Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Somewhere in the cold, frozen north
I live in Alaska, and run Shinko 705's. They are a good compromise for the mix of pavement and gravel roads we have up here. Unless you are planning to do some serious off-road exploring, any good 90/10 to 80/20 tire should be fine, especially considering the run of great weather we've had so far this year.
+1000 on the recommendation to bring a more street oriented tire up the highway to Alaska, and then swap it for a more dirt oriented tire in Fairbanks or Anchorage. Last time I came up the Al-Can, it was mostly paved, so I wouldn't think you'd need TKC-80's for that leg. I'll be making a round trip to the lower-48 soon, and I picked up a set of Conti Trail Attacks for the Al-Can in hopes of getting better wear than I typically see with the Shinkos.
DL650 K9:[LIST][*]SW-Motech crash bars, skidplate, side carriers, 12V power outlet,[*]Pelican 1430 cases,[*]Tech-Mount PDA holder,[*]Oxfords Sport heated grips,[*]Axio tail bag[*]Shinko 705 front and rear (Conti Trail Attacks currently fitted for a long road trip)[*]Richland Rick fork brace[*]Loobman chain oiler[*]Aftermarket DRZ400 footpegs[/LIST]
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