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  1. Matt Carman

    Tube -tastic

    awesome! thanks for the info. I saw all the posts raving about the Motoz GPS (Eric, or whoever runs the xladv IG page should get an advertising bonus), so I ordered a set. tubless is what i'm used to on the street, and if it can get me around the woods in Bend, I'm sold. Eventually I will go for more off road oriented tires, and for that I'll probably run tube tires. I'll remember the advice on the baby powder and hotel soap. I saw the guide on the mini pumps, I'll pick one up ASAP. I need to get my toolkit squared away, but other than that, I'm ready to rip! check out my IG for pics of the trip! @z1kwnderer
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    Tube -tastic

    Is there a sportbike-to-ADV rider's guide to tubed tires? I'm ready to swap out these Battle wings on my Tiger 800 and I'm pretty fresh to tubed tires. I'm looking at Mitas E-07's, because I do a Ton of street riding, but I'm headed up to PNW Dual Sport's Summer Closer and I'd like to do more off road. Someone on Revzilla had to explain to me what TT and TL meant when ordering the tires, which is why I decided to post this in Beyond Starbucks I've had the pleasure of changing a few truck/car tires by hand when i was a kid, which made the lasting impression to bring the new tire and the sportbike wheel to the dealer and pay the $25 fee for them to swap it and balance it for me. I know doing off road stuff is going to require a few a few trail-side tire repairs, so I'm ready to learn! I'm trying to ride from Reno to Bend, OR for the Summer closer, then to Portland then back down the PCH to the Golden Gate bridge, back to Reno. Should I swap tires after Bend, or would a 50-50 tire work for the whole trip? Can you do 1 tube 1 tubeless, if so which one? How do tubes typically handle and last on the street? Also, what tools should i have with me? So far i'm expecting: A pump, spare tubes, and spoons. do you bring soap on the trail? I'm ready for your long posts/ Suggestions! thanks
  3. Matt Carman

    Sportbikes Got Old

    Howdy! I've been creeping on this whole ADV thing ever since my first time slapping some saddlebags on my 2008 Z1000 and riding through a rainstorm to go camping in a hammock in the Finger Lakes of western NY. So last week I finally took the dive and picked up a leftover/ gently used 2016 Tiger xcx and I plan on doing much more motocamping/ off road stuff/ traveling, as I've recently relocated to just outside of Reno, NV for work. I picked up the bike in Reno aaaaaaand Immediately hit the road for 2 weeks of work in Lemoore, CA. talk about getting well aquainted! I'm BRAND. SPANKY. NEW to off road riding, camping without a car to carry stuff, and the west coast in general. My first long trip is to Rocky Mountain Roll 2 end of July. looking for riding buddies in the reno area to show me the ropes! thanks for the read!