Originally Posted by Blakebird
who says you can't have both?
I'm a longtime sportbike rider who is picky about tires. The K60's on the Stelvio just plain work. Complete confidence in hoisting that thing way over.
and my front is still looking good at 11,500 miles.
Rear replaced at a little over 10,000 miles
About to fit my third pair of K60s to a Caponord (so also a big, heavy 100hp Italian, but chain drive); first set did 14,000km, second will get about 13,000. Both pairs did a high-temp 3000km road-trip with full luggage. Grip is great on-road and on gravel roads but they need high-ish pressures on road and do better with less on dirt. No surprise there.
In contrast, Tourances lasted a poor 5000km and the front wore faster than the rear: great on the street, poor on gravel and diabolical in sand, plain dangerous in mud.
Only one downside to K60s: they can be noisy on some surfaces, especially concrete roadways: they 'sing'.