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I was told that if I wanted to run anything more aggressive than a 50/50 tire I'd need to raise my front fender. Is this true? Also, what tires do you guys recommend? I'm looking for something that'll be good at highway speeds (65 - 80 mph) but still handle good in gravel and mud.
 

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The Heidenau K60 is a 50/50 and you don't have to raise the fender. Anything more aggressive won't do well on the highway. The Shenko 705 is also a good choice but a little more street oriented. There is no tire that is excellent on the highway and in mud both. They are at opposite ends of the spectrum. There has to be some compromise. Just decide where most of your riding will be and go with a tire that best suits it.
 

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I have run Metzeler Karoos (90/10) and there is no need to raise the front fender, however they get kinda sketchy as you approach 80mph
 

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I have a BattleWing on the front and a TrailWing on the back. The K60 looks like it has more aggressive tread, but the Shinko looks similar to my Battlewing.
I was looking into Continental Twinduro TKC80 or Michelin Anakee Wild. Any thoughts on these? I heard the Wild's do well on the highway because they're radials instead of bias ply.
 

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Look at the Shinko 804 and 805 tires. In mud you need knobby tread especially on the front. I rather run Shinko myself, TKC-80s are more expensive to run and not really that great in mud. If you want more miles you could run a TKC-80 front and a K60 rear. There is the Mitas EO7 tires too, guy on eBay sells them. Those kind of tires suck on fast pavement rides though, especially in wet weather. I gave up on riding large bikes off road much though, I mainly run Shinko 705's on my Strom and leave the mud to a lighter DS with aggressive tires. A 705 is far better off road than a Battlewing, you might want to try one first, it may be enough tread for you. The 705 roars like a TKC80 on pavement, its not a overly mild tire. More aggressive than you probably expect, deep tread, large gaps, decent on dirt roads. Ain't nothing good on pavement and mud though, can't have both.

Anakee Wilds are really new, I haven't seen them in person yet. I doubt they offer anything better than a Shinko 804/805 though. If your running off pavement in mud you will want to raise the front fender or loose it. Really should convert to a high fender if you see much mud, the low fender will just clog up with mud or get destroyed. :)
 

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I have a BattleWing on the front and a TrailWing on the back. The K60 looks like it has more aggressive tread, but the Shinko looks similar to my Battlewing.
I was looking into Continental Twinduro TKC80 or Michelin Anakee Wild. Any thoughts on these? I heard the Wild's do well on the highway because they're radials instead of bias ply.
The Shinko 705 and 804/805 are nothing like a battlewing......apples to oranges. I have had great success with the 705, just mounted up a new rear. They are hard to beat for the money especially how well they perform, same goes for the 804/805.
 

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TKC80s rock on asphalt and off-road. The TKC front holds its line better and performs with less under steer when really pushing the tire compared to the 804 on asphalt. Off-road the two are similar and the differences are marginal. The TKC80 rear is fantastic on asphalt, though loud, and definitely better off-road than the 805. TKCs cost twice as much though and I only get about 3000 miles from a rear. If you run 80mph on the slab with TKC80s they will burn right off very quickly. The Shinko 804/805, bias ply, lasts longer because they are harder compound and stiffer than TKCs hence the lower performance on asphalt and off-road. Pay to play. If you gingerly ride your bike back and forth to Starbucks then you won't be able to tell any differnce between the two models and you'll have more money to waste on coffee and gas if you run the Shinkos. My experience and opinion of both these tire models will surely bring out the Shinko fanatics! Bring it on.
 
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