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first semi-serious gravel riding

I spent a day riding with a bunch of adv-bikes on my '10 Versys in the Va\WV mountains. I was sporting PR4s, slightly aired down vs everybody else on GS's with tkc's, etc.. It was just gravel F/S roads, nothing extreme. There was definitely some sliding around that better suited tires would fix to some degree but the bike did very well. When we set out I was prepared to fade way back and catch up at intersections but was able to hang right in the middle of the pack. I also managed to pick my way up a loose gravelly climb to a hilltop with a couple of wr250r's.. (it was nothing for them and a struggle for me but I made it, givi trunk and all) Lots more confidence in the V now in this role. I may go all jdrocks on this thing.

anyway, big fun! Can't wait to do it again.

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Seeing that you're from Central, VA. Where is the location that you went to for this? I am interested.
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ive done a few gravel roads on my 08 with street tires on o.o sliding side to side is fun =p (did i mention i was 2 up)
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I've done a handful of maintained gravel roads as well with street tires. The Versys definitely handles it OK. Yeah, more gravel oriented tires would be a little more confidence inspiring, but it's not necessary.

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That's what I'm talking about! A properly equipped ADVersys is a wonderful thing. With the right tires and motivation you can take your V so many more places. Don't listen to all the nay sayers.


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That's what I'm talking about! A properly equipped ADVersys is a wonderful thing. With the right tires and motivation you can take your V so many more places. Don't listen to all the nay sayers.
Just DON'T forget... you can NOT ride a Versys in the dirt...!

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Just DON'T forget... you can NOT ride a Versys in the dirt...!

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I know, I know.......the Versys will never be a good adventure bike, right?




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<.< i toured japan (alot of offroad) on a way over loaded seca 2 turbo it was......interesting.....
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Yea, the WR250R is a nice bike. About as cabable an off road machine you can get in a bike that will hold 85 mph.

You were probably better planted than you realized. Just first time "eyes wide open" mentality.
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It shouldn't be a big surprise that the V does as well as it does.. all it takes is a few basic ingredients.. light(ish), ground clearance, rear wheel weight bias. The bike has these covered. now about those tires..
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It it is truly a gravel road, it doesn't matter what tires you run. You will be sliding around. Now if it is a Chert road or dirt road that is one thing, but gravel roads make of rounded crushed rock are real fun to slide around on. Of course over time the gravel migrates to the edge of the road and the area compacted by vehicle tires can form a surface suitable for riding even street bikes on.

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