Knobbies? Meh. A supermoto in Utah.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by oldoval, May 7, 2017.

  1. oldoval

    oldoval Frank Orator

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    @Fast1 Just noticed in your signature you own one of my dream bikes. Turismo Veloce. Feel free to post a pic here of that beauty. :nod
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  2. DittyBag

    DittyBag A bag of dirty stuff

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    @oldoval great info and awesome pics! :clap
    I had an SM and it is the bike that turned me on to the Hypermotard in '08.
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    oldoval Frank Orator

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    Ooh, Hypermotard. Another bike on my want list. And a 701 Supermoto, and a 990SM, and a Husqvarna Nuda, and.............
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    David 519 n00b

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    Great post. I'm in the market for a DRZ400SM and wondered how bad the SM wheels would be for off road. My plan is dual sport with a 21/18" knobbys in the late fall through early spring and back roads slab with street tires for the rest of the year.
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    The 17's really aren't bad at all in the dirt. Like most things, it depends on the rider. If you get aggressive you will notice that the smaller front wheel can seem a little twitchy on loose dirt.

    The lower center of gravity on the SM is nice, as well as the better suspension.

    If you can afford a set of dirt wheels, that is definitely the way to go. Two bikes in one.
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    jerdog53 Crop Dusting Everywhere

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    There are some great pictures here! :clap
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    Mudclod Mojo Moto

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    Great images. Can't wait to ride Utah.
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    oldoval Frank Orator

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    Haven't posted here much, but have been riding a bit.

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    Up to about 3500 miles now.

    Switched to the 14 tooth countershaft sprocket. Much better off-road. I no longer feel like I'm abusing the clutch in the rough stuff. Hurts top-end as expected but I'm OK with it for local riding.

    I'd really like a set of dirt wheels. And a skidplate. And a larger tank. Then I'd be done. Really.
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  13. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Junkie

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    Great pics Oldoval. I've ridden some of that area and it's spectacular. You're fortunate live in such a nice area. I'd retire there if I could talk the wife into it.
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    Hey thanks. I wish that I had the single track you have in your area or even what Eastern Utah has. I've got to travel quite a bit to find anything that's not freeway wide Jeep trail. SXSs have gotten really popular around here and the trails have suffered.

    I've been using your Youtube channel as a sort of wishlist. My plan for next year is to bolt up some dirt wheels to the SM and a bigger tank and start knocking out some of my dream rides.

    I really love this kind of flowy desert trail in this video... although sand isn't my strong suit. There are a few like this down in St. George but they're short.



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    RideFreak Torque Junkie

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    You live in Dualsport heaven in that area, the riding options are almost limitless. Casto canyon is a cool ride isn't it?
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    Casto is nice. I've just ridden it so many times it's losing it's luster.... same problem I have with a lot of the dirt in my area.
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    RideFreak Torque Junkie

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    It's a little bit of a haul but if you haven't ridden it yet a ride I like is to go down Smokey Mountain road from Escalante, gas up in Big Water and head back up Cottonwood Canyon to Cannonville. I probably wouldn't do it solo though, it'd probably take them a week to find you if something happened. There's some nice ATV width trails in the Paiute network also.
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    I've ridden most of the Paiute trails on the west side, I like the narrow stuff near Beaver and Fillmore and the scenery up over the Tushars. One summer I want to ride the entire 01 loop (around 240 miles) in one long day. Most atvs do it in 3, but I think it would be neat to run the whole thing as one big "race".

    BTW Chris, if you make it back to this part of the state look me up, I'd be happy to put you up and do some riding with you.

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  19. ringokelly

    ringokelly Been here awhile

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    Wondering where this ?? I'd love to ride it...I'm (sorta) local...down in Washington...
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    oldoval Frank Orator

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    I was wondering if someone would ask about this spot.

    Here's a map. If you've ever been on I-15 at the top of the Black Ridge you will have seen this reservoir. A lot of the time it's full of water.
    https://www.google.com/maps/@37.411275,-113.2369664,162m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en

    From here... https://www.google.com/maps/@37.41464,-113.2344907,81m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en you can get under the freeway and to the old dirt road that goes up the canyon parallel to the freeway. Unfortunately nobody has been riding the old road and it's full of big rocks.

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