TRACTIONATOR Desert H/T with SUZUKI DR-Z – TrailZone ’08

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

A set of new Motoz Tractionator Desert H/T Tyres were fitted to the DR-Z just before this ride. Up front we ran a 90/90 x 21 ($110) and after the ride it still had an absolute feast of meat left on it. Out back, we installed
a tough as nails 13O/9O x 18 ($1499) and it lived up to its reputation. The photos at right show the Tractionator rear as brand new when first installed (left) and then after some 2600km of riding, which featured everything from tar highways to dirt back roads to the stone-filled by-ways of the rock infested Flinders Ranges. As you can see in the “after” photo, the Tractionator has worn along the centre knob line, but there’s actually still significant tread depth left, indicating we’ll get a few hundred kilometers more from this tyre. Looking at the outer edges of the thread, the side knobs still have a huge amount of rubber remaining, which is to be expected as the majority of our ride was straight-line, high-speed running on hard-pack ground conditions.
The Motoz Tractionator Desert H/T is without doubt a tough tyre and as if to prove that reputation, we ran the rear tyre pressure as low as 10psi during the ride and the Tractionator never faltered, even with the added weight of a full fuel load, luggage and rider. In such conditions you’d normally never run pressures that low with most other tyres. Grip was never an issue, wlth the Motoz tyres right at home in the dry and hard ground conditions we covered.
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