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post #1 of 12 Old 01-25-2015, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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Dual-sport tires for dl1000 - recommendations?

Any recommendations for dual sport tires for dl1000 - I ride mostly on paved roads but enjoy dirt/gravel and want to explore some trail riding...heidenau k76? currently on bike seem pretty much useless offroad...
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How bad are those dirt trails and gravel?

In order of knobbieness:
Continental TKC 80 & Kenda Big Block
Continental TKC 70, Heidenau K60 Scout, Mitas E-07
Shinko 705 & Full Bore M40
then the so-called 80/20 or 90/10 tires like the Metzeler Tourance, Brigestone Battlewing, Michelin Anakee 3, and similar. There is no way to measure 80% street & 20% dirt, so the tire companies call their tires whatever they want to call them.

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Tires????

Haven't really been offroad yet other than on a few trails - the tires I have are ok on dirt and gravel - but I need more "knobbiness" to do anything else - I guess I'm looking for a better offroad tire that still handles well on the street.

I realize this is a difficult compromise - but for such a heavy bike offroad I will need some traction to stay upright...I am ok if tires wear out over the season but need them to handle of the road ok if I am to explore much...not trying to do single track or anything crazy like that...
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Continental TKC 80 - experience?

Found Continental TKC 80 picture on continental site - these look decent - anyone have any experience with these?
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Found Continental TKC 80 picture on continental site - these look decent - anyone have any experience with these?

Lots and lots and lots of info and experience from others here that have used those tires, use that Google custom search box and put in TKC80 and see what magically happens. :mrgreen:

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post #6 of 12 Old 01-25-2015, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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Kenda Big Block K784

Anyone have these tires? They look comparable to TKC-80 but about $100 less for the pair...I mostly ride on the street but want some "bite" to explore trails...any idea touring how many kms on the road these might last?
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Continental TKC 80 Twinduro Tire Review | Canyon Chasers Motorcycle Sport Touring
http://www.webbikeworld.com/Motorcyc...nental-tkc-80/

http://www.cycleworld.com/2014/08/18...e-tire-review/
http://www.ridermagazine.com/gear/co...es-review.htm/

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Thanks, these are great reviews. I've looked at all including the |K|60 reviews and like these tires for their aggressive tread pattern and longevity - so I think I'll give them a go. Cheers.
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The likes of the TKC or Big Blocks wont last as long as other options. Along those lines consider the Shinko 804/805. If you want something a bit more 50/50 maybe 60/40 consider the Mitas E07

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Thumbs up Pirelli Scorpion Desert Rally

I put these tires on last year for a 700 mile dirt trip. Total miles at 1500
No cupping, still has nipples, no problems. I'd recommend them to anyone
wanting a good long wearing knobby!
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