Conti Trail Attack on 950SE?

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by midfat, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. midfat

    midfat wholesome dirtiness

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    I had similar experiences with the Scorps on my SE. They cupped up front and wore out way too fast out back. The Anakee would be a possibility if they came in an 18" rear. I'll install the Conti's over the holiday break. I spooned on a 908 last August. OMG. Almost knocked my teeth out when the tire iron slipped. Hope the Conti's are a less dramatic install.
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  2. KKE

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    On my second rear TA first one lasted about 4000 miles. Front still got good life left in it.Am hoping to get 1 front to 2 rears. Good grip but only used on the road. Rear rim pulls the 150 tyre in quite a bit so am looking for a Adventure rear wheel.
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  3. Qwik

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    Same basic pattern but deeper grooves and a little more open as well. They do surprisingly well offroad as long as its dry. I had mine on all the way across Nevada and a lot of Utah on dirt. Real Good on Slickrock too.
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  4. MotoTex

    MotoTex Miles of Smiles

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    I've been happy with them on the 950 ADV which I consider my "Street Bike with Super Powers."

    Looking at the tread pattern I expected them to perform a lot worse on dirt and gravel roads than they actually do. It was a pleasant surprise. They aren't knobbys, but something about them does an admirable job, considering.

    When they get thin the last one did get magnetized somehow. I kept finding nails and screws stuck in it. But I could almost see the air inside through the tread too. :rofl

    For the money these are a great value if you ride 70% or more road miles.

    I recently spooned the second rear on without much drama.
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  5. ktm55

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    If the tire pressure is dropped to 25psi or less isn't it likely to spin the tire on the rim and rip out the valve stem? Do they make rim locks for the wide rims that come on the 990 Adv?
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  6. crofrog

    crofrog Long timer

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    I've never spun a tire on the rim at those pressures. I'd start worrying about that personally around 15ish on the 950 which is really to low for the big bike anyhow.
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  7. Bannisdale

    Bannisdale ....snowing now!

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    Great road tyre, Hopeless on anything but bone dry gravel roads.

    The carcase on these is VERY flexible and thin, wich is great for the contact patch on road but make them very prone to punctures (and boy do they come off the rim fast when you get one!). The tyre feels very soft to ride on like you've not got enough air in so it makes for a comfortable ride.
    I had a few issues with the rear overheating with spirited two up riding (the edge of the tyre starts to chew up and everything gets a bit squirley) but the tyre gave no sign of letting go.

    Braking is fantastic with these and wet weather confidence is good too.

    I don't know how they do it but with all that grip they manage to last forever! at least 50% longer than the Scorps.

    Buy some and try (just don't go offroad in the wet once they let go, you'll never save it!)
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  8. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Team Orange

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    That's one complaint that I have as well. I put Trail Attacks on my 990 Adv when it looked like I would be doing lots of freeway commuting and very little dirt riding. Since then I've moved and want a more dirt oriented tire, but hate to buy new tires before the old ones are worn out and it seems like they're lasting forever.

    The other complaint is that it seemed to take a lot of weights to balance them, and then they needed to be rebalanced once they had worn down a bit.

    I'm quite happy with the traction on twisty roads, comparing them to various sport touring tires that I used to run on my Ducati ST2.

    They seem to work just fine on regular dirt roads - I haven't tried them on more serious dirt yet, but expect them to be not very good in mud or loose stuff.
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  9. Central Cali Rider

    Central Cali Rider Love the journey and destination...

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    Well, I stuck a set of Conti Trail Attacks on my 950Adv excepting to do a cross county ride last summer. Well that did not happen due to my buddy's funds, so we spent 2 weeks in Colorado. I can say they went everywhere my buddy's 950Adv with Scorps went. No single track, but many passes both dirt and asphalt and the Alpine Loop. I got the looks from the Xr650's and DZ400's shaking their heads. Making it everywhere they went, I was the one laughing afterwards... Now it never rained so I can not comment on the wet as I know it would not be pretty.
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