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Old 02-08-2013, 08:32 AM   #1291
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:11 AM   #1292
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Hi All, I have just bought a new to me XT660Z Tenere in Black. Its done 14,000 miles and I take delivery of it next Saturday. Full service history, heated grips, SW Motech crash bars and Scottoiler included. I managed to get it for 3,800 so I am pretty happy.

It currently has very much road orientated tyres and I am looking to change these for sometihng more dual sport. On another thread an inmate called Wizzabren recommended MITAS EO-9's, I think Sysie has used MITAS EO-9's and Dunlop D606's. What are the general thoughts on more dirt orientated tyre for the XT660Z. I dont intend on changing the rims for Excels or anything so they need to find the standard wheel size.

Any photos greatly and/or advice greatly appreaciated.

Look forward to spending so more time on this great thread.
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:24 PM   #1293
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Just put E09 rear on and E10 on front............... time will tell !!!
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:10 AM   #1294
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I got brand new Tenere, finally in my garage

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Old 02-10-2013, 02:18 AM   #1295
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I got brand new Tenere, finally in my garage

Here's a short video clip
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I had both bikes. If you are planning some serious off-roading (for an adventure bike that is), you will not be disappointed. However, if you do mostly road, than the V-Strom is better. But the Tenere is actually OK even on motorways as soon as you are not in a hurry and you dont have a pillion
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:19 AM   #1296
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I had both bikes. If you are planning some serious off-roading (for an adventure bike that is), you will not be disappointed. However, if you do mostly road, than the V-Strom is better. But the Tenere is actually OK even on motorways as soon as you are not in a hurry and you dont have a pillion
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:11 PM   #1297
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Tyre Choice

Choosing tyres, what a nightmare. No real price differences and you cant try before you buy. What are the general thoughts? Prices so far are...

Mitas E09 Front 40 Rear 60
Dunlop D606 Front 55 Rear - Cant Find
Pirelli MT21 Front 57 Rear - Cant Find
TKC 80's Front 62 Rear 73
Metzeler Karoo Front 56 Rear 66
Michelin T63's Front 51 Rear 70

I have stock rims so perhaps this is why I cant find a rear Pirelli or Dunlop for a 130/80 - 17 rim. I know . Going to Morocco later in the year so need something a bit dual purpose.

Not sure I fancy mixing up the manufacturer but I know some riders don't find it that much of an issue?

Im tempted for the T63's. This is what OTR used on their evolution bike.

http://www.off-the-road.de/Bikes-mad...0-Z-Evolution/

Has anyone used these before?
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:33 PM   #1298
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FYI, the MT-21 do exist in 130/90 17. Should be no problem to mount them on a rear stock Tenere ;-)
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:49 AM   #1299
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Ive used MT21s TKCs and T63s, all good tyres Im now on an E09 mitas as I said before. The Mitas is harder wearing apparently. If your riding down to Maroc on the tyres I would forget MT21 but they are all really a 3k mile tyre on a rear and maybe double that on the front. Dont get to het up about it, go with what you fancy.Everyone has a view, and if you listen too much you will just end up scratching your head.
Just forgot my riding buddy fitted a 130 D606 on rear of his old Tenere and says its fine now hes scrubbed it in but doesnt have much confidence in it when its wet
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Old 02-12-2013, 04:24 AM   #1300
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Ive used MT21s TKCs and T63s, all good tyres Im now on an E09 mitas as I said before. The Mitas is harder wearing apparently. If your riding down to Maroc on the tyres I would forget MT21 but they are all really a 3k mile tyre on a rear and maybe double that on the front. Dont get to het up about it, go with what you fancy.Everyone has a view, and if you listen too much you will just end up scratching your head.
Just forgot my riding buddy fitted a 130 D606 on rear of his old Tenere and says its fine now hes scrubbed it in but doesnt have much confidence in it when its wet
Thanks Wide, I ordered a pair of MITAS E09 Dakars today so I will see how they go. I will try to post some pics and thoughts when I get them to share some knowledge.

Thanks for your advice.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:11 AM   #1301
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Did you get them from trellesport ?? Very nice people there
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:08 AM   #1302
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Well here's mine fitted a Mitas E10 front... so similar to TKC and went for a E09 rear ... like a T63.
Took it out for a couple of hours to wash off the grease on the new tyres!!







All in all good although I had the pressures high and need to drop some out for a proper ride off road, did very well on lanes and better than expected in pretty soft bog
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:15 AM   #1303
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Well here's mine fitted a Mitas E10 front... so similar to TKC and went for a E09 rear ... like a T63.
Took it out for a couple of hours to wash off the grease on the new tyres!!

All in all good although I had the pressures high and need to drop some out for a proper ride off road, did very well on lanes and better than expected in pretty soft bog
Nice. Thanks for the advice again. I tried Trellesport but they had no fronts after a big run on them. I ended up getting them from Oponeo.co.uk for 90 including delivery by Friday. Not heard of them before but they came up in a Google search, had them in stock, good price and a good delivery date. I got the Dakar version by way. I think Sysie tried these a found them pretty good. We shall see.
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:31 AM   #1304
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Nice Pic's Wide.
That tyre set-up will be fine for Salisbury Plain.
I'm on TKC's at the moment but going to the E-10/E-09 combo when I need to change them.

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Old 02-13-2013, 08:59 AM   #1305
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WHY! i ask WHY! are they not available in CANADA! come on Yamaha I need a new single tracker to go with his Bigger Brother... Impact blue preferred.... sigh
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