Tractionator desert H/T 80mph max

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by Eldon, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. stevodadevo

    stevodadevo What happened?

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    Here is a Tractionator after 2,500 miles in Baja on a 990. These tires are tough.

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  2. WallyWhirled

    WallyWhirled Been here awhile

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    Just got back from 1600+ mile Baja trip. No flats. Ran about 26 psi in front on SE. No rim dings. Plenty of tread left, especially on front. Rear, not so bad either. 2/3 offroad. As others have stated, the front headshake gets better after the tire has worn in. I took my bike up to 113 indicated mph on pavement toward the end of trip. Bike wandered and wasn't comfy but no way would I have gone that fast when the tires were new.

    Was very impressed with the tires offroad. The rear gave better traction than any tire I've ever had on a big bike. Dug in and pulled through silt and sand very well. The front was really good when turning in the sand too. No crashes and only a few dabs on the entire trip. I rode fairly conservatively, for me, until I was sure the tires would have enough life to get me home then started spinning up the rear more. Rear tire could easily go another 500 miles. Front probably another 1,000 to 1,500 miles.

    My take: The rear is a great tire. The front is not so nice on pavement. Offroad these tires are both super.
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  3. stevodadevo

    stevodadevo What happened?

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    Thanks for the report! I'm glad I chose the Tractionators.
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  4. sama3033

    sama3033 Been here awhile

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    I just got back from my shop, trying to mount a Desert 140/80/18 and it would NOT seat on my 4.25" rim - how did you guys get yours on (and stay on)?
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  5. Brokein2

    Brokein2 Been here awhile

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    Just mounted one yesterday on a stock 990 rim......lube and 80 psi was required to fully seat it. :eek1 No different than any other stubborn tire.
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  6. pdxmotorhead

    pdxmotorhead Long timer

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    So,, if it takes 80lbs to seat, what happens if you get a flat out in the bush? I use the C02 puffer to fill mine if I have to... 80 would need more cats than I usually carry..

    Dave
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  7. FakeName

    FakeName Wile E Coyote SuperGenius

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    Best advice I've heard?

    Lube it, fill it to the right pressure, then ride it. It'll pop on.
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  8. frog

    frog Long timer

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    You ride it. I could not get a front to seat after fixing a flat and had to ride it 90 miles to get to somewhere with a compressor. With it being a pita to seat and the most unpredictable tire when pushed I took front and rear off before they were used up. Its the first time I've ever not worn a tire bald before they went in the garbage.

    Sent from my DROID RAZR
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