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I know I can't be the only Chicago rider round here, gotta show those GSAs what for.

Anyway, I'm in Lincoln Park, got a garage and tools and stuff if anyone needs to wrench. Haven't done dirt since my KLR days but I'm looking for some easy fire roads to start.

Also, member of the Chicagoland Dual Sport Riders meetup group, but they seem to do things on Tuesdays.

-Eric
 

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Any easy fire roads in the area that are public, or do i need to head up to cheese land?

Are we doing any tech days in the area? I can host a tech day but my garage is a single car so I only have room for like one more.
 

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Hoffman Estates here. Just bought a nicely equipped used 2014 ES last week. Still getting acclimated and geared up.
 
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Palatine here. New 2014 last year. It has been great. We should get a ride together and go to Lake Geneva or somewhere up that way.
 

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Palatine here. New 2014 last year. It has been great. We should get a ride together and go to Lake Geneva or somewhere up that way.
Sounds good, I'm traveling a bit this week but around the end of the month I got some time. I was thinking of joining the Chicago Dualsport Riders for one of their meetups but im a straight up beginner, with only mountain biking under my belt.
 
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Go west!

The other side of I39 to the river (And beyond into IA) has some nice gravel.
Check out that other site (ADV) for details.

- From the land of Cheese!
 

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Thanks for the tips.

I've been busy farkling the FJR so not too much time for dirt roads. Clearly it seems that there isn't much around Chicago, but IA/Carbondale area is a bit too far for a day trip, but WI is a a possibility
 
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Not Chicagoland, but in Southern WI (between Janesville and Madison). It would be great to get a group ride going if folks want to venture a bit north. Going west to Mineral Point and into the driftless region gets you some great back roads and small towns. I'm planning to hit the southern half of the Trans-Wisconsin Adventure Trail (TWAT) in a few weeks with my wife on our 250 dual sports. I'll scout it for consideration for the S10. Rumored to be more road oriented than the northern half of the TWAT, which I've done.

Eville Rich
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Not Chicagoland, but in Southern WI (between Janesville and Madison). It would be great to get a group ride going if folks want to venture a bit north. Going west to Mineral Point and into the driftless region gets you some great back roads and small towns. I'm planning to hit the southern half of the Trans-Wisconsin Adventure Trail (TWAT) in a few weeks with my wife on our 250 dual sports. I'll scout it for consideration for the S10. Rumored to be more road oriented than the northern half of the TWAT, which I've done.

Eville Rich
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Looking forward to a trip report on the TWAT for the S10. When I wear out the street tires that came on the used Tenere I just bought I have Mitas E-07s to put on it and will be ready to have a go at the TWAT. Love the Driftless Region.
 
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After riding the TWT in mid-Sept, I'd say that the southern half is totally doable on the S10. It's a mix of rural paved roads and gravel. Even the state forest section in Iowa is fine. We hit rain for most of the bit in Iowa and the mud wasn't bad. Wouldn't ride it without some sort of knobs - E07 should be fine.

The only piece that would be sketchy is a dirt section of sandy ATV trail near Black River Falls. It's not a long stretch and can be gone around.

Much of the northern section is way too sandy for the S10, IMO. We're talking ATV trails with deep loose sand. There is an overland route used by 4x4 vehicles that skips the deep sand, but I'm not familiar with it. Worth trying the overland route on the S10 just to get to the Delta Diner.

With any of the TWT, having a GPS that will allow you to use the tracks is nearly essential unless you don't care about getting off the route. I'm also not quite sure how people do the whole length of the TWT in 2.5 days. I may just be a slow rider and the 250s aren't barn burners, but it's a lot of ground to cover if you are sticking to the dirt and ATV trails as much as possible.

Eville Rich
 
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