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Touring 411 Stop into this area for all things touring related. Get all the info. you need
on how to prepare for long rides and tours. Whether you're a true iron butt
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Old 05-26-2016, 08:24 AM   #1
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Default Arizona/Utah 4 day ride

Hi! I'm new to the forum. I ride a 2002 Katana 600 with chunky dual-sport tires. This is my primary vehicle for daily riding, as well as my tourer. My brother and dad ride V-stroms, and for the most part, my Kat keeps up with them on the trails (I have 10 years of off road experience, which helps).

I love most of the stock options for the Katana. I am 6'3" about 220 lbs. The only mods I have done, are switching the clips ons for touring bars (1" risers, small curve on the bars), fabricating my own touring windscreen ($5 of plexi glass) and adding small saddle bags.

We recently did a 4 day, 1200 mile touring trip through rain, snow, cold and wind about a month ago all through Arizona and Utah. Posting pics here seems to be a pain. If anyone knows an easier way than uploading them somewhere else and posting a link, let me know.



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Old 05-26-2016, 08:43 AM   #2
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That's a good looking bike. Nice country too. Welcome!
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Old 05-26-2016, 10:43 AM   #3
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Nice!
Seems like quite an adventure!
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Old 05-26-2016, 11:01 AM   #4
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Welcome aboard, looks like a great trip!
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Old 05-26-2016, 12:09 PM   #5
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Nice!!! Great pics.

Welcome to KR.

So how did the tires handle the terrain for you?
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Nice!!! Great pics.

Welcome to KR.

So how did the tires handle the terrain for you?
My tires are awesome on dirt! The pictures don't do them justice. Gravel, loose dirt, packed dirt, even slightly wet dirt they handle any incline. However, I do lose just a touch of street handling. Can't lean quite as far as fast. Still enough to have fun though! These are the Shinko 705s.
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