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« on: November 12, 2016, 08:50:30 am »
Firstly just want too say Hello from deepest darkest Cornwall ..... UK just incase you're unsure where that is !!??  ???
I've had my 690 Enduro for about three years and absolutely love it , it really is a do anything bike and get's even better when you get supermoto wheels for it and use it during the summer to scare the bigger sports bikes in the corners. I've mainly always ridden road until I sold up and bought the 690 , lost too many friends on the road to crashes and as i'm not getting any younger ( and after being told by the boss ..misses ...what ever she's called :o ) I thought I found something that would "slow" me down a bit ....
Anyway enough of that as i'm here after some good advice hopefully from you 690 gods ?
Now i'm by no way near a superstar when it comes to riding this thing but I've entered this thing called the Illyria raid 2017 rally ...............
http://www.illyriaraid.com/index.html ...... and want too know whether you would advise doing this on mousses or HD inner tubes ? I use HD inners all the time and have to admit since using them have never had a puncture.....kiss off death saying that now :'( ...... but as it's a lot of riding over a straight 7 days i'm not too sure if I should risk it and pay the money instead to fit mousses ? I'm not too sure how long mousses last , especially on a beast like the 690 , and I have been advised by the organisers to use them although I think this mainly down to them having too pick up the pieces as we go along. 

Second question would be IF it's inners what would be the best tyre for them ? I keep hearing something with a stronger side wall would also help protect the Inner even more but unsure as too what make and what tyre I should be looking for ?
Last and by no mean least as this is the first time I've ever done anything like this anything else you guys think I should be thinking about ....Spares , etc etc .

Any help would really be appreciated  .....

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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2016, 12:48:38 pm »
That looks like a good time.  Mousses do not do well if they get hot, they disintegrate.  Long pavement sections may be a problem.  I run Bridgestone ED77 80/100x21  & ED78 120/100x18 with heavy duty tubes with slime.  With 22psi & 20 psi or higher if very rocky.  Then carry extra tubes, tire irons, CO2 cylinders, etc. in case.  These are desert tires that hold up & handle very well.

Be sure to tell us how it goes.
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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2016, 08:00:02 pm »
OK many thanks for the reply , can I ask do you guys use rim locks as well and if so which ones and where do I get some .....

I'll be honest and say I've really only ever managed to change the front tyre by myselfp as of yet so my plan is to NOT have a puncture and if I do too ride the tyre off the rim till I get too safety !!!  ;D

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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2016, 12:12:05 pm »
Rim locks are a must!  I do not know why KTM made a bike without them.  If you have a flat the wheel will just spin in the tire.  After install them balance the wheels.  Mount them opposite the valve stem.

Due to this fact the lightest tire position is marked with one or two red dots.  The red dot marked position has to be mounted at the rim lock.  The dot is the lightest point of the rubber.

It is easy to say you will ride on a flat, but it is NOT easy to do. The tire will flip from one side of the rim to the other.  I had a flat on the front on a dual sport run & rode out to the support truck.  I would be in the woods on the right, then in the woods on the left, then flip, repeat about 50 times in a half mile.  Another time I had to finish an enduro on a flat with the same result. It is quicker & easier to stop & put in a tube.

You should practice tire changer at home several times.  Here is a tire change video from Dirt Rider.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3gC2__Rxi0

One thing to remember he did not mention, is the rim has a valley.  It is very important to keep the bead you are working with in the valley opposite your work area.  That way the rim is smaller than the inside of the tire.  I like that he did not put the valve stem nut back on.  If it is installed & the tire goes flat, it can rip the stem out of the tube.

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