Trail Ratings - Can I ride my 990ADV on the B route?

Dorky

Moderator
At this time of year we get a lot of questions about what bikes are suitable on which routes. The answer is we don't know - it all depends on the rider's skill level. We have seen amazing riders take giant adventure bikes on hard routes where they had no business being. We have seen riders on tiny dirt bikes crying on the side of the easiest trails. Here is a (we think) pretty good guideline for what sort of skills are needed for each route.

Big thanks to Aquafire for getting this started.

Download this and give it an honest read. Where do you fit on this chart?

Dualsport Trail Rating Guide


Notes:
Each skill level requires all the skills from lower levels. (Obvious?)
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This guide seems reasonable for Kamloops and the LSDS. Other areas or rides may have different levels of difficulty.
 

Dorky

Moderator
Talking about tires - when we say new, good knobbies, this is what we mean.
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Or even better
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These are not going to cut it...
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This is not a knobby tire
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04klr

Well-known member
hey dorky, I just read thru the guide and that sure seems to answer a lot of questions about difficulty levels and obstacles that may be encountered, lots of good information. thx!
 

sylvain

"2018 Forest Fairies"
Hey Dorky,

Which model is the even better, it look awesome.

It might be time to start another Tires Thread :) :Stir
 

tomcycle

Past President DSBC 2004 -2018
Staff member
Very concise description of difficulty rating system for the LSDS

However I did notice that for the A and A+ you are recommending that riders be in good physical condition

How about these two guys, will they be able to make it or should they carry additional heath insurance?
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Dorky

Moderator
Very concise description of difficulty rating system for the LSDS

However I did notice that for the A and A+ you are recommending that riders be in good physical condition

How about these two guys, will they be able to make it or should they carry additional heath insurance?
We'll see if these two BFFs are available for conversation after dinner at the Loose Screw or if they just go to bed at 7pm again...
 
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