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Old 11-17-2013, 07:35 PM   #83881
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In 25 years of riding enduros like dirtbikes, I can't think of a situation where I'd want some kind of damping on the steering. Are you guys riding in rocks and sand with one hand or something? What am I missing?
I bought mine specifically for rocks/sand. I have a two to three week trip planned and thought it was worth the $400 just for that trip.
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Old 11-17-2013, 07:46 PM   #83882
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Funny you should ask,I just sold my 530...............but then I bought a 2014 XCW300 the next day.
Did a great 200 miler on the DR today,I can see how a few more mods might help it out.
Wow I bet that 300 is a nice machine.

I can see the appeal of the DR....I owned a KLR for awhile. Different than the DR of course...but old school, etc., etc.

Hijack over.
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Old 11-17-2013, 07:55 PM   #83883
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What am I missing?
I'm guessing you've never ridden with a steering damper? If you had you would know what you're missing. Years ago I had the same thought - why do something that would slow down my steering? After putting one on my KTM200 the bike was transformed from a nervous confidence sapping workout machine to a planted controlled trail weapon. On a heavy bike like the DR a steering damper will make riding in rough stuff less effort. It also helps in sand and deep gravel. There's really no downside (other than the expense).
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Old 11-17-2013, 07:59 PM   #83884
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Rocks are good fun.

A 2 day - 1000km off road ride...

That's an 1150 GS top left...
20min of this stuff...


Down the other side...


Across a gravel fan...
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:07 PM   #83885
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B D Max.....yeah, it's a nice to have but I've found it very nice to have. The speed I need to carry in the sandwashes gives me pause. I set the GPR around 6 and the front end is almost solid. I steer the bike like a skate/surfboard and don't worry as much about having the bars ripped out of my hands by a submerged rock/log/hard mud cross track.

I had a buddy get his bars ripped out on a buried rock and he's lucky to be alive.

I just put the GPR on 1 while on more technical slow stuff, 3 or so on a rocky road. Basically, the thing takes the initial jarring out of the bars and what may have been a crash or the bars being ripped out is just the front skips to one side or the other.

The GPR is functional from center to about 1/3 of the way to the stops in each direction, then it frees up. No resistance is felt until you turn back toward center and hit the same point.

I can't compare the other brands and people buy 'em for a reason. I don't know enough about hydraulics on these things to discuss it.

As long as we're all having fun and get home at the end of the ride, I guess.
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:10 PM   #83886
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That looks like a great ride NordieBoy..! A little chilly based on the clothing?
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:11 PM   #83887
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Funny you should ask,I just sold my 530...............but then I bought a 2014 XCW300 the next day.
Did a great 200 miler on the DR today,I can see how a few more mods might help it out.
He didn't ask shit. You just like to jump on any opportunity to talk about your pretty little ktm's.

ps. I want a 525 sooo bad. (don't tell anyone)
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:13 PM   #83888
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btw, love all the rocks pics. keep them coming!

Yesterday's rise wasn't too rocky for the most part. Just a few minor stretches but it was pretty tame to what is out here.

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Old 11-17-2013, 08:13 PM   #83889
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What do you guys suggest for ridding boots? I've never owned a pair. I've been riding since I was a kid, but never raced. I'm relatively your in the grand scheme of things, but I guess I've just gotten to the point where I'm even starting to think about safety. As a kid I just wore anything as an adult I wear my leather work boots, but I figure its time to get some real riding boots.
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:16 PM   #83890
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What do you guys suggest for ridding boots? I've never owned a pair. I've been riding since I was a kid, but never raced. I'm relatively your in the grand scheme of things, but I guess I've just gotten to the point where I'm even starting to think about safety. As a kid I just wore anything as an adult I wear my leather work boots, but I figure its time to get some real riding boots.
One of the top MX boots you can get, especially on a heavy bike like the DR. I have Sidi Crossfire TA's, and they've saved my ankle once, and possibly twice already
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:19 PM   #83891
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One of the top MX boots you can get, especially on a heavy bike like the DR. I have Sidi Crossfire TA's, and they've saved my ankle once, and possibly twice already
Thanks. See I've never even heard of those. That's why I asked on here. I'm writing the name down now.
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:20 PM   #83892
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What do you guys suggest for ridding boots? I've never owned a pair. I've been riding since I was a kid, but never raced. I'm relatively your in the grand scheme of things, but I guess I've just gotten to the point where I'm even starting to think about safety. As a kid I just wore anything as an adult I wear my leather work boots, but I figure its time to get some real riding boots.
Can't tell ya how many times my leg has been pinned under the bike to the point where I've needed help getting the bike off of my foot by another person. In instances like those a good, solid pair of MX boots is the only thing standing between you laughing it off and a very expensive trip to the ER and rehab. They take a while to get used to but well worth it.
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:20 PM   #83893
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Hey NordieBoy

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Rocks are good fun.
Not.

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That's an 1150 GS top left...
How many bikes and what were they? What were you riding? Looked like enough gear to camp out?
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20min of this stuff...


Beautiful scenery.
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:42 PM   #83894
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My only experience with a steering damper. I guess it helped but it wasn't enough.


So with a damper I'll be more relaxed riding this?


There were so many other farkles I was going to buy from you first.




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I'm guessing you've never ridden with a steering damper? If you had you would know what you're missing. Years ago I had the same thought - why do something that would slow down my steering? After putting one on my KTM200 the bike was transformed from a nervous confidence sapping workout machine to a planted controlled trail weapon. On a heavy bike like the DR a steering damper will make riding in rough stuff less effort. It also helps in sand and deep gravel. There's really no downside (other than the expense).
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:47 PM   #83895
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So with a damper I'll be more relaxed riding this?

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maybe.



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