Lets see your Vstrom OFFROAD!

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by LaOutbackTrail, Aug 1, 2006.

  1. 2 Dogs

    2 Dogs 2 Dogs

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    Bent my shifter and bars. Otherwise, good to go!


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  2. EVLED

    EVLED Bike riding nutter!

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  3. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    Here a few WeeStrom pics from our ride in Lappland

    Sauerkraut & Tofuwurst - vegan bikers ride through Finland

    Milady taking a well-deserved sunbath

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    The highlight of our day 2 was the ride through the Pönttövuori tunnel nearby Jyväskylä. It's an old deserted railroad tunnel. The track and ties have been removed and loose gravel is left. What a better way to test one's own bravery. I had serious worries whether my better half will manage with the Suzi. The tunnel is about 1.2km long, was finished in 1918 and used until 1995. Thanx to the BMW GS meeting folks - I had the pleasure to ride this once before.

    Inside the tunnel its pitchblack, you have no idea what there will be in the way or in the waterholes. The stones underneath you are moving and make the ride rather wobbly. A few ups and downs have formed over the time ... so enjoy the ride through it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-RyWCvopd0&feature=g-upl

    and BTW, I have Xenon lights at my bike - not the old and sad BMW "pocketlamp".

    Skippy made it!

    I thought that if she manages this, she will be able to manage anything. She was a bit shaky. It was a good decision to have the break with food afterward the tunnel and not before :)

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    On the way from Ruka to Rovaniemi we found the most stunning gravel road. It was marked grey in the big street map of Finland (1:800 000) and when we came drove there, we saw a welcome sign (it says Unmaintained street - driving at own risk):deal :evil

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    Also a WeeStrom needs a rest ...
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  4. svs

    svs All Hands on Deck!

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    "Milady's Suzi!

    Very nice....

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  5. trespalacios

    trespalacios Oh libertad

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    A defarkled Wee, just acquired at the time, on its first trip with the new owner
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    The Wee made some friends rather quickly

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    and started to enjoy the outdoors

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    It went camping in the winter (beers are empty)

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    Hanging out with German friends

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    Made it through some rough spots

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    and enjoyed the ocassional snowfall

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  6. rycomm

    rycomm Been here awhile

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    Here are few from a few weeks ago in NW Arkansas.

    Aslo posted this in the Vstrom pic thread, but seemed more fitting here.
    I'm pretty sure this is Possum Creek Rd. It may be Pannell Rd though.
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    This is Possum Creek Rd.
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    This is what happens when you ride on gravel crusted mud with street tires. It wasn't until I dumped it that I realized how deep the mud was. The front tire / fender was packed and the tire couldn't turn. No wonder I lost it. If you look real close you can see the tracks in the gravel where it would lock up and the free itself for a bit.
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    Or just take a picutre of the mess.
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    And a group shot from the summit of Possum Creek Rd.
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  7. Craneguy

    Craneguy British Hooligan

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    My first time off-road...

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    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/60100293" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/60100293">Volcano Run</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user242675">Steve Sparrow</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

    Nevado de Toluca - A volcano west of Mexico City. About 50km of dirt up and back (the red line on the map).

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  8. EVLED

    EVLED Bike riding nutter!

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  9. Linhares

    Linhares OSM addicted

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    Evled, you are bold to ride off road on your own!
    I have always a friend watching my back:

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  10. ArizonaMike

    ArizonaMike n00b

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    Well I have owned my V Strom a whole week today, 468 miles on her already.

    Great bike so far. I am looking forward to many adventures ahead.

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  11. EVLED

    EVLED Bike riding nutter!

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    Brave or stupid? You're right - I'd much rather have someone along "just in case". I really wanted wanted to ride that road back the other way but did not want to get into trouble climbing up out some of those holes - some areas there are a lot steeper than they look.

    I'm heading down South by myself for a few days riding and unfortunately I'm gonna miss out on a couple of roads I want to ride just because I'll be on my lonesome. Oh well, I'll have to go down more than once...
  12. NJ-Bill

    NJ-Bill Life is good

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  13. betitou

    betitou Thumperized!

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  14. Loose Nut

    Loose Nut wannabe

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    Not really Off Road - but there wasn't much gravel left and some pretty good puddles - nice and slickery - plenty of moist dirt to fill up the tread

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    One of those spots where the scenery makes slip sliding around all worth it.

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  15. betitou

    betitou Thumperized!

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    Not really off-road yo say?! :eek1
    What is off-road for you, dude? A submarine?! :lol3

    Love your fake muffler, tools inside? :wink:
  16. jdfog2

    jdfog2 Been here awhile

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    Nice pics Loosenut............

    Seems like I have seen similar scenery someplace LOL
  17. FlyFishJeff

    FlyFishJeff Been here awhile

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    You have to pull a fuse or install a switch from Eastern Beaver to disable the ABS.
  18. derrickb

    derrickb Been here awhile

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    fun dirt road in the Texas panhandle...
  19. EVLED

    EVLED Bike riding nutter!

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    That does look like a fun road!
  20. Loose Nut

    Loose Nut wannabe

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    YES - it's a piece of PVC pipe with a threaded cleanout for a cap........I didn't really like the asymetrical weestrom racks so I cut the left side apart and scooted the rack out to the same width as the right side - of course this made a big hole on the left side so I welded a couple of bars to the side rack that I could clamp a pipe to. holds shop towels - registration - tool roll - it's been real handy and pretty much water proof

    thanks for noticing