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    Visited the Oregon Dunes National Rec area and decided to see how the TW would do in the deep sand. Riding on the hard packed sand was ok, but once I got to the dunes it was a tough go, and I could only make it up part way on the steep stuff. Still a lot of fun and good to see what the limits are of the bike. The deep sand also made it easy to take a photo as the bike would stand up on its own.
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    Was planning on taking mine out this summer during our annual trip up there. Thanks for the report. Will not attempt the steep dunes, check!

    Plenty of forest roads across 101 to explore, from what I understand.
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    Great pics, You have good sand technique to make it that far! I plan to take my quad there in the fall.
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    Which dune area did you visit?
    I prefer riding around Florence as the sand is not as fine as around Coos.
    The Duro helps, but the bike is too under powered to make it up the big dunes.
    The first time I went I had the WR with a 606 on the back.

    You need to watch out for soft spots.

    There are lots of trails between the dunes and the ocean.

    Riding on the beach can be a blast
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    Donzo, thanks for the compliments on the riding techniques. But for an old guy I'm not sure how much technique is left in me. It's mainly a lot of determination, and staying really heavy on the throttle and keeping the r's up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ejfranz View Post
    Which dune area did you visit?
    I prefer riding around Florence as the sand is not as fine as around Coos.
    The Duro helps, but the bike is too under powered to make it up the big dunes.
    The first time I went I had the WR with a 606 on the back.

    You need to watch out for soft spots.

    There are lots of trails between the dunes and the ocean.

    Riding on the beach can be a blast
    We were camping at Honeyman State Park it's just south of Florence and rode in on the dunes from there. I'm surprised to hear you say the sand is better around Florence then Coos Bay. I've ridden on the beach but this was my first time on the Dunes with the TW and I was surprised how much softer the sand is and how much more difficult it is to ride on compared to beach sand. If Coos Bay is even softer that would make it pretty tough.
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    what PSI did you use? i've ridden there only once, 40+ yrs ago, on the back of a ct90 with my dad. i remember the huge difference before and after airing down the tires.... i also remember having to push as a six yr old!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bladesmith View Post
    But for an old guy I'm not sure how much technique is left in me.
    I nominate this quote for quote of the year for 2018! Hillarious. I'm gonna giggle over this one for a long time. "not sure how much technique is left in me", way too funny and true for many of us.
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    That's a good idea about the tire pressure. I just left it where I had it which was 15 and 18. I knew that running low pressure would help but I didn't realize it would help a whole lot. If I would have known I would have brought a pump or compressor with me.
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    With a regular rear wheel you will need a rim lock of some type.
    I have a tubeless system on the WR and the last time I was there I had about 5 PSI in the rear and the Motoz Desert Tractionator hooked up like a Sand Paddle at that low pressure.
    I also have sand paddles, but you only want those on if all you are going to do is ride sand.
    I have only ridden the TW with a Duro on the rear at the dunes. If you are going to be doing a lot of sand riding an ATV tire on the back makes a huge difference.
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