Continental TRAIL ATTACK tyres/tires ongoing test

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Chris_GS, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. GillaFunk

    GillaFunk I use profanities

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    Ordered a pair for my trip next month from California to Texas and back. Ill be riding route 66 as much as I can going out there. ON teh way back..Ill be hitting up whatever I can. Ill be carrying a load the whole time, so...we'll see how the tires to. We'll see how far I can lean the Pyg over on these boys! :thumb
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  2. Racegun

    Racegun Single Track Mind!

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    Chris...whats the latest on the Conti's ?

    so far if you had to buy again would it be conti's, or something else...?

    tia, dave
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  3. Chris_GS

    Chris_GS I like a big pair...

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    G'day!

    I've got up to 8500km now and have 5mm tread remaining which means 4mm wear. at this rate they will be 16,000km (10,000mi) rear changeouts.

    The front, should it ever decide to start showing any wear, may wear out one day. Still looks like new. Still grips like sh!t on a shovel.

    I have been running the front at 2.5 bar when loaded on a recent big trip (3,500km) and rear at 2.9 Bar (both max BMW recommendations) and found some shimmy on the front when riding around unladen. so I dropped them both to the recommended 2.2 and 2.5 and it does not shimmy at all, and I feel the front working well again. Rear feels a little soft on the asphalt so I've gone back to 2.3 and 2.7, perfect unladen. I'll probably go down to 2.2 and 2.5 for dirt.

    Still very happy, will buy another set unless I start doing more dirt than asphalt or have a big dirt trip planned.

    more Trail attack stuff HERE.

    CC
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  4. roninwva

    roninwva Been here awhile

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    Chris, how is the noise level of the Trail attacks? I have a lot of howling coming from my anakees between 50 and 60 mph and I'm looking to replace them with something quieter.:ear
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  5. walrond

    walrond Earth Wanderer

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    I have had mine on for a few thousand miles and don't notice any road noise at all. Of course I wear ear plugs so I might not be noticing it.
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  6. FLANKER

    FLANKER Be Prepared.

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    Thanks everyone. This is really great info. I've been lookin' for new rubber for my DL650 and i think i found it................or maybe not.
    Dennis Kirk is sold out of conti trail attacks. Any suggestions on a cheap place to get them?
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  7. Racegun

    Racegun Single Track Mind!

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  8. walrond

    walrond Earth Wanderer

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    I found mine at Competition Accessories, http://www.compacc.com/.
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  9. Chris_GS

    Chris_GS I like a big pair...

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    Yup- Dead f-n quiet!
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  10. GillaFunk

    GillaFunk I use profanities

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    I finally got the CTA's installed and rode them out to the WARPED Tour this weekend. FUCKING AWESOME Phenominal tire! Holds great in the street, and did surprizingly well in the dirt on fire-roads and such. Hopefully I can get some good mileage out of them. If so, I'll be running these over the Tourances. I dont ride enough dirt for DS tires, but these work well enough for my needs.
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  11. Buccleuch

    Buccleuch Resistance is futile.

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    Since it was asked at the beginning of the thread, I just checked my ContiTrail Attacks which were OEM on my '08 GS. Just as with Chris's tires, my front was also from Korea, and the rear from Germany.

    Oh, and I love 'em!

    WA.
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  12. Racegun

    Racegun Single Track Mind!

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    thats all good news guys...thx!
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  13. ADVJake

    ADVJake ***** dweller

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    Just got a set for $510 here in sydney.
    to go on a 19/17 wheelset for the KTM 950.

    Chris, where did you get your set for $420?
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  14. tomla

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    I peeled off the Tourances, which I had no complaints about..the Trail Attack's turn in way quicker, but don't cause oversteer to the point of freaking out or anything, more like a lot less input needed at the bars...very smooth and stable. A good road tire, haven't tried them in the gravel yet.
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  15. DirtMerchant

    DirtMerchant Long timer

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    So how much pressure are you finding that works well with the Conti T/A's and how is the bike set up?

    I just mounted a set on my R12GS, I'm about 225 lbs in gear and normally ride with Michatec bags without much in them.

    I'm thinking about going 36psi front/rear 42psi
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  16. Chris_GS

    Chris_GS I like a big pair...

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    I'm 98kg w/o gear. that's 216lb in imperial so I'm a touch heavier, but nothing to write home about.

    I run with bar- on the front I find that running at 2.2 (32psi) - 2.3 (33 psi) is good, but up to 2.5 (36psi) works better laden, and on long highway trips.

    Rear I run 2.5 (36) on the dirt, 2.7 (39) normal road and 2.9 (42) laden for a road trip.

    I run the same on TKC's and other tyres and am happy with that. if I'm going on a real dirt blast with TKC's I could drop them to 2.0 and 2.2, but I rarely bother. I'm not that fast! :D
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  17. DirtMerchant

    DirtMerchant Long timer

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    Chris,

    Thanks, I'm going to run the upper limits since most of my riding is flat and straight. I will keep an eye on the hot/cold pressures for a few rides to be sure I'm not getting too much fluctuation.

    Rodney
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  18. Chris_GS

    Chris_GS I like a big pair...

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    2.5 and 2.9 are great for plain road riding, asphalt etc. they give much more feel, but a little skittish for my liking with no luggage. enjoy!
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  19. GillaFunk

    GillaFunk I use profanities

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    Im really loving these tires. I feel quite confident on the street with them, and they lean quite well in the curves. Ive even gone a bit beyond the edges and head a little wear on the sidewall :huh and had no problems:clap They do well enough in the dirt for general trail riding...
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    .....well...until you get stuck in semi-sand/loose shit.....then your fucked
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  20. Thisguy

    Thisguy Hold Fast

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    Nice!
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