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After many, many miles, one year after I got my Wee, it's gettin time for new tires...
I don't really do all that much trails or gravel, but must admit, i seem to get much more mileage out of dual sport tires vs. regular street tires.

My wee had Anakee's front and back, and I'm on little over 12000 miles on both, front and rear.
I don't really notice much handling difference vs. street tires when doing blacktop roads only, and I do alot of twisties living in the Smoky Mountains.

Just curious if others find it better to stick with street tires vs. dual sport tires?
 

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I'm getting better life from Pilot Road 3 than from Tourance. The PR3 are great in the wet. Next time I'll take a close look at the Bridgestone Battleax T-30, the replacement for their BT-023. PR4 are getting great reviews, but the T-30 cost less.
 

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I got >5000 on a set of PR3's mostly riding in the Smokies. I will admit that it was aggressive two-up riding on a Vee however they performed great especially in the wet. I just installed a new PR4 on the rear. I'll be curious to how much I get out of it. Supposed to get 20% more life according to Michelin.
 

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After many, many miles, one year after I got my Wee, it's gettin time for new tires...
I don't really do all that much trails or gravel, but must admit, i seem to get much more mileage out of dual sport tires vs. regular street tires.

My wee had Anakee's front and back, and I'm on little over 12000 miles on both, front and rear.
I don't really notice much handling difference vs. street tires when doing blacktop roads only, and I do alot of twisties living in the Smoky Mountains.

Just curious if others find it better to stick with street tires vs. dual sport tires?
I just replaced an Anakee 3 (14k miles, not bad) with a Dunlop Trailmax on the rear. Its rated as an 80/20 tire and doesn't make the worn wheel bearing sound the Anakee's did. (I also wear ear plugs, but I hear more engine and exhaust sounds now :thumbup: than I did with that Anakee white noise in the background)
Plus, I like the way they look! Like you, I stick with maintained roads, though around here, that means dirt roads, too. If I get 10k miles out of them, I'll be happy.
 

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I have Shinko 705s on my 05 Wee. I can't complain at all. They are quiet and handle well plus have some rough road ability.
 

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Thanks for the input so far, When I hit over 12K miles on Anakee 2's, I was doubting if street tires like the Battleax can match that tirelife.
The Dunlop Trailmax sounds like an option worth looking at, I like mix in the line of 80/20.
 

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I have Shinko 705s on my 05 Wee. I can't complain at all. They are quiet and handle well plus have some rough road ability.
Time to see a hearing specialist. :mrgreen: Love mine , but they are loud , esp. compared to a true street only tire.
 

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Apparently. I just mounted up a fresh set of Full Bore M40 tires (nearly identical to the 705) and they are quieter. But to call them quiet would be misleading. Now the front 705 I pulled had 15K on it and was cupped pretty bad , so "rolling" again on a fresh tire is nice. But my sets both "talk".:mrgreen:
 

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I just got a Full Bore rear. Dealer didn't have 705's. Exact to Shinko but a couple bucks more. Made for distributor by Shinko. I got about 5K out of the 705 rear. No complaints except that when new they rumble a bit when new at low speed. For the price it's a good tire. The 705's do feel funky when worn and dance on rough roads at the end of life.
At half the price of a tourance it's mo bettah!
Just did several hundred miles of Sierra back roads and gobs of twisties before the change.
 

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I was considering switching to straight street tires, but just yesterday when I hit an unexpected 1 mile gravel road while exploring new routes, and knowing full well how street tires handle on just regular grass, I decided to just go back and get Anakee's again.
With close to 13K miles on my current Anakee 2's, there's no reason to complain, even if I don't like the looks of the Anakee 3's.
Price plays a role for me, so I might look into the Dunlop Trailmax which I never considered before.
 

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I just got a Full Bore rear. Dealer didn't have 705's. Exact to Shinko but a couple bucks more. Made for distributor by Shinko.
The Full Bore M40 looks like a 705 Shinko. But if you measure the gap between the rubber blocks it has quite a bit more gap than the Shinko. Either one is possibly one of the best all around choices for someone that rides in loose stuff some. The only thing I don't like...is the 4-5,000 miles per rear tire.

And yes, I consider them a noisy tire compared to a pure street tire. But not bothersome noisy.
 

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I've never had such a hard time picking a tire. This is my first "Adventure" bike, & I do find myself in the dirt, occasionally. Oh what to do... :green_lol:

I've had dirt bikes & street bikes, but this is my first pig in the dirt.
I think I'm going with more street than dirt & deal with the off-road consequences.
 

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The Full Bore M40 looks like a 705 Shinko. But if you measure the gap between the rubber blocks it has quite a bit more gap than the Shinko. Either one is possibly one of the best all around choices for someone that rides in loose stuff some. The only thing I don't like...is the 4-5,000 miles per rear tire.

And yes, I consider them a noisy tire compared to a pure street tire. But not bothersome noisy.
+1 I will add that I got 8K out of the rears of my 705s (H rated). The FB are V rated (softer) and I just don't see 8 coming off the M40s. Hoping 5. They do seem quieter , but still a noisey tire.
 
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