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After RV'ing in the west last winter I decided to get another dirt bike. My last bike a few years ago was a CR250 but at 62 I'm figured I'd get something a little more mild. I bought a 2006 and a 2007 TW figuring one may work for my wife too. Even after trying the TW she's just not going to dirt ride. She would only go about 15 mph on the dirt roads and said it felt sort of loose. We rode a two track with just a little loose sand and she was so freaked out that she slowed way down and dumped it so that's over. We also bought her what she really wanted which is a 2008 Yamaha V Star 650. Now I need to figure out how to pull a 6x12 utility trailer behind my fifth wheel with 3 bikes on it yet also have the proper trailer tongue weight if she rides the Star as we travel. She'll probably never ride in the desert but she wants me to bring her TW too. :confused:

I have made a few mods to the TW's and enjoy this great site. Thanks for all the good info.
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Welcome aboard! I think the same would happen with my wife... not even going to try.

After RV'ing in the west last winter I decided to get another dirt bike. My last bike a few years ago was a CR250 but at 62 I'm figured I'd get something a little more mild. I bought a 2006 and a 2007 TW figuring one may work for my wife too. Even after trying the TW she's just not going to dirt ride. She would only go about 15 mph on the dirt roads and said it felt sort of loose. We rode a two track with just a little loose sand and she was so freaked out that she slowed way down and dumped it so that's over. We also bought her what she really wanted which is a 2008 Yamaha V Star 650. Now I need to figure out how to pull a 6x12 utility trailer behind my fifth wheel with 3 bikes on it yet also have the proper trailer tongue weight if she rides the Star as we travel. She'll probably never ride in the desert but she wants me to bring her TW too. :confused:

I have made a few mods to the TW's and enjoy this great site. Thanks for all the good info.
 

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MI is about the hardest place to ride a dirt bike I have ever lived. It's almost all sand, dusty 90% of the season, there is tons of stuff to hit (deer, bugs the size of birds, other motorcycles etc...) and the season is short. She might like it better in the dessert, at least there is some hard pack. We also have some of the best single track, coolest dunes outside of CA and tons of variety, which I love btw.
 

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My stepbrother has a garage in Kalkaska (Lodi). If you ever need a mechanic, Scott is a great one, although he is a bit eccentric, sort of retired, but not. He has a limo/party bus he runs out of there too.
 

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One more welcome from Michigan. With a name like Kasky, I'm thinking you're a MI native, but if you're not, may I offer some advice? I ride out of the Fife Lake area all the time and have learned a few things about sand riding: lower the tire pressures, balance the bike front/rear, and when in doubt, add throttle! Think of sand as a limited 'traction budget' (same for snow): you can use the budget for turning, accelerating, or stopping, but overspend and you're down (at least it's a LOT softer than those rocks I saw in Fred's last video)! Might as well enjoy it - it's home.
 

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Don't know Ben but we should link up at the Yankee Boy and go for a ride. Since you know the area, I am actually a lot closer to the trail head at Coyote Crossings - about a half mile away. I want to GoPro some of the cool single track there to share.
 

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One more welcome from Michigan. With a name like Kasky, I'm thinking you're a MI native, but if you're not, may I offer some advice? I ride out of the Fife Lake area all the time and have learned a few things about sand riding: lower the tire pressures, balance the bike front/rear, and when in doubt, add throttle! Think of sand as a limited 'traction budget' (same for snow): you can use the budget for turning, accelerating, or stopping, but overspend and you're down (at least it's a LOT softer than those rocks I saw in Fred's last video)! Might as well enjoy it - it's home.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ That's great advise................ But we still dislike sugar sand.........:tongue3: OMM.
 

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Welcome KASKY...great bunch of people here on the forum.lucky to live here my hole life many trips to silver lake sand dunes growing up...in sand stay loose...just relax...kind of like water skiing or downhill on snow...the TW is great in sand just ask HOOT...
 

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After RV'ing in the west last winter I decided to get another dirt bike. My last bike a few years ago was a CR250 but at 62 I'm figured I'd get something a little more mild. I bought a 2006 and a 2007 TW figuring one may work for my wife too. Even after trying the TW she's just not going to dirt ride. She would only go about 15 mph on the dirt roads and said it felt sort of loose. We rode a two track with just a little loose sand and she was so freaked out that she slowed way down and dumped it so that's over. We also bought her what she really wanted which is a 2008 Yamaha V Star 650. Now I need to figure out how to pull a 6x12 utility trailer behind my fifth wheel with 3 bikes on it yet also have the proper trailer tongue weight if she rides the Star as we travel. She'll probably never ride in the desert but she wants me to bring her TW too. :confused:

I have made a few mods to the TW's and enjoy this great site. Thanks for all the good info.
Time for a new Riding Partner or Wife :p
 

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i didnt have an offroad bike when I lived up there. So if I got off a main road I'd find sand trails...not fun with a street bike,,,haha. Had to push it out more than once.

I hope you checked out reviews on the yammie 650. I was looking at buying one and found some have a driveshaft problem that the factory wont recall and fix. there have been some crashes too because of it

Yamaha V-Star Problems, 2006 Yamaha V-Star Complaints - Page #1
this is only one place I saw this. you may not ever have problems,though
 
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