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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-21-2010, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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Great Off Road Ride

Just got done with my first off-road ride on my V...and it was fantastic! My buddy on his Wee-Strom and I on my Versys worked our way through about 40 miles of gravel roads, fire roads, logging roads and ATV trails. A great and challenging mix of loose gravel, sand, mud, water, brush and even a few small downed trees to go over. The bike handled great, better than expected, especially considering I still have the stock tires. After the ride this afternoon, I can't wait to get out and try some more off-road trails with my V. This is a true all around bike! Fast on the highway, fun and flexible in the twisties and performed suprisingly well in the rocks, sand, dirt and mud...all while looking good doing it all! Attaching a few pics of the aftermath (pre bath) will try to bring a camera along for the ride next time...and try to get even more dirty!
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Very nice!


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Bike all dirty looks great!

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Thanks for the report. Looking forward to some off road myself.
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Just got done with my first off-road ride on my V...and it was fantastic! My buddy on his Wee-Strom and I on my Versys worked our way through about 40 miles of gravel roads, fire roads, logging roads and ATV trails. A great and challenging mix of loose gravel, sand, mud, water, brush and even a few small downed trees to go over. The bike handled great, better than expected, especially considering I still have the stock tires. After the ride this afternoon, I can't wait to get out and try some more off-road trails with my V. This is a true all around bike! Fast on the highway, fun and flexible in the twisties and performed suprisingly well in the rocks, sand, dirt and mud...all while looking good doing it all! Attaching a few pics of the aftermath (pre bath) will try to bring a camera along for the ride next time...and try to get even more dirty!

Good Lord man, Don't you read the internet? You can't do that with a V.

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I have no doubt some other bikes are better suited for off road, but fortunately for me I've never ridden them! I have never stayed away from single tracks, gravel etc. No major boulder or log hopping is all.
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That's a Dirty Girl!

Well done! The bike is living up to it's name.

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I just did a similar type of riding for the first time on my V as well. It did great on the ATV trail from Gratiot to Mineral Point, WI. The only time it was even sketchy was some standing water over snotty mud on hard clay. That was slippery and hard to see what was there.

BTW, I was also running the stock tires with 5300 miles on them and just a hair over the wear bars. It would have been super easy on some slighter nubbier tires.


I had read all the internet stuff saying how terrible it was off road and was saving to buy a dirt bike. Then realized that the resale of my V is so low I may as well just drive it as scratched up bodywork isn't going to make it worth much less.

Alas, no pictures because I was by myself.

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LuckyDuck, Sounds like you had as much fun as I did. My ride was between Tower and Gilbert in NE Minnesota. We are blessed with a plethora of Forest Service roads, logging roads and ATV trails that are just waiting to be explored. Now that I know the V handles as well as it does in the gravel, sand and mud...can't wait o get out and do more. As for the low resale...I disagree, if more people figure out just how fun and versatile these bikes really are, they will become as coveted by others as they are cherished by us!
Starting to look into what type of new meats to strap on when the time comes due (and pocket book allows). I will for suure be looking for something with a bit more bite than the stock rubber, but don't want to sacrifice road performance either...hey with a bike like this we can want...and have it all!

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@ LuckyDuck,

And you did not invite me? I am hurt. I have been riding all over S.W. Wis. The Great River Gravel route, The lower sections of the T.W.A.T. We gotta get together some time.

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