Tires for the LC8 overview

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by Grumpy old Man, Oct 12, 2008.

  1. jon6.0

    jon6.0 Been here awhile

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    Just did a loop through Gorman California with a T63 front and a 908 rear. Both set at 30psi. It did great. The deeper sandy stuff I had to stay on the throttle, but the rest of the hard pack with an inch or two of loose on top it bit in well with the front and the rear went right up steep sections in first and second without spinning too much. Very impressed with the combo. Since I'm 275lbs I just ordered some .62 fork springs from Slaven's. That will raise the nose a bit more and help the handling in sand. Right now my front sag is 50% of front travel at max preload. Way too soft.

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  2. gefr

    gefr Life is a trip

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    Road tyre. Anybody?
  3. FuTAnT

    FuTAnT KTM 990ADV

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  4. VTvfr

    VTvfr Been here awhile

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  5. FuTAnT

    FuTAnT KTM 990ADV

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    Absolutely. They come in all the right sizes. See the link I gave, has the fitments on the right. 150 section on the back and the 90/90-21 on the front.
  6. VTvfr

    VTvfr Been here awhile

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    Just wasn't sure if there was an issue with them being tubeless...

    I can't hardly find the TA2's anywhere, however found what seems to be a smoking deal on a set of the (i'm assuming older) TA's for $280 shipped.
    Do you think there is really much of a difference?
  7. TA-Zappa

    TA-Zappa Been here awhile

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    Can vouch for this one as well. I'm on my second set on my raod wheels and love them. Good in the rain and great in the dry. You can ride most of the hardpacked gravelroads with great confidence. Mud or loose gravel = less confidence... :evil

    I got close to 10000km out of my first set and will be close to that on the second set as well. It wears quite fast in the beginning but it slows down.

    /Zappa
  8. FuTAnT

    FuTAnT KTM 990ADV

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    See TA-Zappa's post above. That sounds like a great deal. The TA IIs are pretty new I think, so perhaps not in wide circulation. I would grab what you can get and go for it.
  9. D K

    D K Been here awhile

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    Why, oh why is the 140/80/18 not coming to the US?

    Where is the best place to order those internationally and having them shipped to the U.S.?


    D
  10. Pasch

    Pasch 1%er Adventurer

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    Anyone trying the Karoo 3 set?

    I need to replace the 908 on my Baja before they die on the abrasive Fl roads... Hate this flatness..
  11. shoein

    shoein Been here awhile

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    Has anyone tried the Irc tr8 front tire. I have been running this on my dr650. Seems to have similar profile as a t63 with longer knobs.
  12. Dr LC8

    Dr LC8 ...soon or later

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    I run a desert on the front of my 990. Keep in mind that it is a dirt tyre i find it good, safe and stable on tarmac. Not as good as the MT21 though.
    In off road it is just amazing. Very sharp nd precise. I won't change it.

    Nic
  13. Pete640

    Pete640 Long timer

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    +1 desert front. Only other knobbie I'd run on the front is the pirelli scorpion Rallye. Both amazing tyres off road for grip and wear.
    I'm on a 1.85 excel front for comparison
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  14. Dr LC8

    Dr LC8 ...soon or later

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    I tried the "old" on my 950 ADV(now gone). They were hard and long lasting. I did 3000 kms from Rome to the sahara desert and back. Half Tarmac half Desert rocks and sand. Once bak they were still usable I would say for another 1000kms at least. On tarmac the rear was hard. This tyre was used by rally racer on the 950 ADV in Dakar and other race.
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    I tried the "new" on the 690R for a short trip to Tunisia this year and in few short rides in UK trails. They are definiively softer and more rounded than the old one. Somehow on light bike I am sure will perform better on road. I can't really tell the difference on off road as I was riding two different bikes. For sure they will last very little on a bike twin.
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    No difference on the front as far as I can tell. I love it on the dirt on any bike and it is acceptable on tarmac.

    Nic
  15. Dr LC8

    Dr LC8 ...soon or later

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    I also use excel narrow rims 1.85 and 2.50.

    Nic
  16. Big_John

    Big_John That'll be the day

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    I love this tire!!! Made 5k for me and could have done another 2k on the front. When I purchased, I picked up two for about $50 each.



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  17. Corsica101

    Corsica101 Been here awhile

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    800miles:eek1! Ok so am gonna give up looking for one! Thanks:))
  18. Corsica101

    Corsica101 Been here awhile

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    They last forever. Ran my last front for about 15k km and still had a bit left!
  19. Chuckracer

    Chuckracer Jerkus Maximus

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  20. gefr

    gefr Life is a trip

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    Is this a new street tire entry?
    Cheers