Go Back   ADVrider > Bikes > GSpot > Parallel Universe
User Name
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-02-2013, 08:58 AM   #1
RiaanGSA's Avatar
Joined: Jul 2011
Location: South Africa
Oddometer: 30
New tyres for my 800.

On my 1200GSA, I only used Anakee 2's. I did some serious dirt and track days with the Anakees. MY 800 came of the showroom floor with the Pirelli Scorpion and it is time for replacement. I really wanted to fit the Pirelli Scorpion A/T, but they do not come in a 17" rear.

I had a look at the Metzeler Tourance ( NOT the NEXT) and they look better suited for dirt than the Anakee 2.

I do tar touring with about 10% dirt and sand when touring with my wife ( 650 gs 30yr edition). When having a boys trip we do about 50% + dirt if not more.

What are your views on the Metzeler Tourance? Do you thinki that it will handle the dirt/gravel better than the Anakee 2?
RiaanGSA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2013, 09:58 AM   #2
Gnarly Adventurer
Bumbobee's Avatar
Joined: May 2013
Location: Toronto
Oddometer: 169
My 2013 came with anakee 2 and I hear that it's a pretty good tire. Is the anakee 3 better?
2013 BMW F800GS
Bumbobee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2013, 02:40 PM   #3
Full Power
Beastly Adventurer
Joined: May 2006
Location: Homer, Alaska
Oddometer: 1,531
I just put TKC80 on, an hour ago.
rear came up ZERO balance....
front took 30 grams.
Warm enough to RAIN is warm enough to RIDE.
Full Power is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2013, 12:16 AM   #4
Gnarly Adventurer
J&K's Avatar
Joined: Feb 2013
Location: Wasilla Ak
Oddometer: 351
Pirelli scorpion trails did about 600 miles of dirt/gravel roads and the tires did amazingly well.
2013 F800gs (his) 2014 KTM 1190r (his)
2015 F800GS (hers) 2009 F800gs (hers) 2003 ural (dogs)
J&K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2013, 07:09 AM   #5
Keeping it real
Beairmo's Avatar
Joined: Jul 2012
Location: Fishers, IN
Oddometer: 191
I have Pirelli Scorpions as they came with the 2013 F800GS, but have a new set of TKC80's waiting to be mounted. I just cant justify taking off the Pirelli's as they seem to do very well on the unpaved roads and ride amazing smooth and quiet. Haven't had them completely off road yet though.

Bottom line is that after many hours of forum research I went with the Conti TKC80's as my new tire for my F800GS.....
'13 F800GS; '14 K1600GTL; '09 WR450F
'74 RD350 (Winter Project)

"If your going through hell...keep going!
(Winston Churchill)
Beairmo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2013, 09:32 AM   #6
Beastly Adventurer
Joined: Mar 2013
Location: Imperial Valley, California
Oddometer: 3,234
I have the Pirelli Scorpions and I am really impressed with how well the bike handles on the road. I can lean it over really far and it grips like crazy. However it is scary in sand.

Hurry up and try out the TKC-80's so you can tell everybody here how they compare to the Scorpions.
I'm considering the TKC-80s.
B_C_Ries is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2013, 09:38 AM   #7
mikemaycga's Avatar
Joined: Sep 2011
Location: Toronto
Oddometer: 57
Anakee 3

My 2012 800GS is on it's third set of tires. Started with the stock Scorpions and broke myself in on those tires. Most of the riding was secondary road touring with some off road. I was impressed with how the tires handled the Tail of the Dragon, and was able to keep up (within sight) of my buddies riding Concours 1400 and Suzuki Bandit on the tight twisties. Then, off road, on the steep fire roads of Mount Kancamangus, they impressed me with ability to climb some steep sections. On the Cape Breton trail, I had no problems with the dirt roads and minor trail riding in wet weather. Overall, I liked them as first tire.

Second set was Anakee II because I wanted a tire that was a bit more aggressive but could still take the paved roads well. The II's were fine for road, although a bit noisier and after 5,000 km, cupping on the front started to impact handling. Not enough to be a problem but noticeable. I did take them into wet off road and they did OK until the terrain went 3 inch puddle with grass and uphill. Then, I may as well have had slicks on. Definitely knobs is the only solution in those conditions.

Third set for a 2 week trip to Colorado, Utah, Arizona was done on Anakee III. I wasn't sure how they would handle the mountain off road but the reviews were positive. I can say that they were spectacular. They would not have survived my puddle/grass/uphill test, but handled snow/rain approach to Imogene pass, plus some of the other passes very well. Plus, they handled the roads extremely well. Tom, our Concours rider took the 800 for a spin and was impressed with how it held the road. When I was "on", I could keep up with the other bikes no problem. I have no hesitation to recommend the Anakee III for any conditions other than mudder. Plus, it looks like the III will take a bit longer to wear down - what's not to like about that?

Will post some video of the III's on Imogene approach road in the snow. Had the bike up to 80km/h in slippery conditions and never experienced a feeling of lack of control and the bit of sliding made the ride fun.
mikemaycga is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2013, 12:24 PM   #8
Studly Adventurer
Mtl_Biker's Avatar
Joined: Jun 2011
Location: Montreal, Canada
Oddometer: 633
I'm on my second rear TKC80 and still on the first front one. The rear is wearing quite a bit due to excessive high-speed runs on the slab and on twisties. (My buddies all with road bikes with road tires were quite impressed with how well I kept up with them.)

Anyway, I've got a set of Anakee 3's ready to go, and will probably install them (myself) after next weekend. The TKC80's have enough life in them that I'd still like to get some good off-road use out of them, but then I'm switching. I don't generally do much off-road that is rough enough to call for a TKC80, so I'm really looking forward to trying the Anakee 3's. If they work well enough on gravel and packed earth, I'll be happy with them as an all around tire. (I had put Anakee 2's on my Tiger 800 and was VERY pleased with them.)

With the kind of riding I do, I'm only getting about 4,000 km out of a rear TKC80 and I'm sure the Anakee 3's would give me double or even more than that.
Mtl_Biker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2013, 07:49 AM   #9
picard's Avatar
Joined: Oct 2005
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Oddometer: 1,318
Originally Posted by mikemaycga View Post
Will post some video of the III's on Imogene approach road in the snow.
"Rumors of my assimilation are greatly exaggerated." (Capt. Picard)
picard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2013, 12:48 PM   #10
Gnarly Adventurer
Joined: Mar 2005
Location: Golden, CO
Oddometer: 152
Any reviews on the Heidenaus?
Golden, CO
dsauer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2013, 07:43 PM   #11
Beastly Adventurer
itsatdm's Avatar
Joined: Jun 2004
Location: Nor Ca.
Oddometer: 4,980
You are kidding right?
BMW Motorrad USA customer service: "We make superior motorcycles and continue to improve them."
itsatdm is online now   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

Times are GMT -7.   It's 10:05 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2015