The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
Gear Up! is a 2-DVD set, 6 hours! Which bike is right for me? How do I prepare the bike? What stuff do I need - riding gear, clothing, camping gear, first aid kit, tires, maps and GPS? What don't I need? How do I pack it all in? Lots of opinions from over 150 travellers! "This DVD will save you a fortune!"See the trailer here!
So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
"It has me all fired up to go out on my own adventure!" See the trailer here!
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I have a XL650 transalp and the original Bridgestone Trailwing 48, 120-90-17 on the rear is showing a lot of wear after only 2500 miles. I use the correct pressure at 29PSI but i did do a decent day of over 220miles on low pressure back in the autumn (21PSI).
The front, a Trailwing 47, 90-90-21 is still very good and shows little wear.
I will need to change the rear soon, probably within the next 1000 miles and I am disappointed with this life span. I originally intended to replace both tyres with a more road biased tyre than the TW but as the front is still so good and seems as though it could outlast two rears at the current wear rate, would it be advisable to just replace the rear with another TW and then go for the road biased on the replacement of the two in the future.
Has anybody had any experience of fast wear on the TW tyres?
Can anybody advise on the rear replacement?
Can anybody suggest road biased, touring tyres as an alternative?
I only use tarmac and dont use the bike daily for short commutes, its purely a rideout / touring bike to me.
I´ve used Metzeler Tourance & Michelin Anakee on my Vstrom650, and both are good touring tyres which give good mileage. I actually liked the Anakee front more, as it made the steering a bit sharper than the Metz.
But the best road tyre I´ve had on this bike, by far, was a Metzeler Z6, it really made it handle sweet, and both ends wore out at about the same time. Brilliant choice for my bike. But I believe the Transalp has tube type wheels, so I´m not 100% certain, if you can use Z6 with tubes, I suppose you could, but better ask your tyre supplier about that.
For good mileage, especially when I have all luggage and 2 people aboard, I use maybe 10-20% higher tyre pressures than recommended, and it seems to have worked with my bike. Recently got almost 16.000 kms out of a set of Anakees, 2-up and very heavy loaded. Even the ambient temperatures were mostly very high, so I´m quite happy with that number. They, too, were finished right about the same time front/back.
My TA had Trailwings fitted when I bought it. I thought they were ok but the rear did wear quickly, toast in less than 4000 miles.
The front was pretty far gone by then too, but as the previous owner told me this was the second rear he'd fitted, they do seem to wear at a 2 rear to 1 front ratio.
As both my tyres needed replacing, and I wanted a more road based tyre, I went for a set of Michelin Anakees. Brilliant tyres, can't fault them. They've sharpened up the steering and feel more secure, they don't squirm like the TW's did, they're particularly good in the wet and best of all, after 2000-odd miles, there's barely any signs of wear on them.
I wouldn't like to mix Anakees and TW 's though, so I'd maybe go for another TW until the front wears out then replace them as a set.
Also, the rear Anakee is a tubeless-suitable for tubes-type, if you see what I mean..! Being of tubeless construction means it's stiffer, runs cooler and should be a little more resistant to punctures. It's also a bugger to fit with 6" tyre levers..! The front is only available as a crossply in 21" size.
I reckon they're second only to full road tyres for grip and longevity.
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