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post #1 of 9 Old 07-08-2019, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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So my roommate and I are planning a trip from Central Texas to New Mexico, then off to Colorado. We will be staying with his family members other than two days during travels. I will be on my Vstrom 1000 and he will be on his Aprilia Caponard - Currently with Scorpion Rally STR's

What I am wondering here is what should I be focused on for tires? This will be mainly road traveling not so much off road. (Sorry Aaron) I do tend to be a bit more adventuresome on my bike. Currently I have Mitas e-07+'s on and love them but anything over 80 and I feel like I am losing confidence in them. He tends to ride street and slightly more aggressive.

Should I go as far as throwing on some Pilot Roads? Or is there something in between the E07s and the PR5s. As I have never traveled in any of these states I would love some input. Below is what we have planned so far.

Any roads we should hit up as well please let me know. Or any gear recommendations for this trip.


31 Aug Kyle, TX to Placitas, NM 745 Miles Day 1 Longest slog, lots of highway miles

1 Sep Explore New Mexico Ride up Sandia Peak, off-road park maybe?

2 Sep Placitas, NM to Durango, CO 203 Miles Day 3 Short day, can leave around noonish, places to explore on the way

3 Sep Durango CO to Woodland Park, CO 323 miles Day 4 Rocky Mountain High

4 Sep Explore Colorado Pike's Peak summit to Mt. Evans Summit Race? More mountain roads! ( Got any ideas??) Some shooting and stuff.

5 Sep Explore Colorado Rampart Range Road (Dirt!) Hanging out with the fam. Brewery tours. Beer is good.

6 Sep Woodland Park to Lubbock, TX 501 miles Day 7 Some mountains, some desert, some west Texas boringness.

7 Sep Lubbock to Kyle 395 Miles Day 8 Home, James!

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In the heat of August that is a long day for you from Kyle to Placitas! I usually stop in Santa Rosa, NM but I am leaving from Houston. Similar miles ( or hours in the saddle as some are compelled to argue ). Make sure you are up to that!

The ride from Placitas to Durango is nice. Good scenery, at least different from West Texas! Might consider getting off 550 and onto 64 going west. Over to 170 and head north on it. Takes you to 160 and then east to Durango. If you wanted a longer ride, go west on 64 to 491 and up to 160. But leaving at noon leaves little time for the longer routes.

What you don't want to miss is the part of 550 from Silverton to Ouray! Great scenery and twisties! If you can at all, go into Silverton. There is a gold mine tour that is really good. Once you leave town all roads turn to gravel.
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Agree with realshelby on hwy 550 thru Silverton and Ouray. They don't call it the million dollar highway for nothing.
As to tires, if it's mostly pavement and higher speeds, you might want to go with an 80/20 or even a 90/10 tire. I'm running Metzler tourance next right now, and they are very good, but I did that durango silverton ride a couple yrs ago on the stock Trailwings and had no problem at all.

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I rode from Los Angeles to Buena Vista on Shinko 805's and back no problems. Any new set of tires will be fine.
If you have the time, one rider can go from Durango on the train to Silverton and the other rider go back to Durango, just one ride the bike to Silverton to make the swap.
Colorado is so full of good stuff!
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TX, NM, CO and Back. Tires?

I have run the PR4ís and now have a Road 5 on the rear with the old PR 4 on the front. Great road tires. If you like the Michelinís maybe try the Anakee Adventures.


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I love this community!!

I appreciate all the ideas. I like the idea of switching bikes. Everyone has had great luck with the shinkos but I am going to stay away from those, as I do like to ride a bit aggressively ( fields, sidewalks, parts of i35) I am thinking something with a bit more of a bite. The Anakees are in my list!


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Just remember that 1000 miles from home is no place to bend up your bars and break your levers! There are many off road places in the Silverton area that will invite that. So be cautious about where you go off pavement.

That said, as long as it is dry, you really won't need anything beyond a pure pavement tire. I went across Ophir Pass on my 650 with Pilot Road 3's with no issue at all from the tires. That takes you over the pass from Silverton to Telluride. Big rocks in the road. If you are not comfortable with that...it can be intimidating. But it is an example of what you can do in the area that will make memories you will have forever.
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We stayed in a house up the mountain outside Ouray the last time we went to CO and rented ATV's in Silverton and a jeep in Ouray and a motor-glider in Telluride. We had a blast on the mining roads. There are mine tours in Ouray too. One walking and one riding on electric cars. At the house we woke up to elk and deer in the yard. It was a great trip. You can also rent motorcycles if you don't want to destroy your own.

There is a famous guy named Glider Bob in Telluride for glider rides. Gliding is incredible over the mountains there.

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Riding into Ridgeway, Co In a down pour, the nice paved road I was used to looked like 'off road'. Rocks and boulder and lots of plant life were washing off the hill sides. So the pleasure of a sticky road tire would be lost.
I was amazed at how the 805's stuck when first put on the Wee. Seemed better with the knobbies than the 705's.
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