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Tire Through Africa

So I am travelling two up through Africa on a 1150GS and was planning on carrying a spare set of tires but I am thinking of ways to shed weight. So what is your peoples advice on carrying tyres!!!! Do I need to???? Will I be able to find tyres in major cities????
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where do you want to go in Africa ?

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You can get Mich Deserts and Pirellis at Toni's KTM shop in Lome, Togo. Also Metzeler Saharas at a KTM shop in Karen, Nairobi (can't remember the name...)
Otherwise (going from Morocco to Cape T via Ghana and Ethiopia) decent tyres are a bit thin on the ground. I've seen loads of people with crappy Thai tyres. I put on Deserts in Gibraltar, they lasted to Togo, got new ones there, put on a new front Metz Sahara in Nairobi which is fine, and there's still a bit of wear left in the rear Desert, and I'm in Malawi...

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Unless things have changed you will have problems finding 17’ in Nairobi and think twice before you put on a crap-tire on a 1150 when you ride two up.

If you don’t find anything good you can always get someone shipped in, bring your carnet to the post-office to avoid taxes… It worked for me..
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