Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: J'ville, Alabama
I've had a Tourance EXP before the 705 and a regular Tourance on the front after the 705's with zero wear issues. The bike came with Tourance EXP's when I bought it around 2012 and those soft stickies were done by 5k, but there was no cupping even with the stock suspension.
My last 705 front was cupping so bad I serviced my forks thinking the oil may be low. I tried a couple since there so cheap. But, there was no change in the tread wear, both 705's cupped bad. But that was around 3 years ago, maybe they are better now. I switched to a Tourance and now a Battlewing front and those last and last for me.
I'm mostly an engine braking guy. My last regular Tourance front went over 8k and it was almost on the wear bars. I got tired of waiting to see how far it would go and put a Battlewing to match the rear. I figured I better pull it before my 3,000 mile trip.The front is wearing like iron, but the Battlewings are the best pavement handling tires I've had with good life Not too bad on dirt roads. I loved the EXP's, just didn't last long enough.
I've been running 38/42 when the luggage is full and 38/40 running empty. I leave the alloy panniers on and the Givi top case stays on 100%. Plus I'm 260 lbs, so the bike always has a good load on it.
I think I liked the TKC's better than the 705 on the heavier bikes, but I don't need aggressive tires like that now. I'm staying on decent roads now, I avoid mud and trails these days.
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