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for road use only I would try something like Metzeler [the slickiest type], or maybe Michelin Anakee? The T66 lasts long on the road but is deadly on a wet street.
For wet muddy conditions I always use Michelin T63, which is also good in sand AND on road.
Also having an XT-E, I've had a similar experience with trailwings 4-5K max.
For road & non-muddy off roading (rocky trails etc) the Metzeler Enduro3 is better, the bad news is rear tyre life - 2000 miles! and it's bald
Offroad - (I do TRF runs most weekends) the Continental Twinduro is brill. Mine are rimlocked and can be run extremely low when muddy, but are also surprisingly good on the road and don't *seem* to wear at all. The Michelin T63's seem difficult to get hold of in the UK.
i contacted my local branch of TRF last year when i got my XT600E and the guy was helpful but did recommend a smaller, lighter bike that was more suited to the rough stuff, like a proper enduro 250/400. and decent road legal dirt tyres, too,not my worthy but not very moto-X like trailwings!
fair dos, i thought about it and hes right, how often would you like to have to pick up an XT?
before anyone harasses me about the XT being able to handle a bit of greenlaning, of course it is, but i got the impression the TRF is into it a bit more seriously than a bimble through the fields!
PS. if you dont believe me the MCN paper does a good off road guide every week, well worth a look if youre thinking about taking the plunge.
[This message has been edited by DAVSATO (edited 24 April 2003).]
[This message has been edited by DAVSATO (edited 24 April 2003).]
The XT-E greenlanes very well - much better than it's bulk would suggest! The key is to keep the power going on steep twisty climbs and conversely let engine braking take over on steep descents. I do trials on a Montesa Cota & I've managed to get the XT up/down all the greenlanes I've attempted in Cornwall & Devon - some are pretty severe.
My Recomendations for kitting out:
Bashplate - a heavy duty one as the XT is a bit low - David Lambeth does a brill CRD one.
Tyres - Conti Twinduro's or Mich T63's with Rimlocks & HD motocross tubes.
Gear Lever: Raise it on the spline & brakesnake it (mine's been bent double before).
Indicators/Mirrors: Ditch them or they will soon get 'removed' anyway.
Brakes: fit EBC 'race' sintered pads - the OE standard ones lasted me 1,000 miles! as the mud/grit chewed them up.
Carbs: Ensure that the breathers are moved up from their standard in-front of the swingarm position - the bike otherwise stalls once you hit 1ft + water.
Other than that, put Loctite on all nuts/bolts etc as the off-road judders loosen everything.
Being a tight Cornishman I haven't yet laid out for new sprockets, but once the OE ones are u/s I will drop the gearing a tad - a lower first gear would be better off road & wheelies easier to pull...
If anyone fancies a Devon or Cornwall greenlane sess one weekend, contact me & I'm sure I could sort something out - it's not as prolific as Derbyshire but it's just about the next best..
A Brakesnake is a cable loop - Venhill make them (about GBP3) or you can knock them up with Mountain Bike brake cable. One end is fixed to something solid (I drilled a suitable hole in the bashplate for mine) and the cable looped through the gear lever (the flexing bit) with the loop terminated via a small cable terminator.
In theory it stops the gear lever being pulled out & backwards if the bike is dropped - or in my case, dug into a big rock step.
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