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Old 02-05-2009, 03:51 PM   #61
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If your after a 140/80/17 rear i use Mitas C02 Stoneking on my XTZ850 with a MT21 on the front and a mate does the same on his gs800 with no complaints, found the tkc to be pretty useless, front washes in the mud and rear slides and clogs real easy. Also found the Mitas lasts for ages.

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Anybody find a dealer for these? I'm getting ready for a copper canyon/baja trip next month and I have the TKC's but would prefer a more dirt oriented tire. I'd really like to try this combo.
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Old 02-05-2009, 04:46 PM   #62
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FWIW, the Anakee is shipping as the stock tire on SOME F800GS bikes. Mine had the BattleWing, but a friend just bought an F800GS three weeks ago and his has Anakees mounted on it. I noticed the different tires on a group ride. It's unlikely he swapped the tires out as he'd not owned the bike 24 hours yet.
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Old 02-05-2009, 04:58 PM   #63
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I think I like these the most... Mitas E-09.

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Old 02-05-2009, 05:51 PM   #64
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I think I like these the most... Mitas E-09.

Picture stolen from another ADVRider thread.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/attac...1&d=1153319896
I just ordered a pair of rears from gnanlyparts. I think I'll stick with the MT21 up front. The E09 is quite a bit cheaper than the TKC80, and from all I can tell by reading it should wear longer and work just as well if not better in the dirt. Not sure about the road.
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Old 02-05-2009, 06:06 PM   #65
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I was thinking of using the same combo. Mitas Dakar E-09 rear / Pirelli MT-21 front.

Less than half the cost of the TKC, but I was warned they very slippery in the wet. I figure that they can't be any worse than TrackMasters on wet pavement like I had on my DR350 last summer.
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Old 02-27-2009, 09:43 PM   #66
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Metzler seems to have two models of Karoos. The MCE Karoo seems to have taller lugs than the Karoo Traveler which seems to be more street oriented. On the Metzler website they call them the Karoo and the Karoo T. My take on their description is that if you want a knobby for riding mostly in the dirt with some pavement you want the Karoo. If you are riding mostly pavement but want a knobby in the dirt choose the Karoo T.
Picked up a Metzeler catalog:
MCE Karoo Rear: usage: 10% On / 90% Off
Tread depth 11.8mm

MCE Karoo T: usage 20% On / 80% Off, for large displacement Dual Purpose bikes, OE for BMW HP2. Tread pattern reduces road noise while improving mileage. Large tread blocks improve braking performance on ABS equipped bikes. Tread depth 11 mm.

Sounds like a good choice for me.
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Old 02-27-2009, 09:50 PM   #67
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I'm going to mount up my Karoo T's this weekend. I'll post up on how they ride if the weather holds out!
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Old 04-13-2009, 02:17 AM   #68
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What is a good brand of tyre for offroad and onroad?
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Old 04-13-2009, 05:04 AM   #69
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What is a good brand of tyre for offroad and onroad?
For the best combination of road and off-road for a BMW GS, I was recommended (from a very reliable and experienced source) a Continental TKC80 front and a Metzeler Tourance rear. "This combination will last the distance (a 5500 mile trip) and provide the optimum of tyre mix for the dirt and tarmac".
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Old 04-13-2009, 09:58 AM   #70
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I like the Heidies 140 / 80 - 17

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Old 04-13-2009, 12:23 PM   #71
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Yeah, I'm waiting for the 150/70-17 and 90/90-21 K60's to be available in the States. If they're not avaiable in time for my summer adventures, I'll have to go with the TKC80's
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Old 04-13-2009, 01:00 PM   #72
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I'm doing TKC80s with my 1st service. I'd like to try the K60s when they become available.
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Old 04-16-2009, 05:34 PM   #73
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OK so I guess I'm a bit dense. I know the wheel / tire specs but what size tubes do i buy for an F800GS?


Wheel Specs:
Rim, front 2.15 x 21"
Rim, rear 4.25 x 17"
Tyres, front 90/90 - 21
Tyres, rear 150/70 - 17
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Old 04-16-2009, 05:52 PM   #74
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OK so I guess I'm a bit dense. I know the wheel / tire specs but what size tubes do i buy for an F800GS?


Wheel Specs:
Rim, front 2.15 x 21"
Rim, rear 4.25 x 17"
Tyres, front 90/90 - 21
Tyres, rear 150/70 - 17
You are not dense - tube sizing is very confusing.

For the 21" front wheel
3.00/3.25
90/90
80/100
will all work (and are called 21" type A in Europe).

For the 17" rear wheel
4.50/5.10
150/60
160/60
130/70 to 150/70
120/80 to 150/80
110/90 to 130/30
will all work (and are called 17" type B in Europe).

I also believe 2.75/3.00-21 will also work just fine for the front on the F8.
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Old 04-17-2009, 05:57 AM   #75
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Thanks for the reply and info. My buddy stopped by the local BMW dealer to get me some tubes yesterday and of course they gave him the wrong size for the front (19") even though he was specific about it being an F800gs. The rear tube is in a massive box. Its a Micheline HD. going to have to buy luggage to lug that thing around or take it tubing...


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You are not dense - tube sizing is very confusing.

For the 21" front wheel
3.00/3.25
90/90
80/100
will all work (and are called 21" type A in Europe).

For the 17" rear wheel
4.50/5.10
150/60
160/60
130/70 to 150/70
120/80 to 150/80
110/90 to 130/30
will all work (and are called 17" type B in Europe).

I also believe 2.75/3.00-21 will also work just fine for the front on the F8.
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