View Poll Results: How do you use your GS and what about tires?

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  • Street tires only, love new pavement and hate rough roads

    5 5.26%
  • Dual sport tires but avoid dirt roads when possible

    14 14.74%
  • Dual sport tires and ride wherever the GPS says. Seeks out forest and dirt roads.

    59 62.11%
  • Switch between dual sport tires and knobbies. Some trail Ridingods

    10 10.53%
  • Knobbies all the time, let's get dirty!

    10 10.53%
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    Ritalin Poster Boy rob nye's Avatar
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    How you use your GS

    Greetings,

    I do a bit of help with setting up rides and routes here in New England.

    A conversation on another thread had me thinking about how we discuss terrain and our riding.

    For example for me there's a big difference between off road riding and dirt riding. Off road riding is more forest roads; stuff you can ride fully loaded with camping gear on Tourances, whereas dirt riding is stripped down with knobbies.

    There there are times when it's all pavement which is a blast too but the more you experiment in dirt the better you'll both on forest roads and pavement.

    So.. if you don't mind take a moment to take the poll. How do you use your GS?

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    Typos, me hatz em.

    Trail Riding. not ridingods although ods can be fun to be.

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    which GS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by robnye View Post
    For example for me there's a big difference between off road riding and dirt riding. Off road riding is more forest roads; stuff you can ride fully loaded with camping gear on Tourances, whereas dirt riding is stripped down with knobbies.
    ok, mr. "GPS coordinates," if we're being technical a "forest road" is an unpaved road, so I'd call that "off pavement."

    a single track dirt trail is not a road, nor is it paved, so I'd call that "off road."



    when planning a "GS" ride, i will typically lay out an A and a B route... one harder/off-road, the other easier/graded gravel roads. it's been my experience that the vast majority of GS riders prefer the graded gravel roads.

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    I'm assuming that you are defining dualsport tires as the likes of Tourances, Anakees and other such 90/10 tires.

    I'm running K60s now, have always run TKCs before though. The original Anakees that came on the bike new were removed very early on and sold to another rider. I don't get off road much, but do venture down some rather ugly, sometimes decommisioned roads from time to time and often with a full load of camping gear too. Rugged enough to benefit from the knobbies, but not truly off road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Visian View Post
    ok, mr. "GPS coordinates," if we're being technical a "forest road" is an unpaved road, so I'd call that "off pavement."

    a single track dirt trail is not a road, nor is it paved, so I'd call that "off road."

    My definitions, also. I often go off pavement. My skill level is not up to going off road. And I can't answer the poll regarding tires, either. My preferred set up is knobby on the front and dual sport on the back. I can't wait until my front K60 wears out so I can go back to the TKC-80.

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    My riding is is going more and more away from pavement .
    I started out with tourances ,10.5" Happy Trails Panniers ,and a Wolfman Rainier tank bag.
    Now I have a K-60 on the back ,and a K-60 whem the front wears out .Wolfman Expedition panniers ,and a small Expedition tank bag . And a lot more protection under the bike as well to the sides .
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    I don't do the muddy single track on purpose on this latest GSA as it usually has Mich Anakee 2's on it. I get tired of picking that big boy up.

    About 60% I am running paved roads with the wanted benefits of a high speed wet road friendly tire. My old back needs a lighter UJM dirt bike for true mudbuggin'.

    I do ride a lot of one lane ranch roads that range from loose to hard packed sometimes graded granite gravel ( pink roads) to loose limestone rubble worn down by ranchers trucks. Some roads go to a jeep trail thru creek/river beds. Some sand , some gravel and I often wished for the TKC's.

    If the GPS says it's a road, I'll try it out if I am not with my riding partner and she is on her roadster. She has ridden these roads on it, but recently hurt her K12S in Arkansas. She won't follow my dumb a$$ in the future
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    For the almost 4 years I've owned my GSPD it has seen pavement only on it's way to dirt roads. I lived in Alaska and there were plenty of dirt roads to ride, but still I still put more pavement miles on it than dirt just getting to the dirt roads I wanted to ride. I live in Montana now and will use the GSPD primarily for when I head back north. Probably means longer rides to get to the dirt roads. I do no "off road" riding.

    I ran TKC 80s on it for one season and then switched to Saharas. I'll be putting Tourances or something akin to those on it when next it gets re-shod.
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