Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Voorheesville NY
2012 DL650 tires
Being a relatively new VStrom (bought a 2012 DL650 in 4/12 but 35 year Suzuki Rider), I'll share my limited knowledge on V Strom tires.
The factory tires were great handling tires on the road and ok off road - for about 7000 miles on the rear, 7500 on the front. Then having had excellent luck with Metzler I installed a pair of Metzler Tourance tires, and I have to say they get great mileage, are very good on hard pack but are slippery as the day is long on cold roads and on the crack filler in the roads. I may try the EXP as mentioned above on the front to see how that does.
I wore the rear tourance off in about 11,000 miles, but that included an 8500 mile cross country ride including riding from FL to CA in 2 days across I-10 which isn't a fair test on the tires, as it was mostly straight for 2300 miles. Since then I wore the chicken strips off. The front tourance is still on the bike and has about 14,500 miles on it. I think it lasted as long, partially because of the heavy load on the rear tire during the 8500 mile ride. I have another Tourance on the rear with about 3500 miles on it, so I should get a good reading on longevity with this one as I'll be doing mostly local (300-400 mile) day rides, and some off road (fire roads, etc.)
When crossing somewhere in the southwest the bike picked up a hell of a gyration at 90 MPH when coming up behind a semi or just keeping up on those texas roads. It could have been the load (camping gear, tools, clothes, etc for the ride). Who knows, but the wobble was fun anyway.
This spring I'll be riding the dirt roads & trails from CT, thru MA and VT to Canada (I live in upstate NY) to enjoy the reason I bought this bike in the woods so most likely will look at a tire more geared for those conditions. And share my findings.
Anyone have a good tire changer and wheel balancer they'd donate to my cause, as this bike keeps going down the road and I'm wearing out tires faster than I can keep up with these posts! Six months and 20,000 miles and I'll have to say this bike is serious fun to ride!