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Old 03-05-2011, 08:13 AM   #1
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TKC Front & Anakee 2 rear R1150GS?

On my new to me 2001 R1150GS last fall I mounted new Anakee 2s front and rear and found the tires to be a dream on the pavement but quite a lot of work to keep the bike up right on gravel. Snow and ice have kept the bike in the garage since November but as I plan for spring I’ve got to make a change since I like to ride at least 40% dirt. Browsing past threads the oldest warn against mixing tires and the most recent say go for it. I try to avoid mud when I can and I am not a canyon racer. I ride for photo ops not speed. Does the TKC knobby front sound like the right option? Thanks for your time.
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Old 03-05-2011, 09:42 AM   #2
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Old 03-05-2011, 09:49 AM   #3
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Yep, you can do that
Is there a reason other than saving some money to do that?
The TKC (other than tread life) is a much better road tire than the Anakee or Tourance are off road. At 40% off road I would think TKC front and rear is a much better choice.
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Old 03-05-2011, 10:02 AM   #4
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Is there a reason other than saving some money to do that?
Guys do it to have better steering in the dirt and still have a rear tire that gets high mileage.
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Old 03-05-2011, 10:59 AM   #5
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Guys do it to have better steering in the dirt and still have a rear tire that gets high mileage.
To the OP have you had TKCs on your 1150? That's what my Adventure came with, and while they did not last that long due to me mostly putting slab miles on them, they were as good a compromise tire as you can buy. I think with as heavy a bike as the 1150 you need every advantage you can get when you get off pavement, which it sounds like you are going to be doing almost half the time you are on the bike.
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Old 03-05-2011, 11:20 AM   #6
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Thanks for the replies everyone. I have not used TKCs on the 1150GS yet but have them on my F650GS. The reason I was thinking of just swapping out the front tire are that my Anakees are new, cost, and as the other reply suggested better milage on the rear. So if most of you think I'll see better front end control on gravel with no weird handling problems on pavement, I think I might just swap out the front tire for now.
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Old 03-05-2011, 04:38 PM   #7
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Sounds like the Heidenau K60 should be the right answer to you.

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Old 03-05-2011, 04:50 PM   #8
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Funny, Ive gotten the same (or better) mileage from a pair of TKC's as I have from either Tourances or Anakees. I am currently trying Shinko's new radial 705. Sorry this is on a 1200GSA.
If I'm not mistaken Anakee's are radials and TKC's are bias belted tyres. Mixing them may void your insurance and in fact is illegal over here.
The Heidenau K60 Scout, that's the new one would probably suit you (and me). Trouble is you just can't buy the darned things.
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Old 03-05-2011, 04:54 PM   #9
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Guys do it to have better steering in the dirt and still have a rear tire that gets high mileage.
+1
The TKC 80 on the rear is good for maybe 3500 miles. I'm been running a TKC 80 up front & Shinko 705 on rear. I'm sure the Anakee on rear would not be much different. Much cheaper if you do alot miles, there's a little KLR in some of us.
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Old 03-05-2011, 05:02 PM   #10
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I rode the TKC front Tourance rear for awhile. The reason I did was the rear TKC wore out and I had a Tourance in the garage. The handling felt okay, better then expected. It helped with confidence in cornering. Now I just run Tourances all the time. I have two rear TKC's in the garage for a rainy day..


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Old 03-06-2011, 05:52 AM   #11
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Thanks to all of you for the replies.
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Old 03-06-2011, 02:00 PM   #12
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I ride the exact bike with the tkc front/anakee rear, great set up. Until the Heidi in to 150 rear is available, the awake rear is the best option in mho.
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Old 03-06-2011, 05:44 PM   #13
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I have wore out 2 or 3 sets like that (tkc front anakee rear ).all ways sticks on tar ,rear moves on gravel a little not bad,,,anakee seems to be flat prone. Got shinko's on right now,(ok) for the $$.i will not run a straight street tire on the front the gs ....thats just me
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Thanks for the replies Sshred and Waylongway. HP
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