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post #1 of 28 Old 06-02-2011, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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Long lasting, attractive touring tires?

I do not plan to dirt the DL1000 at all, consider mine an ST1300 that looks rough and tough.

Type of riding will be commuting to work 55 miles a day, 2-up mini-adventures that can be hundreds of miles per weekend on the super-slab to get to a destination where I hit 2 lane twisty mountain roads. I ride rain, sleet or sun. I ride wheelies, drag pegs and generally enjoy myself on the bike.

On my 09 KLR I run the Shinko 705 front and rear and get 4000-5000 from a rear 705. I feel that on the V-Strom I do not need the 705 so that I can pretend it is a dual sport, for me it absolutely is not.

Is there a tire out there that fits my DL1000 and will perform well, look sexy and last for 10K miles?

I was looking at the Continental Road Attack, but I am open any suggestion. I love the sporty look of this tire though!



PS: I know there are a few multi page tire threads, but I do not desire digging through hours of posts trying to find what might relate to my specific tire question.

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I think the Metzler Tourance still remains one of the top choices for mileage and handling, but its also one of the more expensive choices, but worth it. Its a great tire that will get you from 7k-12k depending on how you ride it. I usually had no trouble making 7k-8k on one while a buddy of mine regularly saw 10-12k on his rear the way he rode.

I think the absolutely longest lasting street oriented rear tire you could buy is the ME880, but there is no matching front for the strom. Its more of a cruiser type tire, but comes in the vstrom 150-17 size.

I actually run the 705's on my strom now, but that's because I do take it off road and love the way it handles with them off road. If it wasn't for that, I'd probably keep running the Tourances or an Anakee front and Tourance rear which is my favorite setup.

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I am having an incredibly difficult time associating "SEXY" with a [email protected] tire? Are we now so vain that even a tire has to be attractive and even somehow make a category for it's sex appeal on a review chart? Maybe rank it with a Hottie Factor or the increased likelyhood that you can pick up chicks if your sporting that particular brand of tire?
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I think the Metzler Tourance still remains one of the top choices for mileage and handling, but its also one of the more expensive choices, but worth it. Its a great tire that will get you from 7k-12k depending on how you ride it. I usually had no trouble making 7k-8k on one while a buddy of mine regularly saw 10-12k on his rear the way he rode.

I think the absolutely longest lasting street oriented rear tire you could buy is the ME880, but there is no matching front for the strom. Its more of a cruiser type tire, but comes in the vstrom 150-17 size.

I actually run the 705's on my strom now, but that's because I do take it off road and love the way it handles with them off road. If it wasn't for that, I'd probably keep running the Tourances or an Anakee front and Tourance rear which is my favorite setup.
The ME880 Marathon comes in 110/90 19 Front and 160/70VB 17 Rear. I just bought the set and am waiting to run the remaining miles out of my Tourance EXPs before I switch them out.

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I assume that I am hard on tires because on the KLR sites I read that these folks get 7K-8K miles out of a rear tire and I'm at just under 4K miles on the 705 now and the tire is getting close to done for my taste. I will not run them to bald, at about 2mm tread depth I will toss them, on the KLX250 (dirt use) I run the MT21 and at about 1/2 tread depth I am pulling tires off.

The 705 is less then 1/2 the price of most tires and does handle the street very well on the KLR, I can drag pegs on it with no fear and I have run I-70 in massive rain at 75 MPH with no hydroplaning... so it's not that a 705 is a bad tire, but I was thinking that going away from a dual sport tire may get me a much longer lasting tire.

That ME880 is not sexy..... Looks like a tire for a 20 year old Heritage! :mrgreen:

What are you getting from the 705 on the Strom and do you do much 80MPH interstate riding?

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Have any of you troopers run the Continental Road Attack and seen what kind of service life you got from them?

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You might get 10K out of the Battle Wings, I'll put on my second set soon, they handle the roads well, wet or dry, for me. They can be found for about $200 a set too.
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My last set was Road Attacks & I got about 7500 on the rear, still have the front one. I replaced the rear with a Trail Attack but am starting to question the wisdom of that since 99% of my riding is on pavement.
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I stopped using Road Attacks because of fast wear. The Road Attack II is supposed to have a longer wearing center now.

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I have some awesome tires on mine right now, but they're not attractive. Unfortunately they're just black and round with grooves in them. It's a shame to ugly up the otherwise sex-on-wheels Vstrom, admired throughout the motorcycle world, with such pedestrian shoes but the pickings were slim at the local tire boutique.

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