Originally Posted by parkie
I run Michelin Anakee 15/70x17 on the rear & a Michelin Sirac 110/80x18 on the front.
The Sirac is actually meant to be a rear but works well as a front - fit it in the reverse direction to the directional arrow. Or not - have had it fitted both ways and not noticed any difference.....
I run both tubeless and have Slime in them to cope with any punctures.
Tyres work OK on dirt, really well on tarmac wet or dry - scrape the pegs all the time, very confidence inspiring.
Also give very high mileage - the perfect tyre, eh?
Here's a link to a thread on off road tyre choices for the TDM: Tyres for off road - unpaved/gravel roads - Carpe TDM
Other changes I would recommend for travelling are going down one tooth on the front sprocket & carrying a spare regulator/rectifier or better yet replacing with one rated at a higher output (seems to be the one weak point on the bikes).
I also got a washable stainless steel oil filter made up by www.dualstar.com
& replaced the paper air filter with a washable one so I didn't have to take spares.
thanks for the tips on washable filters....sounds like a great idea
the regulator has already been changed for an electrex heavy duty version as this was the first thing to ever go wrong on my bike.
i'm intending to use my standard givi luggage (2xE36 & 1xE45)
currently investigating using saddle bags to carry 2x5litre fuel cans. any suggestions?
trip planning is coming along nicely
keep finding more bits of kit that needs replacing or upgrading
plan at mo is :
Uk-->India 3months via Eastern Europe, Turkey,Iran,Pakistan
3months in India working for my present company
return trip is another 3 months, hopefully via Saudi,North Africa etc and up thru Spain but this depends on funds as still not sure how much my company are going to pay me while i'm out there
XTZ750 91 - overland touring toy
TDM850 91 - main bike & commuter
TRX850 97 - sunnyday twisty toy
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