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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by foxtrapper, Dec 19, 2012.
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Hey Eric let us know when you are inw Cape Town, would be cool to hook up.
I know what you mean about the looks at the Hd dealer! Should have seen the looks when asking about raising the bike a couple of inches and when I commented that I would love a light weight exhaust if someone had one that was as quiet as stock.
I also got some funny looks when my daughter and I rode 30 miles through a wildlife management area 2 up as well as when I was jumping it over a hill and doing sideways slides through corners on a dirt road in front of a buddies house.
I had the ME880s and they were great for the first 11k miles. One thing that was weird was that when they were nearing the end of their life they began to slip something fierce in the rain. I rode the Dunlops down to nothing and they never exhibited that characteristic. I am now riding the Commander IIs and so far so good. I have put about 6k on them and they look new. They seem to do fine on dirt/gravel (they seem to shed mud pretty well also) and are very nice on pavement. Zero complaints so far.
My dad lives in AK and has ridden the Dempster on a fully loaded Sporty with the stock Dunlops. He was 70 when he did that trip. I'm sure that with a little practice you would be fine.
+1 on Dunlop Elite 3s..long lasting tire and I have been on reasonable gravel and dirt roads with my Road Glide..it's not going to go the same places as even a KLR but it's doable.
I wish it was me and thanks for the offer, "RoadHD" is the memeber here who travels byt Road King, here is his profile.
I have no problem with you guys off-roading tourers if ya want but I live on a gravel driveway and have gotten rocks in the belt a couple times. That can leave a in the middle of nowhere. Just say'n, belts aren't for off road.
Oldhippie, How many belts have you lost do to rocks? I run lots of gravel roads & have never lost one. I preemptively replaced the belt on my wife's 89 Electra Glide Sport at over 100k. At least 10k of that was on gravel. Just lucky I guess.