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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by mikem9, Nov 17, 2013.
Which is your favorite and why?
Off road, which by my definition includes primitive"roads". I can ride as fast as I want without a concern for LEO. The only rules to follow are the rules of physics. I can camp without listening to loud groups or generators.
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If I had to pick one I'd pick street riding but I prefer being able to do both. I sold my pure dirt bike because I never rode it. I hate having to haul my bike somewhere to ride it.
On the other hand, I won't own a bike I'm not willing to take off the pavement.
To answer your question, nothing beats riding a bunch of paved curves.
Off road. Hands down. I ride for excitement, and there is that in huge amounts off-road. Unless you are an idiot, you can't get that to the same level on the street. You can PUSH HARD off road (or on a race track). No chance on the street.
Whatever I'm doing at the time.
What kind of tent is that?
In Illinois there's very little off road so I guess I prefer on road. I envy you guys that have a lot of off road areas to explore.
It's a cross between a bivy and one person tent that was made by Integral Designs. I also carry a tarp for bad weather. Privacy is rarely a concern so a shelter is just for weather and bugs.
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Tend to enjoy the backroads here and many are poorly maintained or dirt, BUT there aren't miles and miles of this kind of riding near the city. You gotta get out a little bit...
We've become so opposed to superslab that when we talk about a mountain trip, we almost always talk about hauling the bikes.
Off road. Singletrack preferably.
.... and the landowners if you're on private property.
I prefer dirt, but there seems to be less and less area open to riding around here. The last time I was at my favorite childhood riding spot, the police showed up with guns drawn. I'm a fan of guns, but I really prefer to look at them from the breech.
it's more funner...to me, anyway.
i've yet to find any kind of riding that i don't like, though...
I like both and see no reason to have to pick one over the other.
When its cold and wet, dirt riding is more fun then street riding.
When its nice out, its nice to go somplace far away on the street and explore curvy roads.
I also like running errands on the street bike.
Dirt riding is great fun, but I would not want to limit my riding to just that.
Same with the street, but sometimes you want to get the wheels off the ground, slide through turns, and go ape shit.
Riding a lot of off road definitely makes you better street rider. I truly like riding dirt bikes, but I don't bounce as well as I used to, nor do I heal as fast. So for right now, its street only, but I'm trying to get a KX deal worked out.
I much prefer riding dirt most of the time. There's often better scenery and fewer crowds. Even riding curves in the mountains on pavement can only be done to a certain level before Johnny Law starts giving you a hard time.
There are also a lot of knuckleheads on the roads around here. People offroad tend to be friendlier.
I still enjoy street riding but I prefer offroad. I would even sell my street bike with out too much protest if my wife wanted me to quit commuting on the bike.
My favorite is single track, especially the slower/tighter more technical stuff.
You just need the right bike.
Something light and lower powered, or a tw200.
After a bad crash, I sold the heavy tall 650 and had a tw200, and did not fall, sold that and got an old xt200, and have not been down on that yet.
Light, enough suspension to have fun, takes a while to get up to speed so it keeps me out of trouble, plus its fun wringing its little neck for all its worth.
I would not say I came close to falling yet, but did hit a tree last time out, at 1 mph, with my front wheel.
That is the kind of crash I can deal with.
Street, because I can ride as fast as I want without a concern for LEO. The only rules to follow are the rules of physics.
OffRoad they're trying to fine you just for being there.