Dual Sport, ADV bike… same thing. Just make sure to ride them together. If they drop them at all, after the dual sporter’s are done picking up their lightweight bikes they’ll have plenty of energy to help you pick up your yours. 😉
Up the west side of the frosty island from our very familiar meeting spot, we cut past the gate with an icy taste of what was to come behind it. Stay in your track or your eating snow in a hurry. If your flying along and there isn’t a dry track disappears, then open wide, here comes your first meal! At least for the only guy running 50/50 tires. Horseshoed my shift lever not twice but three times today… just left it bent after that.
Deep puddles surrounded by the unsightly stew of mud and snow, a hilarious scene to take so much pleasure to burn through. Fully accepting the wet, the rain was not even noticed as it came and went all day. Hitting the lake side shelter was the closest we would get to an inviting environment for the rest of the ride.
As the only ADV bike (Triumph Tiger 800 Xcx) rider of the day, this was not easy. In the dry (no snow) tracks stand up and be very accurate with your tires, there is no mistakes allowed. In the snow… sit yo ass down, it’s just farther to fall. 🙂 Actually, drifting around the rear wheel and keeping your speed down it’s not so bad. Keep your feet ready to catch yourself, and if you don’t… Let’er lay down, It’s OK, this is why we buy the bars. Other than a gnarly looking shift lever, at the end of the day some paint scraping on the bars is the only harm done.
Hitting a wide creek with only big rocks in sight, my only suggestion is… put everything in a sealed dry place. These guys zipping across like nothing, I was wishing I packed some TP to clean up after myself. Barely making it across, my nerves… and, well the big damn rocks, slowed me down. Thanks to Colin for helping me cross it for the first time. With a dead end up ahead, thanks to Brad for picking me out of my icy bath the second time. Soakers from head to toe.