Separate names with a comma.
Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by MEDIC-0372, Nov 4, 2008.
Did I see you in Game of Thrones?
Nope. Maybe you saw me in Lord of the Rings. One of my daughters, and one of her daughters, call me Gandalf, and re-named my bike Shadowfax.
Me with Shadowfax.
Actually, I haven't yet watched Game of Thrones. Maybe I will now
I will for sure! Where do you like to explore around here?
We're looking to check out some stuff off the mountain loop highway this spring. And we're planning a trip to Crater Lake in Oregon over the summer.
Some Fall colours.
Is the mountain loop a day ride or a multiple day excursion? I drove up to Granite Falls for a hike, there was a lot of time on I5 that I don’t know how the XT would handle :)
XT250s are fine on the Interstates. Just pull in behind somebody going 65 mph, or 60 if that's your preference, and enjoy.
Then again, I'd feel nervous riding one of those Interstates in the northern mid-west with 80 mph speed limits, but we're fine elsewhere.
It's around 200 miles for us, but we never take I5. We are ideally looking to camp up there somewhere and take our time, especially since we will have the dog on my bike too.
What tires do you use? I had some scary moments on the DC beltway with the stock rubber.
So far almost 2k miles on the stock tires and i dont like them much at all
I've used a lot of different tires on these bikes from all sorts of brands. My personal favorite setup is a Heidenau K60 Scout 130/80-18 in the rear (I put over 9K miles on my last one), and a Pirelli MT21 in the front. Also, the wider rear tire seems to fix the inaccurate speedometer issue as well. A good alternative to the K60 Scout is the Mitas E-07 - 130/80-18.
Does the Mitas 140/80-18 fit the bike?
I found a larger tire improved the ride a lot also, lower pressure and more tire took some of the edge off sharp bumps.
I liked the traction as well, no downside that I could tell...
The only challenge I had with the OEM tires was in deep gravel, mud, or sand. I did ride on the DC Beltway, but only once. Have ridden on lots of other Interstates, too. My next tires were oversize Michelin T63s. I liked them fine, but they felt a little bouncy, due to the extra un-damped spring effect. I hoped to improve my abilities in deep sand, but they wore out before I got around to doing the south part of the SEAT, where they might have helped. Now I've gone back to Trailwings that are just slightly different size than the OEM Trailwings, but like them a bit less than the originals.
The only weird experience I've had with tires, was when my dealer reduced the pressure from 28 psi to 20, after 7,000 miles. I got some steering wobble on the highway, but it went away when I put the pressure back up to 28. I figure I'd worn down the center of the tire, so at low pressure an outer edge would take more of the drag, and cause it to turn a bit that way. Then the other side would catch, turning it back, etc.
I thought the stock back tire was quite good at traction, the front was not!
I got my xt used, but it only had a little over 300mi on it so I would think it still had the stock tires on it.
Those tires were trying to kill me.
If I even just brushed the rear brake it would lock up and go sideways. Never would it skid in a strait line, always slide sideways. More than once I ended up next to the car in front of me at a stoplight because I could not get it to stop in time. It got a lot worse in the rain.
I put some T63s on it and all the problems went away. The T63s did good in deep sand when new. Not as good when worn down.
I go gently into the use of the rear brake since reading David Hough's "Proficient Motorcycling". He points out that stopping the rear tire in a turn will cause a little skid, which is OK, but when you let off the brake, the gyroscopic effect will flip you onto the high side. Now I mostly use the engine to slow the rear, and just a little braking, so the tire will continue to rotate. Of course I WOULD like to know it had good stopping power. Maybe that's where the handle, "deathwings" came from.
I try to use both front and rear brakes. If I have time and space I will just use engine braking until I get to a low speed but that is not always an option. I am aware of the possible high-side from locking up the rear wheel and don't use the rear in a turn but even stopping strait, that tire would go sideways.
There are several different models of trailwings and not all of them are created equal. I think some people get confused buy that.
Fall riding around here has been great so far. Replaced the rear brake pads last weekend after 5,600 miles. Rocky Mountain has a set of pads on closeout for $8.99 if anyone needs a cheap set. https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/parts/neutron-brake-pad-sintered-metal-p?s=203216
Wow, that's a beautiful picture. Perfect curvy road, leaf colors say Fall which suggests great temperature, lovely bike (sure, I'm biased), no other traffic, and so on.... Thanks for sharing.