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    I've driven over Fall River road in a car. That is scarry as hell Just went over the paved Rocky Mountain Park road a couple weeks ago. Windy, VERY windy that day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nik View Post
    I see the ryker is marketed to do a little off pavement....are we not suppose to be doing that with our F3s?? I ride dirt and gravel with no issues. Just wondering.

    My feelings exactly. I tend to ride my RT where eer I want to go. I live on a dirt and gravel road, about 1/2 mile long, and didn't realize that I shouldn't be riding it there. I also live out in the country, so many of our toads are dirt or sand. 20,000 miles so far with no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Rodriguez View Post
    I've driven over Fall River road in a car. That is scarry as hell Just went over the paved Rocky Mountain Park road a couple weeks ago. Windy, VERY windy that day.
    it's nearly always windy up top and there's a section that we call "the meat locker" because the winds coming up out of the valley with the glaciers is super cold. It's still one of the most beautiful places on earth and I go up there a lot. Easy for me since I live so close and get off work usually around 3, so I can go after work when it's less crowded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vondalyn View Post
    it's nearly always windy up top and there's a section that we call "the meat locker" because the winds coming up out of the valley with the glaciers is super cold. It's still one of the most beautiful places on earth and I go up there a lot. Easy for me since I live so close and get off work usually around 3, so I can go after work when it's less crowded.
    Yes, there is some road construction in the "meat locker" area when we were there I think. Had to wait about 10 minutes.......it was cold. I agree one of the most beautiful places anywhere. Love to go there. I've always wanted to live in Estes Park.

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    Waiting to see them do a jump on the Ryker. Guessing it will ressemble the Cadillac ranch style upon landing.

    Seriously, whos kidding who. Dirt road worthy yes, dirt worthy out of the box. Nope, not even close.

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    Retro paint and graphics schemes for the Ryker Adventure trike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PMK View Post
    Retro paint and graphics schemes for the Ryker Adventure trike.
    Actually they already do. It's called Heritage White
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    Quote Originally Posted by vondalyn View Post
    You're close to me -- come with me one of these days and I'll lead the way.
    I have been up that road many times in various vehicles but a RT Spyder. Hmmmmm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seaweed View Post
    I have been up that road many times in various vehicles but a RT Spyder. Hmmmmm.
    I did it on my RT for the 2 years that I owned it.
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    What about that exposed radiator, the first time two Rykers ride on a gravel road, one will have a hole in the rad.....?

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    On the longer BRP vid (different thread here on the Ryker forum), it looked like there was extra protection for the Rally edition. Other than that, you're probably on your own. When my hubby and I ride together on dirt/gravel roads he hangs way back because I'm usually leading and I do kick up rocks.
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    I would take it with a grain of salt. Its your Ryker, its your money.

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    The after market is full of screens for the radiators on liquid cooled Motorcycles, ATV's and Side by Sides.

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    Glad to hear that the experience hasn't been all bad riding a RT or F3 on gravel roads. I've been a little over-protective by avoiding the roads given that the Spyder's are belt driven.

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    I think the majority are correct the offroad means dirt road, fire road, etc.. not really offroad. That said, the CVT is definitely better in this environment than either the SE or SM for a number of reasons, not the least of which is less sensors to contaminate. The problems I have seen with excessive dirt and Spyders are TCM failures, VSS failures, bent ABS sensor wheels, failed ABS sensors, overheating power steering sensors, and stones in the belt. The stone eventually pokes a hole in the belt and then we change them to calm the fear of an impending failure.
    From a technical standpoint, the Ryker really is much simpler. There just is a whole lot less going on electronically. That means a whole lot less to connect. Many of the issues which occur in a Spyder are either electrical/sensor or pure connectivity (plug) issues. Less is better in a rough environment. As proof, compare an ATV electronic diagram to a Spyder.


    Quote Originally Posted by Nik View Post
    I see the ryker is marketed to do a little off pavement....are we not suppose to be doing that with our F3s?? I ride dirt and gravel with no issues. Just wondering.

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    If the belt is the concern for riding dirt or rocky roads it should not be. I have been living on a limerock surface road for 40 years or more. Have to ride a mile going out and a mile coming back in. When I rode chain drive bikes, the mud and grit would eat the chains and sprockets up. I would change the back tire at about 8,000 miles and change the chain and sprockets at the same time.

    About 2001 I bought a Harley Sprotster with belt drive. Rode it for about 18 years on the limerock road with the same conditions that ate the chains up. The belts would last at least 50,000 miles. I was not using a belt guard at all. The limerock road has small stones and pieces of shell mixed in and any time they grade the roads, the motorgrader rakes up piles of the small stones and shells into the middle of the road. Belts last just as long on the limerock as some of my friends who never went off the asphalt. I am now riding the F3-S on the same limerock road and feel confident the belt will be good for at least 50,000.

    Little note - Where I live is warm and I can ride 365 days a year. I put over 300,000 miles on the old Sportster with 2 top end rebuilds. The belts all lasted at least 50,000 miles. The limerock road is fairly flat and not much chance of bottoming out or dragging except while the grader is working. I can get around that problem. The rocks and shells just do not cause any problems with the belt drive.

    This is part of the road to my place.........Hard packed limerock, nasty when wet, but fairly smooth and shallow (most of the time) potholes.




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    It is what it is.

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    Worst thing about riding off highway is CLEANING it! Lots of little crooks and crannies and the textured plastic likes to hold on to the dirt!
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