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Old 07-30-2014, 04:31 PM   #1
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What to do. Tire edition

So, I've got a trip coming up this weekend that will involve about 600 miles of 100% asphault. This will be done on my DRZ400 and most of the roads are very curvy.

Here's my question, from the picture below you can see I already have a new knobby waiting to go on. But, I don't want to destroy it on this trip as I have an off road trip planned for next month that will be 100% gnarly single track.

So, should I run what's on there and just be easy with my right hand and rely only on the front brake, or should I put the stock death wing back on for this trip? As you can tell the death wing isn't so fresh either. Im not sure just how many miles are left on that K760 and i have never pushed it as far as to ride on the carcass. I really wish I had another set of wheels.




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Old 07-30-2014, 11:19 PM   #2
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Burn the Deathwing out on the asphalt for this trip.
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Old 07-31-2014, 03:28 AM   #3
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600 miles on asphalt, I'd also mount the tire on the right. Asphalt on knobbies is not fun. Especially new ones, and especially with lots of turns in the road.
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Old 07-31-2014, 05:59 AM   #4
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Tire on the right, or left, not the middle.
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Old 07-31-2014, 07:08 AM   #5
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I'm actually more curious if everyone thinks the knobby on the left (woreout) still has 600 miles to give.
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Old 07-31-2014, 09:54 AM   #6
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I think the used knobby is fine. Knobbies tend to wear more at the beginning since they flex more. That tire most certainly has 600 miles left.
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Old 07-31-2014, 10:21 AM   #7
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Awesome. Glad to hear. I read that the Trakmaster 2 is also a 6 ply carcass so it should be thick enough to get me home even if there are no knobs left.
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Old 07-31-2014, 10:28 AM   #8
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I'd have fun and ride the trial wing. I also don't have any problems with the trail wings, they're a fine road tire. They're called death wings because folks try to ride them offroad. If you view them in the same camp as a Tourance, they work about as well.
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Old 07-31-2014, 02:07 PM   #9
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600 miles of twisty would be fun on the Tourance/Death Wing. If it isn't too much trouble to install, that would be the one.

The worn knobbie has plenty of tread left for this trip too, but might be better deployed close to home as a dual sport tire.
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Old 07-31-2014, 02:22 PM   #10
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I would definitely agree that the trailwing would be a better choice for the road that I'm going on but I have a knobby Pirelli on the front that I would have to also remove and swap around. It would just be a big hassle whenever I'm going to get back from this trip and go ahead and put on the brand new knobbies front and rear.

I usually don't ride the road much and try to stay in the dirt as much as possible. I would say 70/30 dirt bias. I just didn't really think this ture still had that much life. They seem to go pretty quick when your sliding around corners in the dirt. :-D

Thanks for all the input.
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Old 07-31-2014, 04:03 PM   #11
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Grow a pair. Run the old knob. 2000 mi left in that tar.

It's already flat across the face. Great fun to get up on that sharp edge when taking corners.
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Old 07-31-2014, 04:22 PM   #12
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You obviously don't know the power of my right hand. Haha. 2k... no way.
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Old 08-03-2014, 07:22 PM   #13
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I have a trakmaster 2 on my klr that looks way worse than yours. You'll make 600 miles no problem.

I think the trakmaster 2 is a phenomenal tire-other than the loud as he'll buzzing.
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Old 08-03-2014, 07:26 PM   #14
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Yeah I love the rear trakmaster but didn't care for the front. I run a Pirelli Scorpion XCMH on the front.

Btw, just got back from the trip and the tire is toast now. I'll post a pic tomorrow. I'm wondering if it is because I run the tuff tubes. Btw, I aired them up to 30 rear and 25 front for this trip. I usually run 18 and 20. What does everybody run pressure wise for road?
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:01 PM   #15
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Btw, just got back from the trip and the tire is toast now.
It's not toast, it's just getting scrubbed in.
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