My first off road ride

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So I went for my first gravel road ride with the Tenere. My friend and I didn’t realize the road was going to get serious lol. I have a set of TKC80’s to put on the bike for a ride just like this but had no idea our was going to get this challenging. The stock battle wings actually did pretty good even in the mud if I took my time and went slow. I went to fast a couple times and threw her down. I am impressed with the bike so far and she crash tested great. I didn’t break anything at all. It was a great ride and look forward to do it a lot more this year. 75575923-4F01-4679-A359-7808FCFE813B.jpeg 1A4C5F90-81C9-4118-BC11-EEF95FB470FE.jpeg 56F56895-B4C2-472F-B735-7EAA90424C81.jpeg EBBF312A-3438-4867-A349-6752D7DE85E1.jpeg C006A6B2-4A9C-4058-BC86-B995BAE11E91.jpeg
 

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So I went for my first gravel road ride with the Tenere. My friend and I didn’t realize the road was going to get serious lol. I have a set of TKC80’s to put on the bike for a ride just like this but had no idea our was going to get this challenging. The stock battle wings actually did pretty good even in the mud if I took my time and went slow. I went to fast a couple times and threw her down. I am impressed with the bike so far and she crash tested great. I didn’t break anything at all. It was a great ride and look forward to do it a lot more this year. View attachment 51770 View attachment 51771 View attachment 51772 View attachment 51773 View attachment 51774
Hmmmm. I gave you a like, but not "my cup of tea". So how many of you did it take to put the bike upright??
Be safe...SHUMBA
 

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I picked it up each time all by myself. It’s really not that heavy
Well you must be a big strong guy. I know there is a technique involved when picking up a bike, and one does not lift the entire weight of the bike, but it does take considerable strength.
What technique do you use??
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Well you must be a big strong guy. I know there is a technique involved when picking up a bike, and one does not lift the entire weight of the bike, but it does take considerable strength.
What technique do you use??
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Well actually I’m 5’5” and about 165lbs. My technique was to grab the handle bars and rear grab handles then use my legs to lift. I’m a technician in the Powersports business so I handle big heavy bikes all the time. I have owned 2 FJR’s and dropped them both once and picked them up on my own and they weigh 640lbs .
 

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Wow, I'm impressed!
I'm 5 foot 7 and about 180 pounds, but I'll be 69 in June.
My guess is I am a little older than you are.
Having said this, I go to the gym and I keep myself active.
But what is your technique, do face the bike or put your back against the seat and walk it back raising the the bike in increments?
Thanks. I'm hoping that I will not drop by new Ten, but prepare for the worst.
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Wow, I'm impressed!
I'm 5 foot 7 and about 180 pounds, but I'll be 69 in June.
My guess is I am a little older than you are.
Having said this, I go to the gym and I keep myself active.
But what is your technique, do face the bike or put your back against the seat and walk it back raising the the bike in increments?
Thanks. I'm hoping that I will not drop by new Ten, but prepare for the worst.
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Well the proper way is to lift with your back to the bike but I have always done it facing the bike. You are right I’m a young 51 year old lol
 

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Of course, always lift with your legs, and keep your back straight. I've got an artificial hip, although I can almost do everything that I used to do, the right leg doesn't have the full strength as it once did.
Appreciate your input, I watch YouTube videos of how to pick up your bike and some are very helpful.
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Forgot to ask you mentioned that you are 5 foot 5, so unless you're very long in the legs, you cannot flat foot the Ten. Does this pose a problem? I am contemplating getting a lower seat for my Ten, as I can not quite flat foot on the bike.
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Forgot to ask you mentioned that you are 5 foot 5, so unless you're very long in the legs, you cannot flat foot the Ten. Does this pose a problem? I am contemplating getting a lower seat for my Ten, as I can not quite flat foot on the bike.
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Nope I have never been able to flat foot any of my bikes. I have learned how to balance well and get comfortable with only the ball of one foot on the ground. I did get the Yamaha low seat and that helps for off road use.
 

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Ok, I suppose we have to utilize our resources granted.
I have friend who rides a CBR1000R and he is a short guy, latino, but strong as a bull. He has no problem with bike balance. Just curious where's home for you?
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