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post #1 of 8 Old 05-01-2010, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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TKC mileage

Hello all - new to the forum. I ride a GS at home, so spend most of my internet time at advrider.

I have a question about TKC tire life on a Wee.

I just bought a used Wee-Strom in Anchorage taken out of a rental fleet. In July, my wife & I are going to fly and pick it up, ride up to Deadhorse and then back to Seattle. At Seattle we'll ship it home. Our total trip will be about 4k miles.

It's got new TKC's on it now & I'm curious how long they will last up there with a fully loaded, two-up bike. Do I need to carry another TKC rear with me? I feel certain the front will last 4k.

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Hello all - new to the forum. I ride a GS at home, so spend most of my internet time at advrider.

I have a question about TKC tire life on a Wee.

I just bought a used Wee-Strom in Anchorage taken out of a rental fleet. In July, my wife & I are going to fly and pick it up, ride up to Deadhorse and then back to Seattle. At Seattle we'll ship it home. Our total trip will be about 4k miles.

It's got new TKC's on it now & I'm curious how long they will last up there with a fully loaded, two-up bike. Do I need to carry another TKC rear with me? I feel certain the front will last 4k.

Thanks in advance,
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You will be fine. I ride alone, but I have ridden on 3 sets of TKC tires. You should get 8,000 miles out of the front and 6,000 miles out of the rear. Inflate the tires to 40lbs in the rear and 38lbs up front.

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Please do not ride the Dalton with a front tyre pressure of 38psi, you will probably crash. Lower the front to around 20psi max, this will not cause too much more wear and will be a lot easier to control the bike. Lower the rear to 10psi below what you would ride on the pavement even riding 2up.

The front TKC will last no problem, the rear will be worn but will probably get you to Seattle, where the tyre prices will be cheaper. If you do run a bit low on the back after returning to Fairbanks, go to Friar Mikes in Wasilla, some tyres get changed there with good tread on them and he will give them away. He is a bike mechanic and is on ADVrider.

When you get back onto pavement, inflate to normal pressure.

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Please do not ride the Dalton with a front tyre pressure of 38psi, you will probably crash. Lower the front to around 20psi max, this will not cause too much more wear and will be a lot easier to control the bike. Lower the rear to 10psi below what you would ride on the pavement even riding 2up.

The front TKC will last no problem, the rear will be worn but will probably get you to Seattle, where the tyre prices will be cheaper. If you do run a bit low on the back after returning to Fairbanks, go to Friar Mikes in Wasilla, some tyres get changed there with good tread on them and he will give them away. He is a bike mechanic and is on ADVrider.

When you get back onto pavement, inflate to normal pressure.

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TS, that is good advice. I did not take into consideration the quality of the Dalton Highway, (I have never ridden it, and probably won't get the chance.). However, the OP did mention that he will be riding "two up" and with gear. I've got a feeling that 20lbs of inflation on the rear tire may be too soft for a bike loaded with two people and their gear. Compromise?

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Thanks for the help guys. It looks like we should be OK. If not, I'll replace the rear in Fairbanks.

I'm obviously taking tools, air gauge, pump, plug kit, etc., so I'll keep good track of the tire pressure as the conditions change.
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I actually said 20psi in the front and 10psi lower than normal in the rear for 2up, the rear does not really matter as much as the front.

mwike, don't BUY a new tyre in Fairbanks as your tyres will last at least until Wasilla, send an email to Friar Mike before you go and see if he has a spare in the size you want, it does not have to be a TKC80, he may have others.

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I actually said 20psi in the front and 10psi lower than normal in the rear for 2up, the rear does not really matter as much as the front.

mwike, don't BUY a new tyre in Fairbanks as your tyres will last at least until Wasilla, send an email to Friar Mike before you go and see if he has a spare in the size you want, it does not have to be a TKC80, he may have others.

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Yes, my mistake. I read your post too quickly. My apologies.

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If you need anything in Fairbanks contact these people.

http://www.advcycleworks.com/

Small shop, prices don't seem to be inflated. I've been in contact with him for months for my trip. I WILL need tires and an oil change in Fairbanks. He also rents gas cans for 5 bucks and has a power washer. I'll be pre-buying tires from him so they are waiting for me.

His username on ADV is "AKTracks"

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