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post #1 of 15 Old 05-15-2014, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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Trans-Labrador Highway Tires

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Has anyone here ridden the Trans-Labrador Highway? What tires did you use?

I have metzeler tourance front and rear but am wondering if I will need something knobbier.

I watched a youtube video of a guy who did it on a 1972 Moto Guzzi Eldorado so I'm not sure I need something for gravel oriented

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post #2 of 15 Old 05-15-2014, 06:54 PM
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Your Tourances will be fine. Let out some air if you want...


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I'm going in mid June with a fresh pair of Anakee 3's. Hope they work out and last, since it will be a 6000 mi round trip. Bridgestones will not.
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I had A3's on went I went last summer and they were fine!

Its more the rider's confidence, I think. I would recommend some practice with gravel road skills. Picking the cleanest part of the road and focusing on it. Keeping your arms and hands relaxed and letting the bike move under you.
Also, I live in a very rural part of Mass. so I'm used to traveling along miles of empty roads with no houses but I can see how that would work on someone's psyche if they weren't used to it.
Make sure your bike has no maintenance issues to niggle the back of your mind.
And try to remember that you're doing this because it's a wonderful ADVENTURE after all and you may never get to do it again. :thumb up:

As far as speed: a few times the road was clean enough to do 55 but mostly I liked going 40 in 4th. At 4,000 rpms, throttle response is easy to manage on the bumps.


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Here's a good writeup

Of course there's tons of info on this ride on the web, here's a good one
http://gingerich.net/home/motorcycli...-highway-2013/

except he's on the wrong bike :mrgreen:

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Thanks for the advice. I was not really looking forward to riding with knobbies.

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There are not-quite-knobby choices. The Heidenau K60 Scout and the Mitas E-07.

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I've got 8000kms, 5000 miles on the Heidenau K60 scouts. No really noticeable wear, about 90% pavement. A high pitched whine at 40mph and 70mph disappeared recently. They are great in gravel and dirt, and I've no issues on wet pavement. I intend doing the TLH next year and will use this model tire. They seem to be all the good things people say about them, at least in my limited experience

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If it were me I would go with the K60 Scouts I've got 9000 miles on mine through all kinds of riding. They will probably go another 2 to 3000 miles. I'm on a DL 1000 and weigh 260 and have loaded the bike up pretty heavy during these miles as well as ridden pretty high sustained speeds on them in Montana.

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My buddy did it on Shinko 705's on his GS1150. I'm rocking them now and loving them, but havent dont the trans-lab yet..

Good price on the tires and they've never let me (or him) down.

bring a tire kit and air compressor, BTW. You're hard pressed to get those truckers to help out from what i understand.
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