You did great bro!!Met with my riding bud last night at 5pm at the Thomaston Dam. This location is legal for registered OHV (motorcycles only) and plated motorcycles. No street bike would make it more than a couple dozen feet in here.
I was on the TW200, and my bud on his Husky TE610 Enduro. In we go, he's leading, because I have no clue where to begin or jump into the trails from the paved access road.
As soon as we took that first left, I was a bit freaked out because of how technical, loose, and rocky, and rooty the trails are. Also they are steep and undulating in the woods. Not a whole lot of room to choose lines. All of the lines were technical, but some slightly less so, and I chose those as much as possible when I wasn't being bump steered into crap, which happened too often. I watched the lines my pal was taking in front, and decided accordingly what line I should take. He is a much more experienced off road motorcycle rider than I am.
The big problem following someone faster than you is you lose sight of them pretty darn quickly and are left wondering if you're going to dump the bike, make it up that hill, make the next steep decent or just plain survive another 120 minutes . HARD WORK!! Started feeling it bad in my legs at the half way point.
The good news is I only dumped it one time, uphill, on grease, I mean wet slippery section with berms. That stunk, but I gracefully dismounted to the right, like Superman, and the TW landed on my left foot but didn't hurt me. Got back on in about a minute.
I give Monster credit to the traction of the TW200 rear tire and Shinko 241 front. Damn that rear tire can HOOK UP at 12 psi. And I also ran the Shinko at 12 psi. I had ZERO problems climbing steep sections. The only tough issue I had was traction because of the suspension quality, which is to say the TW suspension is not quality. I found the limits an exceed those very quickly and often.
The TW does NOT like "whoops", so I rode it like mountain bike to save my ass, using all of my leg extension to let the TW dive into and out of the holes. Fun for a while, then tiring.
At 12 psi the tires are AWESOME at eating anything less than 2 inches in size, rocks, roots, gravel, excellent. I had forgotten to air down the first 5 minutes, then stopped to air out the tires with a 12 psi deflator. VERY quick to do both under 5 minutes and riding much more comfortably and safely after that.
We rode about 11-12 miles, not certain of exact mileage because neither of us had looked at odometers.
The only serious damage I took was a bent left foot peg bracket. An immovable rock at the top of a climb jumped out and clobbered the bracket, but spared the foot peg (I was just barely smart enough to see the rock coming straight at me and lifted my left foot , ha ha). The entire TW went right a few inches and I felt the bang through my body. After regrouping. The foot peg looked bent back about 20 degrees. Dang, but it felt no different and the shifter was spared. I fixed the bracket at work today with a bench vise , adjustable wrench, and a huge lever to bend it. Looks like new-ish again.
Still have to hose the TW off, loads of mud. One puddle hole was about 12 inches deep. What a splash!! Forma boots are water proof I can attest too it, my feet stayed dry, but my pants were a wet mess up to my knees. At least I didn't drop my TW in the muddy berms 3 times (ahem - someone else DID, ha ha.) It pays to go slower and have traction and time to react.
NEXT up on the list.... INSTALL the 55T sprocket!!! I desperately wanted to be in 2nd for many of the tight trails and climbs, but the TW would have none of it. I was in 1st for 90% of the time I was in there. Just so much climbing, and turning, no where to go fast all.
And YES, I will go there again. It's less than 20 minutes from my house. We did not explore everything. Have got to figure that place out and get familiar with the off road aspects of riding before hitting up the Hatfield McCoy trails later this year, and MOAB 2018 next year.