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post #1 of 80 Old 03-04-2018, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Battlax Adventure A41 tire

I'm in the planning stages of a trip out west this summer, and I'm in the market for a tire. I'll be riding two up, and sadly parts of the trip are going to be on the interstate. Most of the trip will be on pavement, but there are a couple spots (Phantom Canyon Rd, Moki Dugway, Valley of the Gods Road) where I'll be seeing a little bit of dirt/gravel. I've considered both the Heidenau K60 and the Mitas E07, but I really don't need a 50/50 tire when 90 percent of the ride is going to be on pavement. I've seen that Bridgestone has released a new tire, the A41 Adventure, that looks like it might be a candidate for the trip (it'll be 4000-5000 miles, depending on which way I ride home, and only about the first 2000 will be two up). Trouble is, I haven't really found any reviews of the performance of this tire other that the publicity information released by Bridgestone, so I wanted to see if anyone here had any experience with it yet.

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Buy a new L7 V-strom and you can get a set.

I'm curious too. Looks like a really good tire. My cheapo 705's are a bit noisy on the asphalt.

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Looks like they are around $15 bucks each more than the T31's.

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Normally I'd just stay with the Shinkos; I really like them. I just know from experience that they might not last the entire trip

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I'll give you a perspective answer. 40 years ago I had a 20 year old BSA rocket. I rode it on street and desert terrain. I didn't know anything about adventure tires as they had not been invented yet. The adventure was in the rider, not the tire. So I made do with bias ply street tires and was just happy to have the riding experience. So I'd say gearing up your bike for the 5% of the time off road doesn't make sense; choose a good street tire that has great rain traction; rain is the challenge, not a dry dirt road. I wish you the happiest of memories on your trip.
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40 years ago bikes didn't commonly have fuel injection and had archaic suspensions. You made do with the experience because that's the only choice you had; you couldn't make a choice for a better suspension, tires, or fueling system because you didn't have a choice. Now we have a lot of choices, including choices in tires suited for all kinds of riding conditions. If there's a tire available that can make that "5%" of the ride safer and more enjoyable (especially when I have someone riding with me) and still perform adequately on the road, then I'll take advantage of the choices available to me. I'll also take advantage of the vast knowledge and experiences of the guys who inhabit this forum to help make the choice. I've been riding since '83, and while I may occasionally wax nostalgic about the good old days of bias ply tires and rebuilding carbs in parking lots, I'll take modern tech any day. There are plenty of ADV tire choices out there that work good on pavement, have good wet road handling, and do well in gravel and dirt; why not avail yourself of those choices? The A41 is a new tire in that niche that I don't have any experience with; hence, my starting this thread.

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Get the original Tourance..........they will make the trip and be better off pavement than the A40 or A41.

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Weren't the Tourances replaced by the NEXT, or something along those lines?

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Weren't the Tourances replaced by the NEXT, or something along those lines?
Nope. They still sell to original Tourance but also the NEXT and EXP (listed in order of increasing street % versus off-road %).
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The A41 looks like a good tire, though a bit expensive. I'm curious to see how they perform. Always been happy with Bridgestone on other bikes in the past. Currently have a set of Metzler Tourance Next waiting to install, and I think after that I'll try the A41.

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I can't speak for the A41's but always leery of manufacturer's claims or Revzilla for that matter. I took a lengthy camping trip out west in 2016 from Indiana that totaled around 8,000 miles and had a new set of A40's on a DL1000. The rear was done at a little over 6,000 so had to find a dealer to replace that in North Dakota. Most of the trip was two lane highways and backroads, maybe a third interstates and a small amount of gravel/dirt roads riding one up but with a fair load, camp gear etc. The friend who made the trip with me on a similar loaded bike, a Super Tenere, was running Mitas E-07's that gave double the wear life I had with the A40's and had no issues. I've since switched to Mitas and have on complaints other than they are a bear to install if you do it yourself.
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