With a few new parts bolted on, it was finally time to go find some real dirt to test Rosie the Scrambler off-road, or as I quickly realized, my off-road competence. A few weeks back, I got a text from a buddy about taking a day trip down to Shawnee State Forest between Hillsboro and Portsmouth; unbeknownst to me, there is a well maintained network of gravel forest service roads down that way, along with many local “unimproved” roads. Aside from a day at the Dragon Raid, I have been dabbling in whatever dirt of gravel I can find locally as of late, along with reading whatever I can about dirt riding skills, but there’s no substitute for the real thing. As a guy who’s never ridden a dirt bike, it’s still overly obvious that the Scrambler can be quite the handful once you leave the tarmac. That said, I have this sick obsession with squeezing a little more out of a given tool… and well, doing things people say you can’t or shouldn’t. Despite all my pipe dreams about racing the Scrambler in the Baja 1000, it’s not gonna happen; it’s still a street bike, venturing off into fire roads, pinning the throttle on the uphill stints, flinging gravel and having a good time, but it’s still out of its league when trail gets wet. That doesn’t mean I’m not having a damn good time, and learning more and more about how to ride a bike off-road, it’s just a matter of keeping that front wheel from washing out. Anywho, I figured I’d share a few photos of the adventure; I’m still learning my way around down that way, but hopefully more to come!