Best tires for big bike on continental divide.
I plan to ride the Continental Divide on a BMW R1200GS next month and would like some opinions on tires. Yes, I have already heard that the GS is too big of a bike for the divide but itÔÇÖs the only bike IÔÇÖve got and besides, me on ANY bike becomes a heavy bike.
I currently run Michelin anakee 2s which my understanding is that this is an 80% pavement / 20% off-pavement tire. IÔÇÖm wondering if for this trip I should convert to a 50/50 tire (semi knobby). What are your thoughts?
Currently when I am running off pavement is loose gravel and sand, I typically just run a lower air pressure. (about 20 ÔÇô 25 psi) and that seems to help a lot.
I have been told that the only advantage to knobbies is when the road is muddy and that I would be best to stay with my 80/20 tires and to detour around muddy areas. Do you agree with this?
Thoughts, opinions, etc. - Thanks
I'm a novice at all things off road. With that in mind I find that a knobby on the front helps -- maybe it's all in my mind, but I'll take any help I can get.
Given the above I do what some would find unthinkable: I run a TKC-80 on the front of my GS and something else -- a tourance, anakee, trail attack, etc. -- on the rear. I've been doing that for the last 25K miles. The front TKC-80 lasts 9K miles (plus or minus). It handles well on the road, on the dirt, in the wet, whatever. I stay away from mud and sand so can't say how it handles there.
Currently I've a TKC-80 on the front and a Trail Attack on the rear. When the Trail Attack wears I've got a Heidenau K60 in the garage, waiting.