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Went for a long ride yesterday with a friend of mine for some offroad adventures. He found some interesting long trails using Google maps.

This was also the first time I got to ride in some real muddy areas, and man those stock DRZ400s Trail Wings really pack up hard with mud. They do great on moist or dry areas, and I really like them on the street and especially in the rain - they really cut through water. But mud. Yikes.

Parked for a break:

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Muddy puddles left their mark:

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Muddy boots:

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Me:

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Me again:

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Small jump:

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Descent air (for me) - pic taken a split second too late:

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Pounding the shocks before taking off:

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Rooster:

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Rooster again:

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Speedy run to the top (I like this one):

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And some short boring videos of my trying to do a jump, and some small roosters:

Rooster:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa1_2c7sD-g

3rd attempt at getting up a slightly steep and rocky hill:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8VYS78XG94

The rest are little jumps:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6e2i16oLkU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8fEtr856ow

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-Db-H97op8

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I'm not an expert, and I can't watch the videos here at work, but it looks a lot like you need to sit farther forward on the bike. Really as far forward as you can.

Just a freindly suggestion

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Mud? you call that mud?! You need to experience an English "summer!"

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Nice pics, and I'll have to agree, that is NOT mud. :D

The trail wings are known around here as Death Wings as they are not very good in the dirt or mud, so be careful!

Sitting forward will produce better air and and safer landings, but it looks like you are off to a fine start! Keep up the pics and vids, we love to share! 🙂

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Looking at your pic on the ramp the forks are compressed are you braking? if you are its not a good idea at that point, do the braking on the approach and gently accelerate up the ramp, that way yopu will get a clean take off and a rear wheel landing, scrub off speed and you can land nose first, which isnt always good! Anyway your getting out there and thats good more than I am, ..... loose primary nut!

Dan

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This was the first "mud" I've been in, not much yea, but still fun and the messiest I've gotten so far. 🙂

For the jumping, I'm not good, but I have fun anyway. I tend to stand up and pinch the tank with my knees on approach, up closer to the front of the seat, then kind of push down going up to the tip of the jump, and jump up a little myself. That's why the shocks compress so hard on my sloppy jumps. Then when I get airborne, I move my butt to the back of the seat to help keep the front wheel up along with throttle. I don't give it enough throttle, but I'm just trying to have a little fun without destroying myself or my Z. I use it primarily as a commute bike to get to work and back.

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Carry on enjoying yourself!! Some of the youtube instructional vids are good, I think I've seen links on here. I've never had to grip the tank and I think I tend to stand up as I take off, so I can cushion the landing with my knees, but as you get more confident and jump higher you'll need to keep that front wheel up.

Dan

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