I thought long rear tire life on and Adv was an oxymoron . . .

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by MotoTex, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. MotoTex

    MotoTex Miles of Smiles

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    I realized today that the Conti Trail Attack on the rear of the bike has been there for almost a year. I put it on prior to a trip to Big Bend last Christmas. I've ridden lots of miles of gravel road with it, and many miles of street while suffering from that issue with the front wheel coming up on acceleration. Best guess, I've got between eight and ten thousand miles on this tire, and I think this is very, very strange.

    Prior to putting this tire on I wore out two Scorpions and a Dunlop Knobby on the back between February and December of 2011, so I know my riding style isn't conducive to tire longevity.

    Granted, I am now one year into a marriage, and that has kept me off the bike a little, but she has two bikes of her own (Monster 696 and a TW200), so I know that she hasn't been an effective deterrent, the way I hear many complain about.

    I'm thinking there may be something else going on here. Alien abduction perhaps? There's no way that this tire has survived this long with me riding 70/30 paved/gravel. I'm somewhat ashamed and abashed that I wasn't able to wear it out quicker.

    Nonetheless, I'm putting another one on there. They aren't the best thing on the dirt, but they aren't bad, as long as you are ready for the inevitable sliding around during braking or downshifting on gravel. Balancing the long life against me having to be a little bit better rider on dirt roads, I'll accept that challenge and see if I can get another year out of the next one. Heck, I've even put one on the front now and have been pretty impressed with it on the dirt roads.

    Anyone else having this disturbing issue with long rear tire live on their 9X0?

    Maybe we could form a support group?

    :freaky
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  2. CRW

    CRW I dont want a pickle

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    Yup love mine!!!!!!
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  3. Terence FFM

    Terence FFM prof. cat-herder

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    I got about 18,000km or 11,000miles out of mine. New it was fantastic wet or dry. However, I found as it aged, it gave up some of the wet grip it had new as well as a lot of the feedback. This was not in relationship to the slowly disappearing tread depth either; when I decided it was time to replace the tire, there was still sufficient tread depth left (more than the legal requirment of 1.6mm here in Germany). But since the rear end was increasingly easy to slide and the front was numb feeling and not at all like how it felt when the tire was new, plus winter was coming again meaning more cold, wet rides, I figured I had gotten my money's worth and replaced it with a Heidenau K60 Scout. I've added a second off road set of rims in the meanwhile, so when the K60s are worn out, I am looking forward to trying out the new Conti Trail Attack 2.
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  4. Qwik

    Qwik Adrenaline Addict

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    Loved mine. Had 10K miles on it when I pulled it off the bike. Still had plenty of tread left. and Yeah, They do surprisingly good offroad.
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  5. gbx2001

    gbx2001 Geophiz

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    Any thoughts on the puncture resistance of the Conti T/As versus the stock Pirelli Scorps? I have some Scorps that will need replacing after a couple of thousand km more and am interested in these Contis (or the new T/A 2 model)
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  6. Qwik

    Qwik Adrenaline Addict

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    Crossed most of Nevada offroad, And never had a puncture on my set in 10K miles
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  7. David37

    David37 Been here awhile

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    I have over 7K on my Conti T/As and when they wear out, I'm going to replace them with another set of Conti T/As. Great tires.
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  8. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    They kind of look like Avon Distanzias. Always was happy with those on my SM bikes, even off pavement. But in real sand and really deep loose gravel, not so much. Not as good as a proper knobby of course, but yeah, they last a long time if you dont mind the ass end wallowing around off the pavement. Probably a good option for primarily pavement and graded dirt road rides.
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  9. MotoTex

    MotoTex Miles of Smiles

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    I noticed this in the wet the other day and thought it was just a little more slippery out. It might be something about the tire. Well, it is just about shot anyway, and I'll trade reduced wet traction at end of life in exchange for longevity overall.

    For me this is the best value when riding bias is more than 60% paved on a do-it-all bike. The DRZ is my preference for full on dirt work, but it is fun to show what the 950 can do when the opportunity presents itself. :evil
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  10. MotoTex

    MotoTex Miles of Smiles

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    Through the life of the tire I have had only one puncture, and this was on a ride a couple of weeks ago that got into some Mesquite thorns off-road.

    I did spin the valve stem off the tube while vacationing in Big Bend after lowering the pressure too much, but that was no fault of the tire.
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  11. Kenbike

    Kenbike Been here awhile

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    I went from the TKC 80 to the trail attacks this spring. Great tire and they do pretty good on the back roads in my area. I did find the 45 tooth rear sprocket was to much with the trail attack's so I went back to the stock 42 rear 17 front.
    It really lets the torque of the motor work and it hits 40 mpg.
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  12. HellsAlien

    HellsAlien a has-been that never-was

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    It wasn't me. I got similar results from a set of Trail A Tax. They work better than they should off road if you air down a bit. I ran them at 36 to 38 front, 40 to 46 rear on the road and they worked great, they have much less rolling resistance than Skorps and yielded better gas milage too.

    You are probably using the wrong engine oil, prefilter, fuel pump, chain lube & clutch oil jet. Change those and your tire milage will go down!:lol3
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  13. Sporting Wood

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    I got up to the part about taking a Conti Trail Attack to Big Bend and quit reading. This is GeeSpot.
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  14. Aussijussi

    Aussijussi Long timer

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    How the fuck you people get that sort of mileage from your tyres, i am lucky to get 6000km from the rear tyre, regardles of the make. There is a bloke on a diffferent forum, claiming he got 16000 miles out of his scorps! Sounds a bit optimistic to me !
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  15. Cactus Dave

    Cactus Dave Born to Argue

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    I prefer the Scorpions for an all-around tire. I used a 606/908 to run dirt to the Pacific and mounted Trail Attacks for the slab back. They were OK, but I consider them to be a slab tire. As they wore, they bcame more and more vague, squared off and simply unremarkable. OK, but I think the SWcorps are better dirt tires and 99% of the highway tire the T/A's are. Just my thoughts. Opinions about tires are like, well, opinions in general, and we all know what that means.

    Cheers,

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  16. 666

    666 Agnostic and Orange

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    That's what I was getting - 3-4k miles top.

    But I was commuting on this Conti's (first time with this type of tire) and it's 3k now and rear looks literally brand new. I am shocked myself. Commute is mostly 75-80 mph.
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