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Tire reccomendations

I've recently aquired a set of spare OEM wheels which I intend to set-up with 80/20 dual sport tires. Rears seem to be plentiful but I've only been able to find a very few fronts. I know many of you on the forum have already done the research, so would someone enlighten me as to my options PLEASE

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The Heidenau K60 or Shinko 705 are a good rear choice.
As for the front You can't go wrong with the TKC80 It's very stable on pavement considering it's a knobby and when aired down slightly it steers very well in the loose stuff. It's the best of both worlds. AND it fits without raising the fender. It does come in a 120/70-17


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OR run a Tourance 130/80x17 (rear) on the front. Good for up to 36,000 miles according to Gary from S America. Here's a pic of mine at 18,xxx miles - it's the left one, and requires raising the front fender.



Here's a pic of it when I'd just installed it.



Here's a pic of a 120/70x17 TKC80 on BIG RED. The fender IS raised, but not necessary w/ THIS one.


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What size are you running on the rear? 150/70/17 ?
I'm new to the dual sport and I'm having a hard time deciding on tires. Probably looking for a 80/20 or 60/40 combo.



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The Heidenau K60 or Shinko 705 are a good rear choice.
As for the front You can't go wrong with the TKC80 It's very stable on pavement considering it's a knobby and when aired down slightly it steers very well in the loose stuff. It's the best of both worlds. AND it fits without raising the fender. It does come in a 120/70-17
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What size are you running on the rear? 150/70/17 ?
I'm new to the dual sport and I'm having a hard time deciding on tires. Probably looking for a 80/20 or 60/40 combo.
Yes I have the 150/70-17 rear. I'm actually trying out the Mitas E-07 Dakar after I got 7K miles out of my K60. I could have gotten another couple thousand out of it but was planning on a longer trip and wanted fresh rubber on.


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FWIW - I have posted some negative comments about the Shinko E705 DS tires, from problems I had w/ early ones. On my ride to D2D I rode w/ a couple of BMW guys, and the one on an F800GS changed-out his (OVER 10,000 miles on the rear, 12+ front) 705s in Whitehorse, and has run three or four sets.

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Less aggressive 90/10 or 95/5 tires are probably better suited to an unmodified bike's off road abilities and won't muck up it's on road handling. You can get these in stock sizes with the Metzler Tourance Next or Pirelli Scorpion. The Metzler Tourance Next is available in Canada in 120/70-17 and 160/60-17 but I have not seen it in the US in these sizes. May be a distributer thing. The Scorpion 2 is dual compound (rear) and has a lot deeper grooves for better traction on loose surfaces than a regular sport touring tire. Suggest reducing preload and rebound on the suspension if you want to do fire roads at any kind of speed.

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