Continental TRAIL ATTACK tyres/tires ongoing test

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Chris_GS, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. Two Plugs

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    Exactly. It was just a matter of time that Conti would reveal the Trail Attack II after the succesfull introduction of the Road Attack II.
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    JRWooden Homeless motorcycle vagabond ... and ... loving it

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    HelmetHead Cycle Been here awhile

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    I don't see what the difference is between the original and the "TA-2". Looks the same and the specs seem to be the same. Anybody know what the difference is supposed to be other than a "new and improved" marketing ploy?
  5. Two Plugs

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    Read the comments about the differences between the Conti Road Attack vv the new Road Attack 2 and you will learn its more than just a marketing ploy... :D
  6. emptm

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    Had a pair installed a couple weeks ago on my old f650. The parts manager talked me into them after showing that he used them on his own bike. I'd only used the OEM Bridgestones for the past 11 years. They were good, but these are excellent.Feels like a new bike. Love how grippy and stable they are.
  7. EJ_92606

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    Does the new model come with the no charge wobble option ;-)
  8. Two Plugs

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    Nr. 1 cause of a 'Wobble': User doesn't check / apply the right tire pressure.
    Nr. 2 cause of a 'Wobble': User doesn't check / apply the right suspension setting / neglecting the suspension oil
    Nr. 3 cause of a 'Wobble': User is mounting the tires the wrong way around on the rims (opposite to riding direction - yes, that happens!)
    Nr. 4 cause of a 'Wobble': Rims are not balanced / wrong balance weights / rims are damaged
    Nr. 5 cause of a 'Wobble': Bearings are near to gone...

    Etc, etc. :D
  9. preppypyro

    preppypyro Been here awhile

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    Anyone know how the trail attack 2's act on gravel? Looking at either scorpions or t/a's after deciding that I will burn through tkc's too fast, and instead of going out and buying tires now, I could probably wait for the t/a 2's if they are supposed to be pretty good on the gravel.
  10. Two Plugs

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    On gravel they are good - but not perfect. On sand or mudd they s*ck.
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    Somehow I doubt the bearings went bad or my suspension oil degraded or my settings got changed on my '11 GS the day I put new Contis on it. Do some googling...there is a problem with the tire.
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    Thanks. I have read through the whole thread, and cant remember who all tried what. Have you tried the pirelli scorpions, and how they compare on gravel?

    I was bound and determined to get a set of tkc's, but I mainly ride gravel and pavement 70-30, maybe 60-40 pavement to gravel. Would just like to get a set thats good on gravel and pavement, worry about the other riding later!
  13. reenmachine

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    I just put Trail Attacks on my '11 G650GS, 110/80-19 front and 140/80-17 rear, and it transformed the bike vs. the OEM Bridgestones. The ride quality on the freeway is significantly better, they don't chase every groove in the surface, and the grip is great.

    I rode a lot of hardpack & rocky fire roads last weekend and the TAs did way better than I thought they would. It's all the tire I need for roads like that at the pace I travel. The looser the surface got the sketchier they got, and the deep new gravel on a couple-mile stretch was a little harrowing, but I expected that from a tire like this.

    For me, with my daily 40-mile round trip freeway commute and occasional weekend foray onto the dirt they're the perfect tire so far.
  14. Two Plugs

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    @ preppypyro: I replaced my Michelin Siracs on my '83 XLV750R dirtbike for the Pirelli Scorpions (actually the MT90) and to be honest... I really regret the change. The Siracs f.e. are far more stabil in lose sand where the Scorpions are more or less 'searching' all over the place without finding the right trail to follow.

    On tarmac they do fine. But I will replace them again for a tyre which provides me with an as good as it gets interface between a real 'knobbie' tyre and a more road oriented tyre (like the Trail Attack is).

    Most likely for the XLV750R, the Siracs will be put back but since I got a near to perfect roadhandling and good feedback from the Conti Trail Attack on the heavy Honda XL1000V Varadero I'm thinking to include the Conti Trail Escape as an alternative too.
  15. Milosh

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    I just put these on my X-Country and I have to say they are the worst tires I've ever put on a bike.

    Either my bike is too light or I got a bad set of tires because I can't get heat into them. There is nearly no grip on road surfaces at all. The front is always hunting for grip.

    Yesterday I rode in the rain and had more 'moments' than I care to remember. It was like riding on ice. As others have pointed out, they aren't very good (read: awful) on the dirt either.

    I'll probably go back to the Tourances unless someone has a better idea.
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    Got another thread here on tyre choice (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=20324246#post20324246)...but trail attack seems like what I want, close to sport tyre pefrormance on tarmacand decent on good gravel roads.

    But one thing haven't seen in this thread, anyone tried the 17"/17" option? Have a KTM690 EnduroR but mostly runs as a SMC (wheels, brakes, forks, shock++). Tempted to keep it on 17" wheels as better on road and will only be easy gravel...not much point in 21" if not bumpy?
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    im on my third front trail attack, from the oem trailwing. that didnt shimmy, but all the contis have/do. im used to it, its not too bad, i know when its going to happen, and i put up with it because its otherwise an excellent tyre especially in the wet where its head and shoulders above the bridgestone "deathwing". life is a lot longer too, 5k miles is six months riding i dont need a new expense.
    i havent tried battlewings but here in the UK they are a lot more expensive that contis, i may try the tourances though, metzlers are nearer in price.
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    Got home last night from a ~550 mile trip (~110 miles off-road) where I think I encountered pretty much every road condition. Here's how the Trail Attacks did in my opinion.
    • Dry pavement: excellent
    • Unmaintained pavement with debris/sand/scattered pea gravel: excellent
    • Hard pack dirt: very good
    • Very rocky slow 2-track: very good
    • Snow & ice: awful, terrifying (duh)
    • Dry sand: scary, anus-puckering
    • Loose gravel: see "Dry sand"
    • Wet dirt/mud: not good
    • Wet pavement: excellent
    Next time I make the same trip I'll be wearing TKC-80s or similar for sure. But I survived relatively unscathed and had fun, so I can't complain.

    These are for sure a street-oriented 80/20 tire.
  19. Two Plugs

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    @ Davsato: Metzeler and Honda bigtrails arn't a good combination despite the quality of Metzeler tyres... Cause is the diagonal frame on which Metzeler tires are build which (can) cause shimmy on most Honda bigtrailbikes (f.e. Transalp, Africa Twin and Varadero)

    @ Reenmachine... "anus puckering", hahaha! Have to remind that one... :clap

    Have to agee though on loos sand and/or mud though... :wink:
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