been to baja, anyone?
Posted November 20, 2002 - 03:44 PM
Posted November 21, 2002 - 06:00 PM
Posted November 21, 2002 - 06:28 PM
I've been there 5-times for the racing and 2nd times for the riding.
When I go there for just ridding, I'll choise Pirelli.
It has less grip but has durability.
I think you need two for front and 3 or 4 for rear including spare.
I think the best is Michelin Desert if you can get.
Anyway there is beautiful and nice place.
Posted November 22, 2002 - 06:08 AM
How many days are you going to take to do this trip? That sounds like an awesome trip. Have you mapped your route out yet?
Posted November 22, 2002 - 09:58 AM
Where in WA are you located?
Posted November 23, 2002 - 01:01 PM
Posted November 23, 2002 - 05:55 PM
Posted November 24, 2002 - 10:13 AM
The Dunlop 606 would be a good choice. Just be sure you get used to it before going on the trip. They slide a lot and can take some getting used to. Another good one would be a Dunlop 139. They are really tough. Side knobs will probably start peeling off around half way depending on how you're riding.
The MT21 is also a decent choice, I just personaly don't like the way they work. The mt18 (I'm drawing a blank right now, I think that's the model) is a good tire, and like the 139 you might have the side knobs peeling off by La Paz.
All of those tires (606, 139 & 18) offer good flat protection. I'd do a Tech Tube (solid insert) in the front too. It's just so much easier when you don't have a support truck (unlimited amounts of tubes) to go solid in the front.
The 739 AT Desert is great protection, lasts fair, and works decnt. If you run it use the 120 size.
The Michelin Baja I wouldn't run unless you try one out first. They last forever but are a pretty big tire and are pretty slippery. Then again, it's Baja and there's no traction anyway!
A 606 will be good and last longer than a 739AT. It's easier to make go flat.
A Bridgestone m78 is a really good choice too. They work decent and last a really long time.
My personal choice would be a 606 on the front with a solid tube and a 739AT (120 size) on the rear.
There is a little bike parts shop in La Paz and he usually has a few 739AT tires in stock and some good fronts.
There is also a guy in San Ignacio who has tires (new and used) and new tubes (along with other misc. parts). Your buddies should know about him already.
Posted November 26, 2002 - 08:16 PM
Posted November 27, 2002 - 01:55 PM
I've only used 739s in Baja with good results. I've now gone to the 739AT (should be more flat resistant), but haven't been to Baja with them.
If you're going without a chase vehicle, what's your plan for carring tires?
Posted November 27, 2002 - 06:21 PM
Good food, Cold cerveza!
Posted December 01, 2002 - 08:46 AM
Alfonsina's Resort - Good food, Cold cerveza!
Exactly! Absolutely incredible food. If you don't make it there you're really missing out!
MjLang - Oh yeah, I know others who've tossed the 606 front in the trash. That's why I told "dukeboy" to try it before heading south. It's a tough tire but you gotta get used to how it slides. I'm simply making suggestions on what I feel are his best tire combos considering the length of his trip, the type of riding, and the fact they won't have spare tires and tubes at their disposal (no support truck).
Posted December 02, 2002 - 01:34 PM