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Old 01-23-2010, 08:01 PM   #16
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I'd like to get a little more off the beaten path next spring on my R60/7. What can I expect from the bike on gravel, dirt, sand or maybe a little mud?

They seem to do fine in the old war movies.
Airheads work fine on gravel!


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Old 01-24-2010, 05:52 AM   #17
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Just ask the dude that owns this bike!

Check out the Alabama chrome on the headlight and fender strut. Hey Redbud, where you at? His /5 bombed down some dirt tracks pretty snappy!!!
oh yea airheads do fine on gravel rds, the ones with alabama chrome do the best. that one pictured has been places 20-25 yrs ago that i hesitate to take my 4x4 these days.
jenna, when we going again?
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Old 01-24-2010, 12:33 PM   #18
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Alabama chrome. I love it.

About riding an airhead off the pavement, there is is some great advice in this thread, as usual. I am encouraged to hear from those who have done it. There are a lot of gravel roads around here, many of them that are otherwise inviting.

Some riders have mentioned the importance of tires. What tires would be better off the pavement?

I have to get new tires anyway this spring. Mostly I use the bike to commute. Since I rarely wring it out, I might sacrifice a little on the pavement for better all-around performance. Any recommendations?
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Old 01-24-2010, 12:41 PM   #19
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i'm runnig avon distana's (probabley misspelled but u get the idea) they seem to do good in gravel etc. and i can rub the cylinder on the left and the brake pedal on the right side on a paved mt rd. everybody i talk to seem to think they last better than most
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Old 01-24-2010, 03:13 PM   #20
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Some riders have mentioned the importance of tires. What tires would be better off the pavement?
There's quite a bit of discussion around here on dual-purpose tires for street going airheads, but choices are pretty limited. I think I saw somewhere that Motu recommended Dunlop K70s for gravel. I plan on trying them this summer as replacements for my Macadams.
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Old 01-25-2010, 01:25 AM   #21
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Back in the 1970`s riders in this country would use their airheads on roads where now a lot of people wouldn`t take a GS.

Tires were either an Avon Roadrunner rear, with a Metzeler Block C on the front, or in really bad conditions, trials universals. K70`s were good too, as were cheap $20.00 rear Dunlops for a quick dash across the Nullabor.
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Old 01-25-2010, 07:18 PM   #22
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I'll second (or third, fourth...?) the comments about tires being the main limitation.

Not an issue at all in dry weather. I ride my R100RT on unimproved roads fairly often, and I've also been riding my 1965 R69S offroad quite a bit lately.
In my opinion, the Earles Fork models are better than R100GS's on gravel roads where ground clearance isn't an issue.

I left the guy with this GS for dead on the washboard and deep gravel we found on this road.
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