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    Senior Member DonBenito's Avatar
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    Well, with my TCI skidplate successfully installed, I thought I'd take advantage of having the afternoon off work to try it out on the High-Clearance 4x4 FS road that inspired me to buy it in the first place.



    This here is what protection looks like!





    It was in the high 70s here today, something else to be thankful for.





    Heading down the trail...





    Heading up the trail...





    There were 3 cattle gates that I had to open and close along the way.





    Here's one of the inmates, the herd was a little camera shy.





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    The FS road just sort of ends in this wash. Deep sand one way, loose cobbles the other. Time to turn around!





    The closest I came to dumping the bike was coming down this hill, so I thought I'd stop for a pic on my way back up. In real life it's steeper than it looks in the picture!





    Crawling up...





    Creeping Down...





    And that's when my camera ran out of memory!



    I had no idea that I'd piled up close to 500 pics on that thing. There was some other interesting stuff, gnarly rocks and more hill climbs and the like, but you get the idea.



    Looking at the pics I have to say that the terrain looks way more intimidating in person, but also after tackling it today I'm a lot more confident in both the TW's and my own ability to handle this kind of stuff. The TW is ready to keep going, all I have to do is keep on the throttle and point it towards the smaller rocks!



    I wouldn't have tried to ride this trail without some beefed up protection, but as it turns out I never clipped the engine guards or plate on any of those rocks, even towards the end when I was definitely pushing it in terms of clearance. That TW has proven itself again to be capable of more than I've given it credit for.



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    Nice report, Don... you're right about pictures never showing how steep hills appear in real life.

    Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your new skid plate.

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    Looks like that was a pretty gnarly ride it's good that you were able to keep the bike upright. Nice pictures, and nothing looked all that soft. Thanks. Gerry
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    Looked like a nice day for a ride down yonder. Comfortable temperature's as well. Most of the time I don't mind going up the steep stuff. It's coming back down that always has my utmost attention. I'm hoping to get out for a quick ride in the Oywhee Mtn's. south of where I live this weekend. Maybe! This area is similar to your ride here, with lots of rocks and steep sections of trails and roads.
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    That thing really looks great with all the new goodies.



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    Nothing like a good skid plate to instill confidence to do wild and crazy things!



    I wish I had somewhere like you have to go riding.
    Long live the internal combustion engine!

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    I am still very much a beginner. Nice to see what the TW200 can do around Tucson with an experienced rider on it. I tried taking my TW200 across some sand (no fun) and some very eroded dirt roads in NW Tucson. It really helped to build my confidence. I needed that because the flat smooth dirt roads still make me pucker.

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    Senior Member DonBenito's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fursniper View Post
    I am still very much a beginner. Nice to see what the TW200 can do around Tucson with an experienced rider on it. I tried taking my TW200 across some sand (no fun) and some very eroded dirt roads in NW Tucson. It really helped to build my confidence. I needed that because the flat smooth dirt roads still make me pucker.




    Glad you're getting into the groove on that TW Fursniper, but I'm hardly an "experienced" rider! A few months ago I was at about the same spot on the learning curve you're describing right now. It definitely takes a little getting used to the way the bike likes to shimmy around a little in the dirt, you don't get that on pavement for sure.



    You oughta hit Redington Rd a few times before the winter rainy season tears it all up. It's pretty smooth (for Redington Rd anyway) right now. That's where I've done most of my confidence-building and I highly recommend it!
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    Thanks for the pictures an letting us come along

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