A new "hybrid" trials/knobby offroad tire coming down the trail? Time will tell.
As an offroad and trials enthusiast I personally have known the benefits of running a trials type tire on my off road bikes. When Shinko started offering a 19 inch version of a trials tire a few years back I eventually decided to get one for my 19 inch wheeled offroad converted motocross bike. For those maybe not familiar with traditional trials tires, the largest size available was an 18 inch because that is what comes standard on any modern trials motorcycle. So you can see how the Shinko at least gave the converted MX guys an opportunity to try a trials tread (and rubber compound) without having to invest in a whole 18 inch wheel setup. $80 vs. $800+ for a wheel and tire combo. However there still are skeptics out there on the benefits of a full blown trials tire on high horsepower 450's converted to offroad duty. Especially in the sliding and deep mud characteristics, well it appears Kenda might be developing a tire to fit the "inbetweeners" that don't quite want to go full trials because of the lack of side knobs for high speed cornering and brake sliding situations.
Enter the Kenda Equilibrium Tire. It looks like they are trying to blend the best of both types of tires, good side knobs and spacing like a traditional knobby and the soft sticky compound and closer spaced knobs more akin to a trials tire in the middle. No word on the recommended air pressure but one would have to asume the carcass would be engineered for lower pressures used in slower rocky conditions that the traditional trials tires excel at over a traditional knobby. For more detailed information visit this link over at Innovation Offroad's first look at the Kenda Equilibrium Tire. Pictures courtesy of Innovation off road.
All Nebraskans know that this is the real list of 35 things every Nebraskan has to do before they die. Read on to see if your favorite attraction made the list!
What do real estate agents do when they don't have a client to work with? They blog apparently, well not exactly. The author of the article 35 Things Every Nebraskan Has To Do Before They Die is a freelance writer in Chicago for Motovoto (among other things) so the author is not a real estate agent, but why is an article like this on a real estate search aggregate website? I'll tell you why, web traffic, SEO (that is Search Engine Optimization) and site ranking, otherwise known as Click Bait.
Now my beef is not with the author nor even with the click bait that this site (motovoto) has "bought" from the author. My beef is with these articles XX Things every (insert state name here) you must (see, do, eat, smell, touch) before you (insert future tense verb, usually Die). More often than not these come from sites that are really trying to sell something and use a click bait or other highly share-able blog posting that is relate-able to a demographic of people, in this case Nebraskans. Some quick internet stalking, that is code for a quick first page Google search, turns up no confirmation that this author even lived in Nebraska.
As a native Nebraskan myself, I thought it would be fun to analyze (or over analyze) the 35 points brought up in the article and judge their merits as worthy, mediocre or blatant advertisement for a specific thing or place. Now this is MY opinion and yours may be different and that is great and by all means voice it in the comments if you dis-agree.
Lets start shall we.
Well there you have it, my opinions on the choices presented in the original article and as you can see I question the validity or uniqueness of some of the choices. However I am perplexed as some major places are absent from the list. Below are a few that I think should replace some of the "paid advertisement" choices. My thinking is the author doesn't really know Nebraska outside of a google search.
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