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post #11 of 102 Old 01-30-2017, 09:20 AM
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Why not? ...rider I met in Vermont got 22k miles from his Scout set. You are going to have weight aboard and the Scouts are stiff plus I assume you have ABS.

Choice of a lot of riders heading to Alaska for good reason.

I was heavily loaded ...near max on the Wee as was carrying for two, put on 10k miles then sold the bike and it easily passed safety. Very impressed with the Scouts.

Have a set waiting to put on after the Pilot 3s wear out. I was so used to the Scout's stability on gravel got a nasty surprise with the Pilots...squirmed all over off pavement.
I don't have any clue how guys get such good mileage out of Scouts. Mine have 8K on them and the front will go another 5, but the rear maaaaybe 1K.

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Instead of carrying tires, why not just send them ahead, or make arrangements with a bike shop halfway? You can send anything to "General Delivery" to a post office and they will keep the item for 30 days. Calling and talking to the Postmaster is a good idea since tires are kinda bulky.


I didn't know that thanks! I thought about shipping them do a dealer or motoquest but I fig they'd walk off


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You sure you have K60s? There is a similar Heidenau without the hard centre strip.
It's this strip that is the key to long life


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Tarmac, gravel, dust, sand, mud, pot-holes, stones, grass – we basically have ridden over almost all surfaces and through all road-conditions by now – and at temperatures between 0 and 50 C.

Our tyres, the Heidenau K60 Scout carried us through all this without any problems. After more than 18.000 kilometres that we have covered by now, we can confirm that it is really the perfect tyre for a long-distance journey by motorcycle.

After 16.300 kilometres we changed the tyres for the first time, even though it wasn’t necessary at this point of time, because all of the tires had still quite a lot of profile left, despite the fact that we are heavily loaded and that were doing a lot of kilometres on really bad roads and off-road. We think that the tyres would have lasted for 3000-5000 kilometres more, of course depending on the motorcycle.

On the following g pictures you can see how much profile was left on the tyres from the R1150GS, when we changed them after 16.300 kilometres:
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Why not? ...rider I met in Vermont got 22k miles from his Scout set. You are going to have weight aboard and the Scouts are stiff plus I assume you have ABS.

Choice of a lot of riders heading to Alaska for good reason..
I gave Scouts consideration but Mitas won for following reasons: cheaper, last longer, better grip
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Scouts are indeed pricy..not sure on traction since they have the same centre stripe and the same tendency in the wet...not surprising.

Looking on Revzilla the Dakar and the K60 about the same price.


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The only neg I have is the big bike tire has the center sipe down the middle, which can be a little squirrelly on wet roads.
Overall the Mitas 07 Dakar is the best one I have found for general all-around riding (70/30 road/O-R), after TKCs, Heidies, Tourances and Mitas 09s&10s.
Mitas E07 Dakar 4-ply Tire Review (updated)

I do like the fact you can get a 4 ply version. - certainly price is attractive...gonna be a long time before I need another set on the Wee tho unless riding plans for this summer really gel.


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Here is the best Dealer for Suzuki in Al. http://www.anchoragesuzukiarcticcat.com/ We stopped in for some problems and they went out of their way to help. They have room to store tires for you and I'm sure if you set things up ahead of time would be no problem. We used Metzler Original type Torance when we went, 8,000 no problems. The roads are being portraid more difficult than they really are. Don't be scared of the TOW even in the rain, just use your judgement while riding. The guys we saw having issues where riding stupid and on street bikes. Just slow down to a comfortable pace. The Denali Hwy shouldn't be missed either, it's what a Vee Strom is made for. In the very middle is a great hunting lodge to spend a night with home cooked meals.
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If you are going up to Denali then take a ride on the Takeetna Air Taxi for a real thrill.

Land on a glacier as we did ..or circle Denali as we wanted to ... ( overcast )



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Congrats on being able to take a 1 month motorcycle trip! Seems like the only ones able to do that are retired folks or pre-marriage folks. How did you manage to get a month away from life!? (jealous)

And yeah, you should stop at the Slimey Crud Run and say hi to EagleEye and myself. Sunday, May 7.
It's a relaxed unorganized ride. Basically, look at bikes, ride for a few hours on your own path, and the look more bikes at the destination.

Pencil it in. Sunday, May 7.
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Scouts are indeed pricy..not sure on traction since they have the same centre stripe and the same tendency in the wet...not surprising.

Looking on Revzilla the Dakar and the K60 about the same price.

17,000 km on this


Mitas E07 Dakar 4-ply Tire Review (updated)

I do like the fact you can get a 4 ply version. - certainly price is attractive...gonna be a long time before I need another set on the Wee tho unless riding plans for this summer really gel.
E-07 linked center is only last 3mm, so it is an extra just to get home. K60 used to be all the way but I think new ones are similar to E07s.

The street price for E07 Dakar is slightly ($36 for pair) less than K60, but I got them shipped from Czechia, so end up paying ~$100 per tire. Here is some discussion on pricing So why Mitas so expensive in US? | Adventure Rider

I don't have any personal experience with them but reviews are mostly good and they are one of the favorites by RawHyde.
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I think it depends on the size for the centre strip

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