Originally Posted by 6USMC6
What about tires? Are knobbies necessary or would something like the Scorpion Sync found on the KTM Adv work?
you probably only have three partial days on gravel, otherwise you're on paved roads your whole route.
the problem is that you never know what the gravel is going to look like and whether it will be wet or dry. you might be running 50-60mph on loose gravel, maybe higher if the surface is beaten down. i'd rather be on TKCs, or similar. it's the day long high sustained speeds on marbles that makes it very different from riding forest service roads.
you sure as heck don't want to get above manic 5 and wish you were on different tires.