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Curious what it can handle. I'm not a dirt rider, but I would love to explore some of the less gnarly roads and trails I see when I'm riding in the Asheville area... am I bound to get stuck?

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Curious what it can handle. I'm not a dirt rider, but I would love to explore some of the less gnarly roads and trails I see when I'm riding in the Asheville area... am I bound to get stuck?

Charles.
I used to drive my 1977 KZ 750 off road. Its 3 lbs lighter than the scr. My guess is on hard packed surfaces like dirt or hard packed gravel.. Prob good to go. But stay away from mushy gravel mushy anything as the SCR is so heavy. And being belt driven... look out for rocks. I almost wiped several times on the KZ in loose gravel. Too heavy.
To beat a dead horse... Look at the bottom of the middle column on page 2-2 of the owners manual. See it says right there that it was not designed for off road use and should not be driven off road. Im over 50 so I wont be trying anything like that. lol
 

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I take mine off road all the time it's fairly competent. I will say it's heavy it's really not geared for it. But as long as you pick your lines right and have enough speed she'll do okay
 

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I run Shinko Big Blocks on my SCR and it does great in gravel / dirt. I have taken it on old logging roads / and many gravel roads. Never had an issue with the belt or the weight being an issue, but I could very well be the luckiest man alive!? 🤷‍♂️Can't stop, won't stop..
 

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I have taken my SCR many places with other guys on DRZ's, KLR's, etc that they never thought I would make it. Some of the places were not easy but it made it. Like stated earlier, it is a heavy ass bike and it can have a mind of its own especially if you run into ruts. :oops:

@Blaze950 How do you like the Shinko Big Blocks?
 

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I have taken my SCR many places with other guys on DRZ's, KLR's, etc that they never thought I would make it. Some of the places were not easy but it made it. Like stated earlier, it is a heavy ass bike and it can have a mind of its own especially if you run into ruts. :oops:

@Blaze950 How do you like the Shinko Big Blocks?
I really like them and may get them again. I've wanted to try the Michelin Anakee ADV tires, but haven't pulled the trigger yet because I like the Shinko's too..To me, it seems that the weight of the bike actually helps the Shinko's dig in a bit more while in the dirt / gravel because of the long chunky tread pattern. They do great on pavement as well. I've taken the SCR way up into the coastal range mountains / old logging roads in the Tillamook state forest in Oregon and they handled everything that the road gave me. I will say that the rear wore out much faster than the front, but that's been on every bike I've ever had. They do great in wet conditions as well. People always look confused when I ride by them on the SCR way out in the forest; I think they're expecting to see something much smaller roll on by..
 

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I like my scr but have no intentions of taking it on anything rougher than a dirt road you can drive a lowered car on. I bought the SCR950 because I cant avoid a dirt road on my commute, if I could I would have bought a cruiser, the scr is basicly a cruiser I dont mind getting dirty.

I find the suspension sucks for pot holes and the motors too close to the ground, it hit a couple times on me in small pot holes and I bottom the forks out all the time. I can ride my dr650 twice as fast on dirt as the scr without trying, if your into offroading get a different bike, you dont know what your missing until you try an adventure bike or big dual sport.
 

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I like my scr but have no intentions of taking it on anything rougher than a dirt road you can drive a lowered car on. I bought the SCR950 because I cant avoid a dirt road on my commute, if I could I would have bought a cruiser, the scr is basicly a cruiser I dont mind getting dirty.

I find the suspension sucks for pot holes and the motors too close to the ground, it hit a couple times on me in small pot holes and I bottom the forks out all the time. I can ride my dr650 twice as fast on dirt as the scr without trying, if your into offroading get a different bike, you dont know what your missing until you try an adventure bike or big dual sport.
@Dustyroads, where's your dusty road riding spirit!!😝I would never say that the SCR is an offroading bike, but I do enjoy taking it on forest service / logging / dirt roads, etc.. I agree that the suspension is poor and no comparison what you have on the dr650 (which you could literally go anywhere in the world on that bike). I've bottomed out plenty and scraped the pegs / skidplate soo many times, but I still have fun just scrambling along. Speed isn't my thing these days, which is why I'm on the SCR as a bike that I could go most anywhere I want at my own pace. To me, that is what scrambling is all about ✌
 

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I really like them and may get them again. I've wanted to try the Michelin Anakee ADV tires, but haven't pulled the trigger yet because I like the Shinko's too..To me, it seems that the weight of the bike actually helps the Shinko's dig in a bit more while in the dirt / gravel because of the long chunky tread pattern. They do great on pavement as well. I've taken the SCR way up into the coastal range mountains / old logging roads in the Tillamook state forest in Oregon and they handled everything that the road gave me. I will say that the rear wore out much faster than the front, but that's been on every bike I've ever had. They do great in wet conditions as well. People always look confused when I ride by them on the SCR way out in the forest; I think they're expecting to see something much smaller roll on by..
HAHA! I get weird looks when I pull-up to a gas station in the middle of nowhere with the SCR covered in dirt and mud. They always get confused as to what bike I am riding as well. I run across more dual sports off-road then I do big ADV bikes and they all think I am crazy (which I am).

Thanks for the info on the tires! I think I am getting ready to pull the trigger on the Shinko E-804/805 as the price is good on those plus I like the way they look (yes looks are important LOL).

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I like my scr but have no intentions of taking it on anything rougher than a dirt road you can drive a lowered car on. I bought the SCR950 because I cant avoid a dirt road on my commute, if I could I would have bought a cruiser, the scr is basicly a cruiser I dont mind getting dirty.

I find the suspension sucks for pot holes and the motors too close to the ground, it hit a couple times on me in small pot holes and I bottom the forks out all the time. I can ride my dr650 twice as fast on dirt as the scr without trying, if your into offroading get a different bike, you dont know what your missing until you try an adventure bike or big dual sport.
@Dustyroads I actually hit a few dirt roads on my way home that are out of the way as I like sliding around the corners. For the pot holes you standup to absorb the harsh bumps with your legs (I know you already know this since you ride a DR650) plus raising the suspension helps get the motor a little higher off the ground. It is definitely not an ADV bike however it is still fun off the beaten path especially the crazy looks people give you. I have had several KLR's, a DRZ, an old IT 490, XR's and now have a CRF250L that are way more capable off-road for sure and definitely will take the CRF deeper in the woods.

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I have the barron raise up kit and the forks slid down in the forks to raise the bike.
I can stand up for the pot holes but the bottoming suspension makes me feel bad for the bike and slow down.
Its not that you cant take a SCR 950 off road its just that im a 'use the right tool for the job type of guy'.
I rather have a big dual sport or adv bike with 10 inches of suspension travel for dirt as I can not worry about taking it easy on the bike so I dont break it and ride it as fast as I want.
 
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