I did the apache trail once with my RT, never again. I thought the windscreen and topcase were going to rattle off the bike. Best to use the right tool for the job. The RT is a fine road machine. If I really need to do dirt, a GS would be better.
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Wasn't Lostrider posting his many offroad adventures on his R12R a few years back?
He takes his R where some would not venture on a dedicated dirt bike.
I learned to ride on oyster shell roads on Galveston island, so anything not sharp on the edges is kind of fun.I have found myself on some rocky ways on fairing heavy bikes...still here to talk about it and no damaged bits. Loose is fast
My bro in law had a shortcut in CO a few years back...he was on his R12R...me on a K12S...it got loose and we kept going...I later told him I was on a S...not a GS still had fun
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Then you can be like Henzilla and enter your K12S in the Dakar.
My contention is that the same torque that we can feel when we blip the throttle at a stand still is what causes the bike to feel squirrelly on soft roads. I don't want to put knobby tires on my highway bikes. That might help with practice, but I think I'd rather just stay off of gravel.
If you're not living on the edge, you're probably taking up too much space.
I do not feel comfortable riding deep gravel on my R1100RT. This is not the case with my K100RT. I can only speculate that the taller and thinner front tire might be the difference in my confidence level when riding the two bikes on gravel roads.
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I was just doing a head-north-and-get-yourself-lost ride up into CT. yesterday on my Ural. At any particular moment if I saw an interesting road I'd stop, turnaround and take it. Ended up finding some pretty interesting trails and forgotten abandoned dwellings. One old mine road deteriorated to miles of gravel, lot's of fun. It wouldn't have been on the rt. Tires (PR3's) not designed for this abuse and the whole bike is just too top heavy and poorly designed for this type of riding. And turning it around... it's a big pig.
I'd take my rt on a dirt road for a short distance if I had to get someplace like a camp site. But it's a road bike. Basically why folks don't take their Prius's on Mustang's to ride at Moab. Why would you?