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« on: July 31, 2013, 04:08:56 AM »
I took my first real trail ride on the X and I'm very pleased. The terrain was a mix of gravel, soft dirt and some light mud. I babied it at first (come on, I have less than 500mi on it) but then I really got going through a whoop section. It was a blast! No issues with ground clearance or traction. Really surprised at the capability of this machine. I did stop when I approached the back end of the wooded trail where there were 2 huge puddles to cross (not trying that- at least not yet). I will try to borrow a goPro and post a vid on youtube with my next run. Does anyone else go offroad with yours?

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Re: Offroad
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2013, 09:16:21 AM »
wouldn't want to get it dirty ! LOL...

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Re: Offroad
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2013, 07:22:05 PM »
"Does anyone else go offroad with yours?"

I do.

No real good pictures though, yet.

About 15km of dirt road to get to the spot on the pic below.  Some deeply eroded sections with erosion channels up to 30cm deep.  Some very steep sections with loose coarse gravel.  Also did a number of excursions on the side of roads exploring minor trails to spot camp site possibilities.

Did take the belly pan off coz there's a fair chance of it being ripped off with some of the exploring I do.  Can still see some grass sticking out in 2nd pic below.  Currently wondering where to find or how to make a more solid skid plate, and how to attach it.  Any ideas anyone?

3rd picture down is wifey and me on a Australian Outback road a few years ago.  1st day after it re-opened after several weeks of flooding.  100km or so from anywhere in particular.

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Re: Offroad
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2013, 04:44:57 AM »
Night trail ride

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Re: Offroad
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2013, 01:25:14 PM »
Donqx, Gday mate did you drop your tyre pressures down when off road,and if so how much.will be heading into the northern goldfields around Sandstone in a few weeks for a bit of a look around.         

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Re: Offroad
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2013, 08:41:03 PM »
when I remember, sometimes too excited to think about it

also depends on where I'm going
... coarse gravel & rocks --> yes, to reduce chances of puncture as well as softer ride
... soft stuff like sand --> yes, for more traction

generally ~25-40% less pressure ... max reduction to about 25PSI rear, 20 front ... some people do a bit more

:-)  dq.

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Re: Offroad
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2013, 09:13:42 PM »
Anyone change tires yet to more off-road ready tires?
Is there any strong skid plates available yet on the market?

I'm interested in people's off-roading experience, as I think this is one of the negatives against the bike, in it's ability off-road, and puts it down a peg for serious RTW folks, so would be interested to get info on off-road experience, thanks for starting the thread.
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