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Old 12-19-2013, 03:16 PM   #3856
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Help,,,,fellow inmate needs final drivehor his HP-2,,,,!!!!

Folks,,,just got an e-mail from fellow inmate Mike Folley...he owns Striking Vikings ol yellow beast...it's stranded inBennet Texas with major debris in final drive from blown drive shaft bearing...

I'm in Tokyo heading back to Denver later today

Holler if ya can help etc,,,he sent UA bunch of pics and I can assure it looks like a genuine mess in there
Gotta pack...soon
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Old 12-20-2013, 07:37 AM   #3857
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Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

I've known for a while that I might get to the Salar too late and sure enough it's underwater. The rainy season has started big time and the next four riders I know of behind me are re-routing into Chile and passing on Bolivia. I should have done the same but I had an arrangement for a lady friend from Guatemala to visit me in La Paz for a few days and that seemed like the most important thing at the time.

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Old 12-31-2013, 05:57 AM   #3858
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Seasons greetings HP2 brothers...

Currently going south on Ruta 40, Argentina. Crossing the border from Bolivia to Argentina was a huge psychological lift. But the rains are getting worse here south of Salta. It rains really hard!

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Old 12-31-2013, 08:14 AM   #3859
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Currently going south on Ruta 40, Argentina. Crossing the border from Bolivia to Argentina was a huge psychological lift. But the rains are getting worse here south of Salta. It rains really hard!

All the best for 2014 as well

What are your chances of getting to see some of the Dakar Rally racing? Would be on my itinery for sure
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:14 AM   #3860
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Old 12-31-2013, 02:22 PM   #3861
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Who's running tkc80 do you like them and what size thank you
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Old 12-31-2013, 02:44 PM   #3862
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Congrats Alfaris, your sticker "JMLPEF" still in place on windscreen
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Old 12-31-2013, 04:15 PM   #3863
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Who's running tkc80 do you like them and what size thank you
I've used a couple of pairs in the last while. They're pretty good all-around but a bit primitive. The HP2 is too much bike for them i.m.o but this is a contentious issue. Adam Shani went rtw on an HP2 on exclusively TKC's. I have no idea how he did it.

I use Heidenau K60's and love/hate them. They're not technical, next to useless in sand, and will toss you off if you're on dirty wet pavement which in latin America is the norm when not on dirt. But I can rely on the wear and strength. The rubber is incredibly hard. Really no choice.

This is just from the perspective of doing big distances in more remote places. Which is what I think the HP2 excels at. And why I post nice pictures here, to hopefully inspire people to consider the HP2 as the ultimate rtw bike. If you can travel light.

Happy New Year everyone. It's 9:15 pm, I'm in a small village on Ruta 40 right off the main square, the crowds are building, the women look absolutely gorgeous, some tops are off already, and I'm told that in a couple of hours things are going to be very crazy here!
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Old 12-31-2013, 11:02 PM   #3864
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TKC80's work great on the HP2 IMHO - this is what they came out with after all. There are though now more options in that size on the market than I think there used to be - due to the big dually adventure market growing. The TKC up front is still often a preferred tyre for me but I find the rear does not last the way I ride. The Karoo is the same or very similar in this respect. I do not like the new Heidi rear K60 with the strip down the centre (clearly just there to restrict block flex). An excellent tyre we are using alot on this side of the pond are the Mitas range. For the HP2 the E07 is very similar but better than the K60 for a 50/50 tyre ... AND the tyre of choice for me for a more off road orientated tread but still very good on the hard stuff is the MITAS E09. This tyre was developed for the Paris Dakar race and is strong and durable but also offers excellent grip and hook up. If you can get it try it - you will not look back.
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Old 12-31-2013, 11:59 PM   #3865
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I don't like TKC80's on the R12GS or the HP2 - don't like the donkdonkdonk .......... noise created by the tread pattern when traveling on bitumen, which causes excess vibration through to the bars and I also think they are too grippy on the rear on gravel as I like a little bit of slide if needed.

I currently use Heidenaeu K60 or Mitas E07. To quote OK Lucinda, the K60's "will toss you off if you're on dirty wet pavement".

The Mitas E07 are a bit softer rubber but in my opinion fine. I have done around 25000 k on a combination of both on around 50/50 dirt/bitumen.
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Old 01-01-2014, 07:25 AM   #3866
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TKC80's work great on the HP2 IMHO - this is what they came out with after all. There are though now more options in that size on the market than I think there used to be - due to the big dually adventure market growing. The TKC up front is still often a preferred tyre for me but I find the rear does not last the way I ride. The Karoo is the same or very similar in this respect. I do not like the new Heidi rear K60 with the strip down the centre (clearly just there to restrict block flex). An excellent tyre we are using alot on this side of the pond are the Mitas range. For the HP2 the E07 is very similar but better than the K60 for a 50/50 tyre ... AND the tyre of choice for me for a more off road orientated tread but still very good on the hard stuff is the MITAS E09. This tyre was developed for the Paris Dakar race and is strong and durable but also offers excellent grip and hook up. If you can get it try it - you will not look back.
Here in the USA and I'm pretty certain worldwide they were equipped with Metzler Karoo 2 which is my #1 choice for a tubeless HP2 E oem tire. I tried the TKC 80 and the HP2 E just like to spin the rear up and the front TKC 80 tubeless is down right dangerous IMHO. I have seen two different instances where a TKC 80 "tubeless" de-beaded itself immediately upon airing down not to mention the front has a lot less grip both on and off the road then the 21" Karoo in my experiences. TKC's work great on the big Adventures and still a very hard tire to beat performance/mileage ratio on a 550-650lb Adv bike but there are better choices for the HP2 E I think.

Keep up the posts OK Lucinda! Glad to see it working out so well for you. I blew through the same area on S America with only 3 weeks to spend, will get back down there some day for an extended visit.
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Here in the USA and I'm pretty certain worldwide they were equipped with Metzler Karoo 2 which is my #1 choice for a tubeless HP2 E oem tire. I tried the TKC 80 and the HP2 E just like to spin the rear up and the front TKC 80 tubeless is down right dangerous IMHO. I have seen two different instances where a TKC 80 "tubeless" de-beaded itself immediately upon airing down not to mention the front has a lot less grip both on and off the road then the 21" Karoo in my experiences. TKC's work great on the big Adventures and still a very hard tire to beat performance/mileage ratio on a 550-650lb Adv bike but there are better choices for the HP2 E I think.

Keep up the posts OK Lucinda! Glad to see it working out so well for you. I blew through the same area on S America with only 3 weeks to spend, will get back down there some day for an extended visit.
You may well be right regarding the Karoo's and I may have been thinking of my Adventure that came with the TKC's. I have though never had an issue with TKC's up front and I often deflate - that said I have recently gone over to tubed and 18' rear specifically due to airing down and could run the Dunlop Rally Raid. I find the Karoo really too soft with very poor mileage - even worse than the TKC rear. For me the Mitas ticks the boxes at present.
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Old 01-01-2014, 11:34 AM   #3868
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I use a TKC on the front and a Mitas E09 rear. Good combination IMHO
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I use a TKC on the front and a Mitas E09 rear. Good combination IMHO
Yeah that me at the moment too
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Old 01-01-2014, 01:24 PM   #3870
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thanks for the input. Going to do alot of gravel roads im going to go with TKC80
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