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Old 10-25-2012, 03:02 AM   #31
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I think it's Jan.20, but not 100% sure. ...
19-21 jan. www.db1k.com

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...As for choices based on whether it be muddy or not, it might be mostly dry but it might also rain or snow, ... My personal opinion, it's not worth the risk of the loss of enjoyment I would experience on road bias tyres if it is wet, ....
What he said.

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That river looks completely innocent. Must have been slippery as snot....
Looks inocent and we don't have many properly slippery rivers here in the south. That one has a bunch of 200-300mm boulders covered in slime. Last year I got there early and sat with the camera for an hour just to watch the fun. Bit of a laugh watching the enduro riding boys barrel in all gung ho and then suddenly have the back end step out.




Heaps of pics and couple of vids from last years ride here http://www.db1k.com/2012/media.php

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Old 11-04-2012, 12:12 AM   #32
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:04 PM   #33
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When can we register online? Or do I just turn up in Fairlie at the start?

I've decided to go with TKC80 on my R80, or with whatever is left of them by then. I am sure I can get a tire in Alex, if things are starting to look desperate.
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Old 11-05-2012, 02:09 AM   #34
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When can we register online? Or do I just turn up in Fairlie at the start?

I've decided to go with TKC80 on my R80, or with whatever is left of them by then. I am sure I can get a tire in Alex, if things are starting to look desperate.
May I suggest packing your TKC and riding down on something expendable ..... a worn TKC80 is about as much use as a chocolate teapot.
Even if you send your tyre to one of us in the top of the south you will at least get to wear it out on gravel rather than tarmac.
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:34 AM   #35
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is about as much use as a chocolate teapot.
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I think you are undervaluing the use of a chocolate teapot.

I've never had a TKC80 completely wear out in under 5000km and that's on my 1150. I will keep an eye on it and plan accordingly. Some people are proud about shredding tires in a short period of time. I prefer to wear them out evenly.
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:54 AM   #36
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I think you are undervaluing the use of a chocolate teapot.

I've never had a TKC80 completely wear out in under 5000km and that's on my 1150. I will keep an eye on it and plan accordingly. Some people are proud about shredding tires in a short period of time. I prefer to wear them out evenly.

I got one here that has got about 500kms on it, and it would be bald by the time I get to fairlie. Friggen thing melted.
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:30 PM   #37
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Hmm, maybe the smaller sizes have softer rubber? I have Kenda K760 on the GS and even they lasted for a reasonable amount of km. Last year I did a tour of the SI on a TKC that had already done the tour with someone else. I even ended up on some goat tracks around Cromwell, by mistake. Shouldn't have listened to the guys on KTM dirt bikes.

If it looks like they will be a problem, I'll sort out another rear, or tale one with me, But really, unless we're riding on wet grass, it's not going to be a big deal. Deeply rutted muddy tracks are going to be a pain even on fresh TKC.

6 years ago I crossed the Old Man Range on The R1150GS on TKC80 with a bunch of guys. I had to be pulled out of two bog holes. Needed help to get the bike off the handle bars, yes upside down, but the bit I found difficult was getting down the steep rutted bit towards Piano Flats Rd, after having pretty much exhausted my self. Much of it helping other people.

Rest assured that I won't be the idiot on bald tires, but at the same time, you can get too paranoid about these things.
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Old 11-05-2012, 02:55 PM   #38
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When can we register online?..
Registration page should be operating by this weekend if the rumours are correct.
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I got one here that has got about 500kms on it, and it would be bald by the time I get to fairlie. Friggen thing melted.
Yeah,well, thats the thing with chocolate teapots......secret is to use cold water.
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Yeah,well, thats the thing with chocolate teapots......secret is to use cold water.
Cheeky bugger. I think.

BTW the sight is open for registration.
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Registration page should be operating by this weekend if the rumours are correct.
Thanks, just entered and paid.
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One more question, are we going up or down the Carricktown track.

My wife and I went down it and I had to ride her bike for her on some of the sections, Having to walk back up the steep hill to get mine wasn't easy. I also had the 1150 trying to get away from me, a full tank didn't really help. The R80GS only weighs 218kg, so it should be quite a bit easier, but I won't be all that fast, that's for sure :-).
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:03 AM   #43
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One more question, are we going up or down the Carricktown track.

My wife and I went down it and I had to ride her bike for her on some of the sections, Having to walk back up the steep hill to get mine wasn't easy. I also had the 1150 trying to get away from me, a full tank didn't really help. The R80GS only weighs 218kg, so it should be quite a bit easier, but I won't be all that fast, that's for sure :-).

Up, down is way more fun though.
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Up, down is way more fun though.
The views would be better down, but with all these rocks rolling around I ended up concentrating on the next hairpin. I am happy we're going up, but I might change my mind later, when I can't get going again, without being pushed.
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The views would be better down, but with all these rocks rolling around I ended up concentrating on the next hairpin. I am happy we're going up, but I might change my mind later, when I can't get going again, without being pushed.

last year I followed Padmei (The Magnificent) up there, and a guy on a 690 got between us and I nearly fell off laughing watching the guy trying to pass him. Everytime he saw an opportunity, Padmei and his cylinders would block him and he would have to back off and try again. Laugh out loud in your helmet stuff.

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