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Old 07-10-2014, 11:49 AM   #556
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An aggressive off-road knobby like the D606 (a 90% dirt-10% street tire, according to Motorcycle Superstore's description) is unnecessary, and wouldn't last the trip.

There are stretches of highway, local-paved and hard-pack roads where the D606 may not be well-suited.

I used the Michelin T63 (a 50-50 tire, according to MC Superstore) on the rear for a couple of seasons. I found it quite good on the highway ... a surprise, given its big, widely spaced knobs. I thought it squirrely off-pavement at times, however; but boy, was it durable.

After reading in a couple of places that the T63 was a b@#&h to fix trailside, I switched to the Duro -- described as a 60% street-40% dirt tire -- and have settled on it. I've used it in rough terrain without problems.

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Old 07-10-2014, 11:51 AM   #557
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An aggressive off-road knobby like the D606 (a 90% hwy-10% dirt tire, according to Motorcycle Superstore's description) is unnecessary, and wouldn't last the trip.

There are stretches of highway, local-paved and hard-pack roads where the D606 may not be well-suited.

I used the Michelin T63 (a 50-50 tire, according to MC Superstore) on the rear for a couple of seasons. I found it quite good on the highway ... a surprise, given its knobs. I thought it squirrely off-pavement at times, however; but boy, was it durable.

After reading in a couple of places that the T63 was a b@#&h to fix trailside, I switched to the Duro -- described as a 60-40 tire -- and have settled on it. I've used it in rough terrain without problems.
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Old 07-10-2014, 12:04 PM   #558
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Oops ... I reversed the numbers on the D606. Should be 90% dirt, 10% street.

So sorry ...
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Old 07-10-2014, 12:06 PM   #559
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Taking notes here. Well timed post's as our crew has been talking about D606's.... and you confirmed my suspicions, thanks.
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Oops ... I reversed the numbers on the D606. Should be 90% dirt, 10% hwy.

So sorry ...
Lol, I knew what you meant. I've got Kenda K270's (50/50 tire) on now but not enough miles to pass judgement yet. Maybe by next month I'll know more.
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Old 07-10-2014, 02:45 PM   #561
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Taking notes here. Well timed post's as our crew has been talking about D606's.... and you confirmed my suspicions, thanks.
You won't need that kind of tire for rear traction, and the fronts scallop something awful. Up front the Scorpion rally is quite aggressive and just works really well on and off pavement. Again, probably more aggressive than necessary.

The T63 front is a really good dualsport knob, it's knob height is fairly low so it works well on road, and plenty of grip off for a 50-50 tire. Just not that aggressive for a dirt knob. Almost identical is the Karoo 2. Without the brand stamp you probly couldn't tell the difference - I think the knobs slant a little on the karoo.

For rear the Fullbore M40 or Shinko 705 would work really well, as would a K60 although I prefer the former even though it doesn't last as long but it's easier to mount, repair, and half the price. Expect about 7K miles out of them, maybe 10K for the heidie. Absolutely fantastic tire on the Tiger 800XC.

Then there are mixed tires, more common that you'd think. Like a Tourance rear and a TKC front, switch out the front to another tourance for mostly road. Right now I'm running a anakee3 rear and fullbore front - amazing. The rear does not generally need to be as aggressive as the front for off pavement - the main issue with the front is corner washouts. Any of them will work pretty well on road, and all will go well longer than the HOW loop. For this I think a dualsport tire might well be just fine.

I can see where the T63 would be a great choice - good on road and dirt, pretty durable tire and cheap. The rear can be a smallish profile and my husky tears them up in about 1800 miles. I've since gone with a D606 and it really works well but likely well overkill for HOW. I'd have to think about how I would tire the husky if I was gonna ride that one on the loop.

Just some ideas...
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Old 07-10-2014, 02:53 PM   #562
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Yeah, the price of the T63 -- as well as its longevity -- is appealing.

I'd say a 50-50 tire is fine.

Now, if anyone dares to ask which oil is best ...
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Sorry Tony. Didn't mean to hijack the thread.
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Ain't no hijack! This is important und helpful. So carry on, browneye (except for the oil thing ... :-) )
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Old 07-10-2014, 04:40 PM   #565
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HoW tires

I've been lurkin on this thread, in hopes of riding the HoW loop in '15, and glad to see tire questions come up.

Curious on your thoughts about tires for big bikes?....specifically my Super Tenere.

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p.s. anyone thinking about 2015, that needs a riding partner, or wants to get a group together, shoot me a PM.
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Old 07-10-2014, 05:01 PM   #566
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Welcome, tar356!

Perhaps others with extended experience on that bike can chime in. I'll stick to what I know.

I'll bet there's a Super Ten thread on this forum somewhere that can provide good suggestions.

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Old 07-11-2014, 07:17 AM   #567
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I've been lurkin on this thread, in hopes of riding the HoW loop in '15, and glad to see tire questions come up.

Curious on your thoughts about tires for big bikes?....specifically my Super Tenere.

Thanks

p.s. anyone thinking about 2015, that needs a riding partner, or wants to get a group together, shoot me a PM.
On my Tiger the current plan is TKC80 front, Mitas E07 rear.
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Old 07-11-2014, 11:02 AM   #568
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GTR Maps

For anyone planning for this adventure, I just received my five maps and I'm impressed with the detail. I like my paper maps!! Fast shipping and a great deal. Thanks Tony.
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Old 07-11-2014, 11:07 AM   #569
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I'm glad GTR Mapping came through for you, Flatlander53!

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Old 07-11-2014, 11:17 AM   #570
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Closure!

Ok, so, first there's that tractor wrecking Swinging Bridge ...

Now, inmate Pinevalley reports from the field that he encountered a road closure on one of H.o.W.'s optional tracks (thank goodness) in Wyoming, and sent along his photo of it:



It was in an area of a massive wildfire a couple of years ago. The loss of soil-retaining vegetation often leads to severe erosion, as you can see.

Pinevalley reported as well that U.S. Forest Service crews were already poised to repair it. So, one hopes, it may be open again soon.

H.o.W. licensees have been sent the GPS coordinates, also courtesy of Pinevalley.

Another one to monitor ...

Thanks for the report, P'valley!
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