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post #1 of 14 Old Jun 19th, 2007, 4:24 pm Thread Starter
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How is the LT as a Dirt Bike?

So this monster showed up yesterday to "reclaim" my driveway:



It grinds up the old driveway pavement, mixes it with the subsurface rock and gravel and sand, and lays it out as the subsurface for the new pavement. I was told that this would be a one day job, and that by the end of the day we would be able to drive on the compacted subsurface.

So here it is the end of day two, and here's what I have:



And this is what is in front of my garage, where the LT sits:



I'm leaving Friday for a ride in Vermont. Think I can get to the street without dropping the LT? Any dual-sport tips for a newbie LT dirt rider?
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post #2 of 14 Old Jun 19th, 2007, 4:36 pm
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Relax!

Keep moderate power to the rear tire and keep your arms/hands relaxed. I have had the LT in 2-3 inches of loose dirt several times, and this has kept me moving.

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Good thing it wasn't longer than a one day job, huh?

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I think I'd ask Mr. Excavator Guy to move the dirt pile away from the garage door so you could get the bike out.

Lesson learned: something similar happened to me once. Thinking the contractor's estimate was a leeeetle optimistic, I moved the cars out of the garage and across the road to a neighbor's driveway. We used his driveway all week.

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Tell the contractor to not park his grader on the sidestand and it will quit smoking. Then Have him come up with a plan to get your bike out. I would not drive it over that mound especially if new to the LT.

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Come on Bill, just ride it out using the reverse gear. Could be interesting, let me know when your headed out and I will bring the video camera. Maybe we could be famous.

Seriously, get the contractor to fix the driveway before friday.

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Remember the movie "The Money Pit"? LMAO!

"Two Weeks!!"

Remember to ride on the pegs, not on the seat, get into 2nd before you get out of the garage, and "stay loose" (another favorite quote - John Candy teaching his son to water ski in "The Great Outdoors" ) keep the power on and be ready to deploy the center stand!

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Thank you all, that was most helpful. However, I decided to take a slightly different tack. I fired the contractor, and took the money that would have gone into paving the driveway and made my garage look like this:



Do you think my wife will notice anything amiss?
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Thank you all, that was most helpful. However, I decided to take a slightly different tack. I fired the contractor, and took the money that would have gone into paving the driveway and made my garage look like this:



Do you think my wife will notice anything amiss?
Mine would - she'd wonder where the hell the second scoot came from!!!!
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Bill, first: put in Amsoiled BFD-001 synthetic oil, then make sure you have Bridgestone BT-021A tires filled exactly to 7 psi front and 5 psi back, then remove ALL of the tupperware, and finally, rev it to 4 grand and dump the clutch!

Or, you could get the Cee Bailey's grader plow accessory....

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Bill, first: put in Amsoiled BFD-001 synthetic oil, then make sure you have Bridgestone BT-021A tires filled exactly to 7 psi front and 5 psi back, then remove ALL of the tupperware, and finally, rev it to 4 grand and dump the clutch!

Or, you could get the Cee Bailey's grader plow accessory....
I think that might just work. I wonder if the plow will do snow. Could make plowing my driveway a little more fun.

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Thank you all, that was most helpful. However, I decided to take a slightly different tack. I fired the contractor, and took the money that would have gone into paving the driveway and made my garage look like this:



Do you think my wife will notice anything amiss?
I do not know Bill, you have to be real skinny to ride that bike

You can call Bill Murray and borrow the gopher from the movie to open a path for you Or just hire a couple of Mexicans to do the job for you

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Keep it moving, slowly of course. LT's HATE GRAVEL as you well know. They are not in their element on unpaved rodes, no matter how well one rides. I don't know what to blame it on, the higher center of gravity or the steering geometry. Honda's and Harley's fair better on unimproved pavement IMO.

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