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post #1 of 49 Old 12-17-2013, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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Good Street tire that still works in Gravel

I need to replace the stock Bridgestone on the rear of my 2012 DL650 after about 7,000 to 8,000 miles. These are the things I would like in the new tire:
  • Cornering grip on pavement as good or better than the Bridgestone.
  • Longer tread life than the Bridgestone.
  • Performance on gravel roads as good or better than the Bridgestone.
  • Better wet pavement grip than the Bridgestone.

It looks like the Continental Trail Attack or Trail Attack 2 would fulfill all of the criteria except I can't find any reviews that talk about their performance on gravel.

What is the difference between the Trail Attack and Trail Attack 2?
Any input as to whether the Continental will meet the above criteria?
Other tire suggestions?


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post #2 of 49 Old 12-17-2013, 02:29 PM
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Any "street" tire will ride on top of the gravel & dance around. Good luck in your quest.
I've given up & will be going to a more aggressive set. Which means I'll be slowing down on pavement.

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post #3 of 49 Old 12-17-2013, 02:30 PM
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Metzler Tourance (non-EXP's)
Anakee 2's or 3's

Both are excellent tires for wet pavement, tread life and cornering. Both are also decent on gravel.

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I currently have Anakee 3's and have found them to be an excellent street tire but squirrely in deep gravel.

The front tire seems to matter more than the rear in gravel. Before I had a TKC-80 front and a Shinko 705 rear, and that seemed to work well on a wide variety of surfaces. It was also convenient that they wore out at about the same time.

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Am happy with the Anakee 3, definately better than OEM on gravel, smooth highway, in wet and on grooved, rough pavement. Unsure of treadwear as only have 4000km on mine, but if they match the oem will be happy.

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post #6 of 49 Old 12-17-2013, 03:21 PM
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I bought a set of the non exp tourances a couple of months ago and have travelled approx 3000 km's on them. In my opinionThe grip on bitumen isn't as good as the trailwings

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post #7 of 49 Old 12-17-2013, 03:29 PM
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K60 Scout or partial trellerborg

Not sure they are in USA any longer

I gave up the wide groove BS and are on Bridgestone bt-023 sport tourers for cheap er

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post #8 of 49 Old 12-17-2013, 08:45 PM
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while i'm far from an aggressive rider on the V, my tourances have suited me just fine on wet and dry pavement as well as many miles riding through hard-packed sand, and coral rock gravel. super long life as well.

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post #9 of 49 Old 12-17-2013, 11:08 PM
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Crash, how deep is the gravel you ride on? The depth of the gravel makes a big difference.

Bridgestone makes at least three tires for our bikes. The Trailwing is OEM. The Battlewing is better than the Trailwing. The Battleax BT-023 is a fine pavement tire.

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post #10 of 49 Old 12-18-2013, 02:18 AM
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I've been very happy with my Tourance non-EXP's for both paved and unpaved roads.

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