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post #1 of 14 Old 02-15-2017, 02:58 AM Thread Starter
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2017 current production tires to replace OEM TW152

It's time for me to buy a new rear tire to replace my OEM Bridgestone Trail Wing 152 on my 2012 Glee.
Yah, there is a lot to read here. One of the issues I'm having in reading our archives is that many of the tires references are no longer in production or not readily available. Also, much of the discussion leans towards off-road.
So here's what I'm hoping for in this post.
1) The control group tire is the Trail Wing 152. To date, these are the best tires I've ever had for riding in the rain, cornering on the road, quiet enough and longevity. I got 13K miles on my TW152.
2) I'm hoping for a rear tire for my Glee that is as good on the road as the TW152 was, has good longevity and if possible better for the ~50 miles a year I do on gravel roads.

My current top picks are
- Dunlop TrailSmart, have concerns about mileage.
- Michelin Anakee 3, have concerns about noise, buzzing.

Is there a comparison table that shows the ON/OFF Road ratings of various tires?
Here is what I've been able to cobble together and would like help revising.
On/Off Brand Model
90/10 Bridgestone Trail Wing 101/152
95/05 Metzeler Tourance NEXT
95/05 Pirelli Scorpion Trail
90/10 Bridgestone A40
90/10 Bridgestone BATTLE WING BW501/502
90/10 Continental ContiTrailAttack 2
90/10 Dunlop TrailSmart
80/20 Continental TKC 70
70/30 Michelin Anakee 3

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There are some reviews on RevZilla and Motorcycle Superstore, also here, ADVrider and other sites. Also rags, blogs and YouTube. Good luck finding the best.
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It's time for me to buy a new rear tire to replace my OEM Bridgestone Trail Wing 152 on my 2012 Glee.
Yah, there is a lot to read here. One of the issues I'm having in reading our archives is that many of the tires references are no longer in production or not readily available. Also, much of the discussion leans towards off-road.

On/Off Brand Model
90/10 Bridgestone Trail Wing 101/152
95/05 Metzeler Tourance NEXT
95/05 Pirelli Scorpion Trail
90/10 Bridgestone A40
90/10 Bridgestone BATTLE WING BW501/502
90/10 Continental ContiTrailAttack 2
90/10 Dunlop TrailSmart
80/20 Continental TKC 70
70/30 Michelin Anakee 3
I have to agree with you that the main tire thread has gotten very long and often out-dated. I don't know how difficult it would be for the moderators to relabel/rename that thread and start again fresh.

As regards your list of options you can add:
Avon TrekRider 50/50
Avon TrailRider 90/10

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I agree it is quite outdated, let me see what I can do to clean things up a bit "when I have the time".

To the OP I would look very hard at the Anakee III, The Bridgestone A40 and the Scorpion Trail II, overall they are awfully hard to beat.
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I agree it is quite outdated, let me see what I can do to clean things up a bit "when I have the time".

To the OP I would look very hard at the Anakee III, The Bridgestone A40 and the Scorpion Trail II, overall they are awfully hard to beat.
Big B, Thanks for the recommendations. Does the TrailSmart make this list? The successor to the Trailmax TR91. It caught my eye as you had like the TR91.

As to updating the list that's a major project. There are basically 3 topics, in this order by volume. 1) Dual Sport 2) Road riders who would like to keep going when presented with a gravel road 3) 100% road. With numerous subtopics for each.
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I love the Anakee 3. I've gone through a few sets so far, and they last nearly 20k front and back in mostly street riding. Yeah, they make noise, but so does the rest of the bike. One thing I noticed is that when completely flat, they make a lot of noise, which in that case is a good indicator that you have a problem. It would take a lot to convince me to switch to a new tire.
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I agree it is quite outdated, let me see what I can do to clean things up a bit "when I have the time".

To the OP I would look very hard at the Anakee III, The Bridgestone A40 and the Scorpion Trail II, overall they are awfully hard to beat.
If I may suggest separate thread by the popular tires (say Mitas E07) or perhaps by designation? For example 50/50 tires (TKC80, 804/805, etc) 60/40 (E07, K60, etc), 80/20, 90/10, street.

Not sure if you want to have subforums like dirt/street/intermediate tire.

Issue is forum search doesn't find alot of this, leaving forum and using Google in many cases works better.

I understand the desire to not have 50 Shinko 705 threads but having 1 thread isn't helping either.

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Big B, Thanks for the recommendations. Does the TrailSmart make this list? The successor to the Trailmax TR91. It caught my eye as you had like the TR91.

As to updating the list that's a major project. There are basically 3 topics, in this order by volume. 1) Dual Sport 2) Road riders who would like to keep going when presented with a gravel road 3) 100% road. With numerous subtopics for each.
Kind regards,
If the new Trailsmart is anything like the original TR91......it should be a winner. I haven't run one yet or seen in the flesh, but I am pretty confident it's a solid choice. They are kind of pricey compared to many, but Dunlops overall are known to be pricey.

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If I may suggest separate thread by the popular tires (say Mitas E07) or perhaps by designation? For example 50/50 tires (TKC80, 804/805, etc) 60/40 (E07, K60, etc), 80/20, 90/10, street.
The ON/OFF % seems like a great way to split these up.
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I really enjoyed the Anakee 3. Did not notice any buzzing at all (wear earplugs) and certainly ride more than 50 miles on gravel roads per year (maybe 2,500 miles of my 12,000 miles last year). Last fall tried to replace the Anakee 3's and they were backordered for some time so went with the Bridgestone Battleax a40, currently oem on vstrom 1000 and 650 with a similar tread pattern. Only have a couple hundred miles on the Bridgestone's as they were installed just prior to our winter so can't comment although they seem fine on the highway.
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