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First, I loved the stock Battlewings. They performed great on road and lasted 13,000 miles. If it were not for the fact that I want to do a little off pavement riding at the gatherings I would probably go with the Battlewings again.

I don't want to give up any of the performance through the twisty mountain roads, but need a little more dirt road capability. And wet wood bridge, I have slipped off of them before. No fun and I don't want to break a leg.

I have used Metzler Tourances in the past and liked them, but I am open to other options.

So what is the consensus for best 80/20 or universal tires out there for the Vee2?

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You owe it to yourself to give the Shinko 705 a shot, they handle much better "on road" then they should. A road type tire that I was surprised how well it did in gravel and hard pack, was the Dunlop TR91....loved that tire.
 

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How long do the Shinko 705's last?
I believe the rear was like 6 or 7K on my ole 1000, the 650's tend to get a bit better mileage as you know. Considering how cheap these tires are to buy, that kind of mileage for me is plenty good.....plenty. Many troopers run these tires for multiple reasons, and they are most certainly much better than their price reflects.
 

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We used the Tourances on our Alaskan trip last summer. They worked fine and we did 9,000 miles on them, both the 13-650 and 14-1000. The 1000's were worn out at the end , 650 had maybe another 1,000-1,500 left in them. We did notice when mounting them the rears are made in a different place than before and they were much harder to mount than the older Tourances. Very hard to get to bead properly.
 

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How long do the Shinko 705's last?
3500-4000 miles on my DL 1000 for the rear. Front is good for at least two rears. As BigB says, much better in the twisties than anyone would think. Peg dragging good. Great in rain.

I have a set of the new TKC 70's on my DL 650 right now. Have not had them in the mountains yet, but no chicken strips and they feel VERY light in the turns. Probably slightly more aggressive ( off road style ) tread gap/pattern/depth than the Shinko. Front tire is going to give you some feed back that some might be calling wobble. I don't pay attention to that. I would prefer these over the Shinko for off road and back roads so far.

Except for the price difference which if you don't mind spooning on a rear fairly often is hard to beat with the Shinko.
 

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I 2nd the TKC70's! I never did get to use my set up before I sold the bike, but thought they worked great on the road, and great in the dirt.
 

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I thought about the Heidenau scouts, but the center rib seems to reduce their off road performance after a little while.

I'm going to order the Shinkos. That will get me past the eastern gathering and then I will probably go back to the battle wing for the rest of the year.


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I'm going to order the Shinkos. That will get me past the eastern gathering and then I will probably go back to the battle wing for the rest of the year.
That is one of the best things about the Shinko 705. You can buy a set and if you don't like them, or just want to spoon on a new rear for a trip you can do it without feeling guilty throwing away a half used tire! A few years back I was getting a front and rear to my door for just over $100 a set shipped.
 
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I have a set of the new TKC 70's on my DL 650 right now. Front tire is going to give you some feed back that some might be calling wobble.
I have the TKC70's on my '12 right now and agree with you 100% on the ride and handling, and feel of the front tire. It tends to follow ridges and tar snakes a bit but they handle great. Let me know what kind of mileage you get from them, since I only put about 2000-3000 miles a year on the '12. Also, what pressures are you running in them? Thanks!
 

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I ran TKC 70s on my Tenere. They looked great. They handled the road well and were pretty decent offroad......then they got some miles on them. Around 3000 miles the front got a weird wear pattern on it and the vibration (high frequency) was making my hands go numb. Front started to wobble on decel. The rear squared off terribly. At 7000 miles they were finally gone and I was glad to be done with them.

I put Anakee 3s back on it. Wobble and vibration immediately gone. The A3s are at about 7000 miles now and will go 8500 or better easy. Still no wobble or vibration and rear is nice and round in profile, front has good wear pattern.

I really wanted the TKC 70s to be as great as they looked......was disappointed to say the least. The A3s are great on road and wear well, but they are not the best on anything that resembles mud.
 

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FYI. The 705's performed well enough but a few k miles later they got to singing loudly. Too loud for me. I'm replacing them early.
 

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If you want mileage the K60s are a treat 20,000 plus miles and rock stable off pavement ....I can imagine perhaps slippy on certain off road situations.

But they wear like iron due to the solid centre ridge and about as close to a dark side tire as you can get with the square profile and long wear.

I'll be going back when the Pilot 3s wear out.

Forgot how good the Scouts were on gravel until I took the P3s off pavement....okay we don't do that for fun anymore.

They are noisy tho.
 

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I'm ready for new tires too, Rick, and after reading lots of reviews, I'm going to go with a set of Trail Attack 2's this time.
If you're concerned about the traction penalty of the solid center on the Scouts, the Conti's are probably too road oriented for you. And, well, the 705's you bought prove the point. And, as others have said, they're so reasonably priced, it's hard to go wrong with them.

The Conti's are at the other end of the spectrum, more $ even than A3's but I'm planning an 8 to 10k mile trip this summer and I don't want to be down to the wear bars until after I get back...

I got an awesome 14k miles out of an Anakee 3 rear and I'm looking for a tire that will give that kind of wear - without the hummmmm.
 

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Wow! I'm seeing some impressive tire mileage here. How are you all doing that? I got 7500 mi on the stock Battlewings-all highway. Maybe I need something like a PR4.
 

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I'm with you - amazed at the mileage some are getting on their stock tires. I got 4800 on my rear battlewing, 6500 on the front with mostly street riding. I do have chip sealed roads around my home so that may impact the miles I am getting on any tire. I'm riding Tourance's now and like them fine - only 1000 miles on them so far. Will have to try the Shinko 705s next. I don't change my own tires so that adds to the cost of the lower mileage tires like the 705s.
 

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Vaseface-I've done some riding in your neck of the woods maybe 6 or 7 times - you have some great (twisty) roads out there. I can see why you only got 4800 on your rear. Rubber well spent, no doubt!
 

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No one has mentioned the Heidenau K76. This has been my best tire yet for mixed on/off/all season and I would buy another set in a heartbeat if they weren't on backorder. I've run Metzlers, Michelins, Bridgestones. The Anakee 2s were the worst of the bunch with severe front cupping. Haven't tried the 3s, but they don't look aggressive enough for my use. K60 Scout rear going on next week for kicks. I don't imagine it will last long on pavement but should be fun on gravel roads.
 
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