|06-12-2008, 03:11 PM||#1|
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Norway - the land of the Vikings
SE - Two set of wheels - tires?
I've just placed an order for a leftover '07 SE and sold my 300EXC-E. Should be here in my garage in a couple of weeks. I just ordered another set of wheels too including disks. They are also those DID rimstar 21 / 18 size. The wait will kill me for sure, but nothing to do about except plan and prepare some stuff. I will for sure miss the 300, but I know I'll be back on the 'small' bikes in a couple of years I guess. I've been active at ktmtalk the last years, and my alias is RedBull over there. I just got home from Erzberg and qualified for the main HS. I got place 361 out of 1500 and it doesn't sound or look bad in the results, but I gotta tell you it sucks for a decent start in the HS. After hillclimb three, it was total traffic jam and I waited almost one hour to get up the fourth hill. Anyway, nuff said. I gotta do some high speed gravel sliding with the SE so I'm better prepared for the Erzberg prologues when I return and can make a row 2-3 start in the HS. I've heard some rumours that the SE is the perfect bike for this ?
So, the plan is to have like two setups. Setup 1 should be like 50-60% pavement / tarmac and the rest gravel roads. Maybe even some more pavement in periods. I'll try to get on those gravel roads when I commute with it on sunny days, but sometimes I don't have the time taking the longer route.
Setup 2 should be more like 10% pavement (just to get to the fun), 60-70% gravel and the rest dirt / paths / even some old easier enduro tracks. When doing setup 2, I can go easy on the hard stuff so I don't ruin the tires before I get there.
OK, so what are the recommendations? I've done lot of searching, and of course found lot of opinions. I can see that the most popular tires are Scorpions, Sahara, D908RR and TKC something. Even the Metzeler Karoo's are also mentioned. But the problem is that most of them are looking for the perfect 50/50 tire, but I'm looking for a good long lasting street tire that will not kill me on gravel if I use my head AND a good off-road tire that will not kill me or the tire on pavement if I use my head. Any suggestions?
Currently I'm leaning to the Scoripon AT 90 for setup 1 and 908RR or some TKC for setup 2. Am I on the wrong path?
For the very few races (enduros) I'm gonna do with it (pretty easy stuff with just a couple of harder sections), I plan to use the Scorpion MX eXtra which can be compared to any of those Maxxis for long lasting knobs.
-olec from Norway
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