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He was riding pretty aggressively for sure. He would have had better results driving a little more slowly, standing up more for better leverage and dropping the psi in the tires down a bit. Not much of a review or even many comments to go of off on this one!
 

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I picked up a Triumph Tiger 800XC last year. I figured I would try ADV riding and see what the fuss was about. Well I abused the **** out of that bike. I rode it like I stole it and was taking the thing on powerline trails where full on dirt bikes pause. Surprisingly it handled it well. That is, it bounced around and felt like a 500+LBS bike being pushed beyond its limits. What fun! The fun ended when the clutch let go on an organized trail ride in the woods of the Berkshires. Lucky the town had a Hummer pickup and they drove miles into the woods to help rescue me. (and a few other who's bikes broke down) The bike only had 4000miles on it. I later found out that the clutch is the same one in the 675 Street triple. Not a clutch for the woods. I sold the bike to someone that desired more road miles than woods miles. I forgot to mention that the clutch pressure plate was back ordered for months. Seems that I wasn't the only one looking for a replacement.

Moral of the story?

While a bike may have knobby tires, it doesn't mean its a dirt bike. Riding a bike beyond its limits is fun but it comes at a price. Usually broken stuff that normal dirt oriented machines shrug off.

I will try to stick to the pavement with mine and leave the fast dirt rides for the orange bike.

Photo from another day in the woods on the XC.
 

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So does that mean that if you want to drive on the dirt you are going to have to buy a new set of tires? He is running on the stock tires I am guessing.
Depends what your version of dirt is. If its loose rocky gravel like the stuff in the video then you better get some knobs like TKC 80's. Notice how much room there is between the front fender and the tire? Yup There's room for knobs.

You guys seen this? Proves to you that anything can be ridden in the dirt. Just a matter of how crazy you have to be.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERSgFbURRNQ
 

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Sweet! Thanks for posting that!

That has way more off road video than any review yet. Its far more useful and interesting than the video at the beginning of the thread. Looks like it likes the dirt quite well!
Of course being a professional racer may help with the reviewers perspective of its dirt worthiness. I am sure the bike being sideways is nothing for Jamie.

BTW Motogeo youtube channel is awesome. Be sure to subscribe and watch his videos. They are entertaining and a sure fire way to beat back the dull gray winter months. His story of coming to the USA in NY City and then buying a cheap bike to ride to LA is a hoot. Coast to Coast on a $200 Motorcycle
 

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From The Bullit: The Ducati Scrambler

"Jamie wanted to head out and take it on some dirt, happily I agreed. I have to admit, I feel like this bike really came to life and made me so happy to ride it on these fire roads. The bike was so easy to ride and slide around of I wanted to just keep it mellow and balanced cruising along. I’m used to riding my 2004 Bonneville or 2013 Tiger 800xc on the trails and riding this Scrambler made me feel like I was riding a dirt bike. Needless to say, I was having a blast on this bike. I did not want to get off the trail, or give the bike back at all. I wanted to keep riding into the mountains."
 

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From The Bullit: The Ducati Scrambler

"Jamie wanted to head out and take it on some dirt, happily I agreed. I have to admit, I feel like this bike really came to life and made me so happy to ride it on these fire roads. The bike was so easy to ride and slide around of I wanted to just keep it mellow and balanced cruising along. I’m used to riding my 2004 Bonneville or 2013 Tiger 800xc on the trails and riding this Scrambler made me feel like I was riding a dirt bike. Needless to say, I was having a blast on this bike. I did not want to get off the trail, or give the bike back at all. I wanted to keep riding into the mountains."
Thanks for quoting that! It makes me giggle with delight, every time I read it.
I CAN'T WAIT!!!
 

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I dont think the tyres has anything to do with the comment in the video. Many more things make a dirt bike. Like suspension, wheel size, frame and weight. Also this was a very hard and rocky road and you can see the front wheel jumping around. Hopefully the Scrambler will do great on softer gravel roads and a trip down to the beach.

John Howard (the guy riding in the video) has this remark:

"This is not a dirt bike. The 18-inch front wheel is bit rough over rocky fire roads."

Ducati Scrambler: 'It's just fun' - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8
 

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From The Bullit: The Ducati Scrambler

"Jamie wanted to head out and take it on some dirt, happily I agreed. I have to admit, I feel like this bike really came to life and made me so happy to ride it on these fire roads. The bike was so easy to ride and slide around of I wanted to just keep it mellow and balanced cruising along. I’m used to riding my 2004 Bonneville or 2013 Tiger 800xc on the trails and riding this Scrambler made me feel like I was riding a dirt bike. Needless to say, I was having a blast on this bike. I did not want to get off the trail, or give the bike back at all. I wanted to keep riding into the mountains."

Great read and a web site I wasn't familiar with. Thanks for the link.
 

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I dont think the tyres has anything to do with the comment in the video. Many more things make a dirt bike. Like suspension, wheel size, frame and weight. Also this was a very hard and rocky road and you can see the front wheel jumping around. Hopefully the Scrambler will do great on softer gravel roads and a trip down to the beach.

John Howard (the guy riding in the video) has this remark:

"This is not a dirt bike. The 18-inch front wheel is bit rough over rocky fire roads."

Ducati Scrambler: 'It's just fun' - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8
well if its any consolation the MT60's are supposed to be excellent gravel tires...
 
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