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February 27th, 2016, 02:09 PM   #1
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I Ride: 2008 FE450
Set up for a long(ish) dual sport ride. 08 FE450

Hello guys,

so we're thinking of running a 5 day part of either the NMBDR or the AZBDR. to those unfamiliar with this names they are the New Mexico and Arizona Backcountry Discovery Routes (Backcountry Discovery Routes)

This trips are 20% paved roads and the rest are graval and wide dirt roads with some sandy spots here and there, but usually tis trips are done on larger dual sport bikes (ie. 650-1200cc), but since my berg is all I have, I want to see what will be a good gearing ratio and maybe even tire combination, to ride one of this BDR's

AS of right now I have 13 and 14 for front, and 48 and 52 for the rear, tires wise I'm running AC-10 on the back and Mid Hard 554 on the front.

so any suggestions? Can I run a 16-48 (i.e is there enough space for a 16?), and recommendations for tires? will it be better to get something more pavements focused and risk having less traction in the more narly stuff. or should I just hang on to the ones I have (I'm guessing will ride about 500-700 miles in total)?

Any thought and suggestion will be highly appreciated.

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February 27th, 2016, 05:05 PM   #2
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I Ride: 2010 FE450
FWIW I ride a South Dakota Transamerican dual sport ride each fall and the is 190 to 200+ miles a day on my 2010 FE450 for 3-4 days. Prior to that I ran it on my 08 450 like yours. I used the stock gearing (13/52) and ran D606's which are great on the road/gravel/basic fire roads but suck somewhat in the sand. On the 2010 FE450 I now run the Pirelli XSMS tires and love them. Better in the sand although not as comfy on the road.

My biggest issue in doing this type of riding is that I only get about 90 miles before I hit the low fuel sensor but if I slow down mileage improves. Go figure!

I used to worry about not having a cush drive on the road and all the other blather but have found it really isn't a problem. Another issue is carrying stuff but that's long multiday rides are very doable and FUN!
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February 28th, 2016, 06:00 AM   #3
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Thank you LadyBerg for taking the time to respond. I have the gas and baggage carrying capacity covered with the ("hope it won't leak again") 4 gallon fuel tank +2 one liter MSR bottles. Storage wise I have some WolfMan packs (tank bag, enduro tool bag, E12's and the enduro duffel bag). I'm mostly just worried about suffering on the ride. Will definitely look into the tires you recommended.

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