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Off-road riding advice

5861 Views 52 Replies 28 Participants Last post by  biggziff
For all the fellow Multistrada riders here; any tips, discussion, ideas, suggestions on off-road riding? I feel I can push it to the (my) limit on pavement but realized I know nothing about enduro style riding. I have ridden the occasional smooth dirt or gravel road but met my match on some fluffy sand. Lucky it only cost me a broken mirror.

I'd like to get input from experienced off-roaders regarding techniques for getting our moneys worth out of enduro mode. What is the secret of doing this successfully?
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If you really want to 'do it in the dirt', buying a dirt bike and learning how to ride in the dirt is sage advise, that being said I plan on taking the Multi to places most would not, but I have been riding in the dirt for 40+ years, the multi will be well armored and have proper treads on it. I will still try and be gentle with it and will expect to break a few things- goes with the territory.
Not the hill climbs I did on my real dirt bike. The Multi would be broken quickly!
Hell- strip it down, extend the swing arm, put a paddle on it and go ala widowmaker!:D
Here is another-

As was mentioned, ABS, and traction control- off, you will stand much more, steer with the rear wheel more, tires will make a world of difference and armor bits- everyone goes down in the dirt. Have fun
Don't let them get you down dlm, most ducati owners cringe at the thought of getting their pretty italian bikes a little dirty.

I've got a set of TKC80's on mine, with all the crash bars and bark busters they make for it to aide in the event of a get off and I will tell you that the multi will keep up with any twin in the dirt as long as you stay out of the deep sand or mud. The 17" front wheel is the only thing keeping me from taking it to moab and beyond. There's a guy on another board in the middle of riding his multi through baja.

Don't expect it to keep pace with any of the thumpers out there but it will more than hold it's weight with the bikes in its class.

dang it man, I feel myself wanting a set of those, bad, looks wicked, what did it cost you to get the spare set of wheels and all set up for an easy swap? If ya don't mind me asking
I'd go for an older 2 stroke KTM EXC and make it street legal, bullet proof, (oh wait I have one) KLXs are good as well, Old gen XR's are heavy but indestructible, WR's good as well
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