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Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by dgrs2, Dec 17, 2004.
Yep. Didn't ride the bench. had some time pressure on this part of the trip but your reports among others convinced me that this was a must-stop. Shot up the pavement and back out the same way. Yes, I rode 700 miles to ride that 13 miles of dirt....and liked it!
Spent the night, got stormed on, headed out early am to continue the trip.
Cant wait to return with my kids. Great place!
Tried a 908 front yet? Damn rubbery machine of death over 70mph when it's new but once the knobs have the sharp edges rounded off it's a pretty good street knobbie. I loved the Karoo on the front but it didn't last long at all. The sidewall was so stiff that when I changed it I got pissed off and wound up cutting the tire off, bead and all. I could not remove that tire with irons for the life of me.
Went scouting a few days ago for the 2013 ADV Eastern Rendezvous ride I'll be leading. Roan Mountain just below Carver's Gap.
Here she is...
OK Geek, what lens were you testing? The photos look great and the depth of field was short to highlight the bike. Nice touch! I shoot the Nikon D3S and have been playing around with photos of my orange KTM 990. Nothing good enough to post but I'm working on it.
Where do you get tank decals that dont bubble from the gas fumes for the Safari tank?
Everything Ive tried, bubbles up
nex-7 with 50mm prime (f1.8).
They bubble all the time. I just go and push the air back out.
Nice first post and welcome to the asylum!
Interesting!! I'm opposite to you, I had a MT21 on the front last time round and have just fitted a T63......
I was impressed with the way the MT21 steered especially on trails but the wear rate was poor, I've only got 100 miles on the T63 so far so too early to say wether I like it on the 950. I've used them for years on my DR350 and find them a great dual-sport tyre for the lighter bike.
I like the Pirelli Scorp Rally tires. First set has gone over 3000 miles; rear needs replaced and the front should hold up long enough to finish the new rear. I know that some folks have reported very poor tread life with the Rally's, but I am happy with what I am getting out of them. Mind you, I try to be a little more mellow on pavement, but once the dirt starts, I have no qualms about digging trenches and making those behind me run for cover.
Ready To Swim
I'm on my second T63 on my 950. I put close to 5000 miles on that thing before I swapped it. I also run a set of T63's on my DR650 and have probably 2000 miles on those so far. Overall, I'm pretty happy with them, they wear really good and the front doesn't get severely deformed knobs like some other tread designs, so you can ride it way past the point of where you think you should change it.
Most of my difficult riding with these tires has been on my DR650, and the KTM has had some difficult stuff, but mostly gravel and a lot of 2up riding. I can run this tire as hard as I want in the corners and have never felt it give up traction.
This is not a tire you want to use if you are doing a lot of gnarly stuff, but if you do moderate off road, and quite a bit of pavement, I think its tough to beat for around $65!
Hadda T-63. Took it off. Liked it better in the dirt than the TKC80, but it kept trying to kill me on the pavement in the corners. Comparing those two tires, it's clear why both of those thiings were happening-the T-63 has about 30% of the knob area on the edges of the tire that the TKC does.
Back to the thread...
Yesterday, somewhere in Colorado....under a roof...
Not quite showing off the bike as showing a roadside/motel parking lot repair at our night stop in Vernal, UT. My riding buddy double-checking to make sure I bolted up the 990's fuel pump correctly after we removed it and spot-cleaned the tea bag filter just good enough to ride back to Steamboat Springs... where I had a new filter kit waiting for me.
Will never know for sure, but I suspect a bad 5 gallons of gas from the Sinclair station in Maybell, Colorado.
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Yes Im a chicken and walked the bike over and it was 2 of us or I would have turned around!
Riding the TLH
Coming back from Vintage Days last week.
Because I have an SE, I haven't even mounted the 21/18 wheels yet. Probably the reason it stays so clean too