If you know how to ride, you don't need them.
Close
    
    
Page 1 of 5 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 48
  1. #1
    Senior Member Mad Mac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    200
    A BMW GS pilot on his way to Central America told me that when I asked him about off road tires for my F650. He may be right.



    Today, I tried my new old 2001 on a county road for the first time. Occasional hard packed red clay and gravel separated by hundreds of yards drifting blow sand parted by truck tires, the TW veered luridly right and left as I kept the power on. Uncomfortable standing, my butt was light in the saddle while my weight was loaded on the pegs. Quite nerve wracking. Asphalt never looked so good.



    You are all my heroes, but tell me, will I ever be able to relax in the dirt?
    2001 TW200 adopted January 2012. 2001 Moto Guzzi California EV acquired June 2012. Ex-rides: Hidden Content , Hidden Content that I rode 67,000 miles in six years and had many Hidden Content , 1979 Yamaha RD400F Daytona Special, Yamaha XT 500, 1969 Yamaha DT 175 Enduro purchased new that started it all and a Honda 90 and 110 ATV, an Indian Mini Buffalo (a 50cc Italjet) and a couple of other dirt bikes.

  2. #2
    Senior Member lizrdbrth's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Desert, SoCal
    Posts
    7,369
    Yes.



    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.

    Powdercoated '87 frame, extended swingarm, YZ fork legs, ATV tire, 14/55, XT350 tank, spliced quick-release seat, disc brake conversion, beeg headlight, beeger rack, Lizrdcooler, Lizrdventz and bunch of other stuff all covered in invisible ink.

    Hidden Content

    Hidden Content

  3. #3
    Senior Member mekdad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    idaho
    Posts
    189
    Dirt can be spooky at first,but it gets better. Just keep the front tire pointed in the direction you want to go.
    You never know what you can do until you have to undo something you have done.

  4. Remove Advertisements
    TW200Forum.com
    Advertisements
     

  5. #4
    Senior Member Omega Man's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Taxachusetts
    Posts
    173
    Sure....You didn't mention your age, like a lot of things, easier to get used to when your younger (IMO). If you get a chance to pick up On Any Sunday You can watch Malcom Smith, Mert Lawwill and Steve McQueen do it about the best. I've never seen anyone ride like Malcom Smith-nice and loose and focused. OM
    "It's more fun going fast on a slow bike than going slow on a fast bike" UK

    1994 TW200, 2009 F800GS loaded,

  6. #5
    Senior Member mtkd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    215
    I am right there with you, I just started on the dirt when I got my TW. I am still pretty uncomfortable on the dirt, but I can already see where I am improving and I feel like I am able to move faster as I spend more time in the dirt. Try putting a foot out when turning, helped me tons.
    -Szj



    2001 TW

  7. #6
    Senior Member elime's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    San Jose, CA
    Posts
    6,985
    Back in the good old days when helmets were optional, insurance not required and you only needed to be 15 1/2 years old with a learners permit. And gasoline was 25 cents a gallon for regular and it was 92 octane.
    Long live the internal combustion engine!

  8. #7
    Senior Member Rainman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Ephrata, WA
    Posts
    1,125
    Dirt is getting easier for me, while sand is very difficult. Practice makes perfect!
    If you can't find it, grind it

    1990 TW200

  9. #8
    Senior Member old mad max's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Gobles, michigan
    Posts
    1,824
    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Mac View Post
    A BMW GS pilot on his way to Central America told me that when I asked him about off road tires for my F650. He may be right.



    Today, I tried my new old 2001 on a county road for the first time. Occasional hard packed red clay and gravel separated by hundreds of yards drifting blow sand parted by truck tires, the TW veered luridly right and left as I kept the power on. Uncomfortable standing, my butt was light in the saddle while my weight was loaded on the pegs. Quite nerve wracking. Asphalt never looked so good.



    You are all my heroes, but tell me, will I ever be able to relax in the dirt?
    X2................. 6 years ago my wife and were verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry frightened of back roads. Now we seek them out... P.S. Still don't like loose sand... Yuk. It will become more fun as the miles go up. Have fun.. And don't get to cocky. (o; OMM.

  10. #9
    Senior Member Kankujoe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Missouri, West Central
    Posts
    157
    Riding my TW on dirt & gravel has really helped me handle my Versys off road. The TW is alot more forgiving and easier to throw around which helps build confidence and dirt skills. Plus it is alot of fun & not such a big deal if you occasionally loose it.
    KJ



    2008 Yamaha TW200

    2011 Kawasaki Versys

    2012 Suzuki V-Strom-ADV

    2013 Honda CRF250L

  11. #10
    Senior Member lower al's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    457
    I have not rode my versys off road much just in our pastersan afew dirt roads.Thats where the tw comes into play

Page 1 of 5 123 ... LastLast

Sponosred Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •