A couple of days ago, I had the luck to ride my KTM 500 in 3 separate wooded trail areas. All of the trails are lightly used. All total, we probably rode 10 trails all within a few minutes of each other. This is where having a license plate is so nice. I have never has an issue with the police even back when a bunch of us rode KDX 200’s, but it is an extra piece of mind being street legal.
The KTM 500 I ride is crazy tall. The suspension travel is extraordinary. On my old KDX both feet were flat on the ground, on the KTM I can barely touch one toe in boots. I have been fortunate to be able to log quite a few hours seat time in the past 10 days. I am starting to really understand how to make this bike do the dance. Not there yet, but I feel my riding getting more and more fluid. The other half of that equation is getting back into riding shape.
If you are in the market for a street legal dirt bike, KTM is a good place to start. It is not a GS, DR, Vstrom etc. Those bikes can do dirt and gravel, but not much more. They are just too heavy, plus they don’t have a proper suspension. I personally decided not to get a compromise, so I have both my BMW K1200RS and the KTM. Some of the places we go or obstacles we must clear halt most riders before they begin. Funny thing, all the obstacles that caused a pause now are the area’s you look forward to hitting.
Youtube has a wealth of riders better than I will ever be who do a great job of explaining how to use advanced techniques that are not common sense to make obstacles stress free. Seat time is key, but if you learn proper habits from world class riders, you will find an enjoyment in nature that is pretty indescribable. Even after riding more than 40 years, I still find their are things I can improve as a rider.
Here are a few videos from the 20+ miles we rode. 72 degrees in January…amazing – high 30’s today… bummer. Click here to go to my Dirt Bike Video Page
My buddy laid this trail out a few days ago. Today was my 1st time to see it. He made a very cool trail on a small parcel of land. We did 4 laps, or 12 miles. This is a bit from the 1st lap. It has some small hills, slick sections, super tight twisty sections and the downed tree to hop over every so often. I changed my Go Pro to 1280×960 48fps. I really like the orientation much better for the dirt bike. 30fps was just not fast enough to capture the craziness that happens when you are on such uneven surfaces. Youtube does no justice to how perfect the video looks prior to upload. GoPro’s don’t do a very good job of captururing the terrain, it appears much less technically challenging. It does give one who has never understood the appeal a look. Dirt is so much fun. You just do your thing. If you want to pull a wheelie, get air, or rip full blast, no one is hiding around a bend with a radar gun. The freedom is completely liberating. Then add a machine that will take you anywhere on the planet and you just found a bit of heaven.
Clearing trail, Machete in hand.
My dad surprised me with my first dirt bike over 42 years ago. I marvel that this bike has a license plate; I feel like I am getting away with something every time I go onto city streets. I still trailer it more often than not, but just having the option to legally drive on the roads is great. Continue reading for full post →
What a crazy month. Highs not above 20s one week, then warm and wet the next. However; yesterday,
we awoke to a beautiful blue sky and day time temps of nearly 70 degrees. Massive storms rolled
back in hours after I put the bike away. Today feels like January again.
I rode with a friend in an area of North Mississippi I had never ridden. Thankfully the woods did a fantastic job of absorbing the massive amounts of rain we have had recently. Other than a few areas, it was not bad. Of course it did have slippery spots, thankfully I was on a new front knobby and have a massive hybrid rear tire.
I tested 960 48fps a few days after the video’s below; I like it much better. 960 format in the woods is spectacular and the faster frame rate helps tremendously with the constant movement of off road riding. Riding later today, will post some of the new footage soon.
Chillin’ on a Jaunary Afternoon
Here are the videos from yesterdays ride. I just wish Youtube looked as crisp and clean and the video prior to upload.