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This is my first post here. Would like to say hi to everyone. It's great to be part of scrambler community. I got my new red icon 1 week ago and I am still getting used to it. Needless to say that my scrambler turned out to be beyond all my expectations. It's amazingly fun and easy to ride in the city. I still consider myself on the steep part of the learning curve. My question to you guys is: Once I get comfortable with riding in the busy streets of Istanbul would it be too much to try and take the scrambler for some off road fun(nothing too crazy)?
Are there any mods I should consider before doing that? It certainly looks like dual purpose bike to me)) any suggestion would be highly appreciated.
 

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It's absolutely NOT a dual purpose bike. It will be fine for well maintained gravel roads, but all bikes can do that, and the Scrambler needs no modifications for that.


And welcome to the insanity of the Scrambler forum!
 

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It's not a dual bike, if you strictly intend as dual a DRZ Suzuki.

that in my opinion is more off road oriented than road....

therefore unpaved roads can be easly approcched as well as some stony o muddy trails, carefully.

the bike has enough clearance to do light off, more than a BMW F 700.... good and past torque.

which mods?

from the cheapest:

1) deflate a while (to 2.0) the tyre

2) more off oriented tyre is Contiental TKC80 (I got)

3) sunspension front cartridge already available from Andreani / Ohlins will give registers to let fork works.

4) rear mono, this really need to be softer, but is an issues both in or off roads. will be on market soon

pls check my post (breaking in completed) or my galleries on signature to look some off roads pictures
 

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Tell that to this guy: http://youtu.be/ejcHLoGmU-g :nerd:

:laugh:that is my favorite vid for the Scrambler, and I think it was cute that they made fun of the advertising campaign.


I have a Suzuki DR-z 400 E and an S, and find that I do things off-road on the E that would not be comfortable on the S. If I had the urge to ride really hard off-road I would just use the E. Maybe I am old-school, but I started riding off-road on a 125, then a 250, and even the 400 seems like a lot for off-road. 800+ cc's, 400 + lbs and real off-road does not compute for me. But that guy in the vid is a **** of a rider... :)
 

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It's off road by my definition of wandering around gravel and (dry) dirt roads. I think it's closer to a supermoto than it is to an ADV bike. I wouldn't want to take it up to the air box through a water crossing, is what I'm saying :)

To me off road means alley ways, loading docks, abandoned factories. NOT the trans-continental trail.
 

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Thanks a lot guys)) I guess what I meant by off road was more of a gravel and some dirt thing rather than large rocks and river crossings. But I get the point?. Should I consider adding a protective belly pan to the mods listed above or is it unnecessary?
This video? is totally insane btw.
 

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Thanks a lot guys)) I guess what I meant by off road was more of a gravel and some dirt thing rather than large rocks and river crossings. But I get the point?. Should I consider adding a protective belly pan to the mods listed above or is it unnecessary?
This video? is totally insane btw.
Thanks for the clarification. "Off road" has a definition, and it don't match what Silverluxe is saying.
This is also a road, and one my '03 Corolla has been on...
 

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BTW, that video is ALSO on roads, and the bike really don't need a skid plate as long as you're paying attention


here in Central Mexico the gentle off-road can turn into hard-core off-road while smoking around a corner, and during the rainy season known dirt roads may change with each rain, so a skid plate will be the first mod to my Classic (when it comes in...). May help, can't hurt.
 

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I've got a deposit on a Classic with the intention of using it on dirt roads camping/fishing around California. Basically trying to relive my mis-spent youth when I drove a BMW R90 60k miles all over the US. I took that over many dirt roads which seemed to make no sense as I had the S fairing and tank so it looked very street oriented. But it had over 8" of fork travel and almost 5" in the rear so it worked OK if you went slow. Saved a bunch on camping site fees and always found nice spots down misc dirt roads.


Sounds like this bike should be OK for such work. Similar size and weight to the R90 but a much smaller tank. I had ~6gal on the BMW so 3.5 seems small.


Anyway, I hope it pans out and I decide to buy the new toy. Sounds like lots of folks are having a ball with their new Scramblers
 

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Just to add my (very first) offroad experience, I went through the Colle delle Finestre in Italy, near Turin. Beautiful road partially unpaved on one side on the mountain (the side I chose obviusly :D).

My enduro experience is actually close to zero, so it is a very noob point of view but the bike handled it pretty well (totally OEM Full Throttle) and we were in couple (my girlfriend hated me for that road >:D).

IMHO, this is definitely not the road the bike was built for, but still you can handle it driving very carefully (we were also in two so pretty loaded bike). The main problem is, as most of you already know, the rear suspension which was making us to just jump here and there...while I found the tires pretty ok to manage the road (again consider it a very newbie POV) and, generally, the weight of the bike sustainable. Overall, a great fun!

Moreover, finding on top of the mountain enduro guys with their mono asking you "so how is this scrambler working out?" was so cool :D:D.

And as you can see the view deserved my girlfriend's rage ;)
 

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Having started out with 100cc and 125cc dirtbikes, 400lbs of bike seems like a lot to sling around off road. I would ride mine in loose dirt/sand or mud, but I would always be aware of ground clearance and weight. Also the stock suspension would pound one pretty good. :eek:
 

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I ride 5 km from my house to a paved highway on a pretty crummy (after the recent rains) clay/dirt road that finally dried out a bit today -- it is full of potholes and ridges. It is a road traveled by old cars, beat-up trucks and busses. The front shock bottomed out twice on minor dips, with me riding standing up. So I will take it easy until the shocks , front and back, have had some work, and I have a usable skid plate. I would not think of taking it on our campo trails where there is seriously rough terrain. But I got it as a cool road bike, and love it for what it is.
 
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