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Old 11-23-2013, 01:14 PM   #16
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54 now, started riding dirt in 1968, I still try to push myself to go as fast as I can while staying in my "comfort zone". I still try to scare myself a bit almost every time I get on the bike. That's why I love the dirt, no speed limits, no cars coming the other way, well almost never; not much chance of getting killed or severely maimed, no cops, and being able to ride at 90%.
So, the only time I'm "just taking it easy" in the woods is when I'm exploring new trails all by myself, so priority #1 is don't get myself into a "I'm really screwed" situation.

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Old 11-23-2013, 05:54 PM   #17
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I tried to be fast on gravel until I ran off a mountain one day. Now not so much.
I think that people who are trying to 'find their limits' usually do- in all sports. Skiing, climbing, etc. When you do find your limit- on road or off road- the results can cripple you for a lifetime. That's not worth it to me- I'm in for the long haul.

I like to ride quickly, but not fast- if that makes any sense.

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Old 11-23-2013, 06:39 PM   #18
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Any time I ride, I pick something to work on. As I ride, I work on that. It might be a braking thing, might be a cornering thing, maybe line selection. Really, it can be just about anything.

But, overall, I enjoy riding so I can see and feel things I can't from a car. Whatever picture is at the top of this page is likely an example of what I mean. And quite likely, that picture has nothing to do with going fast. It has to do with the wow factor of where you are.

I also have a habit of riding alone, and often in areas where getting hurt or breaking the bike will be quite a problem. I prefer not make it more likely that either will happen out there. So I tend to ride to survive.

Lastly, riding fast and hard means I'm not going to be going as long as if I were riding more leisurely. You exhaust yourself and tend to break things riding that way. Not conducive to the long and lonely rides I'm fond of. You can't successfully ironbutt if you're wrung out and exhausted after three hours.
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Old 11-23-2013, 07:14 PM   #19
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Riding goals

I ride to stay upright. I don't mind letting the F800GS eat a bit on paved road. I enjoy riding the DR off road through the woods behind the house and don't mind some gravel but I'm not liking sand a lot. There are a couple of deep sand spots on a neighbors place that suck me in every once and a while but on the whole I tend to very tedious in any ventures off-road. I hate falling over. Being fat and old doesn't help any.
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Old 11-23-2013, 08:06 PM   #20
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I am 55, been riding since 14, i still try and go fast in the dirt.
Always within reason, but with clear sight lines, I will try and go as fast as I think I can without crashing.

I slow down when I get tired.
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Old 11-23-2013, 09:16 PM   #21
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I've been trying to get faster, but I still really enjoy tackling very technical sections or hillclimbs in particular. I get more satisfaction out of getting through ridiculous terrain than I do out of speed, though I also really like riding unusual or ill-suited vehicles in strange places. My GS750, for example, has experienced various river crossings, and I get a kick out of taking the 950 through technical stuff.
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Old 11-23-2013, 10:07 PM   #22
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Some ride to go as fast as they can go off road, always trying to improve their speed. Others ride with other goals in mind, such as exploring, or just enjoying riding smoothly and clearing difficult sections. Or, trying to ride without getting injured.

What are your preferences off road and why?
It depends on the ride. I often like to take it easy and explore, but I also like to slide around, wheely, bounce whoops, and get a little air. I'm relatively new to riding offroad, so I like to push myself to improve my skills and speed. A lot of local riding is also deep sand, so speed can be a help.
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Old 11-23-2013, 10:27 PM   #23
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regardless of speed I work on improving my cornering technique in the dirt.
anyone can go straight & fast.

i also practice panic breaking every time.
it's when you can NOT stop that hurts.

i strive to be as smooth as possible and speed is a byproduct.

mostly i ride to see what's over the next hill and what view i can find.
i'm an explorer not a racer.
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Old 11-24-2013, 10:09 AM   #24
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Ex-racers...

It is an ongoing source of frustration to me that (so far) almost all the folks I've ridden with off-pavement that are in my age group (66) are...EX-RACERS! That is not true of moi.

Yes, the only way to improve is to ride with people who are better than yourself, but sometimes it's nice just to enjoy one's surroundings. Not always ride like you're in a GNCC event.

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Old 11-24-2013, 01:59 PM   #25
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It is an ongoing source of frustration to me that (so far) almost all the folks I've ridden with off-pavement that are in my age group (66) are...EX-RACERS! That is not true of moi.

Yes, the only way to improve is to ride with people who are better than yourself, but sometimes it's nice just to enjoy one's surroundings. Not always ride like you're in a GNCC event.

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Old 11-24-2013, 03:01 PM   #26
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Once upon a time I enjoyed going fast and all that, I still enjoy a brisk ride, but now I simply appreciate riding for its own sake, thrill seeking and adrenalin rushes no longer interest me.

I've found my limits, and know my limitations, riding full time, year round , and commuting daily keeps me sharp.
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Old 11-24-2013, 03:18 PM   #27
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Once upon a time I enjoyed going fast and all that, I still enjoy a brisk ride, but now I simply appreciate riding for its own sake, thrill seeking and adrenalin rushes no longer interest me.

I've found my limits, and know my limitations, riding full time, year round , and commuting daily keeps me sharp.
I appreciate riding for it's own sake , but I enjoy a spirited pace. What you call an adrenalin rush is probably a cruise to me.
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Old 11-24-2013, 03:23 PM   #28
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'Tis all about comfort level for me. Some days it's slow,most days it's fast. And both of those are relative.
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Old 11-24-2013, 03:28 PM   #29
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'Tis all about comfort level for me. Some days it's slow,most days it's fast. And both of those are relative.
Exactly. Some people have a lower comfort/confidence level.
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Old 11-24-2013, 03:58 PM   #30
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I have been as fast as the fastest. But getting older and having others relying on my paycheck, I tend to ride with a certain amount of awareness.

I know I can ride a motorcycle fast, but riding one does not feed my children. Simple as that.
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