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post #1 of 68 Old 09-07-2015, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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Tire recommendation

I have been very happy with the stock Bridgestone tires. For me, for the money, they are hard to beat.

For my next set, I would now like to try a different set of tires. I ride mostly twisties, with slab riding to get to the good roads. I am looking for a set of tires that are better at navigating hard packed dirt roads, without giving up longevity or riding the twisties. I got spooked on two occasions earlier this year riding over large gravel rocks and then sand. I don't expect to be riding over large gravel and sand, but I would like a tire that does better on hard packed dirt without giving up much in the twisties.

Any suggestion?
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post #2 of 68 Old 09-07-2015, 04:20 PM
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post #3 of 68 Old 09-07-2015, 05:03 PM
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The perfect tire does not exist. You will have to make compromises somewhere. I have decided to make my compromise toward better street than dirt. The Michelin Anakee 3 has been working for me. Not so good off road, but it has taken a beating from rough dirt/gravel roads.

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post #4 of 68 Old 09-07-2015, 05:16 PM
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Metzeler Tourance Next perform super on the street and decent on gravel roads. Only had them a short time so I can't speak for mileage.

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post #5 of 68 Old 09-07-2015, 05:57 PM
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The original regular Tourance tires would be as good on pavement and a little better on dirt roads.

I have a Tourance rear on my DL1000 now, but I'm going back to a 705 this time to compare. My last two tire sets were Tourances and I only got around 5.5K out of the rears and my fronts were too loose around 9 to 10K on dirt so I changed both well before wear bars. I get more performance out of the 705 actually. The front 705's last and last.

The Shinkos are better on hard packed dirt roads and the Tourances produce less noise and grip better leaned over deep. But after lowering the foot pegs its a wash on lean angle. Right now I have a Tourance rear and a 705 front. Will have a 705 rear on soon, just got a new one Saturday from Fedex. Great performance for my Strom needs.

Tourances are the old standby do it all ADV tire, but they are a "made in China" offering, the 705 is from Korea. I can't tell a difference between the Chinese and German Tourances actually and the 705 has been a consistent performer for me getting 6,000 plus from a rear. I like curves and ride briskly on rough mountain two lanes mostly so I go through rubber.
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post #6 of 68 Old 09-07-2015, 11:46 PM
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Anakee III would fit the bill imo.
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post #7 of 68 Old 09-08-2015, 01:15 PM
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Webbikeworld didn't like the Next on the DL1000A.
Metzeler Tourance Next Review - webBikeWorld

Bridgestone's replacement for the Battlewing, the Adventure A40 is more road oriented.
Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A40 Tires - RevZilla

Take a look at the Continental TKC 70. Same genre at the Heidenau K60 and Mitas E-07 but radial and more modern tread compounds and construction.
Continental TKC 70 Tires - RevZilla
The New Continental TKC 70 ? ?a revelation?
Continental Motorcycle Tires TKC 70

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post #8 of 68 Old 09-08-2015, 03:34 PM
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I have a TKC70 rear on now and it worked great on my last run in the dirt, and pavement was perfect as well although I didn't get to try them in rain yet. They are 60/40 tire. High quality IMO.

I had Tourance before and really liked them as well, and they do hold well in rain, well tested.
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post #9 of 68 Old 09-08-2015, 04:02 PM
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I'm sitting on about 8000km and I'm going to be looking at a new back tire in the very near future. I'm new to bike riding so I'll be looking at a tyre for 90% pavement. The next set will be more light off road so I'll keep an eye on what you guys have to say on the subject.

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+1 for the Continental TKC70, had them for a month now, longest break in for a tire i ever saw, for the first 1000km(?!?) they had an unsettling feeling/not planted in the front from 90km/h up, now is all set. Im coming from a pair of Heidenau K60 and the road manners are much much better, i feel like riding a different bike in the twisties, very confidence inspiring, im not a sporty rider but got them almost all the way to the sides, now i'm worried about scraping my lowered pegs
Off road i cant see big differences compared the k60(for my riding style), i recently took a 100 km ride on some forest/mountain trails with gravel climbs, big boulders and some minor water crossings - again, very confidence inspiring for my limited offroad skills - i suppose a more advanced rider would feel a much bigger difference compared to the k60, but the vstrom is not a proper dirt bike so these i think are much better suited for the bike.
If they hold for at least 15.000 km i'll def buy them again

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