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    How Does the C 650 GT Ride on Gravel?

    This might be a silly question but how does the C650GT ride on gravel? I will be purchasing one in early 2019. The reason I ask is that I remember as a child riding a 50cc scooter on gravel. Even though I would ride at low speeds the darn scooter would tip over at some point because the tire had no traction for off road. Obviously, the 650GT is a road bike but sometimes you have no choice. I have no intention of riding the bike on gravel and just curious. Thanks in advance!

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    I ride on gravel roads every day. Have for years...

    It rides fine. Just be aware that it will move around a bit and your line will deviate..try not to fight it and all will be well.

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    How Does the C 650 GT Ride on Gravel?

    When I had mine I certainly tried to avoid gravel but I did ride some gravel roads from time to time.

    Find the best lines preferably with more packed down gravel and avoid any movements - braking, acceleration and turning, similar to rain as the traction will be reduced and varies greatly depending on the type and size of the gravel.

    Best to hold the bars lightly and let the bike and wheels follow the road and donít fight it or panic. Not the natural reaction but that works best.

    C650GT seems to handle about the same as a motorcycle and use the same ideas.


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    Thanks, guys. I can't wait to purchase mine. It will be by no later than April. I will keep everyone posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hybridstyle View Post
    Thanks, guys. I can't wait to purchase mine. It will be by no later than April. I will keep everyone posted.
    Im DT San Jose as a local owner..cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bicyclenut View Post
    When I had mine I certainly tried to avoid gravel but I did ride some gravel roads from time to time.

    Find the best lines preferably with more packed down gravel and avoid any movements - braking, acceleration and turning, similar to rain as the traction will be reduced and varies greatly depending on the type and size of the gravel.

    Best to hold the bars lightly and let the bike and wheels follow the road and donít fight it or panic. Not the natural reaction but that works best.

    C650GT seems to handle about the same as a motorcycle and use the same ideas.


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    Exactly my thoughts, but you worded it so much better.

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    Just be aware that when the wheel slips it will trigger a traction control, and bike will cut down the power (gravel, grass, sand, etc.)

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