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Discussion in 'Photos' started by ADKbeemer, Dec 10, 2003.
I was there that week. First part was great. From Thursday on it wasn't so much.
How easy is it to ride on these loose surface roads? I have never encountered one, so have no experience of anything but tarmac, or walking pace across a field to camp, or down the local drovers' road once, again at idle in bottom gear, the most 'off road' I have ever done. I want to go and explore more, but worrying about this kind of road has kept me on the tarmac.
Dirt roads are no problem even with street tires. Loose gravel roads on the other hand can get interesting. I stay out of muddy situations.
Hate it when they pile it on super thick. Like riding on marbles...
Gravel is insane. And the guys who are good at it are insanely good at it. Gravel is really different as you can not go slow, you will fall, you need to be going 35 - 60 mph to get the bike "floating" on the gravel and steer by moving your body around to kind of throw the rear wheel around. I SUCK at gravel. Following my friends, on a down hill sweeper covered in 3 - 5" of gravel, I slid off the road and went through a dudes front yard and stopped 10 feet before a 200 foot cliff. The dude in the yard just waved as it seems this is a common occurrence. From what I have been told, the only way to get good at gravel is to ride a lot of gravel. For me it's white knuckling it all the time... I need more practice, but I hate practicing it. HAHAHA
I'm not very good at gravel either. If you ride it all day for three days, at some point you'll just get tired of being careful and just relax and go with it. It gets easier with you're not holding on with a death grip.
Jimmy Lewis teaches balance. I learned to ride my 1150 Adventure in sand, on worn out Tourances with a full load of camping gear on.
Nope, it was not fun. And I did not ride fast.
I ride the same way with my 990R. I hate the loose stuff even if I'm walking on the beach.
I dropped my bike in this, right in front of Jimmy. He helped pick it up.
Then I rode it a ways until I was too tired and turned around and road back out.
That was day two of a big bike training class. I learned a lot.
Important to practice picking up a dropped bike too,
And tire choice of course.
Parking is easy in soft stuff,
My advice is to take a riding school or two, then practice, practice, practice.
I like the Jimmy Lewis schools, but there are others.
I stay off the loose stuff when possible. Given a choice I prefer graded forest roads to singletrack, even on a mountain bike. Yeah, I'm old and slow.
I bruise easily and don't bounce worth a damn.
Now I prefer the 990R to the 1150, but it's still not a 300cc two stroke enduro bike. 600 pounds is still 600 pounds.
I've contemplated adventurizing an EXC-F, but not sure I want to go route when the 990 is good for two lane travel and easy forest roads.
This is the advice the dudes who were awesome at gravel told me too. And iItold my butt and hands that advice. At first both agreed and I was all set.. then after a bit of squirleyness, my hands and butt revolted against me and clamped up and I was stiff again... I guess you are right 3 solid days of torture on gravel and I' might fix this mess.
I hate THIS!!
Big bikes are no fun to pick up!
A photo of Zubb, from a few days ago. That’s El Cajon mountain in the background, most people call it El Cap(itan).
^^^^ That was fun. Thanks for the pic brother. Can't wait to get the new bike home, but I'm sure gonna miss this one. She's a lovely beast if I may say so myself.
Holy cow! How the hell do you ride in that? maybe I am destined to remain n civilised parts with black roads after all....
This section of 28 that runs from the south side of Deals Gap (intersection of 28 and 129 at the NC/TN state line) all the way south to where it opens up into a 4 lane road just north of 74 is in my top 5 list of the best roads I have ever ridden on. Sorry the rain found you.
1. Great Ocean road - Australia
2. HWY 12 near Torrey Utah
3. Cherahala Skyway
4. NC 28
5. UT 95 - Southern UT
Hence the incentive to not drop it.
Balance and control.
Right after I bought my 1150 Adventure in 2004, I rode out to visit my brother.
Iowa is between Missouri and California if you hold the map right.
The road out to his place was not as damp as this photo, but at least the gravel was deep.
The worst bit was at the crossroads where the excess gravel was in piles.
This last May, when this photo was taken, it was all the flooding and rain the midwest had been getting so the roads were soft. The car would slew near sideways at times.
Felt like rally car driving.
At least it wasn't snowing.
The best motorcycle pic I have seen in a long time. It's here!
What is? New 1250 GS?
Yep.... the Exclusive with spoked wheels. :)