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post #1 of 5 Old 10-23-2017, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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Tire choice for a V noob

Good morning, good evening, and good something to ya! Just bought a (used) 2014 V 1000 Adventure ABS (is this what ya'll refer to as a V2?). Bike had about 5k miles when purchased, just hit 8k and so far loving the bike. Here is my predicament:

I may be trying to do too much with the bike, and my tires have suffered the consiquences! With the purchase of the bike, I've found a special place in my heart for off-roading (if you can call dirt tracks and gravel "off-road") For this the stock Battlewings the bike came with seemed to handle itself amiacably. This is all well and good.

BUT! I also enjoy a hard +100mph sprint down the highway, and tearing down mountain roads after my sportbike riding friends. This past weekend was spent riding 800miles from south Atlanta, up Blood Mountain and on to the Tail of the Dragon. During the mountain passes, the Battlewings did surprisingly well (good enough to drag the pegs a few times) but also melted the tires in some places. And the highway commute on the way to the mountains (70+ mph cruising) has flatened the center of the poor rear tire. At this point my friend noted that it's only a J-rated tire (SERIOUSLY?!?) This will not bode well when the bike makes it's first Iron Butt ride. On a side note it was great fun telling them to "suck it" as I took the forest service road as a shortcut, and they had to ride all the way around the mountain

I've read probably a dozen tire threads on here, but nothing seems to quite match what I need. I've been looking at the Shinko 712's, which seem great for the road aspects of life (and that price is CHEAP) but they look like they'd become useless if anyone even mentions mud. On the other hand the 705's look great for when the pavement ends, but I worry about melting the rubber when things get too fast; or flat-lining the tire on the 1000-mile-a-day highway rides.

Is there any decent middle ground? Or should I just break the news to my wife that I need ANOTHER bike in our garage?!? Bearing in mind that I could care less about road noise, that's what earplugs and a Sena is for
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-23-2017, 05:50 PM
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I think your friend was just trying to slow your down! From memory, Battlewings are V rated. Just go to The Tire thread for unlimited opinions on different tyres from all types of riding.

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post #3 of 5 Old 10-23-2017, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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Just went and looked myself, it is a V rated tire. I think he was seeing the "Type-J" :P
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-24-2017, 12:48 PM
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I am liking my first set of Avon TrailRiders. Able to keep up with my VFR buddies on pavement and they seem to handle tame gravel and dirt roads fine.

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Good morning, good evening, and good something to ya! Just bought a (used) 2014 V 1000 Adventure ABS (is this what ya'll refer to as a V2?). Bike had about 5k miles when purchased, just hit 8k and so far loving the bike. Here is my predicament:

I may be trying to do too much with the bike, and my tires have suffered the consiquences! With the purchase of the bike, I've found a special place in my heart for off-roading (if you can call dirt tracks and gravel "off-road") For this the stock Battlewings the bike came with seemed to handle itself amiacably. This is all well and good.

BUT! I also enjoy a hard +100mph sprint down the highway, and tearing down mountain roads after my sportbike riding friends. This past weekend was spent riding 800miles from south Atlanta, up Blood Mountain and on to the Tail of the Dragon. During the mountain passes, the Battlewings did surprisingly well (good enough to drag the pegs a few times) but also melted the tires in some places. And the highway commute on the way to the mountains (70+ mph cruising) has flatened the center of the poor rear tire. At this point my friend noted that it's only a J-rated tire (SERIOUSLY?!?) This will not bode well when the bike makes it's first Iron Butt ride. On a side note it was great fun telling them to "suck it" as I took the forest service road as a shortcut, and they had to ride all the way around the mountain

I've read probably a dozen tire threads on here, but nothing seems to quite match what I need. I've been looking at the Shinko 712's, which seem great for the road aspects of life (and that price is CHEAP) but they look like they'd become useless if anyone even mentions mud. On the other hand the 705's look great for when the pavement ends, but I worry about melting the rubber when things get too fast; or flat-lining the tire on the 1000-mile-a-day highway rides.

Is there any decent middle ground? Or should I just break the news to my wife that I need ANOTHER bike in our garage?!? Bearing in mind that I could care less about road noise, that's what earplugs and a Sena is for
If you ride hard on pavement any knobbie will hurt you in the corners. Especially in North GA with the tar snakes everywhere. I ran tkc 80's once, they didn't work good enough on dirt roads for the penalty on pavement. I rather use Shinko 705's for dirt roads and decent pavement performance. A 705 will cup and roar though. To me a strom is best on mild dirt roads, so my favorite tires are the original Tourances, Battlewings and 705's. I live on a dirt road, so I like a 705 a lot, but the Battlewings are great for mostly pavement. Tourances are in between those two and more expensive. Try them all and find what works for you.

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