Tiger X-road 250- first encounter with dirt :-)

mbox999

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I was doing a little 115 km x-road ride today ...part of this was also some light offroading . it was good fun and the x-road did pretty well...the only thing i would have wanted ...in the muddy forest knobbed tires would have been a lot better :)

this was the route i took ...obviously the offroad roads are not included but they were found along thise route: http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Route+122&daddr=15.6188511,100.1183871+to:Route+225+to:Route+225+to:Route+225+to:Route+225+to:Unknown+road+to:Unknown+road+to:Unknown+road+to:Unknown+road+to:phahon+Yothin%2FRoute+1+to:15.6729047,100.1072557+to:15.6797498,100.1020473+to:15.6753757,100.0847112+to:Sawan+Withi+64&hl=en&sll=15.68246,100.095491&sspn=0.063216,0.076475&geocode=FZYN7wAd_tX2BQ%3BFSNT7gAdc6_3BSlBqwblyU3gMDHQPUyEVPsEEw%3BFZVu7wAdeQH4BQ%3BFQTv7wAdRSr5BQ%3BFcAH8gAd_Nv5BQ%3BFVMt8gAdCwn6BQ%3BFXIl8gAd4ez5BQ%3BFQAs8gAdF7z5BQ%3BFQC38gAdLuf4BQ%3BFYot8gAdXq73BQ%3BFeR27wAdHsH3BQ%3BFUgm7wAd94P3BSnriVKKRk7gMDFAx0uEVPsEEw%3BFQVB7wAdn2_3BSnHiaNLNk7gMDGwuEuEVPsEEw%3BFe8v7wAd5yv3BSkhxiRsJk7gMDHhw0uEVPsEEw%3BFWwh7wAdmR33BQ&mra=dvme&mrsp=12&sz=14&via=1,11,12,13&z=11

Total mileage i done so far on my new x-road 250 is 514km.

First around some roads in-between ricefields
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Then some muddy forest road
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In another forest but no road really....i couldn't even use the sidestand the soil was so soft - eventually near the tree the soil was firm enough to use the stand
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In a ricefield-road again
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the final pitstop :)
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mileage:
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got into rain on the last few km's as well - looks very dirty now
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after some washing:
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here is the full set of pics in hi-res: https://picasaweb.google.com/110453917545204291146/XRoadGoingOffroad?authkey=Gv1sRgCMXy5umQoPzxeA&feat=directlink

hope you enjoy & happy trails,

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mbox999

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Thanks colin , i quite enjoyed doing some of the dirty roads yesterday ...although i am newbie on dirtroads it has something that i find interesting about ...when i was in the forest mudroad i went trough some of those water filled trackholes...can't really see how deep they are...by one water filled trackhole i was a bit surprised being deeper then anticipated...but i got through it . Also something i need to get used to , i shouldn't sit when doing the offroad but rather stand...oh well its a learning curve i enjoy :)

cheers, mbox
 

gobs

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Feb 8, 2007
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Well done mbox!
As you say, maybe dual-purpose tyres would be useful.
How did the shocks on the trails you rode?

Cheese,
Gobs
 

mbox999

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Nov 7, 2007
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yep perhaps dual purpose tire in future maybe something like the pirelli scorpion MT 90 A/T
I find the suspension so far.... on road use , the shocks absorb pretty ok , but they don't absorb all of the bumps - i think it is pretty firm .
I have not much to compare with though ...i did test the d-tracker a few years ago and i think it was softer- i think more absorbing

Offroad the shocks did very well , but it was only light offroad ...and the only thing i can compare with was certain naked bikes and the Honda Baja ...sure it is much better on light offroad than a naked roadbike but the baja is also much better in its suspension being a real offroader.

I'd say it's suspension is there where it should be and the lesser absorbing on the x-road is made up with the comfy seat and seating-position.

mbox