Originally Posted by tedder
I'm not very interested in the dualsport capability, so I'll probably be going to more of a touring tire. What do people think of the ME880? Other tires?
I wouldn't advise using the ME880. That tire's designed for bikes that are at least 100 to 300lbs heavier than the 'Strom, which meants the sidewalls will be far more inflexible than what is ideal for bike of the 'Strom's weight. Mounting these on a bike far lighter than what they were designed for will result in a much harsher ride and may possibly be unsafe since the sidewalls won't flex enough to put a large enough patch of rubber on the road when corning. Also Metzeler doesn't make a companion radial tire for the front wheel although it makes a few bias-ply tires.
Metzeler's Tourance is A LOT better than the OEM tires and once broken in, rides considerably smoother and corners FAR more competently than the Trailwings.
For a pure touring tire, check out Bridgestone's BT020. It's been reported that it is now being produced in sizes compatible with the 'Strom and upcoming BMW R1200GS series of bikes.
If you want a more performance-oriented tire, check out the new Pirelli Scorpion. It was developed specificaly for the Ducati Multistrada, which strongly emphasizes on-road performance. Keep in mind, it likely trades overall tire life in exchange for increased grip. The Scorpies are classified as a 95% on-road, 5% off-road tire.
Avon makes the Distanza which may be slanted more toward on-road performance as well.
Keep in mind that a lot of companies are catching on and are starting to make "Dual Sport" tires and each appears to have somewhat differing degrees of road performance emphasis. Expect to see more choices since BMW's outstanding new R1200GS has tires the same size as the 'Strom, and it's so good, it's destined to have a strong and loyal following among the hoards who don't mind paying twice as much for their ride.