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post #1 of 19 Old 01-06-2014, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Question tire info please-yet again

ok, i've been reading through threads and threads (mostly oldish) , and i'm just going to throw up another one.

i'm needing new tires soon. here in texas we have a lot of chip seal roads with lots of grooves cut out in curves and out and with pieces of road in the mix. more twistys in north texas where i'm at now, too.

so-i'm looking for tires that handle well in the curves, the long haul and will do gravel county roads as well.

i was looking at metzler tourance regular and exp. difference?

thoughts w/out too much verbiage and thanks ahead of time for your info on this redundant subject.

btw, the battlewing rear i have on now is wearing out pretty quickly.

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I've used Tourances (1 generation) more than any other tire on my first DL650. In 62,000 miles I think I had five rears and two fronts. I would get 9,000 miles out of the rears. The cupping was bad enough on the fronts that I tried a couple of other tires, but the Tourances would last about 15,000.

I've just burned through a set of Anakees on my noew '07 and I prefer the Tourances. Especially on grooved chip seal.

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There are many reasons for the rate of tire wear including the abrasiveness of the aggregate used in the pavement and the road temperature.

The Tourance EXP is a softer tire that will grip better and wear faster.

I tend to buy the newest tire model figuring that the tire maker has something better in rubber compound, carcass design, or tread design. I think that would be the Michelin Anakee 3. If you have a place to mount your own tires, look at the Shinko 705 or similar Full Bore M40. They are cheap, but the rears wear quicker than other tires...may be a money saver if you get the tire mounting cheap enough.

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Tourance EXP in North Texas here. Good wear and great grip when I manage to take the DLK to AR. or CO. 8000 on last rear and 12000 on front.

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I'm on my fourth (I think) set of the EXP. I get only 5K miles on the rear but they handle like a Trailwing with glue on it. The one time I did overcook a corner the front let me know with a slight bobble and then hooked back up nice and smooth. I was scraping pegs both sides with a GSXR on my tail at the time. Rated tops in the wet. Love this tire!

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what's you're opinion on the exp on the front and regular tourance on the rear? i read they may wear evenly.

or for stick factor do i stick with exp's on both.

(what the eff, make a decision already )

and i may just stick with the battlewings....

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Look at the Tourance "Next" over the EXP.

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Look at the Tourance "Next" over the EXP.
i've read some funky reviews on those, big b.

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'11 wee, (sold)
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'06 honda shadow sabre (sold)
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i've read some funky reviews on those, big b.
And I have read some funky reviews on the EXP. Give these tires a look, I have them and am VERY impressed. Dunlop TR91........



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You could probably use a harder (longer lasting) tire than the EXP, assuming you're in a warm climate.
Here in the GREAT PNW, the EXPs work great for our wet roads.

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