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i have recently purchesed a 2014 crf250r. i am planning a trip to ride at Little Sahara sand dunes here in Utah this weekend. being un familiar with dune riding i was wondering how hard it would be on my bike? engine and clutch. and would a paddle be the way to go or just a knobby? any opinions or experences ? thanks!

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i have recently purchesed a 2014 crf250r. i am planning a trip to ride at Little Sahara sand dunes here in Utah this weekend. being un familiar with dune riding i was wondering how hard it would be on my bike? engine and clutch. and would a paddle be the way to go or just a knobby? any opinions or experences ? thanks!

 

Sand dunes are hard on any bike, period. Bring more than 1 air filter and change it daily, make sure everythings sealed up perfect. Also you want a sand paddle tire, this will make a huge difference and make your bike fun in the sand. Like I said, the sand is hard on bikes, just try not to rev it out all the time and stay in a higher gear.

 

Also, when your riding, sit further back and keep the front end light.

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I'd never bring a bike I loved to the dunes ---- the best bike for the dunes is a 250 2 stroke.    Sand gets in everything and the accelerated wear on everything makes this 2 stroke territory for sure,   not to mention the 4 strokes steer with the front end and can feel very heavy in the dunes --

 

I used to go a couple of times a year just to jump  --- but now, if (and its a big IF) I ever go back to the dunes, I will likely put paddle tires on my Jeep -- or better yet, borrow a 4 wheeler from someone else to take -- the dunes are a place where 4 wheelers are actually entertaining --

 

That said -- a single solitary trip to the dunes isn't going to ruin your new scoot -- but i'd guess that 1 hour of sand dunes operation probably equates to 5 hours at the track or trails , with regards to wear/tear and destructive potential ----  paddle tire is also the way to go unless you get lucky and get there the day after a rain when the sand is tacky

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I have to ride sugarsand for about 1/2 mile to get to a trail

 

I hate  fish tailin washin out sinkin in LOL    I couldn't imagine doing more distance  without a paddle   bu then that would ride like crap on the trail  

 

I have decided I wont be buying a paddle or riding more than this 1/2 mile  sand ever it's just enough to build some skills

 

 

keep us posted on what you try

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Agree with the previous comments. Also when you get back, not a bad idea to clean and regrease chassis bearings and such. I like the 1-hour sand = 5-hours track trail. Sounds pretty accurate. I have went to sand mountain in Nevada a handful of times on 450's and 250 two strokes and have never had failures but it is true that sand gets EVERYWHERE. You will be fine. Have a blast

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 You will be fine. Have a blast

 

I forgot to add this -- Have a blast !  

 

Interestingly enough, Oklahoma also has a Little Sahara state park.   As I mentioned earlier, it was fun for me and a couple times a year, we'd round up 10-15 guys to go for a couple of days ---- with that many, we could line up at the top of the dunes to let others know we were jumping -- (so a side by side or sand rail wouldn't nail us coming up the other side accidentally) -- but as guys got a little older and more banged up,  less and less people showed up until a year ago, it was only 3 of us, -- and without enough guys to give you a safety net, we didn't jump much and I had more fun cooking brats and burgers in the campground than actually riding

 

If you like it enough though after the weekend, its almost worth it just to keep a gnarly 'ol 500 2 stroke , or a nice 250 around just for dune use --- not a beater really -- guys at the dunes sometimes spend more money on their machinery than is rational -- seen old 250 2 strokes that would re-sell for 1500 bucks that the owners have dropped 5k into -- LOL,  and don't even get me started on the trick quads and side by sides ---plus some of those sand rails are 100k machines!

 

Well, typing about the dunes almost makes me want to go back to see the freak show! (but on a quad -- LOL)

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