Who enjoys just taking it easy off road?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by mikem9, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. mikem9

    mikem9 Wanderer

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    Some ride to go as fast as they can go off road, always trying to improve their speed. Others ride with other goals in mind, such as exploring, or just enjoying riding smoothly and clearing difficult sections. Or, trying to ride without getting injured.

    What are your preferences off road and why?
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  2. Mgbgt89

    Mgbgt89 Long timer

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    I don't like hauling ass through the woods, I enjoy slower technical riding, and hill climbs. I like tackling something that i'm not sure i'll make it through without falling down, But since its only 1st or 2nd gear i'm not too worried.

    That being said, When i get out onto a gravel road, All bets are off. I ride way too fast on gravel.
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  3. joexr

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    You'll never be any good if you haven't ever pushed it. You'll never know what you can do if you've never seen the edge. Aspire to ride better. Speed and control come from repetition and familiarity. Second nature reflex is as safe as you can get.
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  4. mikem9

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    Joe - There are those who have pushed it to the edge for many years, including racing. But, now they focus on other goals. And, for others who haven't raced, getting faster may not be important or the measure of being a competent rider to them. Some like to get faster and some don't. Would be interesting to hear from both.
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  5. joexr

    joexr Banned

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    That's fine if you have experience , most people don't. Some people were , some are, some will be. Don't be a never was ,or dead from inexperience.
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  6. klaviator

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    Back in my sport bike (and younger) days, anytime I was on a twisty road, I was going fast. Then I decided to try off road riding. I pretty much carried over the same attitude except I didn't know what I was doing so I was slow.

    Eventually, by pushing my limits, I got better and faster but not what any real dirt rider would call fast. As I got older, my desire to go fast has diminished but not gone away. This is especially true off road.

    I enjoy the exploring, the scenery, the challenge of making it through a rough section, getting away from traffic, and probably more but my memory is also going away with age:lol3

    Part of my problem is that I have mostly ridden on the road the last few years. It's hard to ride fast when you're rusty. I recently went on a group dual sport ride. I was really tentative and slow at the beginning of the ride. At some point during the ride, my confidence returned and I started enjoying twisting the throttle again.

    So to answer your question, I'm enjoying going slow more than I used to but I hope I never loose the desire to go fast (fast for me anyway) at least once in a while.
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  7. WRW9751

    WRW9751 7th Day Adventurist

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    I was listening to a interview with Kenny Robers years ago when he said.
    (You have to know when to go slow so you can go fast!)
    It has always stuck with me.
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  8. bigphish

    bigphish Curiously Satisfying

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    Both of you guys are right to an extent. Repetition is the key though. I did race when I was younger ( 60 now ) speed never made me a better rider or racer. But every ride, on or off road is an exercise and pursuit to be a better rider. To me that means picking the right line, gaining an incremental bit more control of my machine and situational awareness as well as enjoying the scenery and the sense of motorcycling along the way.
    Pushing yourself as a rider does not have to mean going faster.
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  9. mikem9

    mikem9 Wanderer

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    I'm in my 50's now. Spent most of my offroad riding life, trying to ride faster, including some racing. For the past few years have enjoyed trying to just take it easy, ride smoothly, clear difficult sections and not going down hard. Now I enjoy trying to improve technical skills, such at climbing a steep rocky hill or clearing bigger logs etc. I really enjoy the slower but flowing pace.

    I also know guys who have never raced and are very competent off road riders. Fun, responsible and technically proficient riders.
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  10. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

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    I go slow. No more hitting trees for me.
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  11. hugemoth

    hugemoth Long timer

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    Exploring is the main reason I ride. Going relatively slow on a very light bike, not having to keep both eyes on the road/trail at all times but instead enjoy the scenery and do a bit of day dreaming.

    Where you ride surely makes a difference. If the scenery is boring and you are limited to where you can ride then going fast may be the only thing that can make riding fun. In my area there are endless roads and trails to explore, more than one rider can do in a lifetime.
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  12. Vampir

    Vampir Retrofuturist

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    I must be getting old. The reasons I ride are very different from 20 years ago. I'm now all about the journey, the people I meet along the way, and exploring new locations. I rarely drive more than 70 mph onroad and am more casual offroad. If there is any challenge involved, it is on the technical side, not based on speed.

    That said, I've caught plenty of air, thrown big roosts, gone way too fast in exotic sports cars, and scared the crap out of myself so many times I've lost count. I have fused vertebrae and a good number of screws and plates in various parts of my body to show for it.

    Honestly, I enjoy the slower pace more.
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  13. DAKEZ

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    To some people "taking it easy" IS "riding as fast... trying to improve..." :1drink
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  14. scmopar

    scmopar Been here awhile

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    +1 now I just hang back and haul the gear
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  15. PineyMountainRacing

    PineyMountainRacing Oops....

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    I tried to be fast on gravel until I ran off a mountain one day. Now not so much.
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  16. O.C.F.RIDER

    O.C.F.RIDER Loose nut behind h/bars

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    54 now, started riding dirt in 1968, I still try to push myself to go as fast as I can while staying in my "comfort zone". I still try to scare myself a bit almost every time I get on the bike. That's why I love the dirt, no speed limits, no cars coming the other way, well almost never; not much chance of getting killed or severely maimed, no cops, and being able to ride at 90%.
    So, the only time I'm "just taking it easy" in the woods is when I'm exploring new trails all by myself, so priority #1 is don't get myself into a "I'm really screwed" situation.

    Chris
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  17. shu

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    I think that people who are trying to 'find their limits' usually do- in all sports. Skiing, climbing, etc. When you do find your limit- on road or off road- the results can cripple you for a lifetime. That's not worth it to me- I'm in for the long haul.

    I like to ride quickly, but not fast- if that makes any sense.

    .................shu
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  18. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Been here awhile

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    Any time I ride, I pick something to work on. As I ride, I work on that. It might be a braking thing, might be a cornering thing, maybe line selection. Really, it can be just about anything.

    But, overall, I enjoy riding so I can see and feel things I can't from a car. Whatever picture is at the top of this page is likely an example of what I mean. And quite likely, that picture has nothing to do with going fast. It has to do with the wow factor of where you are.

    I also have a habit of riding alone, and often in areas where getting hurt or breaking the bike will be quite a problem. I prefer not make it more likely that either will happen out there. So I tend to ride to survive.

    Lastly, riding fast and hard means I'm not going to be going as long as if I were riding more leisurely. You exhaust yourself and tend to break things riding that way. Not conducive to the long and lonely rides I'm fond of. You can't successfully ironbutt if you're wrung out and exhausted after three hours.
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  19. gofast1320

    gofast1320 Been here awhile

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    I ride to stay upright. I don't mind letting the F800GS eat a bit on paved road. I enjoy riding the DR off road through the woods behind the house and don't mind some gravel but I'm not liking sand a lot. There are a couple of deep sand spots on a neighbors place that suck me in every once and a while but on the whole I tend to very tedious in any ventures off-road. I hate falling over. Being fat and old doesn't help any.
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  20. NJ-Brett

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    I am 55, been riding since 14, i still try and go fast in the dirt.
    Always within reason, but with clear sight lines, I will try and go as fast as I think I can without crashing.

    I slow down when I get tired.
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