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Old 03-14-2014, 09:37 AM   #16
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How are the Mitas and Heidenau tires on road? Noisy/vibes?
I am completly happy with the on road abilities of the mitas E-07.
No noise issues at all. No vibration. Great feel.

I just cannot comment on life span because I have less than 2000km on them.
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Old 03-14-2014, 12:05 PM   #17
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Michlin Anakee 3s.

Haven't found a longer lasting tire and I am really tough on tires, constantly spinning and roosting. They also stay round till the end unlike some others. I've tried Anakee 2s, both Tourances, Shinko 705s, Bridgestones, and run a Heidanau K60 front. So far these are the best all round.
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Old 03-14-2014, 01:23 PM   #18
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1+ Michelin Commander 11 the best touring tire to come out in years.
This is an interesting idea - how do they do on light offroading? Would a 160/70-17 be too wide?
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Old 03-14-2014, 02:21 PM   #19
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Since the OP mentioned a 99:1 On/offroad ratio, I'd suggest the Pilot Road 3 or 4. I put them on my SuperTenere before a 5000 mile trip to CO and ended up getting 10K out of the rear with probably another 5K available on the front. The front looks great, but the back has started to square (but not horribly). They have been truly impressive on a big bike that is ridden fast. They have more grip than the bike has cornering clearance. I love them.
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Old 03-14-2014, 05:00 PM   #20
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This is an interesting idea - how do they do on light offroading? Would a 160/70-17 be too wide?
Not a off road tire but I have run street tires on gravel and dry dirt roads without any problems. The guys bikes that we have put them on have had them last almost twice as long as anything else. AB:-)
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Old 03-14-2014, 07:29 PM   #21
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Put 19,000+ on a Michelin PR3 rear tire - - mounted on a Buell Ulysses. Mostly slab commuting; still with some tread, but swapped to new as the rainy season began a few months ago.

I'm no lightweight, about 185 lbs. with gear, probably less than 10 lbs. in the top case.

Great road and rain tire, not a good choice for non-paved surfaces.
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Old 03-14-2014, 07:40 PM   #22
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How are the Mitas and Heidenau tires on road? Noisy/vibes?
Heidenau, yes to noise, yes to vibes. Less of either than Bridgestone Battlewings though which are a lot more road biased.

The newer ones seem to be better, the first set I used had a supercharger like whine at exactly 60kph. Since that's the urban speed limit here that wasn't as bad as it might have been - convenient in some ways.Still some noise around that speed with the new ones, but I have to listen for it and I don't really notice anything at speed with the current set.

One tip with the Heidies, the rubber is incredibly tough, trim of the hairs left from the moulding and thrash the hell out of them early. If you do that the surface scuffs up quite nicely and they have pretty decent grip. If you baby them they'll stay shiney for a long while.

I prefer them to pure road tires on the backroads here, lots of gravel, sand, and broken seal, they grip really well on those marginal surfaces. And yes, great life, I managed to destroy my last front tire embarrassing sportsbikes (Wore the second row of knobs in from the edge down to nubs), other than that the front and rear had at least half the tread left @12,000k's.


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Old 03-14-2014, 07:55 PM   #23
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i'll throw my 2 cents in for the Heidenau K 60. Big heavy pig Stlevio got over 11k. A little noisy, but a great tire for most riding on or off. Still had tread left but needed knobbies for off road class. Will put on a new set when the TKC's are done. Might get 3500 on them if I am lucky. A bit of a bitch to mount by hand. Well worth what the dealer is charging to install, plus a great way to support your local shop.
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Old 03-14-2014, 08:13 PM   #24
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Another vote for the original Tourance. They see 12,000mi regularly on the big GS bikes. I wouldn't waste my time on the K60 only because it's not very good in the rain and not great in the offroad terrain I've taken it on here in the desert. The Anakee 2 or 3 are also great long lasting tires if they make them for your bike.
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Old 03-14-2014, 08:42 PM   #25
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How are the Mitas and Heidenau tires on road? Noisy/vibes?
The K60s have some road noise but not terrible. No more than the wind noise with a stock Tiger windshield. I notice a lot of thump at very low speeds. As smooth as anything else once you speed up. I will put them on again when they wear out.

I am coming up on 9,000 with my K60s. I figure to get a couple of more.

I have use the ME880 on heavy sport tourers (Triumph Trophy/ BMW R1150RT). Usually got around 12,000 out of them, might get more with a light bike like the Tiger. Be advised they make a bit of noise as well once they get about half worn.
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Old 03-15-2014, 05:58 AM   #26
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I ran 10K miles on a set of Anakee 3's last year on my Stelvio NTX. Both tires could have gone another 1-2K before the wear bars. That mileage was virtually all loaded, solo, long distance touring.
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Old 03-15-2014, 06:11 AM   #27
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I wanted better road performance for my DL650 than the Tourance offered: the relief cuts aren't helpful at high lean angles.

Put on on Conti Road Attack 2, which lasted over 10,000 miles on the rear and improved dry and wet handling.

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Old 03-18-2014, 05:07 AM   #28
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Since the OP mentioned a 99:1 On/offroad ratio, I'd suggest the Pilot Road 3 or 4.
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And also, WHY the XC Tiger for 99:1? *facepalm*
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Old 03-19-2014, 01:26 AM   #29
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Here's the RA2 tire after a summer track day. I replaced it at 10,000 miles because I'd started to wear a strip in the center (I weigh a lot and commuted with loaded bags) but it could have lasted another couple of thousand miles.
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Old 03-19-2014, 01:29 AM   #30
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Here's the RA2 tire after a summer track day. I replaced it at 10,000 miles because I'd started to wear a strip in the center (I weigh a lot and commuted with loaded bags) but it could have lasted another couple of thousand miles.
Nicely worn, especially considering the bike it's on!
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