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Old Yesterday, 05:48 PM   #1
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Took my hack out on our dirt roads today, as well as some pavement. Curious as to what would be a compromise tire for the combo to put on the back for traction. Also, would you change out the front, as well?

120/70-17
170/60-17

Karoo's?
TKC 70's?
TKC 80's?
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Old Yesterday, 05:53 PM   #2
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Old Yesterday, 06:09 PM   #3
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You may want to a car tire on the back, these are the rage as they fit on the stock rim http://www.tires-easy.com/cgi-bin/rs...n&typ=R-259740


Some inmates like a small 17" rear on the front of their rigs.

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This time of year road tires do just fine on dry New Mexico hard pan roads, even on my mostly off road dualsport I run a 50/ 50 tread on the back and a DOT knobby on the front mud's the only limiting factor and if I anticipate it I'll put a knobby on the back. For your rig if you don't want the advantage of car tires for whatever reason then what you have now will work fine for out dirt roads . I think you'd burn through a set of Karoos in no time with no real advantage. If your looking for a long wearing motorcycle tire for the back I can't say enough good things about Michelin Commanders, they've out lasted any other pusher tire I've used 3 to 1.
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Pre War Martins are wonderful but Gibson L-00 have allot of magic also
Mine is not prewar but a copy of a 1935 OO-18H Hawaiian guitar that Geoff Muldaur had modified for regular play, then became a signature model.

It is 12 fret so it has great sound in a small package. I have played some small bodied Gibsons from the 40's.....they were nice.
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Come to think about it, I put Metzeler Tourance Nexts on the RS before the trip to get the sidecar. Not a real dirt tire but some deep treads nonetheless.
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.... I run a 50/ 50 tread on the back.....

50/50 tread? example?
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It's not a GS, it's an RS, so I think TKC80's or K60's front or rear would look weird. TKC70 on the rear would prolly look OK and do what you want. On the front, I'd keep your street tire unless you find it's really not giving you the braking performance you need on gravel. Then just try whatever you want on the front. Maybe a Bridgestone BT45 or Avon AM43.
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Come to think about it, I put Metzeler Tourance Nexts on the RS before the trip to get the sidecar. Not a real dirt tire but some deep treads nonetheless.
I would think that tire should work OK on the front in dirt, but I don't think you'll get a lot of mileage from it. I'll be interested to hear how many miles you get from it (the front) before it's smoked.
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An example of a 50 /50 would be a Shinko 705. On my solo DR 650 in dry weather I find I can go just about anywhere in the back country that I could with a Dunlap 606 Knobby and get more mileage out of it on inter connecting asphalt. I don't think it would fare well as a pusher tire on the back of my rig, so far anything beside the Michelin I mentioned has only lasted 1,500 miles. With 16'' wheels on the HD I can't use car tires without and expensive wheel swap.
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