To Knobby or not? - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
Suspension and Tire Tech For all discussions related to your suspension and tire set-ups.

 45Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 50 Old 02-25-2019, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
jgendr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Southern Mississippi
Posts: 95
Garage
To Knobby or not?

I'm looking to do some off road trail/ camping trips with my 14 wee. We have a lot of Sand and Mud down here in the south and I'm thinking Lots more grip. Has anybody knobbied the rubber or do you just suggest an 80/20. I'd love to find a spare set of Rims to make it easier to swap but not having much luck with abs compatibles for mine. I can find non abs all day long but dont want idiot light staring me in the face all day long.
jgendr is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 50 Old 02-25-2019, 06:51 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 184
Garage
I've had 3 sets of Shinko 804/805's that worked well enough.
But think I'll go with their 705 next time. I've got a WR250 that I can (minimalist) camp with now. The DL is getting too heavy to pick up on the type of roads I like.
on2wheels52 is offline  
post #3 of 50 Old 02-25-2019, 07:48 PM
$tromtrooper
 
drrod's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Posts: 1,871
The Mita E07's get good reviews as a "knobby" that works good on pavement as well as off road and get's good mileage.

drrod is offline  
 
post #4 of 50 Old 02-25-2019, 08:37 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
PerazziMx14's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 1,494
Dirt bias 80/20 will suck as they sing to you on pavement and wear quickly. 705's will be just as good as race slicks in the deep sand or mud. The are considered to be an 80/20 tire but 80% street bias 20% dirt.

As far as the idiot light staring you in the face, unplug the bulb or put a piece of electrical tape over it.
PerazziMx14 is offline  
post #5 of 50 Old 02-25-2019, 09:22 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Pasadna area
Posts: 13,609
I've run several sets of Shinko 705's but tried an 805 on a 2K mile trip to Colorado. I liked the 805 better than the 705.
I didn't think the 705 I had would have made the 2 K trip at's why I tried the 805. I'm low miles at this time so both tires are waiting for a chance to get worn out.
The spare Strom provided the donor rim for the 805.
jgendr likes this.
notacop is offline  
post #6 of 50 Old 02-25-2019, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
jgendr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Southern Mississippi
Posts: 95
Garage
Been watching Fleebay for rims but worried about bent or warped and not able to get my money back

2014 DL650 VStorm
jgendr is offline  
post #7 of 50 Old 02-25-2019, 09:57 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Pasadna area
Posts: 13,609
I got a salvage that needed forks. Everything else seems to be in fine fettle. Forks cost more than the bike, thanks to a member here, I am Smiling.
Rims are a bugger, i got a set for a beemer and spent as much on straightening as I did for the wheels. I was lucky to break even selling them.
Minor dents can be easily fixed by the right folks.
notacop is offline  
post #8 of 50 Old 02-25-2019, 10:19 PM
Super Moderator
 
Brockie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Gatton, Queensland, Australia
Posts: 4,580
Garage
I am on my 2nd or 3rd set of Mitas E-07's. They are 50/50 tyres.

Nothing will turn your V-Strom into a dirt bike. Covering long sections of soft, deep sand, or mud, are only for the skilled that can ride at higher speeds while on the pegs and that can quickly correct any wiggle while keeping the throttle pinned. Even they will eventually have an incident.

For the majority of us, the V-Strom is a bike capable of traveling across the country while still being able to venture onto unsealed roads or even formed tracks. The V-Strom is so heavy that in loose or wet conditions it will willingly fall into, and follow, any rut.

A firm undersurface with an inch of sand, dirt or gravel? No problems for a good rider with 50/50 tyres where it may be concerning on OEM rubber.

Knoblies? They are not as grippy on sealed roads (or in the wet) and will wear quicker, but they are great in the loose stuff. You just need to be aware of where your chosen tyres perform - and where you need to take more care.

p.s. .....and where, if you do not like repair bills, to turn around and go back.

2010 Weestrom; 2017 Kawasaki Versys-X300; 1988 Suzuki GSXR1100
Brockie is offline  
post #9 of 50 Old 02-25-2019, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
jgendr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Southern Mississippi
Posts: 95
Garage
At Half a century old, I have found out that "Adulting" can be hard work! But I'm a dam good rider on and off road. I ain't too afraid of getting into some nasties, just need the extra grip to make sure I can get through. I plan on heading out on the dirt and gravel trails in the National forest for some quality No Techno alone time. No cell, No Email, No Nothing, but me, the Bike, my Hammock, a fire and some food. Besides the Wife like me out of the house so she can sleep in on weekends. lol

Sounds like Heaven don't it LOL

2014 DL650 VStorm
jgendr is offline  
post #10 of 50 Old 02-25-2019, 11:31 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Mississauga, ON
Posts: 2,667
Quote:
Originally Posted by jgendr View Post
At Half a century old, I have found out that "Adulting" can be hard work! But I'm a dam good rider on and off road. I ain't too afraid of getting into some nasties, just need the extra grip to make sure I can get through. I plan on heading out on the dirt and gravel trails in the National forest for some quality No Techno alone time. No cell, No Email, No Nothing, but me, the Bike, my Hammock, a fire and some food. Besides the Wife like me out of the house so she can sleep in on weekends. lol

Sounds like Heaven don't it LOL
for what you are planing to do (sand and mud) seems like 50/50 will be the right tires. Perhaps Mitas E07. BTW - If you are interested in rear ABS wheel for 2012-16 650 send me PM.
Rick123 is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Heads up, 60/40 front knobby sale....$43 Motor7 Suspension and Tire Tech 24 04-12-2017 07:51 PM
Knobby Front Tire Fit On a 2012? liketoride2 DL650A - 2012-2016 5 04-04-2012 07:45 AM
Rear knobby on front? ockerstrom Australia-New Zealand 23 03-01-2012 04:57 PM
Knobby tires? what to get? cmn1771 V-Strom Service and Maintenance Questions and Discussions 11 12-09-2009 04:12 PM
Mitas E09 rear strom knobby boatvs General V-Strom Discussion 8 02-27-2009 04:41 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome