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Another sand trap

bryanchurch06

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I haven't ridden in over a month due to traveling, so today I thought I'd take a nice easy ride to get back in practice. Trail is mostly flat, fairly easy with one short section of deep sand I forgot about. So it's the same story again and again for me, riding along about 10mph looking for 🐍 and 🌵 and my front wheel hits the deep sand and washes out and I'm on my ass with the bike on my left leg. Stupid it's the same story over and over here, luckily the sand is soft and my fat ass cushioning the fall of the bike so just pick it up and keep going. I guess if I have to wreck the 10 mph and under ones are the least damaging I guess but I am getting sick of it. it's almost comical if it was someone else doing it.
 

Kev250R

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I haven't ridden in over a month due to traveling, so today I thought I'd take a nice easy ride to get back in practice. Trail is mostly flat, fairly easy with one short section of deep sand I forgot about. So it's the same story again and again for me, riding along about 10mph looking for 🐍 and 🌵 and my front wheel hits the deep sand and washes out and I'm on my ass with the bike on my left leg. Stupid it's the same story over and over here, luckily the sand is soft and my fat ass cushioning the fall of the bike so just pick it up and keep going. I guess if I have to wreck the 10 mph and under ones are the least damaging I guess but I am getting sick of it. it's almost comical if it was someone else doing it.
Bummer but at least you didn't get hurt!

~20 Years ago when I first started dual-sport riding I was friends with an older, very heavy (~400 LBS) man who had been riding for most of his life. Our first off-road ride together was group ride with a bunch of classic Honda CT's on some trails out in the desert near Ridgecrest. My friend was riding a pretty much stock CT110, me my pretty much stock TW200. We hit sand and I went-down (but at a slow speed like you which injured only my pride). We were in that sand wash for the next couple of miles and I went down a few more times (to this day my creative use of the F word is still talked about in that group). My friend never faltered, just putted along on his little 110, probably wondering how the friend he had invited along who had ridden Quads forever and was on a capable bike kept crashing.

At the end of the Sand Wash the group stopped for a beak and I, now looking like I'd gotten dragged along behind a bike arrived, one turn signal was dangling by it's wires, my bars were bent, my gear filthy and ripped in places and I asked (loudly from what I was later told) how the heck my friend was able to ride so effortlessly through what I would later describe as Quicksand with a taste for Newbies on Yamaha's. Before my friend could reply with what for sure would have been a witty response another man in the group pointed to my 'Hefty' friend and the little bike he was sitting on and said "Jim is riding on Bedrock. His weight and those skinny tires mean he's not riding on the sand, he's cutting through it!" We all had a good laugh at that one.
 

bryanchurch06

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I hate sand on the trail.
I hate falling over, I can't remember the characters name on laugh-in who rode a tricycle and would hit things and fall over? That's been my experience here in Deming on certain trails, especially the sand traps where it's filled in a deep rut and for some reason I always fall to the left in sand, still all in all I'm riding and that's a good thing.
 

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I hate sand on the trail.
I'm also not a fan. Sand, snow and mud are three types of terrain I generally try to avoid. I've been stuck at one time or another in all three.

That said, a couple of months ago I spent some time in my Tacoma 4wd in the Mojave Desert and needed to drive down a graded dirt road which had a nice layer of blow sand on it in places to get to where my friends were camped. All traction Nannies turned-off, mud-terrain tires at like 30 PSI, truck in 2wd, hit the non-sandy sections in 3rd, drop to second in the sandy sections and floor the throttle. *That* was a good time! It's safe to say I enjoyed that a lot more then the passengers in my truck did LOL!

That said, had I been on a bike, there would have been cursing. I still hate riding a bike in sand.
 

bryanchurch06

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I'm also not a fan. Sand, snow and mud are three types of terrain I generally try to avoid. I've been stuck at one time or another in all three.

That said, a couple of months ago I spent some time in my Tacoma 4wd in the Mojave Desert and needed to drive down a graded dirt road which had a nice layer of blow sand on it in places to get to where my friends were camped. All traction Nannies turned-off, mud-terrain tires at like 30 PSI, truck in 2wd, hit the non-sandy sections in 3rd, drop to second in the sandy sections and floor the throttle. *That* was a good time! It's safe to say I enjoyed that a lot more then the passengers in my truck did LOL!

That said, had I been on a bike, there would have been cursing. I still hate riding a bike in sand.
I just bought the 24 tundra trd with all the electronics for rock crawl, sand snow etc, and my wife swears were not banging it up by going offroad like the other trucks we've owned 😞, so I have to wait until she goes back to SD to accidentally try it out 😁
 

Kev250R

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I just bought the 24 tundra trd with all the electronics for rock crawl, sand snow etc, and my wife swears were not banging it up by going offroad like the other trucks we've owned 😞, so I have to wait until she goes back to SD to accidentally try it out 😁
That should be a great truck for you! I almost bought a Tundra four years ago when I was shopping for my Tacoma but needed something a little smaller and wanted a M/T.

I bought my TRD 4x4 Tacoma with the express intent that it would be going off-road and in the past four years it's seen a lot of dirt roads and trails (I'd owned it three days before I used the 4wd to drive through a snow storm to get to a cabin my family has in the mountains). A month later my GF's kid forgot to bring an ice cream cake inside and it melted on my rear seats. I was pissed and to date it is one of the few actual arguments my GF and I have ever had. Tempers eventually, cooled, my seat got cleaned and we moved-on however whenever we're out on a narrow trail and something scrapes the side of my truck, we drive it through a creek or it gets trashed after being in the dirt for a weekend my GF will subtly mention 'But an ice cream cake is too much for this truck' LOL!

Have fun exploring all the different off-road modes. The first weekend I had mine I played with a lot of those things in my truck in a snowy parking lot (I don't have as many as you because I don't have an Auto) but to date I've not really needed them. Everyone tells me I should be using A-Trac and the rear Locker is nice (though I wish I could use it in 4Hi instead of just 4Lo). I tend to be more cautious about the situations I get into with this truck as opposed to my previous 4x4 which once fell into a frozen pond.
 
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