Steve, I've been running TKC80/Shinko 805 tires on my bike just for the added traction off pavement. At two and a half months in, I'm not a hard cornerer at this point. I've found these tires have plenty of traction on the pavement for me. Are they still a good choice for this trip? I'm hoping there will be at least a couple of miles off pavement up there.Just a reminder from someone who had to plug his rear tire yesterday and is thinking about tire wear/life. Start planning your tires for the trip. By that I mean its not to early to be thinking about what you'll ride on while up there. Do not go up there with a tire that has less than 60% tread left. I've seen on more than one occasion people go up using older tires and end up with the cords showing before the trip is over. Really wrecks your weekend and please don't become that guy to your riding partners.
Thanks Steve.You will survive with those tires but it's not the best tool for the job for the way most of us ride up there. Most of us (but you certainly don't have to) ride just about all pavement including the ride up there and back. The pavement is that good. If you were ready to change tires as the trip got close, I'd put street tires on. Heck take them off when you get home if you like and save them for next year. I believe a few folks may want to hit some dirty stuff and you could maybe hook up with them. I know a few different spots but largely stick to pavement. El Chamiso may be able to tell you something about a secret jeep trail up a mountain that we may have of not have gone up behind a trout hatchery.
Those will work as long as its not wet, muddy and slippery!Confirmed as in. Trailering my KLR and staying at my BIL’s place near Rogers. Advice on tires: currently running TKC80 front and Mitas E-07 rear but will need new shoes by then. Recommendations for new tires and road conditions on this trip?
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This is excellent news Mike! I think I was there with you at that 2006 rally.Hey there, my name is Mike and I'm an addict
Actually, as a former Houstonian and TWT'er who has lives a mere 45 miles east of Eureka Springs and who has ridden a little over 16k miles of dirt, gravel and forest service roads here in NW Arkansas on my WR250R in the last six years, I would like to humbly offer my services as a leader of dual sport rides for this rally.
I figure its the least I can do since a trip up here with Tourmeister for the fall 2006 road rally is the reason I now live here!
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Those pics look big bike doable. Maybe I can bring both.If you intend to do all dual sport riding I'd bring the 250. If you want to do both bring the 1000.
My rides will be big bike friendly.. Challenging in spots but fun always!
Sample riding here.
I don't know any details on the actual routes that FJRMike will plan, but there's a good chance that there will be water crossings. I doubt they will be too extreme, but I'm guessing it depends a lot on the weather leading up to the trip. I'm sure he'll post more details here as plans begin to coalesce.Hey pacman and FJRMike. I missed the group ride last year, but got to go during the Summer with my son. We did all asphalt (he was on a sport bike... "No dirt for you!") and enjoyed it a lot.
With the addition of dirt for this group ride (thank you, FJR!), I'm even more interested. I can't commit yet due to other commitments, but I'm curious about how technical the dirt will be. I don't mind a good challenge on dry(ish) ground, but I despise water crossings. At least the deep ones. I'm a whimp.. For me, deep = deeper than 6-8".