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« on: July 01, 2017, 10:15:46 am »

This year I bought a Super Ténéré to ride on dirt roads as well as paved roads.  I haven’t had a chance to ride many dirt roads yet but on the few occasions that I did, nothing went wrong. However, Thursday (June 29) I got in over my head on one that had mud and deep ruts. In case you didn’t know, mud and deep ruts are evil, especially if you are riding a heavy bike.  

The day started quite nicely for Paul, Dave and I. They were riding their Wee Stroms. We did some paved roads, had lunch in Sussex NB and then decided to revisit a dirt road that Paul and I had started to do earlier this spring but turned away because it was still too early in the year. This time it looked a lot better and we were progressing very well in 2nd and 3rd gear when all of a sudden we started to have to use 1st gear. That went fairly well for a bit until the ruts started to get worst and then the mud got mixed in.

On my 1st get off, I laughed it off, took some pictures and then took off again after getting help from Paul and Dave to right the heavy S10 and making sure there was no damage to the bike.

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Down for the 1st time


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I am still smiling


I had to stop for this turtle that was crossing the road.

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Now I am getting a little bit nervous as the road is not getting any better and not too long after that I go down for the 2nd time. Again, after getting up and making sure there was no damage to the bike we took off but all 3 of us are now tired of the workout. Nevertheless, we all agreed that the best way to get out of it was to keep going. We knew that eventually we would hit pavement according to the maps we had but we didn’t really know how far it would be.  

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Down for the 2nd time


So, off we go again and it is definitely not getting any better. For the 3rd time I go down but this time I got hurt a bit when my left shin got the worst of it but only above the riding boot. Nothing broken. For the 3rd time we got the bike up and after examining everything, there did not appear to be any damage to it.  


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Down for the 3rd time


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Is this the right pose


When we finally hit pavement we decided to head to Bouctouche where I grew up and as a reward I had a lobster roll.  Yummy!  

As I am writing this, I haven’t cleaned the bike yet. Maybe this afternoon.  

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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2017, 10:42:00 am »

Sounds like quite the workout!

Do you think more aggressive tires would have done the trick? The ones you are running look pretty slick...
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2017, 10:46:57 am »

I've always hated mud and I've always hated ruts. When they are combined, it truly is "evil."  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2017, 11:39:52 am »


Sounds like quite the workout!

Do you think more aggressive tires would have done the trick? The ones you are running look pretty slick...


The tires that are on the bike came with the bike and they now have some mileage. I'll probably buy some 50/50 tires when I replace them.  Haven't decided which ones yet.  
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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2017, 01:09:00 pm »

Crashing is bad
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« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2017, 02:57:12 pm »

Leon:

This photo series looks strikingly similar to those world famous Russian dash cams.

Oh, and that turtle looks evil.
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« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2017, 05:34:45 pm »

I just mounted TKC80s on my 1190 to hopefully prevent/minimize such adventures. The rear is notorious for wearing out quickly but they are the "go to" tire for taking big adventure bikes on unpaved roads. Glad to read that you escaped mostly unscathed.
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« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2017, 10:19:26 am »

I've always hated mud and I've always hated ruts. When they are combined, it truly is "evil."  Wink
Well the trick is to go right through the middle deepest part because you will end up there regardless. On a positive side when you are in the rut you don't have to worry about bike going anywhere it will stay there until you get through. Just keep power on the tap, clutch slipping, front from bogging and duckwalk if needed.

To OP: not sure I would have guts to go there on those tires and on such heavy bike like S10. And I wouldn't wanna take it on Wee too, maybe on 250cc trail bike.
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« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2017, 11:00:36 am »

I just mounted TKC80s on my 1190 to hopefully prevent/minimize such adventures. The rear is notorious for wearing out quickly but they are the "go to" tire for taking big adventure bikes on unpaved roads. Glad to read that you escaped mostly unscathed.
Pare it up with K60 or E-07 for better mileage
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