Finding Tires

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by americanthumper, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. csustewy

    csustewy Motojero

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    Not necessarily true. It all depends on what type of roads you seek out, and there are a lot of options. My wife and I crossed the Andes a few times, mostly on dirt. 2 examples: north of the major Libertadores crossing (paved road Santiago-Mendoza) at Aguas Negras, and south of Libertadores at Paso Icalma. We did cross at Libertadores once, too. More examples listed at the bottom of this page: http://motojeros.blogspot.com.ar/p/south-america-andes.html

    Even so, I still generally agree with your thoughts on tire selection. A more aggressive tire made a huge difference in mud and soft conditions, even 2 up. But we found more mud/soft stuff much further north and south than the Santiago-Mendoza region you're looking at.

    FWIW, the best 2-up combination I found - balancing availability in Latin America, cost, tread wear, traction on and off road, and overall confidence - was an MT-21 front with MT-60 rear. (And believe me, I don't say that to start a which tire is best thread. I say that so that you have a reference for where my thoughts are coming from, as well as a specific combination and tread pattern to compare options to.)
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  2. bouldergeek

    bouldergeek Filthy, poor KLR dweeb

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    Thanks very much for these opinions.

    I've never run anything but full knobbies on the KLR. They wear through pretty quickly, but i felt that they gave me more flexibility for wet offroad travel.

    I have a VFR for my more road-oriented travel.

    But, I have a feeling that when we are 2-up, I will just be on pavement. My companion is totally new to riding, and though she is adventurous, I think that our trip segment should be mellow and a good introduction for her. I'll pop on the road oriented tires, and keep the knobbies for the north of SA.
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  3. Misery Goat

    Misery Goat Positating the negative Super Moderator

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    Vinnie sold me on the mullet set up, knobbie up front and a DS tire in the rear. It extends your tire change interval by quite a bit. I typically used 2 MT21s to one rear, usually a 140 Scorpion, Karoo, Golden, etc..
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  4. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    +1 on the 21, my favorite front tire in Latin America and very good one for the money, the back just needs to be round and hold air for most of the riding:deal Knobbies for the really good stuff

    Flip that MT21 back and forth and it will wear to the cords evenly lasting long time.
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  5. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    .. our first MT21 did 10647 km the second one did just 5000 km :eek1 ... I think we got dud which makes that an expensive round.
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  6. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    Take it you didn't take the time to turn the tire in reverse rotation every 2/3k km either. You can be lazy about making a knobbie last, maybe you've been riding way too much of the pavement then:lol3
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  7. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    Two up with luggage on a big twin, nothing's going to last a LONG time.
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  8. GuateRider

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    Two friends of mine lost their sprocket on a BMW 650 somewhere in Chihuahua.

    The Adventure Cartel bought the new sprockets and chain shipped it out to my friends and had everything done and delivered in 36 hours :clap:clap:clap

    Great job , mi amigo !!!!

    Hasta pronto :freaky
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  9. Bemeve

    Bemeve Looking a R1200GS Adv

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    Hello,
    You can find Michelin Anakee II, Continental TKC 80 and Heidenau K60 Scout tires in Touratech Peru

    Address : Av Los Faisanes # 196 - Chorrillos / Lima
    Email : ventas@motoviajerosperu.com
    Website : www.touratech.pe
    GPS Location: S 12° 10' 860" W 077° 00' 122"

    Cheers,

    Ivan Guerrero
    Lima - Peru
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