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Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by 750Volts!, Oct 21, 2010.
In part 3, do those orange pants make me look fat??
No, but you can sure see your managerial skills handle that tire change.
Hey Someone's gotta supervise!!
They pretty much had it covered, Monte was on it.
How you doin' Bob?? Ready to ride?
Not really but they make you walk funny
No, but I did think I was watching Benny Hill wearing orange pants!
It's not the pants that make you look fat.....
That Hey Desert Dog what kind of camera is that. Good thing you did not catch me crash and burn.:eek1
Any recommendations for places to buy Sidi boots near Scottsdale/Fountain Hills? I would need to contact them to make sure they carry large sizes.
I'm not sure which to go for, but I'm mulling over these three:
I mostly ride a sport bike, and only go off-roading rarely. I'm not sure if those boots (I've never owned any) will be less comfortable due to the foot / leg angle on in a sport position.
What size do you wear?
Well, yea! They are gonna be less comfy, but you are gonna get a whole lot-O-protection and after you get used to them they are ok. Make sure you try the Sidi Crossfire TA's best boot going IMOH, and they have a hinged ankle. I have bought boots in Scottsdale at GO!!! Az. and they are ok to work with.
Oh sorry, I thought I included size. I'm not quite sure, gym shoes I'm anywhere from 12-14 US depending on brand. I have a pair of Shimano Cycling shoes, which are a 47 or 48, or maybe even 49, I don't remember off hand. Boot wise I really have no idea.
I don't really care about walking around comfort, just something I can wear all day on the bike. I'll contact GoAz to see if they can help me out.
I know this could very well turn into a "what oil should I use" debate but if you primarily ride street and rarely see any off-road action then I'd stick with a street boot. The mobility and position of an off-road boat is very restricted compared to a street boot. You'll hate them if you're on a street bike.
I have been fighting that crap that is going around and right now I am losing. If I don't get to feeling better before Saturday I might be out for what ever ride we come up with. At least there are a few days before Saturday to kick this bugs ass.
I've gone from Discovery's to the Crossfire, mainly for ankle protection. The big Adventure can crush more than cans when tipped over.
Discovery boots on the right have around 160,000 miles on them. second soles and three repairs of the uppers.
The Crossfires on the left now have about 10,000 miles of riding on them. Some hiking and some standing around in the rain. They are good for comfort I think. I've worn them for 16 hours at a time. I have not bothered with any insole replacement. The discovery boots I added insoles to fill the space. They fit much wider than the Crossfire.
Crossfire fit me much better in width, I have a narrow foot. And whether my roadrace boots, Crossfires or mtb shoes all are the same size 43. Only the Discovery were wider.
Thanks for the feedback Cyberdos and Mr. Head. If only I had the money to afford both road & off-road boots.
I used the discovery boots for commuting, touring and offroad. I only bought the Cossfires because of my anticipated eventual change of mount. My plan is to go with a thumper in the next year or so. specifically so I can ride less big bike friendly stuff. Not full on singletrack steep hills and crap. And I'll still avoid sand, but at my lack of skill level a smaller/lighter bike can make it look more like I know what I'm doing and hurt me less.
But, that's dependent on that same money thing you mention.
I use the big Crossfires when it rains as they are more waterproof than the cracked and torn old Discoverys.
Right now, I'm destroying a pair of Gortex hiking boots commuting in them. My Fancy Starbucks adventure bike oiled one of the boots so the Gortex is crap on that one, but it doesn't squeak!
I went though two and a half sets of the Heidi's on my overweight Adventure. I hated changing those things. Very hard to get on and off, even with 100+ solar heat available. :huh
And being tubeless they lose a lot of air day to day. To combat this some have suggested using a bead sealer, but I'm not amused to do anything to make it harder to get the tire off. And especially for a field repair. That would suck huge if I had to pop the bead to put a tube in for a sliced tire as I've had to do for a TKC.
I am of the mind that the TKC is fine. I can live with the mileage. I've gotten 8K out of the rear German made tire the Korean tires seem to not last as a long, but they take more weight to balance.
So I've got that going for me.
Stupid assed tire sizes is only one more log on the pile to stoke my fire to switch a real dual sport eventually.
That and the memory of the last time I picked up the pfig off its side.:eek1
That thing just really resembles a bloated cow when on its side.
My little tire analysis:
That Skorpion TL was great. Did an easy 10K or so.
I must be lucky. I got 18,000 out of my first set of Heidenau K60's (650 wee, all from commuting). The back was squared up bad but the front could have gone longer. I usually only had to adjust the pressure once a week. Im now on the second set and all is good, the air loss with this set is even less.
I cant comment about the mounting issue as Dillon put on both sets. I did mount a Heidenau K37 4.00-19 on the front of the Ural, and yes that was a chore, I think you could ride that tire flat and not notice.
I had to do this once.
Why some tires stick so bad and others don't ?????????
Hey, guys: Got referred over to this thread courtesy of SWDSRC, from here:
What's the scoop?
Noob off-roader here, I own two bikes... a 2011 Shadow Phantom that I've put 13k on in the last year and a '94 XR600R that I bought VERY used that had this peculiar "ADVRIDER" decal on the back of it from some prior owner over the last 20 years or so. I've put about 500 miles on that bike and I'm looking for some friends to go rip up some desert and forest trails and enjoy AZ.
The XR is in fixer-upper condition right now and it'll be intermittently kicked up on a stand as I tackle one project or another, but she's running right now pretty happily. Projects to tackle in the next few months include stoopid-simple things like a new seat to replace the torn up original, to a carb rebuild mod I've heard about but never done myself to eliminate a sticky throttle when the thing gets hot (harder... never done a carb before). Also need to yank the existing speedo (craptastic bicycle one) and put on the Trailtech Vapor I have for it.
Goals with the XR are to turn it into something I can go fishing up on top of the Rim with no qualms, and have the trip cost me less than $10 gas for the day. Also want to learn the forest road network well enough that I can drive across the whole State of AZ without touching concrete.
Any good rides coming up?