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Old 05-19-2012, 06:51 PM   #16
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Ive been running the k60 scout on the rear and mitas E07 on the front. Will go to a more aggressive front next time but the k60 is a good (although not cheap) rear for pavement and light off road. The side walls are Very hard though as is the tyre compound so they get a bit slippery on the pavement on hard excelleration in the but can be scary
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Old 05-19-2012, 09:55 PM   #17
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I really like the combo of tkc 80 front, Mefo Super Explorer or the very similar Heidenau K60 for the rear. I think you could expect 6k out of either one. That tread pattern has been great all around IMO.

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Old 01-08-2013, 08:34 AM   #18
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K60 v MT90


reading all this hasn't helped me with my choice. I'm going to be 95% street (including a lot of highway) for the next 6 months.

Has anybody got experience of the K60 and the MT90? I need grip on wet roads and good tread wear - I guess a 50/50 split on these requirements, or closest to it.

Recently I've read on advrider about K60 failures and also the compound being too hard for grip in cold weather - any thoughts?

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Old 01-08-2013, 09:07 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by JCWhite View Post
I mostly ride on the road but also in the woods so I need a good road tire but aggressive enough to handle the dirt
Pirelli MT21 Rally Cross, front and rear, a true all around
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Old 04-29-2013, 10:56 PM   #20
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Pirelli MT21(stock) vs. Mefo Super Explorer vs. Dunlop 908RR? Thoughts? Opinions?
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:24 PM   #21
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tire thots

I took OFF the MT-21's new because I knew I was going to get used to my '13 690 more on asphalt. My ratio is about 2/1 (road/dirt).

I mounted Metzeler Sahara Enduro 3's. I do 30/26psi rear/front for road and 18/16psi dirt. Seems great to me--though I'm a rookie dirt rider. Wondering about road performance vs expected dirt improvement when I put the MT-21's back on....


(also noticed the new Metzeler Karoo 3's may prove to be versatile)
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:24 AM   #22
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606 on the front and a Heidenau K60 on the rear.

I settled on this combo on the 640A and on the new 690.

I've gone through 4 rear 908's in recent years so I'm plenty familiar with them but have settled on the combo mentioned above.

With it, I've never wanted for more traction while almost scraping pegs on the pavement, needed more grip on wet pavement, or in any dirt or gravel riding.

It works with the kind of riding I do in Louisiana and Arkansas. Your results may vary though.

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Old 04-30-2013, 05:33 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by PedroBC View Post
Pirelli MT21 Rally Cross, front and rear, a true all around

I used to say the same thing. But my 640E causes MT21's to evaporate - front and rear. That was my go to tire for the better part of twenty years on all my other bikes. They just doesn't hold up under an aggressively ridden 640 Enduro. So I would imagine a 690 is really hell on them.

I went with the harder compound XCMH this time. It was pretty squirrely on asphalt when I first installed it. But it has gotten better with miles and the sharp edges worn off. More importantly, it doesn't chunk and shed rubber when pushed hard in rocks.

I did a 200 mile rock, gravel and pavement ride and it just barely scrubbed in the rear. Even that little bit would have caused visible wear to MT21's on this bike. So I happy with the choice. So far.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:01 AM   #24
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K60's have great asphalt grip in both wet and dry conditions. its also a very quiet road tire which doesn't cause additional vibration. this can become an important point on longer rides as the excessive vibes from more aggressive tires becomes very tiresome.

For off road use airing them right down to 8psi rear 10psi front provides great grip on hard pack, gravel and they are just ok on sand. I haven't used them in wet mud or clay but I'm guessing they would suck. The low tire pressures are possible due to a heavy carcass and stiff side walls. I would recommend them based on the info you gave for usage
they don't make 'em like they used to. which is a good thing really
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:08 AM   #25
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I ran a Heidenau rear and a Michelin Desert on my 690 last summer for a 50/50 trip through Washington and Oregon. Ended up doing over 1000 miles in the dirt with excellent results. Ran the Heidi down to 13 pounds in the dirt and it performed great. On the pavement I ran 22 pounds and could lay her over as far as I wanted to. The Michelin lasted for 1200 miles, 14 lbs. in the dirt and 25 on the pavement. The Heidi is still going strong with 2,000 on it. I now run the same set up on my GSA 1200. I ran the New Michelin desert on a Baja trip in March. Lasted barely 700 miles in 90% dirt. That was a waste of $260.00. For a DOT tire it doesn't perform well on the pavement either.
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:33 PM   #26
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Just tried an IRC TR8 and managed to get 1200 miles. So a little bit better mileage then a T 63 (usually get about 800-900 miles on those) but then it cost $20 more. I picked up a Shinko 520 that I'm gonna use after I wear out the T 63 I just installed.
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:56 PM   #27
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New Karoo 3 comes in 690 sizes!

While the Karoo 3 is clearly a dual sport tire, nonetheless it looks like it could handle the offroad sections reasonably well, or at least as well as a K6O. Would like to hear the review on offroad use of Karoo 3s on a 690 when someone properly thrashes them in those elements.

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Old 09-25-2013, 12:37 PM   #28
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Someone posted up here that they got 400mi out of a Dunlop D606 rear tire - has anyone else had the same mileage reports from that tire?

Reason I ask is, I have 4 DRZ400S-riding friends who all swear by the D606s, for great mileage on pavement and great dirt traction. The 690 is lighter than the DRZs but obviously has more power - so is the high power at the rear chewing them up?
I'm considering giving the D606s a try, and if it wears down in 400 miles as reported, I'll throw on a D908RR....
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Old 09-25-2013, 02:32 PM   #29
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I ride a '03 640E.
I've tried 908RR, TKC80, Mitas E10 and several other enduro tires as the MC4 or MC5.
I live in NW Spain, quite a rainy area with slightly over 1500 mm of rain per annum with mild temperatures all year through, seldom over 25 Celsius and rarely below 10.
In a few words, a nice seaside green place with chains of mountains up to almost 3000m in the nearby.
So this is my environment, here are my impressions on the tyres.
TKC80 : amazingly good on road, dry or wet, but not so good offroad, the rear lacks good traction and wears fast, less than 2 K kms in my case. The front one is however a good allrounder, I like it much more than the rear.
D908RR : very hard tyre, you can run it with virtually no air. On tar they are far from TKC's grip, but are better offroad ... if it's dry. Lasted double reaching their end at 4 K kms.
Mitas E10. Very good on paved roads, and also very good offroad. I prefer the front TKC to the E10, but the rear E10 has shown a much better and controllable grip as these other two contenders. It didn't last long, at 2 K kms it had less than 2 mm left, but as they're cheaper - half the price of the Dunlop - grip better and last not so less the equation is clear. To me it's the best of the trio.
Naturally it depends on the surface you ride, your riding style and the use you give to your 690, riding solo for a one day trip, for a month full of luggage or for a quick blast to burn some adrenaline.
For a 50/50 my choice is TKC front / E10 rear.
If I were going to a very long trip on dry offroad then the D908RR wins as it lasts longer.
If you're doing only 5% offroad I'd fit street tyres. They grip better on bitumen and last -normally- much more than knobbies.

Next are Mitas E09 and E09 Dakar, hopefully outperforming the E10 offroad any lasting a bit more.

And yes, an MC4 lasted 600 kms but same bike different rider changed the 600 to 3000 kms. And the E10 in a F800GS lasted almost 10 K instead of 2. How long.a tyre lasts shouldn't be the main reason to buy a tyre. Grip and grip quality, puncture resistance and allround performance seem a lot more important.
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Old 09-25-2013, 06:35 PM   #30
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What kind of air pressure are you Gus running with the 908's? 50/50.
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