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What's the best rear tires to put on the newer Stroms?

I have a 2014 DL1000. It will be ridden mostly street with some gravel and virtually no dirt.

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You will get many answers but my pick for on-road touring tire would be Michelin Power Commander 2 and for 50/50 Mitas E07.

Both have good grip and go the distance.
 

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I was at a safety course last weekend hosted by the local police. They mentioned they have tubeless run flat tires on their bikes that can run up to 50miles at 50mph with no air pressure. Does anyone know the details of what brand, cost, performance when inflated, etc are? My only fear in riding is having a front tire blow out on a slab doing 75. I can be more common in Arizona where it's 110deg.
 

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I was at a safety course last weekend hosted by the local police. They mentioned they have tubeless run flat tires on their bikes that can run up to 50miles at 50mph with no air pressure. Does anyone know the details of what brand, cost, performance when inflated, etc are? My only fear in riding is having a front tire blow out on a slab doing 75. I can be more common in Arizona where it's 110deg.
Dunlop makes, or used to at least, a run-flat tire for Police bikes. It may have required a special rim, though.
For the rear, at least, you might want to look into a dark-side run-flat.
 

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What's the best rear tires to put on the newer Stroms?

I have a 2014 DL1000. It will be ridden mostly street with some gravel and virtually no dirt.

Thanks!!
I was very happy with the Metzeler Tourance NEXT tires front and rear for street use. Just about perfect for me, ok for some gravel. It's a 95/5 street biased tire. I'm currently running the old standard Tourance 80/20 to explore more forest service roads.
 

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I'm a big fan of Michelin Pilot Roads on the Strom. Decent mileage, good traction, lovely turn-in feel and great feedback at high lean angles.
 

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Just the rear? No front?
You pulling a perpetual wheelie?
 
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I'll throw in some love for a Shinko 705. Good in gravel, good on pavement, I get about 5000 miles out of one (with a lot of two-up and loaded riding), and they're inexpensive. I like them better than the Battlewings I'm currently running on.
 

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Back in the day, people would mix tires: a hard, long wearing Metzler on the rear and a softer Michelin Anakee on the front. The thinking was that both would wear out at the same time rather than the normal 2:1 ratio.
 

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I wonder why that is. I've run a mix of tires on my bike, and had guys react to that like I was courting disaster. No idea why.
 

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My last tires were Michelin Pilot Roads, and loved them. Time around I've gone with Shinko 805 for a change.
 

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Just the rear? No front?
You pulling a perpetual wheelie?
Front is good. Rear is less than 50%. I'll replace the front one when I wear it out.
 

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I wonder why that is. I've run a mix of tires on my bike, and had guys react to that like I was courting disaster. No idea why.
You weren't courting disaster. Those Experts you encountered are informed by what they have heard and read. I see so many riders out there who use track-day tires on every-man roads which are never swept on Sunday mornings. But that is a fashion born between the pages of motorcycle reviews written about a super bike ridden on a track in Spain on press day. Don't get me wrong, I like nice tires and I refresh them before the bitter end. But there is nothing wrong with mixing tires. Front and rear tires have different job descriptions. So the next time the experts challenge you just mention the fact that MotoGP bike commonly run with different tires front to back. //end rant//
 

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I just ordered a Shinko 705. Thanks for all the advice!!
 

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I was at a safety course last weekend hosted by the local police. They mentioned they have tubeless run flat tires on their bikes that can run up to 50miles at 50mph with no air pressure. Does anyone know the details of what brand, cost, performance when inflated, etc are? My only fear in riding is having a front tire blow out on a slab doing 75. I can be more common in Arizona where it's 110deg.
Blowouts or loss of pressure isn't all that bad on a bike.
I dunno why but I've had it happen twice and the front just got mushy as hell but I was able to get it over to the side no issues.
Tires weren't even shredded. It may have something to do with less weight on the front.
 
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Blowouts or loss of pressure isn't all that bad on a bike.
I dunno why but I've had it happen twice and the front just got mushy as hell but I was able to get it over to the side no issues.
Tires weren't even shredded. It may have something to do with less weight on the front.

True. I've never had a flat break the bead.
 

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I just ordered a Shinko 705. Thanks for all the advice!!
I think you'll like them. They're a little more buzzy than something like a Battlewing because of the tread pattern, and they tend to fall into a turn more abruptly than other brands (though it may not be as noticeable since you won't have a 705 on the front).

I put a set on before a trip to Maine last year. All loaded two up riding on everything from dry concrete to wet dirt, and never had a single "oh crap" moment. I really like them. And being able to buy a set of them for what you pay for one tire from other brands is a nice incentive.
 
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