My buddy and I both bought brand new 2012 Vstrom 1000's a few weeks ago. We've done a few shorter all-pavement rides around Boston, and I went up for a weekend trip around the White Mountains two weeks ago and got down a few dirt roads (ride report here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=786016&highlight=bethel) but Saturday we decided to get out for our first real adventure ride. I posted a thread in the Northeast regional forum looking for route suggestions (http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=789745). I had been up to the Keene, New Hampshire area a couple of times on my Ducati, and figured there'd be good riding up that way. Inmate HenryMartin came through with an excellent .gpx track (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=18663793#post18663793). Unfortunately, neither of us have gps on our Vees yet. Instead, I used a website to overlay the track on google maps, and then zoomed in on it and made my own turn-by-turn directions with paper and a sharpie. An hour and a half and 8 pages later I had instructions to stick in the map pocket of my tank bag. I used GPS visualizer (http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/). I was going to create a jpg of the route and post it, but for some reason the website isn't working for me now. Oh well. We booked out of Boston and up Route 2 to Concord, MA where we picked up 119 West. 119 was kind of a crummy drive. Way too much slow traffic and commercial stuff along the sides of the road. After a quick stop for fuel though, we got to some dirt. A headless rider: I was really impressed with the quality of the dirt roads in New Hampshire. Nice and smooth and graded. We had a good time blasting down them. I was also surprised by the number of people who lived on the dirt roads who had dogs that would run out in front of motorcycles When I was previewing the route on google maps, there were a couple of places where the road on the map ended bu the gpx track kept going. We got to the first of those in short order. It was a rocky class IV road. Nothing too terrible. My buddy's Vee got tired in some mud and decided to take a nap. He had it upright before I got the camera out though. A little mud on the crash bars and hand guard and a small scrape on the fairing. Then we got to the wet part: A jeep went through this puddle while we were standing and looking at it. It was close to the top of his tires, so probably around 30 inches deep or so. Fortunately, we could just squeeze the bikes through the gap between the tree and the stump on the side where my buddy is. There was a little ditch draining off the puddle there that complicated matters further by taking away any chance of getting your feet down. Both bikes made it safely through. A little further down the road, we came across a stretch of loose golfball-sized stone: Good spot to pose for a picture: My buddy went first, and with his feet down, made it look easy: I decided to try riding through it a little quicker. Unfortunately, my Vee got tired and lost momentum and decided to take a nap: My buddy approves: Back upright with zero damage (thanks Givi crash bars!) and onward. We passed our first set of hikers, who were shocked that we were on the trail. "I don't know who directed you down here... this isn't even a road!". We made it through to real road in short order. Stopped in some scenic areas for more pics. Yeah, I'm casual. Found a little bridge next to a small waterfall: After a couple of hours of riding, we decided to take a break. There's a little asphalt pull off at the intersection of 101 and Ches...something road (Cheswick? Cheshire? Chesnut?). Apple pie and vitamin water is the perfect road side snack: Continuing on, we hit another class IV road. As always, the rocks were bigger and the grade was steeper than what it appears on camera. You can hear my buddy talking to me (Sena bluetooth headsets are the bomb). I left the dorky audio in because you can also hear my skid plate take a whack at the 26 second mark. No damage (thanks, Enduro Guardian!). <object width="560" height="315"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZR9eFY96Ki8?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZR9eFY96Ki8?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="560" height="315" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object> We kept it going and found some more scenery: It got to be around 1 and we came out onto route 101 again and decided to break off the route and head to Keene for lunch so my buddy could be back in Boston by 3 (okay, well, 4). If you haven't had the honey mustard wings at Elm City Brewery, you haven't lived: Also had a burger: They house-brew their own rootbeer too! Then we headed back to Boston following route 12 down to route 2 and blasting back in. In total around 220 miles covered. Good times had by both!