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Old 08-15-2012, 01:22 PM   #5056
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I ran the Michelin Desert Racing tires in Baja. They were very durable but the front was very skittish on sand covered hard pack. I was running about 20psi which was probably high but I did not want any pinch flats either. Normally I run TKC-80s and have been happy enough with them for a highway/trail tire although wear rate is pretty high.

The desert tires are durable and work great around 13 to 15 psi but they are not particularly good tires. What they gain in durability they lose in just about everything else.
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Old 08-15-2012, 02:30 PM   #5057
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The desert tires are durable and work great around 13 to 15 psi but they are not particularly good tires. What they gain in durability they lose in just about everything else.
I agree. I spent a lot of time slipping and sliding around on those things. Of course then I just decided to go with it and ride the 690 real loose, which is pretty damn fun until the "running off the road and crashing because the front won't hook up" part
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Old 08-15-2012, 03:46 PM   #5058
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Excellent choice.
I can't believe how quick it got to me. It was faster than anything I've ever ordered here in the US! It looks to be a high quality skidplate. Thanks again!

I pulled the Scotts damper of my XR, and ordered everything needed to put it on the 690.

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Old 08-15-2012, 04:33 PM   #5059
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I can't believe how quick it got to me. It was faster than anything I've ever ordered here in the US! It looks to be a high quality skidplate. Thanks again!

I pulled the Scotts damper of my XR, and ordered everything needed to put it on the 690.
Excellent.
Such a nice looking plate. Not the point but it doesn't hurt.
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:23 PM   #5060
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I can't believe how quick it got to me. It was faster than anything I've ever ordered here in the US! It looks to be a high quality skidplate. Thanks again!

I pulled the Scotts damper of my XR, and ordered everything needed to put it on the 690.

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Old 08-16-2012, 12:41 PM   #5061
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I think 18-22 is a good front tire pressure for Baja and similar conditions.....the bent rims in Baja are most often due to underinflated tires

The TKC 80 has very soft sidewalls....they are good while they last.....first half of tread wear seems to occur fairly quickly, and the last half of the knobs takes longer to wear down in my experience...

I will use the free TKC front tire for a long ride where gravel and pavement are predominant road surfaces....the Mitas E09 Dakar for trips with mostly gravel and dirt, and the Pirelli XCMH for the rougher applications....

Now, how about oil?????

(just joking)....I am happy with Motul 10-60 full synth
I like the MotoZ H/T , MT21 front combo myself for all around riding. I have not run many "real" knobbies, but was really impressed with the XCMH front on dirt, it just burns up pretty quick on pavement IMO.
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:18 PM   #5062
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I ran the Michelin Desert Racing tires in Baja. They were very durable but the front was very skittish on sand covered hard pack. I was running about 20psi which was probably high but I did not want any pinch flats either. Normally I run TKC-80s and have been happy enough with them for a highway/trail tire although wear rate is pretty high.
I think any front tire in Baja will be skittish, I think its the nature of the terrain to a certain extent. I found the same to be true with the Motoz HT front on my SE. It felt flat the whole time but it wasn't.... until it suddenly was
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:32 PM   #5063
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I think any front tire in Baja will be skittish, I think its the nature of the terrain to a certain extent. I found the same to be true with the Motoz HT front on my SE. It felt flat the whole time but it wasn't.... until it suddenly was
Yeah you are right. Hard pack dirt with a coating of sand is asking a lot from a tire.....

The Michelin tires were great in deep sand though.
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:39 PM   #5064
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Yeah you are right. Hard pack dirt with a coating of sand is asking a lot from a tire.....

The Michelin tires were great in deep sand though.
If they ever make a tire that allows a 500# bike to handle the whoops in San Felipe, let me know
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:53 PM   #5065
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I think any front tire in Baja will be skittish, I think its the nature of the terrain to a certain extent. I found the same to be true with the Motoz HT front on my SE. It felt flat the whole time but it wasn't.... until it suddenly was
Have you ever run the MotoZ s/t front? I have one on the shelf I have not tried yet..
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:04 PM   #5066
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Have you ever run the MotoZ s/t front? I have one on the shelf I have not tried yet..
No, not yet. I'm getting ready to order another pallet of tires though, so I'll be sure to grab a few.
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:08 PM   #5067
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I can't believe how quick it got to me. It was faster than anything I've ever ordered here in the US! It looks to be a high quality skidplate. Thanks again!

I pulled the Scotts damper of my XR, and ordered everything needed to put it on the 690.

I ordered an Advspec plate and the same day I ordered something from California. The Skidplate arrived from the UK days before the California object and they shipped on the same day
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:21 PM   #5068
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No, not yet. I'm getting ready to order another pallet of tires though, so I'll be sure to grab a few.

I was just curious if anyone knew how they performed/ held up.
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:56 PM   #5069
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oh another tyre thread
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Old 08-16-2012, 03:37 PM   #5070
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oh another tyre thread
what would you like to talk about?
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