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Old 03-07-2012, 02:51 AM   #841
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I gave the Tiger some new boots today, put a Heidenau k60 rear & Continental TKC front. I think that this will make a good combination. I'll keep an eye on how long they last.





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Old 03-07-2012, 10:46 AM   #842
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I gave the Tiger some new boots today, put a Heidenau k60 rear & Continental TKC front. I think that this will make a good combination. I'll keep an eye on how long they last.





I am also considering the Heidenau rear. There has been some discussion about that solid centre strip down the middle of the tire. Some say it can cause the tire to slide out sometimes or otherwise act squirly, in slippery conditions.

Once you have some miles on it, I would be very interested to hear your report.
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:42 PM   #843
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Once you have some miles on it, I would be very interested to hear your report.
I will do, a lot of the guys that I ride with have the same tyre on the rear, they haven't had this problem they use this tyre and recommended it to me for the long wearing good in the bush and to still have good grip on the tar. But I'll see how they go.
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Old 03-08-2012, 01:32 AM   #844
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I am also considering the Heidenau rear. There has been some discussion about that solid centre strip down the middle of the tire. Some say it can cause the tire to slide out sometimes or otherwise act squirly, in slippery conditions.
Can you elaborate what you/they mean by slippery conditions?
I've used K60 rear for over 9000 miles now and IMO that centre strip is a Godsend. You have more rubber on the road meaning more grip and less wear. Off road, of course, they're not going to be the best but if it's really soggy the tyre will sink in and the big paddles either side of the solid strip will drive you forward. That's what I've found anyway.
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Old 03-08-2012, 01:34 AM   #845
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I have the scout rear (& front), and I do not have any issues with it. Up to now I never did any aqua planing.
I'm generally impressed with the overall grip, and the centre strip keeps the wear on the highway under control.
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Old 03-09-2012, 11:05 PM   #846
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Can you elaborate what you/they mean by slippery conditions?
I've used K60 rear for over 9000 miles now and IMO that centre strip is a Godsend. You have more rubber on the road meaning more grip and less wear. Off road, of course, they're not going to be the best but if it's really soggy the tyre will sink in and the big paddles either side of the solid strip will drive you forward. That's what I've found anyway.
I had read some complaints on wet tarmac, or hard packed dirt with some clay like composition.

I will know soon enough, put down some money on a 150/70-17 today.

What pressure you running in yours?

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Old 03-10-2012, 04:52 AM   #847
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I had read some complaints on wet tarmac, or hard packed dirt with some clay like composition.

I will know soon enough, put down some money on a 150/70-17 today.

What pressure you running in yours?

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I started running 35 in the rear. So far so good.
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Old 03-10-2012, 04:59 AM   #848
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I had read some complaints on wet tarmac, or hard packed dirt with some clay like composition.

I will know soon enough, put down some money on a 150/70-17 today.

What pressure you running in yours?

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For tar I run 30F/36R. Drop both by 10 for dirt. Don't forget here that these are a 50/50 tyre so there's less rubber on the road than Tourances or similar so you do have to treat wet roads with more respect. And, when hard packed clay gets wet there ain't a tyre out there that'll grip.
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Old 03-10-2012, 05:00 AM   #849
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I started running 35 in the rear. So far so good.
Oh yea i guess i should have defined better 35 on the street. I plan on 20 ish for dirt, gravel.
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Some photo's from the last ride. We set off from Coffs Harbour and followed forestry tracks and dirt roads all the way to the Queensland border on Day 1 (roughly 400km away).











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Day 2 started well but got a bit interesting on the Condamine Gorge Track.








We were about half way through the 14 Crossings of the Condamine River when I found a deep hole and the Tiger took a little sip. We stripped the tank, pulled the plugs and got it running again without too many drama's though.


From there we headed to Phil's farm on the Sunshine Coast. Awesome spot.

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A couple fo Video's. My mate Phil makes a series of Adventure Riding DVD's in Australia under the Motorbikin' banner. The plan this year is to do a multi-leg lap around Australia (on a pair of 800XC's) making a couple of DVD's along the way. He has put together a couple of You Tube clips from the last couple of legs and I thought I would attach them here if anyone is interested.

Leg 1 - Melbourne to Jindabyne






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Old 03-13-2012, 12:13 AM   #855
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Hey Burren,
You've put some great content in this thread, but difficult to filter the noise.
Any word on the safari tank?

How's the bike after the drowning? Any new ideas to prevent it happening again?
G'Day,

The bike is fine. We dried out the pre-filter, pulled the plugs out and it has been running perfectly ever since. Surprisingly painless process considering the rigmoral of removing the tank. We were fortunate to have an ex-Cape York tour operator and a boat mechanic on hand so I guess the odds were stacked in my favour. Next time I will let one of the other fella's go across first .

I have seen pictures of the Safari tank mould and it looks really good on the bike. Should be out in the next month or two with a bit of luck. Capacity is forescast to be 34 Litres.
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