Thinking of doing Trans Lab Next year

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I am sure a 50/50 would be better for some sections, but many have done it on pure street tires with no issue. I think I watched a vid last year where a couple did it on their Harleys. One was running a 883 sportster.

I currently have 705's on my bike and although I do not care for the feel of the front on gravel if they are still in good shape I will most likely run them.
 

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I am sure a 50/50 would be better for some sections, but many have done it on pure street tires with no issue. I think I watched a vid last year where a couple did it on their Harleys. One was running a 883 sportster.

I currently have 705's on my bike and although I do not care for the feel of the front on gravel if they are still in good shape I will most likely run them.
For me personally. I'm way more comfortable on 50/50. Even when there is very little dirt, they just give me that extra bit of confidence, I started using them on my Quebec trip. Which was mostly asphalt. But on those sections of loose gravel I was glad I had them. I have used the 705's and they as you said are nervous on loose gravel.
 

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I’ve done it twice and the second time I found it boring, if you want remote go ride the Trans- Taiga road Quebec, the most remote road in Canada and the USA.
http://jamesbayroad.com/ttr/
 
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For me personally. I'm way more comfortable on 50/50. Even when there is very little dirt, they just give me that extra bit of confidence, I started using them on my Quebec trip. Which was mostly asphalt. But on those sections of loose gravel I was glad I had them. I have used the 705's and they as you said are nervous on loose gravel.
MIMSEY you are a very smart man!! I'm in the same boat and opinion as you. I have had horrible experiences with smooth tires in the dirt. Yes the knobby tire life sucks. But what a great feeling to just peel off the pavement and ride knowing you have the best traction available.
 

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MIMSEY you are a very smart man!! I'm in the same boat and opinion as you. I have had horrible experiences with smooth tires in the dirt. Yes the knobby tire life sucks. But what a great feeling to just peel off the pavement and ride knowing you have the best traction available.
I have tried the 20/80 tires and they really don't work well for me, I'm finding the 50/50's suit me better. That being said, there are higher skilled riders that would have no problem with 20/80's . But for me the Grip when I decide to explore is worth every penny.
 
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