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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-28-2011, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
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looking for suggestions - adv tour tire recommendations

I want a tire for mostly street/hwy riding but that will give me more grip than the street tires I am currently using for the occasional run on packed dirt, rock and gravel strewn roads and paths. Mud, uncompacted surfaces, and sand is extremely uncommon where I ride. Suggestions?
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Scorpion Trails, Avon Distanzia, Pirelli MT60, to name a few.

You can get softer or more aggressively cut tires, but those would compromise the street behavior more.

If you can take the time, deflating your tires to 25 psi greatly improves grip on gravel roads, but then you have to take a few minutes after the gravel to pump them back up again.
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The Distanzias look like they have the perfect tread pattern for the type of riding I'm doing but the data sheet has an asterisk next to the 120/70 and 160/60-17 sizes which indicates they designated for super moto use and not recommended for touring use which the other sizes are. Not sure what this means.
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I think it means the compound is very soft. Nice and sticky, but will wear quickly.
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I have been using Shinko's 705 DS this year (75% on- 25% off) and they did well on both paved unpaved roads. I had to lift front fender to accommodate the 120-90/17 at the front wheel however.

The rear tire gave me approx 12000km so far and is almost due for a change, front tire is still good for a while.

Also, they are a little noisy but got used to that after a while.
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Metzeler Tourance Dual Sport Tires - in 150/70 and 130/80 / both are rear tires and you will have to lift the front finder. I get crazy mileage out of these tires and i spend a lot of time on the hard top. They are perfect dirt road tires.

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Metzeler Tourance on the rear and a PIRELLI MT 60 on the front. Love the combination and don't feel that I lost any performance on the pavement.




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Metzeler Tourance on the rear and a PIRELLI MT 60 on the front. Love the combination and don't feel that I lost any performance on the pavement.
Can you give any feedback as to the mileage you get out of this set up? It looks like a nice set up.
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Can you give any feedback as to the mileage you get out of this set up? It looks like a nice set up.
Well the Tourance is known for lasting longer than most bikes but the MT60 had reports of 3000 miles? I have about 2000 on mine and it looks new still? I am 100% sure I will make it last way beyond 3000 miles. I was planning on getting 10k out of the rear and 5k+ out of the front (got 8k out of the OEM front). If that works out I will be a happy camper.

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Wasn't Gary, down in Chili or Peru, OVER 36,000 miles on a rear Tourance...?

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Tourance on the rear is great. On the front the Tourance don't have enough tread around the sides and skips out now and then when pushing the limits. Fun keeping it upright.lol

Note no chicken strips. Work great on Salt too
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Well the Tourance is known for lasting longer than most bikes but the MT60 had reports of 3000 miles? I have about 2000 on mine and it looks new still? I am 100% sure I will make it last way beyond 3000 miles. I was planning on getting 10k out of the rear and 5k+ out of the front (got 8k out of the OEM front). If that works out I will be a happy camper.

What size tourance are you running on the back?
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What size tourance are you running on the back?
Mine (not installed yet) is a 150/70, while the front is a (rear) 130/80.

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Mine (not installed yet) is a 150/70, while the front is a (rear) 130/80.

Thanks. When do you plan on mounting them? Post your impressions. I might be passing through Florence on Friday. Think I am going to do an Tucson-AJ-Canyon Lake-Globe-tucson loop. I'll make sure I wave.
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what size tourance are you running on the back?
150/70, if you want your bike to still handle like a sport bike I would stick to the stock size on the front. If you don't care then then go as big as you can.

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Thanks. When do you plan on mounting them? Post your impressions. I might be passing through Florence on Friday. Think I am going to do an Tucson-AJ-Canyon Lake-Globe-tucson loop. I'll make sure I wave.
When my ContiMotions wear out - they've been on about 8 to 10,000 miles with lots still left.

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Shinko Tires Cracked. MEFO Replacement.

I might not ride off road this weekend (wife's b'day) but wanted to share my latest.

I have had Shinko 705 tires on my Versys for at least 2 years now. The front tire recently reached 9,000 miles and I thought it could do more miles but it cracked!

This is not the first time it happened. Before it was my fault (according to ShinkoUSA) because I didn't inflate the tire back to 32psi for high speed on roading after lowering to 25psi for off roading.

I took the blame and tried it again for 9,000 miles until it cracked. I didn't lower the air pressure at all this time. I guess it was just old and due for replacement?









Anyway, I switched to the MEFO and I like it. A bit noisy but lighter and better looking than the Shinko I think. I still have a Shinko rear tire but once that is due for replacement I'll try the Heidenau.

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Pirelli's MT60 are the best choice for me... they are available in standard Versys dimensions and work great in both pavement and dirt... and they're not expensive... other more aggressive tires are not quite comfortable in highway for long distance rides.

it is what it is...
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I might not ride off road this weekend (wife's b'day) but wanted to share my latest.

I have had Shinko 705 tires on my Versys for at least 2 years now. The front tire recently reached 9,000 miles and I thought it could do more miles but it cracked!

This is not the first time it happened. Before it was my fault (according to ShinkoUSA) because I didn't inflate the tire back to 32psi for high speed on roading after lowering to 25psi for off roading.

I took the blame and tried it again for 9,000 miles until it cracked. I didn't lower the air pressure at all this time. I guess it was just old and due for replacement?









Anyway, I switched to the MEFO and I like it. A bit noisy but lighter and better looking than the Shinko I think. I still have a Shinko rear tire but once that is due for replacement I'll try the Heidenau.

Enjoy the photos!

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Is that Mefo Explorer a 120/90 or 130/80?

And, are you running it with or without a tube?

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