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best knobbies for Versys? & size?

a local shop is going out of business and I'm hoping to pickup an offroad set of tires for my Versys. What size should I be looking for? and type? if they have a specific one I should be looking for.

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That's a trickier question than you may realize- there aren't many "knobbies" made in the Versys stock sizes of 120/70-17 front and 160/60-17 rear. Conti TKC80 is one of the few, and they just started being available. You might look for something in a 150/70-17 for the back, and 130/80-17 or 120/90-17 for the front, but those front tires require raising the fender.
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Not a huge choice for 17's that really work well at what I consider Dirt riding and the choices from others will the based on the same logic of what they call off-road. But you'll find most on the below thread with opinions on their off road ability.

It really depends how off-road you mean and your ablity there, as it is a completely different way of riding and the rules are all different.. I use Angel ST's off road because I want a better road tyre for the most of my riding I do on this bike and am happy with the compromise that leaves me in the dirt.
The better the tyre is in one element the worse it will be at the other end of the spectrum and that is the compromise you have to choose from.

I just adjust when I'm off road and don't expect the tyres to be something they aren't. Same goes for my other bikes.
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Continental TKC80 TwinDuro is available in 120/70-17 front and 150/70-17 rear.
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I've got a Mitas E-09 Dakar on the front of mine. It's a120/90-17.

I love it and there'll be a 150/70-17 going on the rear as soon as my Michelin Anakee wears out.

The E-09 Dakar knobbie has really surprised me on bitumen, yet still provides good offroad traction. The Mitas website suggests they are an 80/20 tyre, but I personally think they're a 50/50 tyre.

http://www.motorcycletyres.net.au/ty...ari/index.html

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NOT knobbies, but I'm pretty happy with Metzler Tourance 130/80 (rear) on the front and 150/70 rear on the back.

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That's a trickier question than you may realize- there aren't many "knobbies" made in the Versys stock sizes of 120/70-17 front and 160/60-17 rear. Conti TKC80 is one of the few, and they just started being available. You might look for something in a 150/70-17 for the back, and 130/80-17 or 120/90-17 for the front, but those front tires require raising the fender.
.... and a compromise in the handling and feel of the bike on pavement. IMO, stick with stock sizes if you do not want to negatively impact handling and the feel of the bike in turns. Since the V is not really an off road bike you might be better off with duel purpose/adventure tour tires like the Scorpion Trails or perhaps the Conti's but knobbies I think would be too off road oriented for the V's off road/on road design bias.

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I did the Scorpion Trails, 150/70's on the back. Good enough for gravel and dirt which I do a fair amount. No log hopping or deep mud holes for the V, I do that on my Super Sherpa 250.

I also like the 150/70 size on the back, as it adds a bit of diameter, increasing final drive ratio a bit (in addition to 43t rear sprocket).


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