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Old 07-04-2012, 04:22 AM   #1
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What's the perfect off-road tire for GS?

Folks, I am going to travel to Laddakh and surrounds via Spiti Valley this July on my 2012 1200GS. Currently the tires are Tourance but the kind of surface in the peak of monsoons that I expect to encounter makes me think I should go in for specialized tires.

I have spent considerable time going through various posts here but am still tempted to create a thread asking this question.

I need advise from seasoned riders on the choice for a perfect tire. So far I have the following choices available but am open to buy pretty much anything that will make my life easier.

1. Continental TKC80 Twin Duro
2. Heidenau K60 Dual Sport
3. Metzler Karoo-2
4. Michelin Anakee 2

I am currently tossing between choice 1 and 3 but am still not sure if there is another one lurking that I do not know about.

Also, Any other advise on taking the GS on this trip will be highly welcome. I am really worried about its low low-end torque where I might fry the clutch in tight slippery situations. Will a good tire help me on this point?

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Old 07-04-2012, 04:27 AM   #2
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For off-road riding nothing beats the TKC-80's.
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Old 07-04-2012, 04:34 AM   #3
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For off-road riding nothing beats the TKC-80's.
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Old 07-04-2012, 05:16 AM   #4
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I agree, you can't go wrong off-road with TKC-80s. I've thought several times about also trying a pair of Metzeler Karoo Ts, but every review and comment I've seen said they wear out faster than TKC-80s with no benefit except apparently the Karoos cost much less in some parts of the world.
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Old 07-04-2012, 06:55 AM   #5
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Best choice TKC 80.
Karoo makes a lot of noise. But is better in loose sand.

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Old 07-04-2012, 07:03 AM   #6
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Thanks for the response. TKC80 it is and I should be ordering it soon. I am surprised with the near unanimity but this also gives me that much more confidence!

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Old 07-04-2012, 08:54 AM   #7
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for off-road riding nothing beats the tkc-80's.
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Old 07-05-2012, 04:03 AM   #8
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Anurag is the TKC80 available in India? Where? Else are you ordering from abroad? How long does the shipping take and what other expenses, like custom duties, have to be payed along with it?
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Old 07-05-2012, 06:30 AM   #9
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How about the Mitas E10?

Similar mileage and grip reports to the TKC but cheaper.
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Old 07-05-2012, 08:46 AM   #10
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Scorpion Rally anyone ?? http://www.pirelli.com/tyre/ww/en/mo...ion_rally.html

haven't tried them but i think i will in the future ..
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Old 07-05-2012, 08:52 AM   #11
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I would like to ask a similar question: what is best for 70/30 dual on-off road use? I'm about a 70/30 on-off road rider. I tried a set of Heidenau last fall....the road noise seemed very high, but grip was satisfactory.
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Old 07-05-2012, 09:24 AM   #12
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Scorpion Rally anyone ?? http://www.pirelli.com/tyre/ww/en/mo...ion_rally.html

haven't tried them but i think i will in the future ..
I just installed a set of Scorpion Rally.
The thread on the rear tire looks like a sand tire, so I'm assuming is good for that. I rode it in gravel and rocky roads but not in sand yet. They are very stiff.
I'm not an expert off road rider and I can't tell the difference between knobby tires. For me they are all very similar and never had the chance to go over the same terrain with different tires to really feel the difference, but overall they seem as good as the other knobby tires.
On paved roads I really like them, I'd say more than the TKC and way better than the noisy Karoos. I rode them for a few hundred miles on a dry road. I don't know how are on wet roads.
Also I don't know how long they'll last. I just put 500 miles in total.
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Old 07-05-2012, 09:31 AM   #13
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Honestly for 70/30 the K60's are IMHO the best.

TKC80's are a better off road tire, but have worse on-road manners.

But the K60’s are off road tires, they are not going to handle the road like a set of sport tires and there is some of the knobby wobble/vibrations. It’s not horrid but it is noticeable.

For me I run two sets of wheels. One set the K60’s for adventure riding. My other set is my commuter tires, currently Metzeler Tourance tires; which will get swapped out for something better as a road tire when they need replacement.
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:48 AM   #14
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Anurag is the TKC80 available in India? Where? Else are you ordering from abroad? How long does the shipping take and what other expenses, like custom duties, have to be payed along with it?
No, I ordered them online from the US (SierraBMWonline.com) and generally they courier them so that they arrive straight to your door. THe time taken is dependent on what mode of shipment you choose. The courier company generally takes care of customs etc.. and ask you to pay it in case there is a charge at the time of delivery,

A pretty simple process in my view and I use this regularly.

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How about the Mitas E10?

Similar mileage and grip reports to the TKC but cheaper.
Just searched the web on the E-10 and also the Scorpion Rally as suggested by Martincito. Wish I had known about them earlier as they are also cheaper!!

Laddakh has every single type of terrain that can be encountered from tarmac to gravel to sand to rock & water crossings to snow to black ice and snow. You name it, the route's got it. For the moment, as the TKC's have already been ordered, I will try to give a proper report on them on my return.
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:49 AM   #15
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I would like to ask a similar question: what is best for 70/30 dual on-off road use? I'm about a 70/30 on-off road rider. I tried a set of Heidenau last fall....the road noise seemed very high, but grip was satisfactory.
It really depends on how rough your 30% dirt is. I happen to be light weight enough that I don't have as much issue with tread life on the TKC 80s as other folks do so I just run TKC 80s all the time, but they do burn up pretty quick if doing lots of high speed highway miles.

If your 30% isn't crazy then the Tourances or Anakee 2s will be fine. If you go a little more hard core then run a TKC 80 up front and a K60 rear. Really hard core for the 30% just run TKC 80s front and rear. Another option is to procure a second set of wheels with brake discs and ABS rings. That way you can have different sets of tires mounted and swap out as appropriate.
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