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Old 01-18-2013, 08:05 PM   #631
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I use the bike to commute 50 miles a day, so some sport/tour tires
give me a lot more mileage than pure soft compound sport tires do.
that has been my experience, my DR650 SM came with Contiforce SM tires and I loved the stickiness but they were worn out at 2000 miles...mounted a set of Avon AM26 Roadriders (150/70-17 in back) and they are wearing well and have plenty of grip for what I do on the road...not bad on dirt roads either
nice looking bike BTW

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Old 01-18-2013, 08:47 PM   #632
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Hey all,

In the process of turning this 1989 honda nx250 into a retro supermoto. Still gathering parts, but can't wait until it's all done! Also found a few pictures from a few years back of my plated crf450. Enjoy.











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Old 01-18-2013, 11:30 PM   #633
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I wasnt talking race rubber.I like michelin pilot powers.I get 4 or 5000 miles on a rear. I dont pull holeshots , but I am by no means easy on tires.
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Old 01-19-2013, 06:49 AM   #634
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I wasnt talking race rubber.I like michelin pilot powers.I get 4 or 5000 miles on a rear. I dont pull holeshots , but I am by no means easy on tires.
Powers are what I usually run, but I only get 1200-1300 miles out of a rear. We do have a lot of chip seal here though and while it's awesome for grip it does help eat tires up.
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:10 AM   #635
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I was getting about 3k out of pilot powers, so I switched to the pilot road 2 and saw 5-6k with decent grip. We have mostly chip seal roads here as well and I agree they eat tires.
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:50 AM   #636
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The worst mileage I ever got was about 1200 miles out of a set of Avon pro extreme D O T rain tires. Whats chip seal.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:49 PM   #637
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The worst mileage I ever got was about 1200 miles out of a set of Avon pro extreme D O T rain tires. Whats chip seal.
Chip and seal is a little rougher than asphalt . Usually for better grip .
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:26 PM   #638
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Chip and seal is a little rougher than asphalt . Usually for better grip .
It is also cheaper from what I've read....but not good at all for bicycles or motorcycles....thankfully there are only a few miles of it so far where I live.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chipseal
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:32 PM   #639
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Here is My Rieju Marathon Pro 125 SM its got a DEP race can fitted some F1 style mirrors and Pro sport bars this is a picture from when i first got it in 2011

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Old 01-19-2013, 01:40 PM   #640
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heres a more recent picture showing the mirrors and race can after a clean in the summer

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Old 01-19-2013, 02:02 PM   #641
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It is also cheaper from what I've read....but not good at all for bicycles or motorcycles....thankfully there are only a few miles of it so far where I live.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chipseal
The problem with chip seal is the aggregate breaks loose and of course basically acts like gravel on the road surface. Usually, that only occurs in heavy traffic areas and especially where a lot of semis drive. Not bad in rural, low traffic areas.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:45 AM   #642
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Hey all,

In the process of turning this 1989 honda nx250 into a retro supermoto. Still gathering parts, but can't wait until it's all done! Also found a few pictures from a few years back of my plated crf450. Enjoy.

Dude, any help you might need on the NX, let me know... I've had mine long enough to endlessly daydream and drool over parts... I just wish my wallet could keep up


For instance, capable 16" tires are not that difficult to get and I've been contemplating a front (and rear) 16" rim, like this guy :http://www.google.com/search?sourcei...w=1024&bih=677

...I've not had a single problem out of my Kenda's.

You could go on over to Racetech for everything you need to rebuild the front springs and even drop in Emulators,,,

orrrr,,, just do a fork swap.

The EBC big brakes I got on my NX is the same as a Xr650r.



If I can help you with anything, let me know. These bikes are killer GTO bikes, 29hp crank, 26wheel and at 280lb curb, a real competitive bike too.

I wouldnt even consider the Honda's "new" DOHC single... Sorry. But they all weigh MORE than my NX, and it's not like anyone makes an EFI kit for motorcycles these days...
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:26 AM   #643
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:09 AM   #644
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That KTM is really nice.

How are those Avon tires on gravel or dirt roads?
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:54 AM   #645
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Thought I would share a vid. Slipping and sliding on a steep down hill single track trail after a rain on road tires.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3txx...LW4X4F6BXM5nSA
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