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post #21 of 34 (permalink) Old 05-29-2016, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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One of the best ways to become a better street rider, is to become a dirt rider. I came back to riding dirt in 2005, since starting riding back in 1973. Learning to manage traction and allowing the bike to track/adjust under you, and especially learning to look well ahead to plan your path of travel are all just as key to street riding as dirt riding. I even learned to slide the rear tire under power, that saved my butt a few times when the same happened on dry pavement.
Absolutely. Dirt riding has really helped me get better in a lot of ways. It's not for everybody, I get that, but I love it.

My next step to becoming a better rider is to take the Triumph to a track day.

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Had a honda xl 600 enduro,Rode the freeway in la to a dirt park,Man that was fun,then Rode freeway back home with a filthy bike
Graybush,your pics are Really nice,bet ur Havin a blast
Thanks. Yes, I have way too much fun getting dirty/crusty and splashing around through puddles and creeks. It's like being a kid again. Healing just takes a little longer when I get banged up.

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Nice, I went on a ride last week with some fellow riders, just on paved roads, I have a 900 classic LT but one of the guys had a KLR and rides off road and he is 60 some years old and loves it. The guy he bought the bike from road the entire Trans-American Trail and I never even knew it existed! Sounds like fun, I am 50 and wouldn't mind giving it a go, if I was single and retired!
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Nice, I went on a ride last week with some fellow riders, just on paved roads, I have a 900 classic LT but one of the guys had a KLR and rides off road and he is 60 some years old and loves it. The guy he bought the bike from road the entire Trans-American Trail and I never even knew it existed! Sounds like fun, I am 50 and wouldn't mind giving it a go, if I was single and retired!
Go for it! There are several groups of dual sport riders around here. I'm one of the young 'uns of one such group, and I'm almost 40. There's a guy a few miles from here who routinely rides an XT225, a dual sport a lot like mine, all over the place. He's 79 years old. I hope I can still do that at his age!
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I used to ride my 83 Honda XL600 as a "dirt bike", but its a stripped down street/dirt bike, and kick start only (I bought it as a $200 basket case). I did a few Field and Forest rides in the West Bend WI area. Now I ride a 2007 Suzuki DRZ400E as my trails bike.

Its funny, on these Field and Forest rides to check out the riders at the lunch stop; many guys my age (58) decked out in full off-road gear, grey wispy hair under the helmets, not in prime shape perhaps. But, many of them can haul on the trails.
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I even scouted my line through the creek and somehow still managed to get too deep. Almost slid the bike into the back of my truck when I was done. Overall fun Friday afternoon ride!


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Looks like a ton of fun!
Nice to see someone else from around the Pcola area

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Getting onto the rocks was easy. Getting out was the hard part.



Went exploring down some forest roads and found a nice campsite/swimming hole, complete with rope swings!




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I'm sorry, but I fail to see anything in this entire thread that has anything to do with Vulcan motorcycles. Or am I off base?

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I'm sorry, but I fail to see anything in this entire thread that has anything to do with Vulcan motorcycles. Or am I off base?
You're right. The "Rides" forum seemed like the best fit when I started it. So far nobody has objected to hearing about a different aspect of riding and I've gotten a few PMs asking about dual sport motorcycles.

I would love to see people adding pics and videos to this thread if they have something that fits. But if this topic just bores you, you should have a "Back" somewhere on your browser/device that will prevent you from having to look at this thread.

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