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'04 DL1000. ~90 mile round trip commute, 3 days a week. The commute consists of 3 miles of gravel road, stop and go from 0 to 60 to 0 and stretches of 75-80 MPH to keep up with traffic. Weekend riding and offloading is not likely to be very frequent but I'll ride with buddies once in a while. I daydream about doing the Trans-Labrador next summer, but that may never happen and even if I'm able to do it, I might need new tires by then anyway.

I've considered spending more on tires but decided to go with Shinko's this time around, just not sure which I'll be happier with. I'd like to hear from folks that have run one set, the other, or preferably both and their thoughts on which tire would be a better choice and why.
 

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I've run the following on various bikes and was happy with all of them

712
777
230
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705


For your bike I'd lean towards the 705's but only because they don't make 244's to fit the DL.
 

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Depends how you want to drive on that 6 miles a day of gravel :grin2:

If aggressive and playful, the 804/805's. If relaxed the 705's. You'll get more miles out of the 705's.
 

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Any tire heck any bike can go down polite dirt roads.

More aggressive tires help in loose/damper dirt up to the point of actual mud.

Real mud, forget it the front fender will pack up.

Sand, deep soft sand just don't!
500lb bike and all. :grin2:
 

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Any tire heck any bike can go down polite dirt roads.

More aggressive tires help in loose/damper dirt up to the point of actual mud.

Real mud, forget it the front fender will pack up.

Sand, deep soft sand just don't!
500lb bike and all. :grin2:
I'll grant my current tires are pretty worn, so I shouldn't judge to harshly, but the front is better than the rear and the gravel road I live on is unsettling to ride this bike on. I never felt I was about to dump my Electra-Glide, but with the current tires on the V-strom, it feels like its one split second mistake from the front tire pushing out and going down. I hope whatever tire I pick will make the front end feel a bit more planted.
 

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I put a set of 705's on my 08 650 a couple months ago. They feel better than the Bridgestone tires that where on it when I got it.
I ride mostly street but take it on gravel forest service roads occasionally.
For me they feel fine on both.
 

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Well, after a lot of thought I opted to pass on Shinko's and I ordered a set of Mitas E-07's. A bit more expensive, but I hope they will be what I am looking for.
 
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