Iowa Roll Call

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by bellbear, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. Fishbonker

    Fishbonker Adventurer

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    I have read several tire threads in other forums but I’m gonna ask this question in the Iowa Roll Call thread because you folks know the gravel roads we have. I’m shopping for tires. My dealer suggests TKC80 front and back but after reading tire threads (mainly in GSpot Parallel Universe) I think I’d be better served with TKC80 front and K60 Scout rear. I want to be able to ride Iowa gravel (crushed stone) with some stability as well as some two track, dirt road and mild off road stuff.
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    I am a noob rider on an F800GS. I want to take my motorcycle turkey hunting and the place I go is on loose gravel. I’m afraid with the stock tires it would be like riding on marbles. Plus, like I mentioned I’m a noob. My last experience was in the 70s on a 2 stroke Suzuki 185 TC. I’m hoping I can regain some of my ability all these years later.
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    The motorcycle is a 2009 with OEM tires. 9K on the tread and they still look great. I have put 1K on since I became the second owner last September.
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    So what are some opinions for Iowa gravel tires? I have read many many ride reports and what they call gravel I call dirt with a few rocks thrown on top.
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  2. craig6785

    craig6785 Been here awhile

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    Orangecicle,
    Have you ran these before and if so what is your opinion of them? I just picked up a set for myself also. I ran MT 21's on my 640 and loved them not real high mileage tires but worked great. Hope the rally's work as good as the 21's.
  3. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

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    Tough call. TKC80 is a good choice, but it all depends on how well it wears on your bike. No question about it, a TKC80 will not last 9K miles.

    I'm hoping the Pirelli Rally will be good on gravel with a little air out. People say the Heidenau lasts incredibly, but they are a little hard to get. Here's a long-term ride report to Alaska: http://www.cjdesignsblog.com/heidenau-k60-scout-tires-a-review-on-a-big-bike/

    This will be my first time on the Pirelli Rally. The stock Pirelli Scorpion front is a little scary on deep gravel -- no feel in the front end at all -- and you take your life in your hands in mud. The Rally cannot be worse, that's for sure.
  4. gravityisnotmyfriend

    gravityisnotmyfriend Long timer

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    Nice work! That has come along ways!

    I can't do anything until I get my throttle cable since everything goes in on top of that. it'll be the week after next before I have a chance at firing mine up again.
  5. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

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  6. scooter noob

    scooter noob Been here awhile

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    She's sounding VERY nice!!!! :D
  7. WRW9751

    WRW9751 7th Day Adventurist

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    Pretty much had enough! Next! Me and a couple of my friends are on the weather whine!
  8. no_rice

    no_rice Adventurer

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    well, i ride everything i own(except my S1) down the gravel/sand/dirt/creek/ect all on stock street tires, Pirelli diablo's/super corsa's/michelin pilot powers/ect... and i usually dont slow down much. i can still have fun and make it the vast majority of places. but i do at some point intend to put a pair of the tkc80's on my sm610... id just like to find an extra set of rims to do that with though...

    that kind of thing is more about your comfort level then it is about the tire...
  9. Motorcyclelad

    Motorcyclelad Adventurer

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    Hello fellow Iowans. Just to introduce myself, I ride an 08 DR650 and a 12 KLR650. Just sold my Yamaha Stratoliner.
    I live near Atlantic IA, (halfway between Des Moines and Omaha) I've been riding about 16 years+/-.

    Would love to explore new roads, see new things, and meet new people. Let me know if any of you are in my area and would like to go riding. Just put brand new TKC80's on the DR this week.

    The first Saturday that's halfway not freezing I'm heading up to West Bend to check out the Grotto, let me know if anyone knows some good riding in that direction, or wants to meet up somewhere and go together.

    I've actually been using the ADV site to answer all my motorcycling questions for many years, but finally joined. (the wife and I have 4 kids, so I don't have too much spare time)

    Hope to hear from ya'll!
  10. cornfield destroyer

    cornfield destroyer n00b

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    Des Moines Here
    09 R1200GSA:beer
  11. WRW9751

    WRW9751 7th Day Adventurist

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    Welcome to the children of the corn! I live in Ankeny, I have a couple of KTM's and a Yamaha Tenere from Nishna Valley over in your neck of the field. Looks like the weather isn't going to cooperate anytime soon. There is some wonderful riding in NE Iowa & SW Wisconsin.
  12. Motorcyclelad

    Motorcyclelad Adventurer

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    Thanks! I was just at Nishna Valley a week ago drooling over the white '13 Tenere with black engine guards and yamaha paniers. Love it. Would you highly recommend the Tenere?
  13. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

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    Welcome Motorcyclelad!
  14. scooter noob

    scooter noob Been here awhile

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    Hello there, DSM here, I own a 2007 G750xmoto.
  15. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

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    Gotta tell you guys about my night at Moto Sports. I e-mailed Doug (owner) early in the day asking if he could put on my new front tire and sprockets and chain. I had a business meeting about a block away from 4-5 pm, so I dropped off the KTM off at 3:45 and headed to the meeting. I got back a little after 5, and jumped in trying to help Doug. He let me work in his shop and with his tools, which is pretty cool. We found a few things that needed extra attention, such as a front caliper that was not quite right. He gave me some direction of what to do while he was busy working on other parts of the bike.

    He was supposed to close at 7 pm. We finished at 8. Then, Doug and his wife spent time to make sure that my KTM was registered with KTM USA so that I could get notice of recalls and such. Doug probably spent the better part of three hours working on my bike.

    He charged me less than $100 in labor. :huh
  16. scooter noob

    scooter noob Been here awhile

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    Yep, Doug is a GREAT guy for sure!
  17. WRW9751

    WRW9751 7th Day Adventurist

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    My Tenere has been Great! I wish the White would have been available in 12' mine is Black. Dennis and Rod are both top notch. We've got some really good dealers around here right now. MotoSports, Struthers, Hicklin, really can't think of a bad one!
    Only thing Bad is the weather!
  18. gravityisnotmyfriend

    gravityisnotmyfriend Long timer

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    I'm not sure who I talked to on the phone, but he was very accommodating and friendly. I was hoping to pick up my throttle cable this Sat - since I'd be in Des Moines anyway. They don't' stock it, so that wasn't going to happen. Most places would leave it at that.

    But the guy at Motosports ( I should have gotten his name) told me he'd be happy to make a custom cable for me on the spot, or have a delivery service ship it here to Newton. It's obvious he wants to make his customers happy. I mean, I could see him really trying to help me out if I were a loyal customer or if I had spent thousands on a bike from them. But, nope, I'm just some guy he's never talked to that needs a cable.


    I'm planning on just heading over there after the part comes in, but I was really impressed by the customer service.
  19. 4STAR

    4STAR Adventurer

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    I'm in Storm Lake. Let me know when your heading to West Bend and maybe I can join you.
  20. Motorcyclelad

    Motorcyclelad Adventurer

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    For sure. I'll ride as cold as 42 deg if it's sunny, but don't have any fancy warm gear, so that's about as cold as I'll go. I'll probably try to head north the first halfway warm Saturday that comes along. I'll let you know.