Road-biased dual-sport tires like the Dunlop Trailsmart work amazingly well offroad, but if you really want to get off the beaten path, you need something with a more aggressive tread pattern. That’s particularly true if you plan to encounter sand or mud, which are the real test of your adventure-biking skills. Dropping pressures to around 25 psi will help you get through them, and your big knobs will impress the ladies. We don’t need to tell you to take plugs to fix your tubeless tires and whatever you need to patch your tubes. And reinflate them.

The Continental TKC80s ruled the roost there for a while; Michelin’s new Anakee Wild (pictured on a V-Strom 1000) seems to be just as good, and claims to provide much more mileage in the bargain. The Pirelli Scorpion Trail IIs also strike a nice compromise of pavement and dirt capabilities. Oh yeah, the bike has a lot to do with it too. Get one you can pick up when it falls over. Tune in next week for a nice comparison test of six of our favorite adventure bikes.

  • Alexander Jacobs

    Also get a SPOT communicator or one of the other GPS SOS devices. When my dad fell and got a tib/fib fracture in the Sierra backcountry, it REALLY saved our bacon. I always carry mine now.

  • JMDonald

    Serious business adventure riding is. It’s not always strength it’s usually good technique that wins the day. You can’t carry enough water so always have a plan b,c,d……….infinity. If possible get a topographical map of the area you will be in.

  • Old MOron

    Ride with someone who is better and more experienced than you are. Your buddy will invariably underestimate the difficulty of the ride, but (s)he will get you out of trouble, too. It’s fun to ride at the limit of your abilities, then make it home to tell the (embellished) tale.

  • DickRuble

    I am in the process of creating two amazing adventure maps for you guys. Both of them will be copyrighted and are targeted at boomers just like you. One is the Dunkin Donuts Trail, where you can experience that feeling of freedom while moving your porky motorcycles on the safety of pavement and never farther than 100 ft from any cell tower, from coolata to coolata. The second one, targeted at the more affluent segment, the Starbucks Trail, will take you from wifi to wifi within minutes, sometimes without your even having to mount your morbidly obese bike. Just cross the street. And you can still buy all the adventure compasses, phone chargers, satellite communicators, and aftermarket goodies.

  • DickRuble

    Caption for the first pic: Duke presiding over the court of miracles.

    • Old MOron

      As soon as I saw that lead picture, I thought it looked like something out of a Cohen Brothers film. Then I noticed Tom’s shorts and boots. Now it seemed like a collaboration between the Cohen Brothers and John Waters. But the desert wasteland tone speaks of the original Mad Max franchise out of Australia. It’s a great, multi-faceted pic!

  • ADB

    helicopter?????

  • 12er

    Breaking Bad MO Edition?

  • Bob Dragich

    Stop & Go Pocket Tire Plugger. If you’re adventure riding, you’re going to get a flat, guaranteed. Don’t leave home without it.
    http://www.stopngo.com/pocket-tire-plugger-for-all-tubeless-tires/

    • DickRuble

      That rasp and awl are too small. This worked fine for me for less than $6 and no CO2 required.

      https://ll-us-i5.wal.co/asr/b92a5a87-003a-4e31-8744-f13fe7e0060a_1.9c6ec59a233b2b186c2c24651cc0cfa4.jpeg?odnHeight=450&odnWidth=450&odnBg=FFFFFF

      • Bob Dragich

        The plug on this one is not as durable and often this type of repair fails to work.

        • Bob Dragich

          Biker Bits did a comparison of a number of tire repair kits and declared Stop & Go “the clear winner.” You can see the video here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMBSLVuuDbM

          • DickRuble

            What a klutz. It’s a wonder the guy can get his pants straight in the morning. I feared throughout the video he’d poke his eye out with the rasp.I am sure he’s representative of millions of riders and if he is, they better don’t venture too far from home.

          • Bob Dragich

            Exactly. A total klutz can successfully use the Stop & Go Tire Plugger.

          • DickRuble

            What’s your affiliation with the product?

          • Bob Dragich

            I carry it every time I’m on my motorcycle and use it when needed on my own motorcycle tires and on the motorcycle tires of friends and acqaintances after they have tried other products.

          • DickRuble

            You like it so much, you should sleep with it.. in case you have a night time blow up

          • Bob Dragich

            Also check out the Stop & Go Mini Air Compressor:
            http://www.stopngo.com/mini-air-compressor-for-motorcycles-scooters-atvs-only/
            You’ll never have to carry CO2 cartridges or get sweaty pumping up a tire by hand again.
            Roadrunner magazine gave it a great review for being the coolest running of all the pumps they tested, as well as being the most compact and least expensive:
            http://www.roadrunner.travel/2015/01/01/buyers-guide-motorcycle-tire-pumps/
            It has a 4 Star rating from 36 Amazon.com customers.
            Happy riding!

        • DickRuble

          It’s been two years now and I don’t adjust the pressure more than once a year. Besides, I also use it on my cars and it works just the same. I only had to redo a plug once. What do they say… whatever works for you.

          • Bob Dragich

            I sincerely wish that your luck continues.

    • john burns

      shameless plug plug.

      • Bob Dragich

        Hi John,
        I encourage you to go on a long adventure ride without one.

    • Alexander Jacobs

      The flat is only guaranteed if you DON’T have the repair kit!

      • Bob Dragich

        Exactly.

  • Volker

    If all you got was Bitburger in Germany, you missed out on half the fun.

    • Old MOron

      Tell us more, Volker. What else should a MOron do in Germany?

  • QEternity

    You can buy a battery on Amazon that’s about the size of a pack of playing cards. Costs about $35 and will drive a iPhone 5/6s literally for like 5 hours of non-stop use or more. Much better than a USB port should your bike die. I keep one in my tank bag just in case.