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Let's talk about Adventure Riding.

Does anyone on here do much of it??

Lots of my riding over the last decade or so has been sport touring. I really enjoy it and don't plan to stop, but after riding the Triumph Tiger XC on Saturday I'm starting to consider having a dual sport in the stable.

For those that are into it, what parts do you enjoy most & where have you been going?

One of the things I love about snowmobiling is it takes me to places I'd never see otherwise. I can only imagine what kind of places one would find with the right bike.

I've been poking around a bit on advrider.com & some of the ride reports over there are absolutely amazing!
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interested in where people would go around here also. one thing is a small group would be a must. u are very vulnerable imo alone on some obscure trail.

"Why are all these people here? There are too many people on this earth. We need a new plague…"

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Maybe fattkaw will chime in here...big KLR guy.

Rented a BMW GS in Colorado some years back..... Really enjoyed the ability to ride
Fire-roads without feeling like death was immanenet like on a sport or sport touring bike.

Reality is this is Illinois so it's big flat and there is plenty of that...... So a shaker like the
KLR might be a bit tedious on the straight stuff.... A bigger ride like the GS with better
Higway manners might be a better compromise.....


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I was just in the Baja desert on an ATV a few weeks ago...would be unbelievable on a KLR, Tiger, BMW or KTM.

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google the TWAT

Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail

Advrider is one of the coolest MC sites on the net. I really want a plated dual sport bike at some point. The Daulton Highway would be a good way to break it in

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I think about Jammin -Jay's trip and it gives me goosebumps........

What a great way to see the planet.....


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one thing is a small group would be a must. u are very vulnerable imo alone on some obscure trail.
eh, that's why it's called adventrure riding.
like maynard said, check out the advrider forums. there's some amazing trips reports.
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I love it. The MCCCT trail is one of my favorites. I would like to do the Trans America trail sometime soon. There are plenty of places to ride , but require some travel.
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Have always thought of this but FUCK, I don"t have room for a 4th bike......

Gimmie an hour and I'll have (5) more SOLID excuses too

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forgot about the wind loL

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Not so adventurous here in illinois, but if I lived somewhere more interesting I'm sure I could get into it, I'm all about survival and stuff so being alone on a trail wouldn't bother me, but living in illinois the 8 hour ride to get anywhere even worth riding totally kills any desire to do it.

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That's one of the reasons I asked where people are doing it. No doubt mountainous areas would be ideal, but I have to think there are some good opportunities closer to home.

At the very least there are tons of logging roads & fire roads within the national forests of MI & WI.
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I was just in the Baja desert on an ATV a few weeks ago...would be unbelievable on a KLR, Tiger, BMW or KTM.
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Surprised this didn't go further......

Posting a new tangent thread here ....

https://www.chicagolandsportbikes.com...d.php?t=115477

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Maybe fattkaw will chime in here...big KLR guy.

Rented a BMW GS in Colorado some years back..... Really enjoyed the ability to ride
Fire-roads without feeling like death was immanenet like on a sport or sport touring bike.

Reality is this is Illinois so it's big flat and there is plenty of that...... So a shaker like the
KLR might be a bit tedious on the straight stuff.... A bigger ride like the GS with better
Higway manners might be a better compromise.....


Interesting.......



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Everything I have read has expressed the sentiment mentioned above. KLR's for the rough and dirty stuff, but not so great on the highway. What about the Super Tenere?

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I work with a guy that rides the shit out of his little Vstrom, he thrives on finding the most obscure places. I would pick the big Vstrom with some decent tires.

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. What about the Super Tenere?
It's gotten good reviews as well...as a true and honest effort by Yamaha to jump in to the mix full swing...BUT, it's gotten the same knock as the Vstrom, sort of soul-less. Which means that it probably works flawlessly

It really is so nice to see true standard motorcycles making a come back. So many options out there now. Think about the market difference just 5-10 years ago.

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Every time I think of these bikes, I always go back to the IndyGP Monsoon Year - After the race, we were driving home (cage, consider the source here) and under every over pass were bikes PACKED in - The only guys riding thru the rain were dudes on Big Adventure bikes - Sick fucks

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I know its not adventure riding per say but I have had not 1 problem riding my Hypermotard off road. It is comfortable enough to do 650 miles days with no issues and light enough to not get bogged down and fall over while riding off road. the riding I have done off road was something you would not ride a sport bike in but not so bad that you are stuck up into ur axles in mud. This was on on pilot powers. I would imagine a more agressive tire would be perfect for the job. Also it is very easy to clean since its naked.

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Lots of the adv guys are running the Pirelli Scorpions for the dual set up.

http://www.pirelli.com/tyre/ww/en/mo...ion_trail.html

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I don't think those tires are any better than the ones I have. I will have to dig up the info on what tires I hade on my KTM 625 when I bought them. It was something like dizzanos or something to that effect.
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Avon Distanzia's is the tire I had
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Linked the wrong tire...sorry. It's the Scorpion A/T:

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...Rear-Tire.aspx


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The one thing I'll never know is the definition of is Adventure Riding!! But buying a 14K or more "dual sport" is really retarded and is it ever going to see dirt?? Yamaha Tenere thing is nice but how are you going to feel dumping it on a bag ass rock. Then the yamaha options -- three hundred bucks for heated grips!! its a thirty dollar part from any aftermarket company. BMW again, why? Go find some parts when you break it in the middle of the Rockies!

Ok places to ride are few around here but places like the TWAT and the Cheese trail are great and most of my riding is done by freelancing on the GPS out my the Mississippi river. one group to hook up with -- http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-dual-sport/

The Michelin Anakee tires have a good dual sport pattern and good life.
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Opinions are like assholes, but if i was really using an adventure bike like its meant to be used i would want one i could fix with duct tape and bubble gum. Something like a older klr or a drz400

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