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Old 08-15-2012, 05:28 PM   #14026
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[QUOTE=fbj913;19368342]Your numbers are way off compared to most!!! I have gotten 6000 miles easily out of a tkc front and 3-4000 out of a rear. These are not uncommon numbers. Read the tkc thread.[/QUOte


+1. Just over 6000 on the front and about due for a new one but could go longer if needed. With Atleast 4000 on black top.

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Old 08-15-2012, 05:43 PM   #14027
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Anyone tried the Mitas E07's?

The tread pattern looks like it would be great for both the slab and the dirt.
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:12 PM   #14028
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Your numbers are way off compared to most!!! I have gotten 6000 miles easily out of a tkc front and 3-4000 out of a rear. These are not uncommon numbers. Read the tkc thread.
These are my numbers, there are many like them but these are mine. Perhaps, .... I ride a little different then others.
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:40 PM   #14029
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These are my numbers, there are many like them but these are mine. Perhaps, .... I ride a little different then others.
Rabbot, I like your sig line....Del McCoury?
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:47 PM   #14030
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:49 PM   #14031
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:51 PM   #14032
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1952 Vincent Black Lightning. The beautiful girl in the previous picture, turned me on to it. Great song.

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Old 08-15-2012, 08:02 PM   #14033
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These are my numbers, there are many like them but these are mine. Perhaps, .... I ride a little different then others.
Are they your track tires? Thats the only way I could imagine those numbers.

Here is a 4000 mile rear TKC from my tiger, 1800 of those miles was all highway slab. (the Hedi has about 2500 or so. I can't keep track because it goes on and off...)

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Old 08-15-2012, 08:10 PM   #14034
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Are they your track tires? Thats the only way I could imagine those numbers.

Here is a 4000 mile rear TKC from my tiger (the Hedi has about 2500 or so. I can't keep track because it goes on and off...)

No, I have a track bike with slicks for that. I live in a place where there are no straight roads. I tend to ride at a spirited pace. We all do here. We moved here for the riding. It is not unusual for the bikes to slide through turns, both the front and rear. The point is the Heidi's hold up a lot better. I mean a lot better. My numbers are real. The front k60 sucks on and off road in my opinion. It may be great for others.. I have read all the threads about tires and was reluctant to buy the K60's. My feeling was anything getting that kind of milage must be a real hard compound and provide no traction. I was wrong.

I'm not saying I'm some kind of AMA superbike champion, just that I ride a lot and at a pace that tests tires on very twisty roads. I am not the only one here who does not get the life out of a tire that others do.
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:55 PM   #14035
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I have done around 3000kms on my TKC front with about 30% of that dirt, and its pretty much like new. I'm not a hugely aggressive rider though.

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The only problem, if you want to call it that is, you will go through two fronts for every rear. I am amazed at how well the k60 scout rear tire holds up. I've got 3000 miles on mine and it looks nearly new. In the past I have not gotten more then 1200 miles out of a Metzler Karroo, and 700 out of a TKC 80 rear X2. TKC 80 fronts go about 2500.
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:28 PM   #14036
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The tread pattern looks like it would be great for both the slab and the dirt.
I mounted up a set for my trip. Pretty sure I don't need them but wanted to look the poser part.

Trucked it up to my buddy's house in Iowa today. Leaving friday morning and headed to Yellowstone via Spearfish, Red Lodge, and back. Tires have about 150 miles on them so far. I am guessing we won't do 5 percent offroad on this trip so I should be able to tell you how they hold up on the asphalt.

I am probably 225 in gear with all three Jesse Bags loaded up and a 38L drybag on the rear seat as a fyi of the weight those poor tires have to carry.
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:54 PM   #14037
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Looking in past the injector from the RH side of the bike, I can see a small opening that would allow one to squirt a lubricating spray such as WD40 into the area of the bushing. However, I can't quite figure out how to get a Qtip with grease to the area; I just don't see a straight shot anywhere that has a big enough opening to pass a Qtip through.

Any tips on how you got to it?

You are correct that you must go in from the right side. So you made me take my bike apart to see how good I really did getting the bushing greased and would'nt you know it I had the grease right where it belonged, I could not have done much better with the Air filter housing off. Ready for the secret, here it is, bend the Qtip 90 degrees at the end and tape it to something longer like a piece of wire ect. Atleast while it was apart I was able to remove the dirt and crud that had built up around the bushing.
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:15 PM   #14038
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No, I have a track bike with slicks for that. I live in a place where there are no straight roads. I tend to ride at a spirited pace. We all do here. We moved here for the riding. It is not unusual for the bikes to slide through turns, both the front and rear. The point is the Heidi's hold up a lot better. I mean a lot better. My numbers are real. The front k60 sucks on and off road in my opinion. It may be great for others.. I have read all the threads about tires and was reluctant to buy the K60's. My feeling was anything getting that kind of milage must be a real hard compound and provide no traction. I was wrong.

I'm not saying I'm some kind of AMA superbike champion, just that I ride a lot and at a pace that tests tires on very twisty roads. I am not the only one here who does not get the life out of a tire that others do.
For the record the bike has less then 6000 miles on it. I bought it with 700 miles on it. The stock tires were shot. Mounted TKC 80's front and rear. rear went 700 miles. Bought another, another 700 miles. Bought a Metzler Karoo, rode it about 500 I think it will go another 5 or 600, took and the TKC 80 off the front for this Colorado trip. I guessed I'd ride about 3000. Came in just shy of that. I have the take off's in my truck as I write this. The front is gone from breaking, unless you would turn it around and run it the other direction. I won't. I think the contact patch would suffer and grip in turns would be significantly effected. K60's on there now lookin' good so far.
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:19 AM   #14039
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I am preparing for a 4,000 mile ride from VA to ME and back. I am spooning on a Heidenau K60 Scout 170-70 rear, and I have a choice for the front between a Heidenau K60 Scout or a Mefo Explorer. I have both front tires on hand. Our route will be gravel and asphalt mostly. Anyone run these fronts and have a recommendation?

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I've used the K60 front and thought it was OK but now have a Mefo on the front and it's as good as the K60 on the slab but slightly better in the dirt due to, I think, having smaller tread blocks.
One thing I did find with the Mefo was that it felt unstable on the road at speed (70+) when run at low (20~25psi) pressure. The Mefo has a very soft carcass compared to the K60. I now run it at 36psi on the roads and all is good again. It took ages to wear off the molding frilly bits which might have had something to do with its instability but I haven't run it at low pressure at speed since. The Mefo does seem to be wearing well. i.e. not wearing fast.
I'd go with the Mefo on your trip. It will last the distance and will be slightly better on the dirt bits but you'll have keep the speed down on the slab unless you inflate it upwards.
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:22 AM   #14040
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Ordered the Triumph mud guard extension through MADSS and was told Triumph is no longer offering it due to a design flaw. Anyone else heard this? I would go for the Touratech one but I don't want their name plastered on the back of my bike. Ay other options?
I'm with everyone else.......make your own. It's so simple to use the number plate screws...
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