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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-22-2014, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
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Gravel Bombing - I Should Get New Tires

I live on the edge of town, so I am riding out in the country side within a minute of leaving my garage.

A LOT of the rural back roads around here are not paved. I find that these gravel routes prove to be the most interesting rides I take. I love the Michellin PR3s, and this is my second set on the bike. They work ok in the gravel, but I find myself drawn more and more to gravel. I'm pretty sure when I wear these PR3s down, something knobbier will replace them.








Despite the street purpose tires, this ride took me over 175kms of pavement, chip & tar, gravel, hills, dips and curves, and the Versys transitioned through it all like a champ. Not much this bike won't do.

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Suggest you get a "skid-plate" for riding gravel - your front wheel throws stuff that the skid-plate will protect from (I use SW-Motech ones), even if you never "skid" along anything....


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Nice bit of countryside there. Thanks for the photos.
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I went through the same migration from pure road tires to 80/20 to my current set which is the most dirt-oriented yet (TKC 80 front, Heidendau K60 rear). If you like gravel roads, I'd certainly recommend getting a tire with at least some tread on it.

My current setup is feeling more and more like the sweet spot for me. The TKC's are easily the most aggressive tread I've used, but the are actually really good on pavement. The K60 has a solid band around the center of the tread, so it's supposed to get fairly decent mileage, for a kinda-knobby.

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I went through the same migration from pure road tires to 80/20 to my current set which is the most dirt-oriented yet (TKC 80 front, Heidendau K60 rear). If you like gravel roads, I'd certainly recommend getting a tire with at least some tread on it.

My current setup is feeling more and more like the sweet spot for me. The TKC's are easily the most aggressive tread I've used, but the are actually really good on pavement. The K60 has a solid band around the center of the tread, so it's supposed to get fairly decent mileage, for a kinda-knobby.
Thanks for the input. Cycle Canada just did a good write up for the Honda CB500X, set up for adventure touring and wearing the TKCs (I think in the same stock size as the V) They had good things to say about their dual role and I'm leaning that way.

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