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Old 07-22-2013, 05:14 PM   #16
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Couple of other things for you to consider. Air them down a little bit for dirt and carry a compressor to bring them back up when you hit the slab.

Bring WATER- it's hot and very dry here now. Altitude will KICK YOUR ASS if you're working hard- don't get dehydrated- and that means drinking so much you're sick of it. Camelback is a good idea for a trip like this at altitude in the summer.

Get some larger footpegs if your bike still has the utter shit BMW oem units. And then learn to stand up offroad.

Be sure you're ready to watch your baby crash to earth... repeatedly. It's just a reality of the trip you've laid out. Have good boots if you want to finish the trip- these things eat ankles off road like nothing else.

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Old 07-22-2013, 05:19 PM   #17
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Let me add something to my first post in an effort to clear up a point I was trying to make.

You get by on almost any tire. During the learning process you will drop the bike. Having the traction advantage of the TKC80 may prevent a few of those spills.

The traction advantage will also help your confidence level as you learn. Without confidence you hesitate and once you hesitate on a big dual sport you're lost. Give yourself every advantage you can during the learning process. Make sure to drop the pressure in the tires when you're in the dirt. It makes a world of difference.

Plan on buying your friends a few rounds during the trip. Chances are they will be helping you pick up your bike.
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Old 07-23-2013, 05:37 AM   #18
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I just put Mitas E-07 tires on my 1150. So far I really like them, although I've never had TKC or K-60 before. The Mitas tires are about 60% of the cost of those others so if the Mitas keep making me happy, I never will.

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Old 07-23-2013, 08:46 AM   #19
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The Mitas tires are about 60% of the cost of those others
Not in the USA, unless something has changed recently?
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Old 07-23-2013, 01:24 PM   #20
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Yeah.. I'm expecting a beating on the off-road..... I might have to think of a way to get back at them


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Old 07-23-2013, 02:22 PM   #21
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[QUOTE=Rockmuncher;21931934]I just put Mitas E-07 tires on my 1150. So far I really like them, although I've never had TKC or K-60 before. The Mitas tires are about 60% of the cost of those others so if the Mitas keep making me happy, I never will.]

Rockmuncher,
I am very interested in these tires. So trying not to high jack this thread can you pm me your results with these tires.
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Old 07-23-2013, 05:47 PM   #22
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TKC's are not THAT much better than Tourances unless you're gonna do really gnarly stuff. If its all forest roads/ranch roads, I'd ride the Tourances with lower air pressure while on the dirt--say 22 front/26 rear. Air 'em back up on pavement unless its a short hop at lower speeds.
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:20 AM   #23
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TKC front


K60 rear but use a tread cutter on the centerstrip


Done and done


You know your buddies are going to torture you right???
Hmmmmm.....any pics of your modified K60s? Performance review? I was thinking of doing the same thing, but being that I don't own a tire cutter (yet) I haven't.
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:59 AM   #24
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TKC front Anakee rear for the longer wearing combo.

But you intend to spend much time on gravel you be better with TKC's front and rear.
What eats up TKC's is high speed highway travel and a heavy right wrist. If you're light with the throttle the rear tire will hold up reasonably well.
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:35 AM   #25
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Looked around for a rear Anakee lately?......
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Old 07-24-2013, 03:55 PM   #26
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karoos

lots of good advice from all re pegs / water / and be prepared to drop it a few times - hopefully your friends aren't too far down the trail when that happens

I was through some of the off road out your way a while back, and used Karoos. The rear lasted about 4 000 miles, most of it highway.

As noted, reduce the tire pressure off road, and I've found that over inflating by a few pounds on road helps with tire life...

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Old 07-24-2013, 10:18 PM   #27
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Looked around for a rear Anakee lately?......
Murdersickle superstore had a couple..few days back...
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Old 07-25-2013, 06:39 AM   #28
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It really depends on the terrain -- just saying "60% offroad" doesn't really tell you what the best tire is going to be. As others have noted, the TKC-80's are great, and you'll never be sorry off the pavement that you have them. That said, they don't last very long -- I've never gotten more than 4k out of them.

I've covered a ton of "offroad" miles on Tourances -- forest service & logging roads mostly -- and have been fine. Air down about 8-10 pounds and they do OK. Not so hot in deeper sand, mud or in the steeps on rock. But when I'm riding 1,000 miles on pavement to get to the offroad part of the ride, they are not a bad compromise.

Just put on my first set of K60's and have only had them on gravel roads so far(300 miles or so) so, really can't give much insight there. I'm hoping they give better offroad traction that the Metzlers and last almost as long. From what others are saying, it sounds like they are lasting in the 7-9k range.

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Old 07-25-2013, 12:32 PM   #29
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Thanks.!

Well.. I am going to go with the TKC 80's Front and back! I figure I will use them on this trip bout 1000 miles.. maybe 1500 total.. then swap back to my near new tourances. And I'll keep the TKC 80's ready to swap back when I am going to do another offroad heavy trip! Since I won't be riding them on the pavement much, they should last me a very long time so cost is less of a concern. By the time I have a few trips of dirt experience on the TKC's I'll give it a shot on the tourances.. Either way with the TKC's I'll also air down to 8-10LB. I already have the Aerostich Mini Compressor in my tool kit.. so that's that!
Thanks for all the advice from the asylum!
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:56 PM   #30
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8 to 10 .lbs is too low for a tubeless tire on a heavy bike.

IMHO try 32 rear and 28 front.
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