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Hi all, below is a post I just made in the newbie section so you have a bit of my back ground. But what i'm wondering is what is the best dual sport tire out there. Something that will be good on the road but i wont' have to be afraid of getting off road a little with. Or maybe I should say, dirt roads with.

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Hi all,

Just found this forum today! I was hanging out at www.klr650.net because back in the spring a friend and i ordered new 08 KLR's as our first bikes. However his showed up and mine didn't. When I rode his I realized I was buying the wrong bike. The single does not do it for me. Sounds like a 4 wheeler. And athough i'd like to have the ability to do some off roading the V strom suited me much better.

I got my wee strom 1 month ago today. I turned over 5000 km today and i'm leaving for a trip on Friday. I love the bike! Perfect power for me at this point. Handles amazing. I am thinking of getting the gaurds and dual sport tires so I can do more gravel roads and light trails. I have to confess I have been doing a little of this now but the tires are terrable. I did dump it once when I hit mud but luckly did nothing but broke the clutch lever which I replaced for 7 bucks.

If I had to buy a bike today I'd buy the same one.

If anyone has done there bike up for more adventure touring i'd love to hear about it. I'm thinking of biking through central america next winter!

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Jason,

When choosing a tire I believe a distinction should be made between road and off-road.

If the riding paved and unpaved roads only, then there are a couple of choices in tires. The Metzler Tourance gets lots of praise and I sure like the one I have on the rear of my Wee. A friend of mine has the Avon Distanzias and likes them a lot.

If you are going to ride a mix of both roads and off-road the Continental TKC 80 is a good choice since it is basically a knobby tire for big adventure bikes.

Knobby tires will give you better traction off-road in loose dirt, mud, sand, etc. than tires like a Tourance or Distanzia. The downside to any knobby tire is that it won't last nearly as long as a tire like a Tourance or Distanzia. The rear TKC80 on my Wee lasted about 3000 miles. I expect to get at least twice that mileage from the Tourance.
 

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Jason,

When choosing a tire I believe a distinction should be made between road and off-road.

If the riding paved and unpaved roads only, then there are a couple of choices in tires. The Metzler Tourance gets lots of praise and I sure like the one I have on the rear of my Wee. A friend of mine has the Avon Distanzias and likes them a lot.

If you are going to ride a mix of both roads and off-road the Continental TKC 80 is a good choice since it is basically a knobby tire for big adventure bikes.

Knobby tires will give you better traction off-road in loose dirt, mud, sand, etc. than tires like a Tourance or Distanzia. The downside to any knobby tire is that it won't last nearly as long as a tire like a Tourance or Distanzia. The rear TKC80 on my Wee lasted about 3000 miles. I expect to get at least twice that mileage from the Tourance.
That is a down side considering i'm putting on 1000 km (600 miles) a week right now!
 

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I put the Michelin Anakees on this past weekend and broke them in proper with a good dual sport ride. They are great on gravel, hard-packed dirt, water crossing, and smooth pavement. The other two riders I were with had the Tourance and Distanzias. For all around use - dirt, gravel, pavement - I don't think you can go wrong with one of these tires.

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I think I am going to try out the Metzler Karoo's , they come in 2 versions, one a 90/10 street/offroad and the other a 80/20, tread is similar to the tkc80

I discovered with my SV, that dual sport tires don't last long as already posted, I ran a few sets of Pirelli MTR60-corsas during summer months I'd be lucky to get 1500 miles from a rear but with colder pavement in winter as many as 5000 miles so I ran a regular street tire from May to September and the knobbies in winter .. then I picked up an extra set of rims:mrgreen: I was able to swap quickly if I wanted too

I just orderd a Battlewing rear cause I haven't decided what tires I want to run... I was thinking Continental Road Attacks as a general street tire and Metzler Karoos in late fall & winter & early spring



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Just a quick note on the Karoos. I ran across another thread, either here or at ADV Rider, on the noise of the Karoos compaired to the TKC 80s. For a knobby, I think the TKC's might be the best dual-sport with the Anakees a great 80/20 tire with better wear and on-road manners. I am currently running Distanzias (what was on my last bike as well), but have a set of TKCs waiting in the garage.

Good luck in your choice - I think any of these tires will work well.
 

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Just called my dealer, $217 for a Anakee rear tire. Not cheap. Hope it last me for more than a month! I'll have to shop some US sites, i'm heading that way in a few weeks and might be able to get them shipped there.

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I purchased a set of TKC 80s from Southwest Moto Tires on a Tuesday and they were delivered, free of charge, on Friday. Although I'm only one state away, that was amazing customer service.

The price for both front and rear TKC 80's was right around $200. It looks like their prices for the Anakees are really good as well.
http://arizonamoto.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=SWMT&Category_Code=Anakee
Thanks, I"ll have a look.

Can anyone tell me the differance between the

Michelin Anakee 150/70VR-17 Rear

and

Michelin Anakee 150/70HR-17 Rear


besides that one is $10 less!

Is one Bias and one Radial?

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Thanks, I"ll have a look.

Can anyone tell me the differance between the

Michelin Anakee 150/70VR-17 Rear

and

Michelin Anakee 150/70HR-17 Rear


besides that one is $10 less!

Is one Bias and one Radial?

J
First - get your tires online and have a dealership mount them for you - MUCH cheaper.

The difference between the HR and thr VR is this:

HR is rated to 135MPH sustained - you will never go that fast on the vstrom.
The VR is rated to 145MPH sustained - you will never go that fast on the vstrom. So, save yourself some money and get the HR tire. I just mounted them on my strom this past weekend and highly recommend them for grip and dual sport (80/20) feel. MUCH better than the trailwings.

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Speed ratings for motorcycle tires

The difference between those two tires is the speed rating. You can see the chart at the following link:

http://www.webbikeworld.com/Motorcycle-tires/tire-data.htm

Basically, S rated tires are good for up to 112 mph, H rated for 130 mph, and V rated for 149. Luckily, I can save some money here since my heart is only rated to 125 mph!
 

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I missed the second page of the thread....should have know you guys would be on top of this!
 
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