Hey folks, so not being proper decent at off road stuff, am struggling A LOT with gravel tracks.
Bit of a back story...haven't ridden in the dirt for 12 years or something, had a yzf400 back then, and only remember having a bad front end lose once, albeit usually avoided gravel tracks in favour of dirt/hard sand type terrain. A couple of years ago had a drz400 with stock tyres (looked aggressive but were really hard, actually great for pavement but apparently not so much for dirt...) and only took it offroad once, on a Snail Trail ride (which was awesome learning too). I found on anything slick and hard packed (clay) or gravelly (all tracks around Mundaring powerlines) the front end would just dance around, offering no lateral stability, but somehow still braking really well...I put it down to both tyres and suspension setup as it had reduced sags and stiffer damping as it was used always as a tard.
Fast forward to last night, first outing with the new bike, Michelin ac10 (sooo much softer then the std tyres and bigger tread gaps/more knob height) and straight onto the powerlines, once off the initial hard sand type stuff and into the gravel tracks, same light and wandering front end. rear wasn't much better. Now, pressures were a lil high (18psi, Michelin recommend 14 for trail riding, 18 for higher speed) and sags have been set as per recommended (100mm rear, 65 front based on 295/280mm travel iirc). I figured it was too little weight on the front, but changing body poition more over the bars made it worse, and sitting right back on the seat didn't really make much difference either. I found the only way to get ANY stability was to ride in the harder packed wheel tracks, which were slightly lower.
So, in firm dirt/sand bike was ok, front moved but seemed to "bite" much more into the ground, as did the rear. And later on a normal "swept" gravel road, problem was no where near as bad, and would more be as I would expect the bike to behave on gravel.
Was it just poor wheel placement? Does everyone have this issue in gravel and just ride around it? I did find "dislocating" myself from the bike helped a lil with overall stability, but lack of any front feel or grip was really offputting?
Thoughts, advice and help appreciated. And no, I didn't fall off. Completely.