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post #1 of 44 Old 10-22-2014, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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Question Please help me choose the right tires!

So I just picked up a pristine k6 with 8000 miles. The tires are original and still have good tread...but are original, so they will go. My problem is I can't decide how aggressive i should go on the tires I know nothing about dual sport tires

About my riding style:
This is my first adventure bike, my other is on super-sport DOT race tires and is used to kill knee pucks. This bike will be used for on-road touring and the occasional offroad jaunt. I don't plan to take it up gnarly trails, just farm roads, occasional fire trail or gravel road that I can access without going to jail (I live in Northern VA) I'd like to be able to feel confident on the loose stuff, but when I get on the road and things get twisty, I'd like the tires to be up for some peg scraping shenanigans.

So I guess I want it all. Good dirt manners, good road grip, decent life and not cost an arm and a leg....Is there such a tire? Can any of you guys who have similar riding manners to myself share your experiences?

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I found the original trail wings to be all that, until the ground gets muddy, then you are toast...

Shinko705 Radials are a great low cost solution as well, and much better on wet ground.

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For his riding style, I'd go with something less noisy and aggressive as 705's, like Anakee 3's or Battlewings. Either will have better longevity and will be much quieter on pavement.
I had Anakee 3's and even they were noisier in some situations, than I prefer. When it was done I tried a Dunlop Trailmax rear which did well but as the Battlewing front was wearing so well, I put a matching rear on when the Trailmax hit the wear bars at 11k miles.

Remember too that comfort level is more a function of riding proficiency than tread pattern. My friend took an F800ST on the Trans Lab last year and had no problems with PR 3's.... I see no point in putting anything more aggressive than a 80/20 tire on a 80/20 bike. Unless you like that adventure look - or have some hearing loss. :biggrinjester:


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I see no point in putting anything more aggressive than a 80/20 tire on a 80/20 bike.
Thank you for your replies. This statement intrigues me. Ive been doing a lot of reading and I thought the anakee 2 did what im looking for pretty well, now they have been replaced by the anakee3...I love Michelin and use their tires on my sport bikes, but this anakee 3 just doesnt look like it can handle 20% dirt. I certainly hope to get it in 20% dirt. Have you had any experiences that you can share?

As for road manners, it certainly looks like they would do what I need them to do on the road. Noise isn't much of a concern as I ride with plugs or noise blocking headphones. as long as they are not knobby tire vibby, im ok with a little noisier than slicks.
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I have a dirt driveway and travel the numerous dirt roads in town ....because, well, they're there! But I don't air down and ride them aggressively. If that's what you want to do, maybe 705's would be a good choice, especially if you're younger and stronger than this retired mason....:beatnik:

Tire selection is another trade-off. I wear plugs on longer than 10 minute errands too, but once I heard what sounded like a worn wheel bearing noise coming from my A 3's, I would always be listening for it.

In my previous post, my buddies' son went on the Trans-lab trip too, on his F650GS fitted with K-60's. He said he couldn't wait to get home and swap them out for something quieter (he chose A-3's). In fairness to K-60's, the narrower width his GS takes don't have the solid center strip that our 150 rears have, so they would be noisier on his bike than a Vstrom.

Everyone's noise tolerance is different. I do suspect that most of us with hybrid tires spend more like 95% of our miles on pavement. Our bikes are certainly designed more for on road than off.


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If 80% of your time is going to be on pavement then get a street tire. They will do gravel just fine if you relax and let it wonder a bit. If you want to let it wonder on the street get a off pavement tire. I have K-60's and they work pretty good on pavement untill you twist it up a bit. Can't wait for them to wear out so I can get something differant.
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IMO, this bike is heavy enough that any tire that makes it anything more than a sphincter pincher on loose dirt is really going to compromise the on road riding(noise and handling).

Myself I choose a pure road tire and I am thrilled with the handling of them, but I really stick to the pavement 95% of the time.

Conti road attacks were invigorating in the peg scraping category but after wearing out a rear in 4K miles I am now enjoying Michelin PR4 trails.

I think an 80/20 tire in the dirt on this bike equates to equates to 20% satisfaction 80% of the time and 80% satisfaction 20% of the time.

Others may heartily disagree with me but that should be expected on oil and tire questions.

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First of all no tire you put on a V Strom short of TKC knobbies or something like a Kenda big block has any real off road traction. All others are a compromise. Which means if you hit any WET stuff like mud or leaves or grass you had better be ready to manhandle the bike.

Some like the Anakee will do better than a street tire in loose surfaces like a fire road or gravel but not anything like a true off road tire.

I rode up Ophir Pass in Colorado with Michelin Pilot Road 4's. It was dry, absolutely no issues with traction. But I have off road experience and picked my track carefully.

If I were to recommend a tire for a new V STrom owner that might like to try some off-pavement excursions I would recommend the Bridgestone Battlewings. Not the Trailwings, I don't care for the front Trailwing on the street. Battlewings have very good street manners, decent loose surface traction ( as long as it is dry ), wear well, and have a good price point.

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I like the 705 on the road, it does well in rain and handles very nicely in the corners and on gravel roads it is very predictable and feels solid and is a good choice for me (99% highway with just enough gravel to warrant a dual tire).
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