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Old 08-16-2012, 03:27 AM   #211
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Where'd you find the Sava?

I was in Joes today crawling through the tyre racks. Not a bad range. I get a decent discount when I see Corie.

I was checking out a Pirelli Scorpion Desert in a 140/80-18. Oh yeah.

Thinking about a Scorpion AT for the BuMW. There's no point putting proper off-road tyres on it. That just breaks stuff.

But for the DRs, I want to try a wider 17 inch rim and lace another 18 inch rear up so I can take advantage of the width I have in the RMZ swing arm on mine. KTMatt reckoned I had too much tyre on the DR when I had a 140/80-18 on the rear, but the traction was unbelievable. Just night and day difference trying to compare to some of the 17 inch favourites.

I want to do some sand riding on the DR, and my recent escapades on sand with it and the BMW have convinced me I need to find better flotation from the front end. I don't know if it's set up related or not, but it sucks in sand. Maybe it's just me. I did grow up riding in sand, and it feels entirely unnatural on the DR for some reason. The BMW isn't too bad.

I'll have to try the other DR in sand and see. It has a lower rear end, and more rake by direct comparison.
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:39 AM   #212
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A mate of mine can get the Savas for me in Sydney at wholesale price, Heidenau too, and others, although I tend not to take advantage. Gotta collect up there, and COD. I do have access to Dunlop, Pirelli and V Rubber wholesale too, and ex Canberra, but takes a litle while, so I tend to keep stock here in the shed.

I generally get the Michelin and Mitas off Corey, or sometime Hal at TJs, and both look after me when I do.

The problem with a too wide tyre is that all it does is wrap the tread around and bag up, so they wear more or less the same, don't have the side grip, and float more, and slow down the steering. With a 2.5" rim, 120-130 is max for me. Prefer the steering/handling of the 120, but the 130 T63/E09/E07 last longer than the 120/90s I've tried so far, and float a bit better in the soft stuff, ie 606 and V Rubber.

I have to be careful with sidewall height with mine. The Ohlins compresses a bit more than stock. A 120/90/18 606 just kisses the guard on full compression, the 130 T63/E09/E07 just don't.

Front setup for sand is usually to stiffen up the compression damping so it doesn't collapse, and helps hold the front up. Opposite setting to rocks.

Big Berg has a pair of MC5 Metzelers fitted at the moment, a 120/100/18 up back, which is too tall for my DR. The front works good, but after less than 100 kms, the knobs are tearing off already. $65 front, $75 rear from MCAS in Sydney. The back has been on a bit longer and seems to be holding up OK. I will try the Scorpion Rally front on it, and if it works on the lighter bike, might just be the only front I ever get again. Time will tell.

And of course we all ride a bit different, with differently setup bikes, so what I like, may or may not work for others and visa versa. I know you like the 952 on the front. I like them on the back of Big Berg, but didn't like the front at all, so untried on the DR. May or may not work on it for me, but very happy with the Scorpion Rally. The rear will go untested by me as its too big for my current fleet.
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Old 08-19-2012, 04:27 AM   #213
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With the extra weight of the BuMW I've been playing with tyres on the front.

Obviously as full knobbie produce some less than satisfactory manners on road. The D952 did the job in the dirt, but you were riding a 220kg chookie on road. Not fun in the rain.

The K60 front was ok on-road, just didn't quite hook up off road.

The Mitas E07 did a slightly better job off road, not much different on road, but wore really fast. It was showing sings of really bad braking wear on the leading edges of the knobs just off centre, which compromised the only advantage it had over the K60.

The Pirelli Scorpion MT seems to work about the same as the Mitas off road, but a lot better on road. Almost like a Scorpion Trail on road. Wearing really well.

The poor old DR is sitting in the shed in pieces, with the lower frame Frankenstein'd back into a working example. I have a D952 front and a C02 Stone King rear on it. I had a ball in the wet up in the Brindies on those, right up until I binned it and broke everything. Stupid tree roots. Lower frame rails are now 5mm thick moly steel, with an extra piece of half pipe welded on the bottom half to make them even more unbreakable.

I swapped the number plate and rego label holder onto the other DR and just ride it around. Having 2 x 2008 models has an advantage. Register 1 and ride which ever you want.
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Old 08-19-2012, 04:28 PM   #214
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My oldest daughter (24) decided to get her Ls a few months ago and wanted one of the bikes in the shed to go with them, preferably the missus' KLX. She scored the missus' old XT250 which I fitted some MT90s to. They seem OK for her needs, around town and occasional back road trip home, but I think I would prefer a knobbier front for me on the DR. And the XT doesn't really put enough power out to test the rear. The forks and disc front end is XL Honda I fitted years ago, and its also got a treadly speedo from Aldi with a Trailtech pickup from eBay, so < $35 for the speedo setup. And a Kappa top box for her convenience. I've also tweaked the carbs. Yep dual carbs, and a pain they are too to setup. Also got the DR650 mirrors and others bits and bobs from the shed. And it older than she is. Gotta kick it, and she's learning, reckoned it was at least 100 kicks to cold start it yesterday, so next time shouldn't be more than 90. She'll learn, then buy her own with a button.

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Old 08-19-2012, 07:01 PM   #215
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Here is a pic of the Sava mounted up:



I normally can strip and fit a fresh tyre in about 10 mins. This one took heaps longer, the toughest I've ever dealt with. The beads are quite wide apart, wider than the rim, and they kept coming out of the well as I was levering it on. And then of course, it wouldn't lever on. Eventually
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:09 PM   #216
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I want to do some sand riding on the DR, and my recent escapades on sand with it and the BMW have convinced me I need to find better flotation from the front end. I don't know if it's set up related or not, but it sucks in sand. Maybe it's just me. I did grow up riding in sand, and it feels entirely unnatural on the DR for some reason. The BMW isn't too bad.

I'll have to try the other DR in sand and see. It has a lower rear end, and more rake by direct comparison.
Try one of the newer front sand-knobbies. My DR was almost unrideable in sand for me with the stock TWs on it. With an AMS Sand Snake MX up front, I could ride street pressures in 1st and 2nd gear through bottomless sugarsand, and I'm an offroad novice. It did pretty well in mud too. It even lasted surprisingly well on pavement, but don't trust a knob like this when cornering or braking hard on pavement. It definitely felt squirrely on the road until I got used to it.
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Old 08-22-2012, 04:13 PM   #217
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Try one of the newer front sand-knobbies. My DR was almost unrideable in sand for me with the stock TWs on it. With an AMS Sand Snake MX up front, I could ride street pressures in 1st and 2nd gear through bottomless sugarsand, and I'm an offroad novice. It did pretty well in mud too. It even lasted surprisingly well on pavement, but don't trust a knob like this when cornering or braking hard on pavement. It definitely felt squirrely on the road until I got used to it.
Found some images of the Sand Snake front, looks interesting. Might try one next time I head out to Hattah on the Berg, if I can get one here. I found them online at Amazon for $21.95, but no shipping to Oz.

I also not that they are quoted in some places as being 'Excella'. This was a brand of cheap Chinese made tyres here a few years ago. Tried a couple of the mud tyres and they worked and lasted well. Don't seem to be around these days. Got a 'Mitroc' on the back of the KLX at the moment, $65 from Corey, and its been great. Got me all around Kowen arrowing for a week in April and a variey of other uses before and since. Grips, finds traction, and lasting well.
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Old 08-22-2012, 04:31 PM   #218
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FWIW snowy i find in the sand the footprint of the front tyre is more important than the tread pattern, I use the biggest bridgestone m203 becasue they are big, sand specific tyres seem to be small profiles... dunno why

biggest profile ive seen was a cheng shin on the front of a few BMW 650 gs's that came through with the safari
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Old 08-22-2012, 05:14 PM   #219
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FWIW snowy i find in the sand the footprint of the front tyre is more important than the tread pattern, I use the biggest bridgestone m203 becasue they are big, sand specific tyres seem to be small profiles... dunno why

biggest profile ive seen was a cheng shin on the front of a few BMW 650 gs's that came through with the safari
Its interesting that you say that. I'd always understood that to be the case, that tread pattern didn't matter much in sand, and floatation does. Over here I get little exposure to sand, the occasional river flats for a few hundred metres or so of sandy gravel and the occasional bit of softer beach sand down near the coast, but not like out west, km after km. When I went to Hattah for the first time a few years ago, 4 days on Big Berg, the guys with the better tyres seemed to do better. What a knobbier tyre seemed to offer, especially on the front, was more communication on the edge, the shittier tyres would be OK, then just let go without warning. I can certainly tell the difference on the DR up back between the 120 and 130s in the soft, with the 130s floating over the top noticeably easier.

Last year I did two outback trips, the first with a E09 front and E07 rear, the second with a 606 front and a E09 Dakar rear and covered some of the same tracks and trails. Second time around was much easier, even though I had 2 broken ribs and a damaged foot after an altercation with a fence 1/3 the way around. And the second trip was also unsupported, so had all the camping gear on the bike too. The 606/E09 combo was heaps better in the soft, yet the E09 front is suppoosed to be a 'desert' tyre. On this year's trip outback I used a Scorpion Rally front and a T63 rear, which is more or less the same as an E09. I reckon it was better again in the front, but maybe I'm riding better too, and maybe its got into my head that I had a better tyre on too....... Who knows?

Must get over to Esperance and try some real sand one day soon Bushie
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Interesting stuff Steve you certainly get to try out a lot of different tyres

while I find the tread pattern doesn't seem to make as much difference as the footprint a new tyre is definitely better than an old one so there must be a sand specific tread pattern that works nicely, the compromise being that probably means having less knobs to wear out.

a sand treaded 110/100/ 21 would be a tight fit between the forks but i'd like to try one, brother made a bolted front tyre that worked out about a 110 width, was good but the bolts stuffed up the keeping in the air part

I watched the footage of the safari bikes on our beach, (didn't get to be there i was camped in the bush waiting to watch a stage that got cancelled ) most of them looked like they were struggling with the front tyre and most of them had little Michelin deserts on the front which to me look like a bad tyre choice for the sand. Ive tried to tell many people about the bigger fronts, not many bother to try it.

I might have 2 bikes going soon, one each, have to heat treat the head and cases, do some machining fit bigger valves seats etc and have been waiting on some parts for about 8 months now
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Interesting stuff Steve you certainly get to try out a lot of different tyres
Just have to stop wearing them out.

The Michelin Desert is interesting. The rear looks like a beefed up T63 , which are more or less the same as the Mitas E09 Dakar, but the fronts are quite different. The T63 front looks just like the E09 front, but the Desert front is quite different, at least the tread pattern is.

The holy grail must be out there
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Old 08-23-2012, 04:52 PM   #222
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changing the front sprocket on my SV1000 I noticed Suzuki went to the trouble to make up a seal retaining plate. we mustn't pay enough for the DR to get one

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changing the front sprocket on my SV1000 I noticed Suzuki went to the trouble to make up a seal retaining plate. we mustn't pay enough for the DR to get one
And the clutch pushrod seal by the look if it?
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And the clutch pushrod seal by the look if it?
yep that's right
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Sava Update

Its got a 12 mm tread depth, and now with 800 kms its down to 11 mm. Mostly gravel roads so far, some rocky fire trail, and sealed road too, all at 28 psi. No chipping, and cuts through to a firm surface under the ball bearings. Impressed so far, and might have a useful life of 5k, I shall find out.
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