Trans Taiga Tire Pressure

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  1. Fredericton

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    Planning to ride the Trans Taiga road this summer on my R1200GS on Heidenaeu K60's. The road is mostly loose gravel with some larger, sharp rocks at the end. The area is VERY remote and has no services. I have alloy rims which do not allow me to use a tube in the case of a puncture.
    How low can I drop the tire pressure to improve handling before I start in increase the risk of flats?
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  2. Mark Manley

    Mark Manley Long timer

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    I have very similar rims on my R80GS and there is no problem using tubes with them.
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    The k60 rear tire is so stiff to begin with lowering the air will have little to no effect. I wouldn't go any lower than the mid 20's on the front.
    Your odds of a man made road hazard are much higher than finding the perfect rock to puncture a tire. Bring some plugs and a pump to ease your mind.
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  4. thetubespoke

    thetubespoke Been here awhile

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    I would consider filling the tires with RideOn tire sealant before you go. It's worked remarkably well for me in a tube application. Should be much better in tubeless.

    I'm curious, are the K60 fronts also so stiff? Stiff tires have a lot of advantages although it is nice to have some give off road.
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  5. joe a

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    I did the TT with TKC's......
    I've ridden many miles thru the years with a wide variety of tires on a wide variety of bikes and never had a sharp rock puncture a tire... ( I've certainly had punctures from other objects)
    No need to "drop pressures"
    Carry a compressor and repair kit ....
    Enjoy

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    To ease your mind, bikes tires can take a amazing amount of abuse from sharp rocks:

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  7. Fredericton

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    You guys are probably right. Air compressor and plugs and stop worrying.
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  8. Fredericton

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    How much fuel did you carry for the TT?
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    My front tank holds 6ish, the aux tank 4 and I carried a couple of extra gallons in fuel cans....
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    This was on a bit of a side trip on the "North Road"
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    This is the last gas stop at the Mirage Outfitters.....
    We went past Brisay to the very end of the road and safely carried as much fuel as possible ....

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  12. Fredericton

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    Planning something similar. Doing the North Road on the way up and past Brisay to the end of the Trans Taiga. Planning to carry a 20 litre fuel can.
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    Yikes! Looks cold and messy.
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  14. mike blain

    mike blain Ride is my healer

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    HI i did all BAY JAMES last years (route du nord) trans taiga with my ANLAS CAPRA X did nt drop and ad no trouble.....1 set of new tires and your ok YOU WILL FIND YOUR cruise ride heidenau are stiffer than ANLAS ???? only complain i over pack...this summer is all the way to BC...YUKON...N.W.T

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    Yup it was cold and snowy a few days.....
    To be expected in late May up there....
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