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post #1 of 22 Old 03-30-2016, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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PR4 or K60 tires for this type of trip?

Curious about other's input on this: I'll be riding from Indiana out to the Pacific NW states in late June to spend a couple of weeks finding curves on NF roads, out in the country, and probably in a bit of rain.

Total trip will be around 7,000 miles, and requires a few thousand miles of interstate to get there and back since I'm not trailering. Once out there, I won't touch an interstate for the two weeks.

I currently have Michelin PR4's on the bike (Trail on the front) and have loved these tires on regular asphalt, in the rain, and for long distance riding on the Interstates. I have considered going with Heidenau K60s for this trip since once I get out there, I'll be riding lots of hard-pack dirt and gravel...which may get a little soupy if it's raining. I am not planning on doing any single-track, trails, or non traditional types of roads.

So question is...for this trip, if it were you...stay with the PR4s or throw on the K60s for what is planned? I'll even throw up a poll in case you don't want to post.

New set will be put on before departure and expected to last the 7K miles until I pull back into my driveway.

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Mastery, If you ride hard on asphalt the PR4's will be a better choice, especially if you're staying East of the Cascades. West of the Cascades it really doesn't dry out reliably until after the 4th of July.(think 12 million tent campers tempting fate) If you're coming into rain country the K60's will make riding forest roads a lot more enjoyable. my .02, Dave
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I would loose too much using K60s (it rains out here). I prefer to use "street" tires most of the time. Most street tires do ok on gravel & dirt. When it gets deep & or wet I just slow down. K60s will perform better, no doubt, than PR4s in that situation. But the loss of wet tarmac traction isn't worth it to me. I've got miles to cover. I guess you could look at it from the other end. Slow down on wet tarmac & give it hell on dirt.
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Since you don't want our input, stay with the pr4s.

K60s are bad on dry asphalt already.

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Mastery, If you ride hard on asphalt the PR4's will be a better choice, especially if you're staying East of the Cascades. West of the Cascades it really doesn't dry out reliably until after the 4th of July.(think 12 million tent campers tempting fate) If you're coming into rain country the K60's will make riding forest roads a lot more enjoyable. my .02, Dave
Thanks Dave. I'll be on both sides of the Cascades but mostly on the east side. Thanks for the input.

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But the loss of wet tarmac traction isn't worth it to me. I've got miles to cover. I guess you could look at it from the other end. Slow down on wet tarmac & give it hell on dirt.
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Thanks for the input. Same thoughts I have had...both sets have their positives/negatives for this ride.

And, I'm planning to camp around Mt Hood for a night, so may just have to have a cold one with you. PM me your contact info when you get a chance

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Since you don't want our input, stay with the pr4s.

K60s are bad on dry asphalt already.

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Don't want any input?

Thanks for your input. Not heard that the K60s are bad on dry asphalt...what kind of problems were you having when you rode with them?

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I wouldn't go with either one, but I won't give my suggestions on what I would go with.

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I wouldn't go with either one, but I won't give my suggestions on what I would go with.
That's fine. Trying to keep this thread from going into another one where somebody asks specifically about one or two products and the ten responses they get are of eight other products.

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