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post #1 of 6 Old 06-22-2008, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
 
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Avon Gripsters,County Elections

What could tires,Oklahoma county elections and the wind have in common?
Well, its like this. Avon Gripsters came on my 06. Seems like a great street tire. I just can't help but accelerate in corners. No peg scraping yet but I can see it happening. I took an early morning ride out old Rt 66 this morning and as the sun rose, I couldn't imagine a better place to twist the wick. 85 mph and the KLR was rock SOLID! No squirm or wiggle. Just wind noise and the sweet note of the big single cylinder set free to RUN. Man, it felt good !
Rt 66 is pretty bumpy with a seam with grass growing up through it every 50 feet not mention tire grooves that have been ther since the 60s. The Gripsters felt great on this famous old highway. I turned back towards El Reno,my town, and decided to let the bike just wander around. The farm roads looked like fun plus the sweet smells of the country was in the air. My joy turned to panic as I realized that the roads had about 3" of freshly spread loose gravel on them. This a common occurence at election time so county commissioners running for re-election can garner votes from their constituents. This is where the Gripsters truly suck. My bike wandered like the lost tribe of Israel. Damn politicians. Damn street tires! When these tires wear out, I've got to get something that works on all road surfaces. There are too many dirt roads in Oklahoma that I need to see where they go.
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-22-2008, 03:16 PM
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Love the Gripsters, but as you noticed they aren't good on loose stuff, but then again most anything isn't going to work on fresh graded loose gravel, short of a pure off road tire on a true dirt bike set at about 12 PSI. We have been trying for 12 months to find that "PERFECT" all road tire. It aint out there. You either have to give a little bit for highway grip or you have to give a little bit for gravel and dirt grip. Either way the other suffers. I have settled on either keeping the Gripsters or the Pirelli I am currently wearing on the rear right now. So far I like it just as much as the Gripster, but it has a much more road type tread that does just as well in gravel and dirt as the Gripster did. The treadwear is what I am trying to find out. Which one will last the longest with my aggresive riding style. The Gripster lasted me about 6000 miles before it got dangerous on wet roads.

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While there is a part of me that wants to blame the gravel amd the politicians for my traction woes, I've known for a long time that they spread fresh gravel just before the primary elections. I also know the tread pattern on the Gripsters ain't a dirt tread. It was just me being a bonehead. Lesson learned. The Gripsters stay until they are worn out,bald, and useless. Just like our county commissioner.
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post #4 of 6 Old 06-22-2008, 08:33 PM
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Hmmmm, wonder if your commissioner and ours are related? LMAO

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post #5 of 6 Old 06-25-2008, 11:38 PM
 
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hello Oklahoma!
Just saying hi, I used to live in Tulsa and also Claremore for a while (good old Will Rodgers) I am in Utah now but love the green fields found down there. The only thing that they need there is some big old mountains to ride. Have fun riding on history(route 66) but watch out for those darn turtles in the road. Dave.
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Dude,thanks for the laugh!Been there,all the sliding from side to side.I live in alva ,north of enid.We should hook up and go for some rides this summer.I want to try some arkansas back roads.I've got to see something different,all wheat fields up here.get ahold of me if your interested.
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