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Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by mikeinrichmond, Dec 19, 2008.
Hack ..... I hope your right. My fingers are crossed because I really like the gear.
We ran Kenda fronts for the TAT. They made it 6300 miles across to Oregon, and then all the way back home to Virginia on pavement, for about 10,000 miles total. As for the rear's, I like the Kenda. In Colorado Joe went to a Dunlop 606, while I stayed with the Kenda. The 606 was $160, and the Kenda was $70. Although the 606 was way more aggressive, the Kenda wore better and lasted longer.
I asked for a refund, so we'll see what they say.
That is a really nice offer Jeff, and sounds like a good time. I would be happy to do something like that if others are also interested. Just gotta nail a weekend down that will work for everyone.
Well hopefully we will ride somewhere else soon enough. There's always the local spots, and since I won't be making the S500 I will be trying to hit the mountains again for the day before and after that weekend hopefully.
The Shinko 244 is that same style, super cheap, and lasts a long time. Jeremy gave me a used one with around 3,000 miles on it, I have put probably 1,000 miles on it, and it is still going strong.
What Burton said, just use the same on the front. They work OK on everything. I've seen a couple of klxsf sumos with them on 17 inch wheels have no issue running them on shoe creek and a bunch of other stuff. The Shinko 244 is pretty much the same tread and fairly cheap. I had that one on the front of my WR for a good 3k. The only thing I didn't like was I had an odd wobble and the edge of the tread was really easy to reach when playing in the twisties.
I run a IRC GP-110 on my KLR up front, 21 inch is under $60
A bit more dirt orientated than the IRC GP-1, either will fill the bill.
A common tire for KLR's, good street mileage, cheap and cheerful, and good on gravel.
(as for the 244, some like it, some hate it- never used it so I can't say one way or the other, M/C tires are very subjective, some bikes will be very happy, put the same tire on another brand bike and it could suck big-time...)
Pirrelli MT 90 Scorpions
Another decent choice for 90/10 riding front, but it is not uncommon to develop hi-speed head shake over time, the most pricey of the lot so far...
Metzeler Karoo 3 dual sport
A new tire, good overall, front about $82. On the rear tread life is not so good, but up front should be ok.
Put me down as a big fan of the Shinko 244. Great dual sport tire.
Was great offroad (air down appropriately as needed), and awesome in the twisties in WV.
For the price, can't beat it.
I be up for that, actually I was planning to do this anyway. I used to do the SH500 every year, it is a very well run event that I enjoyed but when they bumped the price to $135 last year I decided to do my own version. I was planning on Oct 19-20 but have all weekends free.
I already have GPS tracks of many of the roads in the area, which are a lot of the same roads the SH500 uses. I currently have two loops that l put together one is about 150 miles which could work for Saturday and a 70 mile loop that would be good for Sunday. I can adjust mileage for either loop if necessary.
That sounds great.
Okay, I say we put the mark on the calendar now. 19-20 October. Everyone start to chime in who wants to do it. I can't do it any earlier because I have conflicts thru Columbus weekend, 12-14 Oct.
Sounds great! Putting the date on my caLendar.
Been out of the loop awhile.. After my third child was born last May my bike has been mostly parked in the garage. I'm going to try to make this and bring my 7 year old son. I've heard lots of good things about Jeff's place.
Kids are always welcome at our Farm. We are very family friendly. But if they want to ride dirtbikes there, we insist on ATGATT. It is just the right thing to do, especially with kids.
Graham, I could have sworn you've stayed with us before? Am I wrong?
I haven't been to the farm but I've been to your house in Petersburg before. And you know my brother Andrew(halfplate). Were the ones with the salvage yard and know your brother in-law, Joey.
We won't be bringing his dirt bike. We'll be two up on the GS. But yes, ATGATT. He went over the handbars a couple a week ago, full throttle, and slide face first in the gravel, ended up about 30 feet in front of the bike. No injuries... Just scared him and scratched his helmet all up.
I think the 19-20 October will work for me. Sounds awesome! Greg, I figured you were lurking in here from time to time. I have not ridden much in that area and would love to check it out and camping in October in the mountains is a bonus. Glad you have those tracks Greg.
Just found out the 2014 COG National Rally will be in Johnson City, TN.
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Anyone riding this weekend? I'm thinking I want to take out the DL650. Not looking for a trail/dirt ride, just pavement and maybe some well graded fire roads. Last weekend got the dirt out of my system for the moment. I managed to jam or smash at least half my fingers. I managed to get different ones in each fall. :huh
I'm thinking of riding Sunday or Monday. Maybe we can get Rick to ride out on his new to him pirate bike.
Got the dates saved.
You can't keep up with that thing, it's a 1500!!!
Think I'm screwed for the weekend at Jeff's. If I recall wife's got us booked at a cabin near Massanutten with some friends that weekend.
Like Jeff, I am free the weekends after, but not the ones before. Maybe once everyone chimes in a later weekend works best for everyone.
1. I figure I can catch up in the curvw.s.
2. Weekend in a cabin with the wife, yep you're screwed. Not sure you should be unhappy about that.