229 pounds vs 319 pounds and 250cc of two stroke goodness FTW. DRZ will pull stumps, but it's a barge on the trails. It's like trying to ride an FJR on the track. My FJR will pull stumps but the GSX-R750 does a much better job. And the new bikes would whoop my old bike so easy.My antique DR-Z pulls stumps, I dare say it could probably pull that durn KTM up the hill as well so it could run circles around me on flat ground. Good plan.
I am pretty happy the DR-Z was as much fun as it was. I did learn that even a 60 yr old can pick it up, I can get on it in flat muddy ground and it was a lot of fun for very little money. While I would like to look at other bikes, without a Lotto win, I think I am using the DR-Z.It was never that.
Much easier to ride it up than push it up! Momentum is your friend when it comes to hill climbing. Yes, helmet with googles is the way to go. If its not dusty you can wear saftey glasses as well. Lets more air on your face to help keep you cool. Also, think vented gear. Much cooler and if its winter you can always add a layer or underlayer that is wind blocking. I wear vented year around.Things I learned:
1. Commit when climbing or descending, pausing makes you choose poorly.
2. Get a helmet with Goggles, first on the list.
3. Get some proper clothing as well. We were pretty hot and I could have avoided a fall or two if my jeans hadn't slipped a bit (hazard for short fat guys.)
4. We might have a little too much scooter for beginners (we figured that not seriously ridning in the dirt for almost 40 + yrs makes us beginners) Considering a smaller AND much LIGHTER scooter.
5. I can't wait to get back. The folks there are awesome, the trails are well laid out and at $25.00 a day, I don't think there is a better motorcycling value to be had.
Loved it, I think Mitch and I are hooked on dirt
HA! Its amazing how I forget that around here. Barnwell is the same (all shade on the trails). I did the majority of my summer riding in West Texas. If you don't bring shade or seek it out its not readily available. It can be brutal, but at least its a dry heat right....Amazingly most of the trails are in the shade. We had the EZ up and lots of water/gatorade. I do a lot of riding at the racetrack in a leather suit. So shade and hydrating are my best riding skill.
When do you guys plan to be there? Thinking about it....OK ... what do you need?
It appears one other DRZ rider will be joining us in the morning.
Meeting at Big Cup in Glen Rose at 0630When do you guys plan to be there? Thinking about it....
Haven't ridden real dirt in ages...
If I brought the GS, are the trails too tight to ride it? Looks like there are some bypass routes for some of the tougher / tighter stuff.
The obvious choice is the WR. But would need to trailer it and to be honest, I'd like the challenge of riding the GS in some hard stuff if possible.
Ok. I may meet you. I'd have to leave at 5:30, but I've done it before. Are you eating breakfast? I assume Big Cup is a restaurant.Meeting at Big Cup in Glen Rose at 0630
There are some pretty tight spots.
But they said they've had GSs out there before and were surprised.
And I'd like to eyeball and lay hands on the WR at some point ... cause you just never know ...