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post #1 of 22 Old 09-14-2006, 12:55 AM Thread Starter
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Got about 2000 miles on the V-Strom. The stock rubber has not been a problem. I view my Strom an an Uber-commuter. Thus far... limited time spent off-road, 10% of the time has been in the wet stuff. No complaint.

Though I have been riding for about 25 years, I doubt that I currently posses the nerve to really test the limits of the bike or the tires. Being a paratrooper for my Uncle Sam took me from daily rider/canyon carver of my Bandit 1200S, to barely being able to get in and out of my wheelchair, then back into the saddle of a new DL1000. I ride well, and work hard not to get "psyched-out" if the bike swims or moves under me. The thought of un-doing my doctor's efforts has me riding at about 80% of personal skill. I'd like to know just how hard one can push a V-Strom on the trail Wings, as I ease myself back into the "zone".

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post #2 of 22 Old 09-14-2006, 07:32 AM
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I haven't found the limits of mine yet. But I have no chicken strips left on the rear, and I've only scraped the foot peg once on the right hand side. (Left hand for those in USA)

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post #3 of 22 Old 09-14-2006, 08:43 AM
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Foot peg to foot peg, no problem at all on the Trailwings.

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post #4 of 22 Old 09-14-2006, 03:34 PM
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I've had no issues with the Trailwings either. They've worked well enough for me in all sorts of conditions. I've ridden in light snow, frost, black ice, and even over sand and gravel with them.

After 12,000kms they needed replacing and I'm now trying a set of Dunlop D607's. So far I like them, they definitely feel different, can't say if they're a better tire or not yet as i've only had them one for about 400km so far.
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post #5 of 22 Old 09-14-2006, 09:25 PM
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Same here with the Trailwings.
I've been using the Dunlop 607 last two changes on my 650.
If you want total street get a BT20.
Much more flexible and very grippy.
They weigh a few pounds less than either the Trailwings or the 607.
My riding buddy used them on his last two changes and he loves them.

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post #6 of 22 Old 09-14-2006, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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I appreciate the post regarding the tires. Has anyone tried a Metzler on the V-Strom?

Went to the VA today. Docs said that it would take a serious trauma to put me back ina wheeel chair, and not to worry. Did not take the bike :cry: but tomorrow is a work day so I'll be back in the saddle. Best part of my work day is the commute , given others experience with the Trail Wings, I think I'll try to use more of my bike and tires tomorrow.

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post #7 of 22 Old 09-14-2006, 11:18 PM
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I'm running Metzeler Tourances. Put them on after the stock rear Trailwing picked up a nail after 2k miles, so I think I have a pretty fair comparison between the two. They seem to be pretty good on the street, at least as good as the Trailwings (I'm hard pressed to tell the difference, anyway), and okay in dirt and gravel. They suck in sand or mud, but anything short of a TKC80 is going to do that. For a 90/10 dual purpose tire, they are very good.

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post #8 of 22 Old 09-15-2006, 09:35 AM
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AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY SIR !!!! (Yelled at the top of your lungs, so that the DI could hear you at the other end of the parade ground)

Glad to hear you ar making headway.

The VA has improved leaps and bound from the mid to late 60s when we were a client.

Still have to go back yearly to get the "good" pain killers.

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post #9 of 22 Old 09-15-2006, 09:50 AM
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get the TKCs. they look bad-ass. mileage on the street sucks, but you can't have your cake and eat it too. :lol: seriously though for all the bashing the trailwings have gotten on another board i subscribe to calling them "death wings" and such, i like them. 2500 miles on them, and i haven't had any problems with "vagueness", "unpredicability in corners" etc. granted, i have only taken them maybe 10% off-road and those are on gentle fire roads and dirt park trails at a snails pace with no crazy antics. I'd like to try the 020s at some point and REALLY like to try the TKCs but methinks with a wedding coming up in 34 days (she reminds me constantly) my wallet just won't allow it.....which doesn't mean my visa will protest. . . :twisted:

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post #10 of 22 Old 09-15-2006, 10:13 AM
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I have used the TW, Michelin Pilot Road, Michelin Anakee and now Tourance's on my Wee.

Without a doubt, I feel the Tourance has been my best skin. Great traction wet or dry (I dont use it for any dirt) and super long lasting.

I presently have about 19,000km on the rear Tourance, and still have 4mm of tread in the centre.

The Pilot Road was an unacceptable tire and was worn out by 9,000km.

The Anakee was a very good tire as well, I would rate it with the Tourance other than the mileage. I got about 14,000km on the Anakee before it was basically bald.


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