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Tires for the Gypsum Hills ride.

 
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a45automan
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 6:16 pm    Post subject: Tires for the Gypsum Hills ride. Reply with quote

Hello,
I am new to BTK and I am hoping that the Gypsum Hills ride will be my first of many. I purchased a used KLR650 in good shape, it came with next to new Avon Gripsters on it. The question I have: how will these tires hold up on the sandy soil in the Gypsum Hills? Do I need a new set of knobbies? I have read good reviews on Mefo and Dunlop D-606. I want to enjoy this ride and not have to worry about how my bike handles. If the gripsters are good, great, if anyone believes I maybe in for anything less than an enjoyable ride, please speak up.
Thanks and I look forward to your feedback.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 4:39 am    Post subject: Re: Tires for the Gypsum Hills ride. Reply with quote

a45automan wrote:
Hello,
I am new to BTK and I am hoping that the Gypsum Hills ride will be my first of many. I purchased a used KLR650 in good shape, it came with next to new Avon Gripsters on it. The question I have: how will these tires hold up on the sandy soil in the Gypsum Hills? Do I need a new set of knobbies? I have read good reviews on Mefo and Dunlop D-606. I want to enjoy this ride and not have to worry about how my bike handles. If the gripsters are good, great, if anyone believes I maybe in for anything less than an enjoyable ride, please speak up.
Thanks and I look forward to your feedback.

Welcome to the group!

Am recommending a "no-go" for Gypsum Hills at this time because of probable deep sand most of the route. In those conditions, tires are just one factor .... bike weight, rider skill, etc. are just as important a consideration.

As far as tires, I rode a KLR for about eight seasons and opted for a 50/50 type of tire on it rather than a knobby. I rode as many highway miles to get to a ride as I did off-pavement, so opted for a tire that would last a season (5-6k miles), and was fairly quiet and smooth for those 300-500 pavement mile days. A good number of KLR riders have run Gripsters and have been pleased with the overall performance. Like most 50/50 tires, they are a decent balance for mixed riding environments, they're just not a sand or mud tire.

Best ... mc Cool
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