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New K60 scout tires

I have done about four months of research on tires and hands down these are the favored among the adventure crowd. Love the way they handle and look on my V!
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I liked my K60 when it was on the bike. But I'm digging the new Mitas E07 Dakar I've got on in now. What size is your front tire? It looks like a 130. I REALLY like the TKC80 in stock 120 size for the front. I've never heard that much good about the K60 for the front.


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I just ordered a set of Shinko E705s for BIG RED, 150/70 x 17 and 130/80 x 17 - BOTH rears - to replace the (same size) Metzler Tourances I'm running, due to a leaking rear tire....

Can't find any nails in it....

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Front 120/90-17 and for the rear 150/70 B-17
I'd be interested to know how many miles you get out of the Mitas E07 Dakar.
I went with these based on the longevity. Estimates around 8K to 12K for the rear.
The stock tire I was able to stretch to 6K and when it was off I could almost push my finger through the center of the tire due to how thin it was.

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Front 120/90-17 and for the rear 150/70 B-17
I'd be interested to know how many miles you get out of the Mitas E07 Dakar.
I went with these based on the longevity. Estimates around 8K to 12K for the rear.
The stock tire I was able to stretch to 6K and when it was off I could almost push my finger through the center of the tire due to how thin it was.
Yikes, that was thin! The Dakar version of the E07 is supposed to be a better longer lasting compound than the standard E07. I'll keep you updated on the mileage.


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Thanks I would like to hear about your mileage on those tires.

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Those Scouts on my list to try!

I am running the setup Eddie is speaking of, Shinko 705's in those exact over-sizes. Love it, the giant fatty up front is quite forgiving in gravel and the sand I have seen with it. It seems to have accomplished what I was after.



But... you will soon wish your kickstand was a tad TALLER.

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It could 'stand' to go a lil-more.


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Front 120/90-17 and for the rear 150/70 B-17
I'd be interested to know how many miles you get out of the Mitas E07 Dakar.
I went with these based on the longevity. Estimates around 8K to 12K for the rear.
The stock tire I was able to stretch to 6K and when it was off I could almost push my finger through the center of the tire due to how thin it was.
I've been running the E07 Dakar daily since last September and average about 1000 miles per month. so getting close to 10,000 miles on them. the wear indicators are gone but they aren't bald yet. the shinko 705's only lasted 5000 miles for me.

still have the 130 E705 on the front for the last almost 15,000 miles.

I really have been happy with the E07, but think I'll try the 805 next.

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Did you need to lift the front fender at all?
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Did you need to lift the front fender at all?
IF you put a 130/80 on your front - YES - you need to raise the front fender.

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