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I'm looking at replacing the OEM 'Wings on my Wee... There are so many options out there and so many opinions that it can be confusing. I'm leaning toward the Avon Azaro front/Storm rear...They're long-lasting, reasonably sticky, good wet weather, street tires. But as many point out, street tires aren't what the Wee was made for. I would be interested in some dual-sport tires, but I have a few questions...

Don't most dual sport tires wear out faster than street tires?
Are dual sport tires really that much better than street tires on mild off-road riding (i.e. well graded gravel and dirt roads)? I know street tires are bad in mud, but I avoid mud when I can.
What other tires have similar qualities of the Avon Azaro/Storm that are good on the Wee?
 

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Don't most dual sport tires wear out faster than street tires?

Not necessarily. Metzeler Tourances lasted me a pretty long time. IIRC, I think I got ~15K mi out of a set. Semi-knobbies like the TKC 80 or Karoo T do have a fairly short life though, but not that short when compared to some of the softer sport tires.

Are dual sport tires really that much better than street tires on mild off-road riding (i.e. well graded gravel and dirt roads)?

No, not at all, again unless you're talking about a semi-knobby. Street-oriented DS tires are marginally better, but when compared to the likes of the TKC 80 they are really all about the same. For maintained dirt roads, a pure street tire would do just fine.

What other tires have similar qualities of the Avon Azaro/Storm that are good on the Wee?

I don't have experience with those tires, but if I were to stick largely to pavement I would not hesitate to fit Tourances again. They're a pretty good all-round, all-weather tire.
 

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The only experience I have with the Storms was on a completely different bike so it really has no bearing. I've heard they last fairly well though. For other similar tires just look for the sport touring variety, Continental Road Attacks have gotten good reviews that I've read.
 

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I'm running a Tourance on the rear now, and it's wearing fairly well. But I was so happy with the stock Trail Wing on the front, that I've actually just replaced it (today) with another one.

It's a great rain and highway tire, adequate on dirt roads, sticks well enough to scrape the pegs in the twisties, and it lasted me nearly 11,000 miles (17,000 kms). What's not to like?

So I may just stick with this Tourance/Rear and TW/Front combination from now on.


Are dual sport tires really that much better than street tires on mild off-road riding (i.e. well graded gravel and dirt roads)?
Yes definitely, and especially if you end up on something a little more 'tangly' than a graded dirt road. If you ever end up on some loose rocky terrain, the greater number of leading edges and wider voids of a dualsport tire will help you out a lot, particularly on terrain like this...




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I'm using Conti Trail Attacks. They grip like crazy, but seem to be less immune to tar strips than the trail wings were. My road is a narrow, crowned, and tar-covered country road, and I found myself sliding past my driveway one rainy day after work. That surprised me. I also have had the rear end walk out on me on the highway at about 75mph on a tar strip, which was not fun, to say the least (also in the wet). The Trail Wings never did that. In the dry, the trail Attacks are very grippy, with a nice predictable and neutral roll-in. Very nice tire.
 
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