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Hugie03flhr
Posted on Tuesday, December 05, 2017 - 04:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)






Karoo 3 didn't make a front tire, so I used a small rear tire for the front. I have a tiny bit of rubbing on the mudguard that I'm trying to workout now but I put 30 miles on it without a problem. I think I should have reversed the rotation but my research says it can go either way. This way seems to be the best for street where if I was mostly dirt, I would turn it around. It handles well. My only complaint is the gyroscopic effect of all that rubber spinning around after 30mph. It takes much more effort to tip into a turn but it holds a line well. I only tested it on grass and it tracts well but no power slides yet! Street it tracts almost as good as any quality street tires with a slight hum at 40mph.
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Griffmeister
Posted on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 - 01:05 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Slight hum at 40? Maybe it doesnít know the words.
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Oopezoo
Posted on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 - 07:57 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Ever consider running a TKC80 on the front? I have run them for years on the front of my 1200GS and have been pleasantly surprised with how well they handle on the pavement, and its great offroad. I typically have matched it with a Heidenau K60 in the rear. Rode that combo all the way from PA to CO, rode a bunch of mtn passes, Jeep trails and such, then rode it home in 2 days at ~1000 miles per day. Not trying to shit on the Karoo, just asking?
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Hugie03flhr
Posted on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 - 01:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Oopezoo, I did look into the TKC80 but if I'm not mistaking, they are bias ply. I'm not a tire guru and this was more of an experiment but I can remember bias tires on my old sportster. It would catch every groove on the highway. I do have TKC80 on my Dirtster but that bike only sees 50mph.

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Oopezoo
Posted on Thursday, December 07, 2017 - 08:32 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Ha.....thats a pretty sweet ride.
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Hugie03flhr
Posted on Friday, December 08, 2017 - 01:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I had to order a custom rear sprocket because Harley's can't go slow without burning the clutch none stop but it works and it was cheap ; )
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Pagprivat
Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 03:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I experimented with this, inverted a Heidenau K60 130/80 rear on the front. Had to trim the sides with a knife to clear the forks, and sacrifice the mudguard. Worked alright for 5-6.000 km, but then started to wear fast. Had to replace by 11.000km, when it had become complete junk. The rear made about 15.000km, I found it very strange that the front was done with before the rear...






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Hugie03flhr
Posted on Friday, December 22, 2017 - 12:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Awesome looking bike!!!
That is very strange that the front wore that quick. I know I can hear the tire scrubbing the pavement when I brake hard but other than that I didn't notice any strange wear.
Did you get the increased effort in turning at speed over 30mph like I did? The bike still handles well but it wants to track straight from the gyroscopic effect of all that rubber spinning.
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Pagprivat
Posted on Monday, December 25, 2017 - 01:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

It sure made the whole thing heavier to handle with all that rubber spinning around. Never really saw much speed, cruising ~70mph as saving rubber and fuel autonomy had higher priority. Iím back on 90/10 tires on the front now, not really sure if it was worth the effort with this knobbie on the front. Experimenting now with a Heidenau K60 rear and a Metzeler Tourance Next front, doesnít feel bad at all. Look stupid yea, but...
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