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post #1 of 68 Old 04-03-2017, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
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Best long ride tire set-up.

Getting ready to ride a cross-continental road trip and back. Starting in south Florida, working my way to California, then head to PAC west. Over the upper states to east coast, and then back down to Florida. Thinking my best tire set-up is a Shinko 705 front... long lasting, with plenty of grip, and still can do some off road, and a Mitas E-07 rear. Not sure if I should go with Dakar, or regular.
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A friend with a Strom is running the 712 Shinko's. He says they last a long time.
The 705's last 5-6K in the back and 10-12K in the front.
If it's all highway, no dirt, get the 712's. More economical.
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If you want rear one to last as long as your front 705 go for Anakee 3.
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K60 scouts for endurance and good on road - off pavement mix

E7s a bit stickier in the wet on pavement ...not quite the durability ....quieter than the K60s.

Look at the Alaska threads for tire choice....

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How many miles total 2stroke? Sounds like your almost doing a 4 corner trip which is roughly 7,000 miles. It's doable on one set of tires and I also a E07 fan. Unless you are going to change tires on the side of the road, I would go with the Dakars.

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I'll be doing off road too. I can get 15k out of a front 705, and they have tremendous grip. I'm thinking better grip than the E-07 front. I don't care as much about the rear. K-60s don't have great pavement grip, but last a long time. I'm thinking with this combo, I'll be able to ride 7k miles without changing them.
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A friend with a Strom is running the 712 Shinko's. He says they last a long time.
The 705's last 5-6K in the back and 10-12K in the front.
If it's all highway, no dirt, get the 712's. More economical.

I'm on my second 712 rear, got about 5k on the first. That's typical though for any rear tire I've used. The front 712 will go 3 rears more than likely, still looks good.

Tire life is more dependent on road surface, temp, riding style, etc. than brand. Forum reports on mileage need to be taken in that context.

It gets hot here in the desert and the roads have high mineral content. Guys at work that buy expensive tires report about the same mileage as I do.
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Metzler ME880, oversize, will drop rpm's by 4%. Old design and bargain priced. For mild off road useable, I did, but not for serious off road. No problems on regular gravel roads. Will last well over 7k and will not square off much. Good grip once warmed up. Stiff sidewalls tire. If not available any longer ME888 instead. I ran Tourance in the front with it.
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