Dual Sport vs Street Tires
I know there are plenty of tire threads, but I have a question that doesn't really relate to tire brand. Brand suggestions are certainly welcome too, but I'm curious if I really need to be paying for DS tires.
After I spent my stock tires, I replaced with Meztler Tourance and have been using this brand/model for about 47k miles. It's painful to replace these because they're so darn expensive, but they've treated me well for the most part, so I've just stuck with them.
When I first got back into riding in 2005, I bought a new KLR 650 because I thought I was going to go off-road a lot more than it turned out I did. Forced myself to ride 200 miles of the Baja 1000 route... which was fun, but not something I'd really want to do again. I'm just not an off-road kind of rider. For many reasons I won't get in to... the KLR was not the bike for me and I switched to a v-strom 650 that's been nearly perfect other than the low clearance. (rough in Mexico due to the many large speed bumps/topes).
As it turns out, I rarely go off-road at all anymore. If I need to ride a sandy road to get closer to the beach, or ride 10 miles of gravel to get to some state park, or ride into primitive camping a few miles on eroded dirt road... dual sport tires are great.
The thing is, I rarely get off road at all. Maybe 5% of the time at the most. The mechanic at the shop I like to go to here in Austin, Texas that seems to be fairly-priced and honest (CycleNation) suggested maybe I should replace next time with street tires since they're less expensive, last longer, get better gas milage, etc.
The question is, in the rare occasions I mentioned above, ie. a little bit of sandy road to get closer to the beach, some grated gravel, and an occasional few miles of eroded dirt road... would I really tell THAT much difference between a street tire and a dual sport tire? In short, if I'm only in "dual sport" territory less than 5% of the time, am I wasting money on DS tires?