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Old 09-07-2004, 11:57 AM   #1
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Question Need new tires for 640 lc4

Last week I trashed the stock tires. I need some advice on some new ones. I have to ride 60 to 70 miles on pavement to get to the gravel and I mean gravel lots of gravel. The stock tires seemed to work well, but ARE worn out. I am more comfortable on dirt with a dualsport tire than on street with knobbies. Any suggetions on what to buy and were to order them from?
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Old 09-07-2004, 12:25 PM   #2
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What was/is your stock tire?
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Old 09-07-2004, 12:40 PM   #3
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stock tires

They were metzler sahara. I was looking for a few different choices. The metzlers only have 4400 miles on them. They had 2300 miles on them when I got the bike. The front looked good , and the rear was half worn out. I put 200 miles on it mostly paved one afternoon. Then about 400 miles a day everyday last week75% paved 25% gravel, and they are slicks.
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Old 09-07-2004, 12:51 PM   #4
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They were metzler sahara. I was looking for a few different choices. The metzlers only have 4400 miles on them. They had 2300 miles on them when I got the bike. The front looked good , and the rear was half worn out. I put 200 miles on it mostly paved one afternoon. Then about 400 miles a day everyday last week75% paved 25% gravel, and they are slicks.
I think you will be hard pressed to find a "50/50" tire that offers the service life of a Sahara. There are better dirt DS tires but none of the tires in the Metzeler class offer the mileage... IMO.
Any input from others out there?
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Old 09-07-2004, 01:04 PM   #5
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I have been using the Conti TKC-80. It does well everywhere except milage. I only get 3k on the rear tire. It's not squirmy on the road and seems to work good on the dirt. It's slightly cheeper than the Sahara so I think the milage/cost thing works out prety close.
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Old 09-07-2004, 01:23 PM   #6
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Try these. Much cheaper then the tkc-80, good for 3000 miles. A fair bit more street oriented to boot.
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Old 09-07-2004, 01:26 PM   #7
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Try these. Much cheaper then the tkc-80, good for 3000 miles. A fair bit more street oriented to boot.
Thats what's sitting in my garage, waiting to get slapped on this weekend... along with some nice thick Bridgestone Ultra tubes.
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Old 09-07-2004, 01:35 PM   #8
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I've tried Sahara's - Great until you encounter loose dirt, mud, or snow and
long lasting.

Dunlop D606's - awesome off road but squirrly on pavement and wear quick

Metzeler Karoo's - great on pavement, good in dirt but only when brand new
but wear out quickly as the knobs are short to begin with.

Pirelli Scorpion's - great on pavement, but similar to Sahara's off road. Long
lasting.

Pirelli MT21's - Amazing on pavement for a knobbie and work very well in the
dirt, mud, or snow. Last from 2K to 4K depending on right hand.

With all the miles I've ridden, I have had the best luck with the MT21's for my riding style which is 90% dirt and 10% pavement. I have yet to try TKC80's.
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Try these. Much cheaper then the tkc-80, good for 3000 miles. A fair bit more street oriented to boot.
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Old 09-07-2004, 02:03 PM   #10
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Thats what's sitting in my garage, waiting to get slapped on this weekend... along with some nice thick Bridgestone Ultra tubes.
Gotta have the big tubes. I have never gotten a flat with one of these (I am knocking on my head as I write this).

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Old 09-07-2004, 02:47 PM   #11
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Try these. Much cheaper then the tkc-80, good for 3000 miles. A fair bit more street oriented to boot.
I've also used the Maxxis 6000's they are a really decent tire for street and some dirt.
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Old 09-07-2004, 03:28 PM   #12
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K270

I have a Kenda K270 on the rear, replacing the stock Sahara. I agree with Creep on the Sahara life. I have 6000 on my front Sahara and it is pretty much gone, but hey, what front tire really works in gravel anyway?

I really like the K270 and I do the same type of riding you do. I have about 500 miles on it and it still looks new. It works nicely on gravel and muddy roads, but it is pretty greasy on pavement when the tire is hot. No big deal, just a little wiggle.

These Kendas are so cheap I'm going to buy 2 more rears and a front.
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Yep, looked long and hard at the Kendas. May need to try them next after the Maxxis wear out.
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Old 09-07-2004, 04:44 PM   #14
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Pirelli MT21

My vote goes to the Pirelli MT21. As others have said, great off road, decent on road. The only problem I have is that I can only get around 2K out of a set. It's hard to tone it down in the twisties

That said, my next set will be the MT90 AT's. Not a knobbly tire, so I will be trading off dirt grip for tarmac grip. We'll see how it goes.
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Old 09-07-2004, 10:02 PM   #15
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