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Old 12-11-2012, 01:56 AM   #14701
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Wow... I thought the TKC's lasted about 5k miles, and the Scorpion Rallies only last about half that. But that's just what I've gathered from reading online; no personal experience with either.

I like the looks of the 140 width K60's more than the 150. They're supposedly Tube Type though, so, uh, you know... I probably shouldn't try them on my tubeless wheels.

I also like the looks of the Mitas E-07's, but I've heard they don't last near as long as the K60.

150 width Mitas E-07 on the left, 140 width K60 on the right:


Eek, sorry for the huge picture.
The 140/80 K60 should work better off-road since it does not have the solid strip down the middle of the tire. Might be worth a tube if you were going to be riding a lot of mud / wet dirt/ wet clay.
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:09 AM   #14702
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can you visualize that once those 140 k60 wear down a few mm they have a center strip just like the 150?

some have taken the 150 and used a knobby knife - http://www.knobbyknife.com/ or other cutting tool and removed some of the center bar so the tire looks and works like the original version of the tire.

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The 140/80 K60 should work better off-road since it does not have the solid strip down the middle of the tire. Might be worth a tube if you were going to be riding a lot of mud / wet dirt/ wet clay.
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:42 AM   #14703
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Just ordered Denali panniers from Happy Trails....they have some killer deals going. Free shipping and a $100 gift certificate with the purchase of a pannier set. I ordered a "scratch-dent-misdrilled" set which was $210 cheaper than the new pair. As far as I can tell, there are not many, if any, cheaper hard luggage options with the promos. No affiliation with the company.
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:05 AM   #14704
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I have to call BS on that one. I removed a rear one and was with great wailing and gnashing of teeth.
The front wasn't bad. Define "simple lever".
This is my tyre changing kit in its entirety although I do use a bit of WD40. Not BS. Pure truth.

When I get to Salt Lake I will show you how it's done.

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Old 12-11-2012, 10:10 AM   #14705
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The 140/80 K60 should work better off-road since it does not have the solid strip down the middle of the tire. Might be worth a tube if you were going to be riding a lot of mud / wet dirt/ wet clay.
The centre strip is there for a reason. Although it reduces grip off road, it is there to make the tyre last longer. Hence the big centre strip on the 150/70R17. Big bikes wear out the centre strip real quick.

It is a compromise tyre for more mileage rather than more grip.
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:26 AM   #14706
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This is my tyre changing kit in its entirety although I do use a bit of WD40. Not BS. Pure truth.

When I get to Salt Lake I will show you how it's done.
You may need to by then anyway. I'll try and get a group buy together with free mounting.

May just keep you in shape.
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:18 PM   #14707
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For the Aussies.

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Attention All Ténéré Tragics Fans,

The wait is finally over (!) and we can now announce details of, and
open Registrations for, our Ténéré Tragics 2013 Longreach Long Haul Run.

As you are a previous Ténéré Tragic and/or you have requested
information about our 2013 event, please find attached here the
Introduction and Registration Form for our next event, which will be
held in Longreach, Queensland on April 16/17/18.

Please study the Introduction and then if you are keen to count
yourself as truly tragic, complete the Registration form, include your
payment details and get the form back to us.

Once your payment is processed and you are Registered, we will send
you Where To Stay information to assist you with your planning.

We hope you will be as enthusiastic about the Longreach Long Haul Run
as we are and that you're keen to join us for more massive lashings of
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If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to seeing you in April - yours tragicially,

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Old 12-11-2012, 02:47 PM   #14708
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I need a hard tire to go to Morocco. TKC's and Karoo's are too soft.
Have fun, my wife and I just got back. Tichka pass Nov 12.

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Old 12-11-2012, 03:56 PM   #14709
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Have fun, my wife and I just got back. Tichka pass Nov 12.

Whow!!
I use to go in spring, so I never saw such a lot of snow.
Nice picture,
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:09 AM   #14710
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Have fun, my wife and I just got back. Tichka pass Nov 12.

Your wife is serious hard corps.
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:58 AM   #14711
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In prep for my trip to the Americas next year I decided to check and grease my rear suspension components.

Once I had stripped out the suspension link I checked the swing arm for play and was surprised to find some. The book says there should be none. It was perhaps 1mm at the wheel axle end. On inspection it was not the bearings but a loose swing arm axle. Not loose as in coming undone, but more like it needed torqueing (is that a word ?) up. Once all greased up and reassembled all was good with no play.

As is usual, there was very little grease on the pins. Unfortunately this is normal for Yamahas. It presents itself as a problem after time as the pins seize in the bearing sleeves.

Anyone considering doing this, do not remove the cap over the swing arm nut (beside the cardan joint) as it says in the book. It is unnecessary. It holds the Swing arm nut in place.




This is the pin that needed tightening. As can be seen, it is starting to rust.


The pin was very tight to undo so just tightening further would probably not help. Fortunately it comes out very easy. It remains to be seen if the swing arm loosens up again with use. It may just be the new grease filling any gaps at present.

EDIT: I should add, the pin shown above is a very loose fit in the bearing sleeve (the machined tube part that that actually touches the needle rollers) and this was where the play came from
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:51 PM   #14712
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In prep for my trip to the Americas next year ...
Where are you planning on heading to?
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:38 AM   #14713
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Where are you planning on heading to?
This is the intended NA part.





The South America part is yet to be planned but we are not doing a race from one end to the other. We are looking to try and fit in a part of the Dakar Rally too.

We will be starting in New York in mid April, going through Central America around September and flying back from Buenos Aires around February/March 2014.

The USA/Canada part is over 20k miles so I expect the whole trip to end up being 30-35k miles.
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:14 AM   #14714
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Damn, that's the long way around to Texas!
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:50 AM   #14715
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This is the intended NA part...

Holla' when you get to San Antone.

I'll fill your bellies with some good Tex-Mex (and damage your kidneys and liver with some Jack Daniels), before y'all get on your way...


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