"We had a little tyre issue last month with our K16GTL. Over the 16 years we had the K11LT, if we were not getting ~10K miles out of the rear tyre it was because we were severely thrashing it. Even riding fully (over)loaded and two-up we got some pretty good mileage from the tyres. Not so with the K16 (even under Gross) We learned that lesson the hard way during Day 1 of the Utah 1088 this year. At a mere 5,800 miles from new the rear tyre was showing steel belts. As luck would have it, we ended up in Colorado Springs that evening. We rolled into town a bit too late to find an open shop but bright and early the next morning we found ourselves parked in front of Apex Sports. Although they didn't have the tire we *wanted*, they did have a tire we *needed* and shoved us to the front of the line. Less than an hour after they officially opened the doors, our bike had a new rear tyre that we could count on carrying us the 2,400 miles we needed to rack up in the next 45 hours to make it to the finish line and be considered finishers. Needless to say the 15 hour delay was enough to put any chance of winning to rest, but we still had fun, still finished the rally, and still scored a few points along the way. Thank you, Apex Sports, for going out of your way to help a couple of fools to complete their challenge."
Stephen Vook - XX