns. I guess in places like AZ and NV there would be long straight dirt roads where 80 could be comfortable.

What do you people consider fast?
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Old 11-23-2014, 04:04 PM   #2
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An average speed of 35-40mph feels comfortable on most fire roads I use.
To achieve that average I'm hitting and exceeding 50.

If I want to move the average beyond 40 things start to happen quite fast and I tend to need more frequent rest stops.

Somehow I end up waiting for the faster bikes even if they get to the stop first.
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Old 11-23-2014, 04:49 PM   #3
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Old 11-23-2014, 05:26 PM   #4
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Old 11-23-2014, 05:36 PM   #5
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If I'm playing with friends on fairly well maintained and familiar dirt roads, I can wick it up pretty well on either the DL or the XR. On the DL, weight can be a real issue when it comes to getting slowed and I have been known to wreck due to that. Funny thing is that tops speeds are usually the same on the XR or the DL. The XR handles better on the dirt roads but the DL accelerats better and is faster. I regularly hit speeds in excess of 60-70mph when playing and N. Ga. F.S. roads usually aren't the straightest. Hell, I've been know to surprise 950 riders that are not so spunky a time or two. They were like,,,, "A Wee Strom,,, really???".

On really rough stuff, I slow down alot as most of my experience was road racing and not off road. Both my XR650L and my DL650 have had alot of suspension work but still, I just don't feel as comfy nor do I really have the skill set for really technical stuff.
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Old 11-23-2014, 06:01 PM   #6
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If I could average 20mph on my favorite trails, I would be the fastest guy I know.
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Old 11-23-2014, 06:01 PM   #7
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It depends on the terrain but 20 to 30 is a good average as we encounter some number of hills with tight(er) turns that can have loose gravel/sand or slippery dirt/mud.
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Old 11-23-2014, 06:28 PM   #8
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as a general rule . . . fast enough to feel like i'm moving along and i'm gonna get to where i'm going , slow enough so i can see the land around me , and smart enough to not have to be worried about dying if something i didn't plan for comes up .
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Old 11-23-2014, 06:36 PM   #9
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If I could average 20mph on my favorite trails, I would be the fastest guy I know.
I'm glad someone else said it. I don't think I ever shift out of 2nd gear.
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Old 11-23-2014, 06:54 PM   #10
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Fast enough to drift.. slow enough to not drift off the road or across the centerline
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Old 11-23-2014, 06:54 PM   #11
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I'm glad someone else said it. I don't think I ever shift out of 2nd gear.

Original poster stated he rode forestry roads mostly. I don't think he's talkin technical stuff. Could be wrong though.
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Old 11-23-2014, 06:56 PM   #12
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Fast enough to drift.. slow enough to not drift off the road or across the centerline
Y'all have centerlines on your forestry roads?

Just messin wit cha a bit.
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Original poster stated he rode forestry roads mostly. I don't think he's talkin technical stuff. Could be wrong though.
I do ride FS roads mostly, bUt their rarely groomed. More along the lines of logging roads that saw a grader once a year, maybe. These are SE USFS roads.
I putt along around in 2nd or 3rd gear (20-40mph) because it's a nice comfortable pace.
But then I read about the magic of great suspension. So it got me wondering...are guys really bombing down these roads WFO?
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Old 11-23-2014, 07:52 PM   #14
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Great suspension will allow you to ride faster and with more confidence, or to simply maintain your usual speed and be more in control and smoother all round. Tires and suspension will beat motor any day.

Fire roads are my favorite, letting it all hang out with some great drifting, all the while keeping enough of a margin for the oncoming 4x4s doing the same thing. Usually 3rd to 4th gear in the smoother stuff, 2nd in the rough. Fun fun fun.
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Old 11-23-2014, 07:58 PM   #15
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I do ride FS roads mostly, bUt their rarely groomed. More along the lines of logging roads that saw a grader once a year, maybe. These are SE USFS roads.
I putt along around in 2nd or 3rd gear (20-40mph) because it's a nice comfortable pace.
But then I read about the magic of great suspension. So it got me wondering...are guys really bombing down these roads WFO?

As far as what I'm doing,,,, no. Sounds like you have have some jewel forestry roads sorta like we have around here,,, a few, not many.

If it's a rarely maintained road with alot of rocks ruts from 4x4s playing, no,,,, that's what I refered to as fairly technical stuff. It's not single track but it's some pretty roughish stuff.

Most of our forestry service roads are fairly well groomed and you can have a ball on em hauling the mail if you are familiar with em and keep in mind the two way traffic.


Edit,,, just saw where you are from. I've rode alot of that stuff probably and some of the stuff is rough, slower stuff,,,, some haul ass stuff. To put the roads I'm talking about in perspective, what I call rough stuff are roads like Flatlands Rd, Old Bucktown and Trey Mountain in the N. Ga. area. These roads very rarely get any attention and are seriously challenging on a big bike like a DL650, the XR,,,, not so much but you still can't haul ass on em because of the rocks and ruts.

In the same area, roads like FS28, 42 ect. are easy stuff but might get a scrapper a time or two a year. Matter of fact, I don't like the scrapper as it loosens up the gravel and it's like riding on ball bearings for a week or two untill rain and traffic "fix it". Very little and light rutting and only a few bigger exposed rocks. That's the stuff I haul on and only when playing with friends. Riding alone, I pick a much more moderate pace and look for wildlife and play a bit on water breaks maybe.
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