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post #1 of 25 Old 08-28-2014, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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Tires just a little more off road then OEM

Coming up on some new tires. OEM on my 2012 GLEE. What tires would you consider for just one step toward Gravel/Hard pack dirt. I guess I would say
75/25 or such. Thanks
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post #2 of 25 Old 08-28-2014, 11:41 AM
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Check out the Metzeler Karoo 3. They're stated as being 70/30. You might also look at the Shinko 705s. I have no experience with either but there are plenty of reviews of both to get some ideas. I went with the Heidenau K76 and am not too thrilled with them. I wouldn't say they're particularly bad. Just not quite as good as the OEM tires.
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Just to add a bit more commentary: I doubt you'll notice a significant difference with a 70/30 like the Karoo. My impression is that if you want a tire that makes a noticeable difference, go with a 50/50 like the Heidenau K60, Continental TKC80, or something along those lines.
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The Full Bore tires are some great tires for the money. Tread is the same as the Shinko's just a little more agressive. (pattern in a little wider) I have over 8000 miles on mine and the rear is real close to the end of it's life, the front is still 75%.......

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I have the Shinkos front and rear. I like them a lot. The bike handles very well with them. I haven't really ridden in much gravel though.
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Michelin Anakee 3 is one good choice.

The Shinko705/FullBore M40 tires are OK, low cost, rear wears fast, if you pay to get them changed may cost more per mile, I didn't like the drone noise at certain speeds.

The Metzeler Karoo 3 is 30/70, I think--30% on pavement and 70% off.
They hook up well on all surfaces and will break loose where I want them to. In wet conditions, they did not pack up with mud and were very predictable on the trail or road. One of the better tires I have ever used.
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Michelin Anakee 3 is one good choice.

The Shinko705/FullBore M40 tires are OK, low cost, rear wears fast, if you pay to get them changed may cost more per mile, I didn't like the drone noise at certain speeds.

The Metzeler Karoo 3 is 30/70, I think--30% on pavement and 70% off.
[I]“They hook up well on all surfaces and will break loose where I want them to. In wet conditions, they did not pack up with mud and were very predictable on the trail or road. One of the better tires I have ever used
According to Revzilla's website, the Karoo 3 is 70/30:
"The Metzeler Karoo 3 tires are a new concept of Adventure and Enduro On/Off tires dedicated to off-road expeditions and featuring both off-road traction and on-road stability with excellent mileage. Specifically engineered for medium to large displacement bikes that spend time both on and off road, these 70% street / 30% off-road tires offer off-road traction and stability on road with excellent mileage."

The article you listed contradicts the Revzilla write-up. I looked at Metzler's website and they don't specify. Judging from the tread pattern, I'd say Revzilla is correct.

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You don't need 70/30 tires to run gravel and hard pack dirt roads. You can do that on regular 90/10 adventure touring tires or even regular sport touring tires. If the gravel looks like it could get deep, air down the tires a little (you have to do that on the more aggressive tires too). For the most part, I don't even bother airing down, it just goes through those roads at normal street pressures. Additional bonus of not airing down (or airing down only a little), when you are going faster than you really should on that better hard pack section and you happen to hit a rut, your rim is better protected.

Unless you are planning on tackling wet/muddy dirt tracks (not wet hard pack roads) I'd get a set of Anakees.

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I run bt023 sport touring tires no problem on "roads" today I went thru road hazards and mud puddles with them.

I believe until you get to knobs like a Heidenaur its all BS
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My Tires

DL650K7. Post OEM, Anakee 3, which was a big improvement on pavement but about the same on forest roads. Just mounted Heidenau K60 Scout and there is a vast improvement on forest roads. On pavement I so far think the K60 is as good as The Anakee but I do not lean enough to scrape. It takes a lot of lean to engage the outer lugs on the tires. BUT, the K 60 will not be a good rain tire like the Anakee. I plan to remount Anakee every Oct and mount K60 every April and take it easy in the wet.
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