All generalisations are false... including this one!
That particular model throws you on the ground for no reason at all.
Decides to go in the opposite direction on gravel roads.
They are a Death Trap.
I had forgotten what gravel rash was for 42 years until I bought one of those buckets of shit!
If GreenMeanie can't handle a DRZ just on gravel then I don't think he's in any position to be making claims about how good a bike it is.
a SM on gravel is a bloody death trap! i rode down through the goat farm from the darlington lookout with the original dunlops on.. it went faster and more wildly out of control when i braked, but that's a pretty steep hill.
on your average gravel track its no biggy just brake waaaaaay before a corner & easy on the throttle out.
but it is true in the off road world bringing a DRZ400E on a bush ride is like a spoon at a gun fight, slow heavy tanks i bagged them out for years.. old mate rocked up on a DRZ "hope you have a hi-ab to pick it up when you fall over" "this is a ride not a louge room" etc
the SM tho is different bike with its completely different suspension & swingarm, 150kg is light in the road world & with the 17's on good rubber sticks to the road no matter how hard you throw it in. you can not ride one like a road bike, counter lean.. if only they had a 6th gear, they are no WR or SXV but i bet my left nut it would keep going long after those to have called the ducati help line, sheeeet could prob tow them both
I've even slugged, pushed and dropped the bastard on shitty deep sand tracks with the original dunlops and still made it through. you're right about lean. High speed gravel is about anticipation, balance, getting the skill level to where the bike is floating under you but staying upright.
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