As I mentioned, my rear wont make it to 2k miles. I have 900 miles on them and the rear is at about half gone already. The front will prob make it to 4k-5k. This is very common for the Big Block. The GS guys on ADVRider see similar tire life. But like me, they swear they are the best off-road tire and are the "go to tire".question for those running the "less expensive" Kendas ?
how many miles are they lasting
I ask this because I evaluate on cost per mile ((initial cost + installation) / miles)
It was a very nice combination until the TKC80 was about 80% worn, then it behaved like you would expect a worn knobbie to feel: vibration on braking and in turns. When I replaced the TKC80 with another Tourance it was a revelation: "Oh, the bike corners!"I'm interested in your combination. How did the bike handle on pavement, and in the rain?
+1Mitas E07s. Good compromise but make sure the front is not one of the recalled ones.
I prefer the Karoo T up front, and as well "something else" in back, for me, I've found the darksideTKC-80 up front "something else" on the back is my preferance as well.
I've been toying with the idea of knobby front and darkside rear as well. I like what you said about the darkside in the sand and mud which is were my K60s were not so good. Did you air down in the rocky stuff? If not, do you think that might have helped? My favorites are the TKC80s, but I don't like having to change the rear halfway through a 7K mile trip.I prefer the Karoo T up front, and as well "something else" in back, for me, I've found the darkside
my first knobby was a Karoo T, next I tried a TKC, when that wore out, I went back to Karoos (the T, not MCE) I feel the Karoo T is slightly better on the highway than a TKC, only my preference, iirc, Blacklab tried the Karoo and didn't like it.
I would also like a spare set of wheels, but that's cause I run a studded Karoo in winter
the darkside, well, its different, terrible on rocky off road, not due to traction thought just due to the off road feel, on road however, I can't say enuf good, the wide footprint gives floatation thru deep sand and most importantly thru mud, I can actually ride on dirt roads in northern New England during mud season when cars are mired up to the axles. and what is does in snow (my original reason for experimenting with the darkside) is beyond comprehension of most riders