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post #21 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-10-2019, 01:51 PM
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I needed replace my OEM tires at about 5k miles as I ran a bare strip down the middle of my rear, which seems consistent with the most folks on the forum. I mostly ride on country highways, straight patches with some rough spots here and there. Also I live in Oregon, so wet traction is super important as it's consistently wet over half of the year. I decided on the Michelin Anakee 3's and I love them. They advertise that the rubber in the center is hard and gets stickier as you move to the edge of the tire and it definitely feels that way. By far the best performance upgrade I've done. Also, after putting over 3k on them, they are showing very little signs of wear. They have maintained traction in all sorts of weather and the tread is just aggressive enough to give you confidence on gravel and dirt. If you're an avid backroads guy I'm sure there is a better tire for you. But for a street oriented Versys I doubt you can do better.
TLR I love the Michelin Anakee 3's.
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post #22 of 26 (permalink) Old 10-06-2019, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
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I ended up getting Continental Trail Attack 2 tires from my dealer. I didn't want the hassle of installing them and most shops around me won't let you bring them tires. My dealer did an excellent job mounting them and balanced my front wheel. Wow what a difference in tires. The stock IRC tires were garbage. They would tramline on any pavement that was uneven. I thought that was just the way the bike rode and got used to it. Now it is like a new bike and runs smooth and sticks like glue. Anyone with the stock tires do yourself a favor dump them because they are garbage.
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post #23 of 26 (permalink) Old 10-21-2019, 07:21 PM
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Another tire question:
My stock irc tires have over 13K km's now and I'm mentally shopping, probably for Shinko 705s or Big Block Pavers. I ride on (usually) dry pavement 99% of the time.
I would like to put on a taller tire to bring the revs down. So, can I safely get away with a 130/90, 140/80 or 140/90 using my stock rear rim? Stock rear is 130/80.
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post #24 of 26 (permalink) Old 10-31-2019, 01:33 AM
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I’m trying Mitas E07s on my x300. Only 300 miles so far, but seem good. Check out YouTube vids on this tire - GREAT reviews- that’s why I bought them. (I got regular E07 Plus, Not the Dakar version. And I always use RideOn brand tube sealant and Ultra Heavy Duty tubes (I don’t carry tire tools!). Good luck!

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post #25 of 26 (permalink) Old 10-31-2019, 01:16 PM
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i have V650. On second set of Avon Trailriders and love them. Great on road, and fun on gravel. Will be getting another set in the spring.
There is front and rear available for 300X as well.
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post #26 of 26 (permalink) Old 11-01-2019, 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Pecko View Post
i have V650. On second set of Avon Trailriders and love them. .
Ditto on the Trailriders. 90/10 so a bit of a misnomer but a great trusty M&S road tire.
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