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Old 10-21-2006, 07:39 AM   #11
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Yeah, that's my experience with my current sport/touring tires on gravel too. Would you consider street/enduros if you were travelling gravel regularly (eg. every week, same route), or is the highway tradeoff just not worth it?
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Old 10-21-2006, 07:55 AM   #12
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I have the Tourances on a BMW R100GS. They are a good compromise, especially when most of the miles are on pavement. They are fine on gravel and dirt roads (not very good in mud), and I consider them very good on wet pavement.
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Old 10-21-2006, 08:02 AM   #13
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Nice - that's the sort of feedback I was looking for.



Have you tried any other street/enduro style tires?
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Old 10-21-2006, 08:22 AM   #14
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There were a few that would ride everyday through Anchorage Alaska winters. It was their only wheels and "crazies" are over represented up there. Smaller enduros and one guys CX500 being mostly what you'd see. These bikes had that "Winter bike" look, so did the Riders It's way easier to ride/walk on 15F ice than 32F ice. I rarely and slowly rode on the ice with the ZRX, it can be done but it's not fun. A XR200 with studded tires ("they" screw hex headed machine screws into the tires) is a hoot if there's nothing close by to hit (other than the ground) think Big Lake. Good thing that's one of the bikes the "boys" had. Think Sorel for riding boots, Carhartt Extreme for a Riding suit! 87F now, here, think I'll go for a ride.
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Old 10-21-2006, 08:33 AM   #15
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The only RELIABLE Wintertime ride would be a HawkGT and a spare set of wheels mounting a couple of Cheng-Shen's with 1/2" ice-spikes.........
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Old 10-21-2006, 08:36 AM   #16
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Oh yeah, I could be wrong but unless studded, I don't think tires will matter so much at those temps i.e. they'll all suck. Also, it's always good to be able to use the rear brake to check traction "Is that water or ice?", take that "linked brakes"!
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Old 10-21-2006, 08:53 AM   #17
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Wouldn't a tire that warmed beyond ambient be BAD for a winter (below freezing use) tire? Would touring style tires be best?
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Old 10-21-2006, 09:46 AM   #18
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If I were to ride on dirt roads regularly then I would use a KLR or a Zooker DP. No tire can make up for a bike that weights 500lbs or more.
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Old 10-21-2006, 09:48 AM   #19
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The only way to ride on ice is with a JAP Speedway bike with 2' spiked tires! Yeeeeeeee..haw!
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Old 10-21-2006, 09:51 AM   #20
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On second thought maybe someone at MO could test out different tires on a Suzuki M109 for riding on ice. Kill two birds with one stone so to speak.
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