How Fast Have You Been Off Pavement?

Dirt_Dad

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I did put down a deposit on a Polaris RS1, but the earliest I will see that is July...
That's an awesome choice if you still have the inclination and the access to ride off road. Honestly the most fun I've ever had off road was on 4 wheels. I loved my sporty and massively powerful ATV. The RS1 type ride combines the best of everything. Crash an ATV and it will hunt you down and try to kill you. Crash the RS1, get out, roll it back on it's wheels an go. I bet it's going to be great fun. Hope you'll tell us about it.
 

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Maybe for slow, or stationary animals. I'm guessing you don't get many deer. 'Cuz, they will wait 'till the last second, and come out of those trees. Surprise!!
I would be at (probably) 30mph max Sierra. I always enjoy being stationary when antlers cross.
 

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Glad you still hang with us.
Someone has to keep this motley crew in line!

That's an awesome choice if you still have the inclination and the access to ride off road. Honestly the most fun I've ever had off road was on 4 wheels. I loved my sporty and massively powerful ATV. The RS1 type ride combines the best of everything. Crash an ATV and it will hunt you down and try to kill you. Crash the RS1, get out, roll it back on it's wheels an go. I bet it's going to be great fun. Hope you'll tell us about it.
I've been riding the SoCal sand dunes since I was 3 years old, and really took it to another level when I started riding an ATC 90 when I was 14.

My first power sports vehicle I purchased for myself was this beast:
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Which led to this :

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But I missed riding a quad after selling the Banshee to the person I bought the rail from, so I bought the YFZ, and rode it for the last 16 years. This is what it looked like when I sold it:
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I have ridden 45 to 50 miles per hour on well maintained gravel roads with a fully loaded bike for a two week trip. Those roads were in South Dakota and Nebraska. Very wide roads and I could see a long way. I have also ridden my FJ1200 and my FJR1300 that fast on gravel. Just had to really slow down for the wash boards and holes the Super T didn't seem to notice nearly as bad. Those are technically roads so is that considered off road? Now when I was really off road on the Super T it was first and second gear. I have no idea on the speed. SLOW! Ha ha. As a matter of fact even on my old yz 250 there just isn't enough open room to stretch it out where I live. I guess I have had it close to topped out but only 55 or 60 i guess. I have it geared pretty low for the woods.
 

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I have ridden 45 to 50 miles per hour on well maintained gravel roads with a fully loaded bike for a two week trip. Those roads were in South Dakota and Nebraska. Very wide roads and I could see a long way. I have also ridden my FJ1200 and my FJR1300 that fast on gravel. Just had to really slow down for the wash boards and holes the Super T didn't seem to notice nearly as bad. Those are technically roads so is that considered off road? Now when I was really off road on the Super T it was first and second gear. I have no idea on the speed. SLOW! Ha ha. As a matter of fact even on my old yz 250 there just isn't enough open room to stretch it out where I live. I guess I have had it close to topped out but only 55 or 60 i guess. I have it geared pretty low for the woods.
If your sight lines are good, go at any speed you're comfortable - on road or off. It's your life...just do not endanger any other.

(guess it's virtue-signalling time - take cover)
 

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Someone has to keep this motley crew in line!



I've been riding the SoCal sand dunes since I was 3 years old, and really took it to another level when I started riding an ATC 90 when I was 14.

My first power sports vehicle I purchased for myself was this beast:
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Which led to this :

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But I missed riding a quad after selling the Banshee to the person I bought the rail from, so I bought the YFZ, and rode it for the last 16 years. This is what it looked like when I sold it:
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They look the part!
 

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Oh I didn't mention that cattle trailers and over the road semi's were on those gravel roads running at least 65! I could see the dust a mile or two away. I would find a nice spot to pull over and duck my head because of the gravel flying. It wasn't hard to ride fast on those roads when I was the only one on there. I did have a crop duster dive bomb me one time on a gravel road in South Dakota. Scared the $!@# out of me just like he was planning on doing! I got my camera out to take some shots and he started doing spins and rolls and dives just for my entertainment. I have to admit though when he pulled out of that dive right beside me at 6 foot off the ground full throttle I did about jump out of my pants. I looked over and only saw landing gear! I didn't even hear him till he was right beside me! Of course he had a big ol smile on his face knowing he got me. My buddy who lives there said all the crop dusters are crazy. haha.
 

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40 ish for me ... the fire / access roads around here are either covered in various size gravel or just dirt, which turns to slick mud after any kind of precepiation. Oh, those gravels, they're like riding on ice! I changed my tires to the Dunlop Missions & it seems to help a bit. Definetely better than the stock once.
 

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Maybe for slow, or stationary animals. I'm guessing you don't get many deer. 'Cuz, they will wait 'till the last second, and come out of those trees. Surprise!!
We get deer, once in a while. They usually hang out in the same general area. We also have moose. Big ones. The danger with them is usually at night, where I absolutely do not partake in any speed shenanigans. I've been in the fire service long enough to have gone to many car vs. moose, and a handful of bike vs. moose. Some were lucky, some broke up pretty bad, some didn't make it. Striking a thousand pound animal broadside with a motorcycle at 45mph can be fatal.
 

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We get deer, once in a while. They usually hang out in the same general area. We also have moose. Big ones. The danger with them is usually at night, where I absolutely do not partake in any speed shenanigans. I've been in the fire service long enough to have gone to many car vs. moose, and a handful of bike vs. moose. Some were lucky, some broke up pretty bad, some didn't make it. Striking a thousand pound animal broadside with a motorcycle at 45mph can be fatal.
Agreed...take heedwild-animals-ahead-warning-sign.jpg
 

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40 ish for me ... the fire / access roads around here are either covered in various size gravel or just dirt, which turns to slick mud after any kind of precepiation. Oh, those gravels, they're like riding on ice! I changed my tires to the Dunlop Missions & it seems to help a bit. Definetely better than the stock once.
Everything you said is true for this area of the pnw. Those fire roads are far more dangerous than they look. Especially after a rain. Its like riding on marbles even in the dry.


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Conversely, some of the pure dirt roads in NV are better than pavement. So packed down and mixed with oil and who knows what from all the mining trucks that they are rock hard and smooth. Around here in MS most of the gravel and dirt roads have a fair amount clay and can get loose and deep quick when really wet. Farther North in AR, the amount of rock in the dirt made for surprisingly good traction and riding in the rain. No speed records, but I wasn't sliding around either.
 
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