Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Werribee, Vic, AU
I find the standard tyres when purchased to be quite "iffy" on anything except dry bitumen. Even gravel driveways can be "interesting".
I fitted Mitas E-07s to my 2012 DL650 after the originals wore down - that was just over 20 000 km (12 000 miles). I found the Mitas E-07s to have excellent grip on dry sealed roads, good grip on formed roads (dirt, clay, gravel) and good grip on sand. They had a life of 25 000 km (about 15 000 miles).
The only places I found them lacking was on wet tram (streetcar) tracks and on roadworks where smooth clay had been watered (where i was riding on a wing and a prayer as I found it to be worse than wet glass).
I haven't tried others to compare as I was very satisfied. Currently I'm trying to wear out the originals on my 2015 DL650.
There's nothing I can't do, but there's a lot I won't do.
SUZI - I'm in love with her, but I'm afraid she's taking me for a ride.
SUZI - she dumped me, I was hurt, but we're both recovering now. We'll be going out together again once we're both feeling better.
We're both better now, but with heated grips, SUZI's now hot stuff!
Alas, poor SUZI [DL650 L2A 2012 - 2015 R.I.P.], I knew her well. After being dumped a second time, I must farewell her.
I'm not flighty, but SUZI II [DL650 L5A] has now stolen my heart.