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Old 03-31-2014, 05:15 PM   #16
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I have new klr waiting at the dealer.

so yes new to dirt. I'd like to get to atv trails this summer

what is the first piece of gear to get? I have enough street stuff but nothing specific for dirt
Good, well ventilated helmet, jacket, and pants, armoured boots, armored gloves. Then procure some good crash protection for the bike: enough to keep it ride-able in case of a get-off (collapsible pegs, and hand/foot levers are a good start). A mentor is good advice, not only for learning new skills, but finding places to ride.

Don't sweat bike size and weight, buddy. I had my first "off-road" riding experience with my 3 month old GS-W. Ride within your comfort level, be smart, have fun.

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Old 03-31-2014, 05:27 PM   #17
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I had my first "off-road" riding experience with my 3 month old GS-W.
Yeah , you'll NEVER be any good offroad , but there's still Starbucks.
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Old 03-31-2014, 05:28 PM   #18
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Yeah , you'll NEVER be any good offroad , but there's still Starbucks.
A boy can dream!

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Old 03-31-2014, 06:33 PM   #19
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I had my first "off-road" riding experience with my 3 month old GS-W. Ride within your comfort level, be smart, have fun.

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fyi, the second you start thinking you're cool on a GS while off-road, it spits you off
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Old 03-31-2014, 07:35 PM   #20
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fyi, the second you start thinking you're cool on a GS while off-road, it spits you off
I never thought I was cool at all, and I expected to drop it or get tossed. I was actually surprised at how capable it was, even with 80/20 tires at street pressures and a newb pilot. I took it slow and plotted my route carefully and I had a great time. Isn't that what it is all about?

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Old 03-31-2014, 08:41 PM   #21
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Absolutely! I just sayin though..... There will be a day when you're going to be powering along and the second the thought crosses your mind, " hey I've GOT this GS figured out in the sand...."

That's the moment you're on the ground.... At least that's been my experience


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Old 03-31-2014, 09:03 PM   #22
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Personally, I learned off road solo on my XL185, then XL650, and now 410 lb Dorsoduro.

I say get a Spot Tracker, then have fun exploring.
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:59 PM   #23
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Absolutely! I just sayin though..... There will be a day when you're going to be powering along and the second the thought crosses your mind, " hey I've GOT this GS figured out in the sand...."

That's the moment you're on the ground.... At least that's been my experience
I have learned that riding with confidence is much safer than riding with arrogance. I'll try and keep it to the former on my $20k toy.

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