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post #1 of 6 Old 02-18-2018, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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Studded tires are awesome unless you want to go highway speed. I've been able to do 45mph for long distances without anything crazy happening but if you go at 55 or more for any length of time you can measure your stud wear by the mile. Studs have folded over a few times in this rear tire and sprung back straight instantly only leaving an imprint in the rubber from rotating. Also my TKC 80 with studs clears the eagle brace going across my front forks and has given me no trouble.
You need to have a stud density high enough to reduce the wear, I suspect this since the front tire has held up extremely well to highway use off-road and daily commuting while my rear tire is almost gone, stud wise, at 1000 miles. We had one ice storm here in cache valley this entire winter so far and it made me the most functional vehicle on the road. It felt great to be passing 4x4 trucks that can't stay straight on main street through town. Also studs don't make enough of a difference riding in deep snow. I've laid my bike over now up to 35mph in the snow on gravel and it was interesting to say the least. At least now I have some idea of what to expect on my trip next winter.

The Continental TKC 80 has been an amazing tire so far with studs when it comes to durability. I've had multiple emergency stops, peeled out often for the laughs, and hit a few too many big rocks/curbs. I expected a puncture when I took the bike with studs offroading in an area with extremely rocky terrain for testing and nothing happened. I'll be trying out the 70's from Continental for the spring and running them through the summer.

If you have any questions about running studs on the KLR I'm happy to share what I've seen so far.

I have lost ZERO studs so far running these gripstuds this winter.

Also break pad wear has been accelerated dramatically and I'm going to need new ones before the summer now.
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Also break pad wear has been accelerated dramatically and I'm going to need new ones before the summer now.
To what do you attribute the accelerated brake pad wear? Do you ride the brakes, do harder stopping, do more stopping .... ?
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I would think that brake pad wear would be greatly Decreased due to gentler application necessary on slipperier surfaces.

A couple of hundred carbide tipped highway capable studs per tire may give one some semblance of traction, but as you have found the traction will disappear in a heart beat when it does happen.

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I would think that brake pad wear would be greatly Decreased due to gentler application necessary on slipperier surfaces...................
I don't get a lot of practice on ice here in Houston and I wouldn't get on an ice road with any Houston driver, but it seems to me that engine breaking with no pad wear would be preferred on ice.
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Can't help but wonder what the effect of prolonged riding in constantly wet and gritty conditions is. Pads are always in contact with the rotor.

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I think the increased pad wear has two causes. The mention above about the grit and nasty environment right now is spot on. The second hypothesis is rotational mass, the tire has a large increase in rotational mass out the outer most surface which is adding weight much must be stopped from rotating along with the tire and rim and rotor. I'm going to ask my physics instructor this week about this.

Road today through Logan canyon in some frigid temperatures as well as up to Beaver mountain and Bear lake without any problem for the tires or bike. Averaged about 50-55mph the entire time and didn't have any crazy wear and tear like the one time I did 70 on these studs.

As for traction the tires are extremely consistent. The only time I've slid/fallen was in snow over 3" deep as it starts to feel like riding through sand. I've never successfully ridden through sand and it's on my list of things to learn while I'm here in Utah.
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