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post #1 of 23 Old 01-18-2015, 03:20 AM Thread Starter
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Tourance compared to Mitas E07

I've been seeking out a variety of gravel roads since putting the tourance's on the L2 (glee, if you must). They're very similar in tread pattern to the OE Trailwings, and as such -- are passable when it's fairly firm -- but don't inspire confidence in deeper gravel or sandy stretches or crossing gravel ridges between wheel tracks. I really do miss the ease of the Mitas E07's on gravel.

They'll certainly (just) do for the 70/30 riding I do -- and I ride mostly by myself -- so there's no one to keep up with. I changed them over from the very worn Mitas' after being left in wake of a new (but very experienced) L3 rider as she found her mojo on the great winding roads from Armidale to Dorrigo and Grafton. She let me in on her trailing rear brake cornering technique over lunch. Thankfully I was able to return the favour, imparting some slow riding and U-turn skills on a recent weekend, when we also practiced picking up VStroms from the ground solo.
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I loved the Tourances on the rear, especially on wet bitumen and passable on the dirt, as you say. But I'll be sticking with the Mitas now for it's dirt road and loose gravel handling, and just slow down a bit on wet roads

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"I loved the Tourances on the rear, especially on wet bitumen and passable on the dirt, as you say. But I'll be sticking with the Mitas now for it's dirt road and loose gravel handling, and just slow down a bit on wet roads "



Chops is my ventriloquist dummy.... his words are actually mine.


The Mitas will be my tyre for the ability they give on dirt while still handling tar in a good manner (as good on tar as the Tourance, and I find them no worse in the wet than the Tourance... but I'm cautious on wet roads anyway).

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"I loved the Tourances on the rear, especially on wet bitumen and passable on the dirt, as you say. But I'll be sticking with the Mitas now for it's dirt road and loose gravel handling, and just slow down a bit on wet roads "



Chops is my ventriloquist dummy.... his words are actually mine.


The Mitas will be my tyre for the ability they give on dirt while still handling tar in a good manner (as good on tar as the Tourance, and I find them no worse in the wet than the Tourance... but I'm cautious on wet roads anyway).
They are my words, so get your hand out of my ass :biggrinjester:

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Yes Ock + Chops -- fully in agreement there. I'll go back to Mitas after these wear out I'm thinking
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post #6 of 23 Old 01-22-2015, 10:00 PM
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I currently have a Tourance on the front and a Mitas E07 on the rear. Really like the Mitas and will be sticking with those for both front and rear next set. I find the Tourance doesn't get much purchase on the loose stuff.
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post #7 of 23 Old 01-23-2015, 07:50 PM
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What sort of K's are people getting out of the Tourance and the Mitas E07 please, as looking for something long wearing being my daily traveler.
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K60's are the only tyre I know that's good on gravel and has decent life.

I went back to a shorter wearing tyre that's a lot lighter and still passable on gravel. My dirt riding is fairly infrequent these days and I really didn't need to be riding as fast as I could on the K60's.


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Tourance rear... 14,000>16,000 (multiple sets)

Anakee 2 rear... 13,000

Mitas E07 rear... 18,000

I'm so impressed with the Mitas E07 for wear, grip, and general road/dirt use I've just fitted another to the rear of the Wee and have just ordered one for the DR650 as well (I already have a 21" front in the shed for the DR).

The E07 is a big step up on the dirt compared to the Tourance and Anakee without noticeable loss of road ability.

If you are looking at other similar tyres to the Mitas there is the K60, but I personally feel the profile on them is too square.. and they are a lot dearer for similar grip and wear.

Horses for courses, the Tourance was my "go to" tyre for when I was doing less dirt, but now the Mitas gets the nod.

(you can drop a Mefo Explorer on the front to save a few dollars if you want to, they mix perfectly with the E07 :wink5: )

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I've had both and I will be sticking to the Mitas. Better in the dirt and great millage.
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