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post #1 of 87 Old 04-20-2017, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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Tires -- What are your current Favorites

Just wondering what people currently like in tires. I am soon due for a new set. I have been running the stock tires but thinking of moving on to something else. I recently spent two weeks in New Zealand on a rented V-Strom 650 which was outfitted with Michelin Anakee tires and I quite liked them. Put 4500 kms on some great roads and was very happy with the bike and the tires. Overall a fabulous trip.

By the way the bike I rented (a 2014) had close to 70,000 kms on it when I returned it to the rental agency and it ran just as good as my own bike which is also a 2014 but it only has about 9,000 kms on it. The only issue with the rental bike was the chain which I had to adjust (and of course lube) a few times to keep it from making clunking noises. As you all know this is an amazing bike especially considering its cost.
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post #2 of 87 Old 04-20-2017, 08:52 PM
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I've run several sets of Trailwings, Shinkos, Tourances, and one set of Anakees. I mostly stay on pavement. Prefer either the Trailwing and Tourance because they seem to wear the best. I would not buy another set of the Shinko tires.

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Shinko 804/805 if you ride enough off pavement. Shinko 705 if you ride a lot of pavement with the occasional fire road or light off road duty. If all you ride is pavement I really like Pilot Roads in their various flavors.
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Depends on the riding mix.

Personally I love K60 Scouts for durable ( incredible ) and stability off pavement ...

I'm using Mitas E8 in Australia ...not quite as durable as the Scouts but love the pavement handling and in the wet....for a 50-50 tire ....very nice.

I have Pilot 3s currently for pavement but will switch to the K60s when they wear out. No complaints but nothing outstanding and they are terrible in gravel.

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post #5 of 87 Old 04-20-2017, 10:55 PM
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I ride mostly pavement with a little bit of gravel every now and then. I really like the Anakee III. In curves on pavement they are steadier and hold a line better than the stock Bridgestones. Don't require much in the way of mid corner corrections. They do seem to turn in a little slower. I have been super satisfied with them and if they wear well, I will put them on again at the next tire change.
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post #6 of 87 Old 04-20-2017, 11:23 PM
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Depends on the riding mix.
Exactly. Some are always on pavement and prefer a sport touring street tire like a Michelin Pilot Road 4, Bridgestone Battleax T30 Evo, or Avon Storm 3D X-M (15,000 mile warranty).

Others are in rough stuff and like a full knobby. Or an almost full knobby like a Heidenkau K60 or Mitas E-07.

Many like the 90/10 (or 80/20) "adventure touring" tires like the Michelin Anakee 3, Metzeler Tourance, or Avon Trailrider AV53/AV54.

I tend toward the newest tire of the type I'm looking for. The tire companies are continually improving the tire casing, rubber compounds, and tread pattern.
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post #7 of 87 Old 04-20-2017, 11:32 PM
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Easy for me. Michelin Anakee 3s. Probably on my 7th or 8th set on 3 different ADV bikes.
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Easy for me. Michelin Anakee 3s. Probably on my 7th or 8th set on 3 different ADV bikes.
I'm with you.
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post #9 of 87 Old 04-22-2017, 05:39 PM
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I'm thinking of trying these when my Shinko 705's wear out.
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post #10 of 87 Old 04-22-2017, 06:53 PM
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I have used original Tourance, RP3 + 4's, Original & 2's Anakee's, Continental's, Bridgestone's, and most recently the Avon Trailrider's.... and have decided they are my new fave's.
If you do pavement only, go with the PR4's... Outstanding street performance (especially in the wet!) but worthless off pavement.
I will most likely replace the Trail riders with the same tire next time ( I do frequent graded road / jeep trails 2 up on the weekends).
6K / mi. so far & most pleased with all performance aspects (other than a bit of noise a some speeds) and tread life (aprox. 65% tread left now) and a strong value for the money.
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