My 1st Trail Ride.
I live in Somerset West, so I followed the train track up Sir Lowry’s Pass. The picture below shows us about half way up. I consider myself very lucky to be living in such an awesome place. This pic was taken not even 15 km ride from my home. Below is False Bay (Gordons Bay on left hand side).
Initial thoughts of T-Dub.
On the road she is a pleasure to ride. Not fast, but I did not buy her for that. Nice and tight in corners and nippy.
Off road: Honestly, first thoughts were disappointment. Please bear in mind I have not riden a bike for the last 10 years and only started again a month ago on an old XR200 that I picked up for R2500 ($300). I rode this bike as if I stole it. No fear, no trepidation – flat box and over anything.
Now I have bought my T-DUB out of the box so I am having to ride her in. So going slowly as is and petrified that I am going to drop her. These 2 factors put a whole new dimension on first trail ride.
I found that she floated quite a bit on soft sand and very hard ride on rougher terrain. Will need to do something with exhaust. As much as I like the fact that she is nice and quiet, I could not hear her yesterday evening. All I could hear was Jason’s XR.
Now the good stuff. I found her to be tight on gravel and very responsive. Once I got used to the wider tire and floating on soft sand, I found I actually had good control on her. When I did make a mistake, a simple kick down on the floor with my foot rectified the situation. Electric start – wow wow oww – nomore kicking until your leg dies and falls off.
I need to go this morning and check pressure on rear tire. I think it might be a little low.
Standing and riding a little uncomfortable in the beginning but I soon adopted a ‘bent’ stance that was comfortable and confidence started returning.
I think as soon as I get over my fear off dropping her and getting a ‘slightly louder’ exhaust so that I can hear the engine it will be much better. 1000 km of running in and I will then experience her full potential.
Definitely no buyers remorse. Looking fwd to next trail run this weekend – but this time longer. Going to see if we can find a trail that takes us right over the mountain to Grabouw.
(Any Cape Town peeps out there keen to join me??)