Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Drumbo, Ontario, Canada
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Iíve been running the 705ís for 3 years. The 170 rear. I have recently installed a new set. Much of my riding is rural roads and highways. Some gravel and dirt roads. No single track or extreme off road (Seriously, the Versys is a sport touring bike, not an adventure bike). My V has been modified to make it more of an adventure touring bike, and is often heavily loaded. I ride in all weather from early spring to early winter. Commuting, running errands, getting groceries, and camping trips.
Iíd call the 705ís a 90/10 on/off road. Maybe 80/20. Not 70/30 like is often advertised. Adjust your expectations accordingly. The 705ís are loud, and they vibrate at low speed. They are rather round in profile so the bike feels tippy at first. I get about 15,000 km (a riding year) out of a rear tire, and double that for the front. Others have done better, but Iím fine with this life.
The 705ís suit >my< needs just fine. Much better than the Michelin PR4ís that were previously installed, which got me stuck on wet grass, were terrible on gravel or dirt, but on clean pavement the PR4ís excelled. If I never left pavement, Iíd consider them again.
I think the 705ís are a decent compromise for a little off pavement riding at a reasonable price. Just like the Versys.
2011 V650 in Black, well accessorized.