Today the bike had its first trip out. My 2002 Suzuki DRZ400s. I've had the bike for a month now and finally got round to getting it on the road. Sailed through the MOT, cheap insurance and now taxed. So it had to be taken out for a spin. As the bike came with full on off road tyres I thought let's take it off road for a bit and see how she handles. So I grabbed my map of the local area and set out to explore some of the local byways.
For people that don't know what byways are, they are legal routes which all traffic can use. Often referred to as green lanes. On the map they are highlighted with green crosses. Hence the name green lanes. As these are legal byways it does mean the vehicles using them have to be road legal and abide by the normal rules. These routes are in effect, what our roads use to look like before the invention of tarmac. They are great fun and can give you a good feeling of exploring as most of the time they take you to places that people don't go through. That's why nobody has built them up. Just make sure you don't abuse them. So many are getting shut down or blocked off now which is a real shame. But there are people out there who want to go too fast or damage the tracks. So be courteous of the locals and other traffic.
The bike was great. It feels good to be standing up on the pegs and riding through the gravel and dirt. I couldn't help thinking about the trip next year. Riding through the likes of Mongolia and Siberia completetly off the beaten track. I must have had a smile on my face all day. This is going to be amazing! However, it's tiring. Definitely need to get practice in. I'm thinking of taking up an off road skills course this summer before I set off. Rather than go out thinking I know what I'm doing and crash, perhaps I should have a bit of professional training. After all, I got this bike so I can go off the track and explore different places.
The sun was out and the weather was just great. I loved it. So far the bike feels good. I've got a few modifications to do for the trip to make it a little easier on me. It looks the part too which always puts a smile on my face when I look it. She is going to do me proud and I can't wait for us to see the world next year. Fun times lay ahead for sure.