Any recommendations for dual sport tires for dl1000 - I ride mostly on paved roads but enjoy dirt/gravel and want to explore some trail riding...heidenau k76? currently on bike seem pretty much useless offroad...
In order of knobbieness:
Continental TKC 80 & Kenda Big Block
Continental TKC 70, Heidenau K60 Scout, Mitas E-07
Shinko 705 & Full Bore M40
then the so-called 80/20 or 90/10 tires like the Metzeler Tourance, Brigestone Battlewing, Michelin Anakee 3, and similar. There is no way to measure 80% street & 20% dirt, so the tire companies call their tires whatever they want to call them.
Haven't really been offroad yet other than on a few trails - the tires I have are ok on dirt and gravel - but I need more "knobbiness" to do anything else - I guess I'm looking for a better offroad tire that still handles well on the street.
I realize this is a difficult compromise - but for such a heavy bike offroad I will need some traction to stay upright...I am ok if tires wear out over the season but need them to handle of the road ok if I am to explore much...not trying to do single track or anything crazy like that...
Anyone have these tires? They look comparable to TKC-80 but about $100 less for the pair...I mostly ride on the street but want some "bite" to explore trails...any idea touring how many kms on the road these might last?
This is likely too late for the OP, but for anyone else.. I bit the bullet and bought a set of Heidenau K60 Scouts and put them on my '05 Strom last fall. They were spendy, but reviews said they'd last forever so..
A couple thousand miles in, and I have been very very pleased. I ride mostly pavement, but hit the gravel when I can. They seem to hold their own very well in both conditions, and they look nearly brand new.
The only scary thing was at about 300 miles, I stupidly took them out in the wet. I wouldn't recommend that for the first 500-700 miles. It was a little scary. Now they are totally fine in the Seattle rain.
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