Alright, heres the deal. My last real, non-commute ride, I did on my V and it had be wondering.
I ended up doing 10 miles of gravel and about 1/2 mile of dirt trails in the woods. The dirt trails were fine....so twisty and thin I never exceeded 10 mph. The gravel, on the otherhand, was sketchy to say the least, and I never made it past 20 mph.
I had so much fun... I started considering swapping the V for a dualsport. But I cant have two bikes, and theres too much about the V that I dont want to give up.
That being said, the thought of coming up to a gravel/dirt road in my adventures and having to turn around drives me nuts.
Ive read all the threads, seen the videos. I know some people say hell no, others post videos of it being done. Few define their experience and skill level, which arent always obvious.
Phew...now to my question. With the addition of a metal skid plate, some 90/10 or similar tires, and caution, can the V fit my needs of having a camping bike? Dirt...gravel...trails....I have never done ANY offroad, and the only reason I want to is for ADVENTURE and the riding will be RELAXED and casual, far from spirited. Just far enough out to be alone...away, hell I dont even matter doing 20 for ten miles. I just want to feel more planted when I do it, and be able to explore any road or trail that doesnt require huge suspension travel and ground clearance to get down.
Otherwise,...I sacrifice by sexy V for another damn outdated carb'd bike....
Thanks for any advice, but please, keep it firsthand....so many opinions flying around haha...