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About a week ago, I rode down Santiago Canyon in California, and wanted to explore the nearby roads, not just Santiago. I happened upon Modjeska Canyon and Silverado Canyon during night, and proceeded down Silverado all the way until it turned into a one way road in the middle of nature. Due to it being dark, I was worried about getting attacked by animals, possibly a mountain lion or any number of animals in the nature. So I turned around and headed back. Few days later, I return in the day, after work. And it was absolutely beautiful, and much more fun to ride down. Due to the light, I was able to see the road properly and able to go much faster than I did at night. I also rode past into the nature park, and man it was glorious there. Took a few pictures, and here they are. I went as far as I felt comfortable to, all the way up to when the road turns from pavement into a dirt path and made a u-turn. It was scary making that u-turn as it was on a hill, but I did so without dropping my bike. Absolutely astonishing, and might possibly be my favorite canyon so far. I love how slow you had to go, gravel and rocks on the pavement, blind turns, one lane, etc. forces you to stay under 20 MPH so I was really able to take in the nature. Lovely canyon.

Question, if I put on dual-sport tires on my CBR, can I safely make it up Silverado Canyon? I'm currently running Michelin Pilot Road 5's on front, and Continental Conti-Motion on rear, as they are street tires, I felt uncomfortable riding on the dirt. But I know I can install dual-sport tires on my bike. I know it's not a dual-sport bike, but it's not like I'm doing anything crazy on my bike, just riding on dirt paths. All pictures taken on pavement, even though it kind of looks like a dirt path.
 

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If the road is just dirt or gravel you can probably ride it, but watch out if it's mud, the front mudguard is very close to the front wheel and mud will pack up between the wheel and the mudguard and cause the front wheel to lock up, having you off or breaking the mudguard!!


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If the road is just dirt or gravel you can probably ride it, but watch out if it's mud, the front mudguard is very close to the front wheel and mud will pack up between the wheel and the mudguard and cause the front wheel to lock up, having you off or breaking the mudguard!!
Very true. This is my bike after only 200 meters of moderate mud:

Oh the anguish and the regret! :surprise:
 

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Farlopo’s photo answered that question. As long as you are comfortable & relaxed doing it you should be good. Silverado is normally a good dirt road. I have ridden all those roads to the tops of Saddleback on my mountain & cyclecross bicycles many times. Conditions can vary, but generally the roads are OK. They are even occasionally signed along the ridge. The views are amazing in every direction from the top. If it were me I would prefer a dual sport because parts of the ridge are very steep. But to take the main road to Modjeska Peak should work. If you enjoy this sort of thing, buy a used dual sport. You won’t regret it. Make it a 250 & explain to the girlfriend/wife it is for her to learn to ride on!
Also as mentioned, buy a rad guard for the rock fling or your radiator will not be happy.
 

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Just a little PS to my above post. Check the area out on Google Earth to get a better idea of the road systems up there. Silverado tends to be the only access where the gate is often open. There is good access at the end of Modjeska Canyon & also Black Star Canyon, but those gates are normally locked & you probably could not get a moto around them. Those are my normal bicycle entry points. However once you get up to the ridge via Silverado you can ride all roads if you have the talent & correct machine + enough fuel. Please report back if you do try some of it on the Honda. Doing it that way would be what I call “sporty”.
 
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