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Old 10-29-2012, 04:12 PM   #9781
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[QUOTE=Splisken;19926208

One last question: How is the MT21 front on hard packed fire roads with loose gravel on them?

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About as good as anything else other than a trials tire IMHO>
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Old 10-29-2012, 04:28 PM   #9782
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Using an MT21 on the front and an MT43 on the rear of my 500XCW.

The MT43 is great until you hit mud.. then it is useless.. I have a second wheel I keep a knobby on for if there is mud in the plans.

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Old 10-29-2012, 04:38 PM   #9783
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The MT43 is great until you hit mud.. then it is useless.. I have a second wheel I keep a knobby on for if there is mud in the plans.
Deep mud = agree. Light mud = completely disagree. When you've talking a light layer (1-2") of greasy mud mixed with roots and rocks then nothing beats a trials tire IMO.
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:22 PM   #9784
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Deep mud = agree. Light mud = completely disagree. When you've talking a light layer (1-2") of greasy mud mixed with roots and rocks then nothing beats a trials tire IMO.
To get even more refined: sticky mud vs. non sticky. Most of what is called mud in the Rockies isn't the black sticky kind or clay. It usually has a lot of sand/gravel so that it doesn't pack up your tires.

In Taylor Park, there is a section of the Doctor Park trail that is awful when wet. It will pack up a regular knobby until it looks like a slick. A trials tire really sucks in those conditions. Most mud isn't that much worse. I've even had trials tires do well in deep sand. The radial IRC on my 300 does great in deep loose sand. It seems to stay on top more easily than a knobby.
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:26 PM   #9785
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:48 PM   #9786
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muddy Mother Hill, Lefthand, yesterday, mt43.. all the way to the top. guarantee a kobby would have left me sittin' at the crux.

Ave's Dunlop left him spinning on mud everywhere. He called it a day after 2 trails.
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Old 10-29-2012, 06:18 PM   #9787
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... will be what replaces the Karoos on the 310
You'll never keep it long enough to need new tires although as I recall you did put new tires on the Stelvio before you even picked it up new.

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Old 10-29-2012, 07:05 PM   #9788
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You'll never keep it long enough to need new tires although as I recall you did put new tires on the Stelvio before you even picked it up new.

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Tires get worn out, get a new bike. Great plan.
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:08 PM   #9789
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Tires get worn out, get a new bike. Great plan.
You know what never gets worn out?

Jokes about how often Blakebird trades bikes.
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:47 PM   #9790
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I am so glad you guys have someone to pick on.

Now someone buy my FZ6 so I can get the R100GS.

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Old 10-29-2012, 08:50 PM   #9791
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:18 PM   #9792
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LOL, you guys kill me. Geeks photo above is pretty much what I envisioned when I thought of a trials tire in the wet woods.
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Old 10-30-2012, 07:53 AM   #9793
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Enough about tires, lets talk helmets for a bit ;)
I'm an Arai guy, I've had other makes. But all my more recent helmets have been Arais. I need a new helmet bad, my current one is well over 10 years old and while in good shape outside its old enough to be scary. I'd normally just go pick out another Arai but the costs have gotten out of hand and I'm sure there are other makes out there that are of excellent quality. So I'm looking for recommendations on other options, especially from any other "Arai heads" out there. What do ya all like?
Note, I'm looking for both a pure street helmet and a DS model for off road.
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Old 10-30-2012, 07:56 AM   #9794
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Some piss poor riding w/ J Leno

I don't understand the side by side riding formations. But it also seems these folks thought no one else was on the road but themselves. Did not end well for them. I hope the link works. I have never figured out how to embed a video.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:23 AM   #9795
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Enough about tires, lets talk helmets for a bit ;)
I'm an Arai guy, I've had other makes. But all my more recent helmets have been Arais. I need a new helmet bad, my current one is well over 10 years old and while in good shape outside its old enough to be scary. I'd normally just go pick out another Arai but the costs have gotten out of hand and I'm sure there are other makes out there that are of excellent quality. So I'm looking for recommendations on other options, especially from any other "Arai heads" out there. What do ya all like?
Note, I'm looking for both a pure street helmet and a DS model for off road.
I'm an Arai head as well and it is crazy the prices they ask, but I usually go with a non-current(1-3 years old) helmet and that is more financially manageable. My last purchase was for an Arai XD3 when the XD4 was already out. I was at an XD1 and couldn't find replacement insides anymore.

Good luck and post up if you find another brand for an Arai head.
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