Middle Tennessee DS Ride Schedule Q2 2010

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by codyrides, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. TroyJ650

    TroyJ650 Long timer

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    I'm stuck on the Bridgestone Battlewings for the V-Strom. They have been the OEM tires for at least a few GS's. Great on pavement, OK on gravel and dry dirt, worthless in mud. More $ than the 705's, but they are Radial (whatever that means) Less $ than the others you mentioned.
  2. Spinnit man

    Spinnit man Been here awhile

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    Thanks Matt, good to know ! ! see ya
  3. treemuncher

    treemuncher Vegetation Terrorist

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    I've run the E705 on both the Wee Strom and the XR650R. Not a long life tire but decent wear and comfortable grip. Maybe 5k miles till bald on the Wee and sub 2k miles on the XR. It's not good in mud but it's great on any hardpack surface.

    I did manage 10k miles on my first Anakee 2 but it was a lot of highway miles between Maine-TN and then TN-MT-TN. My current Anakee 2 is nearly done for around 5-6k miles but I played a lot in the mountains of TN-NC and AR-OK. These two tires were on the Tenere.

    You get what you pay for. I'm thinking about trying an E705 on the Tenere but I know it won't last as long as the Anakee. I change my own tires so mounting costs don't worry me.
  4. Spinnit man

    Spinnit man Been here awhile

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    I change mine too, and yes you do get what you pay for is a good general rule ! after reading reviews on the 705 my curiosity got the best of me. I talked to several to night in Nashville that run the Heidenau K60 scout, and they really think it is probably the best for mileage and off road capability. Kevin has 7000 on a GS 1200 and still several thousand to go, this is a rear tire we are talking about.Jim also rides a GS 1200 and agreed with Kevin it did seem to be the best over Metzeler and Mchelin due to the grip off road mainly.
  5. Wallachian Spikes

    Wallachian Spikes Long timer

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    I just ordered a K-60 scout for the rear on my KLR. I've been hearing alot of good things about the K-60 & IMO the tread pattern looks very cool, so I decided to try one. It has to be better off road than the Perelli Skorpions I have now. I've had two wipe outs that did damage to my bike & I'm "reasonably sure" they wouldn't have happened with better tires.

    The Skorpions are a GREAT street tire. They were on my bike when I bought her & I've put 7,000 miles on them so far. They are cupping a little but, still have deep tread left. I'm guessing at least 2,000 more miles left on them. I'll just toss the Skorpions in a corner & save them for the Zombie Apocalypse.
  6. ride2little

    ride2little Riding Like the Wind

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    I have over 10K on my k60 Scouts. They are definitely a good news/bad news set of tires.
    Good news - They last a LONG time.
    Bad news - They're a HARD compound.

    I got 4 K on the Conti TKC's, 5K on a Kenda Big Block and 10,000 miles on the Heidenau's. And there's a bunch left on the rear. Amazing.

    Their performance is okay. I was pretty disappointed in their off-road capability at first.. That-is until I aired them down. Made a HUGE difference. Way more so than any other tire I've had. But I've kicked out the rear more than once on the street. Was cool out, but the tires were warm. Not much confidence in them railing. (But we 'get along' okay.)

    I'd love a good combination somewhere between the TKC80 and Scouts. Those TKC's are amazing on the street. Guess that's what the softer compound brings you.

    The Heidie's are great to spoon on for extended trips. But day/day, I think I prefer a softer compound tire.

    note: I think my front Heidenau will wear out before the rear..
  7. MrTwisty

    MrTwisty Short Bus Cowboy

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    That is the best comparison between the K60, TKC and Big Block I've ever read and it echos my experiences exactly, except my mileages have been slightly lower.
  8. ride2little

    ride2little Riding Like the Wind

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    What are you running on the big bike currently?
  9. MrTwisty

    MrTwisty Short Bus Cowboy

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    K60's on the Tenere. I have almost 8K on the rear, which is by far a new record for me with any tire on any bike. However, I'm at the wear bars, so it will be coming off soon. I have a new one on the garage but I'm dreading spooning it on, especially in cold weather.
  10. Spinnit man

    Spinnit man Been here awhile

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    Thank you Troy and to everyone who has chimed in on the tire issue ! ! Hope to see you all again very soon ! ! Maybe this Sunday ?
  11. TroyJ650

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    Oh yea, I forgot to mention, you haven't ridden in real mud yet..... :evil


    So, has anyone decided to ride Sunday? ...and where?
  12. treemuncher

    treemuncher Vegetation Terrorist

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    I'm weather and butt dependent. I should be ok to ride tomorrow.

    I was thinking about meeting at Fitz's Restaurant in Erin at the intersection of Hwy 13 & 49. That should be relatively central for a lot of us. If the rain is out west, then ride local to Erin and stay on the east side of the TN river. If the rain is holding off or really light, cross the ferry to Benton Co and ride the Big Sandy peninsula.There is a fair amount of gravel between Erin and the ferry if you know the right roads. I know a fair amount of gravel out on Big Sandy too and most of the roads are decent for the big ADV bikes. I'll be riding the Big Blue Mule if I ride.

    PM me if you need my phone number.
  13. Magic_Mike

    Magic_Mike Been here awhile

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    Hey I am down to go but I won't be able to leave clarksville until about 10am. Is it possible for me to somehow make this or is (depending on your timelines) this a wait til next week thing?
  14. Wallachian Spikes

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    I'll ride tomorrow. Fitz's restaurant in Erin..... What time?
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    treemuncher Vegetation Terrorist

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    I would suggest 8 AM if you want to eat there and leave out to ride at 8:45 AM latest. Rain is expected later in the day so the morning ride will be driest. I would expect rain to start around 2 PM on the west side of the TN River.

    For PsychoChem - I carry my phone and if it's not raining, it should be mounted to ring through to my helmet. If you have a GPS or smart phone, I can get you current and anticipated coordinates to meet up at. PM me for my number.

    For those with 2 way communications, I will have my FRS frequency radio with me if you want to try the bike-to-bike (Troy).
  16. Spinnit man

    Spinnit man Been here awhile

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    I should be able to meet you I am about an hour and a little from hear to Erin, what time ya thinkin ?
    P.S. my rear tire is almost bald, but if we don't get to crazy I should be ok, . . . Right ? you know the roads out there I don't.
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  19. MrTwisty

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    Very cool.......................show off. :D
  20. TroyJ650

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    I'm out for riding today, kids in from school. Next time.....