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Old 10-15-2012, 04:06 PM   #16
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I don't have any pictures of my own so I'll borrow a couple from sanjoh since the terrain is very similar where I am,
My experience is that this is fun:



and this isn't really that much fun. By the way, where was this taken sanjoh?

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Old 11-14-2012, 09:03 PM   #17
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great bike on fire roads and rough secondary hwy. the power delivery is great. overall a great adv bike
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:42 AM   #18
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Just a big softy...

I've ridden The Blue Meanie a few times on dirt roads, some in Bastrop State Park and the surrounding area and out Llano way between it and Johnson City. My brother in law who I road with had a couple of different Thumpers but has has since gotten a 1200gs. When we did the dirt and river crossings he had told me to let some air out which I did down to about 32#s. Is it a good idea to do this? Luckily there were gas stations to air back up when we hit the asphalt again...
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:11 PM   #19
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I have ridden the Top of the World in the dry, Denalli Hwy in heavy rain and loved it the Girlie. I have an 06 which is the least offroad of the series. I ran tkc 80s last year. Going to run a Mitas E07 dakar rear and tkc 80 front this year. I am going to get a 800xc for more offroad riding after I sell my xr650l. I was sliding the bike through the turns on the Top of the World having a great time coming home from D2D. It takes learning the technique when you are a street rider to get comfortable on the big girlie. But once you do. It is the biggest bang for the buck on the adventure market. Got my 06 for 5k with 14,000 miles last year and love it. Granted it was a farkle money pit since I bought stock.
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:31 PM   #20
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Admit mine is mostly on road and commuting but here is a pic from a couple months back playing on some local trails, she did great. Nothing radical but coulda handled more had I thrown it at her.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:42 PM   #21
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Fat Girlie

My 06 was very sweet and pretty quick on dirt roads. Herniation city to get back up though.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:31 PM   #22
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I just found this thread. I hope you guys aren't through yet.
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:58 AM   #23
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What about with a good set of knobbies? Tkc80s, karoos, scorpion rally etc?
I've recently put on a set of FULL BORE adventure radials and think they are fine off road tires....have about 300 miles on them, so it's early, but initial impression is this would be a good choice for off roading, and they are about $170 a set!

http://www.fullboretires.com/adventuretouring.html

More to follow on these tires....
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:19 PM   #24
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The full bore tires look identical to shinko 705s. I ran those on my tiger prior to coming to Alaska. They are decent on dry good gravel roads, but once it gets soft slow down. TKC 80 front and Heidenau K60 or Mitas EO7 rear I think is the ticket for traction and longevity
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:25 PM   #25
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The full bore tires look identical to shinko 705s. I ran those on my tiger prior to coming to Alaska. They are decent on dry good gravel roads, but once it gets soft slow down. TKC 80 front and Heidenau K60 or Mitas EO7 rear I think is the ticket for traction and longevity
What do you prefer in the front for tire choice for more aggressive offroad use. i.e. muddy conditions
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:38 PM   #26
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I mounted front and rear TKC 80s for the first time right before D2D this year. I got just about 3k miles out of the rear and still a tad left before the wear bars. Going to use it up commuting before changing. But, the point is, near this amount of wear they still handled a rain soked Denalli Highway just great. I recommend TKC 80s in crap and stick like glue on street. I am trying the Mitas for the first time this or next summer. Might be visiting the middle east this year.
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:55 AM   #27
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find the right tire

It always a quest to find the right the tire, price, how long it lasts, and what will it be used for always comes to my mind...I'll try new models after a reading a few reviews, so since the adventure touring market is so hot right now, we might see more tires like the new Metzler Karoo 3 coming out, that looks awesome...there is a thread here in beasts.

These Full Bore tires are a good value I think, supposedly lasting 5-7000 miles for a $170, after this set, I'll try the Karoo 3...

Here are a couple of pics with the Full Bore tires....



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Old 12-22-2012, 11:14 PM   #28
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I just did the complete continental divide trail hauling butt this summer on an 02'.

It was REALLY nice because of how comfy it was, and the gas range never had me worrying (I was also getting around 50mpg which was nice on the pockets!). Just got myself some crash bars and was set, slapped some dual sport tires on there (shinkos something, 705's maybe?).

Gets really heavy on tight stuff, but the CDT is not tight stuff at all. You can ride one down to the Patagonia and be completely fine, because its also UBER reliable. Sure, hard to do anything under the tank, but thankfully you never have to!

I would highly recommend one if you can get past its looks... the engine is the nicest thing.
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Old 12-27-2012, 06:29 PM   #29
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Will do 100 mph on gravel

I keep Anakee IIs on her. When Im over riding the tire, I'm beginning to over ride the bike on loose stuff. She is most unhappy in mud. Happiest canyon carving.
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:34 AM   #30
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Will do 100 mph on gravel
I might not be mature enough to own one.
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