Originally Posted by mait
And again I find myself checking this thread here every hour to find an update!
Keep it coming!
Very interesting to see how that old-school oil-cooled DR kept up with modern bikes.
Terry, did you run Mitas E-09 130/80-18 or did you find one of 140/80-18 size? Our local dealer said 140/80-18 is not available although it is listed on manufacturer's website.
I will help, since Terry isnt online at the moment ... He used 140/80-17s (Terry was still running 17 inch wheels at t he back)... and he used the Dakar model (about 2 quid a tyre more). The Dakar model has stiffer sidewalls and an extra belt inside (4 ply instead of 3 ply for the rears). That extra strength reduces traction a tiny bit in very technical terrain, but increases durability, strength and increases puncture resistance. For this kind of long distance trip (where the terrain was mostly open) the E09 Dakar model makes sense. For local enduro riding, the regular E09s would make more sense. Terry couldnt get all Dakar models (out of stock), so he did have to use the regular E09s for the second half of the trip.
As for the DR ... wait and you shall see :)