A tire’s job sucks.
With the All-Terrain T/A KO2, BFG set out to create the ultimate all-weather, all-season and all-around reliable tire suited for varying road conditions, from snow to sludge and from rocks to road. In order to fully test out the KO2’s toughness, we set out on this 300-mile drive to find out if the past seven years spent on development delivered a tire worthy of the Baja brand.
If you’ve never watched the Baja races on TV, check them out on YouTube, and then realize that video coverage does not showcase the intensity — the sheer cliff faces, rocks the size of Kim’s ass — of the terrain unless your wheels have been on the ground. This place is no joke, and the mere handful of humans who have touched the surface and raced on it can attest to that. Sure, crawling over the surface can be done, but these cars, trucks and motorcycles are usually going triple-digits speeds over a surface the moon would be envious of. This is hell on Earth, and luckily, the past seven years of relentlessly pushing the envelope created a tire that can withstand abuse — which isn’t just based on a lineage of rubber but a badge of Baja toughness.
Hours later, our clothing is now hardened to the same consistency as conformable fiberglass, while our minds are crossed between ecstasy and sheer depletion. The fact is we just completed some of the most grueling terrain on the planet. Yes, we had support teams, mechanics on standby and spare tires. But we never used any resources other than our intuition and perseverance.
What’s amazing is that while this was a press trip, you can actually do it if you have the money. Wide Open Baja offers the exact same experience on a weekly basis. So yes, it’s all well and good that I had a good time, but you can too. Racing on a track is still one of the most exciting times for me as a driver. There’s something to be said for cracking open a Modelo after six hours in a Baja buggy cockpit, after the skies have opened up, the mud is everywhere, clothes are ruined, and I’ve had the best drive of my life.