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Old 07-14-2003, 09:09 AM   #5
Chromer
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Join Date: Jun 2002
Chapter/Region: NESIC
Vehicle:
08 Yamaha WR250R
07 Suzuki DL650

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Mobile backpack, mobile motel: Sleeping in a Baja would suck if the weather wasn't nice. At 6', I can sleep pretty comfortably in the back of my Forester if I lay kitty-corner. Bring on the snow, the wind, the rain. There is somewhat better security for your gear too, as it's all inside rather than laying out in an open bed.

As far as offroad goes... Well, I don't know. But I've been over some pretty nasty logging and skidder roads, and log decked bridges with my Forester. The gound clearance has been fine. The bigger limit is the approach and departure angles, but I think it is better than the Baja in that respect. My only worry is that I'm going to rip the mudflaps off it when the wheels come down off a log. I've only ever had to turn back short of my destination once, and that was only because of an unexpected 24" water crossing where I was worried about flooding the interior...

If you guys spent more time going 60mph+ on uneven dirt roads (and that's the Forester's real element - smooth stable ride on rough surfaces) you'd appreciate the soft springs, the long suspension travel and the small stock anti-roll bars a lot more. Locking your independent suspension together isn't always a good thing.
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