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    My first few miles in proper mud. I didn't buy my F650GS for it's off road abilities but thought I'd give it a go. Probably would have been easier with 50/50 tyres rather than the 80/20 Conti Road Attack tyres. Something I'll have to try again when it's dry.

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    ...and the best way to get your bike clean!!!

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    I wonder if having a traction control system, like BMW uses on their larger models, would have made riding in those conditions easier?
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    Brave enough effort in poor conditions.
    Knobbier tires may have taken some stress out of the effort. Staying on a paved road is another suggestion, but where the hero in that, eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard230 View Post
    I wonder if having a traction control system, like BMW uses on their larger models, would have made riding in those conditions easier?
    My friend was on a Yamaha XT1200 with traction control and ABS and he had as much 'fun' as me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by notacop View Post
    Brave enough effort in poor conditions.
    Knobbier tires may have taken some stress out of the effort. Staying on a paved road is another suggestion, but where the hero in that, eh?
    Not trying to be a hero, just sharing a little fun I had.
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    Great videos! Thanks. Though I didn't think they were "proper" GS type videos. Yes you went through mud that could've brought you down, and some water. But where oh where was the video of you and your bike stuck somewhere you had no business taking a motorcycle to...along with four of your best buddies trying to help you extricate yourself?

    I'd like to get a bike like that perhaps. We have a lot of forest roads left over from logging in these parts. I don't need to go on the roads that require a support crew to pull me out of trouble. But a bike that can go down roads like you just did would be great.

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    "Not trying to be a hero"
    Meant in the best of ways. getting through on street tires is admirable. I'da been mired probably more than a few times and I run a pseudo off road tire, Shinko 705.
    That shit looked just plain nasty to my eyes.

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    And he stayed upright...or edited those portions out.

    I did like that idea in the second video of washing the bike in that clear water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daboo View Post
    And he stayed upright...or edited those portions out.

    I did like that idea in the second video of washing the bike in that clear water.

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    I did end up in the mud once but unfortunately I didn't have the camera switched on.Click image for larger version. 

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    Well, that certainly take away a level of adulation. You're nothing more than a mere mortal, abiet talented.
    2 demerits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notacop View Post
    Well, that certainly take away a level of adulation. You're nothing more than a mere mortal, abiet talented.
    2 demerits.
    I'll take the 2 point deduction. Not so sure about the talented part, most of the time my front wheel was going where it wanted, not where I wanted.
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    " Not so sure about the talented part"

    Hah, you should see how I do in soft dirt and sand. My wipe outs are legendary among a circle of friends. Hell, I even dumped it in a paved parking lot when my passenger dismounted before i got the side stand down. 3 Demerits for me!

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    Those roads worthy of some knobby tires. That you challenged yourself with your Road Attacks? Awesome, Dude...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard230 View Post
    I wonder if having a traction control system, like BMW uses on their larger models, would have made riding in those conditions easier?
    I had the traction control on the K1300S and the path to my home sometimes was in similar condition (yes, I used the K1300S as a dirt bike sometimes )... I needed to set it off to get out of the path.
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