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Offline Brucet

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2017 GSA Tyre Advice for a trip
« on: April 03, 2018, 07:39:28 am »
Hi All,

I have to visit the Cape in the next few weeks so instead of catching a plane, I have decided to make a bit of a road trip out of it.

Basic plan is to get to CT ASAP over 2.5 days. I will follow the main routes and this will mostly be on tar. Then the return trip will be over 5 days and will be via the R355 and Tankwa.

My bike has just turned 5000kms and still has the original anakee tyres on it with lots of tread (probably 80%+ tread left on them). I will be loaded for camping so the bike will be quite heavy.

Now my question, would you change tyres for this trip, if you were in my position, and if yes what tyres would you fit?

Thank you.
« Last Edit: April 03, 2018, 07:52:11 am by Brucet »
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Re: 2017 GSA Tyre Advice for a trip
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2018, 08:18:03 am »
Sub, would really like to hear the comments.
 

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Re: 2017 GSA Tyre Advice for a trip
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2018, 09:21:32 am »
You already have what you need.

Anakees will take you there and back no problem.



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Re: 2017 GSA Tyre Advice for a trip
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2018, 10:01:45 am »
Thank you Jabo. Including managing the R355?
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Re: 2017 GSA Tyre Advice for a trip
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2018, 10:54:18 am »
From what I can see on Google it is a dirt highway. Anakees do handle them well.
If it is not rainy and muddy you will be fine.

Worst case you will have some awesome stories to tell afterwards.

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Re: 2017 GSA Tyre Advice for a trip
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2018, 12:24:36 pm »
Anakees are fine on dirt, as long as it stays dry...
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Re: 2017 GSA Tyre Advice for a trip
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2018, 12:38:50 pm »
Keep Anakees as is.  Check wear again in CT, but I can see no reason why they won't make it there and back.
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Re: 2017 GSA Tyre Advice for a trip
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2018, 12:55:21 pm »
You already have what you need.

Anakees will take you there and back no problem.



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Re: 2017 GSA Tyre Advice for a trip
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2018, 01:12:45 pm »
OK Im not sure if you guys are aware but the R355 is renown for being very heavy/aggressive to tires, due to the sharp rocks (think its called shale) found along it.

Hence my question.

Have any of you ridden the R355? Ive only done it a few times in a 4x4.

Thank you for the replies.
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Re: 2017 GSA Tyre Advice for a trip
« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2018, 02:45:40 pm »
I get what you are saying.

I am not here to push you into a corner.

Sharp rock will probably be less likely to slash a knobbly tire but still possible.

If it is not thick loose sand and mud the anakees will still handle it.
I am poor and those were the only rubber I could use for all my trips and I'm still impressed.

Suggest you do some short dirt routes around your area like Breeds Nek to get used to them offroad if you have not already.



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Re: 2017 GSA Tyre Advice for a trip
« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2018, 02:54:49 pm »
Thank you Jabo.
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Re: 2017 GSA Tyre Advice for a trip
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2018, 05:34:15 pm »
I'd stick with the anakees, deflating is more important than choice of tyre.
But that's me.

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Re: 2017 GSA Tyre Advice for a trip
« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2018, 05:37:10 pm »
A better idea would also be to cut out the r355 from ceres to padstal,  and ride over op die berg and katbakkies, that brings you out just short of tankwa padstal.
Much nicer ride too.
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Re: 2017 GSA Tyre Advice for a trip
« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2018, 05:43:08 pm »
I have done that route a few times, on anakee 3. Last time was with my son as pillion, and he kept falling asleep on the ride as well as katbakkies
Nice option as a route change
Tyres you have now are perfect
Unless the rain starts pouring


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Re: 2017 GSA Tyre Advice for a trip
« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2018, 07:13:28 pm »
Ok great thank you.

Thank you DirtRebell. Will look at the maps.
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Re: 2017 GSA Tyre Advice for a trip
« Reply #15 on: April 04, 2018, 06:42:51 am »
A better idea would also be to cut out the r355 from ceres to padstal,  and ride over op die berg and katbakkies, that brings you out just short of tankwa padstal.
Much nicer ride too.

Found it on the map. Thank you.

Just to confirm is the route through Prince Alfreds Hamlet, then right at Op die Berg to Padstal?

 
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Re: 2017 GSA Tyre Advice for a trip
« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2018, 07:17:23 am »
A better idea would also be to cut out the r355 from ceres to padstal,  and ride over op die berg and katbakkies, that brings you out just short of tankwa padstal.
Much nicer ride too.

Found it on the map. Thank you.

Just to confirm is the route through Prince Alfreds Hamlet, then right at Op die Berg to Padstal?

 

Thats the one. :thumleft:
And if you plan a sleepover somewhere thereabouts, carry on to cederberg oasis for the night. Its about 50km of gravel and stunning scenic route from the katbakkies turnoff (Kagga Kamma road on this pic).
Its really a must to if you're in the area.

http://www.cederbergoasis.co.za/

 

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« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2018, 07:23:57 am »
Thank you again.
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Re: 2017 GSA Tyre Advice for a trip
« Reply #18 on: April 04, 2018, 11:47:20 am »
You might even ad the : https://www.mountainpassessouthafrica.co.za/find-a-pass/western-cape/item/37-bains-kloof-pass,-wellington.html in your route.
Travel from Calvinia to Britstown with some gravel road, sleep over at Williston at " Die Ark"  https://www.safarinow.com/go/diearkbbwilliston/  INTERESTING!!
 
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Re: 2017 GSA Tyre Advice for a trip
« Reply #19 on: April 04, 2018, 01:36:22 pm »
Thank you Dawid S. Been there and spent hours looking at all the "junk" :)
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