One of the big decisions that I had to make is what tire to run.
The standard is the Michelin Desert, but after using those in Morocco this year, I was pretty unimpressed. All those hero slide shots we are used to seeing? Brought to you courtesy of a complete lack of traction. The front is pretty good, but the rear is awful, at least, that’s what I thought.
Jonah and Quinn both used Dunlop 908s last year. I’m very familiar with this tire from using it on a 950 for many years, so I’m positive it can take the abuse… I decided that was the way to go for the rear tire. However, I’m not a big fan of the front, so I bought Dunlop 606’s instead, which seem to perform better for me.
In years past, 908s have gotten hard to find late in the year, so I decided to get ahead of the program this year. This order of 9 tires came from 4 different locations, so I’m guessing that they are going to be hard to find again… in any case, it is one less thing for me to worry about now.
The advice I’ve gotten is to bring 7 rears and 6 fronts to the race. I got 2 extra sets for training, etc… in any event, it’s a big stack of rubber!
A big thanks to the Colorado TPA who stepped up to help me buy the tires at cost and to the principal there, Don Riggle, who made a big donation toward them. Anyone who rides in Colorado owes the TPA a few bucks for the legal fund, they have been very effective at keeping trails open. See the updates page on their website for a detailed list of what they have accomplished- it is a lot!