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Old 01-03-2011, 03:11 PM   #16
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Try the Michelin T63's man... Colebatch was loaded down pretty heavy and from what i see he likes to ride fairly aggressively as well. Its the only tire he trusts to make it across Russia in one piece.


For the price, i'll bet its worth a try.
Don't think a 130/80 would cut it.
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Old 01-03-2011, 03:45 PM   #17
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I have a good friend who rides the TW 152 rear and it does well for him on the street. Can't be much worse on the dirt. So, rather than keep beating my head against the same rock, maybe I'll try a new rock. Or something like that anyway. lol.


Even if the Heidinau's came stateside this week, the pent up demand will exhaust the supply instantly.
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Old 01-03-2011, 06:14 PM   #18
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Well....I been tryin out different tire combos for quite a while now.
....On the DL1000s & 650s that I've had. (now this does include some purely street tires too) I won't include those since you're lookin for a 50/50 tire

...started out with the Trail Wing original equip tires....Switched to Tourances....then Scorpion ST90s (discontinued now but used several before they finally ran out of stock)....Never tried a D607 on the rear but did use one on the front....(What SOG said)....A set of Distanzias (brand new rear picked up a screw out near Star & by the time I made it home the tire was "breakfast bread" !! ......Shinkos (the orig bias 705 & currently running the new radial version.

Now....for my take on the differences.....

The Trail Wings (Death wings as some call em)...An ok tire on the rear as far as, say 80/20 tires go...but I didn't like em on the front in gravel...+ the street confidence wasn't spectacular on the front either.

The Tourances (NOT EXP) & to some extent Scorpion ST90s...Similar 80/20 tires that both handled well on the pavement + gave some confidence in the gravel. The Scorpions lasted slightly longer due to the harder compound compared to the Tourances. I bought a few of em.

D607....a street tire that kinda looks like a 80/20 tire.

Distanzias....Didn't have em on long enough to get a good impression off pavement,but they did handle pretty good on the road.Took the rear off after the screw incident & riding flat for several miles.

Shinkos ...Bias...rear...Good 70/30 tire that wore out pretty quick...
Radial....rear seems to be doing better mileage wise & same 70/30 capabilities.Haven't tried a front yet due to the tire below.

I did also try 2 sets of Maxxis Detours that were closeouts after being discontinued....The 2nd front is still on the 650 & has 12K+ on it. Good handling on pavement...not bad in the gravel...similar to Tourance/ST90.
1 Rear was NOT a mileage tire!!.... got rid of the other..nuf said.

& finally....The results.....Out of all these different tires....most mileages were around 4-5K except for those noted.With those mileage similarities,I would probably choose the Shinko radials if I was looking for another 70/30 tire. + they're far less costly than many of the others except say ...the Trail Wings.

DL1000 guys
PhilHill uses the Anakees exclusively & loves em...but he doesn't do much gravel
Wingnut uses the BattleWings & loves them.He will do gravel but still rides mostly pavement.
Both guys get similar mileages at 4-5K

The newest crop of 80/20 (90/10) tires like the Conti Trail Attack...Pirelli Scorpion Trail....Metz Tourance EXP seem to be focusing on pavement performance over gravel.....I wish they would keep 2 different tire styles in production to cover the pavers...& the gravelly goers.
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Old 01-04-2011, 02:14 AM   #19
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I found the Anakee2 to be slightly better in the dirt than the Tourance but handled a little less confidently in hard corners
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Old 01-04-2011, 06:30 AM   #20
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I've got a set of Anakee 2's i put on the 1200... and you're right. Not as confident in the corners as i would like. I think the bike had Tourance's on it when i got it, and it seemed to stick like glue.... but mine wore funny and developed cupping at midlife.

Only rode them in hard-packed dirt once, but it was a little muddy and i was two up with a passenger... I wasn't getting very ballsy but we still lofted the front tire a few times.
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Old 01-04-2011, 08:01 AM   #21
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I've got a set of Anakee 2's i put on the 1200... and you're right. Not as confident in the corners as i would like. I think the bike had Tourance's on it when i got it, and it seemed to stick like glue.... but mine wore funny and developed cupping at midlife.

Only rode them in hard-packed dirt once, but it was a little muddy and i was two up with a passenger... I wasn't getting very ballsy but we still lofted the front tire a few times.
My front Anakee cupped some too
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Old 01-04-2011, 08:04 AM   #22
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Well, I've got to order something. I'll take a look at my front again, and see if I can get away with just another rear tire.
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Old 01-04-2011, 05:43 PM   #23
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Well. I've been convinced to try the TKC front/Tourance rear combo. Rode that combo on nephew 2's big pig and it handled high speed sweepers just fine. He swears it is a huge difference on our caliche backroads. We shall see. Thanks for the replies.
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Old 01-05-2011, 07:12 PM   #24
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You might want to try putting more than 32-34lbs of air in the rear tire. It's amazing how a properly inflated tire extends tread life. I think your owner's manual recommends about 42 in the rear. Try the Battle Wings. I've got them on my GSA and KTM....priced right and a low cost per mile based on tread life. But then again, what do I know....I keep air in 'em and get about 4,000 miles out of the rear tire.
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Old 01-06-2011, 12:07 AM   #25
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Yeah. Yeah. Knew you'd be around. But why do something intelligent and ruin my streak of consecutive fuck-ups? Just not my modus operandi, now is it?
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Old 01-06-2011, 12:23 PM   #26
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Well. I've been convinced to try the TKC front/Tourance rear combo. Rode that combo on nephew 2's big pig and it handled high speed sweepers just fine. He swears it is a huge difference on our caliche backroads. We shall see. Thanks for the replies.
Got the Tourance rear already....just trying to use up that last bit of TKC before I go split....TKC front, Tourance rear
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Old 01-09-2011, 07:50 PM   #27
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The karoo t is what came on my SE and it's a non-wearing piece of crap.. Go for the mefo.. they're obtainable.
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Old 01-09-2011, 09:09 PM   #28
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The karoo t is what came on my SE and it's a non-wearing piece of crap.. Go for the mefo.. they're obtainable.
I don't think they make the MEFO in our sizelike they only like oranges or something
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Old 01-10-2011, 04:40 PM   #29
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hey slowoldguy, am I asking too much to get a good full review of the kenda big block in this thread?
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Old 01-10-2011, 04:41 PM   #30
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Nope. I have never been shy about expressing my opinion about.....well, anything. ;) More than happy to share my impressions. I'll do my usual and let a few selected folks ride it , too, to get their take. (Selected for their horrible habits ;)). I'm sometimes oblivious to handling issues. I just ride around them. Ask anybody about my shocks. lol. ;)
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