Probably didn't help that I was just trying to keep up on a V-Strom while linking together two bits of pavement with a forest road that got a bit nastier than I had planned. I've come to believe I'm allergic to dirt: my bike breaks out in a pretty terrible rash.
Adv-touring bikes are really mostly too darned big to do any meaningful "learn how to ride dirt" activities, unless you have arms of steel and a decent budget for replacement parts.
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