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post #1 of 16 Old 10-15-2013, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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(tar) Snake repellent

My 2009 Wee needed new rubber a couple months back.

I did a lot of research regarding tires based on my riding-style. I ended up ordering Continental Trail Attack 2 tires. from Motorcycle Tires Maniac

Compared to the tired original TrailWings, these Contis are AWESOME!

The old tires tended to hummmmm anytime I was slightly off-center to the left/right. (due to the blocky tread pattern) The Conti's are virtually silent at all times.

Also, the HANDLING with the Conti's is far better than the trailwings on the pavement.

Best of all... the Conti's seem to be totally impervious to tar-snakes. I have even 'followed' them while trying to sense any squirm.... NONE!

The old traiwings would squirm all over the road on the VERY SAME tar-snakes.
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post #2 of 16 Old 10-15-2013, 08:24 PM
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Good feedback.

I was considering the Conti Trail Attack II in the future, so that review helps reinforce what I have been hearing about them
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post #3 of 16 Old 10-15-2013, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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I thought it would help someone...

To be fair, I have not really tested the TrailAttak 2s offroad more than about 20 miles of dirt road.... but that is the most technical I prefer to get - LOL

I forgot to mention, another reason I selected the TA2 is the progressive rubber-hardness. Continental claims to have perfected manufacture of a motorcycle tire that wears like iron on the center... progressively getting sticker as you lean into a turn. Conti does this by carefully controlling the heat on the carcass during the vulcanizing process.

Only time will tell how the TA2 wears....

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post #4 of 16 Old 10-15-2013, 09:04 PM
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A cure for tar-snakes??? Hope this is not some sort of rubber-snake-oil.
Look forward to more reports, I have about 7000 miles of patience left on my 705's.

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Same snakes but different season perhaps? Cooler weather is usually the only "cure" for tar snakes.

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post #6 of 16 Old 10-15-2013, 09:44 PM
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I thought it was the tar snakes themselves that squirmed, due to the heat of the day softening them up. Especially newer ones. In VT right now, they are probably pretty hard. I guess you'll know for sure come late June. Satch beat me to it.

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Same snakes but different season perhaps? Cooler weather is usually the only "cure" for tar snakes.
They can be slick when it cools down too unfortunately.

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post #8 of 16 Old 10-16-2013, 07:10 AM
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A fork brace helps with these too. Rode 650 miles this weekend through a lot of tar snake infested roads (on 705's no less) and never felt any deflection.
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Rode over 2500 miles on Anakee 3's and these tires are much better with tar snakes than trailwings. Grooved concrete also does not cause problems.

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I had the 1st generation Trail Attacks and liked them, great mileage, good feel, but they did seem to have a slower turn in than the stock TW's which was OK. I have Battlewings now which don't give a lot of feedback, and am been thinking of going back and trying the new TA. Would like to hear your opinion on them as you rack up more miles.

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