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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-31-2019, 06:46 AM Thread Starter
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I ride mostly on the road maybe 5 percent on fire roads going to have to start to look for tires soon. What tires do you recommend?
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I'm going to recommend Dunlop Sporttrax Road Smart III's.......I've got over 8K on the rear and about 2400 on the front. Good wear, good wet traction, and reportedly good longevity (mine look fine so far). They seem to work OK on gravel roads.

Tires are like oil, everyone has there preference.
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I've had about equal service and excellent ride and handling from Pirelli Angels GT, Dunlop RS III, and Bridgestone T-31. I just loaded up with three rears and one front on the T-31 last Spring. The price after rebate at Rocky Mountain ATV was under $110 for each rear, less for the front. I've had issues with the PR series from Michelin, they tend to cup out early. The above listed tires have been excellent to the end.

My rear tires have gone a max of 6000 miles. I am not easy on them. For instance, the RS III that Duffy has 8k miles on it was toast on my bike at 6k miles.
Iv'e just installed rear tire number 11 or 12? I put one on it when I bought it with 12k miles on it, the others I've shredded up over 50k miles. The last rear to come off had about the same tread on the sides as the main part and no chicken strip. Different people get different mileages. Some over inflate to get the max mileage, setting pressures at 42. As I tend to ride harder I keep the pressures closer to recommended. I don't want to deal with the loss of traction that that entails.

BTW, the above tires work OK off road, though not so good in sand.
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If I were doing anything besides 100% pavement, like fire roads or gravel, I'd go with the Shinko 705.
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My Choice -BRIDGESTONE BATTLAX SERIES.
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If I were doing anything besides 100% pavement, like fire roads or gravel, I'd go with the Shinko 705.
I went through several 705 Shinkos, the first tires that I installed on the V. I then tried a set of Pirelli Angel GT's.

The difference in ride, handling, and length of service have convinced me to never go back. The difference in handling and ride was so apparent that it only took about two miles to make up my mind on that. The ride is soooo much smoother. I run about 35 lbs up front and 36 to 40 in the rear, depending on load, etc. The street tires that I have used have all been decent on gravel, fire, and light duty single track, at least until I hit sand. Mud puddles are also a challenge. The 705's would help then, but really, not a whole lot. I do have 705's on my KLR.

Then there is that whole cornering thing. I feel more confident with good street tires, I feel I can count on them more when I'm being a hooligan.

A decent 90/10 tire might also work well, something I have given some thought to. I'm always open to something better but the ones I've listed above in a previous post have been excellent, except for the Michelins.
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Idk if they are available in your size, but I love the Pirelli Scorpion Trail II on my V650. Like you, most of my riding is on the street but there are those fun off road excursions. I loved the first set so much I replaced them with another identical set.

They are a 90/10 tire. Not for deep sand or mud. I took an adventure riding class which involved single track, water crossings, up and down hills, off-camber trails, and some sand. I've ridden some pretty interesting off-road tracks. The Scorpion Trail II did as well as anything except true knobbies on an enduro bike. Despite their non-aggressive look they do grip the dirt very well. On the road they are much better than the stock factory tires (Dunlop) that came on the V650.

These tires are great for moto-camping. They are excellent on the highways and twisties getting to camp, and then they are fine on the dirt.

Not a motocross tire, and not for the soft sand or slippery mud. Great for pavement and dirt.
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If I were doing anything besides 100% pavement, like fire roads or gravel, I'd go with the Shinko 705.
I have run nothing but the Shinko E705 RADIAL rubber on my two current V650s (130/80x17F, 150/70x17R on the '08 w/ raised front fender, and 120/70x17F, 150/70x17R on the '15, stock height front fender, pressures at 36F, 42R) for SEVERAL (at least two) changes. I run pavement, dirt - whatever! - and looking at the ones on my '15 - the 'chicken-strips' are from 1/4 to 1/2" front and rear, and by 'chicken-strips' I refer to the area on the tires' shoulders exhibiting LESS scuffing than do the central portions.

I like to say that I ride in an "enthusiastic" fashion....
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The Angels are not available in the correct sizes for a Versys 300
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I was happy with the Shinko Ravens 009. Ran those except for the time I needed a tire on a trip and got a contimotion.

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I have four sets in my cart Michelin Anakee 3 (on back order) Continental Trail Attack 3, Metzeler Road Tech 01, and Pirelli Scorpion Trail 2. Doing some more research but I want to be ready when the time comes. Thanks for the help
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I have four sets in my cart Michelin Anakee 3 (on back order) Continental Trail Attack 3, Metzeler Road Tech 01, and Pirelli Scorpion Trail 2. Doing some more research but I want to be ready when the time comes. Thanks for the help
Why the mix? The roadtech 01 are not trail tires like the other ones, just touring tires.

I've been looking at tires also as my rear tire with 12k km is almost finished.

I haven't decided yet, but as I only go on paved roads my choices are:
Pirelli Angel GT II
Metzeller Roadtech 01
Continental Contiroadattack 3.

Depending on price and avaiability in the next couple weeks I will install a new set.

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12k miles on the original rear tire?? I only have 2600 miles and I doubt it will last to my 3600 mile oil change. I am just trying to narrow down my choices and do my research. Where did you find the Angels that fit a Versys X300??? If I could find them they would probably be my top choice. I could still do a gravel or dirt road with them if I had to
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12k miles on the original rear tire?? I only have 2600 miles and I doubt it will last to my 3600 mile oil change. I am just trying to narrow down my choices and do my research. Where did you find the Angels that fit a Versys X300??? If I could find them they would probably be my top choice. I could still do a gravel or dirt road with them if I had to
12k km. Close to 8k miles.

I'm not familiar with the x300 tire size. But the rear is avaiable from 150 to 190.

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Kenda Big Block Pavers are available in OEM sizes.......I am on my second rear and first front. The first rear went 10000 miles and the front has over 50 % tread left at 8500 miles.
https://powersports.kendatire.com/en...g-block-paver/
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Hey Whisper, I'm interested in these Big Block Pavers...sound ideal for my riding. So, do you simply put a tube in them or have you converted your rims for tubeless?
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How do they feel out on the road?? They sure are priced right
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Hey Whisper, I'm interested in these Big Block Pavers...sound ideal for my riding. So, do you simply put a tube in them or have you converted your rims for tubeless?
I just run the standard tube and balance with weights.......all is good.
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How do they feel out on the road?? They sure are priced right
They are a very neutral tires that are also good in the rain........I don’t ride anything tougher than rock roads.
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I just run the standard tube and balance with weights.......all is good.
I have been wondering a lot about that question. A lot of people talk about how the use this and that tire... but most of the common ones are tubeless. Thats why I always have been confused on how that works. Just putting a tube in them sounds kinda good to me.
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