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    So, I've had a TW for a little more than two years, and have only taken it on trail rides. But, I live near the St. Anthony Sand Dunes in Idaho. I'm wondering if the TW can at all ride sand, and if anyone might have any tips on how to do so.

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    There has been lots of discussion in the Moab threads about sand.
    Yes, the TW can do sand. Air down the rear tire and make sure there is little weight over the front, i.e. No front rack with stuff on it and no front tool/tube bag. Speed is your friend in sand. Get into second gear or higher as fast as you can and keep the power on and your weight over the rear wheel. Do not fight the bike, let the front end wander a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gladius650 View Post
    So, I've had a TW for a little more than two years, and have only taken it on trail rides. But, I live near the St. Anthony Sand Dunes in Idaho. I'm wondering if the TW can at all ride sand, and if anyone might have any tips on how to do so.
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    Thank you! Glad to be here!

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    Thank you. That's exactly the kind of information I was looking for.

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    I am not one that does well in the sand; but others here have done much better getting through it.

    I'll feel safe to guess that you are not going to be able to climb the the tall dune hills which again I guess will be similar to the Imperial Sand Dunes (Glamis).
    Just saying it takes power (that the TW doesn't have) and generally paddles to get the traction to climb.

    Trying to cross the flatter sand stretches will probably be tough enough. Wishing you luck though. Let us know, with hopefully pics too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old w/?? View Post
    I am not one that does well in the sand; but others here have done much better getting through it.

    I'll feel safe to guess that you are not going to be able to climb the the tall dune hills which again I guess will be similar to the Imperial Sand Dunes (Glamis).
    Just saying it takes power (that the TW doesn't have) and generally paddles to get the traction to climb.

    Trying to cross the flatter sand stretches will probably be tough enough. Wishing you luck though. Let us know, with hopefully pics too.

    Haha, yeah, I intend to stay on the flatter stuff. But thank you, I'll keep y'all updated on how it goes.

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    I have ridden at the Weiser Sand Dunes and Moab. The TW can do it. Ejfranz & old man w/?? are quite accurate. The stock Bridgestone front tire sucks in sand. This past year I did the ATV rear tire modification and that really helps. ATV can paddle better than the stock rear. If you feel comfortable standing up while riding that will help a lot too.
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