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Old 05-05-2015, 02:57 PM   #1
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Question Do I need knobbies to ride (insert road here)?

I am having some logistics problems, so before I commit myself I thought I'd ask for advice. I'm leaving the SF Bay Area on a 1200GS with Anakee IIIs that have only 1500 miles on them. I have Rawhyde training and some limited experience riding (dry) dirt and gravel (using Anakee IIs). Would it be (a) silly, (b) foolish, (c) stupid to attempt the following roads on my existing tires:
1. Top of the World
2. Denali Highway
3. Dalton Highway (as far as the Arctic Circle)
4. Edgerton Highway (to Chitina)
5. McCarthy Road
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Old 05-05-2015, 03:40 PM   #2
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Roads one through five are easily traversed with any modern road tire, if FRESH, and in good condition.
Riding from SF, you might have enough tread wear to make WET gravel and dirt roads more difficult.
Anakee, any version will work well on all of those roads.
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Old 05-05-2015, 08:07 PM   #3
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Read the Alaska Primer and Haul Road Primer by Alcan Rider that are stickies at the top. They'll answer most questions you'll have.

Short answer is if it's dry you can do the roads on anything, if it's wet not so much.
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Old 05-05-2015, 10:45 PM   #4
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(d) none of the above.

If the tires have decent life left, you'll be fine. I've ridden all those roads on Tourances, TKC 80s, and K60 scouts. The weather will affect the road condition more than anything, particularly the Dalton.
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Old 05-05-2015, 11:04 PM   #5
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Thanks, all. I kinda thought that would be the answer. WET is the key in all cases, particularly on the Dalton. I appreciate your help.
And I read Alcan Rider's primers last year; I should have reviewed them before posting. I will do so now.
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Old 05-06-2015, 11:39 AM   #6
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Yeah, I'd say no on the wet. And while I did Top of the World and some other bits on pretty worn street tires, I was mighty happy to have TKC80s for the Dalton. The road is fine, but roadworks... *shudder*
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Old 05-06-2015, 02:56 PM   #7
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I could only speak for Denali and Dalton.

Both are doable on street tire. But would take longer and such if it rain. Which chances are likely to always.

knobbies are the way to go if you want to enjoy it and really ride it for it purpose.

It's like going to motocross track, should I change over my tires or just keep my street on since I'm just riding ?
Put them knbbies and go all out on the ride. Dalton was a blast with my tkc 80
I was able to enjoy the dirt and corners without being worrying of a low side..
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Old 05-06-2015, 07:33 PM   #8
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ADVBMR,

Much difference between the TKC80's and K60s on the Dalton when dry? I'm guessing the difference is greater on a wet Dalton. I've got K60s on my R1200GSA.

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Old 05-06-2015, 09:50 PM   #9
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ADVBMR,

Much difference between the TKC80's and K60s on the Dalton when dry? I'm guessing the difference is greater on a wet Dalton. I've got K60s on my R1200GSA.

Thanks,

Bill
Depends on the amount of recently graded road. Me and my buddy ran into some recent roadworks with very, very deep gravel and some sections with riverbed style rocks and that was no fun on his K60-style tires and still plenty fun for me.
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Old 05-12-2015, 03:37 PM   #10
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e) all the above

I have done all the above on F650GS Dakar with Metz Tourance and TKC80s, and highly recommend the knobbies (not as much of a compromise as one might think) Watch those road repair areas...the one-foot drop-offs aren't so bad, but coming back up onto the pavement on the other side can be rough!
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