Sand! Work has taken most of my time recently, but I managed to get out on the RXV550 at Oregon Dunes in October. With info from a fellow RXV550 rider SLOrider, I got a flag and fabbed up a mount for a flag whip holder. Then I had a SKAT-Trak 10-paddle tire made from my old used OEM rear knobby and took my gearing back to stock. I had to buy a new chain to allow the rear wheel to go back far enough to allow the paddle tire to clear the swingarm. Then I headed for the Oregon Dunes 6 hours away. The Aprilia is rarely trailered, but in this case I can't ride it very far on pavement with a paddle tire! Oregon coast on the way down. It was raining pretty hard. but then it got nicer with a bit of sun The destination Nice campsite. Most of the campground was empty midweek, not surprising on October. It had just rained and the sand was wet. And off into the sand! Lots of tracks from the weekend 3 days before, due to the wet sand. Great traction! Several miles on a sand road called "Ten Mile Sand Road" takes you to the beach. The road was very whooped-out and rutted. Lots of work on the bike and had to keep the speed up on it.. Had the whole beach to myself for miles... and miles... and miles of empty beach. Sweet! Obligatory ADV posed picture. Camera propped on my backpack. Next day I rode solo from Spinreel staging to Horsfall staging area, approximately 10-12 miles one way across sand and weaving through tree/grass sand trails. This is starting at Spinreel. Again, nobody else out on the dunes. Little lakes all over the area. Often had quicksand near them. Fun hills, but some needed a run at them or this would result. Easy enough to flip the bike around, ride down and take another run at it. The Aprilia RXV550 with the 10-paddle tire was very rarely stopped by anything... ...except the rider. Here I took a power turn a bit too hard in the wet sand... no harm done.