: I have been debating between Shinko 705s and Mitas E07s for this trip. Didn't plan on mixing them up though. Is there a reason not to go with the E07s on the front of my Wee? Also, what is the big advantage of the Dakar version on mostly highway miles?
I also consider the Heidi K60s but am concerned about their grip on wet highways.
I plan to put new rubber on before I leave, as I have not heard/read good things about getting tires mounted along the way.
I'll be looking forward to your ride reports and I hope to post daily when I leave in late June.
Have a big day.
705 is going on the front of my son's bike, as unfortunately choice of knobby front in 17" really limited. The only advantages it has a) 17", b) will go the distance, c) cheap. My only concern if it rains and gets muddy.
With respect to Dakar they were only $5 more (I got a bunch.cheap from EU check the link above) and according to hearsay they last longer than regular version. If I still have a job we only have 4 weeks for trip and trying to avoid unnecessary complications like tire swap.
In my limited experience the biggest tire killers are loaded freeway miles at higher speeds and temperatures, so usually stiffer rear tire does better on wear. 705 rear will not make the distance, the ADV rider who used them for 11k Alaska trip end up replacing rear tire twice, but Scout and E07 had made the trip.
I am not really good on ride reports but there will be stories to tell for sure. Our route is still on the drawing board. Out of places along the route we want to hit are Pictured rocks, NW Angle, Ghost towns in ND, Waterton/Glacier (liked it last time and it's along the route), Dry Falls, Mnts Rainer and St Helens. Maybe hot springs in Olympic, Hurricane Ridge, Cape Alava and Mora Beach if time permits. Not sure about the rest yet. When we plan route we pick places along the route and then use McNally and and other sources to identify scenic roads. Most of those roads still have 70mph+ speed limit, so not much time lost. Plus sometimes you find real gems; have really good memories of hacking through NW Illinois/SW Wisconsin around Galina? and camping in Red Barn was really unexpected. (Sorry for junky talk).
Regardless good luck to you in trip planning, have fun and make sure you build in enough buffer to compensate for unexpected!