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Old 09-07-2013, 09:19 AM   #496
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Sorry I haven't had time for tagging lately. Between work, BMW wrenching, and everything else it seems like I rarely have a free hour these days. I'm still lurking on this thread though. I'm gonna ride to Cordele and back for a work thing on Thursday if anyone's up for a long ride. I'll probably be busy in Cordele for an hour and a half or so. Gonna be around four hours each way via US-280, leaving at 7:30-8:00 AM.
That's a nice ride..........one I've done before. Have fun and enjoy the scenery. I'd join you if I could and take you along a few back road "shortcuts."
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Old 09-07-2013, 09:22 AM   #497
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Guess I will have to go out today and find another tag
Yup............ and as so eloquently pointed out, there is a Georgia tag but you'll have to fight with Jub and the Central Georgia guys in trying to wrestle it away from them.

Since the Georgia tag often is out of reach for Coastal Riders, I dreamed up and started the local tag game, for everyone who wants to do short rides up and down the coast.
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Old 09-07-2013, 09:41 AM   #498
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New tag...from Travlr for us



Clue? Use you zoom, google, then follow the road.
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Old 09-07-2013, 11:53 AM   #499
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:57 AM   #500
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Anyone up for a SLOOOOOOOOW dirt ride?

I've been riding my v-strom on some of the dirt roads out in Bulloch county, but I think I need some pointers. Bumps/ruts/ect. are fine but as soon as I hit the sugar sand or washboards (or usually a combination of both) my pucker factor goes up to 11. I suppose trying to figure this out on a 500lb bike with worn trailwings isn't ideal, but it's what I have. I do my best to stay relaxed and let the bike do it's thing while going through the sand, but inevitably the tank slapper starts, I let off the throttle and grab the clutch, and it's pure rodeo from there. I haven't dumped the bike yet, but I'm not sure how.

Anyone want to take me out on a slowpoke ride and give me some tips? Mostly I'd just like an extra person there to help me pick up the bike when I drop it. Dirt experience would be a plus but I doubt any of the good dirt riders are going to want to poke around at 20 MPH with me.

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Old 09-10-2013, 08:26 AM   #501
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I've been riding my v-strom on some of the dirt roads out in Bulloch county, but I think I need some pointers. Bumps/ruts/ect. are fine but as soon as I hit the sugar sand or washboards (or usually a combination of both) my pucker factor goes up to 11. I suppose trying to figure this out on a 500lb bike with worn trailwings isn't ideal, but it's what I have. I do my best to stay relaxed and let the bike do it's thing while going through the sand, but inevitably the tank slapper starts, I let off the throttle and grab the clutch, and it's pure rodeo from there. I haven't dumped the bike yet, but I'm not sure how.

Anyone want to take me out on a slowpoke ride and give me some tips? Mostly I'd just like an extra person there to help me pick up the bike when I drop it. Dirt experience would be a plus but I doubt any of the good dirt riders are going to want to poke around at 20 MPH with me.

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A Strom, or any of the big adventure bikes for that matter, on what is basically a street tire with slightly aggressive tread, is gonna be a sketchy ride in sugar sand!!!! To make the best of it, get yer butt up off of the seat but keep your knees slightly bent and flexible. Just like you said above, stay loose and relaxed...with your weight well to the rear...you know, with your butt hovering over the rear portion of the seat. Ideally, gently roll on the throttle...or at least try to maintain a steady throttle...the idea is to keep as much weight off of the front as possible. Be in a gear so your RPM's are at least in the 4000 to 5000 range so you have "instant" acceleration if you need it...also for better engine braking if you do need to slow down. Stay off of the front brake in sand. If you see the sand in time, slow down first so you can accelerate through it from a low speed. Washboard is basically the same although all of your inputs will be less exaggerated than in sand. Also try to keep your head and eyes up...look through the obstacle, not right in front of your tire. Well, that's the basics anyway, hopefull it will help you a little. Jus be careful!!!
I'd like to ride some dirt roads up in that area!!!...jus have to see how my schedule is running.
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Old 09-10-2013, 09:21 AM   #502
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Also try to keep your head and eyes up...look through the obstacle, not right in front of your tire.
That's something I noticed when I was riding last night. As long as I kept my head up and eyes looking down the road everything felt much more stable. It's hard to keep myself looking up when I want to pick a line through the tracks and washboards right in front of the bike, but I'm getting better at it. For the most part, I'm already standing up with my weight back and trying to keep the throttle smooth and constant. Slowing down and accelerating into the sand is a good idea though. I'm hesistant to roll on throttle when I hit the sand as that's when things go pear-shaped and I don't really want to go any faster than I already am. But if I slow down before hand, I can put a little power down and keep the speed in my comfort zone.

I think mostly I just need more seat time riding in these conditions to get my comfort level up. There sure are a lot of pretty roads around here once you get off the beaten path!

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Old 09-10-2013, 09:51 AM   #503
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That's something I noticed when I was riding last night. As long as I kept my head up and eyes looking down the road everything felt much more stable. It's hard to keep myself looking up when I want to pick a line through the tracks and washboards right in front of the bike, but I'm getting better at it. For the most part, I'm already standing up with my weight back and trying to keep the throttle smooth and constant. Slowing down and accelerating into the sand is a good idea though. I'm hesistant to roll on throttle when I hit the sand as that's when things go pear-shaped and I don't really want to go any faster than I already am. But if I slow down before hand, I can put a little power down and keep the speed in my comfort zone.

I think mostly I just need more seat time riding in these conditions to get my comfort level up. There sure are a lot of pretty road around here once you get off the beaten path!
For me, keeping my head up and using a light touch on the handlebars helps a great deal. You don't fall as much when you speed up, but it hurts more when you do fall. I'd really rather wait 2 or 3 days after a rain. I'm up for teaming up for some riding in Screven, Bulloch, Jenkins, and the "Empire" counties.
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Old 09-10-2013, 01:03 PM   #504
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You don't fall as much when you speed up, but it hurts more when you do fall.
I read a discussion of an enduro riding course that addressed this; the instructor basically said that the best thing to do was to go as fast as you're comfortable with. The idea being that when the bars go a little wonky you won't freak out and then do all the things which are actually causing you to dump the bike. Makes sense to me! That's why I want to get out and ride some more dirt; hopefully I can get my comfort speed up to a level that's not so wobbly! Maybe Friday or Sunday?
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Old 09-10-2013, 01:37 PM   #505
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I read a discussion of an enduro riding course that addressed this; the instructor basically said that the best thing to do was to go as fast as you're comfortable with. The idea being that when the bars go a little wonky you won't freak out and then do all the things which are actually causing you to dump the bike. Makes sense to me! That's why I want to get out and ride some more dirt; hopefully I can get my comfort speed up to a level that's not so wobbly! Maybe Friday or Sunday?
Friday is better for me. Any one else in for a slow ride?
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For me, keeping my head up and using a light touch on the handlebars helps a great deal. You don't fall as much when you speed up, but it hurts more when you do fall. I'd really rather wait 2 or 3 days after a rain. I'm up for teaming up for some riding in Screven, Bulloch, Jenkins, and the "Empire" counties.
I'd be up for some riding up there for sure. Right now watching the board at work, we have a ship coming in this wknd, waiting to see how the schedule works out with it.
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Old 09-11-2013, 01:06 PM   #507
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Due to a vehicle shuttling SNAFU my motorbike is stuck out in Statesboro until Sunday, so no friday dirt ride this week. Sorry folks!
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Due to a vehicle shuttling SNAFU my motorbike is stuck out in Statesboro until Sunday, so no friday dirt ride this week. Sorry folks!
No problem. Might go tagging
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I may be up for a non-dirt ride, if I can get the throttle cables installed and carbs sync'd on the BMW. That's the last bit I need to do before I put some miles on it and then ride up to Maine.
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Old 09-13-2013, 04:18 AM   #510
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Coastal Ride to Meet/Greet at OSD

Anyone heading to the Coastal area meet up with Jub and the gang at the Old School Diner? If so, when is it....may be my last hurrah for a while.
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