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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-27-2018, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone, Im going on a two day trip west of me to the mountains, there is a secondary highway that is a beautiful ride however a section of about 15miles is packed gravel before it loops back and returns to pavement. Would you still do the ride or pass given the gravel section.

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It's up to you.
If you are riding and you hit a gravel road do you turn around?
I've not a ton of experience with gravel myself other than driveways but I just see it as more experience.
Gravel happens.
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Hey everyone, Im going on a two day trip west of me to the mountains, there is a secondary highway that is a beautiful ride however a section of about 15miles is packed gravel before it loops back and returns to pavement. Would you still do the ride or pass given the gravel section.
I try to avoid it for the sake of my drive belt.
A hole in the side of the belt and its history.
Did ride 30 miles of gravel a few months ago or it was a 80 mile detour...I rode it very slowly.
Its not the bikes unstable theyte great on the dirt its the chance of destroying a belt that scares me
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Ya, its kind of a odd loop as its pavement 80% with a section of gravel but the views are spectacular I may just do the west section of highway 40 down to Cadomin and turn around and head back and then ride though Jasper and down the Jasper parkway highway 93 and back along the David Thompson highway 11

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If you do ride the dirt road clean it real good with a brush after the ride

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I have .8 miles of unmaintained dirt road to get to the pavement. Some days I do the round trip, 1.6 miles, 3 or 4 times. This since October 2011. I took no actions to spare it on the dirt. I inspected it from time to time, and I would hose the visible part sometimes when washing.
I changed my belt about 2 months ago. No problem. If you get a stone in there you'll damage your belt, but I don't think that is easy to do unless you're fishtailing and spinning the wheel.
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I would certainly take it slow over that section "if" I do go through it. I will discuss with a friend who is joining me and we will figure it out.

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@Rollin' is shaking his head at this thread. Lol!

He knows a little about gravel travel.
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My previous bike was a Kawasaki Voyager XII and it was shaft drive so it was less of a concern but my other concern is tires on the bike are soft by nature (unless I go to the dark side) and I dont want to chew them up either.

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Miss the sharp rocks.
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