Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Gatton, Queensland, Australia
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