Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: plymouth, michigan
Not sure how this will come across, but if you don't know what "aggressive tires" are for the type of riding you envision, then perhaps your skill set isn't up for manhandling a 500lb dirtbike in questionable terrain....A big heavy bike like the vstrom isn't the best bike to discover that your tires aren't aggressive enough for flinging your Wee around off-tarmac.
Of real importance, is reducing the PSI in your tires when riding off pavement - even a dedicated street tire will function as a halfway decent hardpack dirt/rock forest service road tire when run at a reduced PSI. The PSI you run on the street is not very good for providing grip in the dirt. Picking up a portable mini-air compressor, so you can pump em back up for the freeway ride home is a wise investment if you wish to really enjoy getting off the tarmac and onto the dirt. Most of us are too lazy to do this, and rely on knobby-lite tires like the Heidenau Scout, Shinko 705, Fullbore M40/41, etc, to provide grip instead of airing-down the tires....lazy yes, I know!
I'd recommend a tire that is still a bit smooth riding on tarmac, yet will give you good grip/feedback on dirt roads and mild gravel-over-hardpack surfaces. Tires like the Heidenau Scout, Shinko 705, Fullbore M40/41, all provide a good bit more dirt-bikey capability than your Anakee (2 and 3), Tourance, Trailwing type tires provide. If you're just beginning to dabble in the dirt, running a TKC, or a Kenda Big Block will be a waste since the dirt miles you'll likely see will be minimal, and these tires DO wear down fast on the street.
Either way, enjoy the process of widening your riding opportunities - tires are a good way to get there.
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Last edited by jokermtb; 05-06-2014 at 09:18 AM.