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post #1 of 16 Old 06-11-2010, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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Tourance EXP?

I was about to order a new set of Tourance(s) when I was faced with two versions, regular and EXP.

The descriptions don't divulge a difference, do you guys know?
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i've never ran either, but its my understanding that the newer exp is a bit stickier but doesn't last as long, it was initialy supose to replace the tourance, but demand for the longer lasting tourance has kept it in production

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I had an EXP on the rear of my Wee. It stuck really well on the tar and I certainly never had any problems on dirt roads. I suspect that it if got really muddy they might not be to good though.
Mine lasted 13,000km which is a bit less than people seem to get from the Regular version but I was more than happy with it overall.
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Which is better: sticky or long lasting. I vote for LL.
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The previous owner of my bike put an EXP on the front and a regular Tourance on the rear. That combination works very well for me.

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Originally Posted by echo View Post
Which is better: sticky or long lasting. I vote for LL.
Same for me.
But if you tend to push the limits when cornering on tar then the opposite would be the better choice.

I have not tried the EXP's but have had the standard Tourance previously on an 1150GS and now on the Wee.
For me they grip really well (even in the wet) and are good enough for the dirt riding I do.
On the GS I had over 20,000km on the rear and would have easily made 25,000.
I'm riding harder on the Wee (it is such a fun bike to ride ) so it will be interesting to see what km's I get with them.

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post #7 of 16 Old 06-12-2010, 10:31 AM
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I'm currently on my second set of EXPs.

I got 12K miles out of the the stock DeathWings and 11k miles on the first set of EXPs.

The current set has 11.5K. They handle well on dry and wet roads. They are a 90/10 tire compaired to the original Tourance's 80/20. (on-road / off-road).

I don't go off road much, so the EXP has been my tire of choice.

My big decision right now is to buy new tires, or a new bike. I am really liking the new Kawi Concours.
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post #8 of 16 Old 06-12-2010, 10:48 AM
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I just installed a second set of EXP's. The rear went about 5k miles with lots of two up riding. Could have gotten another 500 to the wear bars. Really, really fun tires that stick well. No front end washout even at crazy cornering speeds (so I've heard :wink. If you're riding style is more sedate then the standard version or even the Trailwings should be just fine.


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I've run both the Tourance and the EXP's I've been happy with both. I'd say the EXP is a 95/5 road tire, and is a little squirrely on loose gravel at 38 psi, I don't air down as I'm mostly on road. I liked the regular tourance when I was doing more dirt roads, and trails.

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Hopefully not a post highjack .....

If a fella were to ride exclusively road on his Wee.....NO dirtroads at all, would either of these tires be preferred over something else?

And similarly, if a fella were to ride exclusively road ..... but some day might ride something like say, the Alaskian Highway should he definetly shuck his 100% road tires he's using and get something more universal for the trip?

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